Save some of that for summer, Kane!
Man-of-the-match Kane Williamson’s first fifty in 10 T20 international innings helped his New Zealand edge England in today’s T20 tri-series clash in Wellington, leaving England’s hopes of qualifying for the final against Australia hanging by a thread.
The Yorkshire overseas star, who is returning to Emerald Headingley this July to play in a minimum of eleven Vitality Blast clashes, top-scored with an excellent 72 as the BlackCaps posted 196-5 and won a pulsating clash by 12 runs.
Williamson hit four sixes and as many fours in a 46-ball assault, including an MS Dhoni style helicopter shot through mid-wicket for four.
Opener Martin Guptill laid the platform with 65 off 40 balls, and the pair shared 82 in nine overs for the second wicket.
Liam Plunkett returned to the England line-up following injury, and this was his first appearance of the series.
But the visitors were poor with the ball, displaying little consistency in line and length.
There was, however, the highlight of a stunning one-handed boundary catch from Chris Jordan at long-off to remove Colin de Grandhomme. It was Adil Rashid’s second wicket in two balls having removed Guptill caught at short fine-leg and left the hosts 121-3 in the 14th.