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Black Caps soundly beaten

Source - cricket.co.uk

England secured an impressive 32-run victory over New Zealand in their opening Twenty20 international.

All-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas excelled with both bat and ball after following up an innings where he hit four sixes in a row with a couple of handy wickets.

England lost the toss and were put in to bat in Auckland, but Paul Collingwood's side never looked back after starting the innings in positive fashion.

Luke Wright fell for just one, but wicket-keeper Phil Mustard (20) and Kevin Pietersen (43) piled on the runs.

Collingwood (26) and Owais Shah (23) chipped in with important knocks, before the big-hitting Mascarenhas entered the fray and put the New Zealand bowlers to the sword.

The Hampshire all-rounder smashed his way to 31 off just 14 balls and helped England reach an impressive total of 184-8 inside their 20 overs.

The tourists continued to hold the upper hand with the ball and had New Zealand teetering on the brink at 70-6 at one point.

Dangermen Brendan McCullum (9) and Ross Taylor (0) were removed by Ryan Sidebottom in quick-fire fashion, before Mascarenhas took the critical wicket of Scott Styris (1) soon after.

Jacob Oram gave New Zealand a glimmer of hope with a superb innings of 61 before he was caught by Ian Bell off the bowling of Sidebottom, who finished with figures of 3-16.

With Oram went the home side's only chance for victory and they were eventually bowled out for 152 with four balls in the innings remaining.

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