Guptill, Wiliamson bot scored half-centuries    Getty Images
Guptill, Wiliamson bot scored half-centuries Getty Images

Destructive half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson took New Zealand‘s score to 196 for 5 against England in the fourth T20I of the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series. England opted to bat at Wellington on Tuesday. They took field without skipper Eoin Morgan, and Jos Buttler led the side. For New Zealand, Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert made international debuts. Guptill looked aggressive from the very beginning and despite New Zealand losing Colin Munro early, he remained unaffected and got to a 31-ball half-century.

Williamson took the cue from Guptill. He started off steadily but paced his innings up, reaching his fifty with consecutive sixes. Adil Rashid provided two crucial breakthroughs in the 14th over: first, a lucky edge off Guptill’s willow to get rid of him for 65; and off the next ball, a brilliant catch by Chris Jordan at long on to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme first ball.

Williamson took New Zealand’s innings forward with Mark Chapman, the sixth cricketer to play T20Is for two countries (he had earlier played for Hong Kong). The duo took the team score past 150. Williamson was then bowled by Jordan for 72.

Chapman and Seifert scored quick runs. Seifert’s 2 sixes in the final over pushed New Zealand’s score to a competitive one. Mark Wood and Rashid picked up 2 wickets each for England and were most successful in the innings.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 196 for 5 (Martin Guptill 65, Kane Williamson 72, Mark Chapman 20; Mark Wood 2 for 51, Adil Rashid 2 for 33) against England.