Published On: Sun, Mar 23rd, 2014

Fortune Favours McCullum-NZ win by 9 runs( D/L method).

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Match: England vs New Zealand, 15th Match Group 1 , T20 WC 2014

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Umpires: Aleem Dar , Paul Reiffel

3rd Umpire: Rod Tucker

New Zealand started their World Twenty20 campaign on a positive note after beating England by nine runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a Group 1 league match that was called off following heavy rain and thunder storm at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Saturday.

Brendon McCullum is such a master of the dark arts of Twenty20 that it seemed entirely appropriate that he should bat to a backdrop of thunder and lightning. But the storm in Chittagong was not a theatrical prop, it was real, and as the rain soon tippled down upon New Zealand’s captain it also drenched him in a premature victory that left England awash with frustration.

After restricting England to 172 for six in their stipulated 20 overs, New Zealand were cruising at 52 for one in 5.2 overs when heavens opened up, interrupting the match. With heavy rains unabated, play could not be resumed and the game was abandoned by the umpires.

New Zealand needed to bat for five overs, in reply to England’s challenging but far from secure total of 172 for 6, to bring rain calculations into play in the event of a washed out match. When the first fork of lightning lit up the sky behind the bowler’s arm, and caused McCullum to pull away from the crease with Stuart Broad about to enter his delivery stride, they still had to face two balls to make the match valid.

When rain stopped play, New Zealand were nine runs ahead of England at that stage. It was skipper Brendon McCullum, who pocketed the win for the Kiwis by blasting two sixes and a four in the fifth over off England captain Stuart Broad to put them ahead before rain interrupted play.

At last a interesting match gifted NZ as winners by 9 runs ( D/L method).

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