In the 33rd game of the T20 World Cup 2022, England beat New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) by 20 points. Playing first, the English team scored 179/6 from 20 overs, in response the Kiwi team could only score 159/6. England captain Jos Buttler was voted player of the match for his brilliant half-century.
England won the toss and opted to strike first and got off to a good start. The pair of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales got the start of 81 runs for the first wicket. Hales had a brilliant half-century and scored 52 points in the 11th against Mitchell Santner. Moeen Ali, who came to number 3 to increase the point rate, couldn’t contribute much and went on to score 5 points. Butler got time from Livingstone and the two added 45 runs for the third wicket to take the score to 153. Livingstone was fired by Lockie Ferguson in the 18th for a personal score of 20. The wickets fell in an attempt to make a quick run from one end and in the same attempt Butler was also fired after scoring 73 runs on 47 balls. His innings included seven fours and two sixes. Few runs came in the final overs and at one point England heading for the big score were trailed by a few runs. Ferguson took two wickets for New Zealand.
Pursuing the target, the two New Zealand openers returned to the flag until the fifth. Devon Conway made 3 and Finn Allen could only make 16 points. From there it was a good partnership between Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips and the two took the score past the hundred. Williamson played slow and was dismissed for 40 points on 40 balls. James Neesham tried to get aggressive and in the same attempt was taken out on a short delivery from Mark Wood. He scored 6 points. Daryl Mitchell was also fired after scoring just 3 points. New Zealand’s only hope was Phillips, but Sam Curran took him out in the 18th and cemented his side’s grip in the game. Phillips went 62 on 36 innings with four fours and three sixes. In the end, no other batsman could score quickly and the team lost. Sam Curran took the three highest wickets for England.