New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

2.55pm The players are out on the field. England's openers are the homeboy, Ian Bell, and Luke Wright. And it'll be Kyle Mills to open the bowling. We are all systems go ... except the bails blew off as Mills approached the crease, so it's a false start!

2.45pm So, there we go. It's been a long and often tedious wait, but finally we've got the go-ahead for a game. Collingwood, incidentally, doesn't allude to any Sidebottom back injury - it could just be a tactical switch for the shortened format. Bad news for Ryan if that is the case, however. Sounds like he's being inched away from a shot at Stanford's millions in November ...

At this juncture, we would usually expect an atmosphere update from Will Luke, but apparently he's been boasting to our spy at the Wisden Cricketer about the size of his lunch plate, and the fact that it's impeding his view of his keyboard ...

2.40pm Right, here's the toss ... Heads was the call, Daniel Vettori calls correctly and New Zealand will field first. "We'll have a bit more control batting second," he explains. Paul Collingwood would have done the same, he says. "I'm sure the new ball will nibble around, but if we get through that we have the armoury."

2.35pm Some team news. Ryan Sidebottom misses out with a back injury, and Dimitri Mascarenhas comes in for England. New Zealand are as announced yesterday, with a debut for Weybridge's South African-born allrounder, Grant Elliott.

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

New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Jamie How, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Daniel Flynn, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Michael Mason, 11 Tim Southee

2.20pm Right, here's the goss. It's a 3pm start, barring any more rain. "It will be 29 overs a side," says the third umpire, Nigel Llong. "We've used up our extra allowance of an hour already, so if we lose any more time, we're probably dead in the water." For the moment, though, it's all systems go.

2.15pm Well, well ... there's more than just a chance of a game now. "New Zealand are kicking a football around. In fact, so are England. It's looking spiffingly positive," says Will. Sky Sports are reporting an unconfirmed rumour that play could get underway at 3pm. We'll keep you posted.

2pm So, what hope of play? "Encouraging activity," says Will Luke, encouragingly. "The groundsmen are making moves to bring off the covers. Or at least have a go. It's just about stopped raining, but the doomsayers are still predicting heavy rain at some point." Well, let's watch and wait.

1.05pm Astoundingly, the umpires have made a brief appearance, as the rain has temporarily stopped. All the same, it would take up to an hour for the pitch to be made ready for the start, and they haven't even given the go-ahead yet. Still, it's a glimmer of hope.

1pm "Lots of people giving up and going home now," reports Cricinfo's own Einstein. "The rain still isn't very heavy, just persistent and dank drizzle." Lovely.

12.15pm Still no good news to report, alas. The umbrellas are still up and the rain is still coming down. Will, however, has just declared he's had "a brainwave", which coincidentally involves him being away from his laptop for an hour or two. I've never heard lunch being described in more cerebral tones.

12.10pm Jake sends a defence of New Zealand's footballing skills: "Yes we did concede five goals to Scotland, but we scored two against them which denied them getting out of the group by goal difference! Post that!" And post it we shall.

12.05pm Here's Andrew, one a few Kiwis in the UK: "True, we've not been on the international soccer stage since 1982, however, did you know that we call soccer "kiss and cuddle game" - I don't think I need to explain why - look at the silly antics when they score (second only to American football in silliness). Not to mention the crybaby stuff when they are "fouled", eg the Italian penalty last night. Could you imagine a rugby player ever pretending to be hurt?" Valid

12.00pm No change out there unfortunately, and even less prospect of an imminent start. "The wind's got up now too and the skies are even darker!" says Will.

11.50am "The French may be a little depressed but at least they made it to the finals of Euro 2008. When do England play their first game?" says Ed, a Kiwi living and playing cricket in France, who is clearly trying to incite some violence. (However, while we're on the subject, when did New Zealand last feature in a major football tournament? Answer: 1982, when they even managed to concede five goals to Scotland ...)

11.40am Angela Leggett is disgusted. "I am disgusted!!!" she says. "How dare you say that about Weybridge. I used to be the scorer there, my parents used to run the bar, I still support the club and they are not a bunch of Prima donnas!!!" So there, Stuart Bailey.

11.30am While the rain falls - it's getting heavier, Will says - have a read of James Foster's latest post to his blog.

