A fine allround display from Scott Styris, and an unbeaten stand of 138 with Jacob Oram, handed New Zealand the bragging rights, but more importantly the points, from the main clash in Group C. England were twice well placed, but three key middle-order batsmen fell within six balls, then Styris steadied the Kiwis after their top three had gone against the new ball and victory came with nine overs to spare.

England Scored 209 for 7 with Kevin Pietersen hitting 60, and wicket keeper Nixon contributing a value 42 not out. For New Zealand, that man Bond, Shane Bond took 2 for 19.

Sytris scored an invaluable 87 not out and Oram a typically barn storming display of calculated big hitting scoring 63 not out to lead New Zealand to a six wickets win, with nearly nine overs to spare.

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