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)

Hello everyone. England, the Champions Trophy hosts have got their feet in the fire - can the bowlers pull them out? Stuart Broad, rather than James Anderson, will bowl the first over


Broad to Guptill, no run, good length in the channel outside off, seaming away a touch and left alone


Broad to Guptill, 1 leg bye, flicks the ball to leg, slightly back of a length and takes the inside edge, picked up on the 45 and the throw is a direct hit but Ronchi was home


Broad to Ronchi, 1 wide, short and sliding down the leg side, misses with a flick


Broad to Ronchi, no run, gets across his stumps and shows a length ball the full face of the bat


Broad to Ronchi, no run, slightly back of a length and in the corridor, dabbed to point, playing away from the body


Broad to Ronchi, no run, Ronchi opens the shoulders and throws the plumbing at a back-of-a-length delivery, completely misses and then gets a few comments on his technique from Broad


Broad to Ronchi, no run, good pace and carry, in the channel outside off, another swing and a miss

"So how long before Ronchi disappoints?" wonders Steve Austin

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (168 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 3.42)

    • L Ronchi 0 (4b)
    • MJ Guptill 0 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-1-0

From the other end, it will be Anderson...


Anderson to Guptill, 1 run, pitched up, on middle stump and straightens just enough to take the edge as Guptill tries to whip to leg, the ball flies inches wide of the diving Tredwell at second slip!


Anderson to Ronchi, no run, full and straight and driven to mid-on, slightly closing the bat face


Anderson to Ronchi, no run, lovely delivery, tight line on off stump and nibbles just enough to beat the outside edge as Ronchi pushes forward


Anderson to Ronchi, 1 run, this is a HUGE leading edge as Ronchi scissors the bat down at an angle, trying to clip through midwicket and skewering the ball through the vacant gully region and down to third man


Anderson to Guptill, 1 wide, strays down the leg side and that's a wide


Anderson to Guptill, 2 runs, a touch too straight, steps across and works a couple through midwicket


Anderson to Guptill, no run, drags his length back, defended on the back foot outside off

Here's Mohan Krishna, strategist: "I don't see Luke Ronchi firing for New Zealand in this tournament..so the strategy for England is make sure he plays as many balls as possible & put pressure on others"

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (163 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 3.39)

    • MJ Guptill 3 (5b)
    • L Ronchi 1 (7b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-1-0

Broad to Ronchi, 1 run, pitched up outside off, gets forward and drives off the outer half of the bat to backward point, good stop but they pick up one


Broad to Guptill, FOUR, full and slightly wide again, better timing from Guptill, who opens the face and caresses this low through backward point, beating the dive


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, angled in and turned through the leg side off a length


Broad to Ronchi, no run, pacy bouncer from Broad, outside off and beating Ronchi's flail as he steps away to leg


Broad to Ronchi, no run, makes room again and this time is beaten by a length ball over the top of off stump trying to hack it out of the ground


Broad to Ronchi, no run, dug in short, rising fast in the channel outside off, must have been close to being a wide on height as Ronchi misses again

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 13/0 (157 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.34)

    • L Ronchi 2 (11b)
    • MJ Guptill 8 (7b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0

"Surely, surely, BMac should have promoted himself to open given Ronchi's ongoing struggles, the fact that it's essentially a T20 and the high stakes of this match..." Sam S is thinking smart


Anderson to Guptill, no run, length ball, jags back in a touch and takes the inside edge, rolls to leg


Anderson to Guptill, no run, good length and shaping in around off, again squeezed out into the on side


Anderson to Guptill, 1 run, steps away and goes for the an old-fashioned yahoo down the ground, gets a thick inside edge to backward square leg


Anderson to Ronchi, OUT, another mistimed slog from Ronchi and Trott takes the catch at third man to put him out of his misery! This was coming down the track all the way from San Antonio - a length ball, hacking across the line and a thick edge bagged on the rope

L Ronchi c Trott b Anderson 2 (15m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

In comes Kane Williamson, so no change to the order as yet - Guptill on strike as they crossed