11.10am Grant Elliott may be good enough for an international call-up, but apparently he wouldn't have been able to save the day for Weybridge this weekend. "Weybridge are a brunch of nancy-boy prima-donna's who would have lost anyway," says Stuart Bailey. "I remember Jimmy Adams playing for Sunbury a few years back ripped them apart with his part-time left arm dobblers! He he! How we laughed!" A bRunch of nancy-boys, Stuart? Does that make them a team of buffet-bowlers?

11.05am "As I am probably your only French reader, thank you for Waterloo Day, it's kinda cheer-up thing compared to last night ..." says Al. Ah yes, I forgot about that more recent debacle. And Al isn't the only depressed Frenchman tuning in right now ... "Thanks for reminding us about Waterloo, the day after we lose at football," says Oliver. "I suddenly like the Kiwis very much..."

11.00am "Well that was brief. The rain's back, up go the umbrellas (though in fairness they never actually came down) and on go the covers," says Will. "The word on the street, or rather the press box, is for evil rain to shed down about lunchtime." Right. Talking of lunch, you might as well head for the trough now, Will. Nowt to see here.

Well, here's a fascinating nugget of information: "The latest we could start is 12 minutes past 4," adds Will. "Not 4 o'clock or quarter-past, but 4.12pm." How immeasurably pointless.

10.55am "And lo - the covers are coming off after all, gusted by a blustery breeze," declares Will. "Well, there goes my forecast then. The Super Sopper whirrs into action." Huzzah!

By the way, may I wish all our French readers a very happy Waterloo Day ...

10.50am Play should have been underway for five minutes now, but unfortunately the covers are firmly wedged in place."There's a really good crowd today, all taking an age to get in," says Will, though admittedly there's not much point in rushing. "The groundsmen are standing static on the outfield, not looking particularly happy. It's grizzly weather and threatening to shed down."

So instead of watching any cricket, the entire cricket world seems to be debating the ridiculous brilliance of Kevin Pietersen's left-handed sixes in the first ODI at Chester-le-Street. The MCC have given their blessing for Pietersen to carry on thwacking, but chance would be a fine thing in the current conditions.

10.30am Here's what our chums at www.weather.com have to make about the situation. A bit damp seems to be their verdict. We await Will's eye-witness report with trepidation.

"The rain has stopped!" announces Will, as he makes his dramatic entry to the fray. However, it's not all good news. "It's been drizzling heavily all morning and there's no sign of any inspection just yet. Also, it's expected to absolutely shed down this afternoon, at about 1 o'clock apparently."

Hum ... that's not so special. But hang in there. Whatever happens, the weather is unlikely to affect New Zealand's team selection. They announced their 11 last night, and there will be a debut for the allrounder Grant Elliott, who was being lined up for a crucial Surrey League fixture for Weybridge against Walton, until he was rudely ripped from the bosom of the home counties. (Weybridge's captain, the occasional Kenya wicketkeeper and full-time Cricinfo sales guru, Abeed Janmohamed, is spitting nails ...)

New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Jamie How, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Daniel Flynn, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Michael Mason, 11 Tim Southee.

10.20am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for the second ODI between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston. I'm Andrew Miller and today I'll be joined by Brydon Coverdale, as well as our man on the spot, Will Luke, who at the moment is stuck in a traffic jam somewhere near Spaghetti Junction, but has reliably informed us that it is currently raining in Birmingham.

So, that's the news for the moment. Hopefully it will pass by before too long, but a prompt start doesn't look too likely at the moment. More news as and when Will finds his way to the press-box - [hint, it's at the far end of the ground, Will ...]

0.1

Mills to Bell, no run, big stride forward, a hint of away-swing, and defended into the gully

0.2

Mills to Bell, no run, wide outside off stump, and curving away. Bell steps out to cover it, but the ball flies harmlessly through to the keeper

0.3

Mills to Bell, OUT, oh dear! A bit of swing again, and Bell's attempted leg-glance turns into a loopy leading edge. Daniel Vettori sprints back from mid-off, watches the ball over his shoulder, and safely into his hands. The local lad is gone for a duck

IR Bell c Vettori b Mills 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"That leading edge would've fallen safe of Vettori had the wind not buffeted it," says Will. A big cheer goes up as Pietersen arrives at the crease

0.4

Mills to Wright, no run, on the legs and tucked safely away, but can't beat midwicket

0.5

Mills to Wright, no run, drawn forward to smother the swing, and defended to point

0.6

Mills to Wright, no run, fuller length, wobbling off the seam a fraction, and defended stoutly

A pretty fine maiden over that. What can Tim Southee respond with?

