ICC Cricket World Cup, 9th Match, Pool A: New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 20, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 9th match, Pool A
New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 226 balls remaining)
20 February 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

"@Ben, so i guess we cant say McCullum is a bad tosser after all..." Tim, we are talking just coins here

"Very disappointed to see several England players not singing national anthem....especially captain Morgan!" Clive, I am not a fan of national anthems anyway. Do you really need a song just before a game? At any rate nobody should be forced to sing or stand to it. Anyway we are ready to go. Bring it on

1.55pm As the national anthems start, more trouble brewing around the West Indies?

Ben: "McCullum's poor tossing is a bit of a myth. He has captained in 94 internationals and has a win:loss ratio of 46:48. In ODI's he has won 21 and lost 24. So statistically he's pretty even."

Jose: "Image of Baz has gone up by many a notch recently. Looks ood man management, without losing control. Adapting batting style to situations better. Willing to take risk for returns (NRR Vs wickets), Respect for opponents. Morgan is a lovable guy too, but in poor form. But a few balls muddled well can bring the form back any moment. Looking forward to the contest of two teams lead by nice guys. Let the team better win."

1.45pm Chris: "The cake tin is always a slow boiler of a stadium, so many pubs nearby with better cheaper beer will be full of ticket holders that'll be making their way to the ground shortly"

"McCullum has to be dropped, his form is diabolical......doubt he has won even 20% of the tosses since he's been captain. He should just skip them and ask the opposition captain what they'd like to do!" Or, Colin, send Kane Williamson or someone out for the toss. The captain doesn't need to be out there for the toss. Fifteen minutes to go to the start of the match

1.30pm Toss now then. Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan walk out with Mike Atherton. Great vibes from Baz. Shows respect for all opponents. Said yesterday on Morgan's troubles: "Tough times don't last, tough blokes do."

England have won the toss and are batting first. Both teams, as mentioned earlier, are unchanged. Cracking wicket is the consensus between the two captains

1.28pm Two minutes to the toss and we can confirm England are not brining Jordan in. They have retained the XI that lost to Australia. Personally speaking, rightly so too. Finn or Woakes over Jordan any day

Cam Hodgson: "Still a working day today, so expect to see the majority trickle in to the Stadium closer to 5pm. If Jeets' comments are true, and the pitch does quicken up later, would love to see the Kiwi's bat, give it everything, and let their pace bowlers loose later. Milne on a pacey deck? Yes please."

1.20pm Early suggestions from the ground that Chris Jordan might get a game. Toss in 10 minutes

The other George - Binoy - too has made it to the Westpac Stadium. It is an easy commute on the train. No need to bring trains and taxis. He wonders, "20 minutes to toss and the Cake Tin is sparsely crowded. McCullum is expecting a full house so there must be thousands queueing outside?"

George, full house later in the day maybe? when office is done.

He also says, "Several St. George's Crosses already on show, though. England definitely winning the early flag count. There's a cruise ship parked right outside."

Ahh that flag. Remember I stole one earlier this month from the hill after an ODI in Perth. Belonged to some Burnley fans. Lost my wallet in Burnley last year. Settles it. Hope England are not travelling by ship across the ditch for their next match

And what's with this sunny beautiful day. Come on, W, give all these fans a taste of this. "Wind in my hair/ I feel part of everywhere"

1.10pm George Dobell, our man in Wellywood, has made it to the ground, and he had interesting company for breakfast. Sends in he: "Beautiful day. Had coffee with Jeetan Patel this morning. He expects pitch to be a little two-paced - says it always is - and says long straight boundaries will reduce six count. Also expects it to turn and gain pace as sun bakes it. Also rated this NZ team the best the country had ever produced and said the opening bowlers were best pair they'd had, too."

And if you have got a question for our matchpoint panel, tweet it with the hashtag - #espnmatchpoint

Twenty minutes to go to the toss and the much-awaited Match Point

1pm "Tuning in from rainy Queensland, hoping for a Blackcaps win and my house to still be there when I get home from work. Not sure which one I want more…" Brendan, I was in Queensland for the Test. Gee, how hot it was. I know a cyclone is not ideal, but some relief from the heat

Cameron: "Showers in Auckland so a good start with the choice of venue today!"

Half an hour to go to the toss. I can confirm New Zealand have retained the XI that beat Scotland. That means Kyle Mills and Mitchell McLenaghan still don't get a game. Teams other than Australia will give an arm and a leg for either of them. That just shows how strong New Zealand are

12.40pm Weird things happen at World Cups. I think NZ Herald are asking am actual cricket (or something) to predict results. Take a look for yourself. Not a good prediction for the home team today. If the prediction is right, this will be England's first win over New Zealand in a World Cup in 32 years

Jonathan Trott doesn't think it is quite on

Mathew Gell: "Here in Wellington the full sun is out and there is little to no wind. The streets are full of cricket supporters and the cake tin, for the first time in a long time, has put out the 'sold out' sign. We are right behind on this ride, Black Caps!"

12.30pm Windy Wellington it is tonight. In the Cake Tin near the train platforms (or so I remember) New Zealand go into their third match of the tournament, against England. On the face of it this game doesn't have too many qualification implications, but New Zealand want to win everything and stay top of the table so they get to face the fourth-placed team from the other group in the quarterfinal. If England lose they leave themselves little room for mistakes, or for weather disturbances, in any of the matches against three of the lesser teams in their group. So still a biggish match. Welcome to our coverage. This is Sidharth Monga. Toss in an hour

0.1

Southee to Bell, no run, Southee gets some swing and seam first ball. Starts to swing outside off, pitches and leaves him more. Left alone by Bell

Three slips in. Way to go, Baz

0.2

Southee to Bell, no run, another full outswinger and left alone again by Bell

Elton John: "That "Gary Ballance and Alex Hales have a chat while stretching" picture next to the commentary looks fabulous."

