England in New Zealand ODI Series - 3rd ODI

New Zealand v England

England won by 5 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)

Hello everyone, Alex Winter here for the first few overs of this decider, England in the field and James Anderson opening the bowling...

1.55pm: Here's Harsha, on the no-ball farce rule that Steven Finn has helped bring about: "I was reading Steven Finn's problems might lead to new no-ball rule. The quickest way he can get rid of his habit is to practice bowling with burning-hot iron rods as stumps at the non striker end." Seems a bit extreme, Harsha - and I don't think you'd get that idea past Health and Safety. Besides, why does a law really need to be brought in anyway? It only seems to 'distract' batsmen when it's convenient for them...

1.45pm: Never mind hitting the ball back over the bowler's heads... If Root gets his icecream scoop out today, it'll be disappearing off the other way just as quickly. To give you an example of just what can be done chasing here, New Zealand made 340 batting second to overhaul Australia's 336 (with eight balls to spare) at Eden Park in 2007 - still the third-biggest chase ever in ODIs.

"Way into the office in London? At 12:30 AM in winter? I thought you were doing one of the best jobs, but maybe I should change my opinion now!!" But, Sriman N Emany, you haven't considered that I now get to watch cricket all day and all night.

1.40pm: Already the talk has turned to the small boundaries - particularly the straight ones, behind the bowler. We might be heading into Hot Shots territory, if McCullum, Eoin Morgan and, er, Jonathan Trott really get going.

Here's Sean, with some friendly cheering from the e-bleachers: "England the better side but NZ are never out of the race. A lot will depend on Southee, McCullum, and Taylor yet again. Go Black Caps!"

1.35pm: England have won the toss and chose to bowl, they're unchanged as expected. Alastair Cook has backed the formula that drew them level in Napier, making New Zealand set a target on a small ground, where chasing should be manageable.

New Zealand, meanwhile, have brought back Andrew Ellis in place of Trent Boult. Brendon McCullum has tormented England's bowlers in this series but he could do with some help from his top order if the Black Caps aren't going to get another black eye tonight...

New Zealand 1 BJ Watling, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 7 Andrew Ellis, 8 James Franklin, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

1.25pm/12.25am: Hello and welcome - are you ready for some hot, sweaty ball-by-ball action? The chances of me getting hot and sweaty in London, where it was trying to snow on my way in to the office, would seem minimal, were it not the central heating in the office forcing us to bask in a temperature probably not far removed from a midsummer Auckland afternoon ... Anyway, we're gearing up for the final limited-overs clash of England's tour of New Zealand, with both sides hoping to secure victory in the ODIs. So far, fortunes have swung back and forth like a grandfather clock on the deck of a storm-tossed schooner - but does that guarantee a New Zealand win today? You can get yourself up to speed with our match preview and I'll bring you the toss and team news in the next few minutes.

0.1

Anderson to Watling, 1 wide, full and swinging away outside off, too far, wide

0.1

Anderson to Watling, no run, off stump now, a decent length, blocked coming forward

0.1

Anderson to Watling, no run, full and straight, blocked on the crease

0.2

Anderson to Watling, no run, little wider of of the off stump on a similar length, left alone

0.3

Anderson to Watling, no run, little fuller, draws the batsman forward on off stump, who defends solidly into the covers

0.4

Anderson to Watling, no run, this one shapes into Watling but it was far enough outside off stump to shoulder arms again

0.5

Anderson to Watling, no run, drives at this on a similar line, on the bounce to a leaping cover fieldsman

0.6

Anderson to Watling, 1 run, forward again, played with soft hands this and guided down to third man to get the innings underway

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
BJ Watling    1* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
HD Rutherford    0* (0b)     

What a gloriously beautiful day in Auckland, beautiful sunshine...Steven Finn, new run up n'all, sharing the new ball...

1.1

Finn to Watling, no run, I reckon this new run up is quite good, bit of a snorter, rears up and nips away, the batsman does well to keep inside it

1.2

Finn to Watling, no run, this is much fuller and nips back into the right-hander who was playing forward and got a thick inside edge to the on side

1.3

Finn to Watling, no run, another beaut, good length and nips away this time by 1.6 degrees, Watling playing and missing

1.4

Finn to Watling, OUT, another ball that nips, this time away, Watling fends at it and finds second slip. He was very uncomfortable in the opening three balls and was playing awkwardly away from his body to a good length ball that bounced on him, took the shoulder of the bat and it was simple as you like for the fielder

BJ Watling c Swann b Finn 1 (6m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

1.5

Finn to Williamson, 1 run, inbehind a ball a little too straight and tucked through square leg

1.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, good length just outside off, pressed into the covers

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 3/1
HD Rutherford    0* (1b)      ST Finn    1-0-1-1
KS Williamson    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

Dan: "Another rollicking start from Watling. When will the NZ openers learn, you can either see off the new ball for maybe six overs, or you can get out for 2 but you can't get out for 2 after using up six overs seeing off the new ball!" Well at least he's only wasted 10 balls today Dan!

2.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, just outside off stump and left alone to a full length

2.2

Anderson to Williamson, 1 run, played forward off the outer half of the bat to third man, heavens that is close

2.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, good length on off stump, angled towards point

2.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, firm drive to cover, Morgan dives and saves well

2.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, slides past the outside edge, no real foot movement, angles across the left-hander, well bowled

2.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, middle and leg on a full length, tucked to midwicket

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 4/1
HD Rutherford    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-3-0
KS Williamson    2* (3b)      ST Finn    1-0-1-1

Safe to say, I don't fancy facing Finn...