Anderson to Guptill, no run, stays back and tapped to point


Anderson to Guptill, OUT, played on, Anderson has another! This maybe kept a touch low, pitched up in the channel outside off and Guptill defended away from his front pad with an angled bat, clipped the edge and cannoned back on to the stumps! Ronchi they may have been ambivalent about but England are ecstatic at this wicket

MJ Guptill b Anderson 9 (18m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 14/2 (156 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 3.39)

    • KS Williamson 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-6-2
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0

Two wickets and one run off the over... England tails are wagging. On comes Tim Bresnan


Bresnan to Williamson, no run, short and at the man, goes back and thinks about pulling before dropping the hands


Bresnan to Williamson, no run, gets forward and pushes into the covers


Bresnan to Williamson, 2 runs, taken off the pads between mid-on and deep midwicket for a couple


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, good length, angling and and Williamson gets an inside-edge on to his front pad, the ball rolls short and they steal one


Bresnan to Taylor, no run, good line, in the channel and nipping back as Taylor thrusts out his front pad and leaves


Bresnan to Taylor, no run, wider on the crease, length delivery, Taylor attempts to cut as the ball leaves him and misses

"I don't think so...," chuckles Tushar, "had the tail wagged, England could have got some more runs :D"

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 17/2 (153 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.40, RRR: 8.05)

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (2b)
    • KS Williamson 3 (4b)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-3-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-6-2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, venomous inswinger from Anderson, jagging back off the pitch and practically through Williamson's bread basket


Anderson to Williamson, no run, good leave this time, though a length ball is perilously close to clipping the top of off


Anderson to Williamson, no run, pitched up and angled in on off, blocked coming forward


Anderson to Williamson, 1 run, gets across and opens the face to steer and length delivery to third man


Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, maintaining a line of harassment outside off, Taylor pushes forward and gets an inside edge to square leg


Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, slightly overpitched and that's a peachy on drive from Williamson, gorgeous timing, just beats the dive of mid-on and trundles merrily away

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 23/2 (147 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 8.16)

    • KS Williamson 8 (9b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-2
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-3-0

Bresnan to Taylor, 1 run, on the stumps, worked through square leg


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, hops back in the crease and punches on the up through the covers to the sweeper


Bresnan to Taylor, 1 run, sliding towards leg stump, jabs across the line to fine leg


Bresnan to Williamson, no run, good bumper from Bresnan, wide of the stumps and Williamson tries to fetch it through midwicket, picks out the fielder


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, length ball, wide of the stumps, steered through cover off the back foot


Bresnan to Taylor, OUT, seaming in and rapped on the pad, Oxenford gives it after a few seconds' thought - but Taylor immediately reviews. He was struck on the back leg, on the thigh as he was coming forward - Hot Spot shows no inside edge ... and the decision stands, Taylor is out! It was in line with off, thudding into the off ball. New Zealand are three down and they've lost their review

LRPL Taylor lbw b Bresnan 3 (15m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

More Cardiff drama for New Zealand... Brendon McCullum strides out, his jaw set at a purposeful angle

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 27/3 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 8.41)

    • KS Williamson 10 (12b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-7-1
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-2

England attempt to sneak a few overs from Ravi Bopara


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, on the stumps, nudged off the pads through backward square

"Any chance of rain before the 20th over? I know you're not a weatherman, but you're a cricket commentator. Its pretty close." We're not expecting any, Jason. Assuming NZ get that far...


Bopara to BB McCullum, 1 run, pitched up outside off stump, McCullum leaves the crease and drives through the covers


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, slightly back of a length, waits and rolls the wrists through a clip to deep midwicket


Bopara to BB McCullum, 1 run, bit of width, rocks back and thrashes a cut shot away to the man on the fence, just a single

"I would send in Franklin ahead of Baz ..." declares Saeed Rasul


Bopara to Williamson, no run, beats the bat, he's a deceptive bowler Bopara and this doesn't seem to do much, line and length in the corridor, drifts past Williamson's prod


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, length delivery, steered away through backward point for one more

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 32/3 (138 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.62)

    • KS Williamson 13 (16b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 2 (2b)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-5-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-7-1

Another change, Cook goes back to Broad


Broad to Williamson, 1 run, length ball, banged in outside off, Williamson turns through backward square leg


