New Zealand vs England: Kiwis beat visitors by 21 runs in second T20I at Wellington, level series 1-1

New Zealand beat England by 21 runs in the second T20I at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday to level the series 1-1.

Agence France-Presse, Nov 03, 2019 11:09:15 IST

Wellington: The safe hands of Colin de Grandhomme proved crucial as New Zealand drew level with England 1-1 in their T20 international series in Wellington on Sunday.

New Zealand vs England: Kiwis beat visitors by 21 runs in second T20I at Wellington, level series 1-1

New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham and Tim Southee leave the field after their 21-run win over England in the second T20I. AP

While de Grandhomme was pouching all four skied balls that went his way, England were left to rue an uncomfortable day in the field with six spilled chances including three by James Vince.

New Zealand, who suffered a seven-wicket loss in the first match on Friday, were sent in to bat first and made their most of the errant fielding to post 176 for eight.

Martin Guptill at the top of the innings clouted 41 off 28 deliveries, while Jimmy Neesham belted 42 off 22, including four sixes, before he was removed on the final ball of the innings. De Grandhomme also pushed the pace, facing only 12 balls for a whirlwind 28.

England, in reply, looked comfortable at 91 for four in the 11th over before New Zealand removed the remaining six wickets to end the innings with a ball to spare.

Mitchell Santner claimed three for 25 while Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi took two wickets apiece.

England captain Eoin Morgan said it was easy to analyse the reasons for the loss, and the issues were repairable. "We dropped catches and we continued to lose wickets," he said.

"We need to keep the attacking positive mindset. I think it's important to make mistakes, but I think the most important part is to learn from them," he added.

After England lost Johnny Bairstow on the first ball, and Vince in the second over, Morgan (32) and Dawid Malan (39) set about rebuilding the innings. But when Morgan gave de Grandhomme his first catch, the wickets fell regularly with only Chris Jordan (36 off 19) providing any solid resistance at the lower part of the batting order.

Malan fell to an exceptional diving catch by Guptill who also accounted for the wicket of Jordan in a polished New Zealand fielding performance.

Game three in the series is in Nelson on Tuesday.

Updated Date: Nov 03, 2019 11:09:15 IST






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