Black Caps v England T20 from Wellington

Leigh Mccormick
February 15, 2018

The brio has gone out of Rashid, who was fortunate to pick up his two wickets, the first with a full toss, the second with a superlative one-handed leap at long-off by Chris Jordan whose foot, when he eventually landed, was only an inch from the rope.

New Zealand recorded their first victory of the tri-nations Twenty20 global series on Tuesday as England lost by 12 runs in Wellington to remain winless.

Should New Zealand lose on Friday, England could, of course, still qualify on run rate with a win on Sunday, but it just looks so unlikely at the moment.

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Mark Wood will curse the errant throw which spared Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson on nought - he went on to make a match-high 72 and saved much of the punishment for Wood - but the tourists were outmatched. The England captain was ruled out of the last match against Australia due to a groin injury, with Jos Buttler leading the side, and will be assessed by the medical team ahead of the nets on match day. Williamson starred alongside Martin Guptill with the bat as New Zealand posted an imposing 196 for 5.

"We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand - we will see what happens". Wood conceded three fours in his first over, the second of the innings; he also missed the chance to run out Kane Williamson, before scoring, with a direct hit from three yards out and an angle of 45°.

David Warner will take a short break before returning to the T20 side

The fielding highlight for England was a spectacular leaping catch at long off from Chris Jordan to remove Colin de Grandhomme first ball. Chapman scored 20, while wicketkeeper Seifert hit two sixes in his six-ball innings of 14 to take the hosts to the equal highest Twenty20 worldwide score on the ground.

Williamson said he had spoken to Doull, who had said his comments hadn't come across as he meant them.

I'm not going to blame it on the batsmen.

"We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference".

Williamson took New Zealand's innings forward with Mark Chapman, the sixth cricketer to play T20Is for two countries (he had earlier played for Hong Kong). With a brittle middle order even with Morgan, things might get a lot worse without him.

Speaking on New Zealand radio last week, Doull suggested bringing in a specialist T20 coach to replace Mike Hesson and said that Williamson should only be in the side as an opener.

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