Broad to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum is busy the crease as ever, stands up to a length ball and tries to crash a cut shot away ... it thumps into Buttler's gloves


Broad to BB McCullum, no run, another flay and a miss from the batsman, trying to play the same cut shot


Broad to BB McCullum, 1 wide, banged in very short, this climbs rapidly over the batsman's head and Buttler does well to grab it


Broad to BB McCullum, no run, stays in the crease and pushes a shortish ball to mid-on


Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, bit of width, opens the arms and slices down to third man

"It's pretty much Baz or bust for NZ now," says Ethan


Broad to Williamson, FOUR, punishing pull shot from Williamson, gets outside the line of off and is ready for the short ball, cracking it to the fence between mid-on and deep midwicket

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 39/3 (131 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 8.73)

    • KS Williamson 18 (18b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 3 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-14-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-5-0

Bopara to BB McCullum, no run, fullish, tailing in around off and blocked into the covers

"I really hope that we don't witness a repeat of the SL vs NZ game again," frets Marco. "I'll have a heart attack if that happens again. Hopefully the McCullum brothers can take us home by batting the whole innings this time."


Bopara to BB McCullum, no run, slightly short, this kicks up and surprises McCullum, who defends around off


Bopara to BB McCullum, no run, another dot ball, McCullum tries to get forward but can only push into the covers


Bopara to BB McCullum, 1 run, pitched up, on the walk McCullum punches through the covers to the sweeper


Bopara to Williamson, no run, this seems to stop in the pitch as Williamson drops his bat on a length ball on off


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, waits on a length ball outside off, dabs it into the ground towards third man

Well, I'm no weatherman ... and it's apparently begun to rain lightly again

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 41/3 (129 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 9.21)

    • KS Williamson 19 (20b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (10b)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-14-0

James Tredwell into the attack for the first time. Still quite bright, though clouds are converging over the ground


Tredwell to Williamson, no run, tossed up outside off stump, played with the spin to midwicket


Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, quicker delivery, drops a touch short, stands up and punches to long-on


Tredwell to BB McCullum, no run, skidding through on the stumps, bunted hard into the ground by McCullum and Tredwell fields on the bounce


Tredwell to BB McCullum, no run, pushed through on the off stump, worked to mid-on


Tredwell to BB McCullum, no run, flat and on the off stump, again McCullum can't work it past mid-on


Tredwell to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up, bit of zip on the off, manages to dig this one out to long-on

The required rate is approaching 10 an over now... Here's Pushpa R Neupane: "BMac is trying to build pressure here and later the pressure builds so high that he explodes. Waiting for a McCullum explosion!!!" Sounds messy

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 43/3 (127 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.90, RRR: 9.76)

    • BB McCullum 5 (14b)
    • KS Williamson 20 (22b 2x4)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-2-0
    • RS Bopara 2-0-7-0

Bopara to BB McCullum, 1 wide, out the back of the hand, I think, this is floated up wide - and outside the tramlines


Bopara to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, McCullum tries to crash this over midwicket but pulls into the ground


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, advances and Bopara follows him, played through a gap in the covers with an angled bat

Buttler is up to the stumps now


Bopara to BB McCullum, 2 runs, length ball wide of the stumps, cracked through point, they'll get back for two


Bopara to BB McCullum, OUT, on the stumps, hooked fiercely to deep square leg and Root takes a fabulous catch diving forward! Big wicket for England, thanks to a terrific bit of fielding - McCullum didn't quite get it out of the meat of the bat, maybe a slightly slower delivery, it was dying on Root as he lined it up and then plunged forward to complete the dismissal

BB McCullum c Root b Bopara 8 (22m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

James Franklin dawdles out at No. 6... Playing for rain might be the tactic now


Bopara to Franklin, 1 run, on the stumps, stays in the crease and taps to deep square leg


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, gets forward and dabs one wide of mid-off

"Game over for New Zealand," intones subbu

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 50/4 (120 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 10.00)

    • KS Williamson 22 (24b 2x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1 (1b)
    • RS Bopara 3-0-14-1
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-2-0

Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, pushed through and squeezed down to third man off the toe of the bat


Tredwell to Franklin, 1 run, round the wicket, on a length outside off, steered through backward point for another single


