Skipper Brendon McCullum lead the method with the bat while his team bowlers show a restricted display to beat England by 55 runs in the 2nd T20 at Seddon Park on Tuesday and level the three match series. McCullum had anchor New Zealand's innings to control them to 192 for 6 with 74 runs off 38 deliveries as he plundered England's attack for six four and five sixes.
Mitchell McClenaghan claimed two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the 2nd over, Trent Boult and Ian Butler then put the command packed England batting line up under steady pressure with destructive fast bowling. Butler ended with 2 for 9 from four overs, while McClenaghan had 2 for 24. James Franklin mopped up the tail enders to conclude with 4 fro 15 off 3.3 overs.
Jos Buttler created a cameo of 54 runs but established little help as England were all out for 137 runs in 19.3 overs. England had won the first game at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday by 40 runs.
New Zealand openers Hamish Rutherford and Martin Guptill set aside the run rate above nine before R catch to Buttler off Luke Wright for 40 runs to leave the home side well placed at 75 for 1 in the ninth over. Guptill (47), Ross Taylor (4) and Colin Munro (7) all fell when they unsuccessful to pick slower deliveries and lofted untimely shots into the deep. Skipper rebuild innings nicely the series decide match will starst on Friday.