England face tri-series elimination after 12-run defeat by New Zealand

Kane Williamson back injury New Zealand England T20 tri-series cricket

Chris Jordan produced a remarkable one-handed catch on the boundary to see off Colin de Grandhomme for a golden duck.

England were moving at a quick pace in their chase of 197 against New Zealand despite the early wicket of Jason Roy. Alex Hales had taken the attack to New Zealand but Ish Sodhi dismissed him and then James Vine was also quickly sent back.

England suffered a third Twenty20 defeat in a row as they were beaten by New Zealand in the tri-series which also involves Australia.

Toss: With Eoin Morgan still unavailable, Jos Buttler, the England captain, won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand in the fourth Twenty20 global of the three-nation series, with Australia as the other team, in Wellington on Tuesday (February 13). He started off steadily but paced his innings up, reaching his fifty with consecutive sixes.

Briefly England stemmed the rate after the fielding restrictions relaxed, but then Guptill and Williamson kicked on.

England went into their game with New Zealand in Wellington having suffered two defeats to the Baggy Greens, but a 12-run setback against the Black Caps has left the tourists on the brink of finishing in last place. Guptill provided the early momentum, hitting cleanly through the line, and by the end of the Powerplay New Zealand were 50 for 1.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert runs out England's David Willey.

On a pitch that appeared worn and torn, Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl, only for Guptill and Williamson to put on 82 for the second wicket partnership. Mark Wood and Rashid picked up 2 wickets each for England and were most successful in the innings.

"They added a lot of energy, which was great", Williamson said.

I'm not going to blame it on the batsmen. "But it was purely a balance and a role-type decision and that's why Timmy comes into the fold and it's a really exciting opportunity for himself and Mark to make their debuts for New Zealand and come out and play their natural game, which they've been doing so well in the domestic T20 comps".

Debutants Mark Chapman (20 off 13 balls) and Tim Seifert (14 not out off six), both hit two sixes apiece and provided just the right extra push in the closing stages.

"Playing aggressive cricket, an aggressive brand and all that, that's not just what we're about".

"It's been hugely frustrating because of the line-up we've got".

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