Tredwell to Williamson, no run, tossed up on off, chipped back and Tredwell fields on the bounce


Tredwell to Williamson, FOUR, solid blow from Williamson, skips out on his toes and lofts to long-off, one-bounce four


Tredwell to Williamson, no run, pushed through and Williamson defends coming forward, nearly rolls back on to his stumps via inside edge and pad

"NZ will be praying fr some heavy rains now," says Sanjeev


Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, whips a single through midwicket

Here's Aravindh: "Not sure if wicket is the best thing for England. They are well on course to win the match if 20 overs are bowled and every wicket gives the looming rain an extra two minutes to dash England's party"

End of over 13 (7 runs) New Zealand 57/4 (113 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 10.27)

    • KS Williamson 28 (29b 3x4)
    • JEC Franklin 2 (2b)
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-9-0
    • RS Bopara 3-0-14-1

Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, slightly short, rocks back and pulls down the ground to long-on

Buttler goes back for Franklin


Bopara to Franklin, no run, length ball over the top of middle and leg, jabbed short and square and it's gobbled up


Bopara to Franklin, FOUR, dug in, at the man and hooked from outside off, walking across, big top edge and it goes high towards fine leg, there's no one there and it bounces over the rope


Bopara to Franklin, no run, angled across him, tries to play through mid-off, too straight and Bopara fields


Bopara to Franklin, OUT, sliced off the outside edge and taken at backward point! Another wicket falls - is this good or bad for England?! Bopara skidded one across Franklin, who swished loosely at it, flew quickly off the bat but straight into the safe mitts of Morgan, he throws the ball high into the air in celebration!

JEC Franklin c Morgan b Bopara 6 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Corey Anderson, on debut, at the crease


Bopara to Anderson, 4 leg byes, shuffles across his stumps, tries to leg glance and it clips the pad, beats Buttler's dive and heads to the boundary

"Game might be over for NZ but not the tournament ... they can still play bravely to maintain their NRR." Zohaib Noor is thinking about the bigger picture

End of over 14 (9 runs) New Zealand 66/5 (104 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 10.40)

    • CJ Anderson 0 (1b)
    • KS Williamson 29 (30b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 4-0-19-2
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-9-0

Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, presses forward and then back as a length ball skids on, punches to long-on


Tredwell to Anderson, 1 run, round the wicket, pushed into the covers and they get one on a misfield


Tredwell to Williamson, no run, spinning back in from outside off, cramps Williamson as he tries to cut


Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, gets forward and drives one to long-on

Here's Sherul Mehta: "Good tactic by England, just get the slow bowlers to run through the overs - time for Root and Bell (potentially)!" Now that would be a surprise - maybe Trott more likely


Tredwell to Anderson, 1 run, tossed up wide of the stumps, knocked through cover point to the sweeper


Tredwell to Williamson, FOUR, bit of width and Williamson gives this some tap, sitting back in the crease and cracking a cut shot in front of square for four

End of over 15 (8 runs) New Zealand 74/5 (96 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 10.66)

    • KS Williamson 35 (34b 4x4)
    • CJ Anderson 2 (3b)
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-17-0
    • RS Bopara 4-0-19-2

Tim Bresnan back into the attack. New Zealand's target comes below 100 - we need five more overs for a game


Bresnan to Anderson, 1 run, angled across on a length, driven on the up through the covers


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 leg bye, angled in, tries to pull across the line and a edge balloons via the pad to short third man


Bresnan to Anderson, 1 run, tight lien on middle stump, jams the ball down on to his pads and they scamper through as Bresnan tidies up


Bresnan to Williamson, FOUR, length ball, lofted out towards wide mid-on, in one of the corners of this odd-shaped ground, good clean hit but again slightly short of the rope


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, stays back and dabs into the leg side


Bresnan to Anderson, 1 wide, bouncer, steepling over Anderson as he comes forward and pulls out of the shot


Bresnan to Anderson, no run, fired across, bit of width but Anderson thrashes a cut shot straight to backward point

"What a tournament is turning out for Ravi Bopara," exclaims Hemant. "Great innings with the bat in last 2 innings but today a match winning performance with a ball... He is proving his worthiness."

