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England collapse as NZ take T20 series lead

England collapse as NZ take T20 series lead

Third Twenty20, Saxton Oval, Nelson

New Zealand 180-7: De Grandhomme 55 (35), Guptill 33 (17), T Curran 2-29
England 166-7: Malan 55 (34), Vince 49 (39), Ferguson 2-25, Tickner 2-25
New Zealand won by 14 runs; lead 2-1 in series

The Black Caps took a 2-1 lead in the five-match Twenty20 series after banking a 14-run win at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Tuesday (Nov 5).

England collapsed to a 14-run defeat in the third Twenty20 in Nelson as New Zealand took a 2-1 series lead.

Chasing 181, England were 139-2 with 31 balls remaining and seemingly cruising towards victory before they lost 5-10 in 18 balls.

Colin de Grandhomme made 55 in New Zealand's 180-7, with Tom Curran taking 2-29 and Matt Parkinson 1-14 on debut.

The fourth game of the five-match series is in Napier at 05:00 GMT on Friday. The final match is in Auckland on Sunday.

With England looking set for victory, captain Eoin Morgan was caught at deep mid-wicket off the final ball of the 14th over.

Sam Billings was then run out second ball by a brilliant piece of fielding from Colin Munro before James Vince picked out mid-off to fall for 49.

Lockie Ferguson dismissed Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran in the 18th over and England never recovered.

The victory puts New Zealand in a strong position to capture their fourth consecutive Twenty20 series win. They haven't lost a T20 series since last November when they were swept 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.