3.1

Finn to Williamson, no run, bumper, ducked well

3.2

Finn to Williamson, no run, and another, so no more bouncers for the other four balls

I suppose you can definitely trust the bounce on this surface, Williamson dealt with those bumpers easily...

3.3

Finn to Williamson, 1 run, full and middle stump, pushed on the front foot into the gap at midwicket

3.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, length around leg stump, Rutherford can't turn it away through the leg side

3.5

Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, firm drive into the covers from just outside off, Ian Bell this time gets down and saves with one hand

3.6

Finn to Williamson, no run, full and played into the covers from off stump

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 6/1
KS Williamson    3* (7b)      ST Finn    2-0-3-1
HD Rutherford    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-0-3-0

Hamish Rutherford, distant relative of Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford, back on strike...

4.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, driven solidly towards mid off, again no runs

Anderson comes around the wicket...

4.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, front foot drive fielded at cover

4.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, little wider of off stump and Rutherford chases it, gets beaten by a hint of movement away from the bat

4.4

Anderson to Rutherford, 1 run, drifts into the pads and gets tucked down to long leg

4.5

Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, overpitched and caressed down the ground, that was four on any ground but today it's four before anyone can start clapping, fine piece of timing

4.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, goes for the on drive again but finds the fielder, probably missed out

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 11/1
KS Williamson    7* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0
HD Rutherford    2* (11b)      ST Finn    2-0-3-1

5.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, good length, back foot and punched towards cover point

5.2

Finn to Rutherford, no run, front foot this time to the same fielder at point

5.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, beaten for pace here, went to try and cut I think, then realised it was too straight and just let it hit the splice of the bat, managed to get it towards point on the ground

5.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, now steps away and tries to flay a length ball over the off side, missed by a mile

5.5

Finn to Rutherford, no run, good length and straight, blocked on the crease

5.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, defended on the back foot into the on side

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 11/1
HD Rutherford    2* (17b)      ST Finn    3-1-3-1
KS Williamson    7* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0

6.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, good length and Williamson, with his height, able to hang back and punch towards mid off

6.2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, little wider of off stump, comes forward this time and drives well but not past a diving Bell at cover

6.3

Anderson to Williamson, OUT, tight line, played tentatively, edged and gone taken by the keeper. Persistence so often rewarded for Anderson. Williamson went nowhere with the feet, pushed at the good length delivery just outside off, and got a feather edge to Buttler

KS Williamson c †Buttler b Anderson 7 (12m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

6.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, straight line, blocked back up the wicket from the crease

6.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, similar line, tucked towards the on side

6.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, even more towards the pads, flicked at, comes off the pad to the keeper

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 11/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    4-1-8-1
HD Rutherford    2* (17b)      ST Finn    3-1-3-1

There's a lot of stick coming in fro the NZ openers here but this is some fine bowling...

7.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, off stump, blocked towards point on the front foot

7.2

Finn to Rutherford, OUT, well wide of off stump, flashed at, nicked and Buttler takes his second straightforward catch. Probably the worst ball Finn has sent down so far and Rutherford, in his eagerness, threw the kitchen sink at it but failed to move his feet and got a thick edge

HD Rutherford c †Buttler b Finn 2 (32m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.52

Two slips and a gully and short leg go in...

7.3

Finn to Elliott, no run, just outside off on a full length, left alone

7.4

Finn to Elliott, no run, tighter to off stump, Elliot is forward and pressing towards point

7.5

Finn to Elliott, no run, bumper, leg side ish...no wide though

7.6

Finn to Elliott, no run, back of a length, nips back a little too, comes off the body towards gully

Second wicket maiden in a row and three maidens in a row...

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 11/3
GD Elliott    0* (4b)      ST Finn    4-2-3-2
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    4-1-8-1

8.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, middle and leg line on a full length, tucked to midwicket

8.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, just outside off and played into the covers on the front foot

8.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, tighter line to off stump, played largely from the crease back up the wicket

8.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, little straighter and worked to midwicket, good save from Root

8.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, played towards the same fielder from another full length ball

8.6

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, Anderson tries a short one, bad idea, hooked for four, very well controlled, chops is with a downward motion of the bat, timed superbly in front of square

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/3
LRPL Taylor    4* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-12-1
GD Elliott    0* (4b)      ST Finn    4-2-3-2

9.1

Finn to Elliott, no run, good length ball, left alone outside off on bounce, went close to the off peg

9.2

Finn to Elliott, no run, fuller on a similar line, played forward into the covers

9.3

Finn to Elliott, 1 wide, bumper and this is called wide, it drift to leg, according to Mr Ravi it did

9.3

Finn to Elliott, no run, back of a length, dropped into the off side from around middle and off

9.4

Finn to Elliott, 1 run, back of a length again, a little too straight, worked down to long leg

9.5

Finn to Taylor, 1 leg bye, too straight again, comes off the pad to long leg

9.6

Finn to Elliott, no run, better line, around middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler

Another very patient first 10 overs for New Zealand, maybe Monty can up the scoring rate, see you later...

