New Zealand vs England 2nd T20: Neesham, Santner star as New Zealand level series

James Neesham 42 New Zealand England 2nd T20 Wellington cricket

James Neesham struck two boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 42

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James Neesham smashed a 22-ball 42 and Mitchell Santner took three wickets as New Zealand downed England by 21 runs in Wellington to level the series at 1-1.

Opting to bowl first, England got the early breakthrough they were looking for when New Zealand opener Colin Munro was trapped lbw off the bowling of Sam Curran for seven runs.

Tim Seifert made 16 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Saqib Mahmood.

Martin Guptill, who opened the batting with Munro, smashed a 28-ball 41, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by James Vince at deep square leg off the bowling of Adil Rashid.

Once Guptill was gone, New Zealand began losing wickets at regular intervals.

However, with Neesham hammering 42 off 22 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes, New Zealand finished on 176/8.

Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Curran snapped up two and Mahmood, Rashid and Lewis Gregory chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 177 to win, England got off to the worst possible start as Jonny Bairstow was caught by Daryl Mitchell at wide mid-on off the bowling of captain Tim Southee on the very first ball.

James Vince fell in the next over as he was caught by Mitchell Santner at deep point off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for one run.

England skipper Eoin Morgan smashed an entertaining 17-ball 32 before he was caught by Colin de Grandhomme at long-on off the bowling of Santner.

Sam Billings and Curran fell shortly after, while Dawid Malan was dismissed by Ish Sodhi for 39.

Jordan and Gregory managed to forge a 41-run partnership before Jordan was sent packing by Santner for a 19-ball 36.

Gregory went on to score 15 before being removed by Southee.

With Mahmood and Rashid falling soon after, England were bowled out for 155.

Santner was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ferguson, Southee and Sodhi took two wickets apiece. As for Mitchell, he claimed one.

Santner was named Man of the Match.

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