During the England innings, after losing openers Craig Kieswetter (4) and Alex Hales (22) early, Wright and Eoin Morgan (30) put up a 89-run partnership which literally took the game away from Ross Taylor led side.
Morgan provided support to Wright chipping in with ones and twos throughout his 31-ball innings. While Wright's brilliant hitting and strokeplay earned him the Man-of-the-match award.
Both teams play there next must-win ties here Monday. New Zealand take on West Indies while defending champions England take on hosts Sri Lanka.
In Image: England's batsmen Eoin Morgan, left, and Luke Wright run between the wickets