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 18/3
GD Elliott    1* (9b)      ST Finn    5-2-5-2
LRPL Taylor    4* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-12-1

Hello again. New Zealand are going nowhere and not very fast ... Here's Chris Woakes into the attack

10.1

Woakes to Taylor, no run, length ball, straightening a touch outside off, blocked back down the track

10.2

Woakes to Taylor, no run, ooh, that's a peach, good length and nibbling away off the surface, beats the outside edge as Taylor dangles his bat out

10.3

Woakes to Taylor, no run, beaten again, and this time there's a noise ... but it was possibly just bat on pad, Taylor pushing forward as the ball nipped through

10.4

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, straighter line this time, no swing and clipped firmly through midwicket for a single

10.5

Woakes to Elliott, no run, good length, slightly wide of the stumps and Elliott is happy to wave it through

10.6

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, pitched up a little fuller but too straight and worked off the front pad through midwicket

"What are the dimensions of this ground?" wonders harik dalal. "How does it meet the minimum requirements!" I can't tell you what they are exactly, harik, but I think the straight boundaries are about 60 metres from the crease. The answer to your second question is that it doesn't and couldn't be used if it was a new ground - but because it has history on its side

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 20/3
GD Elliott    2* (11b)      CR Woakes    1-0-2-0
LRPL Taylor    5* (14b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-2-5-2

A double change in the bowling, with Stuart Broad replacing Finn

11.1

Broad to Elliott, no run, back of a length in the channel and defended

11.2

Broad to Elliott, no run, goes across and pushes a short ball defensively towards point

11.3

Broad to Elliott, no run, tight line, beats the bat outside off as Elliott throws his hands at the ball

11.4

Broad to Elliott, FOUR, lovely shot from Elliott for a lesser-spotted boundary, leaning out and opening the face, not quite to the pitch but neatly steered through backward point and beating third man

11.5

Broad to Elliott, no run, drags his length back, blocked into the off side

11.6

Broad to Elliott, no run, full and straight and worked to midwicket

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 24/3
GD Elliott    6* (17b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    5* (14b 1x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-2-0

12.1

Woakes to Taylor, no run, good line and length in the corridor from Woakes, left alone by the batsman

12.2

Woakes to Taylor, 2 runs, pitched up on middle stumps, closes the face and turns through the leg side to the sweeper

12.3

Woakes to Taylor, no run, full and drifting in towards the stumps, clipped to mid-on coming forward

12.4

Woakes to Taylor, no run, angled in and holding its line on a good length, defended on the back foot with an exaggerated stance in front of off

12.5

Woakes to Taylor, no run, length ball, outside off and pushed towards cover

12.6

Woakes to Taylor, no run, straighter line, gets across and turns the ball to a shortish midwicket, no run

"Cook seems to have decided that he needs Finn and Anderson to have more overs in hand in case McCullum goes nuts again." He has left a couple more overs in the bank of Finnderson, John. Though I'm not sure B-Mac is overly scared of anyone

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 26/3
LRPL Taylor    7* (20b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-4-0
GD Elliott    6* (17b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-4-0

13.1

Broad to Elliott, no run, pitched up and and pushed out towards point

13.2

Broad to Elliott, 1 run, goes back and opens the face, steering a single down to third man

13.3

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, overpitched and Taylor pings this down the ground, lovely hands and he just leans on it to drive fine of mid-on

And with that, New Zealand's run rate bobs back above two an over again...

13.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, shortish and played on the back foot into the off side

13.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, Broad goes full, drawing the drive but there's no movement and Taylor cracks a drive that would go screaming through the covers were it not for a diving stop from Ian Bell

And with those signs of Taylor's nascent aggression, out goes slip

13.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, length, wide of off and, what do you know, it draws the edge ... but there was plenty on it and it would have gone wide of second slip, even, for a single to third man

End of over 14 (6 runs) New Zealand 32/3
LRPL Taylor    12* (24b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-0
GD Elliott    7* (19b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-4-0

14.1

Woakes to Taylor, 2 runs, on the stumps, touch full and turned through backward square, not quite where Taylor was aiming but it rolls into a gap and they run hard for two

14.2

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, dug in short this time, he's quickly back to roll the wrists on a swivel-pull through square leg

14.3

Woakes to Elliott, no run, defends on the back foot into the off side

14.4

Woakes to Elliott, no run, gets forward to push towards mid-on on the full

14.5

Woakes to Elliott, no run, turns into the leg side from in front of the stumps

14.6

Woakes to Elliott, no run, short of a good length and outside off stump, chopped towards point from the crease

Here's John, our loyal reader, again: "Agreed re McCullum's respect for bowlers Alan, which is why I think people were a bit hard on Broad and Woakes last game. Anyone's figures could have suffered against McCullum in that mood." Yes, they didn't bowl too badly - he was just monstrous

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 35/3
GD Elliott    7* (23b 1x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-7-0
LRPL Taylor    15* (26b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-0

Graeme Swann into the attack... Mind the windows (not likely - BBB ed)

15.1

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up and steered through point on the front foot

"Woooo! A NZ batsman makes double figures!" hollers Dan. "And this partnership - 20 RUNS!! With McCullum likely to get around 35 overs at the crease today, I hope England are mentally prepared for devastation. He can get a double century in that amount of time hitting to these boundaries."

15.2

Swann to Elliott, no run, tossed up outside off, tapped back

15.3

Swann to Elliott, 3 runs, well, maybe they are going to give it some tap against Swann, Elliott skipping out to loft over the infield out towards deep cover

15.4

Swann to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor goes back and opens the face this time, steering a couple to third man

15.5

Swann to Taylor, no run, flatter, on the stumps and worked off the pads to midwicket

15.6

Swann to Taylor, no run, pushed through on middle again, Taylor can't beat the man at midwicket

Time for drinks - New Zealand could do with something invigorating in their kool aid

End of over 16 (6 runs) New Zealand 41/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (30b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0
GD Elliott    10* (25b 1x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-7-0

"New Zealand is highly underestimated," says Feroodsultan, playing the Plucky Kiwi card. "They should win this easily despite those early losses!!"

