Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 6th match

England v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 90 runs

1.40pm The players are taking to the field and there's plenty of cheers for them. England jog onto the field, almost looking like they're interested, and now there's the familiar group huddle. A few smiles on their faces, they're up for it. Nathan Astle swings his bat round and round to get loose as he walks on. He needs a few runs this series, as does Fleming, who's opening with him.

It's Jon Lewis to open from the City End and he's just loosening up now.

1.35pm New Zealand have won the toss and chosen to bat - a good idea to avoid batting under the lights, of course. The fit-again Shane Bond is in for Michael Mason and Jacob Oram for Hamish Marshall. Oram's not played since November, but he's back after recovering from a back injury and he will help with batting depth, as well as providing a fifth option as a bowler.

"We just feel it's a fresh wicket," said Stephen Fleming about choosing to bat. "It's hard to fit two spinners in. Every game has been must-win. England are in the same situation and it's a good contest."

Andrew Flintoff wasn't too downbeat about losing the toss. "It's not a massive problem - if we won we would have batted." Chris Tremlett is out, with Monty Panesar in as the Adelaide Oval has a reputation for spin. One from the obvious department - Flintoff added: "We will be hoping today to get both disciplines firing at the same time."

So we're ready (hmm, that's royal we, sadly), the few spectators are ready and the teams will be ready soon. Boonie is ready. "Get me some cricket, the beer's about to start," he says... or, ahem, was that the other way round?

1.30pmG'day everyone and welcome to coverage of the sixth match in the CB Series. This one's between England and New Zealand at a sunny Adelaide and revenge is on the cards for the Kiwis after England beat them in their last, close encounter. And with New Zealand showing their fighting spirit in running Australia close last game a tight duel beckons. No team news as yet, but what I can tell you is I'm Jenny Thompson - hello! - and later on I'll be joined by Martin Williamson, until then I'm flying solo. Why don't you drop me a line with your thoughts on the series.

Don't forget, England had a horror show against Australia here in the Test, they will be hoping to do much better in the one-day format as they slug it out with New Zealand for the other final spot, after Australia have already qualified.

0.1

Lewis to Fleming, no run, over the wicket and he pushes that one across the lefthander

0.2

Lewis to Fleming, 2 runs, a push in front of point - hesitation after the first, but it's Panesar out there and they decide on a second run

0.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, swings that one back into the lefthander at the last minute, but not near enough the stumps to be of interest and that's well left alone

0.4

Lewis to Fleming, (no ball) 1 run, overstepped for that no-ball and the batsman jabs the ball down behind point for an easy single

0.4

Lewis to Astle, no run, a good leave to one which cut back in

0.5

Lewis to Astle, no run, up there on a good length and Astle squeezes the ball into short midwicket and looks for a run to get off the mark, but there wasn't one on

A shirt has been found for Mal Loye - that's not to say he played topless last match, but he didn't have a number. He's gone for 48: no, that's not his age... Naughty.

0.6

Lewis to Astle, 1 run, Astle off the mark this time with an easily dinked flick off the legs

James Anderson to share the new ball and he's getting ready to bowl

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
NJ Astle    1* (3b)      J Lewis    1-0-5-0
SP Fleming    3* (4b)     

1.1

Anderson to Astle, no run, short and straight and that's defended down off the back foot

1.2

Anderson to Astle, no run, left alone outside off stump

1.3

Anderson to Astle, no run

1.4

Anderson to Astle, no run, ooh, beauty from Anderson, just failing to take the outside edge as the batsman prodded off the back foot, the bat away from his body

1.5

Anderson to Astle, OUT, he's gone this time! Anderson softened him up with the previous delivery and Astle jabs once more at this one which is pitched up, but this time a straightforward edge flies into the hands of Collingwood at second slip who makes no mistake. Good bowling from Anderson, poor shot from Astle

NJ Astle c Collingwood b Anderson 1 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Two slips and a gully for Peter Fulton, the new batsman, batting at No 3 for the first time

1.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, defended down first up

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1
SP Fleming    3* (4b)      J Lewis    1-0-5-0

2.1

Lewis to Fleming, no run, over the wicket to the lefthander who shoulders arms

2.2

Lewis to Fleming, no run, squares up to that one and there's a sort-of ooh as the ball flies through... but way away the edge in fact

2.3

Lewis to Fleming, 1 no ball, another overstep from Lewis, just trying to find his rhythm here

2.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, good line and length from Lewis, forcing the batsman to defend solidly on the front foot

2.4

Lewis to Fleming, no run, good carry this time on a fresh Adelaide pitch, Fleming shouldering arms early

2.5

Lewis to Fleming, no run, in the same area, not near enough to provoke a shot - Fleming leaves that one alone

2.6

Lewis to Fleming, no run, ooh! Good stuff from Lewis there, nipping that one just away from the lefthander on a good length, but it's good judgement from Fleming, too, who chooses to leave

"I'm glad the likes of Nixon and Loye are there," says Marc Stimson. "It offers me hope as I'm only 40 and still playing shires here in Australia." I'm comforted, too, Marc - I was feeling old after Michael Bevan's retirement the other day...

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 6/1 (RR: 2.00)
SP Fleming    3* (11b)      J Lewis    2-0-6-0
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1

3.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, rushed past the outside edge

3.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run, defended this time

3.3

Anderson to Fulton, FOUR, too straight and that's New Zealand's first boundary, square of the wicket with a nicely timed wristy pull, right over the ball

3.4

Anderson to Fulton, 1 wide, Anderson overcompensates and that swings away down off

3.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, the feisty youngster Nixon leads the appeals behind the stumps as that one just nips back in, Fulton deceived, expecting the awayswinger. But the ball wasn't doing enough to come back in

3.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, on a good length, angling in at the righthander, who defends solidly on the front foot

3.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, banged in, the ball doesn't get up, but it's on a good length, the batsman defends down on the back foot and they decide to "Wait on".

