New Zealand tour of England, 2nd T20I: England v New Zealand at The Oval, Jun 27, 2013
27 June 2013 - night match (20-over match)

The teams have bowled out on to the 'sward ... Sounds like it's spitting at The Oval. Michael Lumb blinks a couple of times as Mitch McClenaghanagainagain prepares to run in

6.20pm: It's a little overcast in Kennington, there's a possibility of rain. Think they're using the same pitch as the other night, so a short boundary to one side. Might be just a touch more in it for the spinners, with Briggs included after a solid 2 for 20 for Hampshire in the FLt20 opener yesterday.

"Sharing a birthday with two South African greats, Pietersen and Steyn, really ought to stand me in good stead as a player, right?" I don't know about that, Matthew ... You just want us to sing you Happy Birthday, don't you?

Here's Jim "Boom, Boom" Davis with the first Ashes joke of the evening: "What is the difference between the Irish cricket team and the Australian cricket team? Ireland have 2 players good enough to play for England"

6.10pm: Interestingly, Tredwell said at the toss Pietersen will bat at No. 4, as the top three had earned the right to keep their positions. We'll see if that holds when PK strolls out at some point over the next hour and a half. The last time he batted that low in T20 was back in 2009...

"Sky Sports have just used your Eminem reference to discuss KP," says Karl. "Nick Knight's obviously reading your feed tonight." I'm sure Nick's a big fan and that Sky hastily cobbled that VT together after checking ball-by-ball 20 mins ago.

Bob Gardiner wants to get something straight: "I'm not here because of Pietersen. I am here because I am in a hotel abroad which is not showing the cricket."

And Mark can feel himself coming over all funny: "If it's as good as the first match... A few games like that and I could even get into T20. NZ are very dangerous in this format: always tough to beat."

6pm: New Zealand have won the toss and will bowl, Brendon McCullum announces an unchanged team. He's smiling - tomorrow is the start of a long holiday... Tredwell says he's pretty chuffed (though it's hard to tell from his demeanour). England have a couple of changes ... Eoin Morgan, who has a hand injury, drops out for Gary Ballance Kevin Peter Pietersen and Danny Briggs comes in for Chris Woakes.

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ben Stokes, 8 James Tredwell (capt), 9 Danny Briggs, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Boyd Rankin

New Zealand 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 James Franklin, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Colin Munro, 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Ian Butler, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Ronnie Hira

5.50pm: Okay, we know why you're here. KP's back, back again - why not tell a friend? Oh right, they already know. But don't forget The Other Guys, okay. They may not do things with as much style, as much panache, as much tattooed braggadocio ... but they get the job done. James Tredwell will captain England for the first time tonight and he is the team's symbolic everyman. He can be rightly proud (though let's hope he doesn't have to take himself off after getting another Rutherfording). Still, it is Pietersen's birthday, so we'll allow him a few bouquets. I guess New Zealand will be more than ready to step up and blow out his candles? They won a stormer at The Oval two nights ago and will aim to sign off their tour - and the last of 16 bilateral matches between these two countries since February - in style. Get your mince pies around our match preview and we'll bring you news of the toss in 10. Hup, hup.


McClenaghan to Lumb, 2 runs, full and straight and worked off the front pad through square leg, there's a man in the deep running round but they get back for two


McClenaghan to Lumb, OUT, away movement, Lumb swings hard and a thick edges flies to McCullum at second slip! There was appreciable swing for McClenaghan, the ball full and slightly wide, Lumb's eyes lit up but he wasn't to the pitch and the ball skewered away off the outside of the bat

MJ Lumb c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00






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