New Zealand opt to bowl against England in 2nd T20 at London

New Zealand will aim to register a clean sweep over the English side © Getty Images

London: Jun 27, 2013

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to field against England in second and final Twenty20 International at the Kennington Oval in London on Thursday.

New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first tie by five runs on Tuesday.

Chasing a mammoth total of 202, the home side had their backs to the wall from the start of the innings. However, they responded well by getting off to a flyer with Michael Lumb and Alex Hales slamming 25 runs off the third over from Mitchell McClenaghan. They brought up New Zealand’s 50 in the fourth over. In the same over, Nathan McCullum struck to get rid of Lumb with the score at 50 for one.

Hales was then joined by Luke Wright and the duo set about erasing the deficit between the ball remaining and the runs required. They did well to keep the opposition on their toes by maintaining a run rate of over 10 runs an over.


England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, James Tredwell (c), Jade Dernbach, Boyd Rankin, Danny Briggs

New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Ian Butler, Nathan McCullum, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira

Catch live scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the second Twenty20 match here