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 11/1 (RR: 2.75)
PG Fulton    4* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-1
SP Fleming    3* (11b)      J Lewis    2-0-6-0

4.1

Lewis to Fleming, no run, flicked down the leg-side, a good take from Nixon, diving and then rolling away to his right, but the umpire decides it's not out and that's a good call; it was brushing the thigh pad

4.2

Lewis to Fleming, 1 wide, loose swish to a very wide one

4.2

Lewis to Fleming, no run, well-judged leave as that one rushes through

4.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, defended forward

4.4

Lewis to Fleming, no run, left alone as that one swings a touch outside off

4.5

Lewis to Fleming, no run, another leave

4.6

Lewis to Fleming, no run, defended forward this time - tidy enough over from Lewis

Kieren Chappell's got an invitation to the corporate boxes but for some reason is having to debate whether to head out to the hill for "some more atmosphere". Now, if your corporate boxes are anything like England ones then there's no contest. Hmm, sun and atmosphere versus ... well, you do the math... The ground is far from packed, since you asked, but still not a bad crowd given the Aussies aren't playing.

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 12/1 (RR: 2.40)
SP Fleming    3* (17b)      J Lewis    3-0-7-0
PG Fulton    4* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-1

5.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, defended forward

5.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run, hint of away swing and the batsman chooses to leave

5.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, left alone once more

5.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, more leaving as that one bends right away from the righthander who goes back on to the balls of his toes and leaves it

5.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, a better length and Fulton's in two minds - he chooses in the end to fend at the ball away from his body, just to say getting on to his back foot, and he misses the ball

5.6

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, an edge through fine gully ... just where Flintoff had removed the man earlier this over

5.6

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, an edge through fine gully ... just where Flintoff had removed the man earlier this over

5.6

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, an edge through fine gully ... just where Flintoff had removed the man earlier this over

Good bowling from England and iffy batting from New Zealand first up. Still, these are early days. Let's see if Fulton and Fleming can get into the groove

End of over 6 (2 runs) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 2.33)
PG Fulton    6* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-7-1
SP Fleming    3* (17b)      J Lewis    3-0-7-0

6.1

Lewis to Fleming, no run, defended on the front foot into cover

6.2

Lewis to Fleming, no run, defended forward

Quiz question: what's 60 metres in width and 69 metres long? The pitch dimensions. Apparently, Cricket Australia told the groundsman to replicate the dimensions of Sydney, so the ropes have come right in square.

6.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, Fleming again leaves that one, this angled right across him

6.4

Lewis to Fleming, no run, worked off the toes to square

6.5

Lewis to Fleming, no run, creeps right over that one to defend forward

6.6

Lewis to Fleming, no run, flashes right over the ball this time, his feet caught in the crease - another good over from England

6.6

Lewis to Fleming, no run, flashes right over the ball this time, his feet caught in the crease - another good over from England

"Does the corporate box come with free beer?" wonders W G Grace (funny parents, eh). "Can't do the math unless we know the whole equation!" That's why I'm not a mathematician... though I can confirm there's only been one boundary in the first seven overs

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 2.00)
SP Fleming    3* (23b)      J Lewis    4-1-7-0
PG Fulton    6* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-7-1

7.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, unconvincing smack at that one, trying to drive through mid-off, but getting an inside edge which sends the ball forward towards mid-on

7.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run

7.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, well bowled, defending that one on the front foot

7.4

Anderson to Fulton, 1 run, good running from New Zealand there - they'll take anything they can get right now - as the ball drops down off Fulton's under edge. Nixon rushes forward to kick the ball at the stumps, misses, and Fleming makes his ground easily

7.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, leg-stump half-volley and Fleming rushes at that one, trying to work it through midwicket, but it clatters into his pads. Missed out, there

7.6

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, a lesser-spotted four! Spotted! Another loose delivery, on the off-side this time, is driven through cover and just bobbles over the rope

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 2.37)
SP Fleming    7* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-1
PG Fulton    7* (17b 1x4)      J Lewis    4-1-7-0

8.1

Lewis to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off stump

8.2

Lewis to Fulton, no run, a huge appeal for one which was outside the line - two arms going back for Lewis in that one, Dominic Cork-style of appeal, but the batsman was far enough forward and the batsman was probably just outside the line of off stump as well

8.3

Lewis to Fulton, 1 run, worked just behind square

8.4

Lewis to Fleming, 1 run, jabs his hands down on that one and the ball goes to midwicket

8.5

Lewis to Fulton, no run, pushed up there and it's defended on the front foot

8.6

Lewis to Fulton, no run, full again and defended once more

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 21/1 (RR: 2.33)
PG Fulton    8* (22b 1x4)      J Lewis    5-1-9-0
SP Fleming    8* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-1

9.1

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, lovely shot, chipped easily into the leg-side and the ball flies away

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, tries a similar shot, but misses it and the ball flies through to Nixon. Fleming takes a few seconds to reflect on that shot and to stare at Anderson

9.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, Anderson snatches at a return bump-ball, misses, but pretends to shy at Fleming's stumps. Fleming's too wise a customer to be fooled and looks for the quick single, but it's not on

9.4

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, worked well into the midwicket

9.5

Anderson to Fulton, FOUR, crashed off the back foot through cover and that's the second four this over for New Zealand, who are picking up a bit of momentum here

9.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, good reply from Anderson, nipping that one in at the righthander

Good over for New Zealand, who'll be encouraged by laying bat on ball convincingly. The second PowerPlay has been taken.

