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Cricket: Defining moments of NZ's defeat

Andrew Alderson's five defining moments of New Zealand's six-wicket defeat to England at cricket's World T20.

1. Steven Finn's opening two overs (2 and 4) - New Zealand 26 for two.

Finn was accurate immediately, his third ball trapping Martin Guptill LBW as it angled in. His second over resulted in Brendon McCullum slashing at a short of a length ball which flew to one of the two men outside the circle; Luke Wright at third man. Thwarted momentum. Finn's figures? 2-0-5-2

2. James Franklin and Ross Taylor resurrect innings - 11.5 overs - New Zealand 67 for four.

Put on 40 for the fifth wicket. Franklin's shot selection and placement were splendid, making 50 at a strike rate of 152. His six off Danny Briggs in the 15th over was the first of the innings. Taylor chipped 22 off 23 balls before finding a fielder on his favoured deep mid-wicket boundary.

3. Franklin denied boundary by a dead ball as Finn breaks stumps - would've been 16.5 overs - New Zealand 109 for five.

Finn's stunt had become tiresome by its third occurrence. Franklin stroked a ball through the covers for four, only to have it retracted.

It begged the question: why does there need to be a replay, penalising the batting side for a bowling glitch. Franklin's concentration lapsed. He wore the next ball in the groin. It required the delivery of a new box.

4. Eoin Morgan moves to four in the order - 6.4 overs - England 38 for two

Morgan joined Wright and the pair made 89 for the third wicket, ensuring victory. Morgan had a supporting role with 30 off 31 balls but it was logical moving him back to No 4. Many felt he'd been wasted going in at No 5 in the 11th over against the West Indies, given his strike rate is the best in the team (135 pre-match).

5. A 43-run thrashing in the 15th, 16th and 17th overs - England move from 95 for two to 138 for three.
This blitz deposited them just 11 runs short of the target. Tim Southee, Rob Nicol and Kyle Mills were dispatched to the far outposts of Empire, mainly by Wright. His runs formed part of 76 off 43 balls. They were the catalyst to the six-wicket win, England's first in the Super Eights.

* Andrew Alderson flew to the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka courtesy of Emirates.

- Herald on Sunday

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