T20I tri-series: Kane Williamson powers New Zealand to victory against England

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson struck a match-defining 72, but only after he was handed a reprieve on nought as England seamer Mark Wood failed to hit the stumps with a run out chance from close range.

Kiwi Captain Kane Williamson silenced his critics with a half century as New Zealand defeated England by 12 runs in the fourth match of the tri-series tournament.

Williamson's innings included four sixes as he and Guptill put on 82 for the second wicket.

New Zealand's move to shore up the batting also paid off as former Hong Kong worldwide Mark Chapman made a useful cameo of 20 off 13 on his New Zealand debut.

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.

As a result of their win, New Zealand have now won one match and lost one, while England have tasted defeat in all three of their games.

The Black Caps meet high-flying Australia first in a Friday nighter in Auckland.

Fans on social media reacted immediately, with some even comparing it to former New Zealand skipper Dan Vettori's stunning effort against the West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

The opening batsman went on to make 65 off 40 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Liam Plunkett at short fine leg off the bowling of Adil Rashid.

Not to forget the other debutant, wicketkeeper Tim Seifert who had time to bang a couple of sixes too, finishing on 14 off six balls.

Boult (2-46) accounted for Jordan and Plunkett as England's tail offered little resistance, potential middle-order saviours James Vince (10) and Willey (21) having both been run out.

"They made us work really hard, we had to play very good cricket which we were fortunate enough to do today".

"The team were great, we did know how the wicket would play and we were able to build partnerships throughout".

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England captain Buttler said: "It was maybe ten to 15 runs too many. and we didn't bowl as well as we could have". We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference.

"They were tough fielding conditions but the way they bowled at the death, they stepped up to the mark today".

"We'll need to think on our feet and adjust quickly".

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