In a very anti climatic manner the kiwis beat England in the 3rd league game in the ICC world T20 in what was heading towards being a good game of cricket. New Zealand was cruising along and was in a very strong position at 52/1 after 5.2 overs when rain interrupted play and forced the players to go back to the pavilion. (Check out the action in pics)
Although the kiwis had lost martin Guptill, the game was neck to neck until the 4th over, but Brendon McCullum struck 2 sixes and a boundary in the fifth over to take the kiwis 9 runs ahead of the D/L par score and endured that even if the game was called off they would have clinched the victory.
Earlier England posted a challenging total on the board courtesy a solid team performance by the batting line up. All the batsmen made reasonable contributions and even though they lost wickets at regular intervals, they managed to post a total of 172 on the board. The new Zealand bowling was very inconsistent and only Corey Anderson managed to impress as far as the bowling was concerned. Corey also managed to effect two brilliant catches to get rid of Alex Hales and Michael Lumb.
New Zealand now moves on the top of the table of group 1 while England remains at the bottom. The kiwis managed to clinch a very important victory in the context of the tournament. The English on the other hand would be heartbroken it was just 3 balls from what could have been a drawn game. The last over before the break certainly cost the match to the English.
Result: New Zealand beat England by 9 runs
Man of the match: Corey Anderson