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Styris steals victory for Kiwis

March 17, 2007
Scott Styris comes to the World Cup with impeccable credentials, as a top draw batsman and a more than handy seam-up bowler in the middle overs.

His performance today exceeded all expectations: with the ball, he teamed up with Shane Bond to strike two quick blows during the middle part of the England innings, and effectively ended England's hopes of posting a competitive total. His figures of 7-0-25-2 were next only to Bond's.

His work had only just begun: on the chase, he came in with the score 3/2 and before he had properly settled, saw his captain leave, with the score 19/3. Styris settled down to see his team home, first in partnership with Craig McMillan, then with Jacob Oram, and when New Zealand sealed the win, he was still undefeated on 87 off 113.

It is not often that a player can claim to have won a game single-handed -- here, Styris came close, and was named Man of the Match for his all round show.

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