ICC Champions Trophy, 11th Match, Group A: England v New Zealand at Cardiff, Jun 16, 2013
ICC Champions Trophy - 11th match, Group A
England won by 10 runs
16 June 2013 (50-over match)

Here we go then, out come Alastair Cook and Ian, put in to bat right at the start of the day, must win game for England remember. Mitchell McClenaghan to open the bowling from the River End...

Sunil: "I feel sorry for these players. The best part of any match is the tea and 10 minutes just isn't enough to enjoy that!" Barely enough time to boil the kettle...

Daniel Alexander : "Cook and Trott in the top 3 in a 24-over match?" We shall see, I would expect England to still use Trott if they lost an early one. Someone batting through is still a useful tactic in T20. Rumour has it Ravi Bopara's got his pads on...

3.30pm I'll refresh the team news for you. For New Zealand Corey Anderson is making his debut for NZ, in place of Tim Southee and for England, James Tredwell comes back into the XI as Graeme Swann has a calf injury.

Kris: "Will they still take a 30 minute or 20 minute lunch break at the end of the innings, why cant they have a 10 min mid-innings break?" That's exactly what they're going to do Kris! A quickfire 10 minute turnaround between innings...

We have news and they're going to try a 24-over match with a start time of 3.45pm. I can't say as I've watched a 24-over match before but it's pretty much a T20 with a few bonus overs, so there's still a little bit time to build the innings in the style that England enjoy! They need to win remember to qualify...

3.10pm The umpires are wandering out to have a check of the ground, both sides are warming up, it's looking good for a game, unless any more rain trickles in...

So a little positivity in Cardiff, Joe Root is out on the ground having a knock and the groundstaff are busying themselves getting the sheets off and roping the ground. It's only been light rain and the drainage is good so the outfield looks fine.

2.50pm: The umpires are out in the middle for a look. The rain has currently abated ... we await further news on a potential start time. They're going to inspect again at 3.10pm.

2.40pm Seb: "What is the highest amount of overs we can get in now?" A 20-overs is looking like the most we can get in but it's still not dry enough to start properly mopping up. And the cut-off time of 4.27 is getting ever-closer, with an hour needed to remove the covers.

Rabin: "Since, we already have Toss, the match is started formally. Do they give man of the match in incomplete matches?" Yes, the umpires select which player has done the most to cheer them up on the day, they're handed the MoM...

2pm More light entertainment, this suggested by my colleagues in India. Raining more heavily now in Cardiff, don't look good.

Disco: "I support Australia - what happens if this is a washout?" Regulation 14.3 c) If the penultimate group match is abandoned, the final group match will be deemed a draw in the interests of fairnace. Regulation 14.6 d) If the points totals in the group stage are level, the tiebreaker shall be a behaviour-based measure, with the team whose players have thrown fewer punches in post-match festivities progressing.

1.10pm The groundstaff estimate an hour or so for the ground to get cleaned up for a T20 match, so about 3pm it needs to have stopped raining for us to get a game in. Still drizzling at the moment.

Mitch: "Y'all should bring that ICC tourney on over to Texas. We never get rain. Just sun, and heat, and humidity, and bugs." A few dry turners in Arlington I'd imagine...

Jay: "If they used grounds in the North of England, I doubt if any games would of been lost. Currently 19 Celsius and sunny up here in the North." That involves going up north though which is quite scary...

Waner_Punch: "What about punching contest?" Might be something in that, a Victorian biffing match to settle the score. Or even better, an Edwardian duel, pistols at dawn chaps...

Arm: "There should be new ICC guidance, no matches in England at all." Good point because you never get monsoons in Sri Lanka, typhoons in West Indies, floods in Bangladesh and electric storms in Australia. Perfect weather for cricket...

12.25pm Hello everyone, Alex Winter popping in for rain watch. Oh go then, here's some light entertainment. Similar themes to follow...

12.05 pm Still raining in Cardiff. Lets hope we get a game today. Alex Winter will take over the comms from here.

"There is always a Beer Keg hurdle race from the 2 slowest runners from each team," Sean comes up with the best solution to settle this. "A tradition started by Mark Richardson at the end of the Chapple/Hadlee series between Aussie and NZ. This is also where the 1 piece Lycra suits that are commonly seen worn by NZ fans. Ussualy in the traditional NZ beige. Not very flattering, but part of the race.""

GK: "I reckon if it was a keg drinking competition boof lehman would have been in with a better shot!"

BJ: "I can understand the rest of the "cricketers" sending feedback to Cricinfo, but why is Jonathan Trott here? Shouldn't he be preparing for his inevitable 37+ innings."

11.47 am Still raining. The latest this match can start to allow a 20-20 game is 4.17 pm

Chris Martin: "You only suggest that idea Jonathan Trott coz I'm not there... how about just have a swimming race? there'll be enough water soon enough for that... or a yellow duck race on the pond...quack quack"

Colin: "That forward defense shot bowloff should bring tears of joy to Mark Richardsons eyes....."

