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Trans-Tasman Trophy, 4th T20I: New Zealand vs England - Things which went wrong for the visitors

England's 3rd successive defeat means a trans-Tasman final will be assured if New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland on Friday.

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Top 5 / Top 10 13 Feb 2018, 16:19 IST
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England's hopes of qualifying for the tri-series final were dealt a massive blow following a 12-run loss to New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Tuesday.

The chase of hosts' 196/5 proved too steep for the visitors as they eventually ended at 184/9, falling short by 12 runs.

England's 3rd successive defeat in the series means a trans-Tasman final will be assured if New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland on Friday.

The 5th T20I will be played between New Zealand and finalists Australia at Eden Park on Friday, February 16.

Now, let us have a look at what went wrong for England as they are yet to win a match in the ongoing T20I series.

#5 Bowlers being expensive

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England's stand-in skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to bowl first. Although Mark Wood removed dangerous Colin Munro (11) early, Martin Guptill (65) and skipper Kane Willamson's (72) 82-run 2nd-wicket stand powered New Zealand to 131 inside 14 overs.

The duo took all the England bowlers to the cleaners and laid a solid foundation for a huge score.

Although Adil Rashid and Mark Wood claimed 2 wickets each, they were looted for 36 and 51 runs respectively.

Chris Jordan removed Williamson but he conceded more than 8 runs an over.

Liam Plunkett and David Willey bowled 4 overs each, remained wicketless and conceded 33 and 36 runs respectively as the Kiwis posted 196/5 in their quota of 20 overs.

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