New Zealand vs England 1st T20: Vince’s career-best 59 sinks New Zealand

James Vince 59 New Zealand England 1st T20 Christchurch cricket

James Vince was named Man of the Match for his knock of 59

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James Vince struck a career-best 59 as England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 International in Christchurch.

Being put in to bat first, New Zealand were dealt an early blow as opener Martin Guptill was clean bowled by debutant Sam Curran for two runs.

Colin Munro mustered 21 runs before he was caught by England captain Eoin Morgan at midwicket off the bowling of Chris Jordan.

Colin de Grandhomme made 19 before being dismissed by Adil Rashid, while Tim Seifert smashed a 26-ball 32 before he was removed by Jordan.

Ross Taylor and Daryl Mitchell steadied things with a 56-run partnership before Taylor was sent packing by debutant Pat Brown for a 35-ball 44, which included three boundaries and a six.

With Mitchell hammering an unbeaten 30 off 17 balls, New Zealand finished on 153/5.

Jordan was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Curran, Rashid and Brown chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 154 to win, England lost Dawid Malan in the sixth over as he was caught by Ish Sodhi at third man off the bowling of Mitchell Santner for 11.

Jonny Bairstow smashed a 28-ball 35 before he was brilliantly caught by Guptill off the bowling of Santner.

Morgan and Vince stabilised the innings with a 54-run partnership, during which Vince brought up his fifty, before he was removed by Santner for 59, which came off 38 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Morgan and Sam Billings mopped up the remaining runs as England won the match with nine balls to spare.

Morgan finished on 34, which came off 21 balls and included four boundaries and a six, while Billings remained undefeated on 14, which came off 11 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Santner was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Vince was named Man of the Match.

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