Player of the Match
Player of the Match
175dThe Report by George Dobell

Wright guides England to victory

England sustained their hopes of retaining the World Twenty20 title with a six-wicket win over New Zealand in Pallekele

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LJ Wright
76(43) 5x4 - 5x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 44 runs
  • 3x4 - 3x6
0 7 3 1 11 3 12 39
JEC Franklin
50(33) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 25 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
4 4 3 11 13 5 6 4

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
ST Finn
O4
M0
R16
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DAJ Bracewell
O0.5
M0
R8
W1
Eco9.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

That just about wraps things up for this match. I'll now hand over to my colleagues for the Sri Lanka-West Indies contest. From myself and Alan Gardner thanks for joining us and see you soon.

Stuart Broad "It was nice to bounce back. Steven Finn set the tone with the new ball. The wicket was a lot drier and it did turn a bit. We now have a huge game on Monday. We still have areas to improve."

Ross Taylor "I thought it was a decent score but no enough at the end of the day. We had our moments but we could capitalise on them."

Luke Wright is named Man of the Match: "It was a very important win, we are very chuffed. I love batting with Morgan, he's so chilled out there. I think Steven Finn should have been here with the way he bowled."

I'll bring you some news from the presentation shortly as we wait for the start of the second match between Sri Lanka and West Indies. Narine v Mendis?

"Taylor made the same mistakes as AB yesterday, under-utilising their spinners," says Din.

"What on earth happened to Southee's yorkers today?" asks Andy. Answers on a postcard, please.

So comfortable for England in the end, winning with an over to spare in Twenty20 is the sign of a perfectly-paced run chase. Vettori and McCullum were good with the ball, and Franklin with the bat, but that wasn't enough for New Zealand. It means they are on the brink of going out of the tournament, but England are still very much alive with a game to come against Sri Lanka on Monday.

18.5
1
Bracewell to Buttler, 1 run, England win...a full delivery is forced down to mid-off and they scamper the single
18.4
1
Bracewell to Bairstow, 1 run, outside off, chopped to backward point who parries it away for a single and the scores are level
18.4
1w
Bracewell to Bairstow, 1 wide, now that's very wide outside off
18.3
4
Bracewell to Bairstow, FOUR runs, short ball, Bairstow quickly onto it and pulls to fine leg...stood up nicely on a easy-paced surface

Job not quite done by England, but almost and a very mature innings from Wright

18.2
W
Bracewell to Wright, OUT, he's struck second ball, Wright slaps this straight to cover as he tried to give himself a touch of room to go through the off side

LJ Wright c Taylor b Bracewell 76 (59m 43b 5x4 5x6) SR: 176.74

18.1
1
Bracewell to Buttler, 1 run, starts with a length ball that is driven over cover as Buttler stands outside leg stump

Well, here's Doug Bracewell. Tough ask for him now!

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st21C KieswetterAD Hales
2nd17LJ WrightAD Hales
3rd89LJ WrightEJG Morgan
4th15LJ WrightJC Buttler
5th7JM BairstowJC Buttler