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The T20 victory in New Zealand was secured by Knight's strong performance as captain.
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The T20 victory in New Zealand was secured by Knight’s strong performance as captain.

Heather Knight, the captain of England, scored her second consecutive 50 runs to guide her team to a 15-run win in the second game of the T20 international series against New Zealand. England is now ahead 2-0 in the five-game series.

The Player of the match Knight hit 56 from 40 balls as England reached 149-7 at Saxton Oval in Nelson. She was the only batter to hit more than 20 as Tamsin Beaumont added 19 and Charlie Dean 16.

Knight expressed her satisfaction with the performance, noting that her team had been facing pressure. While they initially struggled in the powerplay, the spin helped them regain control. The key to their victory was once again dominating in the middle of the game. Knight personally had a tough time getting into the swing of things, finding it challenging against the strong opposing bowlers. However, she was able to persevere and finish strongly.

New Zealand’s best bowlers, Rosemary Mair and Sophie Devine, each took two wickets in the match.

Amelia Kerr’s 44 runs off 36 deliveries gave the White Ferns a glimmer of hope in their chase, but the team lost wickets from all sides as five English bowlers took turns in claiming them. Dean and Lauren Bell each took two wickets, with Danielle Gibson taking the crucial dismissal of Kerr. The New Zealand innings ultimately ended at 134-8.

Devine stated, “I believed we had positioned ourselves for a win. However, we fell short towards the end of the innings and also couldn’t maintain our strong start with the bat. Despite this, there are still some positives to take from the game. Our opponents scored 20-30 runs more than we had hoped for, but we have faith in our batting team. We will need to have some sincere discussions.”

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The third match of the five-game series will happen on Sunday at the same venue, Saxton Oval in Nelson.

Source: theguardian.com