Wellington, Feb 15: England's Alex Hales and Michael Lumb played magnificently to guide England to a 10-wicket win over hosts New Zealand in the third and final T20 at Wellington to clinch series 2-1 on Friday.
Alex Hales played brilliantly during his 42-ball 80 which included 9 boundaries and 4 sixes. New Zealand bowlers couldn't stop Hales and Lumb as they reached their half centuries in style to guide the team to a 10-wicket win in the final T20 at Wellington.
Chasing a moderate 140, England blazed the way to register 50 runs within 4.4 overs, and reached the three-digit mark within 10.3 overs as Alex Hales recorded his fifty within 35 balls.
Michael Lumb also scored his half century off 34 balls as he remained unbeaten on 53, after guiding England to a series win with a 10-wicket victory over New Zealand on Friday.
England reached the target within 12.4 overs as they Lumb hit a fabulous six to score the winning runs which also brought his fifty.
Having won the T20 series 2-1, England look forward to continue their good run in the ODI and Test series.
New Zealand Innings Report: New Zealand riding high on Martin Guptill's half century, posted 139/8 in the allotted 20 overs against England during the third T20 played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday.
After winning the toss, England put New Zealand to bat. Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach claimed three wickets each to reduce the hosts to 139/8 in 20 overs.
Hamish Rutherford (11), skipper Brendon McCullum (26), Ross Taylor (6), Grant Elliott (15), James Franklin (15), Nathan McCullum (0) were dismissed cheaply as Martin Guptill alone led the hosts to 139/8 in the third and final T20 at Wellington on Friday.
The series is levelled at 1-1 after England and New Zealand winning the first two games respectively making the third T20 more interesting as the match's outcome decides the winner of the series.
England having reduced the hosts to 139/8, need 140 to win at 7 runs per over, to win the third T20 and the series.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Hamish Rutherford, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Ian Butler, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan
England: Stuart Broad (captain), Micheal Lumb, Alex Hales Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach