NZ tour of England ends with Twenty20 loss

New Zealand’s tour of England has ended in heavy defeat, losing the one-off Twenty20 International in Manchester by 56 runs.

Three days after losing the deciding match of the one-day international series, the Black Caps suffered further disappointment when a batting collapse scuppered their hopes at Old Trafford.

The English reached an imposing 7-191 after winning the toss and had their hands full as the tourists raced to 89-2 off eight overs.

However, three quick wickets stilted the chase before a calamitous tail-order collapse resulted in the last five wickets falling for four runs in the space of 11 balls.

New Zealand were dismissed for 135 off 16.2 overs, ending a six-week visit in which they drew the Test series 1-1 and lost the ODI series 3-2.

In keeping with the theme of the tour, runs flowed freely.

Joe Root top-scored for England with 68 off 46 balls, while four teammates made quickfire contributions in the 20s.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, making his T20 debut, was the pick of the Black Caps bowlers with 2-28 while new-ball partner Mitchell McClenaghan also bagged two scalps.

New Zealand’s chase began vibrantly as Brendon McCullum flew to 35 off 15 balls, bludgeoning four sixes in the process.

Kane Williamson continued his prolific form with 57 off 37 balls, featuring eight fours, but the departure of Ross Taylor for 17 started the rot, with the rest of New Zealand’s order failing to reach double figures.

Williamson’s run-out in the 15th over ended any realistic hope of victory as England surged home on the back of sharp bowling from seamers Mark Wood (3-26) and Ben Stokes (2-24).

England now prepare for the Ashes series at home while New Zealand’s next scheduled cricket is likely to be a limited overs tour of Zimbabwe starting in late July.

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