Result: Luke Wright fires England to Super Eights victory over New Zealand

Result: Wright fires England to victory
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Luke Wright hits a brilliant 76 to help England beat New Zealand by six wickets, a victory which keeps Stuart Broad's side in the tournament.

A second half-century of the tournament from Luke Wright helped England to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand that keeps Stuart Broad's side in the World Twenty20.

The Sussex all-rounder steered England to their target of 149, which was posted by the Kiwis thanks largely to James Franklin's well-paced fifty.

Steven Finn took the early wickets of key duo Martin Guptill (5) and Brendon McCullum (10) with the new ball, before coming back to dismiss Ross Taylor (22) and leave New Zealand struggling on 107-5.

Finn's figures of 3-16 from four overs were the best by an Englishman in the short history of the competition, but late hitting from Franklin and Nathan McCullum sneaked the Southern Hemisphere side up to a competitive total.

New Zealand, who lost their opening Super Eights match to Sri Lanka, began their defence promisingly with the wickets of Craig Kieswetter (4) and Alex Hales (22) in the powerplay.

However, Wright's 76 from just 43 balls, which included five maximums, inspired a 91-run third-wicket partnership shared with Eoin Morgan, who contributed a run-a-ball 30.

Both would fall before victory was secured but Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow saw England home with more than an over to spare.

England will progress to the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka and the hosts lose to the West Indies this evening.

Chris Gayle
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