NZCityt – Blazing half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have lifted New Zealand to an imposing 196-5 in the tri-series Twenty20 international against England in Wellington.

Summary

  • Blazing half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have lifted New Zealand to an imposing 196-5 in the tri-series Twenty20 international against England in Wellington.
  • Sent in to bat on a patchy Westpac Stadium pitch, opener Guptill raced to 65 off 40 balls on Tuesday while captain Williamson accelerated late in his 72 off 46.
  • Former Hong Kong international left-hander Chapman and wicketkeeper Seifert are making their international debuts, having replaced Tom Bruce and Tom Blundell.
  • Williamson was lucky not to be run out by Wood on the first ball he faced.
  • The skipper’s spot has been under pressure after several ineffectual knocks in T20 internationals and his place was called into question by former Black Cap Simon Doull.

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