ENGLAND have won the third and final Twenty20 international with New Zealand, and with victory claimed the series 2-1.
A dominant batting display by openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb saw them chase down New Zealand’s total of 139 with over seven overs remaining, a thrashing in the shortest form of the game.
Hales, dropped twice early in his innings, scored 80 off 42 balls, while Lumb hit 53 off 34.
The pair smashed nine sixes, including Lumb’s fifth off Ian Butler to win the match.
New Zealand were poor in all three disciplines as they didn’t score enough runs, bowled off line, and were again sloppy in the field.
Butler took 2-9 in the win in Hamilton, but had a night to forget in Wellington.
He targeted Hales with some sledging, but then saw his second over go for 23 runs.
Martin Guptill top scored for New Zealand with 59 off 55 balls.
England captain Stuart Broad took 3-15, while Jade Bernbach took 3-36 at the death.
Ross Taylor struggled again, and has scored only 23 runs from three innings since his return to the team.