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England begin with win in New Zealand

England begin with win in New Zealand

James Vince stars as Chris Silverwood's reign starts with a straightforward victory in Christchurch

England started their five-match IT20 series against New Zealand in perfect fashion by taking the opening match by seven wickets with nine balls to spare.

After electing to field first, Eoin Morgan's side restricted the hosts to 153/5, a total which always looked under par on a small ground in Christchurch.

Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2/28, as none of the five options used by Morgan went for more than 33 runs in their respective four-over spells.

Worcestershire's Pat Brown picked up his first international wicket on debut, top-scoring Ross Taylor for 44, en route to figures of 1/33, while Adil Rashid and Sam Curran took one apiece.

Despite the loss of Dawid Malan in the sixth over, a number of eye-catching boundaries from Jonny Bairstow and James Vince kept the chase under control until Bairstow was dismissed in the tenth over.

But Vince and captain Morgan took the game away from New Zealand with a 54-run stand inside five-and-a-half overs, the former reaching his maiden IT20 half-century in the process.

Vince fell courtesy of a stunning catch from Martin Guptill in the deep but it was all-but done and Morgan struck the third ball of the 18th over for six to seal victory.

England are back in action on Sunday, where Lancashire's Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood will hope for IT20 debuts in Wellington.

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