0.3

Southee to Bell, 1 wide, more movement away. Left alone. That's a little stiff to call it wide. Pitched half way between the stumps and that tram line. Moved away after he had left alone. And hardly went over the tram line. Poor call

0.3

Southee to Bell, no run, edged as he follows the movement with the hands, but plays it with soft hands and makes sure it doesn't carry to the slips

0.4

Southee to Bell, no run, this time it moves away after angling in from wide on the crease. Left alone

0.5

Southee to Bell, no run, more movement away from the bat and another leave. A maiden should have been over by now but for poor umpiring by Paul Reifell

0.6

Southee to Bell, no run, wide on the crease, angling in, seeing if Bell will play at this. He won't. Lets it pass harmlessly outside off

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • IR Bell 0 (6b)
    • MM Ali 0 (0b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-1-0

Duncan: "Clive, The British National Anthem is all about the Queen, not about being British, and I would never sing the Royal Family's praises. As an anti-royalist, I'm pleased some of England's players are not singing it."

Whoa. Four slips for Boult. Gotta love Baz and the boys

1.1

Boult to Ali, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease by Moeen

Jose: "It is symbolic rituals like singing national anthem before a game which stokes up a bit of jingoism. Fierce competition, yes. Blind jingoism, no. Patriotic fervour is OK in wars. Cricket is not war."

1.2

Boult to Ali, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Moeen goes back, drops this at his feet, gets a single

Outside off : "Wow Kyle Mills left out again. With a ODI record comparable to James Anderson. Mcclenaghan a 66 wickets @ 24.. Both guys extremely unlucky"

1.3

Boult to Bell, no run, no swing for Boult as a length ball angles across Bell. Left alone

Filthy: "@dramnarine: Maybe Gayle's disciplinary issues are a contributing reason that the Windies lost to Ireland. Are you saying that Gayle should be above the law?? From what I see of him, he sits in his bar tweeting all year, except for when he wants to bat for glory in the IPL and CWC. They're overly-reliant on him, which is ironic considering, with all his talent, just how unreliable he is. "

1.4

Boult to Bell, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away off the inside half of the bat for one

1.5

Boult to Ali, 1 run, there is the flying Baz. A length ball, slight swing, driven through extra cover, but then Baz rushes form mid0off and presses the propel button at the last minutes to keep them down to on

1.6

Boult to Bell, no run, slightly short of a length, defended to leg

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 4/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • IR Bell 1 (9b)
    • MM Ali 2 (3b)
    • TA Boult 1-0-3-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-1-0

Peter Watson: "Sir, On the subject of national anthems. I cannot sing but when drunk I can certainly howl at the moon. Good job I don't have to stand in line at a World Cup and sing. Thanks Peter"

2.1

Southee to Ali, 1 leg bye, tucked away off the pads for a single to long leg

2.2

Southee to Bell, no run, more swing from Southee. Bell overcompenstes for it as he defends. It runs off the inside half of the bat to midwicket

Still three slips in

2.3

Southee to Bell, 1 run, a touch overpitched this time, and he is driven straight of mid-off for two

2.4

Southee to Ali, 1 wide, looks for the bouncer, loses his line, and is wided down leg

2.4

Southee to Ali, no run, nice swing back towards off and middle. The length is slightly short of what you can drive. Defended respectfully

2.5

Southee to Ali, FOUR, halftracker. Don't think Southee or McCullum will like this. Not quite a bouncer. Just a short ball that sits up. Pulled away for the first boundary of the match

2.6

Southee to Ali, no run, fuller, swinging back into the pads, hits him high, though

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 3.66)

    • MM Ali 6 (7b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 2 (11b)
    • TG Southee 2-0-7-0
    • TA Boult 1-0-3-0

Phat Boy: "@Filthy. I highly doubt it was Gayle's indiscipline that caused them to bowl 3 half-trackers an over from the start of the innings against Ireland, and I doubt it was his indiscipline that caused them to drop five catches. Having just watched him destroy South Africa wearing the WI Maroon in the T20 series over there, and having seen him hit test triple hundreds, bat his side to a draw at Adelaide a couple of years ago etc, whatever you think of his indiscipline, once he gets on the field he DOES care."

3.1

Boult to Bell, FOUR, lovely shot. Not much wrong with the ball. Just short of a length, just outside off. He stays deep in the crease, and stays legside of the ball. Creates the length by staying back and uses the angle to create room, and crashes it for four through cover-point

3.2

Boult to Bell, no run, full, swinging in this time, and he has just about kept it out

3.3

Boult to Bell, no run, full-length dive by Guptill at sort of point-gully. Saves a run. That's four runs saved already

3.4

Boult to Bell, 1 run, full, too straight, clipped away for a single

3.5

Boult to Ali, 1 run, on a length, just outside off, not much swing, pushed away for a single

3.6

Boult to Bell, 1 run, slightly short of a length, Bell stays back to cut it to third man

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 18/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • IR Bell 8 (16b 1x4)
    • MM Ali 7 (8b 1x4)
    • TA Boult 2-0-10-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-7-0

"I think Hesson has done a great job, don't I agree with the selection of Milne over McClenaghan. Both bowl fast, but McClenaghan is a proven wicket taker. Develop Miilne for the 2019 WC." Steve NZ, how true. Mitch takes wickets almost always. He has a good shot at being the quickest to 100 wickets

4.1

Southee to Bell, OUT, oh what a beaut. Beats the outside edge to hit the top of off stump. That is a peach. Angling in but swinging away. Lands around off. Bell has been in this mode where he is trying to stay beside the line to open up the off side. So he is not quite behind the line of this, and the ball swings to beat his bat. Off stump, bu-bye

IR Bell b Southee 8 (18m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Ballance comes in

4.2

Southee to Ballance, 1 run, lovely swing again. Full too. Ballance likes to hang back. Good ball first up. Just about manages to get an inside edge

4.3

Southee to Ali, FOUR, lovely shot. This is in the slot. Full, swinging back in. Moeen stands tall and meets it with a straight bat. Beats mid-off to his left. No power. Just timing

4.4

Southee to Ali, FOUR, Moeen gets width. Moeen loves width. He throws his arms at this length ball and clears short cover with ease

Southee goes round the wicket. A short ball coming up. Mo doesn't like them up there. Even Ishant knows that. Second slip moves to short midwicket

4.5

Southee to Ali, FOUR, short and wide, and even though he has edged it over slip, this is not where you bowl to Moeen. If you put it there, modern batsman will throw their bats at it, and even if they get the edge, chances are they will fly over slip. Like this one has done

4.6

Southee to Ali, no run, slightly fuller, closer to the stumps, pushed to point

End of over 5 (13 runs) England 31/1 (RR: 6.20)

    • MM Ali 19 (12b 4x4)
    • GS Ballance 1 (1b)
    • TG Southee 3-0-20-1
    • TA Boult 2-0-10-0

Mike: "On the comment that Morgan isn't signing the national anthem. He is Irish not English. It's bad enough he defected to try and play test cricket, if he sang the English anthem then I wouldn't fancy his chances on his next night out in Dublin!!"