16.1

Woakes to Elliott, no run, length ball, on the stumps and dabbed into the leg side

16.2

Woakes to Elliott, 1 wide, banged in short and that climbs well over Elliott's head - I didn't know Woakes was capable of that

16.2

Woakes to Elliott, 2 runs, little bit of width, Elliott goes back and cuts a length ball through backward point

16.3

Woakes to Elliott, no run, touch short, at the batsman, who stays in the crease and defends in front of middle

16.4

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, steps back and plays a length ball through the covers from outside off

Hello, what's this - someone moving behind the bowler's arm causes Taylor to step away just before Woakes delivers the ball, which promptly clatters into off stump as the umpire signals dead-ball

16.5

Woakes to Taylor, no run, this time we are in business, Taylor working a length ball towards midwicket

16.6

Woakes to Taylor, no run, goes back and drives on the up back towards the bowler, Woakes does well to stop it in his follow-through

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 45/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (32b 2x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-11-0
GD Elliott    13* (29b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0

17.1

Swann to Elliott, no run, tossed up outside off, Elliott stays back and guides the ball straight to short third man

17.2

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, beaten in the flight this time, tries to get forward and hit down the ground but it comes high off the bat and loops wide of Swann, they pick up a single as the ball runs through mid-on

17.3

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, floated up on the stumps and nudged through the midwicket region

17.4

Swann to Elliott, no run, full and wide of the off stump, driven with a flourish but picks out cover

17.5

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, tossed up and work through leg

17.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, angled in, bit of drift towards middle and off, gets forward to clip a single to long-on

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 49/3
LRPL Taylor    20* (34b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0
GD Elliott    15* (33b 1x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-11-0

"@Ferood, our plan of lulling England into a false sense of security is working perfectly," observes Alex sagely. "But does anyone remember when we're meant to stop lulling around? We might be being just a bit TOO convincing for our own good."

18.1

Woakes to Taylor, no run, length ball on the stumps, punched back and Woakes cuts it off again

18.2

Woakes to Taylor, no run, good length, can't get this away throuh point

18.3

Woakes to Taylor, no run, good bumper this, not too high and zinging through outside off, Taylor swatted at it but missed

18.4

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, tip and run towards mid-on, Taylor advancing and pre-meditating a quick single, he's quick enough to get through and a ripple of applause goes around - that's the NZ fifty

18.5

Woakes to Elliott, no run, bit of width and Elliott hammers a cut shot towards backward point, where Morgan throws himself to stop the ball (and a run)

18.6

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, on the stumps, tapped short on the leg side and the scamper another

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 51/3
GD Elliott    16* (35b 1x4)      CR Woakes    5-0-13-0
LRPL Taylor    21* (38b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0

19.1

Swann to Elliott, no run, sliding in, flat and on the stumps, turned to short fine leg and they can't chance one there

19.2

Swann to Elliott, no run, tossed up and again nudged behind square to the fielder on the leg side

19.3

Swann to Elliott, no run, full and flighted, on the stumps, Elliott goes down on one knee and sweeps hard - again he picks out backward square

19.4

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, tossed up and punched down the ground on the walk, he gets the single to long-on instead

19.5

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, on the stumps, worked through midwicket with a turn of the wrists

19.6

Swann to Elliott, FOUR, flat and slight wide of off, Elliott is quickly out of the crease and he chips the ball over extra-cover, nicely played and that will beat the sweeper

Here's Mark: "The most disappointing thing about the Black Caps during the last year or two is that, so often when players are presented with an opportunity to bat time and show what they can do, that they just throw it away and a sense of hopelessness and recklessness seems to infect the team. Elliot has had a couple of good starts but here is an opportunity to hang around, get a good score and cement himself a place. Franklin needs to take the opportunity to be consistent with the bat and Ellis needs to show that he is good for more than just 10-15 runs. These times show how self motivated and disciplined they really are."

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 57/3
GD Elliott    21* (40b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0
LRPL Taylor    22* (39b 2x4)      CR Woakes    5-0-13-0

Broad back on in place of Woakes

20.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, touch short of a length, blocked back down the track from in front of the stumps

20.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, pitched up a little more, gets on the front foot and punches to mid-off

20.3

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight, dabbed short of mid-on and Taylor goes haring off again, Cook goes underarm at the stumps but misses

20.4

Broad to Elliott, no run, bouncer, well directed and Elliott ducks underneath

20.5

Broad to Elliott, 1 run, fullish, tempting Elliott outside off, he slices a single down to third man playing away from his body

20.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, full and wide, Taylor comes forward and tries to steer it through point but gets an inside edge on to his pads, Broad cleans up

Having perilously close to three an over, NZ are back down to 2.80. Still, they haven't lost any more wickets. "Perhaps they have lulled England into a true sense of security?" suggests David, "as Sir Humphrey Appleby once said."

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 59/3
LRPL Taylor    23* (43b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-0
GD Elliott    22* (42b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0

21.1

Swann to Elliott, no run, wide of the off stump, tries to reverse sweep but can't get it away

21.2

Swann to Elliott, no run, tossed up and turned short on the leg side

21.3

Swann to Elliott, no run, flighted, spinning back from outside off and Elliott is hit on the front pad trying to sweep - but it wasn't in line, despite Swann's appeal

21.4

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, comes forward and gets a single down the ground

21.5

Swann to Taylor, no run, pushed through on the stumps, played back towards mid-on

21.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, turned through midwicket for a single - and that's the fifty partnership

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 61/3
LRPL Taylor    24* (45b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-0-18-0
GD Elliott    23* (46b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-0

22.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, length ball outside off, chops cross-batted through cover

22.2

Broad to Elliott, no run, length ball, on middle and off, worked into the leg side but can't beat the infield

22.3

Broad to Elliott, 1 run, another thick edge through the vacant slip area, quite wide and it runs down to third man

22.4

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, oh no, Taylor has sent Elliott down the Swannee here - New Zealand have lost their fourth wicket via a hapless run-out! Taylor turned through backward square leg, set off in pursuit of two and then changed his mind a third of the way down the track, abandoning Elliott as the throw came in. Holy moly me oh my - New Zealand did not need that

GD Elliott run out 24 (63m 48b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

On the bright side, in comes Brendon McCullum...

