Williamson in the runs as New Zealand beat England

The runs have dried up for Kane Williamson in Twenty20 international cricket having scored 101 at an average of 14

After one miserly Munro over, Ish Sodhi removed Hales (47 off 24) with a short one then England were on the slide. Furthermore, in the ongoing T20 tri-series, which also involves Australia and England, the New Zealand skipper has failed to have an impact with the bat as he scored eight runs off 21 balls in his side's loss to Australia.

Kane Williamson has hailed New Zealand's performance in what he says was close to a "must-win" game against England in the tri-nations Twenty20 global series. He started off steadily but paced his innings up, reaching his fifty with consecutive sixes. Williamson, even if he plays, is unlikely to be fully fit but even then he is a better option than Nicholls.

New Zealand will now face Australia in Auckland on Friday, before taking on England again in Hamilton two days later.

New Zealand are also without a win in the tournament after their opening defeat against Australia in Sydney.

Opener Martin Guptill had earlier feasted on some inconsistent bowling, setting the tone while Williamson found his feet to score 65 off 40 balls.

'We had a fantastic start, Hales can rival anyone in the world when he's in that kind of form, ' Buttler, who made just two from four balls, said.

'You'd like to think a fielder's word would be taken but that's what the soft signal is for, ' he said. Adil Rashid pegged back the Kiwis with two wickets in two balls but Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert took the Black Caps to 196, a winning total in the end. Mark Chapman, who has also played global cricket for Hong Kong, and debutant Tim Seifert then did what they had been brought into the side to do with quick-fire cameos in the middle order. In the next over Sodhi claimed the huge scalp of Buttler who appeared to have connected sweetly with his shot down the ground, but Tim Southee ran around the rope to take a well-judged catch.

Mark Wood was the man responsible for England's sliding doors moment, hurling the ball wide of the stumps to reprieve home captain Kane Williamson on nought. While three bowlers are vying for the fourth slot, New Zealand do not possess a viable fifth option.

England batsman Jason Roy says the match is hugely important for the team.

"It's been hugely frustrating because of the line-up we've got".

"It's hard when you've got three teams and they are all trying to play cricket at the same time".



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