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England fail to match Williamson, Guptill

England fail to match Williamson, Guptill

A blinding 47 off 24 balls from opener Alex Hales and 59 off 40 from Dawid Malan gave England some hope but they didn't get sufficient support as the required run rate steadily climbed.

But, after that, Williamson responded emphatically with four sixes and four boundaries in a 46-ball 72 as he and Guptill, who made 65 from 40 balls, laid the foundation for a big Kiwi score.

Against expectations that saw England eclipse New Zealand's powerplay score of 50 for one by 10 runs. While three bowlers are vying for the fourth slot, New Zealand do not possess a viable fifth option.

Victory against New Zealand is not imperative for England to reach the final, although defeat would require already-qualified Australia to beat their antipodean rivals on Friday. Colin Munro though didn't do much as he failed to pull the ball over the line was caught by Sam Billings in the 5th over bowled by Mark Wood. Frontline bowlers Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood return to England's lineup after missing its most recent match against Australia. Mark Chapman and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert are set to debut at the Westpac Stadium, with Tom Bruce and Tom Blundell making way, and Williamson said it was just reward for their form domestically.

Alex Hales' had scored a century against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20 Cup.

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler was caught on the long off fence for two by Tim Southee off Sodhi leaving England 109 for four off 12 overs.

A final equation of 37 from the last three overs was theoretically achievable but when Boult toppled Jordan and Plunkett with consecutive yorkers, the issue was settled.

Vince played one dreamy lofted cover drive for six then ran as though he was dreaming, taking on Williamson at mid-off and opting not to dive with a direct finding him short. I can't get away from the plans, I think New Zealand have planned well for this game on this pitch.

Newcomers Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) provided the late fireworks on their worldwide debuts.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand's captain, has responded to criticism from Simon Doull about the team's T20 fortunes and reiterated that he wants to be involved in all formats for his country.

Conditions: The weather was poor heading into the game but it has cleared up. A T20 game requires skills that a lot of the players are still trying to develop.


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