ENGLAND'S wait for a tri-series win goes on after dropping to New Zealand by 12 runs.
New Zealand set a mammoth rating of 196 because of sensible innings from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.
However regardless of a valiant fifty nine from Dawid Malan, Joss Buttler's men fell brief after racking up 184-9.
Trent Boult bowled Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett on the ultimate two deliveries of the 18th over to scale back England to 168 for eight.
Adil Rashid stored out the hat-trick supply on the first ball of the ultimate over however there was an excessive amount of for the legspinner and Chris Wooden to do and they completed on 184 for 9.
England captain Buttler stated: "It was perhaps ten to fifteen runs too many . . . and we didn't bowl as properly as we might have.
"We acquired a incredible begin with Alex and that partnership with Malan, we would have liked to only prolong a bit longer then we didn't get these cameos within the center order."
Jason Roy was caught for eight from Tim Southee's first ball in simply the second over to get replaced by Malan.
However alongside Hales, the pair produced an ideal partnership to clock up the runs.
New Zealand discovered the breakthrough, although, and Colin de Grandhomme caught dangerman Hales for forty seven from Ish Sodhi's brief supply.
James Vince didn’t final lengthy and was run out for ten, whereas Buttler and Sam Billings fared even worse.
England's hopes have been dashed when Malan, choosing up the tempo, was caught by Trent Boult for fifty nine.
New Zealand ought to have put the sport to mattress earlier with Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee spilling straightforward balls.
However they made amends with the fast dismissals of Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett.
New Zealand skipper Williamson stated: "It was a should-win for us when it comes to the collection.
"This can be a very robust England aspect and we needed to play some actually good cricket."