By Sherriff Michaels
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: November 5, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Colin de Granhomme scored brilliant 55 off 35 balls to help his team beating visitors England by 14 runs in the third T20I to take 2-1 lead in 5-match T20I series played today here at Nelson.
New Zealand skipper Tim Southee won the toss and elected to bat first. Martin Guptill was looking in prime form as he scored 33 runs from just 17 balls before perishing to Brown in fourth over. Colin Munro also went out cheaply for 6 from 8 while wicket keeper batsman Seifert (7 from 12 balls) also failed to carry on the momentum built by Guptill.
Grandhomme and Ross Taylor (27 from 24) added 66 runs for the fourth wicket in just seven overs before Tom Curran provided the break through in the 15th over. Jimmy Neesham (20 from 15) and Santner (15 from9) helped Kiwis to very good total of 181. Tom Curran took 2/29 in four overs for England while Saqib Mahmood again failed to impress as he went for 49 runs in his four overs.
Chasing 181 runs to win, England lost debut-on Tom Banton for just 18 off 10 balls in third over. David Malan (55 off 34) and James Vince (49 off 39) added 73 runs for the second wicket provided excellent platform to middle order but after departure of Malan, skipper Morgan (18 from 13), Sam Billings (1 off 2), Sam Curran (2 off 6) and Gregory (0 from 2) failed to keep the momentum.
England only managed to score 166/7 in their 20 overs. Lockie Ferguson and Tickner took two wickets each for 25 runs in their four overs. Colin de Grandhomme was declared Man of the Match. The fourth T20I match will be played on November 8 at Napier and New Zealand have a chance to decide the series on Friday.