England vs New Zealand
New Zealand win by 9 runs D/L method
It's all over! A soggy end in Chittagong and it could be a costly one for England, who would have fancied their chances of defending the 172-6 total they posted. In the end, though, Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 16 from just six balls proved decisive as it enabled the Black Caps to edge above the required Duckworth-Lewis total before the heavens opened. England will aim to bounce back against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Word from the ground...
@StocksC_cricket; "It's chucking it down, there are no fans in the ground any more and we have no hope of getting back on. Call it off ICC."
Bad news for England as the rain returns and the tarpaulin sheets are dragged onto the field. New Zealand will be doing the rain dance in the pavilion. As things stand, they are through. Play must re-start by 5.23pm GMT
Rain has stopped!
The covers are coming off in Chittagong and the calculators are out to see if/how many overs have been lost. Stay here for updates...
Rain stops play!
The players sprint off the field after another Williamson boundary. The rain is coming down hard. New Zealand are sitting pretty on 52-1 after 5.2 overs and if the players do not return then the men in black have won as the par score at this stage is 43
Over 5 - New Zealand 47-1 (Williamson 19, McCullum 16)
Broad may have been saving himself for McCullum but it's the Kiwi skipper who claims bragging rights for now after launching Broad for two sixes and a streaky four. Those blows were interrupted by a huge flash of lightning and play may well be suspended... New Zealand are winning as things stand on Duckworth-Lewis
Over 4 - New Zealand 31-1 (Williamson 19, McCullum 0)
Dangerman Brendon McCullum strides to the wicket to join Williamson. Dernbach has his critics but he's started well here. His two overs costing 13 along with the wicket of Guptill. The match nicely poised
Guptill ct Jordan bld Dernbach 11 (9)
Breakthrough for England! Banged in by Dernbach, Guptill is beaten for pace and splices his pull shot straight up, offering a simple catch to Jordan
Over 3 - New Zealand 25-0 (Guptill 7, Williamson 17)
I find it very odd that Broad hasn't started with the new ball... Bresnan's opening over is an expensive one as Williamson takes him for two boundaries, one through extra cover, the other through cover point. You do not bowl short and wide to Williamson. A strong start from the Black Caps here
Over 2 - New Zealand 15-0 (Guptill 7, Williamson 7)
A decent over from Dernbach but the boundary is found yet again when Guptill stands up tall and drives back down the ground. England know all-too-well what Guptill is capable of after his heroics in the one-day series between the sides last summer. They'll want to see the back of him quickly
Over 1 - New Zealand 7-0 (Guptill 2, Williamson 5)
An excellent opening over from Ali is ruined when Jordan lets the ball through his legs in the covers and Williamson picks up four from his well-struck cut shot. Seven off it...
Chase is on...
Here come the players. Guptill and Williamson opening up, Ali to bowl
New Zealand require 173 to win at 8.61 an over
It's the highest T20 score at the ground but have England got enough? Stay tuned for the run-chase...
Over 20 - England 172-6 (Bopara 24, Bresnan 17)
Six! Bresnan is playing a gem here. Back in his crease he gets hold of a half-volley from Anderson and clears the sightscreen back down the ground! A decent finish from England and New Zealand will need 173 to win...
Over 19 - England 159-6 (Bopara 18, Bresnan 10)
Bresnan clubs back-to-back boundaries to take 10 runs off the penultimate over. Drop! He so nearly perished in pursuit of the first boundary, though, his swat over midwicket slipping out of Anderson's grasp and bobbling into the rope. One over reamaining, to be bowled by Anderson...
Over 18 - England 149-6 (Bopara 17, Bresnan 1)
'Thanks bro'. A nod from Brendan to Nathan after that fine over, which cost just four runs and accounted for Jordan's wicket. Bresnan is the new man in and England need a big finish here. 12 balls left...
