Blackcaps v England: England level T20 series with thrashing in Napier

England have levelled the T20 series against New Zealand with a thumping 76-run victory at McLean Park in Napier.

The tourists piled constant misery onto a lacklustre Blackcaps attack after skipper Tim Southee asked them to bat first.

Despite the early loss of Jonny Bairstow (8), Tom Banton (31), Eion Morgan (91) and David Malan (103) plundered 20 fours and 14 sixes between them.

Only Mitchell Santner (2/32) and Trent Boult (0/35) were able to keep the brakes on an English batting assault that resulted in 241/3 - their highest international T20 score.

Malan's century was also a record, coming from just 48 balls as was his third-wicket partnership with Morgan (182) - the third highest stand in T20 history.

Ish Sodhi came in for serious punishment, hit for 28 off his third and final over to finish with 0/49, while Blair Tickner had a day to forget, plundered for six boundaries and two sixes in his 0/50 from four.

In reply, the Blackcaps started superbly with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro adding 54 in 27 balls before Guptill found Malan at midwicket off Tom Curran for 27.

But that's as good as it got for the home side, losing wickets in clumps as they chased quick runs.

There were brief cameos from Munro (30 from 21 balls) and captain Southee (39 from 15 balls), but 242 was never seriously threatened.

Leg spinner Matthew Parkinson was the chief destroyer for England, taking 4/47 in his four-over spell.

The Blackcaps were eventually dismissed for 165  in the 17th over.

The series heads to Auckland for the decider on Sunday.


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