Dawid Malan scored a classy century and Eoin Morgan was at his destructive best as England blasted their highest ever T20I total.
In reply to New Zealand's 180, England were well placed at 139 for two in the 15th over before a flurry of wickets reduced them to 166 for seven at the close.
The prospect of Jofra Archers inclusion had drawn consternation from England players like Chris Woakes, David Willey and Mark Wood.
The 20-year-old Surrey rising star is a direct replacement for Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan.
Ollie Pope replaced Dawid Malan in the England team for the 2nd Test vs India.
Chris Woakes replaces fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes, who faces a court hearing this coming week in Bristol.
India vs England, 1st T20I: Dawid Malan has played five T20Is for England.
Root was out to a superb diving catch by Mitchell Marsh at square leg for 83 in the day's penultimate over