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

9.3

O'Brien to Cook, OUT, what a ball! He's nipped one out, pitching on off and jagging back in alarmingly, that's almost like a legbreak that Warne would have been proud of, his bat is facing the covers and the ball strikes into the pads, huge appeal and Taufel gives that after a bit of consideration, that probably did too much but such balls usually stun umpires into giving it, it was simply too good

AN Cook lbw b O'Brien 19 (40m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.07

England 33/1   AJ Strauss 12* (32b 1x4)   IE O'Brien 1.3-0-4-1

43.5

O'Brien to Strauss, OUT, what a sensational catch! Brendon McCullum you beauty, that's the magic that was needed to make a game of this, full and moving away, O'Brien has put it in the corridor, the edge is taken and McCullum takes off, gymnastic dive to his left and pulling off a low, one-handed catch inches from the ground. O'Brien is so stunned that he could as well have opened a dinner invite from Julia Roberts. That was a McCullum special

AJ Strauss c †McCullum b O'Brien 60 (174m 140b 5x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

England 111/2   MP Vaughan 24* (99b 2x4)   IE O'Brien 11.5-4-26-2

54.1

Vettori to Vaughan, OUT, what a big wicket! just as stumps approach, Vettori slips in the arm-ball, starts on off and drifts in, strikes him in line and that was quite plumb, Hair raises the finger and Vaughan has to go, that's just tilted the scales

MP Vaughan lbw b Vettori 30 (172m 133b 3x4 0x6) SR: 22.55

England 141/3   KP Pietersen 21* (30b 2x4)   DL Vettori 16.1-2-34-1

56.2

Vettori to Sidebottom, OUT, tossed up and another edge, that was into Jamie How's lap, one edge too many here, England are losing their way here, Vettori is turning it on. Sidebottom begins the long walk

RJ Sidebottom c How b Vettori 4 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

England 145/4   KP Pietersen 21* (36b 2x4)   DL Vettori 17.2-3-38-2

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   IR Bell 6* (20b)   DL Vettori 22.4-4-45-3

69.3

O'Brien to Bell, OUT, same length, another half-hearted shot from Bell, and edges it to Taylor who juggles once and hangs on to it while falling down himself

IR Bell c Taylor b O'Brien 8 (47m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.58

England 164/6   PD Collingwood 2* (8b)   IE O'Brien 20.3-8-40-3

70.2

Vettori to Collingwood, OUT, sucker punch there, another wicket and England are reeling, wonderful arm-ball, pushed through quicker, Collingwood plays back and he's dead for all money there, the moment he missed the ball he was in deep trouble, strikes his back pad and the appeal is more of a formality, Hair has no trouble in giving that

PD Collingwood lbw b Vettori 2 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

England 164/7   TR Ambrose 0* (3b)   DL Vettori 24.2-4-48-4

76.2

Vettori to Ambrose, OUT, Taylor's shades are working perfectly in this gloom, tossed up full, bit of turn, Ambrose drives and falls into the trap, outside edge goes straight to first slip, five wickets for Vettori and England are teetering on the brink, can they avoid the ignominy of the follow-on?

TR Ambrose c Taylor b Vettori 3 (29m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

England 179/8   SCJ Broad 12* (21b 2x4)   DL Vettori 27.2-5-53-5

77.1

Mills to Panesar, OUT, another sensational catch from McCullum! Whatever New Zealand touch is turning to gold here, short of a length, angling away from the left-hander, pokes and the edge is taken, flies towards first slip but McCullum is there, full length acrobatic dive to his left and pulls off a marvellous one-handed take, the ball settles in the webbing and he's plucked a beauty

MS Panesar c †McCullum b Mills 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

England 180/9   SCJ Broad 12* (23b 2x4)   KD Mills 6.1-0-28-1

83.3

Mills to Broad, OUT, soft dismissal, the ball doesn't come onto the bat and Broad lashes hard at it, not much timing there and it pops up to wide mid-off, Jeetan Patel takes the catch and it's all over

SCJ Broad c sub (JS Patel) b Mills 30 (53m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

England 202/10   JM Anderson 3* (12b)   KD Mills 9.3-1-38-2
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Series Results
England v New Zealand at Nottingham - Jun 5-8, 2008
England won by an innings and 9 runs
England v New Zealand at Manchester - May 23-26, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v New Zealand at Lord's - May 15-19, 2008
Match drawn
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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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