End of over 16 (9 runs) New Zealand 83/5 (87 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 10.87)

    • CJ Anderson 4 (6b)
    • KS Williamson 40 (37b 5x4)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-15-1
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-17-0

Tredwell to Williamson, 2 runs, round the wicket to the right-hander, floated up on leg stump and smashed down the ground, driven along the floor, Root pulls of a diving stop to prevent four


Tredwell to Williamson, 1 run, skips out and chips towards long-off, cries of "catch it!" from Tredwell but it lands safely


Tredwell to Anderson, SIX, that's gone all the way, New Zealand's first six and it'll be exercising the fella in his coracle bobbing on the River Taff. In the slot and Anderson slogs it miles over long-on


Tredwell to Anderson, no run, pushed through a lot quicker, Anderson backs away and pushes back down the track


Tredwell to Anderson, no run, again speared in on leg stump and Anderson makes room, drills the ball back and Tredwell makes a brilliant stop


Tredwell to Anderson, 1 run, touch short and pulled flat down to long-on

Ten runs off the over... but still the rate climbs. Zeeshan hasn't given up, though: "I think New Zealand can win this if they play good cricket now onwards."

End of over 17 (10 runs) New Zealand 93/5 (77 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.47, RRR: 11.00)

    • CJ Anderson 11 (10b 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 43 (39b 5x4)
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-27-0
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-15-1

Cook turns back to his Essex mucker Bopara


Bopara to Anderson, 1 run, keeper up to the stumps, slower ball, crunched down to long-on


Bopara to Williamson, no run, ducking, over the top off, Williamson tries to dab at it and the ball deflects off Buttler's gloves, I think, to short third man - no run


Bopara to Williamson, no run, has this bowled Williamson? Or did Buttler knock the bails off? Buttler appears to be claiming the dismissal and the umpires take it upstairs. Replays show that the ball flew over the top of the stumps, rebounding back into the bail off Buttler's gloves. Williamson was in his crease, so not a stumping ... on we go, then


Bopara to Williamson, 1 run, pitched up and driven back past the bowler


Bopara to Anderson, FOUR, makes a bit of room and shovels the ball flat down the ground, Broad should cut this off and mid-off but he makes a hash of it, leading to a cry of exasperation from Bopara


Bopara to Anderson, 1 run, slightly shorter length, punched off the back foot and this time Broad stops it at mid-off

"They banned Ramdin for 2 matches," observes Simran. "Now what's for Buttler??"

End of over 18 (7 runs) New Zealand 100/5 (70 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.55, RRR: 11.66)

    • CJ Anderson 17 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 44 (42b 5x4)
    • RS Bopara 5-0-26-2
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-27-0

Bopara finishes his allocation with figures of 5-0-26-2. Broad back on at the other end


Broad to Anderson, 1 run, slightly short and on leg stump, nudged towards midwicket and Broad gives chase in his follow through


Broad to Williamson, FOUR, back away and gives himself plenty of room to cut a short straight ball over cover into an unguarded part of the ground for four

L'il Kane hasn't quite given up on this yet


Broad to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson backs off again, Broad follows him and he dabs into the covers


Broad to Anderson, 1 leg bye, on the stumps, tries to plays across the line and it deflects off the pad to third man

Apparently rain is beginning to trickle down again


Broad to Williamson, no run, Broad goes short and down the leg side as Williamson tries to make room, swings and misses


Broad to Williamson, no run, good stuff again from Broad, another well-directed bouncer, throws the bat, gets nothing on it

"Is Butler going to get penalized for claiming that dismissal? He should have known that the ball hit his gloves before hitting the stumps." I don't know, Shaf. It certainly seemed odd to appeal

End of over 19 (7 runs) New Zealand 107/5 (63 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.63, RRR: 12.60)

    • KS Williamson 49 (46b 6x4)
    • CJ Anderson 18 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-20-0
    • RS Bopara 5-0-26-2

Just six balls and we have a match. The D/L par at the end of the over is 135 ... Anderson to bowl (to Anderson), and New Zealand have taken the batting Powerplay


Anderson to Anderson, no run, angled across short of a length, cut off the back foot and Anderson wants one, it's well stopped by Trott and his throw isn't far from catching the batsman out of his ground as he scrambles back