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) England 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
LJ Wright    0* (3b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-1
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)     

1.1

Southee to Pietersen, 2 runs, no standing on ceremony for KP. A big outswinger first up, but he watches it onto the bat and punches through the covers for a couple

1.2

Southee to Pietersen, no run, advancing down the wicket with typical intent, but left alone outside off stump in the end

1.3

Southee to Pietersen, no run, good outswing and a genuine edge, but Pietersen plays with soft enough hands for the ball to drop short of second slip

1.4

Southee to Pietersen, no run, angled onto the pads and dabbed to midwicket

1.5

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, finds the gap on the leg side this time, and they scamper through for a single

1.6

Southee to Wright, FOUR, superb strike. Wright steps down the pitch and inside the line as well, and helps the ball over backward square leg with a firm flick of the wrists. There's no cutting that off

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 7/1 (RR: 3.50)
LJ Wright    4* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    3* (5b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, pushed back onto the stumps and defended back down the track

2.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, in the channel, six inches outside off, and left well alone

2.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, a big stride outside off, and defended

2.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, a solid clump of a defensive drive. Mills fields in his followthrough. Pietersen is still looking for his timing

2.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, good delivery, and Pietersen is beaten outside off. He's been dancing around in his crease rather a lot

2.6

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, another advance down the pitch, and a punched on-drive flies perilously towards mid-on, but in the end goes safely wide. A bit chancy though

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
KP Pietersen    5* (11b)      KD Mills    2-1-2-1
LJ Wright    4* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-7-0

3.1

Southee to Wright, no run, outside off, and an extravagant leave

3.2

Southee to Wright, no run, full and swinging, firmly driven into the covers, but can't pierce the field

3.3

Southee to Wright, no run, solid defence, bat and pad close together and a big stride to boot. Text-book

3.4

Southee to Wright, 2 runs, onto the front foot, and a hint of width as well, and Wright slashes firmly past point

3.5

Southee to Wright, 1 leg bye, drifting onto the pads, and Hopkins does well to cut off four leg-byes

3.6

Southee to Pietersen, 2 runs, an open-shouldered clump through midwicket, inelegant but it finds enough of a gap

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
KP Pietersen    7* (12b)      TG Southee    2-0-11-0
LJ Wright    6* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-1-2-1

4.1

Mills to Wright, 1 run, banged in short, and cut away off an under-edge. Second slip scampers round to intercept in the gully

4.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, into position early, and dabbed into space on the leg side

4.3

Mills to Wright, no run, width, and Wright chases this one with his feet rooted to the crease. No nick though

4.4

Mills to Wright, no run, feet in concrete again, and Wright almost topples over as he reaches for a cut shot. No contact again

4.5

Mills to Wright, no run, stands tall, and attempts to bash Mills straight back down the ground with a cross-batted swipe, but mid-off tidies up

4.6

Mills to Wright, 1 run, pulled away with gusto, but not a lot of timing. Deep midwicket fields

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 17/1 (RR: 3.40)
LJ Wright    8* (14b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-5-1
KP Pietersen    8* (13b)      TG Southee    2-0-11-0

5.1

Southee to Wright, FOUR, battered back down the ground, and umpire Ian Gould flings himself to the turf as if being chased by a doodlebug. That travelled ...

5.2

Southee to Wright, 1 run, whisked round the corner for a single

5.3

Southee to Pietersen, FOUR, down the track again, and mowed out to deep midwicket. Pietersen didn't quite middle that shot, but he didn't really need to ...

5.4

Southee to Pietersen, no run, more fancy footwork, but this time he can't connect properly with a cross-batted swing, and the ball lands safely at his feet

5.5

Southee to Pietersen, no run, short, and Pietersen misses out again, with a bottom-edged heave into the crease

5.6

Southee to Pietersen, no run, gave himself room, and Southee spotted him go, an excellent full length outside off, and Pietersen can't connect

The end of the first Powerplay, and immediately it's the start of the second.