Rahul Dravid: "@Jonathan Trott: Sure mate. Lets go."

Jonathan Trott: "I suggest an indoor forward defensive contest. Whoever can do forward defensives only against a bowling machine non-stop wins."

Misbah: "Bring it on Trott!!!"

Chris Gayle: "Bad idea mates! Bring the super-soppers for me."

sandeep: "@Chris Howard I like that 'Supersopper race' idea, I suggest it that without engine & team pushing it." --- As ridiculous at this idea maybe, but it seems fairer than the Super Over. At least the whole team gets a chance to be involved.

11.35 am It's tea time in rainy Cardiff and I need to grab a coffee too. No sign of rain abating.

Richard: "What are the odds of rain in London on June 19 and in Birmingham on June 23? New Zealand could be joint tournament winners after batting a total of 51 overs and making 190/11!"

Lee: "I wonder why England never won the ODI world cup. Simple reason :- English players are not used to play full 50 overs odi matches as in England its only Mr. Duck Lewis play cricket with rain and umbrella."

11.25 am Steady rain now, but look how pretty this radar pic looks.

Chris Howard: "Still reckon when there's a washout, the captains should have a Supersopper race to decide the winner."

Trent: "Chris, that's just ridiculous. The captain should get to select who races..."

Dave Warner: "@Chris Howard- Or a barfight."

Dalwin: "Winner of this Champions Trophy should be awarded the golden umbrella."

Corey: "Hello! My friend living in Cardiff says the following: Rain goes only by 4 PM usually and showers are ON for sure till then. So, how many overs can be expected??" --- That is round about the time they should start if they want to play a 20-20.. But let's keep the faith.

"In theory, July is the second month of summer, blue skys, warm days etc. In practice though, it's quite regularly cold and/or wet. Now August. August, in theory, is the third month of summer...." Richard busts all myths about the best season for cricket in England.

Pelham Barton: "Some people seem to have short memories. Seven of the first eight matches in this tournament, including both of England's previous matches, were played to a finish without any reduction of overs."

Ian: "It seems to me that June in England is like December in New Zealand. In theory, it's the first month of summer, blue skys, warm days etc. In practice, quite regularly cold and/or wet. Should there be a global ICC Rule - No cricket in the first month of summer?" --- Ian, England has successfully hosted world tournaments in the month of June before. I guess rain is something you expect in England anyway.

David: "@Ian - It just so happens that New Zealand and England are the countries that are most exposed to the 'Roaring Forties', so there is never any guarantee as to what the weather will be at any time of the year."

10.55 am Still drizzling and although we haven't lost any overs as yet, it looks like another curtailed game..

Pete: "If this is an NR, I can't see how Australia can qualify. As an Australian, I must say the tournament has been much more exciting than I expected - proper ODI tournaments (as opposed to series longer than three games) still have a place. Australia were lucky to get the point vs NZ and deserve to be out."

Phil: "Not starting on time? Have you seen the rain radar? Several hours of rain on the way."-- Yes Phil, the metoffice says heavy rain expected at around 1.

Jagmag: "My respect for the UK fans has increased with this tournament. If this is what their usual summer games look like, their patience and perseverance is deserving of an award."

Matt: "@Jagmag one thing to honour the English for is their fans. When they were in New Zealand they raised around 15000 dollars for the christchurch earthquake appeal"

gav: "Barmy Army also raised lots of money when they were in Australia last for bushfire victims. Donation boxes at all the pubs in Adelaide were chockers by reports."

10.30 am The square is being covered which means we are not starting on time..

Gareth: "Corey Anderson is an interesting replacement for Southee, more to strengthen the batting. I guess you'd then expect B-Mac has every intention of making up the fifth bowler with KW and Franklin."

Wilfred Hickenshire: "The inclusion of Anderson is a good one. Hesson & McCullum saw the forecast and anticipating a shortened game they included a hard hitting impact player. There won't be time for Bracewell to bowl 10 overs that's why he isn't playing."

David: "@Gareth: Agree Corey Anderson is an interesting choice, but BMc doesn't need Franklin if he doesn't want to use him: Vettori, Nathan Mc, Mills, McClenaghan, Williamson (bowled 10 last game) and that's before he even uses Anderson! Assuming Anderson bowls most of 10 he has lots of options without needing Franklin"

10.24 am The teams are out for national anthems.

Sumeet: "IF we Consider all the three 3 possibilities i.e. Win, Lose, Tie.... NZ chances are 44.44% ENG chances are 27.78% SL chances are 22.22% AUS chances are 5.56%"

The flaw in your numbers has been found out Sumeet. Here is Finn: "since there are 2 teams going through shouldn't you double all those percentages? i.e. NZ has an 88% chance of taking one of the 2 places."

