Williamson, Guptill set up New Zealand's first win in Tri-Series

Williamson, Guptill set up New Zealand's first win in Tri-Series

Williamson, Guptill set up New Zealand's first win in Tri-Series

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and opening batsman Martin Guptill smashed 72 and 65 respectively as the Black Caps beat England by 12 runs in the fourth match of the T20 tri-series in Wellington. Despite some fielding blemishes, the Black Caps were always ahead of the game.

England were without captain Eoin Morgan for the second game in a row, the Dubliner failing to recover from a groin complaint, and made two changes to their attack, with Wood and Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett replacing Tom Curran and Liam Dawson.

Opener Guptill raced to 65 off 40 balls andWilliamson accelerated late in his 72 off 46 as both put somemodest form by their lofty standards behind them.

Malan and David Willey hit out as they tried to steer England to an unlikely victory but the former's dismissal swung the game in the hosts' favour.

Newcomers Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) provided the late fireworks on their worldwide debuts.

Williamson's place at number three had been questioned following a 2-1 T20 series loss to Pakistan last month and the heavy defeat by Australia in their tri-series opener.

This was his day.

Grandhomme was promoted up the order to continue the run flow going but he was caught spectacularly at long-off by Chris Jordan on the next ball.

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Williamson was lucky not to be run out by Wood on the first ball he faced.

Jason Roy was caught for eight from Tim Southee's first ball in just the second over to be replaced by Malan.

After a few sighters he morphed into Chris Lynn, swinging hard and sending four soaring into the crowd including back-to-back sixes off Wood, clubbed over the leg side. This was their third defeat from three, meaning that, should New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland on Friday, the Kiwis will be through to face those same opponents in the final a week today. It would have been a ripe moment for Sam Billings to come good, and yet again it was not to be, but it was England's bowlers who had made the task impossible.

England had been wayward on a decent, if strange-looking, blotchy surface.

Williamson, though, was the one that got away.

Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santer and Trent Boult then restricted England to 184-9, as Dawid Malan (59) and Alex Hales (47) lacked the support they needed to stage a meaningful run chase.

He kept swinging but Buttler was the big one.

Bustling medium pacer Colin Munro proved a surprise ace with the ball for New Zealand, getting through two tidy overs for just 11.

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