February 15, 2013
3rd Twenty20 international, Wellington
England 143-0 (12.4 overs) beat New Zealand 139-8 (20 overs) by 10 wickets
England thrashed New Zealand by 10 wickets in Wellington today and in the process have won the Twenty20 series 2-1.
Stuart Broad won the toss and elected to bowl which proved to be the right decision this time around. England’s captain Broad was the pick of the bowlers with 3-15 from his four overs in helping restrict the Kiwi’s to 139-8 from their 20 overs.
Martin Guptil top scored for the home side with 59 from 55 balls, but he was given little support from his team mates.
In reply, England cruised to their total thanks to an outstanding opening partnership from Alex Hales and Michael Lumb. The pair took England to victory in just 12.4 overs as they put the New Zealand bowlers to the sword.
Hales finished 80 not out from just 42 balls in what was a breath-taking innings from the Nottinghamshire batsman. His knock included 9 fours and 4 sixes. Lumb was just as effective in scoring 53 from just 34 balls as England romped home.
England now face New Zealand in three 50 over internationals before the Test series begins.
The Scoop 15/02/13