22.5

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, on the stumps, played towards mid-on

22.6

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, goes back and across to his first ball and chops into the covers, calls "Yes, no!" and this time Taylor has to go scrambling back

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 64/4
BB McCullum    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (47b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-0-18-0

Cook turns to Finn again, trying to get New Zealand's danger man with his own key strike weapon...

23.1

Finn to Taylor, no run, touch short, played on the back foot towards point

23.2

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward and manages to steer the ball in front of square for a single

23.3

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, short of a good length and angling in, stays in the crease and jabs to point

23.4

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, beaten, a cavalier drive against a fullish ball on the up and McCullum carves out a chunk of fresh air

23.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, length outside off, comes forward and pushes to mid-off

23.6

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, defended into the off side on the back foot

End of over 24 (1 run) New Zealand 65/4
BB McCullum    0* (6b)      ST Finn    6-2-6-2
LRPL Taylor    27* (49b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0

Here's Ben: "I couldn't agree more with Mark. Our inherent failures are contagious. It's just unfortunate that some of our players just aren't good enough for the big time. Sure we can steal a win here and there, even a series, but our consistency is appalling."

24.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, full and on off, gets forward and turns to midwicket

24.2

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, pitched up on middle and off, closes the face and turns through a gap in the leg side

Cook has a slip in for McCullum, by the way

24.3

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, length and in the channel, McCullum still circumspect and defends on the front foot

24.4

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and blocks into the off side

24.5

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, short and straying towards leg stump, McCullum nudges the ball off his hips and picks up one to long leg

24.6

Broad to Taylor, OUT, slightly wide, swishes and nicked! Or did he? Taylor has called for the review... There was definitely a noise but Hot Spot is looking a little inconclusive. There's a smudge on the toe of the bat, looks like he might have just got the cue end on it... And the decision stands, the third umpire deciding there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the on-field call! Taylor has junked his promising innings and England are eyeing the underbelly

LRPL Taylor c †Buttler b Broad 28 (82m 52b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 67/5
     SCJ Broad    5-0-17-1
BB McCullum    1* (9b)      ST Finn    6-2-6-2

James Franklin is the man in at No. 7 but McCullum is on strike against Finn

25.1

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, goes back and plays into the off side with a horizontal bat

25.2

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length, tapped towards mid-off

25.3

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, ripper, that's fired through off a shortish length, McCullum throwing the bat and getting away with it

25.4

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, straighter line, McCullum gets in a bit of a tangle but blocks in front of the stumps

25.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, length and pushed square on the off side

25.6

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, full and outside off, driven on the front foot into the covers but cut off

That's another maiden for Finn, who has astonishing figures of 7-3-6-2. And to think I was talking about 300+ scores earlier

End of over 26 (maiden) New Zealand 67/5
BB McCullum    1* (15b)      ST Finn    7-3-6-2
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    5-0-17-1

Finn has now left the pitch, with Jonny Bairstow on in his place... Not sure what the reason is

26.1

Broad to Franklin, no run, back of a length and on leg stump to the left-handed Franklin, he turns it square

26.2

Broad to Franklin, no run, length, angled across and chopped into the covers

26.3

Broad to Franklin, no run, line and length, stays back and taps towards mid-off

26.4

Broad to Franklin, no run, dug in short, at the body and Franklin bobs and weaves under it

26.5

Broad to Franklin, no run, short of a good length, defended in front of the stumps

26.6

Broad to Franklin, 1 run, shuffles across and tucks a length ball off the pads through square leg

Just one off the over - NZ are right under the pump here. Here's John on the Taylor dimissal: "Snicko confirms that Taylor JUST nicked it with the toe of the bat. It didn't hit the edge, but the end of the face of the bat, which is why Hotspot didn't show it. Good decision from both umpires."

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 68/5
JEC Franklin    1* (6b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-18-1
BB McCullum    1* (15b)      ST Finn    7-3-6-2

Swann returns, with Cook able to shuffle his options at will

27.1

Swann to Franklin, no run, round the wicket, angled in and pushed back down the track

27.2

Swann to Franklin, no run, flat and sliding in, Franklin closes the face and works on through midwicket

27.3

Swann to Franklin, no run, tossed up, played with the turn to leg but can't beat the fielder

27.4

Swann to Franklin, 2 runs, touch short, on middle and leg, McCullum goes back and pulls flat through square leg

27.5

Swann to Franklin, no run, pushed through and turned round the corner but straight to short fine leg

27.6

Swann to Franklin, no run, tossed up and straightening around off, solid forward defensive back to the bowler

Gary, however, disagrees with our last caller: "Umpire has to have conclusive evidence to overturn their decision...apparently no mark on the bat on hotspot is not conclusive enough....!?!?"

