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12:00 AM, November 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:53 AM, November 04, 2019

NZ make it 1-1

The safe hands of Colin de Grandhomme proved crucial as New Zealand drew level with England 1-1 in their Twenty20 international series in Wellington on Sunday.

While de Grandhomme was pouching all four skied balls that went his way, England were left to rue an uncomfortable day in the field with six spilled chances including three by James Vince.

New Zealand, who suffered a seven-wicket loss in the first match on Friday, were sent in to bat first and made their most of the errant fielding to post 176 for eight.

Martin Guptill at the top of the innings clouted 41 off 28 deliveries, while Jimmy Neesham belted 42 off 22, including four sixes, before he was removed on the final ball of the innings.

De Grandhomme also pushed the pace, facing only 12 balls for a whirlwind 28. England in reply looked comfortable at 91 for four in the 11th over before New Zealand removed the remaining six wickets to end the innings with a ball to spare.

SCORES IN BRIEF

NEW ZEALAND: 176 for 8 in 20 overs (Guptill 41, De Grandhomme 28, Taylor 28, Neesham 42; Curran 2-22, Jordan 3-23)

ENGLAND: 155 all out in 19.5 overs (Malan 39, Morgan 32, Jordan 36; Southee 2-25, Ferguson 2-34, Santner 3-25, Sodhi 2-37)

Result: New Zealand won by 21 runs.

Player-of-the-match: Mitchell Santner.

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