New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

New Zealand in England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v New Zealand

England won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

65.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, front foot punch towards cover

New Zealand 252/6   KD Mills 1* (1b)

66.1

Broad to Mills, no run, defended off the front foot, that hit the bat but did it strikes the pad first? Big appeal but Hair says no, in fact that did hit the pad first and was very close but it was too close to call at full speed

66.2

Broad to Mills, 1 run, pushed to extra cover off the back foot

New Zealand 253/6   KD Mills 2* (3b)

67.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, tossed up, pushed to the bowler

67.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended off the back foot

67.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, flighted there, some spin too, watchfully pushed to the off

67.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped towards silly point, he's keen to plonk his front foot well forward, Jason Gillespie-esque

67.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, and again, long stride forward and he pushes to the leg side

67.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, bit of width this time, Mills is well forward but needs to move his body towards the ball, all a bit awkward but he gets it on the ground

New Zealand 258/6   KD Mills 3* (9b)

68.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, round the wicket, short of a length, defended confidently

68.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, poor shot, outside off and that's a slash and a miss, beaten there

68.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short of a length, punched back towards mid-off

68.4

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, that's edgy, bouncer this time, fends awkwardly and the outside edge flies past the slip cordon for four

68.5

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, on middle stump and an inside edge this time, worked away towards backward square leg

New Zealand 263/6   KD Mills 8* (14b 1x4)

69.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped towards mid-on

69.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, quicker and outside off, pushed to covers

69.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, slower this time, punched towards midwicket

69.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, that's smart, loopy and slow, makes Mills wait for it and gets some bounce, he tries to work it to the leg side but a leading edge pops close to short leg, that was close

69.5

Panesar to Mills, SIX, what a crack! out of nowhere Mills brings out the slog sweep and smashes that way over midwicket for six, that had the wind behind it but there was some sweet timing there

69.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, driven confidently to mid-off

New Zealand 270/6   KD Mills 15* (20b 1x4 1x6)

70.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, angled across his body, left alone

70.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, punched back down the ground

70.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, shoulders arms to that one, watches it late, though

70.4

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, over the wicket and taking it away from the right-hander, short of a length and pushed to cover

70.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short one this time, Mills tries to flash outside off to get it up and over the cordon but is beaten by the bounce, luckly not to get a top edge

70.6

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, pushed to mid-off and what a push, finds the gap and races away, all the way for four, that appeared like an innocuous punch

New Zealand 274/6   KD Mills 19* (26b 2x4 1x6)

71.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, big stride forward, pushed to cover, gets to the pitch of the ball there

71.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, 49.6mph, slow and tossed up, Mills thinks of the big shot but checks his shot to push to the off side

New Zealand 275/6   KD Mills 19* (28b 2x4 1x6)

72.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short and honing into the batsman's chest, jumps and defends it back down the ground

72.4

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, short again and he's thrown his bat at it, that's angling away from the right-hander, pulled away and the top edge flies over the keeper for four, Mills is motoring here but it's been with the help of some luck

72.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short ball, outside off, pushed to the off side, in control of that

72.6

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, short again with a bit of width, slashed in the air but there's no-one at point, they get a single to deep point

New Zealand 281/6   KD Mills 24* (32b 3x4 1x6)

73.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, flighted from off to middle, round the wicket, pushed to covers

73.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, that's big turn, pitched on middle and takes off sharp, bounce too, well away from the right-hander

73.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, full and on the pads, swept away but straight to the fielder

73.4

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, throws that up but Mills has lofted that clean, gets to the pitch of the ball and whistles that over mid-off for four

73.5

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, defended watchfully to the off side, quicker that time, flatter too

New Zealand 286/6   KD Mills 29* (37b 4x4 1x6)

74.1

Anderson to Mills, no run, starts with a full one down the leg side, can't get to that

74.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and straight, crunched down the ground, mid-off cleans up

74.3

Anderson to Mills, FOUR, that's classical, full ball on off and he's swung that wonderfully on the up, through cover for four, in the gap and racing away, that's his highest score, super counter-attack

74.4

Anderson to Mills, no run, short one, he ducks under that one confidently

74.5

Anderson to Mills, no run, short again, cramped for room, strikes him on the arm and bobs on the pitch, Mills is keen to pick the ball up and give it to the fielders, he does but nobody appeals

