Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Cricket | International

Wright, Broad shine in victory



Luke Wright shone with bat and ball while captain Stuart Broad took four wickets as England eased to a 40-run victory over New Zealand in their first Twenty20 international in Auckland on Saturday.

Full Scorecard: New Zealand v England

All-rounder Wright's 20-ball innings of 42 included three fours and four sixes as England's power-packed batting line-up scored 214 for seven, their highest total in a T20 international.

"The freedom the guys played with the bat today set us up brilliantly," Broad said in a televised interview. "To go and set our record as an England batting line-up was fantastic.

"It was exciting to see the cleanness with which the guys were hitting it."

The 27-year-old Wright then put immense pressure on New Zealand's batsmen as he bowled several dot balls that forced the hosts to take risks, one of which resulted in Martin Guptill blasting a full delivery straight to Broad at mid-off for 44.

Guptill's wicket in the 13th over was a body blow for New Zealand as the right-hander had looked well set to be the batsmen the hosts could build their late-innings assault around.

Broad then chipped in with two wickets in the 15th over, removing James Franklin (eight) and Colin Munro (28) to ensure England's total was well out of reach.

The England skipper finished with 4-24, his best T20 international figures, while Wright took 2-29 and added a catch as New Zealand made 174-9 off their 20 overs.

This video is not available in your region

23 SIXES

"I think we learned a lot from batting on it first actually," Broad added of being asked to bat by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

"We learned that we could bang it back of a length, take the pace off and get the guys hitting to the bigger boundaries.

"It was certainly a good toss to lose."

The short boundaries straight down the ground, which is primarily configured for rugby, were peppered with a total of 23 sixes dispatched into the stands.

The highest total for sixes in a Twenty20 international was the 24 hit by New Zealand and India in Christchurch 2009, a feat duplicated by Australia and India in Bridgetown a year later.

Eoin Morgan top-scored for England with 46 from 26 balls and combined with Jonny Bairstow (38) in a 81-run partnership off 7.1 overs as England appeared set for a total in excess of 230 on the bouncy, drop-in pitch until the stand was broken.

New Zealand did not help their cause by dropping five catches.

"It was a really poor day in the field," McCullum said. "You can't afford to drop five catches in the field in any form of cricket, particularly in 20 overs with the power they have got.

"I thought England were outstanding and put us under pressure. We were outplayed by a far better team on the day."

The second contest of the three-match series is in Hamilton on Tuesday.

NEW ZEALAND: MJ Guptill, HD Rutherford, BB McCullum (capt & wk), LRPL Taylor, C Munro, JEC Franklin, AM Ellis, NL McCullum, RM Hira, MJ McClenaghan, TA Boult

ENGLAND: MJ Lumb, AD Hales, LJ Wright, JM Bairstow, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wk), SR Patel, JC Tredwell, SCJ Broad (capt), ST Finn, JW Dernbach

Shop

The Proteas
20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches by Neil Manthorp
R171.38
Jacques Kallis
South Africa has produced more great all-rounders than any other country
R176.00
Bouch
Through my eyes
R180.40
Gunn & Moore Epic 808 DXM Cricket Bat
The Gunn and Moore Epic DXM 808 Harrow bat has been carefully developed so that you can get the most from your game
R1919.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Football's Greatest Managers - Mario Zagallo
Gymnastics - Artistic: Men's Pommel Horse Final
SS5
Thu, 31 Jul @ 05:59
Cycling - Time Trial: Men's Individual

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Faf du Plessis
We're a team that refuse to give in
Greetings from the Maldives – a welcome break after what was an incredibly challenging series in...

Kepler Wessels
King Kallis brings down the curtain
As a package Jacques Kallis has been the best player that this country has produced.

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Proteas were excellent but spin still a worry
Watching the Proteas in the testing and historically difficult-to-overcome conditions of Sri Lanka...

Haze's Comment
Home pitch advantage is crucial
I hope that groundsmen around South Africa watched the Test series in Sri Lanka. No-one prepares...

Neil in Sri Lanka
Week 4
It is patently absurd to suggest that this Test ‘save’, in Colombo, was better than Adelaide 2012...

Stiaan van Zyl
Sri Lanka Diary
It has been an absorbing few days. We are so focused on this test that there has not been any...