5.1

Boult to Ballance, no run, big lbw shout but it isn't given by Rod Tucker. Ballance has moved too far across as Boult ones straight with the angle. McCullum has a chat with Boult, and reviews it. Just short of a length, pretty straight, Ballance has moved too far across and is caught in front. But it is bouncing over, as the replays suggest. NZ lose the review. It serves them right too because these milimetre calls is not what DRS is for

5.2

Boult to Ballance, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face to get a single

5.3

Boult to Ali, 1 run, cut away to third man for one

Syd: "I really feel Mills should be there, he has been consistently effective of late and offers stability to the bowling side. He should at least be in the rotation. experience will count later in the tournament"

5.4

Boult to Ballance, no run, full and straight, defended back to him

Greening: "Having "national" anthems is particularly stupid when the teams include the West Indies and The England and Wales Cricket Board. As others have pointed out the British/English national anthem is an exaltation for a deity to preserve an anachronistic inequitable system. I don't agree with any of that and will never sing it."

5.5

Boult to Ballance, 2 runs, a touch too full, a touch too straight, clipped away towards deep square for a couple

5.6

Boult to Ballance, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended from the crease

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 35/1 (RR: 5.83)

    • GS Ballance 4 (6b)
    • MM Ali 20 (13b 4x4)
    • TA Boult 3-0-14-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-20-1

Harry: "Hopefully NZ and other teams take notice after that Review. DRS is for the howlers... not for the 50/50 calls."

6.1

Southee to Ali, 1 wide, bouncer at Moeen. You have to bowl there to Moeen. He is not comfortable there. Called a wide this time, though

6.1

Southee to Ali, no run, on a length, no swing, defended in front of off

"Its really harsh for NZ to lose a review for that.. few more millimetres lower and that was out rather than umpires call" Jono, that's why he shouldn't have reviewed it. DRS is for howlers not milimetre calls

6.2

Southee to Ali, OUT, that's the one-two. Bowl a bouncer to those who don't like bouncers. Have them expecting another one and thus staying back. Slip in a full one. Take the edge or hit the the stumps. Southee has hit the off stump here. This has swung back in towards the base of the off stump and squeezes under it. Apart from staying back he has played woefully down the wrong line

MM Ali b Southee 20 (31m 15b 4x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Joe Root comes in. Saw him and Ballance scored a million runs against India last summer. This is a slightly better attack, though

6.3

Southee to Root, no run, full outswinger, starts outside off, left alone

6.4

Southee to Root, no run, full, this one swings in, defended solidly in front of middle and leg

6.5

Southee to Root, no run, loose shot. He is trying to cut what is not short enough. And then it moves away too. Beaten

6.6

Southee to Root, no run, full, just outside off, driven to mid-off

End of over 7 (1 run) England 36/2 (RR: 5.14)

    • JE Root 0 (4b)
    • GS Ballance 4 (6b)
    • TG Southee 4-0-21-2
    • TA Boult 3-0-14-0

"Where in the rules does it say DRS is for the howlers? I haven't seen it. If it really was for the howlers DRS is not how the system would be set-up. And it is only teaching NZ if they actually get a bad decision later in the innings which doesn't happen all that frequently anyway." Steve, I know what you mean. The ICC makes all noises it is for the howlers, but sets the system up differently

7.1

Boult to Ballance, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended

7.2

Boult to Ballance, no run, this one is outside off, and at a similar length. Left alone

RSSampat: "4 Slip's and on a good batting track that too in a ODI. A sight like that gladdens the heart."

7.3

Boult to Ballance, no run, full and swinging away, starts a touch wide, and is left alone

7.4

Boult to Ballance, 1 wide, full, looking for the swing, but ends up too straight, and is wided

7.4

Boult to Ballance, 1 run, this one is straight too, and is picked off the toes

"Re "Joe Root comes in. Saw him and Ballance scored a million runs against India last summer." I hope you're never given score-keeping duties" Thankfully not, Spencer

Goes round the wicket

7.5

Boult to Root, no run, Boult is down on the pitch after losing his footing upon delivering. A bit of a pool dive on the pitch. He hasn't dived on to the danger area, though. The ball swings away a touch against the angle

7.6

Boult to Root, 1 run, this one just angles in, and is clipped away for a single

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 39/2 (RR: 4.87)

    • JE Root 1 (6b)
    • GS Ballance 5 (10b)
    • TA Boult 4-0-17-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-21-2

David: "On the flipside, the fact that captains are prepared to invest their review on a 'marginal' call is a vote of confidence in the umpires, that there won't be any howlers."

Four slips in on a flat pitch. Love it

8.1

Southee to Root, no run, on a length, middle and leg, defended to mid-on

Simon: "This must surely be the best new-ball partnership in the tournament? England struggling, but only because Southee and Boult have been so good..."

