New Zealand won the match by 12 runs © AFP
New Zealand won the match by 12 runs © AFP

England continue to disappoint in the Trans-Tasman tri-series, losing the fourth T20I to New Zealand by 12 runs. New Zealand put up an excellent all-round show to dominate England thoroughly in the match and hardly gave England a breather. New Zealand first scored 196 for 5 in 20 overs with half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill and then restricted England at 184 for 9 to register their first win in the series. They now have 2 points from 2 matches and are at secind position following Australia in the points table.

Chasing a challenging 197, England lost Jason Roy for 8 in the third over. Roy went for a lofted shot off a short ball but did not time it at all. Trent Boult took an easy catch as Tim Southee found the first breakthrough of the innings. The wicket also made Southee the leading T20I wicket-taker for New Zealand: he went past Nathan McCullum.

Alex Hales and Dawid Malan then stitched a crucial 65-run partnership. Hales was denied of his fifty by Ish Sodhi: he failed to middle a short-pitched ball and was caught for 47.

Malan completed his third T20I fifty but was dismissed by Mitchell Santner soon afterwards. David Willey tried his best to carry the momentum forward, but could only hit a couple of sixes and depart for 21. Boult struck at this point, and England’s innings came to an end with 184 for 9 on the board from 20 overs. Boult, Santner and Sodhi bagged 2 wickets each from the match.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 196 for 5 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 65, Kane Williamson 72, Mark Chapman 20; Mark Wood 2 for 51, Adil Rashid 2 for 33) won against England 184 for 9 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 47, Dawid Malan 59, David Willey 21; Trent Boult 2 for 46, Mitchell Santner 2 for 29, Ish Sodhi 2 for 49) by 12 runs.