Jos Buttler stars as England win second T20 World Cup warm-up game v New Zealand

England beat New Zealand by 13 runs in their second T20 World Cup warm-up game, with Jos Buttler, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid shining

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England bounced back from defeat in their first T20 World Cup warm-up game against India, with a 13-run win over New Zealand in their second match.

Jos Buttler was the star of the show with the bat, smashing 73 runs, while Adil Rashid and Mark Wood stood out with the ball, taking 3-18 and 4-23 respectively

Having won the toss and chosen to bowl first, New Zealand made an immediate breakthrough with Tim Southee bowling Jason Roy with the first delivery of the match.

It was something of a bizarre dismissal for Roy, who walked too far across his stumps and failed to make contact with the ball.

England star Jos Buttler smashed 73 off 51 balls in the second T20 World Cup warm-up game against New Zealand


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Despite the early wicket falling, Buttler batted brilliantly during the powerplay, smashing 36 of England’s 47 runs in the first six overs.

Dawid Malan did little to nail down his place ahead of the opening game against the West Indies on Saturday, getting out LBW for 11 off 15 balls.

Coupled with his run-a-ball 18 in the first warm-up game, Malan’s spot at number three could well be under threat given the dearth of batting talent at England’s disposal.

Captain Eoin Morgan sat out the first warm-up match and he has been in poor form with the bat, admitting ahead of this game that he would be willing to drop himself if his lean patch continues.

Although he is likely to bat at number six in the World Cup, Morgan came in at number four against New Zealand, giving him plenty of time to build an innings.

However, he departed after making just 10 off 11 balls, getting given out LBW to Ish Sodhi despite appearing to get some bat on the ball before it hit his pad.

Meanwhile, Buttler continued to play brilliantly, racing to his half-century off just 39 balls and making 73 before he was eventually dismissed by Sodhi.

The leg-spinner was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand, taking 3-26 from his four overs.

Despite Liam Livingstone getting bowled by part-timer Glenn Phillips for just one, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings were able to close out the innings well.

Bairstow picked where he left off against India, scoring a fluent 30 off 21 balls, while Billings made 27 off 17 as England reached a total of 161-6.

Jonny Bairstow continued his good form with the bat, striking 30 off 21 balls


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In response, New Zealand started their chase brilliantly, with Martin Guptill launching two huge sixes off Livingstone’s opening over.

Wood picked up the first wicket, bowling Tim Seifert with an excellent delivery, but Guptill continued to motor for the Kiwis.

The opener raced to 41 off just 20 balls, eventually becoming Rashid’s first victim after getting caught in the deep by Roy.

Guptill’s dismissal sparked a major collapse for New Zealand, with four more wickets falling soon after.

Devon Conway was run out for 20 thanks to an excellent piece of fielding from Billings and Phillips was caught behind off Livingstone for seven.

Rashid then picked up two in one over, getting Mark Chapman caught at slip for one and bowling Mitchell Santner for nought.

New Zealand ultimately fell 14 runs short of their target, with Wood dismissing Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee cheaply.

A 47-run partnership for the last wicket between Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle kept New Zealand in the game but they were left with far too much to do.

Mark Wood took 4-23 against New Zealand in an impressive bowling display


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Tymal Mills capped his first appearance for England since 2017 with figures of 0-23, showcasing the skills which have made him one of the best T20 bowlers in the world over the past few years.

Mills’ express pace was on show, but it is his slower ball which is perhaps his most potent weapon as batters are forced to set themselves for his 90mph+ deliveries.

Although he did not pick up any wickets against New Zealand, Mills was economical and the combination of his speed, left-arm angle, subtle variations and death bowling ability means he offers a completely different package to England’s other bowlers.

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