74.6

Anderson to Mills, no run, 80.3mph, short one, honing into the batsman's ribs, on the toes and tapped down the ground

New Zealand 290/6   KD Mills 33* (43b 5x4 1x6)

75.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

75.5

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, swept away to backwards square leg for another four, he's playing some confident shots here

75.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, another sweep and he's smashed Ian Bell at short leg, he goes down straight away and they go for a run, struck from the middle of the bat and crashes into Bell's back, just below the neck, ouch

New Zealand 297/6   KD Mills 37* (46b 6x4 1x6)

76.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, defended back to the bowler

76.3

Anderson to Mills, no run, short ball, fended towards the leg side, that was a quick one

76.4

Anderson to Mills, no run, another bouncer, this time on middle stump, gets out of the way

76.5

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, 87.2mph, short of a length on middle, tucked away off his hips towards midwicket

New Zealand 299/6   KD Mills 38* (50b 6x4 1x6)

77.1

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, tossed up on the pads and Mills is cashing in, swept away effortlessly past Vaughan at short fine leg, that was done easily by Mills

77.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, slower one, on middle and a bit of bounce, jabbed back

77.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, soft hands there, that was quicker and pushed back

77.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended to the off

77.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, swept to short fine leg

77.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped to cover

New Zealand 307/6   KD Mills 42* (56b 7x4 1x6)

79.1

Collingwood to Mills, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

79.2

Collingwood to Mills, no run, full one, swinging into the batsman, he pushes forward but is struck on the pads, half-hearted appeal but that was going over

79.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, gentle dibbly-dobblies from Collingwood, Mills might have played this sort of bowling every day in New Zealand, pushed back to the bowler

79.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended to cover

79.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, front foot push towards cover, he's in control here, has dominated this partnership

79.6

Collingwood to Mills, 1 run, short and on the pads, tucked away towards square leg

New Zealand 315/6   KD Mills 43* (62b 7x4 1x6)

80.1

Anderson to Mills, 2 runs, pushed to cover and they scamper two

80.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and that was a huge appeal, angling in from outside off, plenty of swing there but it did too much, rapped on the pads and that was missing leg, he got his front foot forward, though

80.3

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, tapped to cover for a quick single

New Zealand 318/6   KD Mills 46* (65b 7x4 1x6)

81.1

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and tapped away easily

81.4

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, sliding down leg, moving away more, can't get to it

81.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, 82.4mph, short and wide, tries to flay that through the covers, misses that one, he's disappointed there

81.6

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tucked to the leg side for a quick one

New Zealand 325/6   KD Mills 47* (69b 7x4 1x6)

82.1

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, 83.6mph, outside off, holds the bat lightly in the hand and pushes to cover

New Zealand 326/6   KD Mills 48* (70b 7x4 1x6)

83.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, full one on middle and off, defended watchfully towards mid-on, it's moving around for sure

83.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, jags back in, pitches outside off and cuts in, no room to play with, struck high on the pads

83.3

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tucked towards square leg

83.5

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tries to swerve that from outside off, pushed watchfully to the off side and takes off, memorable moment for Mills, first Test fifty and what an important knock it's been, well played

New Zealand 331/6   KD Mills 50* (74b 7x4 1x6)

84.1

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and honing in on middle, patted back down the ground

84.2

Anderson to Mills, 5 runs, tip and run, that was dangerous running, Broad picks it up at short midwicket but that's a wide throw and runs away for four overthrows, could have been close had he hit but that was too far away

84.4

Anderson to Mills, 2 runs, tucked to the leg side

84.5

Anderson to Mills, OUT, got 'em, too close to cut and he's played on, 80mph and he's got his second wicket, Mills tries to get on his toes and cut but that's rattled the stumps, fine innings from Mills but he's disappointed with that shot

KD Mills b Anderson 57 (85m 78b 7x4 1x6) SR: 73.07

New Zealand 339/7   KD Mills 57 (78b 7x4 1x6)
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Photos

May 26, 2008

Andrew Strauss reaches his hundred, as Kevin Pietersen joins the celebration, England v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, May 25, 2008

Andrew Strauss reaches his hundred, as Kevin Pietersen joins the celebration

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May 26, 2008

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell celebrate England's six-wicket victory, England v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, May 25, 2008

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell celebrate England's six-wicket victory

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