End of over 6 (9 runs) England 26/1 (RR: 4.33)
KP Pietersen    12* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-20-0
LJ Wright    13* (16b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-1-5-1

6.1

Mills to Wright, FOUR, short, wide, and clubbed through the covers with a horizontal swing. Fabulous strike

6.2

Mills to Wright, no run, short again, but Ross Taylor at midwicket dives well to intercept

6.3

Mills to Wright, FOUR, too short again, a poor over so far. Wright climbs into the stroke, up and over point for another boundary

6.4

Mills to Wright, 2 runs, a better length this time, but Wright picks it early, and drills his drive into the deep cover region

6.5

Mills to Wright, no run, half an appeal as Wright steps across his stumps, but it's Pietersen who's in the most trouble as Taylor fields athletically and shies with a backhanded flick at the non-striker's stumps. A direct hit would have been close

6.6

Mills to Wright, no run, on the legs again, but Wright misses out

End of over 7 (10 runs) England 36/1 (RR: 5.14)
LJ Wright    23* (22b 4x4)      KD Mills    4-1-15-1
KP Pietersen    12* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-20-0

Here's Michael Mason

7.1

Mason to Pietersen, no run, good line to start and defended

7.2

Mason to Pietersen, 1 run, short but straight, Pietersen has a swing, and nearly chops onto his stumps. He's a bit frantic at the moment

7.3

Mason to Wright, 3 runs, a great big yahoo of a wild swing. The ball flies high into the covers, and is given extra impetus by the fierce winds blowing across the ground. Just as well really

7.4

Mason to Pietersen, OUT, and you have to say that was coming. Pietersen never got going today. This was a better length for a full-blooded drive, but his shot was in the air all the way, and Daniel Vettori in the covers made no mistake. A very important breakthrough for New Zealand

KP Pietersen c Vettori b Mason 13 (27m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.00

Here's Ravi Bopara

7.5

Mason to Bopara, no run, drawn forward, and defended solidly on off stump

7.6

Mason to Bopara, no run, angled into the pads and Bopara misses out with an attempted flick

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 40/2 (RR: 5.00)
RS Bopara    0* (2b)      MJ Mason    1-0-4-1
LJ Wright    26* (23b 4x4)      KD Mills    4-1-15-1

Right, here's the debutant. The Weybridge allrounder, Grant Elliott, steps into the fray

8.1

Elliott to Wright, no run, good line and length to start, defended into the gully

8.2

Elliott to Wright, 1 run, straight once again, and a bit of excitement as the shy comes in from the gully, but Bopara is so in he's almost out of the frame

8.3

Elliott to Bopara, no run, slower ball, and a fuller length as well. Tip-and-run cricket, and How's shy from the covers would have been miles out had it hit

8.4

Elliott to Bopara, no run, accurate once again, and cagily defended

8.5

Elliott to Bopara, 2 runs, full length and outside off, solidly driven into the covers

8.6

Elliott to Bopara, no run, angled down the leg side and tidily fielded on the 45. A very good maiden over

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 43/2 (RR: 4.77)
RS Bopara    2* (6b)      GD Elliott    1-0-3-0
LJ Wright    27* (25b 4x4)      MJ Mason    1-0-4-1

9.1

Mason to Wright, FOUR, a big stride outside leg stump and a full, open swing of the shoulders. Clean as a whistle over the covers

9.2

Mason to Wright, SIX, stand and deliver - straight through the line and hit on the up, and thwacked towards the photographers for the first six of the innings

Mid-off drops back, square leg and fine leg come inside the circle

9.3

Mason to Wright, SIX, the leg-side tightens up, so Wright launches the ball over midwicket! Cracking strike, Wright hangs back in his crease and swivels into a monstrous shot. Ninety-three yards, apparently

9.4

Mason to Wright, (no ball) 2 runs, driven furiously into the covers, and Mason oversteps, so a free hit coming up as well ...