End of over 10 (9 runs) New Zealand 30/1 (RR: 3.00)
PG Fulton    12* (24b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-21-1
SP Fleming    13* (30b 2x4)      J Lewis    5-1-9-0

10.1

Lewis to Fleming, SIX, six! Splendid shot, whipped off the toes and that goes high and safe and over midwicket. Good stuff from Fleming, well picked up early

10.2

Lewis to Fleming, no run, a better line from Lewis, tempting Fleming to squirt that up to point and it bounces short

10.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, ooh, a top edge off a late cut drops short in front of the slips

10.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, ooh, a top edge off a late cut drops short in front of the slips

10.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, ooh, a top edge off a late cut drops short in front of the slips

Nixon has moved closer to the stumps. Just one slip in now

10.4

Lewis to Fleming, no run, Fleming looks to dink that forcefully off his toes in front of square, but readjusts at the last minute, dropping soft hands onto the shot

10.5

Lewis to Fleming, no run, ooh, that one's straight and raps him on the pads, and there's a big shout from Lewis but it's too short and would have gone a good few inches (or many centimetres, if you like) over

10.6

Lewis to Fleming, 1 run, worked into midwicket for an easy single

Flintoff on now at the Cathedral End as Ring of Fire blasts out over the tannoy

End of over 11 (7 runs) New Zealand 37/1 (RR: 3.36)
SP Fleming    20* (36b 2x4 1x6)      J Lewis    6-1-16-0
PG Fulton    12* (24b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-21-1

11.1

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, over the wicket and that's left alone outside off&

11.2

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, driven to short mid-off and there's a fumble, then a "Good recovery, Jim", from Anderson

11.3

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, angled across the left hander at 88mph (141kmh)

11.4

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, goes hard at that one, but doesn't quite time it and that's lashed out to point where it's picked up neatly

11.5

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, worked into the covers where Bell snaps it up

11.6

Flintoff to Fleming, OUT, a huge shout and that's gone! Flintoff has struck first over with a 90mph (145kmh) which attacks along an off-stump line and takes a fine edge through to Nixon, Fleming's feet trapped in the crease. Big blow for New Zealand, just as their captain was starting to get going

SP Fleming c †Nixon b Flintoff 20 (52m 42b 2x4 1x6) SR: 47.61

Ross Taylor, averaging 37.5 from 11 ODI innings, comes into bat.

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 37/2 (RR: 3.08)
     A Flintoff    1-1-0-1
PG Fulton    12* (24b 2x4)      J Lewis    6-1-16-0

12.1

Lewis to Fulton, no run, oh, good line from Lewis and that's well left alone

12.2

Lewis to Fulton, 1 run, nudged into midwicket and that's a quick single

12.3

Lewis to Taylor, no run, the batsman comes forward to press a text-book defensive into the covers

12.4

Lewis to Taylor, no run, straight and that's defended off the back foot

12.5

Lewis to Taylor, no run, worked down off the back foot

12.6

Lewis to Taylor, no run, on a good length and defended

It's still pretty early days but New Zealand look lettuce-limp out there - they need a good partnership now and an injection of momentum

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 38/2 (RR: 2.92)
LRPL Taylor    0* (4b)      J Lewis    7-1-17-0
PG Fulton    13* (26b 2x4)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-1

13.1

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, short and fast and the batsman rushes at it, but misses

13.2

Flintoff to Fulton, 1 run, tucked off the toes into midwicket and that's "Well done, Mal" as Loye throws the ball back into Nixon

13.2

Flintoff to Fulton, 1 run, tucked off the toes into midwicket and that's "Well done, Mal" as Loye throws the ball back into Nixon

Flintoff sporting a very thick and ginger beard, by the way

13.3

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, left alone as that one swings a touch away outside off

13.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, good rhythm from Flintoff and again that hits a good area

13.5

Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, just strays onto leg and that's caressed to square where Ed Joyce does the honours

13.6

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, on a good length and that's defended once more

"You say NZ are lettuce limp," says Jim Lawrence, and he's right, but he wants to be fair. "Let's be fair, 13 out of 50 overs is just the tip of the iceberg..." Groanworthy. Well done!

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 40/2 (RR: 2.85)
PG Fulton    14* (29b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-2-1
LRPL Taylor    1* (7b)      J Lewis    7-1-17-0

14.1

Lewis to Taylor, no run, driven into the covers

14.2

Lewis to Taylor, no run, flashes a cut at that one, doesn't get hold of it, and gets an edge into the ground, but safe, his bottom hand flying up off the bat

14.3

Lewis to Taylor, no run, tidily defended

14.4

Lewis to Taylor, 1 run, worked off the toes in front of midwicket for a quick single, well taken

14.5

Lewis to Fulton, no run, attempts a cross-batted swipe at one which pitches on off, misses, and it clatters into him

14.6

Lewis to Fulton, no run, tries to pull this one and that's a bit of a desperate swipe once more, aiming for midwicket, finding the inside edge

The third, and final, PowerPlay is being taken. Flintoff to continue

End of over 15 (1 run) New Zealand 41/2 (RR: 2.73)
PG Fulton    14* (31b 2x4)      J Lewis    8-1-18-0
LRPL Taylor    2* (11b)      A Flintoff    2-1-2-1

15.1

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, like the class geek, he takes a big swat at that one, misses and that rushes through to Nixon who "Oohs" at the fact it missed the outside edge

15.2

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended on the back foot, Flintoff scoops the ball on the follow through and mock-shies at the stumps

15.3

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, crashed into the pads

W G Grace is back: "You should give Jim Lawrence a "rocket" for that shocking lettuce joke!" Right, let's leaf it there.

15.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, worked into the covers

15.5

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended off the back foot this time

15.6

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, straight, defended off the back foot and a trio of fielders rush to pick up the ball - up-and-at-'em body language for England, which has been rare this tour

That's drinks as Boonie chirps something I couldn't possibly repeat because in some countries across the world it's before the watershed...

