Twenty20: Clinical England seal series win

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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English opener Mustard (40 off 24, 3X3s 3X6s) along with Luke Wright gave England a brisk startBangalore: England captain Paul Collingwood's blazing half-century and another clinical effort from his team handed Kiwis a second successive Twenty20 defeat at the Jade Stadium in Christchurch on Thursday.

England opting to bat first posted a daunting 193/8 in the stipulated 20 overs. Kiwis in reply managed just 143/8 handing the hosts a convincing 50-run victory

Collingwood made a 28-ball 54 studded with five boundary hits and three over it. He also shared a 102-run for the fifth wicket stand with Owais Shah (47 off 35 balls, 4X4s&2X6s).


Earlier, Phil Mustard (40 off 24 balls) and Luke Wright (30 off 19 balls) provided England the blazing start with an opening stand of 65 in under six overs.

However Kiwi pacemen Southee and Martin struck in regular intervels to reduce visitors to 76/4. Martin drew the first blood for hosts castling Wright with a peach of an yorker.

Debutant Southee then sent Mustard and KP (3) packing in quick succession. Bell (1) too departed early after a Taylor's throw from short mid-wicket found the Englishman short of crease.

But a fifth-wicket partnership of 102 runs at brisk pace between Collingwood and Owais Shah propelled England to a healthy total.

Southee playing his first international for Kiwis was the pick of bowlers with 2/22 in his four overs while Hitchcock (2/43), who went for plenty, claimed the vital wickets of Collingwood and Shah.

Kiwis chasing the mammoth target were undone by a poor start with both the openers Ryder (12) and McCullum (5) dismissed in successive overs by Sidebottom and Anderson.

Taylor (21 off 10) raised hopes for the Blackcaps with some lusty hitting but was undone by Stuart Broad and the visitors thrived with a quick turnover of wickets.

Mills (30 n o), Paul Hitchcock (13), and Southee (13 n o) countered, but the wagging tail came too late to prompt a revival, ending on 143 for eight.

Sidebottom, Mascarenhas and Swann claimed two wickets apiece while Anderson and Broad took a wicket each.

The teams now move on to Wellington to play their inaugural ODI of the five-match series on Feb 9.


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