End of over 28 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/5
JEC Franklin    3* (12b)      GP Swann    5-0-20-0
BB McCullum    1* (15b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-18-1

Broad to continue, still a slip in

28.1

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, length ball on off stump, McCullum defends back to the bowler

28.2

Broad to BB McCullum, 2 runs, pitched up and nicely timed back down the ground, looks like four all the way but Cook gallops after it from mid-off and pulls it in short

28.3

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, good length, blocked on the front foot

28.4

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, straight, short of a length, McCullum hops across and swats the ball firmly to deep backward square leg

28.5

Broad to Franklin, 1 run, short and on leg stump, Franklin scoops the ball over backward square to the man in the deep

28.6

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, tight line and McCullum shows it the face of the bat in defence

"Absolutely correct use of the DRS by the umpires, and the commentators suggesting otherwise are either ignorant or irresponsible," roars Mouse

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 74/5
BB McCullum    4* (20b)      SCJ Broad    7-0-22-1
JEC Franklin    4* (13b)      GP Swann    5-0-20-0

29.1

Swann to Franklin, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up around off, pushed back down the ground on the front foot for one

Another countervailing view, from Greg. It's almost like we're all looking at completely different pictures, isn't it... "DRS is hardly doing anything to change the opinions of its knockers. The problem is the inconsistent use of the technology. Either it is out or it is not out, if you can't determine if it is out or not, surely the batsmen should get the benefit of the doubt ... not the umpire. Where in the rule book does it says the umpire gets the benefit of the doubt on decisions?"

29.2

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up and pushed back for a single to long-on

29.3

Swann to Franklin, 1 run, slightly flat and on middle, clipped through midwicket

29.4

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, gets forward to defend on the front foot

29.5

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, flatter, angling in towards the stumps, worked to the fielder at midwicket

29.6

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted around off stump, pushed to long-on

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/5
BB McCullum    6* (24b)      GP Swann    6-0-24-0
JEC Franklin    6* (15b)      SCJ Broad    7-0-22-1

Woakes returns, as McCullum continues to bide his time. To be honest, he doesn't have much rope to play with... Here's Clarc, who may or may not be an optimist: "230 to 240 still on here. McCullum opportunity to play T20 innings here with backup from Franklin, McCullum(N) and Ellis...."

30.1

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, coming back in a touch, pushed into the on side with a turn of the wrists and they get one

30.2

Woakes to Franklin, no run, on the stumps, defended back down the track

30.3

Woakes to Franklin, 3 runs, little bit of width, played on the up with a swing of the arms through the covers, well timed but it won't quite run all the way

30.4

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, gets forward and pushes through the covers

30.5

Woakes to Franklin, no run, stays in the crease and dabs towards cover, there's another yes/no episode and McCullum does a u-ey to get back in his crease

30.6

Woakes to Franklin, no run, tight line, defended into the off side

"A countervailing view to Greg," chirps Tony Tea. "Where in the rule book does it says the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt on decisions?"

End of over 31 (5 runs) New Zealand 83/5
JEC Franklin    9* (19b)      CR Woakes    6-0-18-0
BB McCullum    8* (26b)      GP Swann    6-0-24-0

31.1

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up on off stump and pushed back to the bowler

31.2

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, fired in a bit quicker on middle and McCullum squeezes it out short on the leg side

31.3

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, flat and angled in as McCullum goes walking, digging the ball out for a single to long-on

31.4

Swann to Franklin, 1 run, floated up and punched down the ground from the crease

31.5

Swann to BB McCullum, SIX, and finally, McCullum has had enough of scratching around, he takes a couple of steps and bunts the ball a good way back over long-on - that's six on most grounds, never mind the short boundary

A few more of those and NZ might just make triple figures

31.6

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, drags his length down in response and McCullum is quickly back to muscle a flat pull to the man on the deep midwicket boundary

"Double your score at 30ov," says Saa. "160 ain't looking to good at this ground!"

End of over 32 (9 runs) New Zealand 92/5
BB McCullum    16* (31b 1x6)      GP Swann    7-0-33-0
JEC Franklin    10* (20b)      CR Woakes    6-0-18-0

32.1

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball outside off, taken through the covers on the up

32.2

Woakes to Franklin, no run, touch fuller, dropped short of point who comes tearing in to prevent one

32.3

Woakes to Franklin, no run, angled across on a good length, tries to free the arms but can't force the ball past mid-off

32.4

Woakes to Franklin, 1 wide, banged in but just a touch too much bang and it's a wide on height

"The umpire's decision is final! Unless another umpire overrules," cackles Christopher

32.4

Woakes to Franklin, no run, lovely ball, a real teaser in the channel and Franklin plays and misses

32.5

Woakes to Franklin, no run, tight line on off stump, pushed back to mid-off, another dot ball in what has been a pointillist masterpiece from England so far

32.6

Woakes to Franklin, 1 run, on the stumps, worked off the hips through square leg for a single

More drinks. NZ fans will be forgiven for having decided to hit the bottle a while back...

"Sorry Greg but your analysis is flawed," finger-wags Jem Lloyd. "The onfield umpire's original decision already gives the benefit of the doubt to the batsmen and in Taylor's case he felt there was no doubt - he nicked it. Hotspot's evidence was inconclusive therefore the on-field's decision stands. DRS is to get rid of an umpire's howlers, not his very marginal decisions which MAY be right anyway!"

