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England finishes with a flourish

Pacers Willey and Wood share six wickets to back up Root’s 68 as New Zealand loses by 56 runs in T20I

England finishes with a flourish - Cricket News

England capped of the series against New Zealand with a 56-run win in the one-off Twenty20 International at Old Trafford on Tuesday (June 23).

Chasing 192, New Zealand was bowled out for 135 all out as it lost its last five wickets for four runs in 12 balls.

The visiting side drew the two Test series 1-1, but England won the five-match One-Day International series 3-2. With the first Ashes Test against Australia starting in Cardiff on July 8, England would hope to maintain the feel-good factor.

David Willey (3 for 22) and Mark Wood (3 for 26), who made their T20I debuts on Tuesday, were the stars in the bowling department while Joe Root was named Man of the Match for his 68 that helped England reach 191 for 7.

New Zealand was going at a decent clip at 101 for 5, but its chase was derailed when it lost three wickets in the 15h over.

Mitchell Santner was bowled by Wood and, two balls later, Williamson was run out by a direct hit from Wiley. Williamson top-scored with 57 from 37 balls, studded with eight fours.

Tim Southee then fell for a golden duck as he drove Wood straight to Eoin Morgan at mid-off, and Willey took the last two wickets in two balls, removing Nathan McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan, to finish the game with 22 balls to spare.

The momentum with New Zealand when Brendon McCullum hit a breezy 35 to get the side off to a brisk start. McCullum pummeled Wood's first two balls for six, but the paceman had the last laugh when he had him bowled after missing a low full toss. McCullum faced just 15 balls, including two fours and four sixes.

Ross Taylor, dropped on 17, fell for the same score when he skied Adil Rashid, the legspinner, to Willey at mid-off, while Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi departed quickly as well.

Earlier, Santner marked his T20I debut by picking up 2 for 28. The left-arm offspinner dismissed Alex Hales for 27 and then produced a beauty that spun past the outside edge to bowl Bairstow, the star of the fifth ODI for England, for 1. 

Root, however, kept England on track with eight fours and a six during his 46-ball knock. Although he holed out to Martin Guptill at deep cover off Mitchell McClenaghan, Sam Billings (21 off 11 balls) and Ben Stokes (24 not out off 13 balls) did enough to give England's bowlers a healthy total to defend.

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