Lewis to continue

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 41/2 (RR: 2.56)
LRPL Taylor    2* (17b)      A Flintoff    3-2-2-1
PG Fulton    14* (31b 2x4)      J Lewis    8-1-18-0

16.1

Lewis to Fulton, 1 run, guided easily to square

16.2

Lewis to Taylor, FOUR, width there and that's a scorching boundary for Taylor, clattering that away through cover with fast hands and good power. More of those would be great for this game

16.3

Lewis to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

16.4

Lewis to Taylor, no run, pushed right up there and defended into midwicket

16.5

Lewis to Taylor, no run, defended off the back foot with a push behind point and New Zealand decide the best option is "Waiting"

Nixon geeing up the boys with some hands-above-the-head clapping

16.6

Lewis to Taylor, no run, worked to point this time

A sped-up version of Chumbawumba's Tub Thumping blares out over the tannoy and I'm embarrassed to know that

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 46/2 (RR: 2.70)
LRPL Taylor    6* (22b 1x4)      J Lewis    9-1-23-0
PG Fulton    15* (32b 2x4)      A Flintoff    3-2-2-1

17.1

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, tickled slowly to midwicket

17.2

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, a huge inside edge but Nixon still appeals for LBW and Flintoff joins him in a guilty half-appeal. You could hear they didn't really mean it

17.3

Flintoff to Fulton, 2 runs, quick single... turned into two as Anderson at mid-on pretends to throw down the stumps under arm... but he missed the ball completely

17.4

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, quick single on the off-side

17.5

Flintoff to Fulton, 1 run, Fulton stands tall and drives that to mid-off but Panesar fluffs that one and allows the single

17.6

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, cannons into the bat and dinks down to gully

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 49/2 (RR: 2.72)
LRPL Taylor    6* (23b 1x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-5-1
PG Fulton    18* (37b 2x4)      J Lewis    9-1-23-0

18.1

Lewis to Fulton, SIX, lofted on-drive just clears the rope. Neat shot

18.2

Lewis to Fulton, OUT, ah, gone this time. Floated just outside off stump, a slower ball, offspinner and the batsman played too early, spooning a simple catch to Collingwood at backward point. Good response from Lewis but New Zealand's sliver of momentum has been punctured again. Much rests on Taylor's shoulders now

PG Fulton c Collingwood b Lewis 24 (75m 39b 2x4 1x6) SR: 61.53

Craig McMillan's the new batsman.

"Maybe Fleming should start singing songs that remind him of the good times," suggests Damien Morey, who joins me in music-bad-taste shame.

18.3

Lewis to McMillan, no run, a play and a miss first up

18.4

Lewis to McMillan, no run, solid defence this time

18.5

Lewis to McMillan, no run, on a good length and there's a gravel-voiced decision to "Waaait"

18.6

Lewis to McMillan, 2 runs, nudged away off the front foot in front of midwicket, nicely timed and Joyce engages in a relay throw from the short boundary, bless him

Lewis ends his 10 overs with 1 for 31. He'll settle for that, good stuff from him

End of over 19 (8 runs) New Zealand 57/3 (RR: 3.00)
CD McMillan    2* (4b)      J Lewis    10-1-31-1
LRPL Taylor    6* (23b 1x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-5-1

19.1

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, bouncer, easily ducked under

19.2

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, fuller, straight again and the batsman defends that one on the front foot

Fleming's sitting on the balcony looking quite stony faced... Deep in thought certainly

19.3

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, driven straight to point

19.4

Flintoff to Taylor, 2 runs, steered off the hips behind square and that's some nice running there from New Zealand, earning the two thanks to a quick first one and some good judgement

19.5

Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, unconvincing drive to mid-on, certainly not with the full face of the bat

19.6

Flintoff to McMillan, no run, defended forward

Change of bowling now as Lewis, who has finished all of his overs, is replaced. The PowerPlays are all done and dusted too, now. And it's Paul Collingwood to offer his medium pacers from the City End.

Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out is now playing...

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 60/3 (RR: 3.00)
CD McMillan    2* (5b)      A Flintoff    5-2-8-1
LRPL Taylor    9* (28b 1x4)      J Lewis    10-1-31-1

20.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, tidy start and that's driven to mid-off

20.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, sign of attacking intent to one which has width outside off and that's clattered behind point. Taylor playing with unusual restraint here, but that's sensible given the situation

20.3

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, worked to square

20.4

Collingwood to McMillan, OUT, huge shout and plumb, McMillan playing all round one which angles back in ever-so-slightly. That would have taken middle about halfway up the stump. Collingwood strikes in his first over, good decision from Flintoff to bring him on

CD McMillan lbw b Collingwood 2 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Oram comes to the crease now. He's got work to do on his return to the team

20.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, on the money and that's defended first up

20.6

Collingwood to Oram, no run, more defence, on the front foot again

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 61/4 (RR: 2.90)
JDP Oram    0* (2b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-1
LRPL Taylor    10* (30b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-2-8-1

21.1

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, flashed a loose one hard at point, but it bounces well short and that's picked up well

21.2

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, strays on leg and that crashes into the pad as the batsman bends over

21.3

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, short, a touch of width, worked off the back foot into cover

21.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended forward

21.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended forward

Flintoff bowling consistently in the 90s (ie 145kmh-plus). That's sharp

21.5

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended forward

21.6

Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, worked off the hips to square and there's a quick single

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 62/4 (RR: 2.81)
LRPL Taylor    11* (36b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-2-9-1
JDP Oram    0* (2b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-1

22.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, offers a straight bat to that defensive shot on the front foot

22.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 2 runs, outside edge flies down and through the vacant slip area

22.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, defended to mid-off

22.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, defended on the back foot this time

22.5

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to cover for an easy single

The pitch, by the way, is pretty true - which makes the low run rate a bit baffling (even when England's good bowling is taken into account)

22.6

Collingwood to Oram, no run, left alone as that one angles across him

Panesar into the attack now as the tannoy blares out "You sexy thing". Flintoff shuffles the field accordingly for his slow bowling. A slip comes in

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 65/4 (RR: 2.82)
JDP Oram    0* (3b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-1
LRPL Taylor    14* (41b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-2-9-1

23.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, worked behind square

23.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, worked behind square

Stays over the wicket for the lefthander

23.2

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, on the money but that's worked out well into the leg-side

23.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, on the button, that's defended and is Nixon happy with that? "Yes, pal."

