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Kiwis restricted by England bowlers

Source - reuters.com

New Zealand set England 124 to win their day-night Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Friday after a clinical bowling display restricted the Kiwis to 123 for nine.

After England won the toss, off-spinner Graeme Swann, who extracted significant turn, Stuart Broad and his fellow pace bowler James Anderson claimed two wickets each. Ross Taylor's 25 from 18 balls was his team's highest score.

New Zealand, defeated in their last six Twenty20 matches, failed to gather any momentum throughout their innings after being reduced to 14 for two early on a quick pitch matched by an equally fast outfield.

Even New Zealand's most dangerous batsman Brendon McCullum (24) uncharacteristically failed to score until the seventh over. He also took 42 minutes to score his first boundary.

McCullum was struck on his helmet by an swift delivery from Anderson in the fourth over. New Zealand batsman Daniel Flynn was struck in the mouth by an Anderson ball on the same ground this month.

New Zealand's key all-rounder Jacob Oram had to be replaced by Peter Fulton shortly before the match after sustaining a hamstring injury.

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