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Black Caps thrash England to tie series

Published: 10:28PM Tuesday February 12, 2013 Source: ONE Sport/Reuters

New Zealand turned the tables on England to win the second Twenty20 in emphatic style in Hamilton tonight.

After being sent into bat, the Black Caps set 193 for victory on a good batting deck at Seddon Park, a target which England never got near, falling short by 55 runs.

After openers Martin Guptill (47 from 31) and Hamish Rutherford (40 from 27) set the platform with an opening partnership of 75, captain Brendon McCullum delivered a timely knock, blasting 74 from 38 balls in a perfectly paced T20 innings.

McCullum managed 22 off the 19th over from Stuart Broad, which included three sixes, before he became Dernbach's third wicket on the penultimate delivery of the innings.

Even with 192/6 on the board, the New Zealand bowlers were under pressure to produce a much improved performance than the one offered at Eden Park where they gave up 215 runs.

They did just that with left armers Trent Boult and Mitchell McClenaghan putting the English batsmen under pressure early, while Ian Butler also delivered in his return to the side to have England in trouble at 24/3.

From there the English always looked out of the chase as Butler finished with outstanding figures of 2/9 from his four overs, while McClenaghan had 2/24.

Jos Buttler was the only batsmen to offer any sort of resistance for the visitors and made a fighting 54 from 30 balls. However it was ultimately in vain as James Franklin cleaned up the the tail to produce career best figures of 4/15.

"It was good. The other night was disappointing and England blew us off the park," McCullum said in a televised interview.

"The boys are very happy with the performance (and) ... to bounce back from the other day. We knew we were short (on Saturday) and today was a really good performance from us."

The win is only New Zealand's second against the English and ties the three match series 1-1 with the decider set for Friday night in Wellington.

"It was obviously a disappointing performance throughout but Twenty20 cricket can be like that," England's Broad said.

"You can be fantastic one day and then things don't go your way the next day. So credit goes to New Zealand they outperformed us in everything."

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