NZ vs England 4th Tri Series T20 match in numbers

Williamson starred with his 8th T20I fifty

New Zealand ended their three-match losing streak with a 12-run victory over England in a tri-nations Twenty20 cricket global on Tuesday, inspired by an innings of 72 from captain Kane Williamson.

Not for the first time this winter, England's bowlers were made to toil in their fourth match of T20 tri-series on Tuesday.

Guptill and Williamson made up for the loss of Munro with an 82-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century.

With late support from Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) - both on debut - Williamson ensured New Zealand matched its highest score at the Wellington Regional Stadium and set England a hard chase on a piebald, drop-in pitch which had confounded both captains.

Hales blasted three sixes and six fours in 24 balls to depart on 47, and England looked comfortable as they reached 95 for two.

England's hopes of contesting next week's final at Eden Park now rest on Australia winning the trans-Tasman affair at the same venue on Friday followed by England beating the Black Caps at Hamilton two days later.

Opener Guptill raced to 65 off 40 balls andWilliamson accelerated late in his 72 off 46 as both put somemodest form by their lofty standards behind them.




Instead, he was removed on 65, lazily working a leg-side full toss from Rashid to the returning Liam Plunkett at short-fine leg. Colin de Grandhomme went the very next ball to a stunning catch by Chris Jordan at long-off, who hung in the air and plucked a sure six out of the night sky.

Debutants Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) kept the run rate high at the tail end of the innings.

Fans on social media reacted immediately, with some even comparing it to former New Zealand skipper Dan Vettori's stunning effort against the West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

That man Williamson, again, pounced in the field and his direct hit caught James Vince short, after a diving Santner had put down a tough one in the deep off Malan.

England captain Jos Buttler: "Maybe we gave away 10 or 15 too many". We got plenty in the power play and there partnerships throughout. It played a lot better than it looked and we got off to a good start. We did not get the cameos in the middle either.

"[Personal performance] You always want more runs, you always train hard, that's the focus".

"They were tough fielding conditions but the way they bowled at the death, they stepped up to the mark today". "[Need a favour from Australia?] That's what we need now, so we'll wait and see what happens".

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