New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum confessed he was “delighted” to begin with a win in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, after New Zealand overcame England‘s challenge with a narrow 9-run win at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Saturday, thanks to the infamous Duckworth-Lewis method.
McCullum was relieved to end up on the right side of the result and admitted luck will play a massive factor in deciding the prospects of all the teams in the ongoing World T20.
New Zealand were on 52/1 in 5.2 overs in reply to England’s 172-6 when rain played spoilsport. Play could not be resumed due to heavy rain, forcing the umpires to call off the match and declaring the Kiwis as victors in the rain-curtailed game.
Thunder and lightning were threatening to ruin the match much before the rain came down, but the on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Paul Reiffel allowed play to continue before heavy rain ensured no further play was possible.
“During our batting, it was wet and the top surface was slippery so hopefully we can overcome that and take the toss factor out of it. But the match was evenly poised,” McCullum said after the Kiwis’ opening encounter.
Meanwhile, England captain Stuart Broad was displeased with “average” umpiring from the on-field umpires, arguing that the players should have come off the field much ealier due to the lightning.