Dylan: "@Sumeet- How are Sri Lanka's chances 22%? If they win, they are in. If they lose, they are not. If they tie, then it depends on NZ and England. If NZ wins, SL is in. If England wins, it depends on NRR. If they also, SL is out. That should make their chances about 50%. I don't see how you get 22%."

RK: "@Dylan: You can't just double stuff. The whole math has to be redone. For example, if one team is surely in (chance of 100%) and 2 teams can go through, it doesn't mean the first team has 200% chance of going through. It is still 100%."

10.15 am It has started spitting now.. The covers are on

"Please tell me the finals are located somewhere dry, like Africa, or Dubai." Yes Gav, Birmingham is the driest, warmest place in the UK.

Sophia T: "I don't know why, but I feel really lonely whenever I don't see a comment published every second ball. That's why I am addicted to Match Companion. Love it! Never alone."

10.00 am New Zealand have won the toss and they will bowl first. Corey Anderson is making his debut for NZ, in place of Southee.Graeme Swann is out because of a calf injury. Tredwell in

Baz stated at the toss that with rain in the air, it is a no-brainer to bowl first. He expects slight help for his pacers early on from the pitch too.

"Everyone in New Zealand should be doing a rain dance right now because I have no faith in this team to do anything right," says Joe

Chris: "I'm certainly not doing any rain dances. I'd rather see these teams play, and see NZ win. It'll be a good warmup for NZ's bunnies in the semis."

Quick recap of the group situation: If NZ win today, they will top the group with 5 points and England will be left with 2. Then the winner of the Aus-SL game tomorrow will join NZ in the semis. If Eng win today, they will go up to 4 points and then it will be a three-way fight for point between the other teams. More here

In case of a washout today: NZ - 4, Eng - 3. It will all come down to Aus (1) v SL (2). If SL win, they will go through. If Aus win, they will have to improve their NRR to edge out England.

Dera: "What if a semi final is washed out? Is there an extra-day? and what if even the additional day gets washed away?" ---- Dera, there are no reserve days in the tournament. If a semi-final is washed out, the team who has topped its group will go through. If a final is washed out, well the trophy will be shared.

observer: "Wonder if people know that the difference between Trott's SR and Gayle's SR results in less than .5 runs per over more for Gayle. Only 23 runs per 50 over innings. Don't think the risk of losing wickets is worth .5 an over. Easy to make up 20 runs in last 10 overs with wkts in hand"

"My favourite Trott comparison is actually that with one guy often regarded as one of the best one day batsmen ever: Michael Bevan," says BJ. "Trott's average is slightly less than Bevan's but his current strike is superior to that of Australia's great finisher. One day cricket was obviously a little different in the mid-to-late 90s but its still interesting food for thought."

ryan: "The Trott comparison to Bevan forgets a few things.. firstly Bevan played around guys like Gilchrist, Ponting and later Symonds, all of whom scored at a very brisk rate, Trott bats up top around Cook and Bell.. Further in the 90s 250 was almost always a winning total (esp. with Aus bowling).. Trott plays in a different era with a very different team composition, not saying he has to change, but perhaps those around him? This is all in flatter conditions ofcourse, Eng have proven in normal English conditions their strategy is perfect"

9.50 am We are getting some unconfirmed news that Graeme Swann could miss this game due to an injury. Will keep you updated though.

Mike Walton: "Worried about England's standard approach being applied today in what may be inappropriate circumstances. Imagine a scenario in which England bat first, and after, say, 30 overs the score is 130-2. That initial "platform" has been built. It's time to consolidate, avoid losing wickets, and prepare for the final 15 - or 10 - or 5 - or now perhaps ONE - over onslaught. It rains. The match is reduced to 40 overs. Will D/L calculations take into account the notion that England were playing their usual cautious game, unlike other teams, and therefore add an extra slab of runs to the NZ requirement to compensate? Somehow I doubt it! Given the weather forecast, therefore, it's time for a change of strategy or line-up.... or at least a flexible batting order. None of these will happen under current management, unfortunately. Both SL and SA have changed their batting order to some effect in this tournament. We don't seem to learn any lessons like that until it's too late! (OK OK OK - so our regular top three will run riot and prove me utterly wrong. I fervently hope!)"

9.30 am It was supposed to be raining in Cardiff today, but the good news is that it isn't. The teams are on the outfield warming up under grey skies, but the hover cover is covering the centre pitch at the moment. However, rain is expected to land around 1 pm and it will stick till 3 pm - that is the forecast at the moment. England, who started the tournament as favourites, are slightly under pressure after that loss at the Oval against Sri Lanka. The nature of the tournament is such that one false step and you are left behind. Today, they are up against New Zealand, who won the recent bilateral series a couple of weeks back.

