1st T20I: James Vince stars as England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

CHRISTCHURCH: England won a seven wicket victory over New Zealand at the opening of the international Twenty20 in Christchurch on Friday.

James Vincent scored the highest for tourists with 59, scoring his first half-century T20 when England pursued the goal of 154 New Zealand races in 18.3 overs.

A tour of three wicket from spinner Mitchell Santner It was not enough to rescue the Black Caps, whose batting lineup failed to fire after England won the pitch and chose to throw.

The second game of the five-game series takes place in Wellington on Sunday.