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Luckless England lost vs. New Zealand

Zia Rana March 22, 2014

New Zealand 1-52 (Kane Williamson 24*, Brendon McCullum 16*, Jade Dernbach 1-13) beat England 6-172 (Moeen Ali 36, Michael Lumb 33, Corey Anderson 2-32, Mitchell McClenaghan 1-22) by nine runs (D/L method)

The Black Caps won an important encounter which went in their favour, without doing too much due to rain while England was at the receiving end.

England piled up 172 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allocated 20 overs and the Kiwis reached at 1-52 after 5.2 overs when rain washed out the game.

Corey Anderson (New Zealand) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his wicket taking bowling.

The ICC World T20 – 15th match, Group 1, was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.

Corey Anderson - Player of the match

Corey Anderson – Player of the match

Earlier, Brendon McCullum won the toss for New Zealand and offered the batting to England. The first wicket was lost at just one run when Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali went after the rival bowlers by posting 66 runs on board in seven overs. The latter was gone after the addition of seven runs for 33 and his partner followed him at 76 for 33. Eoin Morgan scored 12 as Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara took the responsibility of consolidation. The latter was clean bowled by Corey Anderson for 32 while Bopara remained unbeaten at 24. Tim Bresnan contributed 17 as England smashed 172 after losing seven wickets in the required overs.

Martin Guptill along with Kane Williamson provided a reasonable beginning but the first was caught at mid wicket by Chris Jordan off Jade Dernbach for 11. The first wicket was gone at 29 in 3.3 overs when Brendon McCullum appeared in the park and dispatched 16 runs in the fifth over with a couple of towering sixes and one four. The downpour of rain hit the ongoing match which was called off after the second ball of the coming over was bowled. Williamson and McCullum secured their ends for 24 and 16 as the Black Caps scored 52, they were declared winners as per Duckworth/Lewis method by nine runs and got two points.

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