"A tough decision to make, as an anti-Australian supporter residing in Australia," says Joanna M. "Who to support? Hard to pick from arguably Australia's two biggest rivals (also in other sports as well such as rugby union). Either way, hope the rain stays away."

Joanna, one solution is to try fantasy cricket because it makes you an emotionless beast. It has worked for me (to an extent). However, it comes with its own problems as Michael points out - "What do you reckon about Fantasy transfers today Dev? Worth making changes for the game, or save them for later?"Sorry Michael, I am left with 24 transfers with two games to go. Clearly I am not the best guy to ask about it.


McClenaghan to Cook, no run, back of a length around off stump, blocked on the crease


McClenaghan to Cook, no run, a little fuller, played in the same defensive manner around off stump, it come off high on Cook's bat towards cover, well short of the fielder but a little leading edge


McClenaghan to Cook, 1 wide, full, down the leg side and the innings is underway


McClenaghan to Cook, 1 run, back of a length, Cook pulls and finds long leg on a couple of bounces


McClenaghan to Bell, no run, nicely bowled, back of a length and it nips away from Bell a little who was beaten outside off just feeling for it a little on the back foot


McClenaghan to Bell, 1 run, a little wide of off stump, Bell tries to cut and gets it off the toe, it bounces towards second slip and Cook dashes through for a quick single


McClenaghan to Cook, FOUR, full and down leg side and Cook tickles it for four

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • AN Cook 5 (4b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (2b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0

Not a bad start for England, how long will there platform-setting last today?


Mills to Bell, 2 runs, full on leg stump, chipped over midwicket, not really timed and they just get a couple, no run from this outfield


Mills to Bell, FOUR, Bell steps to leg and forces away through extra cover, nicely timed that, very well timed in fact because it runs to the longest boundary even with this sluggish outfield


Mills to Bell, no run, wander towards the bowler a little and ends up defending a length ball back to the bowler


Mills to Bell, 2 runs, gives himself a little room again and off drives in the air, doesn't get it, back goes Franklin and he shells the chance he made the ground comfortably, tried to take it with two hands but spilled it over his right shoulder


Mills to Bell, 1 run, length ball just outside off, flicked through square leg


Mills to Cook, no run, full of length just outside off, Cook drives and finds short extra cover, good save

End of over 2 (9 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • AN Cook 5 (5b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 10 (7b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 1-0-9-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0

Hit down the ground in Cardiff, short straight boundaries here. Five Powerplay overs to begin with and then two more to be taken by the batting side...


McClenaghan to Bell, OUT, length ball on off stump, Bell steps away and slaps hard to short extra cover who holds on to a blinding catch with two hands at his right shoulder, a very sharp take, that was hammered by Bell off the meat of the bat but he got it straight at Brendon McCullum who's clung on very well indeed there

IR Bell c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 10 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Jonathan Trott comes out at No. 3, told you England would lay a platform...


McClenaghan to Trott, 2 runs, drives the first ball in front of point on the front foot, it's well timed but half-saved, they get two


McClenaghan to Trott, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, blocked on the crease, it runs in to the off side but they refuse a quick single that might have been available


McClenaghan to Trott, no run, goes to flick from off stump through square leg, gets hit on the thigh pad and it runs to point


McClenaghan to Trott, FOUR, full just outside off stump, Trott forward and driving really nicely, that is very well timed and gets four to the right of mid-off, classic stroke


McClenaghan to Trott, 2 runs, length ball just outside off stump, waited for and late cuts past slip, it's fine of third man and Trott runs very hard and gets back for the second

End of over 3 (8 runs) England 24/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • IJL Trott 8 (5b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 5 (5b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-15-1
    • KD Mills 1-0-9-0

Mills to Cook, 1 run, short enough to chop away from just outside off stump, third man comes around and is able to save the second, I thought they should have got two there

Cook obviously wants to give Trott the strike...


Mills to Trott, OUT, full on the stumps, clipped straight to short midwicket and this time it's Nathan McCullum that's held the chance, this one far simpler than his sibling, taken with two hands around stomach height. It was in the slot for Trott to clip away thorough the on-side but he got across his stumps a little too much and couldn't keep the stroke down

IJL Trott c NL McCullum b Mills 8 (7m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33


Mills to Root, no run, stays back and plays from just outside off stump towards point


Mills to Root, FOUR, back on his stumps and gets a genuine nick from just outside off stump, it flies short and wide of Ross Taylor at slip and such are the short straight boundaries here that that's four


Mills to Root, no run, back on the off stump again, this time pushes in to the gully


Mills to Root, no run, cut but off the toe of the bat and Williamson fields at cover point

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 29/2 (RR: 7.25)

    • JE Root 4 (4b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 6 (6b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 2-0-14-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-15-1

BJ: "Is that Trott's first single figure score in international cricket this year?" Yes it is, he's been remarkably consistent...Corey Anderson on deyboo...