8.2

Southee to Root, 1 run, drops this length ball into the covers and charges through for a well-judged quick single

8.3

Southee to Ballance, no run, full, just outside off, Ballance stays back to defend

8.4

Southee to Ballance, 1 leg bye, nearly gets Ballance. His back-foot play is recipe for disaster against Southee's swing. This one shapes in towards middle and leg, beats the inside edge because he is not forward to cover the movement. Just swinging too much, though. Oh hang on. The Hawkeye has it hitting the leg stump. New Zealand don't have a review left anyway. Not that NZ looked that interested in the appeal in the first place

8.5

Southee to Root, 1 run, good batting from Root. Another tip and run. This time to point

8.6

Southee to Ballance, no run, full and straight, middle and leg, defended back to him

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 42/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • GS Ballance 5 (13b)
    • JE Root 3 (9b)
    • TG Southee 5-0-23-2
    • TA Boult 4-0-17-0
9.1

Boult to Root, no run, defended off the back foot

9.2

Boult to Root, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point

9.3

Boult to Root, no run, fuller, just holds its line as opposed to going through with the angle, gets an inside edge onto the pad. No short leg to swallow this

9.4

Boult to Root, no run, on a length, around off, defended from the crease

9.5

Boult to Root, 1 run, digs this one in short, Root pulls, not entirely convincingly, but gets a single to long leg

9.6

Boult to Ballance, no run, on a length, just outside off, angling in, defended with an open face

End of over 10 (1 run) England 43/2 (RR: 4.30)

    • GS Ballance 5 (14b)
    • JE Root 4 (14b)
    • TA Boult 5-0-18-0
    • TG Southee 5-0-23-2

Milne into the attack now

10.1

Milne to Root, no run, short of a length, outside off, some shape away, pushed to cover

10.2

Milne to Root, 1 run, short of a length again, runs it down to third man for one

10.3

Milne to Ballance, no run, bouncer this time, at 139ks, Ballance ducks it

10.4

Milne to Ballance, 1 wide, wide down the leg side as he digs in short again

"Have I missed something?? I thought teams still had two reviews per innings in ODI's?" SthAussie, always been one, but it is ridiculous. You get two in 80 overs of a Test innings. A lot more happens in an ODI dig, and you have only one for 50 overs

10.4

Milne to Ballance, 1 wide, another wide down leg. Milne yet to hit his straps

10.4

Milne to Ballance, no run, and now he hits the right line. Middle and off, and then nipping back in towards middle and leg. Beats the bat, hits the pad, but it is bouncing over

10.5

Milne to Ballance, no run, that's a beauty. It seems this might swing back in. The trajectory in the air suggests that. Upon pitching, though, it seams away and beats the bat

10.6

Milne to Ballance, no run, tucks him up with a shortish delivery. Hurries him up too

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 46/2 (RR: 4.18)

    • GS Ballance 5 (18b)
    • JE Root 5 (16b)
    • AF Milne 1-0-3-0
    • TA Boult 5-0-18-0

Andrew Schulz: "I think ICC should declare this match null and void after those lbw decisions. On a serious note, it is stupid to say DRS is only for howlers. There is no clear line between what is a howler and what is not. Bottom line, NZ should not have lost their review. That rule must be changed pronto."

11.1

Boult to Root, no run, full, a touch of swing, hits the inside half of the bat as he defends

Alex: "and therein lies the danger of the tactical review. might steal a wicket for a marginal decision but now they have to cop whatever bad decision goes against them"

11.2

Boult to Root, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

11.3

Boult to Ballance, no run, swing there. Ballance is always going to vulnerable against swing bowling. He is hanging back in the crease, and just feels at a length ball in front of his body. It leaves him and beats him

11.4

Boult to Ballance, 2 runs, too straight this time, and he has been placed into the leg side for a couple

Three slips still. Which means there is no third man

11.5

Boult to Ballance, 2 runs, short of a length, opens the face, no third man, this is racing away for four, but Milne - the fast bowler - gives it a massive chase and puts in a massive dive at the last moment. England take only the two runs. That's two more saved in the field. Six in all so far

11.6

Boult to Ballance, no run, Ballance hanging back to make decent balls look much better than they are. Just doesn't cover that little movement away, and is beaten

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 51/2 (RR: 4.25)

    • GS Ballance 9 (22b)
    • JE Root 6 (18b)
    • TA Boult 6-0-23-0
    • AF Milne 1-0-3-0
12.1

Milne to Root, no run, length ball outside off, holds its line, left alone

12.2

Milne to Root, FOUR, good shot. A length ball just outside off, Root moves forward into the shot, and drives it on the up. Between point and cover

12.3

Milne to Root, 1 run, full and straight, flicked past midwicket for one

Harry: "There is a clear line between howler and marginal. Batsman hits ball given out LBW, Batsman hits it to first slip (warner and broad)..... Get rid of those howlers. There will always be mistakes from umpires.="

12.4

Milne to Ballance, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, bunted to short midwicket

"Is it fair to say, if not for South Africa, New Zealand have the best fielding unit in this world cup?" It is unfair, Nick. Because I think even with South Africa in the equation, NZ are the best fielding side. But NZ and SA showing off all their fielding skills in the final of the WC will be wonderful

12.5

Milne to Ballance, no run, short of a length, holds its line around middle and leg. Defended to short midwicket

12.6

Milne to Ballance, 1 run, similar length but starts too straight, and is picked away for a single

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 57/2 (RR: 4.38)

    • GS Ballance 10 (25b)
    • JE Root 11 (21b 1x4)
    • AF Milne 2-0-9-0
    • TA Boult 6-0-23-0

Gabbagod: "The DRS is not to overturn a decision that is 50/50. It is there only for the howlers like Stuart Broad or Usman Khawaja ?"

13.1

Boult to Ballance, OUT, Ballance is back, this is a shortish delivery, has some width too, and is there to be hit. But the ball just doesn't come on. Ballance has to wait. He tries to check the shot, but because his feet haven't moved he is not close to the line of the ball. He ends up toe-ending this softly. A simple catch to short cover. Boult gets a seventh over, and he has struck first ball

GS Ballance c Williamson b Boult 10 (46m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Eoin Morgan comes in. Read in an Australian newspaper today - not sure which - that he has created more ducks than Walt Disney. Is Daddles warming up?

