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Broad: Toss decision an error

England captain Stuart Broad has admitted the decision to bowl first in the second Twenty20 international against New Zealand was a mistake as the tourists fell to a 55-run defeat.

New Zealand posted 192 for six in Hamilton but only Jos Buttler made any impact during the run chase with 54 as the home side dominated to level the three-match series.

"We probably should have batted first - I got that wrong," said Broad, whose side have now dropped to sixth in the world rankings. "It was a disappointing performance throughout but Twenty20 can be like that. Things can go well one day and not so well the next.

"Credit to New Zealand, they played very well. At the halfway point we were still in with a chance but obviously losing early wickets you're chasing the game from there."

New Zealand's top order did most of the damage with Martin Guptill (47) and Hamish Rutherford (40) adding 75 for the opening wicket before Brendon McCullum smashed 74 in 56 balls.

England's chase never got going and they stumbled to 80 for 7 before Buttler spared their blushes to carry them past their record lowest score and worst defeat in the format.

"He (Buttler) has hit a lovely run of form, standing still and striking the ball really cleanly," said Broad. "It's a shame we couldn't get a few more runs on the board (before Buttler came in). With these smaller grounds you can pretty much chase anything with enough wickets intact.

"It will be an exciting third game, both sides will be going hell for leather to win."

Black Caps captain McCullum said: "The other night was disappointing and England blew us off the park. I thought we played extremely well tonight - it was a much improved performance.

"It's nice to make a contribution, whether captain or not. It was good to play a hand today but so did the other guys and we're very happy with the performance."

On Friday's series finale, he added: "There will be a great crowd and a great spectacle down at Wellington. We have to make sure we step up a gear."