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England complete 20-20 series win over New Zealand
February 07, 2008 15:55 IST
England followed up their 32-run win in Auckland on Tuesday with an even more emphatic victory to continue their perfect start to the two-month tour.
England captain Paul Collingwood [Images] smashed a half-century to help his team compile a healthy total of 193 for eight before the tourists restricted New Zealand to 143-8 in reply.
Collingwood blasted 54 off just 28 balls, including five boundaries and three sixes, and shared in a 102-run partnership with Owais Shah, who made a brisk 47.
The pair steered England to an healthy total after they had lost four wickets for 12 runs to slump to 76-4 in the ninth over.
New Zealand's hopes of winning disappeared quickly when they crashed to 94-7 in the 14th over.
Jamie How (31) and Kyle Mills (30 not out) both made useful scores but the home side, missing several key players including their skipper Daniel Vettori [Images] and all-rounder Jacob Oram [Images], were always too far behind to mount a reasonable challenge.
England opened their tour with back-to-back wins over Canterbury last weekend and have now won all four matches they have played.
They face New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday in the first of five one-day internationals before the teams square off in three tests next month.