England's batting collapsed in the final stages of the run chase against New Zealand as they lost the third T20I of the five-match series by 14 runs Monday. England lost five wickets for just 10 runs at the Saxton Oval in Nelson, which led to their second loss of the tournament. The Kiwis lead the series 2-1.
Chasing a target of 181, England got off to a good start. Tom Banton showed glimpses of his class in his T20I debut with a cover drive off Tim Southee and a six off Lockie Ferguson, but lost his wicket trying to play a scoop shot off fast bowler Blair Tickner.
Opener Dawid Malan and James Vince shared a 63-run partnership for the second wicket to keep up with the required run rate. Malan scored his fifth T20I fifty in eight games. The left-handed opener got out to Ish Sodhi after scoring 55 runs from 34 deliveries, which included eight fours and one six.
Vince took charge of the run chase after Malan's dismissal. Skipper Eoin Morgan targetted Mitchell Santner, hitting him for two huge sixes over deep mid-wicket in the 15th over. Santner bowled an expensive final over, but managed to get Morgan's wicket who was looking dangerous in the run chase.
The skipper's wicket was followed by a spectacular run out from Colin Munro to send Sam Billings back to the pavillion for just a single. The pressure of quick wickets and climbing run rate got to Vince, and he was dismissed for 49, missing out on a second half-century in the series. Tickner got Vince's crucial wicket in the last over of his spell. The 28-year-old scored 49 runs from 39 deliveries, with four fours and one six.
Asked to bowl the 18th over, Lockie Ferguson took two wickets to derail England's run chase. Lewis Gregory was dismissed for a duck while Sam Curran departed after scoring just two runs from six deliveries. Tom Curran tried to revive the run chase but the asking rate was too much for him to handle alone. Southee gave just four runs in the final over as hosts won the match by 14 runs.
Colin de Grandhomme star performer for New Zealand
Earlier, Southee won the toss and elected to bat first. Martin Guptill got New Zealand off to a flier but his cameo came to an end in the fourth over. Guptill scored 33 runs from 17 deliveries, in which he hit seven fours. In the next over, Munro followed him to the pavillion after scoring six runs from seven deliveries.
Tim Seifert struggled to rotate the strike and hit boundaries. Seifert became debutant leg spinner Matthew Parkinson's maiden T20I wicket in his first over. The No.3 batsman was trying to play a reverse sweep, but was beaten by the length as the ball which went on to hit the leg stump.
Then Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor came to New Zealand's rescue, again. The two batsmen shared a 66-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Grandhomme took on the English bowlers right from the start. The 33-year-old scored 55 runs from 35 deliveries, which included five fours and three sixes. He was named 'Man of the match' for his third T20I fifty.
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Handy contributions from Taylor (24-ball 27), James Neesham (15-ball 20) and Mitchell Santner (nine-ball 15) helped New Zealand post a fighting total of 180 for 7 in the first inning. This was New Zealand's fourth-highest total against England in T20I cricket. England have not been able to chase down a target over 160 against New Zealand in T20I cricket so far.
The two teams will go up against each other next on November 8, Friday at the McLean Park in Napier with the visitors looking to make a comeback in the series.