ICC World Twenty20, 17th Match, Group 1: England v New Zealand at Pallekele, Sep 29, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 17th match, Group 1
England won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
29 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

We're all set to start, then. Danny Briggs is going to open the bowling with his left-arm spin...

3.25pm: The anthems are being dirged. Actually, I quite like New Zealand's... Anyway, fancy winning some things? Predict which team will win this match to win a top-of-the-range Gray-Nicolls Powerbow bat. We're giving away one of these, along with beach-cricket sets and shirts, every day: http://es.pn/t20-comp

3.15pm: Allrounders? Pah! Here's Jon Shepherd: "Seriously..."Bits & Bobs" Bresnan AGAIN!? When are England going to figure out that he is not a international level cricketer!? He bats and bowls but is below average at both!"

And Ahmad Saleem is musing on NZ's absent creaky all-action man: "Oram's absence might prove to be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand. He has been wayward with the ball and a liability in the field. Bracewell is a promising young bowler and he will definitely do better than Oram."

3.10pm: It's bright and sunny in Pallakele, nice conditions for a hit. The clouds have settled squarely over Mark Kidger, however: "The last two games have been hard to take for an England fan who had seen his side sweep all before it in T20 over the last 2 years, winning in India, UAE & Sri Lanka, with 12 wins in the last 17 games (including the warm-ups). I am hoping for a return to winning ways today and an injection of self-confidence. However, New Zealand are dangerous and know that England are suddenly vulnerable."

3.05pm: So, England's batsmen fail and the bowling is changed - some things never change. Seems as if the pitch is a bit dryer, may turn a bit, and they've gone for the specialist spin of Briggs above Patel's part-time stuff. I'm not sure that Tim Bresnan batting at No. 7 is going to take any pressure off the top six, though he did make his highest T20I score of 23 not out to take England past New Zealand's 149 in St Lucia two years ago.

3pm: New Zealand have won the toss and chosen to bat, Doug Bracewell is in for Oram, who's gone back to the team hotel for a lie down (and probably a vomit, let's be honest). Stuart Broad says he would have batted too ... and England have made changes, with Tim Bresnan in and a first World T20 appearance for Danny Briggs. Jade Dernbach and Samit Patel drop out.

England 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Danny Briggs.

New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Rob Nicol, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 James Franklin, 6 Kane Williamson, 7 Doug Bracewell, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills.

10.20am/2.50pm: Good morning/afternoon and welcome to the undercard. England and New Zealand are currently playing second fiddle in Group 1 and, as noted in our preview, defeat today could leave the loser packing up their dog throwers and heading for home. That depends on the result of Sri Lanka-West Indies but the winner will keep their fate in their own hands. England have had more starting problems than a sprinter with a nervous twitch but in Martin Guptill, New Zealand have an opener who's been there and done that (and done it well). How the respective top orders fare today could well decide the game.

I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined by Andrew McGlashan for live, hastily typed coverage of today's World T20 hi jinx. The Super Eights have largely lived up to their billing so far (*cough* India *cough*), so let's hope for another humdinger in Pallekele. We'll bring you the toss and team news shortly, though one thing that has been confirmed is the absence of Jacob Oram for New Zealand - he's been struck down by a spot of gastro. So maybe it wasn't the water, after all?


Briggs to Guptill, no run, start round the wicket, length ball on off stump, gets forward and pushed to cover


Briggs to Guptill, 1 run, looped up on middle and leg, clipped round the front pad through midwicket for a single to get off the mark


Briggs to Nicol, no run, first sign of turn as Nicol pushes loosely at a wide delivery, which gripped and spun past the outside edge


Briggs to Nicol, 1 run, straighter line, on the stumps, worked towards mid-on for one


Briggs to Guptill, FOUR, flighted on middle and off, Guptill skips out and punches forcefully between the bowler and mid-on for the first boundary


Briggs to Guptill, no run, missed run-out chance! Guptill skewed a drive towards cover-point and went charging down the crease, the ball went straight to Jos Buttler but he chose to throw to the bowler's end, where Rob Nicol was safely back

End of over 1 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • MJ Guptill 5 (4b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1 (2b)
    • DR Briggs 1-0-6-0

Steven Finn will take the ball from the other end


Finn to Nicol, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Nicol gets a thin edge on a leg glance, which then comes off the pad towards backward square as Finn appeals for lbw


Finn to Guptill, no run, on a length outside off, pushed towards point


Finn to Guptill, OUT, pitched up and Guptill gets his feet in a tangle - that's out, lbw! Finn went full, fast and bang on off, the batsman took a half-step across and then couldn't get his bat down, banging into his boot as the ball struck pad

MJ Guptill lbw b Finn 5 (7m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

That wicket brings Brendon McCullum to the crease. Are you happy, England? Are you happy?


