New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum plays a shot on his
way to 74 against England in their Twenty20 match at Seddon
Park in Hamilton. REUTERS/Simon Watts
Captain Brendon McCullum led the way with the bat while
his bowlers produced a disciplined display to beat England by
55 runs in the second Twenty20 international at Seddon Park
tonight and level the three-match series.
McCullum had anchored New Zealand's innings to power them to
192 for six with 74 runs from 38 balls as he plundered
England's attack for six boundaries and five sixes.
Mitchell McClenaghan, who took two wickets in successive
balls in the second over, Trent Boult and Ian Butler then put
the power-packed England batting line-up under constant
pressure with aggressive pace bowling.
Butler finished with two for nine from four overs, while
McClenaghan had two for 24. James Franklin mopped up the tail
to finish with 4-15 off 3.3 overs.
Jos Buttler produced a cameo of 54 but received little help
as England were dismissed for 137 in 19.3 overs.
England had won the first match at Eden Park in Auckland on
Saturday by 40 runs, which was their sixth successive victory
over New Zealand in the shortest format of the game and
McCullum said he was pleased his side had put that behind
"It was good. The other night was disappointing and England
blew us off the park," McCullum said in a televised
"The boys are very happy with the performance (and) ... to
bounce back from the other day. We knew we were short (on
Saturday) and today was a really good performance from us."
Unlike Auckland, openers Hamish Rutherford and Martin Guptill
kept the run rate above nine before Rutherford feathered a
catch to Buttler off Luke Wright for 40 to leave the hosts
well placed at 75-1 in the ninth over.
The run rate dropped markedly after Rutherford fell as
England's bowlers varied their length and pace with Wright
and Jade Dernbach adept at disguising their slower
Guptill (47), Ross Taylor (four) and Colin Munro (seven) all
fell when they failed to pick slower deliveries and lofted
mistimed shots into the deep, while Grant Elliott (four) was
bowled by a Dernbach delivery that was 30kph slower than the
McCullum, however, took 22 off the 19th over from Stuart
Broad, which included three sixes, before he became
Dernbach's third wicket on the penultimate delivery of the
The series decider will be in Wellington on Friday.