23.4

Panesar to Taylor, OUT, Panesar strikes! Good take at slip, snapped to his right, with Taylor trying to stroke that through cover, reaching for the ball. Monty's the fourth England bowler to take a wicket in his first over and there's a mire with New Zealand's name on it

LRPL Taylor c Collingwood b Panesar 15 (58m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 34.09

23.5

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, worked off the legs into midwicket for a quick single

23.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, half-question, tellingly from Panesar only, for one which pitched outside the line

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 68/5 (RR: 2.83)
JDP Oram    1* (5b)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-1
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-1

24.1

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, short and worked off the back foot behind point

24.2

Collingwood to Oram, no run, driven to mid-on

24.3

Collingwood to Oram, no run, driven again to mid-on

24.4

Collingwood to Oram, no run, dabbed down off the back foot

24.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, driven to mid-on this time

24.6

Collingwood to Oram, 2 byes, byes from one which shoots past Nixon, too far for him to grab

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/5 (RR: 2.84)
JDP Oram    1* (10b)      PD Collingwood    3-0-5-1
BB McCullum    2* (2b)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-1

25.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended forward

25.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, an attacking shot, yes it really was, rushed out to point

25.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, creeps forward to defend right over that one

25.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, played square off the hips

Flintoff's off the field, Strauss takes over momentarily

25.5

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended forward, tidy ball

25.6

Panesar to Oram, 2 runs, worked behind square through the 45

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 74/5 (RR: 2.84)
JDP Oram    3* (12b)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-1
BB McCullum    3* (6b)      PD Collingwood    3-0-5-1

26.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, worked to square

26.2

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, worked off his back foot

26.3

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, short and there's a backfoot drive through the covers

26.4

Collingwood to Oram, no run, defended forward

26.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, pushed up there and driven to mid-off

26.6

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, driven out to the cover boundary

The lowest score for a side batting first and using their full 50 overs in an ODI is 134, by the way. Bangladesh have managed that twice, once against England, once against Australia. If New Zealand carry on at this rate, they'll just miss that - they're on course for a heady 141

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/5 (RR: 2.81)
JDP Oram    4* (15b)      PD Collingwood    4-0-7-1
BB McCullum    4* (9b)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-1

27.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended

27.2

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, worked behind square

27.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended forward this time

27.4

Panesar to McCullum, no run, more defence, coming forward

27.5

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, dinked out to mid-off and New Zealand take the single

27.6

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, eased into the covers

Nixon's doing his best to inject some atmosphere into the ground... still he and Loye will be used to playing to low (county) crowds...

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 79/5 (RR: 2.82)
JDP Oram    6* (18b)      MS Panesar    3-0-9-1
BB McCullum    5* (12b)      PD Collingwood    4-0-7-1

28.1

Collingwood to Oram, FOUR, ouch, Flintoff's hurt, diving for that one, his knee just jarring as it digs into the turf and he does an involuntary somersault. But he's up and stepping gingerly back onto the pitch

28.2

Collingwood to Oram, no run, defended forward

28.3

Collingwood to Oram, no run, slower ball (64.5mph/106kmh) and that's on the money and so defended

28.4

Collingwood to Oram, FOUR, confidently driven through cover and there are huge cheers from a boundary-starved crowd

Aerosmith and Run DMC for the fans now - Walk This Way

28.5

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, worked into midwicket and Nixon wants the boys to "lift it, here"

28.6

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, eased into the covers this time

End of over 29 (9 runs) New Zealand 88/5 (RR: 3.03)
BB McCullum    5* (13b)      PD Collingwood    5-0-16-1
JDP Oram    15* (23b 2x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-9-1

29.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, stops on the shot, defending it into short midwicket

29.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, straight and there's a throaty yelp from Panesar for a sweep, but it's turned down - hitting the line outside off stump

29.3

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, defended

29.4

Panesar to McCullum, no run, worked to square where Plunkett, on for Lewis, throws back

29.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended on the money

29.6

Panesar to McCullum, no run

Anderson now comes on to replace Collingwood whose last over went for 9

End of over 30 (1 run) New Zealand 89/5 (RR: 2.96)
BB McCullum    5* (16b)      MS Panesar    4-0-10-1
JDP Oram    16* (26b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-16-1

30.1

Anderson to Oram, 2 runs, good running, the batsmen just making their ground for two after that's worked into a gap on the on-side

30.2

Anderson to Oram, no run, good delivery, better line, just to say going across the left hander who rushes at it and misses

30.3

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, driven at Bell in at shortish extra cover and that clatters into him as he fails to get hands on it, bobbling nastily into his wrists, and the batsmen manage a single

30.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, "Waiting" they decide as the batsman walks forward in defence

30.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, steps forward and looks to attack... but stands straight and defends forward into the covers

30.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, pushed up there and that's driven to cover

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 92/5 (RR: 2.96)
BB McCullum    5* (19b)      JM Anderson    6-1-24-1
JDP Oram    19* (29b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-10-1

31.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, on the money and that's worked into short midwicket

31.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, half-hearted appeal as that crashes into the pads off an attempted sweep

31.3

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, worked in front of square

31.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, good sweep shot for one, Dalrymple coming round quickly to field

31.5

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, worked to mid-on into space there for an easy single

31.6

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, played into the gap in front of cover for a quick single

31.6

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, played into the gap in front of cover for a quick single

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 96/5 (RR: 3.00)
BB McCullum    7* (21b)      MS Panesar    5-0-14-1
JDP Oram    21* (33b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-24-1

More drinks out in the middle. Boonie and Beefy have gone to sleep this way - they have an uncanny knack of commenting on matches, even when they're not commenting. But we're not asleep, not us!