And Anderson has stayed down, clutching his right calf. He's calling on the physios... There's some jeering from the crowd, they think he's timewasting. Off comes the pad and he's getting a stretch. Both David Saker and Ashley Giles have appeared on the England balcony, looking slightly concerned. Anderson has some strapping applied to his calf and they're eventually ready to continue


Anderson to Anderson, 2 runs, full and on leg stump, clubbed out towards long-on and they get back for a second - isn't causing too much inconvenience, then


Anderson to Anderson, 1 run, slower ball, on the stumps, shovelled through midwicket for a single

Williamson pulls away as Anderson begins his run up...


Anderson to Williamson, no run, back of a length, seaming back and rearing at Williamson, who blocks back on to the track


Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, fullish and tailing in, Williamson heaves across the line and squirts the ball out through deep backward square - that's four and a well-played fifty

These two have put on fifty in six overs, too, though it's still not looking like enough


Anderson to Williamson, 1 run, angled in and worked through the leg side

Here's the generous-minded Yusuf: "I guess Buttler appealed for a stump and not for bowled out. If that is the case, there is no wrong in appealing for a stump."

End of over 20 (8 runs) New Zealand 115/5 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 13.75)

    • KS Williamson 54 (49b 7x4)
    • CJ Anderson 21 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-20-2
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-20-0

Bresnan returns...


Bresnan to Williamson, SIX, full and on leg stump, Williamson anticipates it well and shuffles away, gets up the ball and launches it high over deep midwicket ... this is still on, you know


Bresnan to Williamson, 2 runs, dug in straight, makes room and flat-bats a pull shot in front of deep midwicket, they get back for two


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 wide, sprays this one down the leg side - wide


Bresnan to Williamson, FOUR, short again, at the man and pulled meatily round the corner, this flies away for four more to deep backward square!


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, full and slightly outside off, drives uppishly and just short off Cook on the edge of the ring at mid-off


Bresnan to Anderson, FOUR, low full toss, Anderson back away and slices the ball through the vacant slips to third man - four more


Bresnan to Anderson, 1 run, makes an early moves across his stumps, Bresnan fires it in full, Anderson heaves across the line and gets an edge on to his front pad, it roll into the covers

That's the over wanted, though they're still eight behind the D/L par of 142. "As an England fan, I wouldn't mind some rain now...." warbles James. "NZ are not finished yet!!"

End of over 21 (19 runs) New Zealand 134/5 (36 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.38, RRR: 12.00)

    • CJ Anderson 26 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 67 (53b 8x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-34-1
    • JM Anderson 4-0-20-2

Cook turns back to Broad, saving Anderson for the death


Broad to Anderson, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, steps away and jams the ball into the covers


Broad to Williamson, OUT, full and fast, tries to go big but it spoons into the air and Anderson takes it at cover - but they check for the no-ball. It's so close, just a few atoms of rubber in it but Steve Davis in the third umpire's chair decides it's okay and Williamson trudges off to muted applause!

KS Williamson c Anderson b Broad 67 (92m 54b 8x4 1x6) SR: 124.07

That was a helluva call for the third umpire, though they often seem to err in the bowler's favour. Anderson on strike, Nathan McCullum's out to the middle


Broad to Anderson, 1 run, length ball, Anderson backs away and carts flat down the ground to long-on


Broad to NL McCullum, no run, length and in the channel, McCullum doesn't move his feet, drives and is beaten


Broad to NL McCullum, 1 run, hosp across and nudges one to leg

Here's Sahil: "Could not believe it was not given a no-ball...absolutely ridiculous. There was not even a nano meter behind that line"


Broad to Anderson, 2 runs, touch short and short-arm jabbed forcefully over midwicket, Bopara does well on the boundary to stop it bouncing over the rope

"Everyone else in the world including Broad thought it was a front foot no-ball except for Steve Davis, which really mattered!!!" It was generous, Manic, though I think third umpires are loath to give those. In other news, England are well behind the over rate

End of over 22 (5 runs) New Zealand 139/6 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.31, RRR: 15.50)

