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New Zealand beat England in the third T20I by 14 runs to go ahead 2-1 in 7 match series

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If you have not been following England’s progress in International Cricket, you would be interested to note that the England limited-overs team is currently touring New Zealand. This is the first time that both the sides have met after the World Cup final played between these two nations. The tour of New Zealand by England started with a seven-match T20I series which is to prepare for the 2020 T20 World Cup that will take place in Australia late next year. While England started the series with an easy win in the first T20I, it seemed like everything is under control for the visitors.

However, it has not been that easy because the touring side lost to New Zealand in the second T20I that took place on Sunday. The third T20I international between New Zealand and England took place today and the England Cricket Team took a defeat once again to New Zealand while failing to chase the target posted by the Blackcaps. It is noted that the England Cricket Team got defeated by a margin of 14 runs failing to chase New Zealand’s target of 181 to win the match.

Talking about New Zealand’s innings, the home team managed to post a total of 180 for the loss of 7 wickets thanks to Colin De Grandhomme’s innings of 55 runs of just 35 balls and Martin Guptill’s 35 run inning of just 17 balls. In reply, the visitors managed to score only 166 runs in their 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.

For the visitors, Malan scored the highest total of 55 runs from 34 balls which almost matches the innings from Colin De Grandhomme and Vince’s 49 off 39 balls also helped. However, England’s middle-order disappointed after the top order fell. Eoin Morgan, the England T20I captain, said that “That’s one that got away from us. We were in control in the whole chase before we went three or four down.” and added that “The lack of experience may have cost us.”

Howard excelled as a sportsman in his younger days. He represented Wales as a boxer in his schoolboy days and captained Cardiff and Glamorgan Schools at cricket before playing for Cardiff Cricket Club. Howard played first class rugby with Cardiff RFC Youth and Glamorgan Wanderers in Cardiff, then Old Edwardians RFC in Johannesburg. He has extensive media experience with the Western Mail & Echo in Cardiff and The Star in Johannesburg. You can contact him at howard@sportingferret.com

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