32.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, driven through the covers, Strauss diving over the ball

32.2

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, played into space on the on-side

32.3

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, worked off the hips to square

New Zealand are 2/1 to win this match, by the way, not that we'd encourage betting.

32.4

Anderson to Oram, 2 runs, played out to the cover boundary where Joyce does well to race round. That's New Zealand's hundred

32.5

Anderson to Oram, no run, the ball spits a tad off just short of a length and that's defended down off the back foot

32.6

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, inside edge and there's an easy single with the man deep on the leg-side

End of over 33 (6 runs) New Zealand 102/5 (RR: 3.09)
JDP Oram    25* (37b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-30-1
BB McCullum    9* (23b)      MS Panesar    5-0-14-1

33.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended down and Panesar does some tidy work to pick up the return

33.2

Panesar to Oram, 2 runs, Strauss the guilty party - throwing the ball where a run-out wasn't really on and there's an overthrow

33.3

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, another shy, this time from mid-off, but there's no second run on this time

33.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, tucked well off the hips into space at midwicket

33.5

Panesar to Oram, no run, steered into the covers this time

33.5

Panesar to Oram, no run, steered into the covers this time

33.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, worked to the man at backward square leg who picks it up easily

England really and truly applying the squeeze here, New Zealand continuing to lack lustre.

Anderson back into the attack

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 106/5 (RR: 3.11)
JDP Oram    28* (42b 2x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-18-1
BB McCullum    10* (24b)      JM Anderson    7-1-30-1

34.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, hostile start fizzing that one past the outside edge

34.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, huge shout for one which nips back in off the seam but that's not out, just outside the line of off stump

34.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, comes down the track and such is the effort of trying to thwack that through midwicket that he slips on the turf

34.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, worked into midwicket

34.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, down the pitch and ... defends

34.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot and that's another one in the maiden column

Dalrymple into the attack now at the Cathedral End

End of over 35 (maiden) New Zealand 106/5 (RR: 3.02)
BB McCullum    10* (30b)      JM Anderson    8-2-30-1
JDP Oram    28* (42b 2x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-18-1

35.1

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, loose one first up, floating down leg but misconnected

35.2

Dalrymple to McCullum, no run, defended forward with a firm prod

35.3

Dalrymple to McCullum, 1 run, pitches outside off and the batsman walks over to work it into the leg-side

35.4

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, bends that one down and that one is nurdled behind leg

35.5

Dalrymple to McCullum, 1 run, the strike's rotated again, this time with a push off the back foot behind point

35.6

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 wide, attempted sweep to a leg-side wide and Nixon whips off the bails more as a statement of intent than anything

35.6

Dalrymple to Oram, no run, defended this time

Flintoff now to come back on, just marking out his run now.

End of over 36 (5 runs) New Zealand 111/5 (RR: 3.08)
JDP Oram    30* (45b 2x4)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-5-0
BB McCullum    12* (33b)      JM Anderson    8-2-30-1

36.1

Flintoff to McCullum, 1 run, worked off the back foot into the covers

36.2

Flintoff to Oram, no run, round the wicket and there's a hint of reverse swing from Flintoff, the batsman flashing at it, squaring up to that one on the back foot

Slip in place

36.3

Flintoff to Oram, no run, eased into the covers

36.4

Flintoff to Oram, no run, slinks that one down the channel outside off

36.5

Flintoff to Oram, 1 wide, outside off but that's wide, just going away from the left hander

36.5

Flintoff to Oram, no run, wide outside off again but not wide enough to be a wide

36.6

Flintoff to Oram, 1 run, opens the face and steers that one down to third man, good shot

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 114/5 (RR: 3.08)
JDP Oram    31* (50b 2x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-12-1
BB McCullum    13* (34b)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-5-0

37.1

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, worked into the covers this time

37.2

Dalrymple to McCullum, 1 run, picked off the toes and worked into short midwicket

A stern-looking Fleming has got his bottom lip out so far you could play a piano on it. As my mum would say

37.3

Dalrymple to Oram, no run, worked into the covers

37.4

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 wide, oops, very wide down off

37.4

Dalrymple to Oram, no run, defended this time

Having said that, Duncan Fletcher's not looking cheerful either, but then again, that's the magic of his poker face

37.5

Dalrymple to Oram, no run, defended again

37.6

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, worked off the legs to square

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 118/5 (RR: 3.10)
JDP Oram    33* (55b 2x4)      JWM Dalrymple    2-0-9-0
BB McCullum    14* (35b)      A Flintoff    7-2-12-1

38.1

Flintoff to Oram, no run, angles that one in at the left hander and the ball drifts away at the last second with a touch of reverse

38.2

Flintoff to Oram, no run, a good length and that's defended off the back foot just outside off

38.3

Flintoff to Oram, 1 run, worked to point off the back foot

38.4

Flintoff to McCullum, 2 runs, strays down leg and that's worked to fine leg, great running, rushing back for two

Fifty partnership up by the way

38.5

Flintoff to McCullum, no run, on a good length, good line too - on off - and that's defended forward

38.6

Flintoff to McCullum, no run, yorker, well dug out

38.6

Flintoff to McCullum, no run, yorker, well dug out

"Sheila? Female," announces David Lloyd for no reason on Sky Sports. Bored, perhaps? Surely not...

