Luke Wright produced with bat and ball while skipper Stuart Broad claimed four wickets as England eased to a 40 run win over New Zealand in their 1st Twenty20 Match at Auckland on Saturday.
All rounder Luke Wright's 42 off 20 included with three fours and four sixes as England's power full batting line up made 214 for 7, their highest ever total in a T20 format.
The Luke Wright then produced enormous pressure on New Zealand's batsmen as he bowled quite a lot of dot balls that forced the New Zealand to take risks, one of which resulted in Martin Guptill hitted the ball straight to Stuart Broad at mid off for 44 runs. Broad then chipped in with two wickets in the 15th over, dismissed James Franklin (8) and Colin Munro (28) to make sure England's total was well out of reach.
Stuart Broad ended with 4 for 24, his best ever T20 figures, while Luke Wright take 2 for 29 and put on a catch as New Zealand scored 174 for 9 in their 20 overs. The maximum total for sixes in a Twenty20 was the 24 hit by New Zealand and India at Christchurch 2009, a feat duplicated by Australia and India at Bridgetown a year later.
Eoin Morgan was top scorer for England with 46 off 26 deliveries and joined with Jonny Bairstow (38) in a 81 runs partnership in just 7.1 overs as England looked set for a total in excess of 230 runs on the board until the partnership was broken.