England 'will feel down on their luck' after succumbing to a nine-run defeat to New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their opening ICC World Twenty20 match, says David Lloyd.
Stuart Broad's side went into the match in Chittagong having lost seven of their previous eight Twenty20 matches but were in the game with the Black Caps on 52-1 off 5.2 overs in reply to England's challenging total of 172-6.
Broad told Sky Sports that the umpires should have taken the players from the field in the fifth over on safety grounds with lightning posing a threat to player safety - a decision that would have earned England a draw as New Zealand had not faced five overs.
Lloyd said he had great sympathy for England's plight but insisted that the umpires have a duty not to bring the players off prematurely.
"England can't get a win from anywhere and I feel desperately sorry for them that the rain has come," he said. "That may be an on-going problem in this World T20 and the toss is so important.
"I think they'll feel down on their luck because I think everyone understands that in T20 the umpires stay on as long as possible and there's a game after five overs.
"It could have gone the other way for England - it could have been that New Zealand were 30 and they would have wanted to stay on. You've got to take the rough with the smooth but it was tough on England."
England suffered the early loss of Alex Hales after being put in at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium but recovered thanks to a 72-run stand between Moeen Ali (36 off 23) and Michael Lumb (33 off 24), which Jos Buttler built on.
"Moeen played very, very well," said Lloyd. "He took the short ball on. He's a fluent player. He's slight in build but New Zealand, inexplicably, bowled short at him.
"Hitting leg-side was his downfall in the end but he got England off to a flyer after that first wicket of Alex Hales went down."
Lloyd's fellow Sky Sports pundit Michael Atherton added: "Lumb was overshadowed, which was surprising in a way because you expect Lumb to gallop away at the start of the innings with Moeen Ali in his shadow but that wasn't the case.
"That was good because it just gave Michael Lumb a little bit of breathing space to get going and eventually he did."
England's next game is on Thursday against a Sri Lankan side that held off South Africa in a thrilling opening Group 1 match to win by five runs.
"I think at the start that England would have probably targeted New Zealand and South Africa in these kinds of conditions.
"They'll obviously fancy beating the Netherlands - although there is history there between those two teams.
"What they'll be hoping for is similar conditions to today, the rain aside, where the ball goes through and carries and that will even the contest against Sri Lanka to some extent because it won't favour their spinners so much. But Sri Lanka are still a very, very strong side."
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