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England won by 50 runs.

New Zealand vs England

England double up Kiwis

Collingwood and Shah share record Twenty20 stand for England

Collingwood: Excellent 54

England maintained their excellent start to their tour of New Zealand with a 50-run win in the second Twenty20 International in Christchurch.

The tourists continued on from where they left off in Auckland on Tuesday, smashing 193-8 and then bowling tightly to make sure the home side fell well short in reply.

Skipper Paul Collingwood led from the front with the bat, sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 102 with Owais Shah, a record partnership for England in Twenty20 action.

The duo were forced to rebuild despite a fast start from openers Luke Wright, who rewarded the selectors' faith for sticking by him with 30, and Phil Mustard.

Punishment

No bowler was spared by the duo as they put on 65, Paul Hitchcock coming in for the most punishment as his first over in international cricket for four years cost 22.

Chris Martin eventually got a much-needed breakthrough for the Kiwis, bowling Wright with an excellent yorker and that first wicket brought about a top-order collapse, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, who was needlessly run out, falling in successive overs.

When Mustard was caught by Kyle Mills at long-on to perish for a 24-ball 40, England had carelessly lost 4-11 in 16 balls.

However, Collingwood, who hit five fours and three sixes to reach 54 off 28 deliveries, got the innings back on track to make sure his side would surpass their total of 184-8 they made at Eden Park in the first match.

Shah gave his captain excellent support before falling just three short of his half-century after smashing four fours and two sixes in his 35-ball innings.

Both batsmen departed in successive balls in the 19th over, though Dimitri Mascarenhas responded by hitting Hitchcock's hat-trick ball over the boundary rope at backward point for a maximum.

Early wickets

Just as they had done in the opening encounter, an inexperienced New Zealand batting line-up lost early wickets trying to keep up with the run-rate.

Big-hitting Jesse Ryder managed two fours before hitting James Anderson high in the air for Shah to catch in the covers.

Brendon McCullum fell in the next over, an inside edge attempting to slog away Ryan Sidebottom's yorker sending his off stump flying. The Nottinghamshire seamer also dismissed Hitchcock with a similar delivery in his second spell to finish with 2-19 from his four overs.

Ross Taylor briefly threatened a comeback, hitting two sixes over mid-wicket before falling to Stuart Broad. Mascarenhas then continued his good all-round form with two wickets, firstly getting Scott Styris caught off a top edge and then clean bowling Jamie How for 31.

Graeme Swann also claimed two scalps as the Kiwis never got close to making a game of it, eventually finishing on 143-8 with Kyle Mills unbeaten on 30.

A second successive loss means the Kiwis have much to think about as they head to Wellington for the first one-day international on Saturday, a match that may come too soon for their injured captain, Daniel Vettori.

Match Details

Date
7th Feb 2008
Toss
Venue
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Umpires
G A Baxter and B F Bowden

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Ryder c Shah b Anderson 12
McCullum b Sidebottom 5
Taylor c Bell b Broad 21
How b Mascarenhas 31
Styris c Sidebottom b Mascarenhas 13
Fulton c Anderson b Swann 2
Flynn c Wright b Swann 1
Mills not out 30
Hitchcock b Sidebottom 13
Southee not out 12
Extras 1nb, 2lb 3
Total 20.0 Overs 143 - 8
Full Batting Card

england BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Full Bowling Card