13.2

Boult to Morgan, no run, full and swing away, left alone

Two slips. Three square men catching on the off side

13.3

Boult to Morgan, no run, oh ho ho. Nearly works that plan. This is a big swinging delivery. Morgan thinks he can play this to leg, but the ball swings and opens him up. The leading edge doesn't carry to short cover-point

13.4

Boult to Morgan, no run, nearly bowled him. Full and just outside off, and he has played down the wrong line

13.5

Boult to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, doesn't do anything. Left alone

A third slip comes in

13.6

Boult to Morgan, no run, this one is straight and at the stumps. Defended to mid-on

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) England 57/3 (RR: 4.07)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (5b)
    • JE Root 11 (21b 1x4)
    • TA Boult 7-1-23-1
    • AF Milne 2-0-9-0

McCullum has defended his mate Morgan against external criticism, but on the field he is not giving him an inch. That's how cricket should be played

And now we have Dan Vettori. No slip for him

14.1

Vettori to Root, no run, short of a length with the start, punched to leg but not past Guptill at midwicket. That's seven runs saved in the field

14.2

Vettori to Root, 1 run, punched past point for one this time

"Problem with DRS is players have been misusing it. You should review when you KNOW the decision is wrong, not when you think there is the slightest possibility that it might be wrong." Thanks for articulating that, NeilB. People don't seem to agree with us

14.3

Vettori to Morgan, no run, Vettori is flat again, and Morgan is nearly run out. Very anxious to get off the mark. Played straight to short third. They want the one, but it is not on. Root starts off and then sends him back. He makes it in time, though

14.4

Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, finally off the mark. Vettori stays shortish and wide. Cut away for a single

14.5

Vettori to Root, 1 run, full this time, pushed to long-off for one

14.6

Vettori to Morgan, no run, a reverse swing already. Vettori is accurate. Pitches middle and off, beats him, but hasn't turned back to draw a big lbw shout

Time for a drink

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 60/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • EJG Morgan 1 (8b)
    • JE Root 13 (24b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0
    • TA Boult 7-1-23-1

Boult bowling his eighth. With two slips and a gully

15.1

Boult to Root, no run, length ball, off, not swinging, defended with an open face

15.2

Boult to Root, no run, that's seven runs saved in the field. He has run this off the face towards third man, but Williamson flies at gully to save one run

15.3

Boult to Root, 3 runs, wide length ball, driven square, Vettori has to do some work to get around from third man and keep this one in with a late dive

Jamie: "There can be certain intent in the rules, but just like in the real world we try to utilise the rules to our own advantage, and that's the way it will always be so we accept that's the way it is, regarless of 'should be's'."

15.4

Boult to Morgan, 3 runs, on a length, outside off, runs this off the outside half of the bat into the vacant third-man region

15.5

Boult to Root, no run, McCullum has saved at least two more here. I am counting it at nine. Pushed with a straight bat. Looks like an easy two towards long-off because the mid-off is back and there is no one back. Except that at the last moment McCullum comes flying in. No run

15.6

Boult to Root, 1 run, widish length ball, an driven to deep cover for one

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 67/3 (RR: 4.18)

    • JE Root 17 (29b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 4 (9b)
    • TA Boult 8-1-30-1
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0
16.1

Vettori to Root, 1 run, flighted, middle and off, pushed down to long-off for a single

16.2

Vettori to Morgan, no run, moves across a little to defend a length ball in front of off

16.3

Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, slower through the air, driven to long-on for one

"Think its 10 saved. 14.1 and 15.2 you have seven twice." Thanks Sea, that's 10 then

16.4

Vettori to Root, 2 runs, worked to leg for a couple

16.5

Vettori to Root, no run, flighted outside off, defended

16.6

Vettori to Root, no run, flatter delivery, looks to cut it, can't beat Taylor at backward point. There is a fumble but that doesn't cost them a run

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 71/3 (RR: 4.17)

    • JE Root 20 (33b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 5 (11b)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-0
    • TA Boult 8-1-30-1

Mark: "@Jamie - and when people try to "utilise" the rules to their advantage by making tactical appeals rather than trying to reverse a clearly incorrect decision, I have no sympathy for them when it fails and they don't have a review to use for the clearly incorrect decisions they receive later."

Milne gets a change of ends. Boult taken off after eight straight overs

17.1

Milne to Morgan, no run, full and straight, defended to mid-off

17.2

Milne to Morgan, no run, tight leave but a good leave. Short of a length, middle and off, angling away. So he has left it on bounce. And it bounces just over the off stump. That's bowled at 141ks

17.3

Milne to Morgan, no run, on a length, starts outside off, angles further away, left alone

17.4

Milne to Morgan, no run, short of a length, pitches middle and leg, angles towards off, defended

There has been a friendly warning to Milne for running on the protected area apparently. I am not sure this counts as the first caution. ICC not clear with signals re this law

17.5

Milne to Morgan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended

17.6

Milne to Morgan, no run, angling across him but pitched a little further up. Left alone

End of over 18 (maiden) England 71/3 (RR: 3.94)

    • EJG Morgan 5 (17b)
    • JE Root 20 (33b 1x4)
    • AF Milne 3-1-9-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-0
18.1

Vettori to Root, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

18.2

Vettori to Root, no run, flighted around middle and leg, defended back to Vettori

18.3

Vettori to Root, 1 run, tossed up again, pushed to long-off for a single this time

18.4

Vettori to Morgan, no run, shimmies down a touch, Vettori slows it down a touch, Morgan has to wait, and he plays a defensive shot

18.5

Vettori to Morgan, no run, quicker this time, played back to Morgan

18.6

Vettori to Morgan, no run, quick, on the pads, but Morgan plays it straight to short fine leg

End of over 19 (1 run) England 72/3 (RR: 3.78)

    • EJG Morgan 5 (20b)
    • JE Root 21 (36b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-8-0
    • AF Milne 3-1-9-0
19.1

Milne to Root, no run, full, wide and quick. Root goes for the drive, but is late into it. This is bowled at 145ks

19.2

Milne to Root, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, nicely played between the slip and gully for a couple. Third man is too square to keep this down to one

19.3

Milne to Root, no run, fuller, outside off, pushed to mid-off

19.4

Milne to Root, FOUR, top-edged for four. Bouncer at 142ks. He is late into the hook. Fine top edge. No fielder there

19.5

Milne to Root, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched to square third man for one

Raff: "Vettori is 5 wickets and 53 runs away from becoming only the 2nd man in cricket history to take 700 international wickets and score 7,000 international runs. The other: Sean Pollock, with 829 wickets and nearly 7,400 runs."