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 95/5
JEC Franklin    11* (25b)      CR Woakes    7-0-21-0
BB McCullum    17* (32b 1x6)      GP Swann    7-0-33-0

I think it's safe to say New Zealand are a long way shy of par right now... Swann will continue, trying to sneak through without too much damage amid all the chaos

33.1

Swann to Franklin, 3 runs, round the wicket, pushed through slightly wide and Franklin steers a back-foot drive through a gap at cover

33.2

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and works one through the leg side

33.3

Swann to Franklin, no run, tossed up, straightening on off, defended towards point

33.4

Swann to Franklin, OUT, chipped back, Swann dives ... and got him! Not only has he gone relatively unscathed on what was billed as a "spinners' graveyard", he's got his 100th ODI wicket into the bargain. Franklin played the ball off the back foot, was nowhere near the pitch, it may have stuck in the surface slightly before looping off the bat and Swann fell to his right to bag it safely

JEC Franklin c & b Swann 13 (37m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Currently, Graeme Swann has more ODI wickets than New Zealand have runs in this match... Out comes Nathan McCullum, to join his brother in the lifeboat

33.5

Swann to NL McCullum, 1 run, angled in, gets across and works one through midwicket to bring up the hundred - there's a smattering of cheers (maybe jeers?) around the ground

33.6

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up and nudged towards mid-on

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 100/6
BB McCullum    18* (34b 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-38-1
NL McCullum    1* (1b)      CR Woakes    7-0-21-0

Anderson returns - this isn't going to get any easier for New Zealand

34.1

Anderson to NL McCullum, no run, lovely ball to being with, seaming back just a touch off a good length and beating the inside edge on its way through to the keeper

And after seeing that, back in comes a slip

34.2

Anderson to NL McCullum, 1 run, slightly shorter, gets across and manages to steer it through point with an open face

34.3

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, short and just outside off, not much room to swing the arms and he picks out cover

34.4

Anderson to BB McCullum, FOUR, full and slightly wide, McCullum gets out to turn it into a half-volley and laces the ball between extra-cover and mid-off for an exquisite boundary

34.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, good length and outside off stump, McCullum comes forward and nudges through the gap to the cover sweeper

34.6

Anderson to NL McCullum, no run, on the walk, pushed back towards mid-on

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 106/6
NL McCullum    2* (4b)      JM Anderson    6-1-18-1
BB McCullum    23* (37b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-38-1

It's time for the batting Powerplay... and back comes Finn

35.1

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, guided through point

35.2

Finn to NL McCullum, 2 runs, straighter line, slightly back of a length and Nathan McCullum works it off his hips wide of fine leg for a couple

35.3

Finn to NL McCullum, no run, McCullum shuffles across again and tries to glance to the same part of the ground, he fails to connect and the ball sails over the top of leg

35.4

Finn to NL McCullum, no run, nearly plays on, short and on off stump, McCullum defends on the back foot into the ground and it bounces down and up, narrowly missing the bails

35.5

Finn to NL McCullum, OUT, but he's gone this time, nicking off to slip! Finn has been almost unplayable today, even if you know roughly where he's going to put it - this was in the channel, quick and holding its line as McCullum moved across and fenced tamely at the ball, perhaps thinking about going to leg initially but now only going back to the pavillion

NL McCullum c Cook b Finn 4 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Andrew Ellis is in at No. 8...

35.6

Finn to Ellis, 1 run, short and taken on the back foot down to third man

End of over 36 (4 runs) New Zealand 110/7
AM Ellis    1* (1b)      ST Finn    8-3-10-3
BB McCullum    24* (38b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-1-18-1

"I dont know anymore... Is England actually playing better, or is NZ playing shocking? And is this pitch playing to form or is it actually a batsman's road?" You're not the only one who's confused, Chris. But England have bowled very well

36.1

Anderson to Ellis, no run, pitched up and pushed back towards mid-on

36.2

Anderson to Ellis, no run, pitched up, defended into the ground and it runs through towards the slips

36.3

Anderson to Ellis, 1 run, length ball in the corridor, blocked into the turf again, it rolls away on the off side and they manage to get McCullum back on strike

36.4

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and pushes a length ball into the off side

36.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, pitched up and pushed in front of point for a single

36.6

Anderson to Ellis, FOUR, full and slightly wide, Ellis skips forward and opens his shoulders, gets plenty of bat on this and it pierces the infield, running away for four to deep cover

"Those four runs off the last over have really blown out Steven Finn's figures," chides Hayden. "He is now conceding over a run a ball, just way too expensive!!!"

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 116/7
AM Ellis    6* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-24-1
BB McCullum    25* (40b 1x4 1x6)      ST Finn    8-3-10-3

37.1

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, pitched up in the channel, again the batsman comes forward and slices into the off side, picks out a fielder but it's not a straightforward take and they get one

37.2

Finn to Ellis, 1 run, touch short of a length, outside off and guided down to third man

37.3

Finn to BB McCullum, FOUR, smashing shot from McCullum, who's running out of partners and decides to get a wriggle on, seizing on a short ball and pulling it flat in front of deep square leg

37.4

Finn to BB McCullum, FOUR, that's even better, sweet timing from McCullum as he crashes a hook through deep midwicket with a flash of the wrists

37.5

Finn to BB McCullum, SIX, and now he launches Finn back down the ground, he knew the full ball was coming and he clubbed it back over long-off for the second six of the innings

37.6

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 wide, dug in short, McCullum had hopped across and he lets this go down the leg side - that'll be a wide

37.6

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, short and outside off this time, McCullum decides to go easy on Finn and lets this one through

Well, that has made Finn's figures look a bit more ordinary. If McCullum hits his straps, then 250 isn't out of the question, you know

End of over 38 (17 runs) New Zealand 133/7
BB McCullum    40* (45b 3x4 2x6)      ST Finn    9-3-27-3
AM Ellis    7* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-24-1

38.1

Anderson to Ellis, 1 leg bye, full and veering down the leg side, Anderson screams out at appeal but that was swinging too far

38.2

Anderson to BB McCullum, 2 runs, goes back and steers a short ball behind square on the off side

38.3

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, back of a length again, dropped towards square leg and they think about two, only for McCullum to send Ellis back at the last and he has to dive to make his ground

38.4

Anderson to Ellis, 1 wide, strays down the leg side again...

