2nd T20I: Mitchell Santner helps the New Zealand level series despite the brightness of Chris Jordan

WELLINGTON: The total brilliance of Chris Jordan could not prevent New Zealand from securing a 21-run series-level victory against England in the second Twenty20 International of the five-game series on Sunday.

Jordan claimed 3-23 to help restrict the hosts to a modest 176-8 at the Wellington Regional Stadium after the England captain Eoin Morgan He won the raffle and chose the field.

Jordan then fired 36 of 19 balls again, but England failed to recover from a first-order collapse and ran out of 155 with a ball remaining in its innings.

Putting at bat, New Zealand lost Colin Munro in the third, but opener Martin Guptill made 41 and Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor contributed 28 each to stabilize the entrances.

However, it was 42 of 22 Jimmy Neesham balls that helped New Zealand overcome the 175 mark.

House captain Tim Southee It shook England early, firing Jonny Bairstow with the first ball of the innings.

Dawid Malan made 39 and Morgan contributed 32, but England struggled to keep its chase on track.

Jordan spinner with beaten legs Ish Sodhi for three six, injecting new life into the contest, but Mitchell Santner He stopped the carnage by firing the batter and effectively finishing the contest.

When the fielders are backing the bowlers, that's much easier, Santner said about his improvement in the field after being judged as the man of the game for his excellent 3-25 period.

We just needed to improve a little in all three aspects (of Christchurch), he added. We needed to adapt our plans a bit, but we made it.

The teams now move to Nelson for Tuesday’s third game.