England lose their opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup as New Zealand edge to victory by nine runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
have lost their opening match in the ICC T20 World Cup to England by nine runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. New Zealand
The Three Lions lost the toss and were put into bat, and they got off to the worst possible start when
was dismissed for a duck by Kyle Mils. Alex Hales
However, England rallied with
and Moeen Ali at the crease, as they took the attack to the Black Caps and brought up the 50 in the sixth over. Michael Lumb
Ali was playing with excellent touch but departed playing one big shot too many when he was caught on the boundary for 35 by
off the bowling of Corey Anderson. Mitchell McClenaghan
Lumb soon followed with the score at 76-3 leaving England with rebuilding work to do, but Eoin Morgan was caught for just 12 off the bowling of
. Tim Southee and Jos Buttler helped the Three Lions move the score into the 120s and ready for a late surge, but Anderson managed to york the Lancashire man for 32 before he could cut loose. Ravi Bopara
However, some quality late hitting from Bopara and
guided England to a competitive score of 172-6 from their 20 overs. Tim Bresnan
In reply, New Zealand got off to a quick start, with
and Martin Guptill finding the boundary with ease off Bresnan and Kane Williamson 's bowling. Stuart Broad hit back as he had Guptill caught by Jade Dernbach for 11, but Chris Jordan continued the assault, moving his side to 50-run mark as the rain came. Brendon McCullum
The weather failed to subside and with New Zealand reaching the five-over mark required for a result, they secured the victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method to get their tournament off to a winning start.
Result: England beaten again in World T20 warm-up