New Zealand vs England 3rd T20: De Grandhomme sinks England to give New Zealand 2-1 lead

Colin de Grandhomme 55 New Zealand England 3rd T20 Nelson cricket

Colin de Grandhomme was named Man of the Match for his knock of 55

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Colin de Grandhomme hammered a 35-ball 55 to not only lead New Zealand to a 14-run win over England in Nelson, but also give them a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a quick start before Martin Guptill was dismissed by Pat Brown for a 17-ball 33.

Colin Munro only made six runs before he was caught by Saqib Mahmood at third man off the bowling of Tom Curran.

Tim Seifert didn’t fare much better as he was clean bowled by debutant Matt Parkinson for seven runs.

Ross Taylor and De Grandhomme stabilised the innings with a 66-run partnership, during which De Grandhomme brought up his fifty, before he was caught by debutant Tom Banton at long-on off the bowling of Tom Curran for 55, which came off 35 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Ross Taylor made 20 before being trapped lbw off the bowling of Mahmood, while James Neesham struck a quickfire 20 before he was clean bowled by Sam Curran.

With Mitchell Santner hammering 15 off nine balls, New Zealand finished on 180/7.

Tom Curran was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Sam Curran, Mahmood, Brown and Parkinson chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 181 to win, England lost Banton early on as he was cleaned up by Blair Tickner for 18.

Dawid Malan and James Vince made up for the loss of Banton with a 63-run partnership, during which Malan registered his half-century, before he was sent packing by Ish Sodhi for 55, which came off 34 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Vince and England captain Eoin Morgan added 49 runs to the score before Morgan was removed by Santner for 15.

Sam Billings was run out by Munro for one run, while Vince went on to score a 39-ball 49, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught by New Zealand skipper Tim Southee at mid-off off the bowling of Tickner.

Once Vince was gone, England crumbled and ended up finishing on 166/7 off their 20 overs.

Ticker and Lockie Ferguson took two wickets apiece, while Sodhi and Santner claimed one wicket each.

De Grandhomme was named Man of the Match.

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