New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

New Zealand in England T20I Match

England v New Zealand

England won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

5.30pm Hold on to your holiday money, Stuart Broad is about to deliver the first ball. Let's go.

5.25pm All right, so we're nearly set to get underway. A big buzz around this game, particularly now the Champions League has been announced. A big blow for New Zealand with Oram out, of course. "It's not quite the full house we had expected," says Andrew, "but I'm sure the stragglers will emerge from the bars soon enough." It is a sell-out at Old Trafford. It's a very bright red that England are sporting in their new Twenty20 kit - the kind of red that deserves an exclamation mark.

Andrew, a legendary rocker, says: "England came out to the strains of Queen - New Zealand to AC/DC. I know where the early honours have gone. Back in Black was the tune by the way - geddit?"

5.10pm Curses. Andrew notes: "That filthy black cloud has now gatecrashed the party, and the sunshine is fleeing down the road."

5.00pm Andrew's here again. "Trafford is bathed in late-afternoon sunshine. Makes you proud to be Northern if, indeed, you are Northern." I am a proud Northerner, Andrew, and was most upset to have my bike nicked in London the other day, grr, but anyway, there's more. "A filthy black cloud, however, is lurking out the back like an ICL signee at a Champions League launch party." He he, liking it, liking it.

It's Jenny Roesler here by the way and I will have the pleasure of bringing you the commentary for this Twenty20 fest. Ah, Sky Sports are loving this, their build-up is very dramatic, with burning flames in the background and stern music.

The toss now and Collingwood has won and England will bowl first. "New Zealand are a good chasing side. We've got a good batting line-up today."

He agrees the Twenty20 has come at a good time for him. "I've been struggling a bit with the bat, hopefully I can get a few runs out there." The batting order is also fluid, he points out.

Sidebottom has been allowed to have a rest. "We have to be careful with his workload."

Jacob Oram is out for New Zealand with a hamstring problem, so Peter Fulton comes in to replace him.

Daniel Vettori on the surface: "It's a good deck, it's going to have some pace in it, but if we can get a good score on the board, we will hope to have a good scrap and defend it."

New Zealand shape up so: 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jamie How, 3 James Marshall, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Daniel Flynn, 7 Peter Fulton, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Mark Gillespie, 11 Michael Mason.

4.30pm Hello and welcome to coverage of the Twenty20 international between England and New Zealand at Old Trafford. It's been quite a few days for England's players, following the news of Allen Stanford's US$20 million matches to be played in Antigua over the next five years. Today's game brings much lower financial rewards, but is a chance for the players to show they should be on that plane to West Indies in November.

Play starts at 5.30pm, but we have some early team news for you. England have left out Ryan Sidebottom and Alastair Cook, so this is their team:

1 Luke Wright, 2 Ian Bell, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Paul Collingwood (capt), 6 Owais Shah, 7 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 8 Tim Ambrose (wk), 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

As Andrew Miller, who has headed north to Manchester for this game, points out - it's a very deep batting order with Broad at No. 10.

New Zealand haven't confirmed their XI yet, but James Marshall is expected to bat at No. 3 ahead of Peter Fulton, with Jamie How and Brendon McCullum to open. The final choice is between Mark Gillespie and Michael Mason, with Gillespie sounding like the favourite.

The question everyone wants to know is - does Old Trafford look ready for the Twenty20 revolution? Let's ask Andrew. "Well," he begins, "there's a dug-out in front of the pavilion, and the boundary looks about as short as Old Trafford's football pitch but a distinct absence of cheerleaders, fireworks and - for the moment - a crowd." Honk.

Here's Andrew again. "Maybe it's a sign of things to come, but the Trafford chilli con carne is seriously hot stuff."

