Hello and welcome to tonight’s live blog of the third and final T20 international between New Zealand and England at Westpac Stadium.
The Black Caps will have a spring in their step after bouncing back from their hammering in Auckland and will be hoping their big guns are all firing again tonight.
Both teams have struggled to chase considerable targets so far in the series, but if the Wellington groundsman's advice is to be heeded, then batting second should be the approach in this final match, where history suggests the late night dew is a hindrance to the bowlers.
Stat of the night: All Four T20s at the Westpac Stadium have been won by the side chasing, with the highest innings total being New Zealand's 162 for 8 against Sri Lanka in the first game on the ground in 2006.
English captain Stuart Broard has won the toss and elected to bowl. The Black Caps have stuck with the same side that scored the convinving win against England in Hamilton. England have made one change with Joe Root added to give their batting lineup more firepower.
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It's been an excellent start from England. Their fielding has been good, their bowling has been good and they have their first wicket. Hamish Rutherford was undone by the pace of Stuart Broad, and departs for 11.
The power play restrictions are over and England will be happy with the way they have restricted the Black Caps after six overs.
Wickets in hand seems to be the key phrase at the moment for the Black Caps. With McCullum and Guptill now looking comfortable at the crease it is time to launch their attack. Commentator Mark Richardson seems to think 160 will be a very competitive score on this wicket and I tend to agree.
McCullum launches but finds the fielder on the midwicket boundary. He wasn't hitting it as sweetly as he did in Hamilton last weekend but his 26 off 20 will prove useful.
The current run rate is 6.3 after ten overs. It could be reason for concern, but the fact that the highest score ever made in a T20 at this ground is 162 leaves room for optimism here.
Six and out. Ross Taylor comes to the crease, smacks a six, then gets out next ball. Another disappointing innings from the former Black Caps skipper.
Only six fours and two sixes tonight. Very different from the first innings in Auckland and Hamilton. The Black Caps are doing it in singles here.
Elliott is dismissed by a good catch at third man, after pulling out of his shot. England have caught well this series. Black Caps are struggling to get going here.
Another one down. Munro plays an ugly attempt to pull over the leg side and a top edge loops gently to Morgan trotting to his left from backward point. Four overs to go.
Martin Guptill brings up his 50 off 50 balls. Guptill has been the rock tonight, battling his way to 50, but the Black Caps really need him to tee off here in the final three overs.
Fifteen runs from the 18th over was just what the Black Caps needed. Nine balls to come. Boundaries needed.
Great over from Stuart Broad so far. Two singles and then the wicket of Guptill caught and bowled. A pretty good job from Guptill given the situation, 59 off 55 is the best the Black Caps have produced tonight.
Final over to be bowled by Dernbach, here we go. It starts with a single
And a wicket....Nathan McCullum goes for a duck. This has been a superb display of bowling at the death for England. Broad and Dernbach have been great tonight.
Another single, this time to new batsmen Ian Butler. Not enough!
That's more like it. Franklin slaps one back over Dernbach's head for four.
Another boundary, Franklin edges one for four. Just what the doctor ordered.
And Franklin is dismissed on the last ball of the innings, caught by Treadwell.
So, hard going for the Black Caps. They were conservative to start, then tried to hit out but England were on top of them by that stage. The acceleration never really came and the final score of 139 may be too little. The English bowlers have done their job, now it's the turn of the batsmen. Stay tuned for coverage of the English innings after the break.
So here we go, Can the Black Caps restrict the English? It's going to take a very tidy bowling and fielding performance, but if Butler, McClenaghan and Franklin can all fire, we've got a chance.
The required run rate at the start of the English innings was seven an over. The English look like they are doing it easy at the moment as Lumb smashes consecutive sixes, and pushes them up past 10 an over.
The Black Caps desperately need a break through. The game is slipping away from them here by an early English onslaught. If the gameplan was take it away from New Zealand in the opening six overs, it sure is working.
Expensive over there from Butler. 23 from it and a gobful from Alex Hales who has slapped him all around the park.
At this stage in their innings the Black Caps were 27/1. This is looking increasingly easy for the English.
Boom. Another huge six from Hales.The English batsmen are putting on a master class.
Just five runs per over required now by England. They are really making a statement here.
Six more for Hales as he bring up his 50. He struggled in his first two matches but tonight he has his mojo back. A really nice way for him to finish the series.
And again, six more. Hales is in a serious hurry to end this game quickly. McClenaghan has gone for 23 this over. If there is a fat lady sitting at Westpac Stadium tonight she will be singing.
Lumb gets in on the act smacking a six over cover.
This has turned into a real hiding for the Black Caps. It's the highest opening partnership in T20 history, and New Zealand are going to have to simply put this in the bin and move on.
And that is it. A huge six onto the roof from Lumb finishes it off in 12 overs. The Black Caps have come crashing back down to earth and the English have done it.
Hales and Lumb will get the headlines. It has been the highest total chased down without loss of a wicket in 304 T20 internationals. A record breaking performance. No wonder they are jubilant.
Thanks for joining us tonight, check nzherald.co.nz for analysis, reaction and admiration of England's batting display.