Bowled Over – New Zealand V England (2nd T20) – By Luqman Liaqat

New Zealand turned the tide on England as Brendon McCullum scored 78 to take them to a crushing 55-run victory in Hamilton and level the series.

After some firework hitting in the first Twenty20, Stuart Broad put the hosts into bat first on this occasion, but was left watching when McCullum piled on the misery upon the bowlers in the latter overs taking New Zealand to a challenging 192-6.

England in reply never recovered after losing regular wickets in first eight overs, in the end they only scramble to 137.

New Zealand’s opening duo made a fantastic start by putting on 75 for the first wicket, James Tredwell opened the bowling and in the fourth ball Martin Guptill cleared him for a maximum over sightscreen.

Luke Wright finally got the breakthrough for England in the 8th over when the Black Caps had already reached 75; Martin Rutherford was caught behind by Jos Butler for 40 in an innings which included three maximums.

Guptill scored 47 from 31 balls before becoming the first of three victims for Jade Dernbach and Ross Taylor followed him back to the pavilion for four.

After the third wicket, England fought back and slowed down the pace of innings. Dernbach bowled particularly well with his slower balls making an impact, Colin Munro hauled to Johnny Bairstrow leaving the hosts on 139-4 after 16 overs.

McCullum continued his destructive form clattering a glorious four over Dernbach’s head but that wasn’t the last of English seamer he clean bowled Grant Elliot with slower cutter nudging into the off bail.

The home skipper capitalised on Broad’s dipping form, striking three sixes off his counterpart which went for an expensive 22 runs in total; the seamer was hammered for 53 from his 4 overs.

Dernbach had his fourth wicket in the last over of the innings after powering a boundary through extra-cover McCullum held out to Michael Lumb in the deep for his entertaining knock of 74 off 38 balls.

Alex Hales fell early as he was bowler out by Mitchell McClenaghan and Wright edged into gully’s hands. Bairstow pulled Ian Butler (2-9) straight down short fine legs throat. When Lumb was bowled off his pads in an attempt to charge Nathan McCullum’s off spinner in result leaving England limping on 47-4.

The story for the three Lions after this was only of losing wickets; Eoin Morgan came and went for just 13.

Only Butler now stood in between New Zealand and victory, during the 13th and 15th overs he really launched some heavy hitting of McCullum and Butler picking up more than 20 runs.

Butler fired 54 from 30 balls (nine fours and one six), James Franklin bowled tremendously during the final few overs dismissing Butler in the process as Taylor held onto a catch at extra-cover.

Franklin ripped through the lower order with ease taking four wickets from his mandatory overs finishing with figures of 4-15, Tredwell chipped in with 22 late on as England were bowled out for 137 before the 20th over giving New Zealand a 55 run win.

The two teams will now take to the field on Friday in a winner-takes-all showdown in the third and final T20 in Wellington.

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