0.1

Broad to How, no run, super one first up, hits the deck just outside off and seams away, the keeper pouching tidily, Broad having rolled his fingers over that one

0.2

Broad to How, no run, tight down the channel again, good length, and left alone

England's tops look more like footballer shirts than anything. You can see them going down a storm on the high street

0.3

Broad to How, no run, defended on the front foot

0.4

Broad to How, 1 run, brings down the bat straight and gets an outside edge which skews well wide of the first slip

McCullum ready to face his first ball, plenty of pressure on him as New Zealand will expect a pile of runs

0.5

Broad to McCullum, no run, comes outside off to miss it, eagerly on the attack of course from the off, and then notes the good length and respectfully shoulders arms

0.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, squares behind it now outside off, playing back down the line

Good start for Broad and England, they will take that. Here's James Anderson now, at his home ground of course and he will open from the Stretford End

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
BB McCullum    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0
JM How    1* (4b)     

1.1

Anderson to How, OUT, got him! Anderson strikes first ball, How drives hard at it and as it moves away off the seam, it's taken well at first slip by Shah

JM How c Shah b Anderson 1 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Great start for Anderson, already building on his Test momentum. "That's a nothing shot," thunders a colleague, as replays flash up. Here's Marshall now

1.2

Anderson to Marshall, no run, has him fending at this one first up, Marshall squaring behind it and the ball sails through

1.3

Anderson to Marshall, no run, outside edge bounces down in front of the second slip, Shah, who has been placed there only very recently

"Wickets are good," says Andrew. "They lead to rock."

1.4

Anderson to Marshall, FOUR, outside-edged quickly down to third man where a diving Bopara tidies up just inside the rope

Collingwood's breathing on his hands to warm them up

1.5

Anderson to Marshall, no run, pushed through the channel, another good length

1.6

Anderson to Marshall, 1 run, pushed on to a good length, the batsman presses down and they shuffle through quickly

Another good over for England, they will be happy with the start

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
JAH Marshall    5* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-1
BB McCullum    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0

Andrew again: "Ends of overs lead only to hip-hop alas. Still "Tuurrn around" is rather apt, I suppose."

2.1

Broad to Marshall, 2 runs, width outside off and the batsman cuts hard out to point

2.2

Broad to Marshall, no run, too much width outside off but Wright spares the blushes with a sharp diving effort at gully

2.3

Broad to Marshall, 2 runs, shortish one, but he hardly times it, his shoulders muscling the ball out towards deep midwicket

2.4

Broad to Marshall, FOUR, goes fuller, but it's a gift really outside off, and Marshall leans into a well-struck cover drive, now that one had plenty of timing and Pietersen is quick to give it up for dead

2.5

Broad to Marshall, no run, no run this time, the batsman playing off the back foot but not quite getting his shot right

2.6

Broad to Marshall, OUT, another one for England! Broad strikes this time, Marshall edging through - he had been looking to hit the ball to point or third man - and this time he cuts right into the keeper's hands

JAH Marshall c †Ambrose b Broad 13 (6m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 118.18

Right, Taylor to the crease now. He and McCullum have an important job to do to arrest the momentum that's all England. Andrew Cryptic Miller says: "The press box is shaking with all the rhythmic stomping going on right now."

End of over 3 (8 runs) New Zealand 14/2 (RR: 4.66)
     SCJ Broad    2-0-9-1
BB McCullum    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-1

3.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, some good lift for Anderson there, nearly foxing the batsman, who goes on the back foot correctly but the rise through deceives him

3.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, McCullum jumps into a leave this time, quickly shouldering arms as it goes through

3.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, McCullum's out of his crease, alert, but Anderson forces him into the defensive on the back foot with a straight, well-pitched delivery

3.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, a huge shout and point from Anderson but immediately Umpire Gould turns it down

3.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, comes out diagonally, a quick bouncer from Anderson outside off ricochets hard off the helmet and out to the man at gully. England show no sympathy, immediately appealing for the catch. He's clearly not out and nods his head just to show he's OK

3.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, outside off, lets this one go through now

A maiden for Anderson, no mean feat in this form of the game - only the 25th in 55 Twenty20 internationals in fact

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 14/2 (RR: 3.50)
BB McCullum    0* (8b)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-9-1

4.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off and driven hard off the back foot but straight to the man at cover

4.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, defended hard down the track on the front foot

A sole slip now

4.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, overpitched a touch in line with off, a forceful drive out to mid-on but it's snapped up easily

4.4

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, a crashing drive through the covers hit hard, Taylor really launching himself on his front foot and into the shot

4.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, full delivery, driven on the up to mid off now

4.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, Broad's running in as if his life depending on it, and it's worked out to the covers