9.4

Mason to Wright, 1 run, full length, a good delivery in the circumstances. Wright under-edges a slog, which trickles out to square leg

9.5

Mason to Bopara, no run, a length ball, which would doubtless have been dispatched by Wright. Bopara, on the other hand, choses to bide his time, and his timing

9.6

Mason to Bopara, no run, dreadful calling, but a superb dive from Bopara, which saved him as the ball pinged back in from midwicket. There was never a run there

End of over 10 (20 runs) England 63/2 (RR: 6.30)
RS Bopara    2* (8b)      MJ Mason    2-0-24-1
LJ Wright    46* (30b 5x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    1-0-3-0

10.1

Elliott to Wright, 1 run, low full-toss, angled into leg stump. Chipped into space at deep mid-on

10.2

Elliott to Bopara, no run, elegant drive, but no timing. Cover tidies up

10.3

Elliott to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball, clipped sweetly to deep midwicket

10.4

Elliott to Wright, 1 run, low full-toss again. Not the worst delivery for the occasion

10.5

Elliott to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length, but straight. Driven into the gap in the covers

10.6

Elliott to Wright, FOUR, drilled with gusto, but that's a very unlucky bounce that takes the ball over Daniel Flynn's shoulder and away to the cover boundary. That's Wright's fifty as well, from 33 balls. Well played

Time for the skipper. Here comes Daniel Vettori

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 6.45)
LJ Wright    52* (33b 6x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    2-0-11-0
RS Bopara    4* (11b)      MJ Mason    2-0-24-1

11.1

Vettori to Bopara, 2 runs, dancing feet, and pushed into the covers off the back foot

11.2

Vettori to Bopara, no run, good variation in pace and flight, and Bopara nearly muffs his shot. In the end it bobbles safely into the crease off an inside-edge

11.3

Vettori to Bopara, 2 runs, clipped into the leg side

11.4

Vettori to Bopara, 1 run, steps back to drive, and picked up in the gully

11.5

Vettori to Wright, no run, drawn forward and defended resolutely

11.6

Vettori to Wright, no run, quicker delivery, and Wright is beaten as he attempts to cut off the back foot. Hopkins takes at ankle height

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 76/2 (RR: 6.33)
LJ Wright    52* (35b 6x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-5-0
RS Bopara    9* (15b)      GD Elliott    2-0-11-0

"Elliott has something of the Mark Ealham about him," says Will, between mouthfuls of press-box cake. "Taller (and, yes, a little slimmer), but with that same shuffling run-up, angling in from mid-on." Here he comes again

12.1

Elliott to Bopara, 1 run, clipped to midwicket

"There is a nasty patch of very dark cloud hovering above the press box," adds Will. "The light's getting darker gradually, and I'm also becoming slightly obsessed with the weather." So are we, Will, so are we...

12.2

Elliott to Wright, no run, slower ball, and cunningly disguised as well. Good spell so far

12.3

Elliott to Wright, no run, beaten outside off again

12.4

Elliott to Wright, OUT, "That's six, that's six, that's out!" declares Cricinfo's Bumble Lloyd, and whatdaya know, he's right! Wright climbed into a massive mow over the covers, but didn't get enough bat on it. Still, a fine momentum-seizing innings. Well bowled by Elliott as well. Steady throughout his spell, plugging away outside off, and earning his reward

LJ Wright c Styris b Elliott 52 (53m 38b 6x4 2x6) SR: 136.84

4.35pm The players are back. Here's Grant Elliott

4.30pm The players are out there warming up, and play will resume at 4.40pm. It is now a 24-over-a-side game, and Duckworth-Lewis will recalibrate England's total at the end of their innings. The loss of Luke Wright just before the break could be a bit of a blow for England's prospects.

4.15pm For this match to be viable, they have to restart by 5.11pm, which would give enough time for a 20-over contest. That's the best part of an hour, so this game isn't quite a write-off.

Rain stopped play But, no sooner does the wicket fall, so too does the rain. Will's cloud has burst, and up go the umbrellas.

