Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill slammed half-centuries as New Zealand went on to amass 196 for five and later went on to defend the total by 12 runs in the fourth Twenty20 worldwide against England in Wellington to register their maiden win in the ongoing Tri-Series.
With today's 82-run partnership, the duo of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have scored a total partnership runs of 1,129, the second most by any pair in the T20 format.
Williamson was finally removed, bowled by Jordan, before Mark Chapman, making his New Zealand debut, hit a couple of sixes.
Considering 163 is the highest successful chase at this stadium, England's target of 197 was beyond them once Jason Roy was dismissed for his fifth single-figure T20i score in a row and Alex Hales was nipped in the bud for a blistering 47 from 24 balls.
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Australia have already reached the decider in Auckland next week after beating first the Black Caps and then England twice in their opening three matches.
England have zero points and need Australia to do them a favour to take their chances of reaching the final into their last game against New Zealand on Sunday, 25 February.
Two wickets in consecutive balls in the 18th over from left arm swing bowler Trent Boult pushed New Zealand to victory in a thrilling T20 Tri-Series clash in Wellington tonight.
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.
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The leg-spinner's next delivery accounted for Colin de Grandhomme, but this time he had Chris Jordan's flawless fielding to thank rather than mere good fortune. Liam Plunkett was rusty on his return from a hamstring strain; Jordan was driven for two sixes in the last over by the second NZ debutant Tim Seifert, who like Chapman gave New Zealand's innings a final thrust with a couple of sixes. We had to play very good cricket and we did that today'.
"The team were great, we did know how the wicket would play and we were able to build partnerships throughout". We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought. There's been occasions recently when you want to contribute but it wasn't to be.
Disease and Wellington's unusually warm summer were blamed for the lengthy barren patch, and stand-in England captain Jos Buttler gladly offered it to his bowlers in the hope it would play tricks for the quicks. We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference.
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