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/2 (RR: 3.80)
LRPL Taylor    5* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-1
BB McCullum    0* (8b)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-1

It may seem a slow start from McCullum, but he's always happy to play himself in

5.1

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, picked up off the toes and driven out in front of midwicket, well timed up and over

5.2

Anderson to Taylor, SIX, six this time! Down on one knee and gives it the kneel-and-deliver treatment launched over deep backward square leg. It wasn't too bad a ball, either

5.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, more respect for Andrson this time, a defence right back down the line in front of off

Our music correspondent is back. "Sixes equal banging trance. Not convinced." Me neither

5.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, pure timing and that is boomed off the front foot through the covers. Extraordinary power and timing combination

Here's Andrew. "A glorious cover-drive, and all they reward us with is garage. Rubbish, get back to mowing across the line."

5.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

5.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, nips back in off the seam and Taylor looks to cut it out to point but doesn't quite get hold of it

McCullum has ended the Powerplay without a run, notes Gnasher McGlashan, who has a point - he's been off the strike quite a lot

End of over 6 (14 runs) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 5.50)
LRPL Taylor    19* (12b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-1-19-1
BB McCullum    0* (8b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-1

Change of bowling now, Wright's on

6.1

Wright to McCullum, 1 run, puts so much effort into this that he falls over in delivery, the ball's pushed back past him, Pietersen picks it up and side-arms at the sticks, missing

6.2

Wright to Taylor, no run, pushed out on the front foot

6.3

Wright to Taylor, no run, plenty of width outside off, draws Taylor into the shot and it goes past the outside edge

6.4

Wright to Taylor, no run, slower delivery in line with middle and off, defended on the front foot

6.5

Wright to Taylor, SIX, hey now, shot and a half, Taylor tees off with a straight drive that travels flat and barely got up off the ground at all. Coo-ee, that was a good hit, very golf-like

6.6

Wright to Taylor, no run, good reply from Wright, hustling it past the outside edge

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 40/2 (RR: 5.71)
LRPL Taylor    25* (17b 3x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-7-0
BB McCullum    1* (9b)      JM Anderson    3-1-19-1

Collingwood's into the bowling attack now

7.1

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, donw the legs and MucCullum is quick to flick it off the pads through to deep square

7.2

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, outside off and he's deceived by the pace, rushing at it, but can't connect

7.3

Collingwood to McCullum, 3 runs, goes on one knee and tries to pull it round behind square, and indeed does so, but without much timing

7.4

Collingwood to Taylor, OUT, bowled him! Great delivery to remove Taylor, nipping back in from outside off to clean up the batsman whose middle stump rocks back and he's on his way

LRPL Taylor b Collingwood 25 (19m 18b 3x4 2x6) SR: 138.88

That came back a good way indeed. Here's Styris now, he can certainly bat of course

7.5

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, defended down off the back foot and they shuffle through from the dab-and-go, Anderson tidying up as the ball goes to gully

Andrew has lost it. "BAH! Badabah badabah, bada, bada, bada, BAH! badabah badabah ... back in black, yeah, Ah'm back in blaaack"

7.6

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, turned off the legs behind square and a straight throw may have been interesting... Collingwood stretching to his left to snap it up

End of over 8 (8 runs) New Zealand 48/3 (RR: 6.00)
BB McCullum    8* (13b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-1
SB Styris    1* (1b)      LJ Wright    1-0-7-0

8.1

Wright to Styris, 1 run, banged in short outside off, a hard swivel-pull picked up by Swann in front of midwicket, didn't get hold of that properly

"112 runs in eight IPL innings for Scott Styris. Now that's value for money," says Andrew

8.2

Wright to McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the legs this time

8.3

Wright to Styris, no run, not too sure where that one went, squeezed down on it behind the stumps

8.4

Wright to Styris, no run, banged in again down off and Styris is certainly tempted into the pull but nearly gets the under edge

8.5

Wright to Styris, no run, throws in the slower ball which is nearly a wide outside off, drawing in the batsman to play way away from the body

8.6

Wright to Styris, no run, slower one, forces the drive on the up, pushed out to Bell at mid off who tidies up without fuss

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 50/3 (RR: 5.55)
SB Styris    2* (6b)      LJ Wright    2-0-9-0
BB McCullum    9* (14b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-1

9.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, outside off, McCullum drives out but straight to the covers

9.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, outside off, cut hard out to point but only the single

9.3

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, driven on the front foot out to the covers, fairly square

9.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, pushed wide outside off, cut into the covers this time and they take an overthrow as Shah's throw comes in sloppily

9.5

Collingwood to McCullum, FOUR, width and also short, and McCullum picks up his first boundary with a hard cut

9.6

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, better ball, but a single is squeezed out to mid off

For the next ten overs it will Martin Williamson who has just announced he is too old for this.

