Dominant England 11 sealed the 3rd T20 beating New Zealand by 10 wickets and 44 balls to spare. The 3rd match at Wellington resulted in visitors clinching 2-1 series win just before the 3 match ODI series gets underway from 17th February.
Accepting the batting invitation, New Zealand could never press the acceleration button; Martin Guptill topped the score-chart with 59 runs. Kiwis managed to pile on 139 for 8 in 20 over’s. Skipper Broad and Dernbach took 3-a-piece costing a mere 51 off 8 over’s between them. England was extra-ordinarily superb in the field and after Broad’s acceptance of a wrong decision in the last match, bowling first-up was the correct decision.
Lumb and Hales came up firing all guns and the two paired England to win by a mammoth 10 wickets. Hales and Lumb put up a 143 run stand, second highest for any wicket by England. Lumb scored 53* of 34 balls with 5 sixes and a boundary whereas Hales was equally barbaric with an unbeaten 80 of 42 balls. With a strike rate of 190.47 he mastered 9 fours and 4 sixes. Within the 13th over and just 50 minutes of play, the England team sealed the victory scoring at 11.28 runs per over. Mitchell McClenaghan went for 38 off his 3 overs and Butler costed 41 off his 16 balls.
The two countries will again lock horns for 3 ODI’s, the first game scheduled at Hamilton on 17th February.