19.6

Milne to Morgan, no run, short of a length, around off, rises a touch, defended to point

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 79/3 (RR: 3.95)

    • EJG Morgan 5 (21b)
    • JE Root 28 (41b 2x4)
    • AF Milne 4-1-16-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-8-0
20.1

Vettori to Root, no run, flat, shortish, played with an open face to point

"A friendly warning is not a caution. And the ICC is very clear on the signals in this matter - there is none! You can generally tell if there has been an official caution, because the umpires will get together and call the fielding captain over to say what has happened. If it is just the bowler's end umpire talking to the bowler, then it's just a friendly warning." Colin, Shenwari the other day got only obvious and clear warning before being taken off. Irfan got two in the game against India

20.2

Vettori to Root, 1 run, worked away for an easy single

20.3

Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, flat, cut away for a single

20.4

Vettori to Root, no run, make it 11 runs saved at McCullum flies at short cover and fields this behind his body

20.5

Vettori to Root, 1 run, gets the single this time

20.6

Vettori to Morgan, 2 runs, makes room to take this from outside leg, punches it for a single to deep point

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 84/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • EJG Morgan 8 (23b)
    • JE Root 30 (45b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-13-0
    • AF Milne 4-1-16-0

Vaibhav: "These 'friendly' warnings for running on the track to test playing bowlers is frustratingly unfair to the associate nations. If anyone deserved a 'friendly' warning it was Samiullah Shenwari playing his first ever WC game. The umpires ruined his special moment in very ridiculous manner."

21.1

Milne to Root, no run, full, outside off, pushed to mid-off

Jose: "ICC should assign Billy Bowden to develope cleare / visually exciting signals."

A lady carrying two coffees just walks past the sightscreen causing an interruption

21.2

Milne to Root, no run, crunchy drive, but straight to mid-off

21.3

Milne to Root, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to third man for one

21.4

Milne to Morgan, 1 run, pulled away to long leg for one

A slip and a gully still

21.5

Milne to Root, 3 runs, no mid-on in place. Full and straight. Pushed through that gap. McCullum puts in another big chase, but I won't count this as one saved. Other fielders would have managed this too. George Binoy differs vehemently. He has rushed from mid-off, GB says. Let's make it 12 runs saved then

21.6

Milne to Morgan, no run, full fast and just outside off, defended to cover

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 89/3 (RR: 4.04)

    • EJG Morgan 9 (25b)
    • JE Root 34 (49b 2x4)
    • AF Milne 5-1-21-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-13-0

"Surely Colin's comment means that it's not what we see it's what the players hear that is important" John, then why make a clear signal for a bye. Let just the players now. It is a spectator sport. There should be clear signals for the benefit of the players

Anderson into the attack now, and he starts round the wicket

22.1

Anderson to Root, 1 wide, and he begins with a wide down the leg side. Angling too far down

22.1

Anderson to Root, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to point

22.2

Anderson to Root, 1 run, runs off the thick outside edge for a single as he pushes at a wide length ball

A slip in place for Morgan

22.3

Anderson to Morgan, no run, short of a length, wide, moves away, defeats Morgan's cut. Draws a bottom edge

22.4

Anderson to Morgan, no run, another bottom edge on the cut. This is not short enough. He is under pressure to manufacture something

22.5

Anderson to Morgan, FOUR, full and swinging away, he moves into the drive, and gets four for it. Not that bad a ball but the field for Morgan is more square and behind

22.6

Anderson to Morgan, 1 run, full and straight, worked away for a single to deep midwicket

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 96/3 (RR: 4.17)

    • EJG Morgan 14 (29b 1x4)
    • JE Root 35 (51b 2x4)
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-7-0
    • AF Milne 5-1-21-0
23.1

Vettori to Morgan, no run, Mrogan makes room again and is beaten by a floater outside off

23.2

Vettori to Morgan, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to midwicket

23.3

Vettori to Morgan, no run, tossed up outside off, defended back to him

Don: "If ICC just tell the umpires to get rid of these 'friendly' warnings then none of this would be an issue, so if a bowler ever runs on the protected area and the umpires spot it then they should receive a clear first warning. The same should apply for when players are 'Mankaded' (not something one of the greatest all rounders thats played the game should be remembered for), no need for warnings just follow the laws of the game as its set out. On the cricket field the laws should be black and white, so we can avoid all these unnecessary controversies. "

23.4

Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

Colin: "All the signals that an umpire makes are for the benefit of the scorers, not the spectators. The scorers have no interest in whether a bowler has been warned, so there is no signal for it. As an umpire, I already have enough to worry about without having more pointless signals to remember. There's 8 different conditions for issuing warnings in law 42 alone."

23.5

Vettori to Root, no run, flat and quick, not much turn, he stays back, there is some excitement around the lbw, but the bat comes down in time

23.6

Vettori to Root, 1 run, played wide of mid-on but not wide enough of the lightning Boult who keeps them down to one

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 98/3 (RR: 4.08)

    • JE Root 36 (53b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 15 (33b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-0-15-0
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-7-0
24.1

Anderson to Root, 1 leg bye, angling in from round the wicket, too straight, and concedes a leg-bye

Over the wicket

24.2

Anderson to Morgan, no run, length ball, slight shape away, defended from the crease

24.3

Anderson to Morgan, 1 leg bye, angling in this time, and he has conceded a leg-bye again

24.4

Anderson to Root, no run, this one angles in from outside off, defended from the crease

24.5

Anderson to Root, 1 leg bye, another leg-bye as this one beats the inside edge with movement back in. This could be one of the most expensive maiden overs

24.6

Anderson to Morgan, 1 run, no it won't be a maiden. Morgan cuts this shortish delivery to deepish point for a single

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 102/3 (RR: 4.08)

    • EJG Morgan 16 (36b 1x4)
    • JE Root 36 (56b 2x4)
    • CJ Anderson 2-0-8-0
    • DL Vettori 5-0-15-0

Dan: "@ Colin, surely the signal for the last Powerplay is for the benefit of the crowd. What difference does it make to the scorers?"

