World Twenty20 15th Match: Heavy rain hands New Zealand victory

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New Zealand would have been thanking the rain Gods for their nine-run win

New Zealand were handed a nine-run win over England via the Duckworth-Lewis method following a heavy downpour, which cut their match short in Chittagong.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as England opener Alex Hales was brilliantly caught by Corey Anderson at mid-off off the bowling of Kyle Mills for a duck.

Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb made up for the early loss of Hales with a 72-run partnership before Ali was caught by Mitchell McClenaghan at deep square leg off the bowling of Anderson for 36.

Eoin Morgan only made 12 runs before he was caught by McCullum at mid-off off the bowling of Tim Southee.

Jos Buttler made a quickfire 32 before he was clean bowled by Anderson.

Chris Jordan scored eight runs before he was caught by Southee at long-0n off the bowling of Nathan McCullum.

England eventually finished on 172/6 off their 20 overs.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Mills, McClenaghan, Southee and McCullum chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 173 to win, New Zealand got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Martin Guptill was caught by Jordan at midwicket off the bowling of Jade Dernbach for 11.

Following Guptill’s dismissal, the heavens parted and all the players were ushered back into the pavilion. 

With the rain refusing to relent, New Zealand were declared the winners since they were ahead of England on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Dernbach was the only bowler to take a wicket. 

England captain Stuart Broad was frustrated that the umpires hadn’t taken the players off the field earlier, and said: “I think it would have been a good game, both sides were at a similar stage at the end of the Powerplay but you can’t do a huge amount about the weather. We should have come off for the lightning earlier. The umpires’ decision making was average in that regard.”

McCullum was pleased to have walked away with a win, and said: “During our innings it was wet and the top surface was slippery so hopefully we can overcome that and take the toss factor out of it. But the game was evenly poised. It’s a funny tournament, both teams are going to need an immense amount of luck to get through. Both teams will be pleased with the performance but we’re obviously delighted with the win.” 

Anderson was named Man of the Match for his two wickets. 

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