End of over 10 (9 runs) New Zealand 59/3 (RR: 5.90)
BB McCullum    17* (19b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-17-1
SB Styris    3* (7b)      LJ Wright    2-0-9-0

I am, thanks Jenny. Last night Lord's for a Twenty20, last month Bangalore ... a jet-set life we lead here at Cricinfo. Dexy's Midnight Runners blasts out ...

10.1

Wright to McCullum, no run, back in the crease, he has to settle for an old-fashioned block

10.2

Wright to McCullum, SIX, swung from short outside off stump, it sounded as if he had hit it with a lump of old oak but it still carried over midwicket ... by about an inch

10.3

Wright to McCullum, 1 run, short and straighter, hooked but this one dribbles along the ground to Pietersen out in the deep ... dreaming of how many noughts his bank balance will have after November ... he hopes

10.4

Wright to Styris, 1 run, slower and wider, cut through the covers with no real pace

10.5

Wright to McCullum, OUT, peach in 50, 40 or 20-over cricket ... held up, yorker straight through McCullum who indicates with lots of overt blinking that he might actually have lost that in the flight. He played all round it and he's on his way

BB McCullum b Wright 24 (45m 23b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.34

10.6

Wright to Fulton, no run, back and defensively pushed to shortish mid-off

Sunshine sweeping over the old ground ... and a change of bowling as spin comes on with Graeme Swann.

End of over 11 (8 runs) New Zealand 67/4 (RR: 6.09)
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      LJ Wright    3-0-17-1
SB Styris    4* (8b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-17-1

Some cynic reckons England's bowlers have promised McCullum a cut to make them look good ...

11.1

Swann to Styris, 1 run, pushed gently square on the off side, the rare Twenty20 sight of an ambled single

11.2

Swann to Fulton, OUT, good old-fashioned offbreak at no more than a crawl, thrown up outside stump, Fulton plays all round it and it creeps between bat and pad

PG Fulton b Swann 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Round the wicket ...

11.3

Swann to Flynn, no run, dropped ...tossed up, a slash and Collingwood, who has gambled by bringing himself in at slip, spills a sharp chance. Awkward height but still ...

11.4

Swann to Flynn, no run, into the pads, a loud appeal

11.5

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, pushed into the off side, no real intent ...

11.6

Swann to Styris, no run, a nothing flick into the leg side, a thick edge into the pad and the ball plops out towards midwicket

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 69/5 (RR: 5.75)
SB Styris    5* (10b)      GP Swann    1-0-2-1
DR Flynn    1* (3b)      LJ Wright    3-0-17-1

Oasis ... Wonderwall ... "... and maybe ...." Here's Dimitri Mascarenhas at the Statham End.

12.1

Mascarenhas to Flynn, 1 run, back of a length and wide outside off, thumped along the ground to deep cover

12.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 leg bye, ugly swish across the line, he misses, a rasping appeal but Peter Hartley not having any of it

Close .. he was right back. That's the first extra, that is.

12.3

Mascarenhas to Flynn, no run, turned into the off side

12.4

Mascarenhas to Flynn, 1 run, back and cut hard to deep cover, again a lot of shot for one run

Mascarenhas signals to Shah but he's dozing at fine leg ...

12.5

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, pushed to Broad who does well at mid-on because the ball kicked off one of the old creases

12.6

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, swings across the line , misses, and you have to say, at this point New Zealand's batsmen look horribly out of sorts

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 72/5 (RR: 5.53)
SB Styris    5* (13b)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-2-0
DR Flynn    3* (6b)      GP Swann    1-0-2-1

Lionel Ritchie ...come off it ...

