England kept their hopes of defending the ICC World T20 Championship by picking up a comfortable 6 wicket win against a New Zealand side that lacked that little bit of quality necessary to compete at the highest level. The Kiwis were always behind the eight ball and needed a late half-century from James Franklin to help them reach 148-6 in their 20 overs. Steve Finn was the pick of the English bowlers, taking 3-16 from his quota of 4 overs. New Zealand had a couple of early openings in the England chase, but Luke Wright showed his value at No.3 yet again, scoring an excellent 76 from 43 balls to power his side to an easy win.
New Zealand made just one change to the team which narrowly lost to Sri Lanka, bringing in Doug Bracewell for the unwell Jacob Oram, while England made one tactical change, selecting Danny Briggs ahead of allrounder Samit Patel, while recalling another bowling allrounder in Tim Bresnan for Jade Dernbach.