Kiwis beat Poms in T20 tri-series

Bustling medium pacer Colin Munro proved a surprise ace with the ball for New Zealand, getting through two tidy overs for just 11. After warming up the middle of his bat against Mitchell Santner and Southee he gave Trent Boult the full treatment - clubbing 20 runs from his second over.

Williamson, though, was the one that got away.

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.

His stay should have been over instantly, charging for a single he would never have made had Wood hit the stumps from a prime position.

On a personal note, his captain s knock was also rewarding after he had come under fire for a recent lean spell in the shortest form of the game.

It was a classic situation of a missed opportunity by one player presenting another one to an opponent.

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. Guptill made 65 off 40 balls, his third half century in seven T20 innings this season.

England's Chris Jordan balances himself on the boundary after taking the great catch
SPORT England's Chris Jordan balances himself on the boundary after taking the great catch

Williamson, who saw his own place in the side questioned by former global Simon Doull and came into the match managing a niggling back injury, was happy to take his share of good fortune at Wood's expense.

Black Caps Mark Chapman during his debut T20 innings for the Black Caps.

Rashid struck again on his next ball as Colin de Grandhomme was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan at long-off.

But Kiwi debutants Mark Chapman (20) and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert (14 not out), who hit two sixes in a row off Jordan in the final over, produced a flourish to get their side to 196-5.

The small crowd at the Cake Tin had plenty to enjoy, and were probably pleasantly surprised at New Zealand's performance given the look of the pitch. Another pitch-shaped chunk of turf was missing out by the boundary square of the pitch, which added to the ugly look to the ground.

"This is a very strong England side and we had to play some really good cricket". The tourists ended up 12 runs short and with their hopes of qualification for the final on Wednesday (February 21) in Auckland hanging by the flimsiest of threads.

England began losing wickets at regular intervals after Vince's dismissal, including that of Malan, who scored 59 off 40 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

  • Stacy Allen