Brendon McCullum hit 48 off 39 balls after taking four wicket-keeping catches to lead New Zealand to a four-wicket win over England and into the Champions Trophy semi-finals as Group B winners.
|Grant Elliott celebrates the wicket of Graeme Swann as NZ ease their way to victory [GALLO/GETTY]
New Zealand's Grant Elliott took a career-best 4-31 to help dismiss England for 146 in the 44th over on an uneven pitch helping seamers at Wanderers Stadium, and openers McCullum and Martin Guptill (53) then put on 84 in under 13 overs to set up the win.
McCullum smashed three sixes and four boundaries, while Guptill faced 55 balls and struck seven fours and a six.
"Brendon realised that if he could rip the guts out of England's resistance at the start of chasing that small total, we could take it away from them,'' New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said.
New Zealand lost 6-56 to give England a sliver of hope with Stuart Broad taking 4-39, but Vettori and James Franklin took the Kiwis home with more than 22 overs to spare.
"Stuart bowled exceptionally well,'' England captain Andrew Strauss said.
"But we needed a bit of luck early on and we didn't get it on a wicket that was not a great one for one-day cricket, to be honest.''
New Zealand and England both had four points in the group, but the Kiwis have a superior run rate. South Africa and Sri Lanka were eliminated.
A Strauss c McCullum b Mills 0
J Denly b Bond 5
O Shah c McCullum b Bond 3
P Collingwood c Taylor b Elliott 40
E Morgan c Taylor b Butler 9
R Bopara lbw b Bond 30
L Wright c McCullum b Elliott 4
S Broad c & b Elliott 1
G Swann c McCullum b Elliott 11
R Sidebottom c Taylor b Vettori 20
J Anderson not out 4
Total (all out, 43.1 overs) 146
Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-10 3-13 4-50 5-80 6-90 7-95 8-109 9-117
New Zealand innings
B McCullum c Bopara b Broad 48
M Guptill c Swann b Anderson 53
N Broom c Morgan b Sidebottom 17
R Taylor c Swann b Broad 1
G Elliott c Morgan b Broad 3
G Hopkins c Morgan b Broad 2
D Vettori not out 10
J Franklin not out 2
Extras (lb-7, w-4) 11
Total (six wickets, 27.1 overs) 147
Paul Collingwood top-scored for England with 40 and Ravi Bopara made 30 after New Zealand won the toss and bowled.
Strauss was the first victim of the pitch, sparring at a lifting delivery from Kyle Mills to be caught behind for a duck on the second ball of the innings.
Elliott made his first-class debut at the Wanderers before playing in the Netherlands and then moving to New Zealand to climb through the ranks into the national side.
"Elliott came back and gave us the impetus in the middle when the game started to drift from us a bit,'' Vettori said.
Elliott got rid of Collingwood after he pulled a shorter delivery - a shot that had brought him some success - and Ross Taylor took a leaping catch at midwicket. Collingwood hit two fours and three sixes in 58 balls.
Bopara was trapped lbw by Bond to a ball that kept very low.
A last-wicket stand between Ryan Sidebottom (20) and Anderson (4 not out) resisted the Kiwis for more than eight overs.
Elliott was assisted by Shane Bond, who took 3-21 from 10 overs.
"New Zealand put the ball in the right areas and didn't give us any freebies, and then we couldn't do anything when their openers came at us in the beginning of their innings,'' Strauss said.