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    Heather Knight's half-century helped England take a 2-0 lead in the T20 series against New Zealand
Heather Knight's half-century helped England take a 2-0 lead in the T20 series against New Zealand
England captain Heather Knight has made half-centuries in her past three T20 innings. Source: Getty Images

Heather Knight's half-century helped England take a 2-0 lead in the T20 series against New Zealand

England captain Heather Knight scored another half-century as her team defeated New Zealand by 15 runs in the second T20, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

Despite being asked to bat first, England stumbled to 77-6. However, Knight's unbeaten 56 helped them reach a competitive total of 149-7 in Nelson.

New Zealand was 100-3, but the dismissal of Amelia Kerr (44) triggered a collapse of five wickets for eight runs.

They finished on 134-8, with Lauren Bell being the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-24.

All of England's frontline bowlers took a wicket, including left-arm spinner Linsey Smith who had Suzie Bates caught at short fine leg with her first ball in international cricket since June 2019.

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