World Twenty20 2014: Stuart Broad criticises umpires after England lose
World Twenty20 2014: Stuart Broad is critical of the umpires after England suffer a nine-run loss to New Zealand
Stuart Broad was disappointed with a poor umpiring judgement after England lost their opening match of the World Twenty20 against New Zealand by nine runs.
Batting first in Chittagong, Moeen Ali (36), Michael Lumb (33) and Jos Buttler (32) guided England to a total of 172-6.
In reply, skipper Brendon McCullum made a quick-fire 16 to guide his team to 52-1 before wet weather forced the match to be abandoned, and the result to be decided via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
170-odd was a competitive total and we’re obviously disappointed we finished losing this game
Despite the defeat, Broad was positive about his side’s performance but his focus was on the decision not to take the players off earlier than they did.
“It would have been a good game if it had gone the full 40 overs,” Broad told BBC Sport.
“170-odd was a competitive total and we’re obviously disappointed we finished losing this game.
“We should have come off with the lightning earlier and that would have saved us losing the game. It was distinctly average on the umpires’ part.”
Lumb and Alex Hales made 143 runs without loss in last year’s meeting between the two sides but they couldn’t repeat the trick as the latter fell for a duck off Kyle Mills, with Corey Anderson spectacularly pouching the stroke one-handed.
A partnership of 66 between Lumb and Ali gave the batsmen some momentum but a pair of interventions by Anderson soon stopped this.
Firstly, his bowling accounted for the vital wicket of Ali for 36 before Lumb was dismissed as the 23-year-old took another impressive diving catch.
Three quick wickets would halt their charge for a bigger target though as Eoin Morgan, Buttler and Chris Jordan fell to Tim Southee, Anderson and Nathan McCullum respectively.
These departures put their ability to set a challenging target into question but a late partnership of 24 between Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan helped set the highest 20-over total at this venue.
In reply, a good start by opening pair Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill put the Black Cats on the front foot before Jade Dernbach dismissed the latter for 11.
Play was disrupted soon after though after rain followed a number of lightning strikes that enveloped the sky.
McCullum’s side were just ahead of the D/L rate and as enough overs had elapsed for a result to be declared and despite an extension to the playing time, play wouldn’t resume again.
The last time their opening match of the tournament was affected by wet weather – in 2010 against the West Indies – England claimed the trophy when fielding coach Paul Collingwood captained the side to success.
Everyone connected to the team will be hoping that the signs are with them again this time around as they face a crucial encounter against Sri Lanka on Thursday.