The rain has actually stopped, but the light is pretty miserable. I reckon they'll try to get things restarted as soon as possible

12.5

Elliott to Bopara, no run, steady bowling, full length, straight. Defended

12.6

Elliott to Bopara, no run, full length and defended to complete a fine - and long - over

End of over 13 (1 run) England 77/3 (RR: 5.92)
RS Bopara    10* (18b)      GD Elliott    3-0-12-1
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      DL Vettori    1-0-5-0

13.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, down the track and defended

13.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 2 runs, clipped firmly out to deep midwicket, and well scampered between the wickets

13.3

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, not quite to the pitch, and driven on the up to point

13.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 bye, missed stumping and that's a shocker as well. Collingwood was dead in the water, and Hopkins had a good sight of the ball as well. But the ball evaded his gloves

13.5

Vettori to Bopara, OUT, it's Keystone Cop stuff out there. Bopara pushed into the covers, attempted a single, turned back, and found Collingwood hurtling for the same end. There was never any doubt that a wicket had fallen, the question was who? After a long delay and several replays, Bopara is sent on his way

RS Bopara run out 10 (31m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

13.6

Vettori to Shah, no run, full length, and pushed back to the bowler

Another successful over for New Zealand, and now, for the first time in a long and wet day, it's Brydon Coverdale to pick up the commentary

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 80/4 (RR: 5.71)
OA Shah    0* (1b)      DL Vettori    2-0-7-0
PD Collingwood    2* (4b)      GD Elliott    3-0-12-1

Thanks Andrew, and it's Styris to take up the attack

14.1

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, on the pads and it's turned behind square for a single

14.2

Styris to Shah, no run, good length, just outside off, Shah can't beat the man at point

14.3

Styris to Shah, no run, straight to point again, off the back foot

14.4

Styris to Shah, 1 run, oh dear, not a good shot at all. Shah tried to turn one to leg and a leading edge pops straight back over the bowler's head and lobs a couple of metres behind the umpire

14.5

Styris to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood walks all the way across his stumps now and paddle sweeps fine

14.6

Styris to Collingwood, FOUR, and there's a much-needed boundary, it's shortish outside off and Collingwood goes back, waits and guides a late cut that runs away just wide of the diving third man

End of over 15 (8 runs) England 88/4 (RR: 5.86)
PD Collingwood    9* (7b 1x4)      SB Styris    1-0-8-0
OA Shah    1* (4b)      DL Vettori    2-0-7-0

15.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, good curve and turn from Vettori, this one spins right past Shah's bat

15.2

Vettori to Shah, 2 runs, on the pads now, worked away towards midwicket and they run hard, Elliott fumbles and they get back for two

15.3

Vettori to Shah, no run, loop and turn from Vettori, Shah misses with his big attempted sweep

15.4

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, short ball, Shah cuts it away to the man at deep point

15.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, half a shout from Vettori, Collingwood was struck in line but he was advancing down the pitch and there's no way the umpire would give that

15.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, advances again but can only push to the man at cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 91/4 (RR: 5.68)
PD Collingwood    9* (9b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-10-0
OA Shah    4* (8b)      SB Styris    1-0-8-0

16.1

Styris to Shah, SIX, that's a huge six over midwicket! Too straight from Styris and it's a touch short, Shah waits for it and pummels a pull that goes dozens of rows back into the crowd

16.2

Styris to Shah, no run, guided to point and they can't get a run

16.3

Styris to Shah, FOUR, on the stumps again, this time Shah flicks it away behind square, down towards fine leg for another easy boundary

16.4

Styris to Shah, 1 leg bye, well outside off, Shah walks all the way across and tries a little paddle sweep, it bounces off his front pad and they get through for a leg bye

16.5

Styris to Collingwood, FOUR, outside off again, driveable length and Collingwood opens the shoulders to drive all the way along the ground to long off

16.6

Styris to Collingwood, FOUR, that's one of the ugliest fours in a long while. Collingwood got across outside off and tried to paddle sweep, he only managed to scoop it over the keeper's head, but it was effective and ran away towards fine leg

End of over 17 (19 runs) England 110/4 (RR: 6.47)
PD Collingwood    17* (11b 3x4)      SB Styris    2-0-26-0
OA Shah    14* (12b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-10-0

17.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, forward and defends this time

17.2

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, a bit of spin now and it's tucked away through midwicket

17.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, flatter and quicker, clipped through midwicket again

17.4

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Shah sweeps but doesn't quite time the ball

17.5

Vettori to Collingwood, SIX, super shot! Collingwood took several steps down the pitch and picked it up from just outside off, pounding a huge drive well over long on, there was a lot of power in that shot

17.6

Vettori to Collingwood, 2 runs, pushed away through mid on and they scamper back for two

