16 Feb 2013

Black Caps outplayed by England

12:22 pm on 16 February 2013

Outplayed in every facet of the game was New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's frank assessment of their 10-wicket loss to England in last night's third and deciding Twenty20 match in Wellington.

The Black Caps posted a barely competitive total of 139 for eight with Martin Guptil top-scoring with 59.

But the home side then watched England openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb flay the bowling attack, reaching their target inside 13 overs with Hales making 80 off 42 balls and Lumb 53.

McCullum says they had hoped to set England a target of 170 but the way Hales and Lumb batted they would have struggled to defend 200.

The two sides now play a three-match one day series, the first of which is in Hamilton on Sunday.