When at a neutral venue, team that adjusts to the conditions quickly and better, often wins. England and New Zealand, two of most technical cricket teams at international arena who do tons of research, were up against each other St Lucia (moving from Barbados) in this last league game of super 8s group E of T20 world cup 2010, and both bowled well. But England won cause their batters adjusted better..
In an afternoon match, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori had no hesitation electing to bat first but he forgot his batting hasn't lived upto the expectation in the tournament so far. In this virtual quaterfinal, Kiwis couldn't take attack to some miserly new ball bowling from Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom and were 65 for 3 wickets midway through 11th over when Brendon McCullum departed trying to slog offspinner Graeme Swann.
Ross Taylor had had a quite tournament so far and even today he struggled, although got upto 44 runs from his 33 balls but couldn't find the acceleration. Scott Styris was probably the only New Zealand batsman in the match who found his timing and scored quickfire 31 off just 19 balls but lack of energy in batting coupled with some very tactical & accurate bowling from English boys restricted trans-tasman team to par score of 149 for 6 wickets in 20 overs.
England chase showed what it means to make most of powerplays, with both openers scoring a six each. wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter looked in termendos touch but hit one straight to Nathan McCullum at covers but Michael Lumb continued, creaming 4 fours through the offside which were a treat to watch.
Ravi Bopara, playing his first match for England since Ashes 2009 and that too beacause Kevin Pietersen had flown back home to be with his expecting wife, departed at same score as did opener Lumb, reducing England to 3 for 60 in 8th over, and bringing desperate kiwis back into the game. Soon, Paul Collingwood was foxed by an offcutter by Scott Styris and at 4 for 66 in 9th over, New Zealand were ahead in this match for the first time.
Eoin Morgan has been a revolution in England cricket and yet again in this tournament, he found Luke Wright assisting him for a crucial partnership for the 5th wicket which fetched 52 off just 40 balls to drag asking run rate down.
Tim Bresnan had already done his job with ball, taking one wicket for 20 runs off his 4 overs early on but he wasn't done yet. Promoted above Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy, Bresnan cracked 23 off just 11 balls at tight situation to win his country the game with 5 balls to spare.
The scoresNew Zealand 149 for 6 wickets in 20 overs
Ross Taylor 44, B McCullum 33, S Styris 31
England 153/7 wkts in 19.1 ovs (won by 3 wkt)
E Morgan 40, M Lumb 32, L Wright 24, T Bresnan 23*
Full scorecard : England v New Zealand, World Twenty20.