Trans-Tasman Trophy, 6th T20I: New Zealand vs England - Things which went wrong for the hosts
England finally managed a consolation win as they defeated New Zealand by 2 runs in the 6th T20I of the Trans-Tasman Trophy at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
Being put in to bat, England posted a handsome total of 194/7 in 20 overs but towards the end, the Kiwis faltered in the chase and finished their innings on 192/4.
Despite losing the match, New Zealand qualified for the final of the T20I tri-series on the basis of their superior net run-rate.
It will be a trans-Tasman final as Australia and New Zealand will lock horns with each other at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday, February 21.
Now, let us find out the factors that led to New Zealand's loss.
#4 Not able to contain England batsmen
Kane Williamson's team was not able to defend 243 against Australia two days ago and the skipper must have thought that the things would be different if his side batted second on Sunday. However, the Kiwis did not seem to learn from their past mistakes and lost against England as well.
Dawid Malan (53) and skipper Eoin Morgan's (80*) 93-run 3rd-wicket stand powered England to 117 inside 13 overs and despite losing wickets at regular intervals after that, the visitors managed to post a total of 194/7 in 20 overs.
Although the hosts started the chase in an explosive manner, they were not able to cross the finish line and fell short by just 2 runs in the end.
For his match-winning knock, Morgan, who returned to the England lineup after missing recent matches with a groin strain, was adjudged Man of the Match.