New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

NatWest Series [New Zealand in England] - 4th ODI

England v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)

0.1

Mills to Bell, 1 no ball, on middle, turned to the leg side but Mills has started with a no-ball, as he did at Durham, and it's a free-hit

0.1

Mills to Bell, 1 run, he can't really cash in, back of a length and forced up to mid-off

0.2

Mills to Wright, no run, comes half forward to a ball on middle, defended to mid-on

0.3

Mills to Wright, 1 run, turned off his pads towards the gap at square leg

0.4

Mills to Bell, no run, gets behind the line and defends

0.5

Mills to Bell, 2 runs, touch too straight and Bell works it off the hip down to fine leg...not the best of starts by Mills

0.6

Mills to Bell, no run, better line and length outside off stump, Bell lets it go through, decent carry to McCullum

England 5/0   KD Mills 1-0-5-0

2.1

Mills to Bell, no run, back of a length, Bell goes across his stumps and takes a step towards the bowler before defending down the pitch

2.2

Mills to Bell, no run, well bowled, keeping Bell in his crease as he defends at the top of the bounce into the leg side

2.3

Mills to Bell, no run, touch fuller on off stump, Bell works up to mid-on

2.4

Mills to Bell, no run, beaten by a good one outside off, or maybe Bell played inside the line, it's a 50-50 call. Regardless, it was nicely bowled by Mills

2.5

Mills to Bell, 1 run, taken off middle and flicked through square leg, but there's a deep square-leg in place so he only gets one for a well-timed shot

2.6

Mills to Wright, 2 runs, short outside off, Wright goes up and over gully, bounces towards third man where Tim Southee makes a mess of the fielding and gives away a lazy second run...Mills a very grumpy man after that

England 8/0   KD Mills 2-0-8-0

4.1

Mills to Wright, no run, on off stump, Wright being given a chance to free his arms, defends to the off side

4.2

Mills to Wright, no run, outside off, driven hard into the covers but straight to the fielder...plenty of bottom hand in that stroke

4.3

Mills to Wright, no run, angled out to backward point this time, you get the feeling that Wright starts to feel the pressure quite quickly as the dot balls add up

4.4

Mills to Wright, no run, defended firmly down to mid-on

4.5

Mills to Wright, 2 runs, flicked in the air wide of mid-on, not enough legs to reach the rope but it's brace for Wright

4.6

Mills to Wright, 1 wide, loses his line down the leg side, it's been a mixed start from New Zealand

4.6

Mills to Wright, 1 run, chopped down to third man from outside off stump, he keeps the strike

England 22/0   KD Mills 3-0-12-0

6.1

Mills to Wright, 2 runs, lofted straight down the ground, not quite timed and Vettori pulls it up just short of the rope...Wright is so much better when he plays straight

6.2

Mills to Wright, no run, tight line on middle, defended back to the bowler

6.3

Mills to Wright, 1 run, the bat twists in his hand, ball skewing just wide of short midwicket, as Wright gets away with another iffy stroke

6.4

Mills to Bell, no run, off stump, defended back to Mills

6.5

Mills to Bell, no run, walks right across outside off, and takes a step down the pitch, before driving straight at mid-on

6.6

Mills to Bell, no run, outside off, forcing Bell to stay in his crease this time as he defends into the off side

England 36/0   KD Mills 4-0-15-0

8.1

Mills to Bell, no run, comes across the stumps again, taken on the pad a lone appeal from Mills, wasn't actually a million miles away but Bell was a long way down and it was a touch high

8.2

Mills to Bell, 1 leg bye, tickled behind square on the leg side, a quick calls makes it a safe run

8.3

Mills to Wright, no run, goes for the cut, goes very hard at the ball and loses his shape on the shot

8.4

Mills to Wright, no run, hmm, Wright in a muddle here, this time charging Mills and trying to launch him straight...he lifted his head too early and it ended as an air shot

8.5

Mills to Wright, OUT, top catch...that was only a matter of time, short ball and Wright latches onto a pull but hits it straight at short midwicket where Ross Taylor holds onto a stinging catch...Wright will actually feel that's the best he's hit one today, but it was within Taylor's range and he pulled off a blinder

LJ Wright c Taylor b Mills 18 (38m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.06

8.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, all defence first up from Pietersen, into the off side

England 41/1   KD Mills 5-1-15-1

10.1

Mills to Bell, no run, dropped into the leg side, good length on off stump

10.2

Mills to Bell, no run, turned into the leg side, already some iffy calling between these two but no damage done