25.1

Vettori to Morgan, no run, flighted around off, slow through the air, defended back to him

25.2

Vettori to Morgan, no run, down the wicket, looks like he is getting a single to long-on, but McCullum flies in to make it 13 runs saved

25.3

Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

25.4

Vettori to Root, 1 run, flat and outside off, driven to deep cover for one

25.5

Vettori to Morgan, no run, tossed up on off, driven straight to mid-off

25.6

Vettori to Morgan, OUT, Milne you beauty. Fast bowlers are not supposed to make impossible saves and take flying catches in the outfield. But Milne does. Morgan looks to drive hard at this, but the ball doesn't quite come on. He is early into the shot but is quite forceful, which means this goes in the air and travels a long way. The trouble is, it seems it straight enough of long-on. Milne, though, has judged it to perfection and puts in the last-second dive. Full length mind you. Almost ala McGrath at Adelaide Oval

EJG Morgan c Milne b Vettori 17 (51m 41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.46

Tyler: "@Colin as someone who has played and watched cricket for 35 years, I understand the fact that signals were originally developed to notify the scorers. But to suggest in this day and age that the spectators don't need to know what is happening on field is silly, if not a little arrogant."

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 104/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • JE Root 37 (57b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-0-17-1
    • CJ Anderson 2-0-8-0

And on cue strike bowler Southee replaces Anderson

26.1

Southee to Taylor, no run, and on cue it produces an appeal. He bowls a full swinging delivery that passes the bat at the same time as it hits the ground

26.2

Southee to Taylor, OUT, what captaincy, what bowling. McCullum calls his strike bowler. Look, get me a wicket. Southee bowls one wide outswinger. That draws an appeal. And now he bowls an outswinging yorker that beats the outside edge of the new batsman and pings back the off stump. What a joy to watch the aggressive approach and the execution thereof by New Zealand

JWA Taylor b Southee 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Alex: "Fast bowlers are not supposed to take flying catches in the field? Both Bond and Boult will have something to say to you. "

Jos Buttler - some might argue England's best batsman this WC - is in

26.3

Southee to Buttler, no run, he goes for the outswinging yorker again but ends up bowling a fullie. Defended to short midwicket

Short midwicket taken out. No insurance against the bad ball. Some captaincy

26.4

Southee to Buttler, no run, bouncer now. Left alone

Trevor_G: "The best fielding teams are usually from rugby playing nations where throwing yourself headlong on the ground is learned at the age of 5 or 6 years of age."

26.5

Southee to Buttler, no run, lovely dipping outswinger. This one drops on him, Buttler realises at the last moment he is not close enough to the pitch of the ball. Beats him with the swing

26.6

Southee to Buttler, 2 runs, oh a touch too straight, and he has placed it through that vacant midwicket region

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 106/5 (RR: 3.92)

    • JC Buttler 2 (4b)
    • JE Root 37 (57b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 6-0-25-3
    • DL Vettori 6-0-17-1
27.1

Vettori to Root, no run, appeal for leg-before because Vettori is accurate and this doesn't turn. Bat first is the first instinct, but it is pad first, and New Zealand don't have a review left. A review would have returned umpire's call on the bounce on this one

27.2

Vettori to Root, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

27.3

Vettori to Buttler, no run, inside half of the bat as this is full and doesn't turn

27.4

Vettori to Buttler, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushed to deep cover for one

27.5

Vettori to Root, no run, saws his charge and fires one in flat. Off the pad it goes to short fine

27.6

Vettori to Root, no run, stays back to defend a flat delivery

"Dan, I still give the Powerplay signal in club cricket with no spectators at the ground. The scorers aren't very interested in that particular one, it is true, but they still record when it happens. It's useful to have this recorded, especially if it has been taken early." Similarly, Colin, it is useful to record these things. Especially when one bowler is getting two clear and obvious warnings, and another is getting just one

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 108/5 (RR: 3.85)

    • JE Root 38 (61b 2x4)
    • JC Buttler 3 (6b)
    • DL Vettori 7-0-19-1
    • TG Southee 6-0-25-3
28.1

Southee to Buttler, OUT, lovely outswing bowling. Southee has a four-for. This is on a length, not too wide, you can't keep leaving them alone all day long in ODIs. Buttler pushes at it, Southee gets enough movement away to take the edge and England are six down

JC Buttler c †Ronchi b Southee 3 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Just so great to see a captain refusing to play by the formula of defending in the middle overs. Of course he has the bowling resources to execute his intent

28.2

Southee to Woakes, 1 run, nearly another. Full outswinging yorker. Woakes is a dead duck sitting in the crease, but the bat comes down just in time to take the outside edge to third man

28.3

Southee to Root, 1 leg bye, inswinger this time, concedes a leg-bye to Root

28.4

Southee to Woakes, OUT, Southee. Unplayable Southee. Has a Michelle now. Four of them have been bowled to outswingers that have hit the off stump. That's beautiful. Outswingers hitting the top of off. Too good for a No. 8. Woakes' only mistake here is, he is not forward. Southee loves it. Gives him the space to let this outswinger drop and then move past the outside edge to hit the top of off. Nothing wrong in the pitch here. Just high-quality swing bowling and aggressive captaincy

CR Woakes b Southee 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Broad comes in

28.5

Southee to Broad, 1 run, swinging and full. Outside off. Steered away to third man

28.6

Southee to Root, 1 run, too straight this outswinger is, and he has picked away for a single

Southee is the third NZer with a five-for in a WC match. R Hadlee and Bond did it before him

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 112/7 (RR: 3.86)

    • JE Root 39 (63b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (1b)
    • TG Southee 7-0-28-5
    • DL Vettori 7-0-19-1

"With the exception of the three fours Ali took off his third over, Southee is producing an absolute clinic of swing bowling. Buy the tape and watch it on repeat for a week kids, this is how you do it." Dan. the three fours weren't exceptionally bad bowling either

Boult comes back too. McCullum wants to be batting before the supper break

29.1

Boult to Root, 1 run, length ball, outside off, runs it down to third man

Three slips for Broad

29.2

Boult to Broad, no run, full and just outside off. Beats him with the yorker. Misses the off stump

29.3

Boult to Broad, no run, on a length, angling in, played with an open face to point

29.4

Boult to Broad, no run, full and straight, swinging back in, beats the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

How long before they bounce Broad? Moeen got one and was rooted back to the crease when they bowled full to him

29.5

Boult to Broad, no run, Broad seems to have lost all confidence as a batsman. He is just not fancying getting behind the line of them. He has moved away from a straight length ball. Lucky that it has bounced over the stumps

29.6

Boult to Broad, 1 run, bunted into the leg side for one

End of over 30 (2 runs) England 114/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • SCJ Broad 2 (6b)
    • JE Root 40 (64b 2x4)
    • TA Boult 9-1-32-1
    • TG Southee 7-0-28-5
30.1

Southee to Broad, no run, swinging into the pads, played to square leg

30.2

Southee to Broad, 2 runs, a wild swing of the bat after backing away, but that is better than backing away and doing nothing. The edge is healthy enough to defeat the aggressive field and carry over mid-on

30.3

Southee to Broad, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to mid-off

Robert: "The only thing that stands between New Zealand and the world cup is that the final is on Australian turf."