Jordan ct Southee bld N McCullum 8 (6)
The brave decision to bring back McCullum's off-spin works as Jordan holes out to Southee at deep midwicket
Over 17 - England 145-5 (Bopara 14, Jordan 8)
Drop! What a costly moment that could be from Ronchi behind the stumps! He drops a regulation edge to let Bopara off the hook and then misses a shy at the stumps after the England right-hander had begun his walk off the pitch! Incredible! To pour salt in Southee's wounds, Bopara then dispatches the next ball for six over long-off and Jordan gets in on the act with a six of his own in the same region! Turning point...
Over 16 - England 130-5 (Bopara 7, Jordan 1)
The onus is once again on Bopara to get England up to a total they will be happy with. Quite what that is, I don't know! Jordan has been promoted above Bresnan in at No.7. Some Barbados-like ball-striking would be nice please Chris! Just four off Anderson's over, and the wicket of Buttler
Buttler bld Anderson 32 (23)
Big wicket! Anderson is in on the act yet again, bowling Buttler via the England wicketkeeper's inside edge. New Zealand celebrate, they know how important that could be
Over 15 - England 126-4 (Buttler 32, Bopara 4)
Brilliant batting from Buttler, who is reading the game situation well here. First he pulls out the ramp to flick Southee over the wicketkeeper's head and then he ends the over with a second boundary, cutting a wide delivery through backward point. 175 the bare minimum for England from here?
Over 14 - England 114-4 (Buttler 21, Bopara 3)
Both sides realise the importance of this stage of the game and Buttler resists the temptation to go big, settling instead for twos while Bopara also rotates the strike well. This outfield is big and with dew making conditions slippery underfoot, England will have their work cut out defending whatever score they post later on
Over 13 - England 105-4 (Buttler 15, Bopara 1)
Just the over New Zealand were looking for. Southee concedes only two, including a wide, and picks up the wicket of Morgan, who once again struggled to make an impact today. Bopara joins Buttler and you'd say one of these needs to come off for England in these last seven overs
Morgan ct B McCullum bld Southee 12 (15)
Brendon is smiling now! Morgan is outdone by a Southee slower ball and chips to mid-off, where captain McCullum catches well to his left
Over 12 - England 103-3 (Morgan 12, Buttler 15)
England are giving both McCullum's the runaround here. Brendon's ambitious field-settings are being exposed as Nathan struggles to grip the ball. Buttler brings up the England 100 by drilling two fours, one through cover, the next where regulation mid-on would/should have been. 10 off the over, all courtesy of Buttler
Over 11 - England 93-3 (Morgan 12, Buttler 5)
Another nine runs added after Morgan drills McClenaghan through extra cover and away for four. Mills then does well to stop Morgan adding a second boundary, somehow getting his body in the way of a powerfully-struck pull shot
Over 10 - England 84-3 (Morgan 7, Buttler 1)
A decent over for England there. Morgan, knowing the importance of not losing another quick wicket, has traded boundaries for twos and he and Buttler pick up seven runs off McCullum without alarm. Nasser Hussain says England will want at least 170/180 from this position
Over 9 - England 77-3 (Morgan 2, Buttler 0)
Those two wickets have just about restored parity you'd say. Buttler is the new man alongside Morgan, who gets off the mark with two singles off McClenaghan
Lumb ct Anderson bld McClenaghan 33 (24)
One brings two! Both of England's set batsmen have gone after Lumb slices down to deep third man, where Anderson holds on to his second spectacular catch of the match
Over 8 - England 75-2 (Lumb 33, Morgan 0)
New Zealand desperately needed to break that partnership, which was worth 72 off 42 balls, and will hope it sparks a fightback. Morgan is the new batsman and comes to the crease with a solid platform laid. Crucial stage of the match right here...
Ali ct McClenaghan bld Anderson 36 (23)
Ali's fantastic innings comes to an end when he can only pull a short ball from Anderson straight down the throat of McClenaghan on the midwicket boundary
Over 7 - England 66-1 (Lumb 26, Ali 35)
Who said Lumb can't play spin? Well he's just done a pretty good impression of a man who can! McCullum, perhaps feeling the pressure, offers up a full toss and then a half-volley, both clinically dispatched to the boundary. 11 off the over, England's run-rate a healthy 9.5 and rising...