Anderson to Cook, 3 runs, a little floater outside off and Cook drives through the covers, Guptill's relay to McNath isn't great and they get back for three


Anderson to Root, no run, full on the stumps, dug out back to the bowler

Anderson hasn't even got his name on his shirt #green ...


Anderson to Root, no run, full outside off, Root drives but only finds point, rather missed out, he timed it okay


Anderson to Root, 1 run, drives again and pushes this wide of mid-off for an easy single


Anderson to Cook, no run, back foot push to extra cover from a foot outside


Anderson to Cook, no run, length outside off, Cook goes to cut and it bounces a little and beats him, carries to Ronchi just over shoulder height

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 33/2 (RR: 6.60)

    • AN Cook 9 (9b 1x4)
    • JE Root 5 (7b 1x4)
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-4-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-14-1

Uwaisul Karnain: "Kyle Mills now tops the list of highest wicket takers in Champions Trophy, surpassing Murali. It's some achievement to go pass that man in any bowling list, isn't it?" 33-2 in the Powerplay...


Mills to Root, 1 run, full on off stump, it swings a little as Root tries to play through the on side, he gets a big outside edge and it flies past gully to third man, very lucky


Mills to Cook, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, clipped down to long leg


Mills to Root, no run, flicked at off the back foot outside off stump, played and missed, a hint of movement again away from the bat


Mills to Root, no run, driven at on the front foot a good few feet outside off, doesn't get it at all and it runs to cover


Mills to Root, 1 run, flashing driven outside off, gets it through the ring this time and just a single as the deep cover point comes in to field


Mills to Cook, 1 run, full delivery, blocked up the wicket, the bowler tumbles to his right but can't save and they take a quick run to the left of mid-on

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 37/2 (RR: 6.16)

    • AN Cook 11 (11b 1x4)
    • JE Root 7 (11b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-18-1
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-4-0

Dan Vettori from the River End...


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, cut hard out to the sweeper


Vettori to Root, 1 run, slider it looked like, Root tried to slap it through the off side and chinese cut it past the leg stump


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, step away for a bit of room and hard backward of point, the sweeper can come around and save the second though


Vettori to Root, 1 run, back on his stumps and pushed down the ground to long off


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, clipped through square leg, might get too but no, they don't take on deep backward square leg


Vettori to Root, no run, Root gets lucky again trying to play off the back foot through the leg side, gets a bottom edge past off stump but wide of short third man for a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 42/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • JE Root 9 (14b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 14 (14b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-5-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-18-1

James Franklin who put down Bell, not that it cost NZ too many, from the Cathedral Road End...


Franklin to Cook, 1 run, back of a length pulled from outside off and dropped at midwicket by McNath, it was straight to him but struck very firmly, probably went underhand and should have gone overhanded Aussie style


Franklin to Root, 1 run, comes back into Root and cramps him trying to cut, comes off high on the bat to the keeper's right for a single


Franklin to Cook, no run, full and swings away and beats Cook wild cover drive


Franklin to Cook, 1 run, tries to play a full ball to the on side and gets a leading edge through gully to third man, didn't know much about that


Franklin to Root, 2 runs, steps back and heaves over midwicket, doesn't get it at all really and it's chipped over the infielder but in front of the sweeper


Franklin to Root, 1 run, forward, driven at on middle and leg, an outside edge runs down to third man

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 48/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • JE Root 13 (17b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 16 (17b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-6-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-5-0

And now Nathan McCullum from the River End...


NL McCullum to Root, no run, a shimmy down the wicket and driven hard back to the bowler


NL McCullum to Root, 2 runs, another shimmy down, opens the face from a very full length and steers it past extra cover


NL McCullum to Root, 1 leg bye, back and a goes to pull, comes off the thigh pad to short long leg, they hurry through for a run


NL McCullum to Cook, 2 runs, Cook down the wicket and swings a stroke down the ground, gets an inside edge past leg stump, rather fortunate, the 45 goes back towards fine leg


NL McCullum to Cook, 1 run, swept hard from off stump to deep square leg


NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, back on his stumps, a quicker ball at 57mph, gets something on it to the 45 and they take a quick single

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 55/2 (RR: 6.11)

    • JE Root 16 (21b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 19 (19b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-6-0
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-6-0

Reasonable progress from England...Vettori changes ends...


