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Kiwis were never in the hunt

Source - cricket365.com

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admitted his side were never in the hunt as they fell to a second comprehensive Twenty20 defeat against England.

After losing by 32 runs in Auckland on Tuesday, the Black Caps were beaten by 50 runs by England in the second Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Thursday.

After a bright start for England, New Zealand did manage to take four wickets for just 11 runs to peg the tourists back to 76-4.

However, skipper Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah put on 102 and England eventually made 193-8 from their 20 overs.

The hosts never got going in their response and they could only muster 143-8 from 20 overs to fall to another disappointing defeat.

McCullum, standing in for regular skipper Daniel Vettori, admitted that his side were never really in the game, apart from their brief spell with the ball.

"We were never really in the hunt," McCullum told Sky Sports after the game.

"Barring one point with the ball when we overcame the early onslaught and got ourselves into a position where if we got one or two more wickets then we could have chased a total somewhere around 160.

"We didn't manage to do that though, and they put on a very, very competitive total and we never got going at the top of the order."

As the two teams now head into the one-day international series, New Zealand desperately need some form and confidence.

McCullum says they will try to put the two Twenty20 losses behind them as they head to Wellington for the first one-dayer on Saturday.

"From our point of view we just want to put these last two games behind us and learn the lessons from the mistakes we made," McCullum added.

"We must make sure we come back bigger, stronger and obviously more confident than we have been in the last two games."

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