13.1

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, hit high over the covers with no real power

13.2

Swann to Styris, no run, back, leading edge and it drops a yard or so out of Swann's reach as he scurries to the right round the non striker

Michael emails in from New Zealand. "For the love of god send in Oram, or the rain at least something that will do a better job at batting than New Zealand at the moment." Good idea, only Oram is injured.

13.3

Swann to Styris, 1 run, pushed behind square on the off ... a single and England will be more than happy to give them that

13.4

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, cut behind square, backward point fields but can't save the single

13.5

Swann to Styris, 1 run, whipped off the pads to deep backward square leg who is in from the rope in a jiffy

13.6

Swann to Flynn, 2 runs, swung-swept from outside off, not timed, and Shah trundles round from behind square in the deep to field

End of over 14 (6 runs) New Zealand 78/5 (RR: 5.57)
DR Flynn    7* (9b)      GP Swann    2-0-8-1
SB Styris    7* (16b)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-2-0

This is an OK score in an ODI ... but in Twenty20? They need another 50 odd at least

14.1

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, a big-looking shot doesn't go far into the on side

"That's a filthy long-hop and a filthier shot," chirps Miller.

14.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, punched off the back foot, a diving Collingwood fields with a dive at short extra cover

14.3

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, worked to deepish midwicket ... just the single again

14.4

Mascarenhas to Flynn, SIX, that's better, rocks back and heaves a long-hop over wide midwicket .. it carries by a foot

14.5

Mascarenhas to Flynn, no run, opens the face but can't beat point

14.6

Mascarenhas to Flynn, 1 run, fuller, crisp drive to deep mid-off

The readers are already voting with their feet. Greg is, at least. "Kiwi living in Brittany, France. Shocker New Zealand. I'm off to watch the soccer at the local." He means football of course ...

End of over 15 (8 runs) New Zealand 86/5 (RR: 5.73)
DR Flynn    14* (12b 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-10-0
SB Styris    8* (19b)      GP Swann    2-0-8-1

Where are the cheerleaders ... that was one abiding memory from my trip to Bangalore ... Swann again.

15.1

Swann to Flynn, FOUR, hard drive through Collingwood at short cover, technically a catch but it almost pole-axed him

15.2

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, another single offered and accepted

15.3

Swann to Styris, 1 run, horrible swish from outside off just about gets to deepish midwicket

15.4

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, back and paddled uppishly to wide midwicket

It's all a bit subdued without the usual crash, bang wallop ...

15.5

Swann to Styris, 1 run, off drive to long-on

15.6

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, uses his feet but can do no more than a firm push to deep cover

End of over 16 (9 runs) New Zealand 95/5 (RR: 5.93)
DR Flynn    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-17-1
SB Styris    10* (21b)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-10-0

New Zealand have to be aiming for 40 from this last four as an absolute minimum. Stuart Broad back on ...3-0-14-1 so far.

16.1

Broad to Flynn, 1 run, back and dropped with sift hands to backward point

Broad almost sprints back ... racing through the overs.

16.2

Broad to Styris, OUT, straight, Styris pulls, misses, and the ball thuds into the top of his middle and leg stumps

SB Styris b Broad 10 (34m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

A Devon Malcolmesque shot ...

Broad gets to the crease but notices Vettori not ready ... he grins and starts again.

16.3

Broad to Vettori, no run, slower ball, patted to mid-off and about eight fielders converge

"Back [in the pavilion] in Black blares out for the seventh time this match, and the fans are going wild," says our rock child, A Miller. "The fans of AC/DC that is, the Kiwis are looking rather sullen."

16.4

Broad to Vettori, no run, outside off, he misses with an attempted dab

16.5

Broad to Vettori, 1 run, nurdled into the leg side

16.6

Broad to Flynn, 1 run, pushed to cover for a single

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 98/6 (RR: 5.76)
DR Flynn    23* (18b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-17-2
DL Vettori    1* (3b)      GP Swann    3-0-17-1

England are slightly behind the clock. They have ten minutes to bowl three overs. That's the biggest excitement at the moment.

17.1

Swann to Flynn, OUT, he skips down the pitch like a man stepping off a cliff, misses by some way and doesn't even try to get back as Ambrose flicks off the bails

DR Flynn st †Ambrose b Swann 23 (21m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 121.05

More heavy metal ... has Miller taken over the PA? We had Tom Jones 10 minutes ago ...

