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New Zealand win by 5 runs

England vs New Zealand

T20I: New Zealand beat England by five runs at the Oval

Brendon McCullum: Top scored with 68 for the Kiwis

Luke Wright: Led England's valiant chase with a half-century after claiming 2-31

England just fell short in the first of two T20 Internationals against New Zealand with the Kiwis pulling off a five run victory at the Kia Oval.

The tourists compiled 201-4, their highest total on foreign soil, and it proved too much for Eoin Morgan's side despite a brave run-chase.

Luke Wright made 52 but the Black Caps picked up wickets at vital moments after half-centuries from Hamish Rutherford (62) and Brendon McCullum (68) set up the win.

Ravi Bopara (30 not out) was left needing a six off the final ball to take the game into a super over, but could only clip it to deep square leg.

He had carried the baton after Michael Lumb (29) and Alex Hales (39) set a solid foundation with 50 from 28 balls. The former then jammed the ball into his pads and onto the stumps before Hales ensured his side were 13 runs ahead of their rivals after the first six over powerplay.

Although Hales mis-hit a Ronnie Hira full-toss down the throat of deep mid-wicket it was Wright who loomed as the key man as he reached 50 off 29 balls.

With New Zealand starting to need wickets McCullum bravely inserted a slip to Morgan (7) who duly edged to Ross Taylor, and, when Wright followed caught behind, England suddenly needed 63 from the last five overs.

Bopara and Jos Buttler reduced the ask to 26 from the last two overs, which further decreased when Buttler scooped Butler for six to start the penultimate over.

But he was then run out by wicket-keeper Tom Latham to leave 16 needed from the final over from Corey Anderson, and although Ben Stokes hit the first ball for six Bopara was unable to repeat the dose.

Blistering

Hamish Rutherford and McCullum plundered half-centuries as the Black Caps took full toll of a weakened England side to score 201-4 after Morgan had won the toss and opted to field.

James Franklin inside edged debutant Boyd Rankin (1-24) through to wicketkeeper Buttler for a first-ball duck but Rutherford and McCullum took up the long handle in a blistering 114-run stand.

Chris Woakes' first over cost 19, including a Rutherford swipe into the square-leg crowd, before the left-hander was given a life on 25 when Bopara grassed a tough chance above his head at point.

Morgan was forced to shuffle his bowlers and while Bopara produced a comical wide from his first ball, the skipper's seventh option, Wright, finally made the breakthrough in the 12th over.

For once Rutherford did not get everything behind a lofted drive to allow Alex Hales to take an easy catch at deep mid-off.

That left New Zealand 116-2 after 12 overs and England fearing the worst with McCullum, the world's top-ranked T20 batsman, seemingly ready to cut loose, but Wright fired a yorker under his swinging blade to end a 48-ball 68.

Taylor and Latham added a further 39 from 24 balls, to ensure New Zealand went past 200 for just the third time ever, although England at least restricted them to 45 from the last five overs when worse looked possible.

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Match Details

Date
25th Jun 2013
Toss
England won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
The Kia Oval
Umpires
R J Robert, R K Richard
TV Umpire
R T Robert
Match Referee
J Javagal
Reserve Umpire
M A Michael

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.J. Lumb b McCullum 29
A.D. Hales c Franklin b Hira 39
L.J. Wright c Latham b McClenaghan 52
E.J.G. Morgan c Taylor b Butler 7
R.S. Bopara Not out 30
J.C. Buttler run out (Latham) 17
B.A. Stokes Not out 9
Extras 1nb, 4w, 8lb 13
Total 20.0 Overs 196 - 5
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
M.J. McClenaghan 4 0 37 1
I.G. Butler 4 0 35 1
N.L. McCullum 3 0 37 1
R.M. Hira 4 0 34 1
C.J. Anderson 4 0 40 0
J.E.C. Franklin 1 0 5 0
Full Bowling Card