England deny New Zealand a last hurrah
England 191-7 (Root 68) beat
New Zealand 135 (Williamson 57) by 56 runs
Only Twenty20 International, Old Trafford
England’s high got a new spike when they won the lone Twenty20 International against New Zealand by 56 runs after setting the latter a target of 192 and dismissing them for just 135 at the Old Trafford.
England won the toss and opted to bat first. Jason Roy (23) started off in style hitting two sixes in the second over of the innings from Mitchell McClenaghan (2-37).
But Roy’s 13 ball cameo was cut short because of an unfortunate run out.
England got a nice push when Alex Hales (27) smacked 14 off Mitchell Santner (2-28) in the fifth over followed by a six and four from Joe Root (68) the next over to take them to 60 for one after six overs.
Hales, however, mistimed one to mid-off. Jonny Bairstow (1), promoted up the order, was out in the same over, with a lovely delivery from Santner dipping, spinning and beating the edge to graze the bails.
That left England at 79 for three after nine overs. Eoin Morgan (4) was out cheaply as well off Matt Henry’s (1-32) bowling.
After a few steady overs, England reached 114 for four after 14 overs. However, Root and Sam Billings (21) changed the whole complexion of the game with 23 runs in the 15th over off Nathan McCullum (0-46) with four fours and a six.
Billings’ 11-ball knock ended the next over and McClenaghan got Root a couple of overs later.
However, Ben Stokes (24 not out) provided the final push with four fours in the last nine balls of the innings to take England to 191 for seven after their 20 overs.
New Zealand had a mixed start, scoring 11 off the first over from David Willey (3-22) but losing Martin Guptill (6) to the third ball.
Brendon McCullum (35) then hammered Steven Finn (0-29) for a four and six the next over.
McCullum went on to hammer three more sixes, one off Willey and then two off Mark Wood (3-26) before losing his stumps to a fast delivery ending his 15-ball blitzkrieg.
Kane Williamson (57) and Ross Taylor (17) squeezed 16 off the fifth over and nine more off the next to take New Zealand to 73 for two after six overs of power-play.
Taylor was dropped on 17 by Bairstow, but that didn’t affect England much as two balls later Adil Rashid (1-33) got Taylor to mistime a slog to mid-off.
The next over from Stokes (2-24) was a bad one for New Zealand as they lost two wickets, Colin Munro (1) off the first ball and Luke Ronchi (5) off the last, slipping to 101 for five after 10 overs and requiring another 91 off the next 60 balls.
Williamson brought them back into the game with three fours off Stokes and then reached his half-century in the 13th over in just 31 balls but from then on New Zealand went into a downward spiral.
Requiring 64 off the last 36 balls, New Zealand lost three wickets in the 15th over from Wood.
Santner (9) lost his off stump, while Williamson was unfortunately run out taking a risky single. Tim Southee (0) was out first ball hitting it straight to mid-off.
Willey picked up two in two in the 17th over to close New Zealand’s innings, all out for 135 and losing the game by 56 runs after being 89 for two at one stage. Root was named as the man of the match.
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