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Finn, Wright hand England T20 lifeline

Sunday, September 30, 2012    

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PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AFP) — Steven Finn took 3-16 and Luke Wright notched an aggressive 76 to help England beat New Zealand by six wickets in the Super Eights group one match in the World Twenty20 here yesterday.

Wright smashed five sixes and as many boundaries off 43 balls and added 89 for the third wicket with Eoin Morgan (30) as England comfortably chased down a modest target of 149 in 18.5 overs at Pallekele stadium.

Wright and Morgan, who hit a four and a six, made sure the defending champions cross the line after losing openers Craig Kieswetter (four) and Alex Hales (22) by the seventh over.

Wright hit two sixes off Tim Southee to reach his half-century off just 33 balls and then smashed two more off part-timer Rob Nicol to bring England within 23 runs of victory.

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