New Zealand reach Super Eights as Zimbabwe collapse

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New Zealand booked their place in the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup with a seven-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

New Zealand, who finish top of Group B after beating Sri Lanka in their opening match, made light work of Zimbabwe’s batsmen, who were all-out for a dismal 84.

The group winners were ahead of the required run-rate on 36-1 when rain brought an early end to proceedings.

Zimbabwe, who are the first team to bow out of the competition, began brightly with openers Tatenda Taibu and Hamilton Masakadza putting on 36 for the opening wicket.

New Zealand soon found their stride, however, and forced a spectacular collapse that saw Zimbabwe lose eight wickets for 16 runs.

Nathan McCullum swept through the middle-order with three wickets before Scott Styris followed up with three of his own.

New Zealand lost opener Jesse Ryder for two but Martin Guptill (six not out) and Brendon McCullum (22 not out) steered them to 36 before the heavens opened and play was suspended.

It is the second consecutive day the Duckworth/Lewis method has been used to decide the result after England were beaten by hosts West Indies in Group D on Monday.