England suffered a third Twenty20 defeat in a row as they were beaten by New Zealand in the tri-series which also involves Australia.

Hamilton 6.00am GMT

The Black Caps made 196-5 after being put into bat, with Martin Guptill (65) and Kane Williamson (72) putting on 82.

Alex Hales (47) got England off to a quick start but they lost James Vince, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings cheaply.

Dawid Malan (59) gave England hope but, needing 37 from the last three overs, the tourists reached 184-9.
Australia are already through to the final after three wins from as many games and New Zealand will join them if they can beat David Warner’s side on Friday, 18 February.

England have zero points and need Australia to do them a favour in their game against New Zealand on Friday to take their chances of reaching the final into their last game against New Zealand on Sunday, 25 February.

New Zealand were until recently the number one ranked world T20 side but have lost their last three games, at home to Pakistan before the Australia loss

New Zealand have the power of Munro up top, the class of Wlliamson and Taylor plus all rounders to spare and are a dangerous side

England are underperforming with the bat they bat deep and long and should be performing better but in their current form you have to say that New Zealand will be favourites to make the final on home soil even if they lose to Australia on Friday in Auckland.

Odds here understandably have New Zealand strong favourites at 8/11.

In the sub markets my eyes alighted on Top New Zealand batsman

Colin Munro is the world’s top-ranked T20 international batsman but was injured for the last match against Pakistan. Munro became the first player to score three hundreds in T20 internationals when he hit 104 against the West Indies in early January. He was moved up the order to open for the international team towards the end of 2017, and responded with a career-high 109 against India in November. He passed fifty twice before his record-breaking third T20 century in three matches against the West Indies, when he and fellow opener Martin Guptill put on 136 for the first wicket.

He has scored 41% of the T20 runs scored by New Zealand this summer, and opening up here in the likely conditions should be favourite in the top batsman market. A big hitter, with 63 T20I sixes and an overall strike rate of 157, if he gets in then he has a decent chance of compiling a score no late order batsman can match in a limited number of overs.

He is 5/2 to be top New Zealand batsman with Skybet.