All-rounder James Neesham’s late blitz with the bat and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner’s outstanding spell was enough for New Zealand to register a 21-run win over England in the second game of the T20I series played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.
The day started with the England Skipper Eoin Morgan winning the toss and electing to bowl first in perfect batting conditions.His decision proved to be wrong as New Zealand posted a competitive total of 176 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Veteran opener Martin Guptill got the side off to good start in the initial Powerplay overs of the innings. Guptill scored 41 off 28 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
The star of the show was James Neesham, who scored a brisk 42 off 22 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
He was well supported by Ross Taylor, who scored 28 off 24 balls with the help of two fours and a six. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme scored 28 off 12 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.
For England, Pacer Chris Jordan was the standout bowler on display in this game. He claimed three wickets and conceded 23 runs from his four overs. Left-arm medium pacer Sam Curran also bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 22 in his four overs.
James Neesham and Mitchell Santner delivered superlative performances to see New Zealand beat England in the 2nd T20 played at Wellington
In reply, the home side had a horrid beginning as Jonny Bairstow and James Vince departed in the initial overs of the innings.
However, a 37-run second-wicket partnership between Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan provided a glimmer of hope for England. But once Morgan perished, the side lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually dismissed for 155 runs in 19.5 overs.
Opener Dawid Malan finished the innings with the top score of 39 off 29 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
He was well supported by Eoin Morgan, who scored 32 runs off just 17 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. Tail-ender Chris Jordan played well and scored 36 runs off 19 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
For New Zealand, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed three wickets, whereas Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi claimed two wickets each.