Vettori to Root, no run, tries to sweep a ball outside leg stump and gets hit on the chest, missed completely


Vettori to Root, 1 run, outside off, cut from low on the bat and they get a run to the cover sweeper


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, off stump and swept hard out to deep square leg


Vettori to Root, no run, down the wicket but just pushed to short extra cover


Vettori to Root, SIX, slightly back in length, Root goes right back in his crease and lifts it into the stands over midwicket, fine strike and the first six for England that wasn't from the bat of Ravi Bopara this tournament


Vettori to Root, 1 run, forward and pushed down to long off

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 64/2 (RR: 6.40)

    • JE Root 24 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 20 (20b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-14-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-6-0

NL McCullum to Root, no run, goes to force outside off, it skids through under the stroke outside off stump


NL McCullum to Root, 3 runs, shimmy down and meets it on the full, well struck but a superb diving save in front of the pavilion saves four, fine work from Taylor


NL McCullum to Cook, FOUR, down the wicket and helped up and over wide long on for a once-bounce four, bit of a heave but does the job


NL McCullum to Cook, 1 run, runs this to mid-on on the edge of the circle, easy single


NL McCullum to Root, no run, back and hit on the pad trying to play to leg, pitched well outside leg stump


NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, full ball, slog swept out to the deep midwicket

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 73/2 (RR: 6.63)

    • JE Root 28 (30b 1x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 25 (22b 2x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-15-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-14-0

Sammy: "Can you please tell us how big that six was. Midwicket is the biggest boundary on the field (93 m)." They all count for the same number but it was a good few rows back, a reasonable hit...


Vettori to Root, no run, swept from the stumps, swung to leg misses and is given out lbw after some delibration. It looked good for me, but there's an inside edge onto the pad and Root survives, he didn't review it straight away so didn't know he hit it but will get a reprieve


Vettori to Root, 2 runs, driven from just outside off stump past extra cover, deep cover comes to his right and they get a couple


Vettori to Root, no run, forward and pressed back to the bowler


Vettori to Root, 1 run, down the wicket and played in the air through cover to the sweeper


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, swept from middle and off to the deep backward square leg


Vettori to Root, no run, length ball just outside off stump, cut hard to extra cover

Good over that...

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 77/2 (RR: 6.41)

    • JE Root 31 (35b 1x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 26 (23b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-18-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-15-0

JECK comes back from the River End...


Franklin to Cook, SIX, full ball just outside off and hammered over the bowler's head, he gave himself a little room to swing the arms and cleared the straight fence, good club


Franklin to Cook, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes out through point


Franklin to Root, 1 run, back of a length at the body, swiveled down to long leg


Franklin to Cook, no run, back of a length, goes to pull but it's not there for the stroke and it's a bit of a toe into the on side, midwicket fields


Franklin to Cook, FOUR, down on one knee just outside off stump and paddled fine for four, lovely stroke, a nice touch, long leg came up in the circle and he scooped it through 45 very nicely


Franklin to Cook, 2 runs, chipped from the stumps to midwicket and McNath shells another this jumping high, he parries it to start with, then grabbed it but spilt it hitting the ground

End of over 13 (14 runs) England 91/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • AN Cook 39 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • JE Root 32 (36b 1x4 1x6)
    • JEC Franklin 2-0-20-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-18-0

Vettori to Root, FOUR, swept off middle and leg behind square on the leg side, nicely played


Vettori to Root, 1 run, waits for it and pushed off the stumps backward of point


Vettori to Cook, no run, down the wicket, goes to drive over the top and gets a thick inside edge to midwicket


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, sweeps hard to the deep square leg


Vettori to Root, 1 run, length ball just outside off, played off the back foot through cover point


Vettori to Cook, 1 run, full ball just outside off stump, played to mid-on, on the edge of the circle

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 99/2 (RR: 7.07)

    • AN Cook 41 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • JE Root 38 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-26-0
    • JEC Franklin 2-0-20-0

England just picking things up here, their biffers to come...McClenaghan comes back...


McClenaghan to Cook, 1 run, bit of bounce just outside off stump, Cook goes to cut and gets it low on the bat towards point to bring the 100 up


McClenaghan to Root, OUT, step to leg, goes to swing over the leg side, he's late on the stroke and pulls straight up in the air and Ronchi takes an easy catch running out a little way towards square leg, Root got into an awkward position trying to pull a ball that was onto him a little quicker than he might have thought, may have bounced a little more too and put it straight up

JE Root c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 38 (47m 40b 2x4 1x6) SR: 95.00


McClenaghan to Cook, no run, full ball, pushed back towards the bowler who saves with a left boot


McClenaghan to Cook, 2 runs, short outside off, cut hard off a bit of a top edge, runs quickly to third man who does well to save four and they run very well and get back for the second


McClenaghan to Cook, 1 run, slower ball, full, driven out to the cover rope


McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 wide, short and well wide of off stump


McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 wide, another bumper, better line but now too high says the square leg umpire


McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 run, full on middle stump, forward and pushed slightly in the air but well short of mid-on and they get a quick single

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 106/3 (RR: 7.06)

    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • AN Cook 45 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-22-2
    • DL Vettori 4-0-26-0

More spin now Kane Williamson with mid-on up...