End of over 18 (11 runs) England 121/4 (RR: 6.72)
PD Collingwood    26* (14b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-21-0
OA Shah    16* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SB Styris    2-0-26-0

Styris is off, here's Elliott

18.1

Elliott to Shah, 1 run, wide outside off, a half-volley and Shah just reaches from his stance to squeeze a single out to the off side

18.2

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 run, outside off, Collingwood walks across and turns a single to short fine leg

18.3

Elliott to Shah, 1 wide, down leg side, a touch slower and Shah's attempted slog misses, but it's definitely a wide

18.3

Elliott to Shah, 1 run, full toss, outside off and Shah doesn't quite pick it up as cleanly as he would like, drives in the air down to long on, one bounce and the fielder collects

18.4

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, a big swipe outside off now and Collingwood can't make contact

18.5

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood gets a long way outside off and Elliott follows him, the batsman pushes a single away

18.6

Elliott to Shah, OUT, another wicket for Elliott! Slower ball this time, 60.5mph, Shah rooted to the crease and tries for a cross-batted slog over midwicket, he's struck on the pad dead in front and that's an easy decision for Steve Davis.

OA Shah lbw b Elliott 18 (15m 18b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

So a second wicket for Elliott in his ODI debut, which could help his team in terms of Duckworth/Lewis calculations

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 126/5 (RR: 6.63)
     GD Elliott    4-0-17-2
PD Collingwood    28* (17b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-21-0

19.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, outside off, Collingwood can't get it away through the off side

19.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 2 runs, on the stumps now, Collingwood waits and punches through midwicket and they run two, great running

19.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, this time only a single as Collingwood turns it through midwicket

Mascarenhas to face his first ball now

19.4

Vettori to Mascarenhas, 1 run, punches a single along the ground to long off

19.5

Vettori to Collingwood, 2 runs, a touch flatter, on the stumps and Collingwood clips two more to deep midwicket

19.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, wider outside off now, Collingwood advances and has to reach, he can't beat the man at cover

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 132/5 (RR: 6.60)
PD Collingwood    33* (22b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    5-0-27-0
AD Mascarenhas    1* (1b)      GD Elliott    4-0-17-2

Elliott to bowl his last over now

20.1

Elliott to Mascarenhas, 1 run, low full toss, on off stump and it's driven down to long off

20.2

Elliott to Collingwood, FOUR, a bit of width outside off now, Collingwood backs away and slashes, a thick edge flies over the short third man for four

20.3

Elliott to Collingwood, OUT, excellent catch from Flynn! Elliott's slower ball does the job again. Wide outside off, Collingwood drives hard in the air towards deep cover, Flynn runs in and takes the catch diving forward at full stretch. Well held.

PD Collingwood c Flynn b Elliott 37 (27m 24b 4x4 1x6) SR: 154.16

20.4

Elliott to Mascarenhas, 1 run, the batsmen crossed there, so Mascarenhas on strike and he drives straight back past the bowler for a single

20.5

Elliott to Ambrose, no run, slower ball and yorker length, Ambrose can't beat cover

20.6

Elliott to Ambrose, no run, shortish ball, pulled away to short midwicket

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 138/6 (RR: 6.57)
TR Ambrose    0* (2b)      GD Elliott    5-0-23-3
AD Mascarenhas    3* (3b)      DL Vettori    5-0-27-0

Here's Southee, how will he contain Mascarenhas?

21.1

Southee to Mascarenhas, 1 run, not a bad ball first up, yorker length outside off and it's driven away to mid off

21.2

Southee to Ambrose, no run, good ball again, full enough and Ambrose can't get bat on ball outside off

21.3

Southee to Ambrose, no run, a bit of swing outside off, full length and Ambrose simply can't connect with his attempted drive

21.4

Southee to Ambrose, 1 run, similar ball outside off, this time Ambrose does squeeze the ball into the off side and they get through for a run

21.5

Southee to Mascarenhas, 1 wide, that one's too wide, well outside off and he'll bowl that again

21.5

Southee to Mascarenhas, FOUR, half-volley and too wide outside off, Mascarenhas just throws the bat out there and his thick edge flies in the air to the vacant third man boundary

21.6

Southee to Mascarenhas, 1 run, wide outside off again, Mascarenhas flays a cover-drive in the air, it rockets away but there's a man at deep cover

