England Smash New Zealand To Clinch T20 Series

England Smash New Zealand To Clinch T20 Series
England Smash New Zealand To Clinch T20 Series
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England 143-0 (Hales 80no) beat
New Zealand139-8 (Broad 3-15) by 10 wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Wellington

England clinched a 2-1 Twenty20 International series win over New Zealand in emphatic style, crushing the Black Caps by 10 wickets in the decisive match in Wellington.

After New Zealand reached 139 for eight, England raced to 143 without loss in just 12.4 overs as openers Michael Lumb and Alex Hales scored unbeaten half-centuries.

Lumb was not out on 53 in 34 balls, hitting five sixes, while Hales thumped 80 in 42 balls as the pair made history, 143 being the highest second innings score without losing a wicket in the history of Twenty20 International cricket.

England won the toss and chose to field - as they had in their opening win in Hamilton, and Stuart Broad struck to remove Hamish Rutherford for 11 before New Zealand launched a recovery.

Martin Guptill led the way with 59 in 55 balls and Brendon McCullum made 26 in 20 but after his dismissal, caught by Jonny Bairstow off James Tredwel, New Zealand were unable to accelerate as England pegged them back.

Guptill made his half-century but fell soon after and for England, Broad (3-15) and Jade Dernbach (3-36) were excellent, taking the wickets while Steven Finn was no less impressive in conceding just 18 runs from his four overs.

Joe Root chipped in with the key scalp of Ross Taylor (6) to put the seal on a fine performance in the field from the tourists.

139 never looked like enough and when Lumb and Hales set to their work, it quickly looked woefully inadequate. Shots flew all around the wicket and the pair shared nine sixes in all. Ian Butler had been brilliant in Auckland, where New Zealand levelled the series, but one of his overs went for 23 and no bowler was spared punishment.

Hales thumped some murderous blows down the ground while Lumb cover drove one six as England ruthlessly finished off New Zealand, winning with 44 balls to spare.

The two sides begin a three-match One-Day International series in Hamiton on Sunday (17th February).

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