End of over 39 (3 runs) New Zealand 121/5 (RR: 3.10)
BB McCullum    16* (38b)      A Flintoff    8-2-15-1
JDP Oram    34* (58b 2x4)      JWM Dalrymple    2-0-9-0

39.1

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, drags that a touch short and that's worked out in front of square

39.2

Dalrymple to McCullum, 1 run

39.3

Dalrymple to Oram, SIX, a big shot out of the locker clears the boundary. A six! Yes! Lovely aerial straight drive. Is this the start of some hitting out? Let's hope so

39.4

Dalrymple to Oram, 2 runs, more attacking, hit flat at Joyce out in the deep at midwicket. He did well to get some body on it, the ball crashing into him on the bounce

39.5

Dalrymple to Oram, 2 runs, driven to long-off and there's some good running there

39.6

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, on leg and that's tucked away square

39.6

Dalrymple to Oram, 1 run, on leg and that's tucked away square

OK, ten overs left. New Zealand on the charge at last, and this partnership is worth 67 from 98 balls. They'll need to stay together if the Kiwis are to post a competitive total.

Panesar to enter the attack once more

End of over 40 (13 runs) New Zealand 134/5 (RR: 3.35)
JDP Oram    46* (63b 2x4 1x6)      JWM Dalrymple    3-0-22-0
BB McCullum    17* (39b)      A Flintoff    8-2-15-1

40.1

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, dinked to point

40.2

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, just strays onto leg and that's worked to square

40.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, gives it a touch of width on off and that's driven to mid-off

40.4

Panesar to Oram, 3 runs, reverse sweep goes very fine but it's a slow outfield and cut off. That's his fourth one-day fifty, a good innings in the circumstances

40.5

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, full bunger, swept to square for just the single

40.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended forward this time

40.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended forward this time

New Zealand's momentum quickening all the time. Collingwood replacing Dalrymple now

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 140/5 (RR: 3.41)
JDP Oram    50* (67b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    7-0-24-1
BB McCullum    19* (41b)      JWM Dalrymple    3-0-22-0

41.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, short and rises up at the right hander who has time and room to defend that down off the back foot

41.2

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, slower ball, cutting in at the right hander who tries to work it behind point but doesn't really get hold of it

41.3

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, worked off the back foot into the covers

Par score at this ground is 226, by the way - New Zealand on course for just under 200 if they get a run a ball from hereon in

41.4

Collingwood to Oram, FOUR, big pull shot bunted from outside off in front of midwicket

Third man up and another goes deep

41.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, tries to aerial drive that, gets a huge outside edge just bouncing off Nixon's knee

41.6

Collingwood to Oram, no run, could be trouble... ah, but thrown to the wrong end from midwicket

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 145/5 (RR: 3.45)
JDP Oram    54* (70b 3x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-21-1
BB McCullum    20* (44b)      MS Panesar    7-0-24-1

42.1

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, on leg and that's eased out along the ground into midwicket

42.2

Panesar to Oram, 2 runs, comes down and tries a huge aerial drive into the off-side, but that goes inside out and safe, landing five metres inside the boundary

42.3

Panesar to Oram, FOUR, reverse swept through point to bring up the 150. Nobody in the deep out there

42.4

Panesar to Oram, no run, Panesar hopping in the appeal there, but there was no chance of that being LBW, he was a long way outside

42.5

Panesar to Oram, 2 runs, shuffled into the huge space on the on-side

Man moved from short fine leg to midwicket

42.6

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, dabbed into the leg-side this time

End of over 43 (10 runs) New Zealand 155/5 (RR: 3.60)
JDP Oram    63* (75b 4x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    8-0-34-1
BB McCullum    21* (45b)      PD Collingwood    6-0-21-1

43.1

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, the batsman comes early, but has to readjust, moving on to his back foot and leaning out to smack a short and wide one down off through cover

43.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, straight-driven but not timed properly, nevertheless the batsmen manage to squeeze out two runs

43.3

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, waited and stuns that off the back foot just in front of mid-on, where the batsmen race through for a well-taken single

43.4

Collingwood to Oram, 2 runs, wide and that's bunted from outside off to mid-on; more good running for the two

43.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, up there, slow yorker and that's dug out

43.6

Collingwood to Oram, no run

End of over 44 (6 runs) New Zealand 161/5 (RR: 3.65)
JDP Oram    66* (79b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    7-0-27-1
BB McCullum    24* (47b)      MS Panesar    8-0-34-1

44.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, rushed to the man at square who picks it up and that's "Good Mal, good Mal"

44.2

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, hit to square again

44.3

Panesar to Oram, 1 leg bye, reverse sweep and there's a hopeful call from Panesar and Nixon. Leg byes are called, so it must be quite close

44.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, "Catch it!" is the cry but the ball plops just short of midwicket

44.5

Panesar to Oram, SIX, hundred partnership with that pull, down on one knee and rocketed way over the boundary boards

44.6

Panesar to Oram, 2 runs, more "Catch it" cries as that one lands over Flintoff's head and pitches just short of the midwicket boundary

End of over 45 (11 runs) New Zealand 172/5 (RR: 3.82)
JDP Oram    74* (82b 4x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    9-0-44-1
BB McCullum    26* (50b)      PD Collingwood    7-0-27-1

45.1

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, full toss flatbatted straight and that heads in the direction of long-off

45.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, driven straight this time

45.3

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, full, dug out from off stump and driven to mid-on

45.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, speared up there again but that's driven out to long-off this time where Plunkett does the work

45.5

Collingwood to Oram, FOUR, rushes an attempted drive at that but a huge edge flies straight behind the keeper and on to the boundary despite Panesar's best diving effort

