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England face tri-series elimination after 12-run defeat by New Zealand

England’s Trans-Tasman tri-series hopes are all but over after a 12-run defeat by New Zealand. Three successive, emphatic losses mean they need Australia to beat the Black Caps in Auckland on Friday and buck up their ideas when these two meet again on Sunday to have any hope of reaching the final on 21 February.

Considering 163 is the highest successful chase at this stadium, England’s target of 197 was beyond them once Jason Roy was dismissed for his fifth single-figure T20i score in a row and Alex Hales was nipped in the bud for a blistering 47 from 23 balls. Jos Buttler, skippering for a second match as Eoin Morgan continues to recover from a groin strain, was caught in the deep as the first of two wickets for the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

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