New Zealand Beat England By 14 Runs In 3rd T20, Take 2-1 Lead
Hosts New Zealand beat England by 14 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match T20 series on Tuesday at the Saxton Oval, Nelson. Chasing a target of 181 runs, England fell short of their target by 14 runs at the end of 20 overs, handing the Kiwis a much-needed win. England's opening batsman Tom Banton was dismissed for 27 runs after which Dawid Malan and James Vince got the scoreboard ticking with knocks of 55 and 49 respectively. Following Dawid Malan's fifty, he was dismissed by Ish Sodhi as he tried to dispatch it to a six but found the fielder instead. That was the beginning of the end for England's run chase as the middle-order and the lower order of the England line-up failed to put a battle against New Zealand's bowling attack, ultimately falling short by 14 runs. Colin de Grandhomme was adjudged the man of the match for his knock of 55 runs off 35 balls. The two teams will next meet at Napier on November 8 for the fourth T20 clash.
New Zealand edge past England
VICTORY! The BLACKCAPS take T20I 3️⃣ showing some good fight in the field! 14-runs was the margin of victory, BLACKCAPS lead the five-match series 2-1 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 5, 2019
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Guptill, de Grandhomme power New Zealand to 180
New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and opener Martin Guptill's quickfire knocks powered the hosts to 180 runs in the third T20 at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Tuesday. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first, with Martin Guptill firing all cylinders from the beginning and got to 33 off just 17 balls with seven fours before he was dismissed. Colin de Grandhomme played an instrumental role in making sure New Zealand remained ahead of England's game plan with a spectacular knock of 55 runs off just 35 deliveries laced with five fours and three sixes. Along with a cameo from Ross Taylor and James Neesham, New Zealand set a 181-run target for the visitors to chase.