New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has blamed his team's batting for their defeat to England in their third group game at the Champions Trophy.
The side needed to chase down 170 for a win and a Champions Trophy semi-final qualification but fell 10 runs short in the rain-shortened encounter and McCullum said the early loss of wickets added to the pressure.
The captain also chose not to make the Stuart Broad no-ball that claimed the wicket of Kane Williamson a big issue. Replays suggested Broad had overstepped but the third umpire still opted to give Williamson out.
He said: "It was close, real close. Sometimes the rub of the green doesn't go your way. But that's the way it goes."
Williamson, who scored 67 off 54 balls and was instrumental in getting New Zealand as close as they did in the end, was disappointed he couldn't finish it off.
Sometimes the rub of the green doesn't go your way. But that's the way it goes.Brendon McCullum
He echoed his captain's sentiments and said it was the loss of wickets at crucial times in the game that pulled them down.
Williamson said: "It's a shame that we lost our wickets at key times. We lost our momentum every time a wicket went down."
The 22-year-old batsman had a word of praise for English fast bowler James Anderson who bagged a three-wicket haul.
He said: "The challenge of the scoreboard was too much and there was no time to think of him."
New Zealand end their group stage engagements with three points from as many games and will now need to await the result of the Australia versus Sri Lanka encounter to know their semi-final fate. If Sri Lanka win the game, the Kiwis will be knocked out of the competition while an Australian victory will boost their chances in a big way.
New Zealand are 1/1 to win the Champions Trophy. Australia are 1/1 to win the Ashes, with England priced at 1/1.
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