Black Caps topple England

Black Caps topple England

England's bowlers, especially Wood, were proving expensive, but spinner Adil Rashid took the wickets of Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme in successive deliveries to stem the flow of runs.

A final equation of 37 from the last three overs was theoretically achievable but when Boult toppled Jordan and Plunkett with consecutive yorkers, the issue was settled.

The defeat was England's third in as many games in the tournament as they came up 12 runs short in their chase of 197 in Wellington.

Blazing half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have guided New Zealand to a 12 run win over England in their Twenty20 cricket global in Wellington.

Fans on social media reacted immediately, with some even comparing it to former New Zealand skipper Dan Vettori's stunning effort against the West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

New Zealand's Williamson, meanwhile, was delighted with his team's display, saying: 'It's a very important win for us.

England's mission at the Westpac Stadium and in Hamilton on Sunday is to defeat New Zealand twice and show they can be just as good in the Twenty20 game as they have been in 50-over cricket since last they were here.

Australia face New Zealand on Friday, before England play the Black Caps for a second time two days later.

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With New Zealand aiming to bounce back from their loss against Australia when they take on England in Wellington on Tuesday, Williamson admitted that the 10-day break has been extremely beneficial for all the players.

'You'd like to think a fielder's word would be taken but that's what the soft signal is for, ' he said.

They effectively have two chances to book their spot in Auckland later this month, with one win from their next two games enough to edge England out.

Mark Wood was the man responsible for England's sliding doors moment, hurling the ball wide of the stumps to reprieve home captain Kane Williamson on nought.

England were on track to chase down the total for much of their innings with Alex Hales (47 off 24) and Dawid Malan (59 off 40 balls) setting a cracking pace. "We just look to play the ball, not the bowler", he said.

"We set ourselves high standards but in these past two games we haven't quite got it right". We did not get the cameos in the middle either.

"I thought the ball was going to roll a bit further.then it didn't", he said of his misjudged single.

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