Player of the Match
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132dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Williamson stars as New Zealand find lift-off

Kane Williamson provided a stirring riposte to suggestions he should step aside from the T20 side by top-scoring with 72 as New Zealand put themselves on course for a spot in the tri-series final

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KS Williamson
72(46) 4x4 - 4x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 21 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 0 21 1 16 10 2 22
MJ Guptill
65(40) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
5 0 10 6 9 6 13 16

Best performances - Bowlers

MJ Santner
O4
M0
R29
W2
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
AU Rashid
O4
M0
R36
W2
Eco9.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

13 February 2018 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

New Zealand 2, England 0

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Alan Gardner

END OF OVER:
20 | 12 Runs | ENG: 184/9 (13 runs required, RR: 9.20)

  • AU Rashid8 (6b)
  • MA Wood5 (3b)
  • TA Boult4-0-46-2
  • TG Southee4-0-30-1

10.35pm: That's about it from Wellington, where New Zealand have broken their three-match losing streak but England remain in their rut. Gnasher's report should be your next stop, then stick around for more news on the site, including updates from Ben Stokes' court appearance in Bristol. From us, it's cheerio for now. Bye!

10.30pm: Here's New Zealand captain and Man of the Match Kane Williamson: [Important win?] Obviously very important in the context of the series, in some ways a must-win against a very strong England side. We had to play good cricket today. It was important we assessed the wicket, played a lot better than it looked and we got off to a good start. [Personal performance] You always want more runs, you always train hard, that's the focus. There's been occasions recently when you want to contribute but it wasn't be. There were enough partnerships today and the two debutants played nice cameos. [Bowling?] Thought the guys stuck at it really well, Trent was outstanding at the death, but we knew it would be a challenge and the guys stepped up to the mark today."

England captain Jos Buttler: [Performance with the ball?] "Maybe 10-15 too many, that proved to be the difference, the wicket played a lot better and it was a good game. [Guptill and Williamson] They put us under pressure and we tried to find way to break that partnership... We dragged it back pretty well but they got too many. [Good start?] When Hales is in that sort of form he's as good as anyone in the world and Malan impressed again as well. We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference. [Need a favour from Australia?] That's what we need now, so we'll wait and see what happens."

10.25pm: New Zealand rose to the occasion at the Cake Tin. A chase of 197 is always going to be tough and, although England gave it a good crack, they were just too leaky with the ball. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson provided the base and then the two debutants, Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert, ensured there would be no soggy bottom to the innings. They dropped rather too many catches but that aside, it was a pretty good show from New Zealand, who can make the final game against England irrelevant if they beat Australia on Friday.

19.6
4
Boult to Rashid, FOUR runs, pitched up and Rashid swishes an inside edge off his pads... it trickles away but that won't bother the men in black, New Zealand win by 12 runs and give themselves an excellent shot of reaching the tri-series final
19.5
1
Boult to Wood, 1 run, pitched full outside off, clouted through cover
19.4
0
Boult to Wood, no run, dot ball from Boult, all but seals it... cool as you like, full and wide and he fails to connect

Three sixes needed... What's that in Geordie?

19.3
4
Boult to Wood, FOUR runs, short outside off and Wood top-edges four over the keeper! Didn't know much about it but England remain (just) in the hunt!

Mark Wood, the No. 11, to face his first ball

19.2
1
Boult to Rashid, 1 run, fired full outside off, sliced away through backward point for just a single
19.1
2
Boult to Rashid, 2 runs, no, swung to the leg side, they hurry back for two

That's pretty much that, you'd think. Can Boult finish it with a hat-trick?

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14AD HalesJJ Roy
2nd65DJ MalanAD Hales
3rd16DJ MalanJM Vince
4th14DJ MalanJC Buttler
5th20DJ MalanSW Billings
6th29DJ MalanDJ Willey
7th10CJ JordanDJ Willey
8th0LE PlunkettDJ Willey
9th4AU RashidDJ Willey
10th12AU RashidMA Wood