17.2

Swann to Mills, no run, flicks, misses, a loud appeal but he was well outside the line

17.3

Swann to Mills, 1 run, flatter and quicker, he goes back and pushes into the off side but has to hurry to make the run

17.4

Swann to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up, he sweeps out of the blockhole to deep midwicket

Polite applause for the hundred, but it's fairly abject to be truthful.

17.5

Swann to Mills, 1 run, worked into the on side, again a cantered single

17.6

Swann to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up once more, hit uppishly to wide long-on

Applause for Swann's 2 for 21.

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 102/7 (RR: 5.66)
DL Vettori    3* (5b)      GP Swann    4-0-21-2
KD Mills    2* (3b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-17-2

Twelve balls left. NZ have to go for broke. Here's Luke Wright.

18.1

Wright to Vettori, FOUR, short, Vettori has already stepped outside off and he works the ball past fine leg who was up in the circle

Collingwood trots to Wright to offer some advice.

18.2

Wright to Vettori, no run, again Vettori heads to leg but misses and the ball passes over the stumps

18.3

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, this time he shimmies to leg, driving on the half volley square into the off side

18.4

Wright to Mills, 2 runs, full, almost a yorker, driven firmly and straight, Vettori is on for the two from the off and he makes it with ease to the danger end

18.5

Wright to Mills, FOUR, streaky ... straight, a swing, a thick inside edge misses leg stump and beats fine leg who is still in the circle

18.6

Wright to Mills, FOUR, good shot, driven on the half volley over extra cover and it beats long-off

The outfield appears to be getting quicker. That will add to Vettori's cheer.

End of over 19 (15 runs) New Zealand 117/7 (RR: 6.15)
KD Mills    12* (6b 2x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-32-1
DL Vettori    8* (8b 1x4)      GP Swann    4-0-21-2

Here's Jimmy Anderson to finish the innings.

19.1

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, slower, shorter ball outside off, a tennis-style paddle to third man

19.2

Anderson to Mills, OUT, attempted yorker but it is a low full-toss which he scoops high to Ian Bell at long-on ... seven or eight yards off the rope but that comes down with snow on it

KD Mills c Bell b Anderson 12 (7m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 171.42

Howzat parps out. Sherbet must have made more money from royalties for that being played on cricket grounds since Twenty20 started than they ever did from record sales.

19.3

Anderson to Vettori, 1 wide, he steps a yard outside leg, Anderson follows and it still passes outside his leg stump

19.3

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, wide full toss, helped down to third man

19.4

Anderson to Mason, 1 run, full and swinging in, a thick outside edge scoots to third man

19.5

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, slower ball, a weary-looking heave to midwicket

19.6

Anderson to Mason, 1 run, OUT, short, pulled from in front of his visor to square leg, Gillespie comes back for the second but he's never even in the frame

MJ Mason run out 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

That was fairly poor effort from New Zealand who never got out of second gear. That's their lowest score in a Twenty20 - 126 before this. England bowled well and fielded superbly and it's going to take a remarkable turnaround for NZ to get back into this. But stranger things have happened. Such as McGlashan making the tea. Graeme Swann on TV: "It's nice to play in front of a crowd who aren't suggesting you do things with sheep like they did in New Zealand." Er ...

Quick plug for this as Eminem blares out. "If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, would you capture it?" Well, would you? Or just let it slip? Now then, it's Wright and Bell who are ready to face up to Kyle Mills, not at the same time of course. And it's Jennifer back in the commentary hotseat.

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 123/9
     JM Anderson    4-1-25-2
DL Vettori    11* (11b 1x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-32-1
Series Results
England v New Zealand at Manchester - Jun 13, 2008
England won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
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Jun 13, 2008

Daniel Flynn plays the sweep shot, England v New Zealand, Twenty20 international, Old Trafford, June 13, 2008

Daniel Flynn plays the sweep shot

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Jun 13, 2008

Ian Bell lofts straight down the ground, England v New Zealand, Twenty20 international, Old Trafford, June 13, 2008

Ian Bell lofts straight down the ground

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