AFP | New Zealand defeated England by 12 runs in the fourth match of the T20 tri-series in Wellington on Tuesday.
The Black Caps set a target of 197 after losing the toss and being sent into bat, and restricted England to 184 for nine in reply. The result leaves England without a win in the series after losses to Australia in their previous two matches.
Williamson silenced his critics after a recent lean spell in the shortest form of the game, scoring 72 from 46 balls as New Zealand finished on 196 for five from their 20 overs. Must read: Match Prediction: New Zealand vs England Tri-series T20I – Who will win?
Opener Guptill contributed 65 from 40 deliveries and there was a useful cameo from debutant Mark Chapman, with the former Hong Kong international scoring 20 off 13.
England’s stand-in captain Jos Buttler put the hosts in to bat after winning the toss, hoping an mottled-looking drop-in pitch with huge bald patches would prove unplayable. Must read: Match Prediction: Australia vs England Tri-series T20I – Who will win?
But the gamble backfired as the wicket held up and New Zealand’s batsmen finally hit their stride after three straight T20 losses.
Adil Rashid was the pick of England’s bowlers, taking two for 36 in his four overs, while paceman Mark Wood picked up two for 51.