England’s Alex Hale and Michael Lumb combined for 143 runs to defeat New Zealand by 10 wickets and take the deciding game in their three-match Twenty20 series.
Hale, 80 not out, and Lumb, unbeaten on 53, needed just 12.4 of their 20 overs to surpass the 139-8 set by New Zealand in Wellington. England’s opening pair took 50 minutes to reach the target.
Martin Guptill led the host’s attack with 59 runs before being caught and bowled by captain Stuart Broad, who took 3-15 for England. Jade Dernbach was 3-36.
“I can’t remember a much more powerful performance from an England side,” Broad said in broadcast comments. “It was key for us to reclaim some confidence here. We bowled well and held our lengths early and the way we chased down those runs was pretty spectacular.”
The visitors won the opening match by 40 runs in Auckland, with New Zealand rebounding three days ago with a 55-run win to even the series.
The teams will also meet for three one-day internationals and three Tests in New Zealand.