england's big-hitters falter as new zealand secures 74-run victory in third t20

England suffered a disappointing 74-run defeat against New Zealand in the T20 match at Edgbaston despite a valiant effort from Jos Buttler. The big-hitting English batsmen struggled throughout the day as they fell short in their pursuit of a 203-run target set by the visitors.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, putting up an impressive total of 202 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Devon Conway was the star performer for the Kiwis, scoring an unbeaten 99 off just 59 balls. He was well-supported by Glenn Phillips, who contributed with a quickfire 34.

In response, England got off to a shaky start, losing opener Jason Roy early in the innings. Buttler, however, showed great determination and skill as he tried to keep his team in the game. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a brilliant knock of 59 runs off 39 deliveries, including five boundaries and three sixes.

Unfortunately, Buttler lacked support from the other end as the English batsmen struggled to find their rhythm. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow both fell cheaply, while skipper Eoin Morgan couldn’t make a significant impact with the bat. England’s middle-order collapse saw them lose wickets at regular intervals, ultimately falling short of the target.

The New Zealand bowlers were on top of their game, with Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner picking up three wickets each. They were well-supported by Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, who chipped in with a wicket apiece.

This defeat comes as a blow to England, who were hoping to build some momentum ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. It highlights the need for improvement in their batting department, particularly in handling pressure situations.

On the other hand, New Zealand will be delighted with their performance, especially with their batsmen firing on all cylinders. They will look to carry this momentum into the remainder of the series and continue their winning streak.

The second T20 match between England and New Zealand is scheduled to take place on Thursday, where the hosts will be eager to bounce back and level the series.

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