England easily beat New Zealand


New Zealand: 149 for 6 (20 overs)

(Taylor 44 off 33 balls, B McCullum 33 off 32 balls, Styris 31 off 19 balls, Swann 2 for 31, Broad 2 for 33)

England: 153 for 7 (19.1 overs)

(Morgan 40 off 34 balls, Lumb  32 off 21 balls, Wright 24 off 17 balls, Bresnan 23 off 11 balls, Styris 2 for 16, Bond 2 for 29)

This was going to be do or die for New Zealand. Well it’s better than being out outright, surely. With Pakistan win over South Africa, this group had come alive and New Zealand were back in the reckoning. New Zealand batted quite cautiously to reach a moderate 149, setting up a target of 150. England bowlers kept the rate tightly under 7 for most of the innings and even the late bursts were not enough to go much over this ending at an aggregate of 7.45 rpo.

England were up right away smashing through and breaking the New Zealand resolve. By the end of 6th over they were 57 for 1! New Zealand did try a few trick then but it was too late to suppress the run rate. England Arrived Safely into the final, taking Pakistan alongwith them. Phew! Some respite for Pakistan!!

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