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Styris and Taylor lead the Kiwis fight back

With a victory needed to progress to the Twenty20 World Cup semi finals New Zealand battled back after another dominate display from Englandís spinner to reach 149-9.

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.

source - cricket20.com
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