New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and opening batsman Martin Guptill smashed 72 and 65 respectively as the Black Caps beat England by 12 runs in the fourth match of the T20 tri-series in Wellington.
New Zealand recorded their first victory of the tri-nations Twenty20 worldwide series on Tuesday as England lost by 12 runs in Wellington to remain winless.
On a pitch that appeared worn and torn, Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl, only for Guptill and Williamson to put on 82 for the second wicket partnership.
With late support from Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) - both on debut - Williamson ensured New Zealand matched its highest score at the Wellington Regional Stadium and set England a hard chase on a piebald, drop-in pitch which had confounded both captains.
New Zealand will now face Australia in Auckland on Friday, before taking on England again in Hamilton two days later.
Two slumping sides meet in tonight's tri-series Twenty20 match in Wellington.
Malan and David Willey hit out as they tried to steer England to an unlikely victory but the former's dismissal swung the game in the hosts' favour.
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When they eventually saw the back of him at the end of the 18th over, yorked by Jordan for 72 (his first half-century in 10 innings), the platform had been set for the debutants Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert to share four sixes.
The England bowler made all those in the Westpac Stadium stand on their feet with a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme off the bowling of Adil Rashid.
Boult (2-46) accounted for Jordan and Plunkett as England's tail offered little resistance, potential middle-order saviours James Vince (10) and Willey (21) having both been run out.
"We played a lot better cricket today and it's just disappointing not to get over the line". We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought.
"You can write what you like, that's fine", Williamson said. There's been occasions recently when you want to contribute but it wasn't to be. He is only the 6th player to have played for two different countries in T20-format. We dragged it back pretty well but they got too many.
"They were tough fielding conditions but the way they bowled at the death, they stepped up to the mark today". We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference.
"We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand - we will see what happens".