Late bowling strikes steered New Zealand to a 14-run victory over England in the third T20 international of the five-match series at Saxton Oval on Tuesday to go 2-1 up in the series.
Chasing New Zealand’s total of 180, England were well placed at 139 for two in the 15th over before a flurry of wickets reduced them to 166 for seven at the close.
Munro runs out Billings with a direct hit
On the fourth delivery of the 16th over bowled by Tim Southee, the Blackcaps opener Colin Munro hit the target directly, leaving the English wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings half a yard short.
Billings’ was sent back into the hut for just one.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme scoring a 35-ball 55.
Dawid Malan cracked 55 for England, and James Vince added 49 before New Zealand fought back with Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner, both picking up two for 25.
The fourth T20I will be played at the McLean Park in Napier on Friday.