End of over 22 (8 runs) England 146/6 (RR: 6.63)
AD Mascarenhas    9* (6b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-28-0
TR Ambrose    1* (5b)      GD Elliott    5-0-23-3

Mills comes back for his final over

22.1

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, half-volley on off, Mascarenhas can't quite get under it and he has to settle for a single from his mis-timed drive to mid on

22.2

Mills to Ambrose, OUT, low full toss on the stumps, Ambrose tries to clip it through leg and it lobs straight to Taylor at midwicket. Straightfoward catch

TR Ambrose c Taylor b Mills 1 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

22.3

Mills to Swann, 1 run, outside off and Swann's punch off the back foot flies in the air just behind point, narrowly avoiding a diving Jamie How

22.4

Mills to Mascarenhas, FOUR, full toss again, Mascarenhas simply flicks it over midwicket, well placed

22.5

Mills to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, that's a yorker on the stumps, Mascarenhas' drive is so straight it clips the off stump at the bowler's end and the deflection lets them get through for two

22.6

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, low full toss again, Mascarenhas drives to long on

End of over 23 (9 runs) England 155/7 (RR: 6.73)
AD Mascarenhas    17* (10b 2x4)      KD Mills    5-1-24-2
GP Swann    1* (1b)      TG Southee    4-0-28-0

So Tim Southee has the responsibility of bowling the final over now, there's a bit of pressure on with Mascarenhas a powerful striker

23.1

Southee to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, outside off, a half-volley is driven hard to long off, Mason should have kept it to one but his misfield lets them get two

23.2

Southee to Mascarenhas, FOUR, well struck, it's a full toss on the stumps and Mascarenhas slams it back past the bowler towards long on for four

23.3

Southee to Mascarenhas, OUT, and there goes Mascarenhas. Southee had been pitching them full, he digs this one in short outside off, Mascarenhas tries to pull and his top edge flies high towards square leg, Hopkins runs around and makes excellent ground, diving forward in the end to take a super catch.

AD Mascarenhas c †Hopkins b Southee 23 (18m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 176.92

The batsmen crossed there, so Swann is on strike

23.4

Southee to Swann, OUT, and Southee gets another! Short on the stumps now, Swann's swipe turns into a top edge that flies straighter up in the air and this one is an easier catch for Hopkins

GP Swann c †Hopkins b Southee 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So Southee's on a hat-trick here, he chats to his captain about the field. Broad will be on strike because again the batsmen crossed.

23.5

Southee to Broad, no run, oh, that didn't miss the stumps by much! Southee bowled full this time, it swung in a touch and Broad's swing didn't make contact, the ball missed off stump by a couple of inches

23.6

Southee to Broad, 1 run, OUT, and a good finish for New Zealand. Southee puts it fullish again, Broad drives out towards deep cover and they try to scamper back for two but Flynn's throw to Hopkins finds Broad a long way short

SCJ Broad run out 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

5.57pm The England players are out in the middle, we're ready for the chase.

5.50pm The covers have been during the break, but they're off now. However, it does appear that we have lost one over from New Zealand's innings. The scorers are still working out the target, but it's likely to be 160 from 23 overs. Play should start at 6pm.

5.30pm So England have finished with 162 but due to the Duckworth/Lewis calculation has been adjusted to 165. That's because England began the innings believing that had 29 overs to build their total and part-way through their overs were cut to 24 overs.

So that would seem a reasonably competitive total for New Zealand to chase in 24 overs, although a lot depends on whether Brendon McCullum gets out of the blocks quickly. For England, Luke Wright impressed in the opening position but New Zealand were sharp all the way through. An excellent final over from Tim Southee and that will boost his confidence no end, while Grant Elliott picked up three wickets on debut.

Now, ridiculous as it seems given the delays we have had all day, we now have a half-hour break between innings. Don't shoot the messenger.

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 162/10
     TG Southee    5-0-35-2
JM Anderson    0* (0b)      KD Mills    5-1-24-2
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Jun 18, 2008

Brendon McCullum can't believe the match is about to be called off, England v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Edgbaston, June 18, 2008

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Brendon McCullum cuts one away square, England v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Edgbaston, June 18, 2008

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