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    England Women beat New Zealand Women by 15 runs in the second T20I of the day
England Women beat New Zealand Women by 15 runs in the second T20I of the day
England Women defeat New Zealand in second IT20. Source: ECB

England Women beat New Zealand Women by 15 runs in the second T20I of the day

England Women won their second T20I against New Zealand by 15 runs at the Saxton Oval in Nelson.

Heather Knight made one change to the team that defeated the White Ferns in their first match in Dunedin. Linsey Smith, who had not played for England since 2019, replaced Lauren Filer.

The hosts welcomed back captain Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr after their Women's Premier League commitments.

Devine and Rosemary Mair each took two wickets as the tourists' batters struggled to find their rhythm.

At the halfway point of the innings, England's batters were 57-4 and 74-5 in the 13th over.

Captain Knight led the recovery, scoring 63. Charlie Dean and Sarah Glenn contributed 16 and 13 runs respectively, helping England finish on 149-7.

Suzie Bates and Kerr formed a fast-moving partnership for the White Ferns, with the latter scoring 44 off 36 balls.

After Smith bowled Bates, Danielle Gibson dismissed the impressive Kerr in the fifteenth over. The hosts then lost five wickets for just eight runs.

Lauren Bell and Charlie Dean each took two wickets, with Glenn dismissing Brooke Halliday.

Knight's team will play again on Sunday (March 24) against the White Ferns at the same venue.

Matches and results for England women

New Zealand Women v England Women fixtures (all timings in GMT)

19 March - 1st IT20 - Dunedin – England won by 27 runs

22 March - 2nd IT20 - Nelson – England won by 15 runs

24 March - 3rd IT20 - Nelson - 1am

27 March - 4th IT20 - Wellington - 1am

29 March - 5th IT20 - Wellington - 1am

31 March - 1st ODI - Wellington - 11pm

3 April - 2nd ODI - Hamilton - 11pm

6 April - 3rd ODI - Hamilton - 11pm

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