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Kiwis knocked out by classy England

England ended New Zealandís hopes of a place in the Twenty20 World Cup semi finals after a 3 wicket victory which allowed Pakistan to finish second in Group E.

Morgan hit a classy 40 to lead England to victory after the Kiwis had reduced England to 66-4 with Scott Styris taking two wickets as the Kiwis restricted England after they had enjoyed a rapid start.

Despite losing Craig Kieswetter (15) early on; England enjoyed another dominate display in the power play overs scoring 57 runs as Michael Lumb and Ravi Bopara built a partnership of 33 as England looked to make light work of their run chase.

With New Zealand needing a victory to join England in the semi finals; the Kiwis struck back though taking 3 wickets in the space of 14 balls as Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris tied England up with a mixture of spin and slow cutters.

During the pairs 6 over spell England could only manage to add 31 runs to their total as New Zealand increased the pressure as they looked to halt Englandís rapid start.

With England in trouble Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright showed that itís not just the openers who are enjoying a rich vain of form as they built a 50 run partnership from just 37 balls as the Kiwis started to struggle.

With so much riding on the game Shane Bond struck back to end Wrightís (24) excellent innings after he was caught by Kyle Mills having tried to hit Bond over deep square leaving England needing 32 runs from 28 balls.

Morgan played well on his was to 40, and although he was dismissed by Bond with the winning line in sight to leave Bresnan (23) to hit the winning runs ending the Kiwis chances of reaching the semi finals.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, New Zealand battled back after another dominate display from Englandís spinner to reach 149-9 earlier in the day.

Spinners Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy once again played an instrumental role in Englandís bowling attack as the pair bowled 7 consecutive overs of spin after the power play overs.

The pair conceded just 50 runs with Swann picking up the wickets of Brendon McCullum (33) and Aaron Redmond (16) as Englandís spinners increased the pressure.

New Zealand battled back with Scott Styris (31) and Ross Taylor building an important partnership of 62 to allow the Kiwis to set England a run chase of 150.

The Kiwis got of to a good start with Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder attacking Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan as the England bowlers got off to a nervy start which allowed the Kiwi openers to build an opening partnership of 30.

After starting off brightly New Zealand were pegged back by Bresnan who bowled Ryder (9) with a slow cutter which clattered into the stumps to leave the Kiwis 30-1 at the end of the 5th over.

With the field restrictions completed Paul Collingwood turned to Swann and Yardy; just as he had done against South Africa and the pair put the squeeze on Redmond and McCullum as the runís dried up.

Having faced seven overs of spin the Kiwis run rate had decreased to just 6.8 an over as England increased their hold on the game with two new batsmen at the crease after the dismissal of McCullum and Redmond.

With Swann and Yardy seen off; Styris and Taylor battled back scoring some valuable runs off the bowling of Sidebottom and Broad as England conceded 49 runs from the next 5 overs.

After building the foundations of an important partnership Styris and Taylor would have been looking to attack the England bowlers in the final 5 overs but Broad struck back to remove Styris just as the momentum was building in the Kiwis favour.

Having rediscovered his form Taylor (44) missed out on a well deserved half century after he was caught by Bresnan out on the boundary after trying to smash Sidebottom for consecutive sixes at the end of the 18th over.

The loss of Taylor left Nathan McCullum (3) and Daniel Vettori (4) to see out the final over as England battled back to keep the Kiwis under 150.

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