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England beat NZ to let Pak in

cricket Updated: May 12, 2010 01:12 IST

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Already through to the semifinals, England knocked New Zealand out of the Twenty20 World Cup with a 3-wicket win over the Kiwis in a Super Eight match in Gros Islet, a result that saw defending champion Pakistan sneak into last four stage on superior net run rate.

After Pakistan beat South Africa at the same venue a few hours before to rekindle their semifinal hopes, New Zealand desperately needed a win against England to qualify as the second team from Group E.

But it was not to be as the defeat and an inferior net run-rate saw the Kiwis being pipped to the post by the Asians.

Paul Collingwood and his men showed they were in no mood to entertain Kiwi hopes as they first restricted New Zealand to 149 for six and then cruised to 153 for seven in 19.1 overs. England’s successful chase was built on cameos from Eoin Morgan (40 off 34 balls) and Michael Lumb (32).

Earlier, New Zealand rode on useful knocks from Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Scott Styris to post a modest 149/6.

In the face of England's disciplined attack, McCullum (33 off 32 balls) was not at his attacking best and it was the 62-run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor (44) and Scott Styris (31) which turned out to be the cornerstone of the Kiwi innings.

New Zealand’s was a rather sluggish start after skipper Daniel Vettori had won the toss and opted to bat first.

The opening stand had yielded 30 runs when Tim Bresnan castled Ryder in the fifth over.

Brendon McCullum tried to assert himself but timing was not always perfect and he struggled to find gaps. Graeme Swann dealt a double blow in successive overs to peg back the Kiwis. The off-spinner first induced a fatal slog-sweep from Raymond in his second over and returned to have McCullum caught in the deep.

Styris joined Taylor in the middle and the duo stepped on the gas. However, their stay was shortlived.