All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and captain Tim Southee produced superlative performances to help New Zealand in registering 14-run win over England in the third game of the T20I series played at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Tuesday.
The day started with the New Zealand captain Tim Southee winning the toss and had no hesitation to bat first. His decision proved to be a correct one as New Zealand cruised past 40-run mark without losing a wicket inside the first four overs.
Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme delivered crucial scores to help New Zealand post a competitive score of 180 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Colin de Grandhomme finished with the top score of 55 off 35 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Ross Taylor, who chipped in with 27 runs off 24 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
For England, pacer Tom Curran claimed two wickets, whereas Patrick Brown, Sam Curran and Saqib Mahmood claimed a wicket each.
Home side register 14-run win over England to take lead in the five-match T20I series.
In reply, England got off to a steady start as Tom Banton and Dawid Malan added 27 runs in the space of three overs. Banton departed after scoring 18 off 10 balls with the help of two fours and one six. Despite losing Banton, Dawid Mala continued to play positively and scored a half-century to keep England in the hunt to win the game.
A 63-run partnership for the second-wicket between Dawid Malan and James Vince steadied the ship for England. Once Malan and Eoin Morgan departed, the visitors lost the momentum and could only manage to score 166 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs.
Dawid Malan finished the innings with the top score of 55 off 34 balls, including eight fours and one six, whereas James Vince scored 49 off just 39 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
For New Zealand, Pace duo of Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner bowled exceedingly well and claimed two wickets apiece.
For his splendid half-century, Colin de Grandhomme was named man of the match. With this result, New Zealand have taken 2-1 lead in the five-match series.