Dawid Malan’s half-century, backed by James Vince’s 49, went in vain as New Zealand triggered a dramatic collapse late in England’s chase to win the third T20I by 14 runs in Nelson, and go 2-1 up in the series.
At one point, with 31 balls remaining, England needed only 42 runs with eight wickets in hand. And then, Eoin Morgan fell trying to slog Mitchell Santner, who kept persisting with the angle away from the left-hander. In 17 balls from thereon, they lost four wickets in return on only 10 runs. In a period of three overs, the tables had completely shifted.
For most parts of the chase though, England were cruising. Starting with the manner in which debutant Tom Banton had taken on the New Zealand’s new ball pair. It was a short 10-ball stay, but yielded 18 fancy runs that gave England the early momentum.
Late bowling strikes directed New Zealand to a 14-run triumph in the third Twenty20 global against England in Nelson on Tuesday to go 2-1 up in the arrangement.
In answer to New Zealand’s 180, England were very much set at 139 for two in the fifteenth over before a whirlwind of wickets decreased them to 166 for seven at the nearby.
New Zealand won the hurl and chose for bat first with Colin de Grandhomme scoring 55 and Martin Guptill 33.
Dawid Malan broke 55 for England and James Vince included 49 preceding New Zealand battled back with Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner both taking two for 25.
Game four in the five-coordinate arrangement is in Napier on Friday.
Brief scores: New Zealand 180/7 in 20 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 55, Martin Guptill 33; Tom Curran 2-29, Matthew Parkinson 1-14) beat England 166/7 in 20 overs (Dawid Malan 55, James Vince 49; Lockie Ferguson 2-25, Blair Tickner 2-25) by 14 runs