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England's World t20 campaign got off to a frustrating start after a rain-affected defeat to New Zealand.

Having won the toss, captain Stuart Broad elected to bat, and England posted a formidable 172-6 in their 20 overs, thanks to a stand of 72 between Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb.

However, just 5.2 overs into the run chase, and with New Zealand having got off to a brisk start, the floodgates opened and the match was abandoned, meaning that the Kiwis crept to a nine-run Duckworth/Lewis victory.

Having already lost all-rounder Luke Wright to injury this morning, who will be replaced by Craig Kieswetter, this was the second major blow to England's qualification chances in a day.

Opening the batting, Alex Hales fell second ball to Kyle Mills, as a flying Corey Anderson took a good catch at mid-off.

Despite the early setback, Moeen and Lumb got down to work, and at the end of the first six overs of powerplay, the score had moved onto 55 with no further loss.

Unfortunately for England, Moeen, who had looked in great touch in his knock of 36, which included six fours and a six, soon holed out to Mitchell McClenaghan on the square-leg boundary.

Then, Lumb followed for 33 off 24, caught well by Anderson at third man.

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler began re-building, and after 16 overs England had reached an impressive 130/5, with Ravi Bopara and big-hitter Chris Jordan at the crease.

Tim Southee (4-0-46-1) had problems with his length all night, and after two sixes in his final over, England finished well, with 13 runs coming off the final over.

Corey Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with 4-0-32-2, but England looked to have set a vast total which would take some chasing.

But just 32 balls into the chase, rain fell.

Despite Jade Dernbach having removed Martin Guptill, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum hit 16 off Stuart Broad's only over, which was a key factor in the defeat.

England will feel desperately unlucky to have lost, as they did not have a chance to test the Kiwi batsmen against the spin of James Tredwell.

Broad said after the game: "I think it would have been good game had it been the full 40 overs. Both sides were in a similar position coming towards the end of the
powerplays and 170 was a competitive total.

"We're disappointed that we lost but you can't do anything about the weather."

England's next game is against Sri Lanka on Thursday, which will also be played in Chittagong: Broad's men will hope to be luckier with the weather then.

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