England chased down the modest 149-6 set by New Zealand, ending their hopes of a semi final spot.
New Zealand were outmuscled in the must-win match that was more emphatic than the final margin suggested. The loss allows the defending champions, Pakistan, to leap into the final four after a mixed tournament.
Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb made a mockery of New Zealand’s struggle on the sluggish wicket, racing to 57-1, but (as seen frequently in 2010′s T20 World Cup) slower bowlers shifted the momentum. Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris proved a stumbling block for England, faltering at 66-4 after nine.
With Kieswetter, Lumb, Ravi Bopara and Paul Collingwood falling, England fell behind the run-rate for the first time; New Zealand’s total beginning to look like enough. However, Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright once again paired to resurrect the English charge and propelling them to 117 for 4 in the 13th.
Wright holed out upon the reintroduction of pace, but Morgan and Bresnan took the asking rate below a run-a-ball, and from then the result was never really in doubt, despite a mini collapse in the dying stages.
Bresnan’s late cameo (23* from 11) came on the back of a restrictive bowling performance with 1 for 20 in four constrictive overs. He conceded only one run in the first over of the match and cleaned up Jesse Ryder in his second.
Brendon McCullum’s positive start was cut short by England’s spinners as Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy suffocated the batsmen. When McCullum fell for 33, and Aaron Redmond (replaying Martin Guptill) departed without making an impact New Zealand were floundering at 68 for 3 after 11 overs.
Styris and Ross Taylor added 62 in 41 balls to lift the Kiwis towards respectability, but their late start would haunt them, and the 149 mustered in the 20 overs proved perhaps ten too few to secure a semi final slot.
New Zealand 149-6 (20 overs)
Ross Taylor 44, Brendon McCallum 33, Graeme Swann 2-31
England 153-7 (19.1 overs)
Eoin Morgan 40, Michael Lumb 32, Scott Styris 2-16
England won by three wickets
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