February 12, 2013
Second Twenty20 international, Hamilton
New Zealand 192-6 (20 overs) beat England 137 (19.3 overs) by 55 runs
New Zealand bounced back from defeat in Auckland to beat England by 55 runs in Hamilton in the second Twenty20 international today. Victory for New Zealand has meant the series is squared at 1-1 with one match to play.
Stuart Broad won the toss and elected to bowl first, which seemed a strange decision considering his side won so comfortably in Auckland batting first.
The home side reached 192-6 from their 20 overs, which was a good score on this Hamilton surface. Brendan McCullum top scored for the Black Caps with a blistering 74 from 38 balls and further highlighted why he is ranked as the best batsman in the world in this format.
England’s bowlers were all expensive apart from part-timer Luke Wright who got through his 4 overs conceding just 24 runs, and taking two wickets.
In reply England lost early wickets leaving themselves no chance of victory. It could have been even more humiliating for the tourists had it not been for Jos Buttler who contributed 54 runs from just 30 balls as wickets tumbled around him.
Ian Butler returning to the Kiwi side was their star performer with the ball claiming 2-9 from 4 overs.
The final match of the series takes place on Friday in Wellington in front of what is now expected to be a large crowd willing New Zealand on to a series victory.
The Scoop 12/02/13