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England crush Kiwis in 50 run win

Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah lead with the bat as England thrased New Zealand for a second time in three days to seal a 2-0 series win in Christchurch.

Paul Collingwood (54) and Owais Shah (47) successfully weathered a mini-collapse to put on 102 from 62 balls and lead the tourists to 193-8.

New Zealand slumped to 42-3 after six overs and could only manage 143-8.

Ryan Sidebottom was the pick of an impressive England bowling unit, taking 2-19 despite there being no swing.

Man-of-the-match Collingwood won the toss, and having successfully defended a total in Auckland, opted to bat once again.

They named an unchanged side, while New Zealand showed two changes.

Medium pacer Paul Hitchcock replaced spinner Jeetan Patel and the hard-hitting Jacob Oram rested a tight hamstring, batsman Daniel Flynn getting a debut.

The early overs featured some robust hitting from Phil Mustard (40) and Luke Wright (30), who took the score to 65-0 from the first 34 balls of the innings.

It was not the most aesthetically pleasing batting, but the short boundaries were cleared on four occasions and Hitchcock's first over cost 22.

New Zealand briefly came back into contention, however, largely through the exploits of 19-year-old seamer Tim Southee.

He bowled straight and full, and was rewarded with excellent figures of 2-22.

He had Kevin Pietersen lbw for three with a low full toss on middle stump and persuaded Mustard to hit a high catch to mid-on.

With Ian Bell run out cheaply between times, England had lost 4-11 in 21 balls and Collingwood and Shah had to rebuild the innings.

They timed their partnership exquisitely well, taking few risks initially before stepping on the gas.

Typically, Collingwood hit nearly all his runs through the leg-side with a rich assortment of pulls, slog-sweeps and drives.

Shah was patient to begin with, but also hit some big shots later in the innings, hitting two sixes to Collingwood's three.

After they had both fallen in the final onslaught, Dimitri Mascarenhas hit the hat-trick ball for six over third man and England went on to top their Auckland total by nine runs.

New Zealand needed to match England's electric start with the bat to stand a chance, but lost both openers inside the first four overs, with only 19 runs coming.

The two casualties included skipper Brendon McCullum, the most dangerous batsman with Oram injured, who got an inside edge off Sidebottom and lost his off stump.

Ross Taylor hit two sixes, the second an enormous swipe into the corporate boxes off Stuart Broad.

But the bowler responded with a clever, slower ball that was spooned into the covers and there really was no way back.

Jamie How hit three boundaries in making 31 off 25 balls, but was bowled by Dimitri Mascarenhas (2-25).

Graeme Swann also cashed in with two wickets as New Zealand were forced into some desperate slogging and crashed to 94-7.

Sidebottom returned to remove Hitchock's middle stump, and it was job done for England.

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