10.3

Mills to Bell, 1 run, guided in the air down to third man, just one bounce to the fielder...almost timed too well by Bell

10.4

Mills to Bopara, 2 runs, nicely turned off the pads, fine leg comes round to field as England bring up their fifty

10.5

Mills to Bopara, no run, outside off and left alone, good line, Bopara not tempted to play

10.6

Mills to Bopara, 1 run, inside edge into the leg side, big gap towards square leg for an easy single

England 52/2   KD Mills 6-1-19-1

12.1

Mills to Bell, FOUR, well played, on leg stump and flicked past short fine-leg for a boundary to relieve some of the pressure

12.2

Mills to Bell, no run, adjusts his line back outside off stump, Bell defends square to point

12.3

Mills to Bell, no run, opens the face, but can't beat backward point

12.4

Mills to Bell, no run, comes forward, guides towards backward point again where Oram pulls off another diving save...his hamstring his clearly fully healed now

12.5

Mills to Bell, FOUR, strong cut shot, between point and cover and there was no stopping that over a rapid outfield

12.6

Mills to Bell, 1 run, opens the face and beats Oram at backward point down to third man...productive over for Bell and England

England 61/2   KD Mills 7-1-28-1

29.1

Mills to Bopara, no run, drawn forward into a defensive push, a hint of in-drift with the ageing ball

29.2

Mills to Bopara, 1 run, a good stride and a measured push into space in the covers

29.3

Mills to Shah, 1 run, dabbed into the off side and good communication picks up a comfortable single as the underarm shy comes in from the covers

29.4

Mills to Bopara, FOUR, sweetly struck, and Bopara is really coming into his own now. His timing is beginning to shine through, and that cover drive sizzles to the boundary

29.5

Mills to Bopara, no run, defended off the back foot, and a loud "no!" as Ross Taylor swoops from the covers

29.6

Mills to Bopara, 1 run, a stride, a push and a single to long-on, and England are starting to regroup nicely

England 131/4   KD Mills 8-1-35-1

42.1

Mills to Swann, 1 run, opens the face and just beats a diving backward point as Swann gets going

42.2

Mills to Shah, 1 run, takes a thick outside edge down to third man

42.3

Mills to Swann, 1 run, tough chance as Swann flays a thick outside edge down to third man, it just about carries to Gillespie who dives forward but can't quite hold on...harsh to call that a drop

42.4

Mills to Shah, FOUR, low full toss outside off, expertly placed through extra cover, and although it was only a few metres away from Daniel Flynn he couldn't stop it

42.5

Mills to Shah, 1 run, another, bigger, full toss and all Shah can do is bunt this one down the ground

42.6

Mills to Swann, no run, driven firmly down to mid-off

England 213/6   KD Mills 9-1-43-1

44.1

Mills to Swann, OUT, gone, another lazy shot from an England batsman as Swann picks out the squarer of two backward point fielders...a limp effort from Swann when Shah needed some support

GP Swann c How b Mills 3 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

44.2

Mills to Broad, no run, on middle, pushed into the leg side

44.3

Mills to Broad, no run, outside off, a flat-footed drive from Broad which doesn't connect

44.4

Mills to Broad, no run, beaten again outside off, trying to force off the back foot this time

44.5

Mills to Broad, no run, forced into the off side, one bounce to cover

44.6

Mills to Broad, 1 run, slashes away down to third man, New Zealand won't mind that as it means Broad keeps the strike

England 220/7   KD Mills 10-1-44-2
Series Results
England v New Zealand at Lord's - Jun 28, 2008
New Zealand won by 51 runs
England v New Zealand at The Oval - Jun 25, 2008
New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
England v New Zealand at Bristol - Jun 21, 2008
New Zealand won by 22 runs
England v New Zealand at Birmingham - Jun 18, 2008
No result
England v New Zealand at Chester-le-Street - Jun 15, 2008
England won by 114 runs
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Photos

Jun 25, 2008

Mark Gillespie is all abeam after hitting the winning runs, England v New Zealand, 4th ODI, The Oval, June 25, 2008

Mark Gillespie is all abeam after hitting the winning runs on the last ball

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Jun 25, 2008

A disconsolate Luke Wright had bowled a tight final over, England v New Zealand, 4th ODI, The Oval, June 25, 2008

A disconsolate Luke Wright had bowled a tight final over

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