England rediscovered their Twenty20 mojo with a vengeance in powering to an overwhelming 10-wicket win over New Zealand in the third and deciding match at Wellington's Westpac Stadium tonight.
England's openers chased down the Black Caps' modest 8-139 with contemptuous ease, Michael Lumb blasting the winning runs with 44 balls to spare when he hefted a six out of the stadium.
The pair toyed with a New Zealand bowling attack which rapidly ran out of ideas.
Alex Hales was undefeated on 80 off 42 balls, including nine fours and four sixes, while Lumb played a strong support role, with 53 off 34 balls as England secured the three-match T20 series 2-1.
The Black Caps had bounced back well from a 40-run loss in the first match to win the second by 55 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday, but could find no answers to a super-charged English effort.The first of a three-match one-day series begins in Hamilton on Sunday.