Don't write England off! Broad delighted as T20 holders find form at last
16:58 GMT, 29 September 2012
England captain Stuart Broad was a happy man as England kept their ICC World Twenty20 hopes alive with victory over New Zealand.
Luke Wright and Steven Finn starred in a much-improved all-round performance as England won by six wickets to put the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown back on track.
After Wright's runs and Finn's wickets at Pallekele, Stuart Broad's team are likely to need another success against hosts Sri Lanka when they return on Monday if they are to book a trip back to Colombo for the semi-finals.
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Broad said: 'It was really important to get a win tonight. I thought Steven Finn set the tone fantastically with the new ball and Luke and Eoin (Morgan) batted really well.
'The pitch was a lot drier, we knew that from ball one – and we're obviously delighted to have won. Now we've got a huge game coming up on Monday. We've got a job to do then and hopefully we can build on the positives from tonight.
'We'll have a meeting over the next day or so and come back stronger on Monday.'
Wright, voted man of the match for his 76 from 43 balls, told the post-match presentation ceremony: 'I'm very chuffed as it was a very important win for us. It was disappointing the other day (the defeat against West Indies) so it's nice to come back and get some runs.
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'It was all about getting going really. We kept talking about having a batsman in at the end and luckily that was me today.
'There are a lot of positives to come out of the game. Personally I think Steven Finn should be here (receiving the man of the match award) for the way he bowled – he was outstanding.'
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is relying on Sri Lanka beating West Indies and England to keep alive the Black Caps' hopes of progress.
He said: 'I think 140 was about a par score. It was hard to start on that wicket and James Franklin was outstanding to get us there but the total just wasn't enough.
'The spinners bowled very well – we were probably only five off a par score. We had our moments but weren't able to capitalise when we were on top. Good luck to Sri Lanka in the next two games!'
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