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Santner stars as NZ takes lead in T20I series against England

Santner stars as NZ takes lead in T20I series against England Photo: TT
Mitchell Santner

New Zealand have taken a 2-1 lead in their T20I international series against England after a 14-run victory at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Tuesday.

Spinner Mitchell Santner was named Player of the Match after taking 3-25 from his four overs as the English fell short of the target.

The Black Caps had earlier made 8-176 from their 20 overs, led by Colin de Grandhomme who plundered 55 from 33 balls.

Martin Guptill made a quickfire 33 at the top of the innings inside four overs to give New Zealand a great platform.

England took successive quick wickets but de Grandhomme continued New Zealand’s good scoring rate before Tom Curran dismissed him at 4-135 in the 15th over.

Ross Taylor (27 from 24) and James Neasham (20 from 15) produced good cameos to help the hosts to 8-176.

England’s chase started well despite Tom Banton’s early departure for 18 from 10, with Dawid Malan and James Vince driving the visitors towards victory.

Malan was dismissed by Ish Sodhi for 55 from 34 balls to make it 2-90 in the 11th over.

England appeared on track at 2-139 in the 15th over, but stumbled in the final five overs to lose by 14 runs.

Eoin Morgan fell to Santer for 18, before Sam Billings was run out cheaply by Colin Munro for 1.

Vince (49), Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran all fell in quick succession too, leaving too much for Tom Curran (14* from 10) to do.

The two sides meet again on Friday in Napier.

Ben somerford
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