45.6

Collingwood to Oram, FOUR, ooh, good shot from Oram, splitting the fielders out on the midwicket boundary. There wasn't much room for him to swing his arms but he did ever so well to work it out and on to the ropes

End of over 46 (13 runs) New Zealand 185/5 (RR: 4.02)
JDP Oram    83* (85b 6x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    8-0-40-1
BB McCullum    30* (53b)      MS Panesar    9-0-44-1

46.1

Flintoff to McCullum, no run, driven off the back foot into the covers where Panesar does well to scramble over the ball and kill it

46.2

Flintoff to McCullum, 2 leg byes, "Hoooooooooooooow?" asks Flintoff as Oram shuffles well across his crease and tries to take the ball from outside off through midwicket... but that hit him well outside the line of off stump

46.3

Flintoff to McCullum, OUT, bowled him! Cleans up McCullum with one which takes a big inside edge and crashes right onto the stumps. So McCullum made 30, but they weren't comfortable runs by any stretch. Nevertheless he and Oram's stand has been invaluable in turning round this innings

BB McCullum b Flintoff 30 (88m 56b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.57

James Franklin comes to the crease

46.4

Flintoff to Franklin, 1 run, round the wicket to the lefthander who scamrbles out a run immediately, dinking the ball down and running through. Flintoff did well to pick up, turn and knock down the non-striker's end stumps, but he'd made his ground

46.5

Flintoff to Oram, 1 run, dug out and driven out to long off

46.6

Flintoff to Franklin, no run, full toss but the batsman fails to capitalise, as it's worked into the covers

End of over 47 (4 runs) New Zealand 189/6 (RR: 4.02)
JEC Franklin    1* (2b)      A Flintoff    9-2-17-2
JDP Oram    84* (86b 6x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    8-0-40-1

47.1

Anderson to Oram, no run, way outside off and the batsman looks to swat it to cover, but he misses it completely

47.2

Anderson to Oram, 2 runs, oops, Flintoff misjudged that ski-er, running round from wide mid-on. It's a hard one, but quite a comical drop actually when he dived over it, losing it in the sun. Michael Atherton is busy saying: "He's a safe pair of hands..." as he shells it. Ah

47.3

Anderson to Oram, OUT, gone this time. The let-off didn't prove costly, Oram snapped up just behind square leg

JDP Oram c Strauss b Anderson 86 (112m 89b 6x4 2x6) SR: 96.62

47.4

Anderson to Vettori, no run, defended forward

47.5

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, dug out to extra cover

47.6

Anderson to Franklin, no run, bouncer, ducked under

Andre Adams is heading home by the way

End of over 48 (3 runs) New Zealand 192/7 (RR: 4.00)
JEC Franklin    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    9-2-33-2
DL Vettori    1* (2b)      A Flintoff    9-2-17-2

48.1

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, moves backward to give himself room to cut, makes a complete hash of it, and is lucky that Flintoff's full delivery pitches just outside off

48.2

Flintoff to Vettori, 1 run, tight bowling from Flintoff again, straight and full, Vettori looking to give himself room

48.3

Flintoff to Franklin, 1 run, well bowled, following Franklin who was creeping away from his stumps and is forced to prod down a defence on the back foot in the end

48.4

Flintoff to Vettori, OUT, good catch from Nixon, athletic, and going away to his left to pouch the thick edge. Full length again from Flintoff and the batsman swishes at that one, backing away to give himself room on the off-side

DL Vettori c †Nixon b Flintoff 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

48.5

Flintoff to Bond, 2 runs, inside edge and Bond has no clue where the ball's gone... it went through his legs and behind square

48.6

Flintoff to Bond, OUT, yorker and Flintoff ends his spell perfectly, picking up his fourth wicket with a darting full delivery. That's 4 for 21 for him from his ten overs, top bowling

SE Bond b Flintoff 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Now... can New Zealand reach 200 in the last over?

End of over 49 (4 runs) New Zealand 196/9 (RR: 4.00)
     A Flintoff    10-2-21-4
JEC Franklin    2* (4b)      JM Anderson    9-2-33-2

49.1

Anderson to Franklin, 1 run, wide, full toss and Cricinfo shout "Village" in unison, the batsman making no mistake in bunting that out in front of point

49.2

Anderson to Gillespie, 1 wide, wide down off, though that's a close call, and Anderson's not chuffed, hunching his sleeves up a la Steve Harmison as he walks back to his mark

49.2

Anderson to Gillespie, 1 run, sliced away behind point where Strauss cannons in the return

49.3

Anderson to Franklin, 2 runs, driven forcefully down to long-off and that's the New Zealand 200 up

49.4

Anderson to Franklin, SIX, cracker! Franklin picks up a length ball and sails it over midwicket

49.5

Anderson to Franklin, 2 runs, another full toss, on the off side, and that's driven out wide of cover

49.6

Anderson to Franklin, 1 run, OUT, another low full toss and that's driven out to long-on. Suicidal stuff from the batsmen, attempting a second that was never on and Nixon whips off the bails

JEC Franklin run out 14 (22m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 155.55

Here we go, Welcome back for more thrills and spills at Adelaide. It's all too much.

Innings break New Zealand did mightily well to recover from 67 for 5 to reach 210, but England will be the firm favourites, in benign conditions, to chase down this below-par score. Join us again in half an hour for England's innings.

End of over 50 (14 runs) New Zealand 210/10
     JM Anderson    10-2-47-2
MR Gillespie    1* (1b)      A Flintoff    10-2-21-4
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Photos

Jan 23, 2007

James Franklin bowls, England v New Zealand, CB Series, Adelaide, January 23, 2007

James Franklin bowls

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Jan 23, 2007

Nathan Astle keeps his eye on the ball to take a fine, low catch, England v New Zealand, CB Series, Adelaide, January 23, 2007

Nathan Astle keeps his eye on the ball to take a fine, low catch

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