Brendon McCullum’s blast levelled the series – 2nd T20 vs. England

New Zealand 6-192 (Brendon McCullum 74, Martin Guptill 47, Jade Dernbach 3-38) beat England 137 (Jos Buttler 54, James Tredwell 22, James Franklin 4-15) by 55 runs.

The New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum, punished the English bowlers at will and led his side to a commanding win in the 2nd T20 as the series was squared.

The Black Caps powered 192 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted quota of 20 overs and England was bowled out at 137 with three balls to spare.

The second Twenty20 of the three match series was played on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Earlier, Stuart Broad, the captain of England, won the toss and sent his rival team in to bat first. The innings was opened by Martin Guptill along with Hamish Rutherford in an attacking mode and both batsmen dispatched one six each in the first two overs. The fifth over produced 13 runs with 1 six and 1 four and the boundaries were flowing from the bats of both batsmen. The duo plundered a 75 runs partnership in 8.2 overs when Rutherford lost his wicket for 40 off 27 balls with 3 lofty sixes and 1 four.

Brendon McCullum - A rapid knock of 74 off 38 balls
Brendon McCullum – A rapid knock of 74 off 38 balls

Brendon McCullum joined in next with Guptill and they hit 3 sixes in the next three overs. Martin Guptill was caught by Alex Hales at backward square for 47 off 31 deliveries with 2 sixes and 4 fours as the total reached 105 in 11.5 overs. It was left to McCullum who took over the charge as the wickets kept on sliding from the other side at regular intervals. He hit 3 back to back fours in the 14th over and smashed 3 huge sixes in the 19th over off the rival captain, Stuart Broad.

Brendon McCullum was finally caught by Michael Lumb off Jade Dernbach for 74 from 38 mere balls comprising 5 towering sixes and 6 well timed fours. The Kiwis piled up 192 runs with four wickets in hand at the end of the 20th over.

Jade Dernbach was the chief wicket taker with three, Luke Wright held two whereas James Tredwell claimed one wicket.

England had a miserable beginning as they lost two quick wickets for just nine runs in 1.4 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan removed Alex Hales for 5 and Luke Wright without opening his account on the consecutive deliveries of his first over. Jonny Bairstow got together with the opener, Michael Lumb, as the first hit a couple of fours in the third over. Barstow became the third victim at 24 after contributing eight runs and Lumb was the fourth batsman who went back to the dressing room for 17 runs.

Jos Buttler appeared in the park next as Eoin Morgan multiplied the miseries of the tourists when he was caught by Coiln Munro off Ian Butler for 13 runs. England was reeling at 7-80 in 14.4 overs as James Tredwell associated with Buttler who toyed with Grant Ellliot in the 16th over by adding 19 runs with 1 six and 3 fours. Jos Buttler continued with his onslaught in the next over by hitting 3 fours and achieved his maiden T20 fifty. He was caught by Ross Taylor off James Franklin for 54 scored from just 30 balls with 1 six and 9 fours. The entire English side went back to the pavilion for 137 runs in 19.3 overs.

James Franklin was the star performer with four wickets, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ian Butler shared two wickets each whereas Nathan McCullum got one wicket.

New Zealand won the second Twenty20 with a big margin of 55 runs and the series was levelled at 1-1. The third and decisive match will be played on February 15, 2013, at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.


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