Over 6 - England 55-1 (Lumb 16, Ali 34)
Not often I write these words but: 'what a great powerplay for England'! Ali feasts on another short ball, this time from Anderson, pulling with his flexible wrists over short fine leg for four more. Nathan McCullum is warming up. We can expect spin very soon
Over 5 - England 48-1 (Lumb 15, Ali 29)
England are motoring along in Chittagong! They have recovered brilliantly since losing Hales second ball. Moeen has come in and taken the game right to the Black Caps, adding back-to-back fours at the start of Southee's first over. Both deliveries back of a length, both dispatched through midwicket. Southee hasn't learned his lesson, dropping short again and allowing Lumb to rock back and pull for a huge six! 18 off the over, England's best yet! New Zealand need to take pace off the ball
Over 4 - England 31-1 (Lumb 7, Ali 20)
Lumb has been subdued early on but gets in on the boundary trail midway through McClenaghan's second over. The left-armer had actually outfoxed Lumb with a slower ball but the Nottinghamshire opener still got his drive out the middle and over mid-off for a one-bounce four. Six runs off the over. England rebuilding nicely
Over 3 - England 25-1 (Lumb 2, Ali 19)
Moeen makes his move! A fantastic end to the third over as Ali takes Mills for 4, 6, 4. First he clears mid-off with an uppish drive and then the left-hander rocks back and pulls Mills for the first six of the innings. He's not finished there, either, and holds his pose as he drills an on-drive straight back down the ground and crashing into the fence. Glorious strokeplay from Moeen
Over 2 - England 9-1 (Lumb 1, Ali 5)
Ali makes a confident start, flicking McClenaghan elegantly through midwicket to get off the mark with a boundary. Impeccable timing. Lumb then misses out on a leg-side delivery but gets enough pad on the ball to allow three runs to be added. A better over from England, although it couldn't have been much worse...
Over 1 - England 1-1 (Lumb 1, Ali 0)
Just the start England didn't want! Hales has been struggling for form and his decision to charge his first ball backfired spectacularly there. Ali is in at No 3 but the batsmen crossed and Lumb was unable to rotate the strike
Hales ct Anderson bld Mills 0 (1)
Dream start for New Zealand! Hales charges Mills second ball of the innings - his first - and can only present a leading edge to mid off, where Anderson turns and pulls off a stunning one-handed catch!
The players are making their way out on to the field as I type. We are running 10 minutes behind schedule due to the late finish between South Africa and Sri Lanka. Anthems underway...
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England: M Lumb, A Hales, M Ali, E Morgan, J Buttler, R Bopara, T Bresnan, C Jordan, S Broad (c), J Tredwell, J Dernbach. New Zealand: M Guptill, K Williamson, B McCullum (c), R Taylor, C Munro, C Anderson, L Ronchi (c), N McCullum, T Southee, K Mills, M McClenaghan.
New Zealand have won the toss and will BOWL first. McCullum admits the 'dew factor' is a major reason behind his decision. Broad admits that he too would have bowled first but plays down losing the flip of the coin
Broad to play?
Our man on the ground Nick Knight expects England captain Stuart Broad to be fit to lead the side today. Toss and team news to come when we have it
Sri Lanka triumph
Sri Lanka have just defeated South Africa by five runs to momentarily top Group 1 and both England and New Zealand will now try and join them on two points
Hello everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary of England's opening ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 fixture against New Zealand
- 22nd Mar 2014
- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
- P R Reiffel, A S Dar
- TV Umpire
- R J Tucker
- Match Referee
- J Srinath
- Reserve Umpire
- P R Reiffel
new zealand BATTING CARD
|M.J. Guptill||c Jordan b Dernbach||11|
|K.S. Williamson||Not out||24|
|B.B. McCullum||Not out||16|
|Total||5.2 Overs||52 - 1|