Match Summary :
New Zealand 180 for 7 (De Grandhomme 55)
England 166 for 7 (Malan 55, Vince 49)
by 14 runs
New Zealand defeat England by 14 runs in the third T20 of the 5 match series to take 2-1 lead in the series. The Kiwis restricted England to 166/7 from 20 overs after New Zealand finished on 180/7 in their first innings.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first to finish on 180/7. Player of the Match Colin de Grandhomme was the top scorer for New Zealand with the bat. de Grandhomme scored 55 runs off 35 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Opener Martin Guptill made a 17 ball 33 while Ross Taylor scored 27 runs.
Tom Curran was the pick of the bowlers for England as he finished with the figures of 2-29 from this quota of 4 overs. Sam Curran, Mahmood, Brown and Parkinson shared a wicket each.
England in reply could manage 166 runs for the loss of 7 wickets thereby falling short of the target by 14 runs. England lost opener Tom Banton for 18 runs while the other opener Dawid Malan completed his half century. Malan scored 55 runs off 34 balls which included 8 fours and a six. James Vince was unlucky to miss out on his half century by 1 run as he was caught by Southee off Tickner. England lost the way thereafter and couldn’t reach the target of 181 runs.
Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner picked up 2 wickets each for England while Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner shared a wicket each. de Grandhomme was named Player of the Match for his batting performance.