Williamson to Morgan, 1 run, goes back and forces just behind point for a quick single


Williamson to Cook, 1 run, down the wicket and slapped to point, a dolly to McNath who has put down a sitter oh dear straight to him and it's bounced off his chest, whoops


Williamson to Morgan, no run, back to cut and missed outside off, it lifted a little


Williamson to Morgan, 1 wide, forward and pressed into the covers for a quick single


Williamson to Morgan, 1 run


Williamson to Cook, 2 runs, back and cut, it's wide of the sweeper and they take two as the sweeper runs to his right


Williamson to Cook, 1 run, back and late cuts from just outside off to short third man, Morgan is through in a flash for the single

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 113/3 (RR: 7.06)

    • AN Cook 49 (38b 3x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 3 (4b)
    • KS Williamson 1-0-7-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-22-2

NL McCullum to Cook, 1 run, down the wicket and slugged down the ground, fifty for Cook, just a single to long on off a thick inside edge really


NL McCullum to Morgan, 2 runs, steps back and cuts past extra cover, two wide of the sweeper, big areas square here


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, reverse sweep, it was held back by McNath and it was tickled to short third man


NL McCullum to Cook, no run, Cook shimmies down and drives to short extra cover


NL McCullum to Cook, 1 run, full and Cook yorks himself, digs it out to short extra but just wide of him for a single


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, started to come down, it was fired in to leg stump, Morgan adjusts and pushes through midwicket

End of over 17 (6 runs) England 119/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 7 (7b)
    • AN Cook 51 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-21-0
    • KS Williamson 1-0-7-0

England looking for a few big overs from now to get them up towards 180...


Williamson to Morgan, 1 run, gave himself room for the slog sweep, didn't time it, gets it out to deep midwicket


Williamson to Cook, SIX, down the wicket and hit over long off, the first time Cook has hit two sixes in an ODI innings, another good strike, gave himself a little room and struck it well


Williamson to Cook, 1 run, flat delivery, ran out from the stumps to deep cover


Williamson to Morgan, 1 leg bye, down the wicket, gets in a tangle trying to play to leg, comes off the body into the covers


Williamson to Cook, FOUR, down again and goes wide of long off this time, enough on it to get it tricking into the rope


Williamson to Cook, 1 run, leg stump and clips through midwicket to the deep fielder

Better over for England...

End of over 18 (14 runs) England 133/3 (RR: 7.38)

    • AN Cook 63 (45b 4x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 8 (9b)
    • KS Williamson 2-0-20-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-21-0

Morgan struggling for timing really, Cook doing all the work...long off comes up for Cook...


NL McCullum to Cook, 1 run, down the track, meets this on the full and plays out to deep cover


NL McCullum to Morgan, SIX, fetched from outside off and that's into the river, huge strike, nailed it way over long on, that was six anywhere, quite a flat delivery and hammered

False start from the bowler...


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, fetched again from outside off but slaps it to deep midwicket, not timed that at all


NL McCullum to Cook, OUT, down the wicket, Cook slaps it back to the bowler and this time McNath holds on, waits for the chance to give himself a wicket and finally, at the fourth time of asking, holds the catch at waist height, Cook didn't get to the pitch of the ball and slapped it back in the air and McCullum finally held a chance, top knock from Cook

AN Cook c & b NL McCullum 64 (82m 47b 4x4 2x6) SR: 136.17

Now can Buttler fire again...


NL McCullum to Buttler, 1 run, off stump delivery, waited for and pushed down to long off


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, off stump, stays in the crease and carves to point

Recovered that over did McNath...

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 142/4 (RR: 7.47)

    • EJG Morgan 15 (12b 1x6)
    • JC Buttler 1 (1b)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-30-1
    • KS Williamson 2-0-20-0

Five left Vettori is back...


Vettori to Buttler, 1 run, down the track and drives in-to-out down to long off


Vettori to Morgan, no run, reverse sweep, struck in line but too high


Vettori to Morgan, no run, down the track, slapped hard from the stumps to mid off


Vettori to Morgan, OUT, swept hard and misses, this time it's fuller and given out lbw that looked pretty adjacent and the finger went up pretty quickly. Quicker ball from Vettori and Morgan missed it, not in the best of form this season is Morgan, struggled to time much today and perishes swinging and missing

EJG Morgan lbw b Vettori 15 (23m 15b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

The best power-hitter for England has been Ravi Bopara, England need him again...


Vettori to Bopara, no run, forward on the stumps, ran into the leg side, the keeper pops up from behind the stumps to field


Vettori to Bopara, no run, quicker ball skids on and Bopara blocks in the crease

Superb over, stemmed the tide...

End of over 20 (1 run) England 143/5 (RR: 7.15)

    • RS Bopara 0 (2b)
    • JC Buttler 2 (2b)
    • DL Vettori 5-0-27-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-30-1

Back to McClenaghan...


