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

43.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, on the pads, too far down, helped along for a four to fine leg, help yourself stuff, too easy for England's "premier" batsman

England 115/2   KP Pietersen 4* (1b 1x4)

44.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, 56.7mph, quicker and flatter, Pietersen goes back and needs to come down quickly on it, back to the bowler

England 116/2   KP Pietersen 4* (2b 1x4)

46.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, front foot push down the ground, flat ball that

46.2

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, too short, rocks back and cracks to cover, there's protection there and he has to settle for one

England 121/2   KP Pietersen 5* (4b 1x4)

47.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, drives outside off but goes through to the keeper

47.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, pushed to the on side

47.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, solid push towards cover

47.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on and outside off, tapped towards cover, defensively done

47.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, firm front-foot push to mid-on, straight to the fielder

47.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, 3 runs, that's on off and middle but KP handles that well, shuffles across and turns it towards midwicket, not that well timed but he's disturbed the line there, trying to make things happen

England 124/2   KP Pietersen 8* (10b 1x4)

48.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, expansive sweep from Pietersen and that's a huge shout, hits him in front of middle and KP can't get bat onto it, that looked very adjacent, going on to hit middle, Hair says no and Vettori can't believe it

England 125/2   KP Pietersen 8* (11b 1x4)

49.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, 81.6mph, outside off, punched solidly towards cover

49.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, similar ball, big stride forward and pushes back to the bowler

49.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, outside off, tapped towards the covers, bit of extra bounce here

49.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, too wide outside off, left alone, too far away that

49.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, full and driven powerfully through covers, good fielding at mid-off, keeps them from the single

49.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, too wide outside off, shoulders arms and end another maiden

England 125/2   KP Pietersen 8* (17b 1x4)

50.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket for a single

England 128/2   KP Pietersen 9* (18b 1x4)

51.1

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the off stump, Pietersen turns it to deep square leg for a couple

51.2

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the leg stump, turns it to the right of square leg for a couple again

51.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, short delivery on the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

51.4

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, short on the off stump, Pietersen pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple but McCullum's backhand flick gets it reffered to the third umpire who adjudges it not out

51.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, short on the off stump, Pietersen defends on the backfoot

51.6

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, on the middle stump, and fuller in length. Pietersen flicks it away to deep midwicket for a boundary

England 138/2   KP Pietersen 19* (24b 2x4)

53.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, fuller on the leg stump, Pietersen turns it away to square leg

53.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, on the leg stump, flicks it to midwicket

53.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully to the off side

53.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, 75.8mph, short of a length, pushed back to mid-on

53.5

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned to fine leg, they look for two and scamper home

53.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, left alone outside off

England 141/2   KP Pietersen 21* (30b 2x4)

55.1

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, that's a lollypop to start, loopy full toss, pushed to cover

55.2

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, leading edge to the off side, tries to push a full ball towards midwicket

55.3

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, bit of drift for him, defended down the ground

55.4

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, back-foot defence, to mid-on

55.5

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, 48.8mph, slightly short, turning away, KP plods towards cover

55.6

Redmond to Pietersen, no run, tossed up towards middle, not much turn, patted to mid-on, Redmond's first over in Tests is a maiden

England 141/3   KP Pietersen 21* (36b 2x4)

56.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, 59mph, hurries onto KP, he's edgy here, pushes hard and that could have lobbed up close, strikes the pad and trickles close

56.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the ground

56.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, dances down the ground and kicks it back to the bowler, padded away

56.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, full and driven carefully to cover

England 147/4   KP Pietersen 21* (40b 2x4)

57.3

Redmond to Pietersen, 1 run, legbreak there, pushes tentatively, they take off for a risky single, McCullum picks up and takes a shot at the striker's stump, misses and that could have been close, big miss that, could have been a huge wicket

England 151/4   KP Pietersen 22* (41b 2x4)

58.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, full and driven to mid-on

58.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, forceful push down the pitch

58.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 bye, ripper this time, pitches outside off and turns away big, Pietersen didn't have a clue there, neither did the keeper, they take a bye

England 152/4   KP Pietersen 22* (44b 2x4)

59.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, angling into Pietersen who is cautiously behind it

59.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

59.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a big stride forward to block this good, straight ball

59.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, whipped to leg

59.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, nice looking drive from Pietersen, though without power, straight to cover

59.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, a huge shout from O'Brien! Pietersen's wrapped on the pads here but it's just outside the line, I think. My word, it moved back massively on Pietersen...but it's just outside the line

England 153/4   KP Pietersen 22* (50b 2x4)

60.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, full and a bit slow, pushed back down the ground

60.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, bit of low bounce, outside off, Pietersen tries to jab at it and gets a thick under edge

60.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, long stride forward, punched back to the bowler

60.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, dances down the track, steered to gully

60.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, solid push off the front foot, good pace changes from Vettori

60.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, too short and he's latched on but not much timing, takes a step back and slashes it tamely towards deep extra cover

England 154/4   KP Pietersen 23* (56b 2x4)

61.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, 2 runs, full one but he's not got his timing yet, driven hard but a thick edge only takes the ball to deep point

61.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, tapped back down the ground, he's standing tall and watching it closely

61.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, that's bizarre, seems out but hardly anyone seems interested, outside off and probing, jags back in and Pietersen , an edge deflects onto the pads and lobs up to the keeper, O'Brien lets out an appeal but nobody is interested, Taufel says no, that was a clear edge, interestingly KP lifted his bat to indicate he had hit it (as batsmen usually do during lbw appeals)

61.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, defended towards cover

61.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, pushed down the ground to mid-on

61.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, defended to the on side

England 156/4   KP Pietersen 25* (62b 2x4)

62.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, tapped back down the ground

62.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 no ball, he's overstepped that time, turns away from KP and gets a thick edge but he's partly in control, taps it towards cover

62.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, firmly punched towards mid-on

62.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turn and bounce, that's vicious, pitches on off and takes off high, Pietersen has no answer to one that spits off the pitch, McCullum takes it high, that's a brute of a ball

62.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, worked away to midwicket

England 158/4   KP Pietersen 25* (67b 2x4)

64.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, punched back down the ground

64.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, another big turner, tossed up on off and zipping away from KP's outstretched bat, oohs and aahs all around

64.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

64.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, pre-meditated sweep, he's not in control of it but guides it towards short find leg, dangerous shot that, the top-edge could have popped up to the fielder

England 159/4   KP Pietersen 26* (71b 2x4)

65.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, starting outside off, moving in, Pietersen shuffles across as if to make allowance for the big movement, misses the ball and struck on the pad, but that hit him outside the line

65.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, another shuffle, driven to mid-on

65.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, big stride across the crease, pushed down the ground, he's also batting out of the crease, by the way

65.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, patted back to the bowler

65.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, punched hard to the ground, one-handed stop from O'Brien

65.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, shuffled and plays to mid-on

England 159/4   KP Pietersen 26* (77b 2x4)

66.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, 53.1mph, tossed up and defended towards cover

66.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, arm ball this time, Pietersen thinks of moving across but gets back in time and pushes towards point

66.4

Vettori to Pietersen, OUT, big big wicket, Vettori strikes and he's got the edge this time, tossed up outside off, that was turning away, Pietersen pokes away from his body (as he's been doing all morning) and the ball kisses the outside edge on its way to Taylor at slip, that's a wonderful way to cap off what's been a super spell of left-arm spin

KP Pietersen c Taylor b Vettori 26 (84m 80b 2x4 0x6) SR: 32.50

England 160/5   KP Pietersen 26 (80b 2x4)
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England won by an innings and 9 runs
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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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