38.4

Anderson to Ellis, 1 run, length ball outside off, waits on it and chops down to third man

38.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 wide, angled in and drifting down the leg side for another wide

38.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, FOUR, takes the pace off, but it sits up nicely on leg stump and McCullum shovels it past the man at 45 and away for four

38.6

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and straight, can't get under the ball but manages to squeeze it through midwicket for one more

End of over 39 (12 runs) New Zealand 145/7
BB McCullum    48* (49b 4x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    8-1-35-1
AM Ellis    8* (8b 1x4)      ST Finn    9-3-27-3

Stuart Broad is tossed to the lion (singular) replaces Finn, for the final over of the Powerplay

39.1

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, nurdled to mid-on

39.2

Broad to Ellis, no run, good length ball in the corridor, Ellis deferentially defends into the off side

39.3

Broad to Ellis, OUT, banged in, at the body and scooped out towards deep backward square, where Woakes takes a tumbling catch. Broad has picked up another wicket from judicious use of the short ball, Ellis tried to hook but it came off somewhere near the splice and didn't have the wings to clear the boundary

AM Ellis c Woakes b Broad 9 (19m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Kyle Mills trots in but the batsmen had crossed...

39.4

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, back of a length and wide of the stumps, hacked through the infield for a single

39.5

Broad to Mills, 1 run, Mills on strike for his first ball, goes back and jams the bat down, squeezing it behind point

39.6

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, short and wide and McCullum has a yahoo at it but fails to connect - good over from Broad and the bell is tolling ever louder for NZ

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 148/8
BB McCullum    50* (52b 4x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-25-2
KD Mills    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    8-1-35-1

Woakes returns in place of Anderson

40.1

Woakes to Mills, 1 run, pitched up and dropped short into the covers, they take the fielder on and grab one, the throw is high and wide at the bowler's end

40.2

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, touch short and wide, steered throguh point off the back foot for a comfortable run that takes McCullum to his third consecutive fifty of the series

40.3

Woakes to Mills, no run, length ball, outside off, chopped into the ground

40.4

Woakes to Mills, no run, maintains a disciplined line, played into the off side

40.5

Woakes to Mills, no run, good length outside off and Mills can't get it away

40.6

Woakes to Mills, OUT, pitched up full and straight and trapped in front, Mills was stuck on the crease, hit on the back pad and that's a pretty straightforward one for the umpire

KD Mills lbw b Woakes 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 150/9
     CR Woakes    8-0-23-1
BB McCullum    51* (53b 4x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-25-2

41.1

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, dug in and McCullum swivels with deadly intent to dispatch the ball over deep midwicket

41.2

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, worked toward mid-on

41.3

Broad to Southee, no run

41.4

Broad to Southee, 1 run, punched to mid-on to rotate the strike

41.5

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, steps away but manages only to hack the ball to mid-on

41.6

Broad to Southee, FOUR, dug in short but Southee sees it big and rattles a pull shot away to the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 42 (13 runs) New Zealand 163/9
TG Southee    5* (3b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-38-2
BB McCullum    59* (56b 4x4 3x6)      CR Woakes    8-0-23-1

42.1

Woakes to BB McCullum, FOUR, short of a length and outside off, waits on it and plays a late cut for four

42.2

Woakes to BB McCullum, no run, pitched up and nudged into the covers

42.3

Woakes to BB McCullum, no run, full again and drive back to mid-off

42.4

Woakes to BB McCullum, no run, slower ball, McCullum can't get it away

42.5

Woakes to BB McCullum, SIX, nails this one, pitched up and smoked back down the ground for a flat six, stand-and-deliver stuff from McCullum, who's motoring just as New Zealand's tank is nearly empty

42.6

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, dropped short on the off side and McCullum wants a single to keep the strike, Woakes swoops but can't collect the ball cleanly and Southee makes his ground

End of over 43 (11 runs) New Zealand 174/9
BB McCullum    70* (62b 5x4 4x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-34-1
TG Southee    5* (3b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-38-2

Well, this is a handy, last-wicket romp for New Zealand... Swann comes back on, with eight of his ten overs bowler

43.1

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 wide, round the wicket, tossed up but sliding down leg

43.1

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, on leg stump, tapped into the on side

43.2

Swann to BB McCullum, SIX, full and on leg stump and that's in the slot for McCullum to thrash high over long-on

43.3

Swann to BB McCullum, no run, floated up towards off stump, McCullum tries to drive but can't get it through the infield

43.4

Swann to BB McCullum, FOUR, fired across wide of off, this time McCullum manages to get under a flat slap towards long-off, one bounce and it's four

43.5

Swann to BB McCullum, OUT, short and shovelled out towards deep midwicket, looks like it's sailing for six only for Anderson to pluck the ball out of the air a yard in from the rope! McCullum departs after another defiant innings - he thought he'd cleared the man, there, but Anderson did really well to take the catch and keep his feet away from the boundary rope. McCullum shakes his head ... but without that knock, his side would have been long sunk by now

BB McCullum c Anderson b Swann 79 (103m 68b 6x4 5x6) SR: 116.17

So, another Brendon McCullum special is pretty much all that stands between England and victory - you'd think that 185 is desperately short on this small ground but England still need to knock off the runs if they are to take the series. Apologies for the technical issues at the end there ... Join us again in half an hour for the chase and we won't let you down*.

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