McClenaghan to Buttler, FOUR, full ball just outside off, powered away past extra-cover, really nicely struck


McClenaghan to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length, cramps Buttler and it comes off the chest guard towards point for a leg bye


McClenaghan to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, blocked in front of point for a quick single


McClenaghan to Buttler, 1 run, stays in the crease and guides down to third man, 150 up


McClenaghan to Bopara, 1 run, gives himself room just outside off but drives off an inside edge into the body that runs away towards cover point


McClenaghan to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length again, dabbed down to third man from just outside off

Healthy over but could have been worse...

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 152/5 (RR: 7.23)

    • JC Buttler 9 (6b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 2 (4b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-31-2
    • DL Vettori 5-0-27-1

And now Mills, and the Powerplay of two overs. Can England produce a couple of biggies to boost this total to really good status...


Mills to Buttler, FOUR, poor ball, 66mph, leg stump, pulled past square leg, put away nicely, good start for England


Mills to Buttler, (no ball) 1 run, slower ball, yorker length, dug out through the covers, oh dear, overstepped

Now a free hit...


Mills to Bopara, 1 run, full outside off, swung to deep cover, catch taken but of course that doesn't count and they get a single


Mills to Buttler, OUT, length ball, slower, 69mph, slapped to long off, McNath again! And he holds on just inside the boundary, Buttler got it low on the bat and it was so badly mistimed, presented a simple chance for the fielder, tried to clear the front leg but just didn't get it at all right

JC Buttler c NL McCullum b Mills 14 (17m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 155.55

Just stuttering again England...


Mills to Bopara, no run, full ball on the stumps, blocked forward back to the bowler


Mills to Bopara, FOUR, shot, gives himself room and carves a length ball through cover, lovely timing


Mills to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball again, 71mph, just outside off stump, cut at and gets it low on the bat towards point for a single

End of over 22 (12 runs) England 164/6 (RR: 7.45)

    • RS Bopara 8 (8b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 4-0-30-2
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-31-2

Bopara with the strike with 12 balls to go, I fancy England need 185 plus...


McClenaghan to Bopara, 1 run, steps to leg and aims over cover, gets it to extra cover on the edge of the circle, the bowler follow him as he stepped away


McClenaghan to Bresnan, 1 run, driven at outside off, squirt off a thick outside edge and nearly evades short third man, Mills does well


McClenaghan to Bopara, no run, clears the front leg and swings over the leg side, Bopara missed but there's an appeal for caught behind, not out given, but they try the review they have left. Any touch on Hot Spot? Nope, so on we go, worth a try, there was a very brief appeal primarily by the keeper


McClenaghan to Bopara, OUT, slugged straight up in the air and taken at square leg. It was a decent bumper, too quickly onto Bopara's hook, it went up and Williamson held the chance comfortably at square leg, really good bowling this from McClenaghan, banged it in and Bopara got it high on the bat to present another easy chance to the outfielders

RS Bopara c Williamson b McClenaghan 9 (20m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81


McClenaghan to Bresnan, 2 runs, full just outside off, driven hard past mid-off, reasonably timed and they get a couple, should have been three I reckon


McClenaghan to Bresnan, 1 run, OUT, paddled down to long leg, there's a fumble from Franklin so they come back for the second and Franklin then hits direct from long leg as Bresnan, diving back, is well short of his ground

TT Bresnan run out 4 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Great over from McClenaghan, top death bowling...

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 169/8 (RR: 7.34)

    • SCJ Broad 0 (0b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 5-0-36-3
    • KD Mills 4-0-30-2

England tailing off a little after looking good for a late innings surge. But good work from the bowlers to halt the charge and England could end up perhaps only with a par score...


Mills to Broad, no run, around the wicket, back of a length, Broad gets inside it and tries to hook but misses


Mills to Broad, OUT, another high fly ball and who else, Nathan McCullum taking the catch! It was a short ball, Broad was late on the hook, tried to slap it down the ground but put it straight up and another simple chance falls into the ring and McNath is the man today, three drops but four catches so now into the positive

SCJ Broad c NL McCullum b Mills 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Mills to Tredwell, OUT, back of a length just outside off, guided down to third man and the fielder gets in quickly and takes a sliding catch a very smart grab that and England are all out. Tredwell just tried to use the pace and steer it down fine, made a good connection but these short boundaries mean third man is quite close and was able to rush in and take that catch

JC Tredwell c McClenaghan b Mills 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And that completes a great comeback from New Zealand. England were going along very nicely with Cook and Morgan and were set up to push up towards and maybe over 190 but two fine efforts from Mills and McClenaghan especially have reduced their total and New Zealand will need 170 to win and qualify for the semi-finals. Both teams in with a great shout and Monty will bring you the action in 10 minutes...






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