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Electric England sweep to victory
Updated on : 24 June 2015

England continued their remarkable resurgence in limited-overs cricket with the third largest victory in their history over New Zealand in the one-off T20 at Old Trafford.

England had won only three of their previous 12 T20 matches and, in that period, suffered a defeat to Netherlands. But inspired by their young players - there were three T20I debutants in this side - and a newly acquired aggressive approach, they followed the 12th highest total in their T20 history, and the fifth highest in England, with a disciplined display of bowling that eventually saw New Zealand lose their last five wickets for the addition of just four runs in 12 legitimate deliveries.

Only 11 times have they been bowled out more cheaply in a T20. Their captian, Brendon McCullum, rated their batting as "pretty amateurish."

The result, an England win by 56 runs, means that a New Zealand side that were thought by many to be the strongest to have toured the UK depart without a series win in any of the formats. They were previously held to a draw in the Test series and lost the ODI series.

When they cruised to 89 for 2 in the ninth over with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson together, it seemed New Zealand were on course for victory. Jonny Bairstow, deputising with the gloves for the injured Jos Buttler, had just missed a simple opportunity offered by Taylor off the unfortunate Ben Stokes and Williamson was batting with the class and composure that has become his trademark.

But then Taylor miscued an attempted lofted drive and, while Williamson went on to compile the second half-century, and highest score, of his T20I career, nobody else could reach double-figures.milarly you can use inner technology, no matter what your belief systems are," he said.

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