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England batsman Dawid Malan smashed a career-best 103 not out to lead his side to a 76-run win over New Zealand in the fourth Twenty20 International in Napier.
Malan’s brilliant knock also levelled the series at 2-2.
Being put in to bat first, England lost opener Jonny Bairstow early on as he was caught by Daryl Mitchell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mitchell Santner for eight runs.
Tom Banton hammered a 20-ball 31 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Santner.
Malan and England captain Eoin Morgan took over from that point as they forged a 182-run partnership, during which Malan brought up his hundred and Morgan was nearing his own century.
However, Morgan didn’t get there as he was caught by Mitchell at deep extra cover off the bowling of New Zealand skipper Tim Southee for a career-best 91, which came off 41 balls and included seven boundaries and seven sixes.
With Malan going on to score a 51-ball 103, which included nine boundaries and six sixes, England finished on 241/3.
Santner was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Southee chipped in with one.
Chasing a mammoth target of 242 to win, New Zealand got off to a strong start as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro amassed a 54-run partnership before Guptill was caught by Malan at midwicket off the bowling of Tom Curran for 27.
Tim Seifert and Colin de Grandhomme fell shortly after, while Munro went on to score 30 before he was caught by Pat Brown at midwicket off the bowling of Matt Parkinson.
Mitchell and Ross Taylor both departed soon after, but Southee and Santner put up with a fight as they put together a 49-run partnership.
However, their resistance was ended when Southee was trapped lbw off the bowling of Parkinson for a 15-ball 39.
Once Southee was gone, New Zealand crumbled and were bowled out for 165.
Parkinson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Chris Jordan snapped up two and Tom Curran, Sam Curran and Brown claimed one wicket apiece.
Malan was named Man of the Match.