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Munro and Morgan go berserk but it was an off day for Santner and Willey... PLAYER RATINGS

England secured victory in their final T20 outing this winter with a two-run win over New Zealand in Hamilton. The Cricketer assesses the individual performances of the two sets of players

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England secured victory in their final T20 outing this winter with a two-run win over New Zealand in Hamilton.

However, the Blackcaps scored the runs they needed to move into the Tri Series final on net run rate.

The Cricketer assesses the individual performances of the two sets of players...

NEW ZEALAND

Colin Munro (57 & 0-11): A brutal frontal assault of the England attack, making sure every error was punished. And there were plenty. One Polyfilla over with the ball. 9

Martin Guptill (62): A more restrained version of himself at the top of the order but just as prolific runs-wise. 8.5

Kane Williamson (8 & 0-16): His one-over experiment with the ball didn’t go so well. Won’t be happy with his early dismissal, either. 3

Mark Chapman (37*): A handy contribution from the newcomer, who has made an excellent start to life in a Blackcaps shirt. 7.5

Ross Taylor (7): Came in late, went quickly. 4

Colin de Grandhomme (7* & 1-32): Another useful contribution with the ball, taking pace off nicely. 6

Tim Seifert (DNB): One dropped catch, one good stumping. 5

Mitchell Santner (DNB & 0-32): Two poor overs on his return from injury. Lines all over the place, and easily picked off. 2

Tim Southee (DNB & 2-22): Tight lines and lengths, and fine use of the slower ball, made for a truly exceptional return in the circumstances. 8

Ish Sodhi (DNB & 1-31): Unfair figures for four overs of confusing variations, mesmeric flight and plenty of turn. 8

Trent Boult (DNB & 3-50): Curious mixture of excellent wide yorkers and slower balls and some cannon fodder. 5

ENGLAND

Jason Roy (21): A fine start against the New Zealand pace attack but fell to the slower ball. 6

Alex Hales (1): A lack of footwork against the slower ball proved his undoing. 2

Dawid Malan (53 & 1-27): Another action-packed, momentum-shifting innings from the Middlesex captain in the shortest format. What a winter he has had. 8

Eoin Morgan (80*): Returned from injury and a rut in form with an almighty bang, mixing power and patience to potent effect. 9

Jos Buttler (2): Another failure with the bat from the vice-captain… and a dubious decision to take a wild swipe at the final ball of Sodhi’s spell. 2

Sam Billings (7): The Kent skipper’s place must be in danger after this latest low score. Excellent in te field again. 3.5

David Willey (10): Useful late cameo with the bat and terrific fielding in the deep but erratic lines with the ball and careless in the infield. 4

Liam Dawson (10): Smashed 10 in three balls and bowled three overs for nine runs, picking up the wicket of Williamson, before being taken for 18 in his last set of six. 7

Chris Jordan (6* & 0-41): Hit his one ball faced for six. A mixed bag with the ball, including a fair few extras and a wicket that never was after he over-stepped. 5

Adil Rashid (DNB & 1-22): An exhibition of legspin bowling from the Yorkshireman. Flight, guile and variation in abundance. 8.5

Tom Curran (DNB & 1-32): Two expensive overs preceded a much better third, which ensured victory for England on the day. 5.5

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