England made sure to win the T20 series against New Zealand in emphatic fashion on Friday, taking the game by 10 wickets after making light work of a small chase to take the series two-one.
Having won the toss and decided to bowl first, Stuart Broad's troops vindicated their skipper's decision as New Zealand could only muster 139 for eight. Alex Hales (80) and Michael Lumb (53) then reached the target with more than seven overs to spare.
Eager to improve in the series decider after a poor display in Auckland earlier in the week, England were a more polished outfit from the outset.Broad, who was dispatched to all ends last time out, was the star bowler, finishing with figures of 15 for three from his four allotted overs.
The skipper drew first blood when he had Hamish Rutherford (11) caught at fine leg after the opener failed to deal with a quick short ball.
Brendan McCullum looked dangerous for his 26 before a mistimed slog sweep saw him dismissed for 26. With the current captain taken care of, Joe Root, brought into the side in replace of Samit Patel, snapped up the wicket of former skipper Ross Taylor for just six. Taylor smack one massive sweep into the stands before top edging the same shot off the next delivery.
Wickets continued to fall and with Martin Guptill unable to find any fluency, the Black Caps' innings stumbled to just 139, a score at least 20 runs below par.
England then made very light work of the chase, with Ian Butler and Mitchell McClenaghan both going at more than 12 to the over as Hales and Lumb made sure they got back to the hotel for an early snooze.
Lumb scored the winning runs in the 13th over, hitting the ball out of the ground to bring up his half century and it was his fifth six off the knock. Hales had struck four sixes and nine boundaries in his demolition.