Sophia Dunkley holds nerve to give England tense victory over New Zealand

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  • Third T20i: England, 145-6, beat New Zealand, 144-4, by 4 wkts
  • Four off penultimate ball of England’s innings wins thriller

England narrowly scraped home in their T20 series decider against New Zealand at Taunton, dramatically reaching their target of 145 with one ball to spare. Captain Heather Knight – who had sat out the first two T20s with a hamstring injury – steered England to within touching distance of the victory with a calm 42 from 36 balls, but was caught at mid-off in the penultimate over with eight runs still needed.

Maia Bouchier, playing in only her second international match, was then bowled by Amy Satterthwaite off the first ball of the 20th over. But Sophia Dunkley, who finished unbeaten on 22, slammed a full toss over midwicket for four to seal the win by the narrowest of margins.

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