30.4

Southee to Broad, OUT, Southee has six. Broad needs talking to. Ordinary attitude to batting. Running away and hoping for the best. He has moved away from leg, and just put his bat there. The leading edge to the full ball carried to mid-off where Vettori takes a two-hander to his left

SCJ Broad c Vettori b Southee 4 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Disappointing to see Broad - a fighter the last I checked - running away from the ball like a tailender. He used to run away with games with the bat. Almost like he is worried about getting injured. Is this after Aaron hit him on the nose at Old Trafford?

Finn comes in but Root is on strike

30.5

Southee to Root, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

Nick: "England are in danger of been dismissed for less than Scotland here..."

30.6

Southee to Root, no run, another full outswinger, draws a soft leading edge towards cover

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 116/8 (RR: 3.74)

    • JE Root 40 (66b 2x4)
    • ST Finn 0 (0b)
    • TG Southee 8-0-30-6
    • TA Boult 9-1-32-1

Aekay: "The only thing standing between NZ and this world cup is this unfinished match and the beauty of cricket, "It's not over till it's over." - Kerry Packer (Not an English fan)"

Two slips in place

31.1

Boult to Finn, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

Rhys: "#stayhumble ?"

Goes round the wicket

31.2

Boult to Finn, no run, drops this in short, Finn sways away from it although this is not threatening him

31.3

Boult to Finn, no run, short of a length, into the pads, defended

Sajan tells me Southee has already taken 10 wickets this WC. To go with 18 in the last edition. The most for a NZer in a WC is 20 by Geoff Allot in 1999

Three slips now

31.4

Boult to Finn, no run, they think of an lbw appeal as this beats the inside edge but it is going down with the angle

31.5

Boult to Finn, no run, full and outside off. Trying to suck him into a drive. Finn doesn't oblige

Roy: "At least England dont need to worry about their death bowling this match. The kiwis should wrap this up in 20 overs."

31.6

Boult to Finn, no run, full and straight. Defended off the inside half of the bat. A maiden

End of over 32 (maiden) England 116/8 (RR: 3.62)

    • ST Finn 0 (6b)
    • JE Root 40 (66b 2x4)
    • TA Boult 10-2-32-1
    • TG Southee 8-0-30-6
32.1

Southee to Root, 1 run, driven past point for one. He won't mind that Finn is on strike now

Four slips in place

32.2

Southee to Finn, no run, goes for the inswinger, pretty straight, defended to midwicket

Kasun: "Root should take the power play and try to score a few quick runs before he runs out of partners."

32.3

Southee to Finn, OUT, Seven for Southee. This is lovely stuff. Just floats in an outswinger outside off, Finn follows it, edges it to Taylor at first slip. Best figures for a NZer in a WC match. Root is left stranded, but he really should have protected Finn and not taken the single first ball

ST Finn c Taylor b Southee 0 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

JohnB: "I suspect you should give a lot more of the credit for the deterioration in Broad's batting to Mitch Johnson."

Last man in. Anderson. Southee going for an eight-for

32.4

Southee to Anderson, 1 run, full, swinging in, aimed at off, gets the big inside edge for a single

32.5

Southee to Root, 1 run, driven away square, first misfield by NZ. Guptill at point. That concedes the single. Are NZ being cheeky? They know Root is taking every single on offer. Gives Southee the chance to take the best-ever figures in a WC match

Sorry. Southee has one more over to go after this ball

32.6

Southee to Anderson, no run, full and wide, swinging in a touch, left alone by Anderson

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 119/9 (RR: 3.60)

    • JM Anderson 1 (2b)
    • JE Root 42 (68b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 9-0-33-7
    • TA Boult 10-2-32-1

Milne comes back

33.1

Milne to Root, FOUR, finally intent from Root. Short, widish, he rocks back to cut it away for four

33.2

Milne to Root, OUT, Milne and Root have denied Southee a shot at best-ever figures in a WC match. Milne is short of a length again, Root looks to pull, it gets a bit big, takes the top edge, and settled with Vettori at fine leg

JE Root c Vettori b Milne 46 (123m 70b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.71

4.33pm For the second time this WC, New Zealand will bat before the supper break after having bowled an opposition out. Tim Southee. What a spell by him. Seven wickets. Four of them were outswinger hitting the off stump. New Zealand were too good - with the ball, in the field, with the captaincy - against the top order, but pretty ordinary from the lower order. Root made no attempt to farm the strike as the wickets kept falling. And Broad kept running away from the ball. The most striking aspect of this rout is that the pitch had nothing to do with it. Just good old-fashioned swing bowling and excellent attitude saying we will not settle for 230 in 50 overs. We will got for 150 all out and risk conceding 270 if it doesn't go to plan

"Blue sky, good shape of the ball. It swings," Southee says. "Great atmosphere. Testament to the brand of cricket we are playing. Putting bums on the seats. We pride ourselves on our attitude. Shows the most in our fielding."

I will be back with the chase even before you realise I have been gone. New Zealand begin batting at 4.43pm

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'Morgan should bat at No. 6, as a finisher'
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Geoffrey Boycott on England's captain, their death bowling problems, which minnow has the best chance in the World Cup, and more (18:56) | February 18, 2015

Play 18:56

Geoffrey Boycott on England's captain, their death bowling problems, which minnow has the best chance in the World Cup, and more (18:56) | February 18, 2015


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