    • CJ Anderson 30 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 1 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-25-1
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-34-1

Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 run, Bresnan bangs in it, McCullum works the ball through midwicket


Bresnan to Anderson, OUT, full and straight, slogged down the ground and taken at long-on! Anderson catches his namesake and Bresnan claims the wicket, decent hit but straight at one of England's best fielders. The fat lady is taking a sip of water

CJ Anderson c Anderson b Bresnan 30 (50m 24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 125.00


Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, bouncer, quick and straight and that's sconed him, deflects off the helmet as McCullum misses with his pull shot, leg bye to third man

"Third umpire Steve Davis was born in...... [drumroll].... London." Good spot, James


Bresnan to Mills, FOUR, short and sliding down the leg side, Mills helps the ball through backward square and it beats Bopara's despairing dive


Bresnan to Mills, 1 run, full and straight, in the blockhole, Mills keeps his eye on it and digs it out into the covers


Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 run, pitched up outside off, squeezes the ball out to backward point, they run anyway

End of over 23 (8 runs) New Zealand 147/7 (23 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.39, RRR: 23.00)

    • NL McCullum 3 (5b)
    • KD Mills 5 (2b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 5-0-41-2
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-25-1

Final over, New Zealand need something special. Though don't forget what Ravi Bopara did the other day... Here's Mahendra: "@sahil, I am frustrated too. Had Kane stayed it would have been a different equation... Steve Davis has forgotten that its some part of the foot and not the show that should be behind the line."


Anderson to NL McCullum, 1 wide, slung down on a length, McCullum had moved across in advance and Anderson went wider


Anderson to NL McCullum, no run, again McCullum shifts outside off, perfect wide yorker from Anderson and the batsman fails to get anything on it


Anderson to NL McCullum, FOUR, full toss on leg stump, doesn't get the yorker right this time and McCullum bunts it for four to deep square leg

These are useful runs, given NRR could still decide qualification from Group A


Anderson to NL McCullum, no run, get this one right up to the stumps again, outside off and McCullum again misses the yorker

New Zealand need three sixes or snookers from here...


Anderson to NL McCullum, no run, length ball, spots him moving outside off again and gets this right over the tramline as McCullum swings and misses


Anderson to NL McCullum, 1 wide, bouncer, over the batsman - called on height


Anderson to NL McCullum, SIX, full toss from Anderson, dipping just under waist height as McCullum crunches it way back straight back down the ground for six!

N-Mac's interested in a no-ball, too, but he'll not get one


Anderson to NL McCullum, OUT, line and length, swings and nicks off, Anderson finishes with a wicket! Too good for McCullum and just too much to do for New Zealand - a 10-run win means England are through to the semi-finals

NL McCullum c †Buttler b Anderson 13 (19m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 118.18

8.15pm: Thanks for sticking around, we got a decent crack in the end. Gnasher's report is bubbling up, we'll be back for more fun and games at The Oval tomorrow. From Alex, Devashish and myself, g'night and good luck.

8.10pm: Time for the speeches. New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum: "Kane and Corey gave us a chance but it wasn't until they got going and in the end we were short. It's one of those things [dropping catches], Nathan is normally very good. The run rate has kept us going, it'll be hard to cheer for Australia but if it keeps us in the tournament, then good."

England captain and Man of the Match, Alastair Cook: "It was quite a stressful day, especially with those last few overs. We thought we were above the rate but Anderson and Williamson took it on, luckily we got over the line. We were very good in the field today and I thought we were good with the bat, maybe 10 runs short. We're happy to be in the semi-final, that was a good performance. We're two games away now. Graeme's got a calf injury but we're very lucky to have James Tredwell to step in."

8pm: At one stage this game looked like one for Davey Jones' locker but England managed to dredge it up from the depths and secure a win that takes them through, regardless of what else happens in Group A. The three other teams are still alive - though New Zealand have made it very difficult for Australia, by keeping their net run rate in decent shape. England are likely to win the group, and therefore play Group B runners-up South Africa, unless Sri Lanka win by a big margin.

End of over 24 (12 runs) New Zealand 159/8 (11 runs required)

    • KD Mills 5 (2b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-32-3
    • TT Bresnan 5-0-41-2





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