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, fierce lifter in the corridor outside off and this has McCullum hopping around the crease, the ball searing past the outside edge


Finn to BB McCullum, 1 wide, slides this one down the leg side


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length again and seaming away a touch, again beats McCullum outside off


Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, length delivery, opens the face and squirts a drive down to third man

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 9/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • BB McCullum 1 (3b)
    • RJ Nicol 2 (3b)
    • ST Finn 1-0-3-1
    • DR Briggs 1-0-6-0

Briggs to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and blocked back to the bowler


Briggs to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, sliding on towards leg stump, defended into the off side


Briggs to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and flighted, pushed wide of point and they scamper through for one


Briggs to Nicol, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, worked through midwicket


Briggs to BB McCullum, FOUR, tossed up on middle, McCullum backs away and lasers the ball back past the bowler for a driven four, beaten Wright's dive at long-off


Briggs to BB McCullum, FOUR, four more, clubbed down the ground! Briggs went full, on the stumps and McCullum flexed those biceps to bunt the ball aerially to long-on, one bounce and over the rope

End of over 3 (10 runs) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 6.33)

    • BB McCullum 10 (8b 2x4)
    • RJ Nicol 3 (4b)
    • DR Briggs 2-0-16-0
    • ST Finn 1-0-3-1

"It must be funny for England selectors or captain to come here on cricinfo..." says Nick, who is mistaking Andy Flower for someone who spends a lot of time on here. "They spend hours & days to choose players for a match, and finally come up with what would seem to be a perfect team for them. And then, there are always tones of comments saying 'Noooo, why did England pick Bresnan !?' or such things"


Finn to Nicol, no run, touch short of a length, defended in front of the stumps


Finn to Nicol, 1 bye, another fierce lifter from Finn, cuts Nicol in half and then nearly hits Kieswetter on the nose, he can only glove it towards short fine leg and they get a bye


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, banged in short as McCullum gives him the charge, swipes across the line but is beaten

Dead ball called as Finn breaks the non-striker's stumps... would have been a leg-side wide too


Finn to BB McCullum, OUT, and gone, sliced high to third man! McCullum has been snuffed out by Finn, the batsman took him on, couldn't control the shot and it soared high off the edge to Wright, who took a comfortable low catch. Went for the hurry-up but only hastened his demise

BB McCullum c Wright b Finn 10 (11m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

The batsmen crossed, so Kane Williamson is at the non-striker's end


Finn to Nicol, 4 leg byes, good length ball, sliding towards leg, Nicol misses with a flick but there's a tickle of pad and it race to fine leg


Finn to Nicol, 2 runs, short and outside the line of off, goes across and worked behind square on the leg side

End of over 4 (7 runs) New Zealand 26/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • RJ Nicol 5 (8b)
    • KS Williamson 0 (0b)
    • ST Finn 2-0-5-2
    • DR Briggs 2-0-16-0

First bowling change, with Tim Bresnan on for Briggs


Bresnan to Williamson, no run, length ball around the line of off, Williamson watchfully pushed back to the bowler


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, pitched up and pushed to mid-on coming forward


Bresnan to Nicol, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Nicol chops through a gap at cover


Bresnan to Williamson, 1 run, short and angled in towards the ribs, tucked into the leg side for a single


Bresnan to Nicol, no run, banged in, tight line, pushed to mid-on but the fielding is quick and that's another dot


Bresnan to Nicol, 1 wide, short and straying too far to leg, Nicol swings and misses but wide is called anyway


Bresnan to Nicol, no run, full and drifting towards leg stump, clipped straight to the man on the edge of the circle

"NOW England are very very happy!!!... seeing the back of Brendon. Finn you beauty!!" Yep, they can smile now, Arsh

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 30/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • RJ Nicol 6 (11b)
    • KS Williamson 2 (3b)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-4-0
    • ST Finn 2-0-5-2

Finn to Williamson, no run, back of a length and coming back in at the batsman, turned short on the leg side


Finn to Williamson, no run, short ball outside the line of off, Williamson blocks short on the off side from deep in the crease


Finn to Williamson, no run, touch fuller, in the corridor and tailing in, Williamson tries to drive but mistimes the ball back to the bowler - another dot


Finn to Williamson, FOUR, short and straight, at the man but the man backs away and smartly cuts through gully for a well-timed four

Williamson moves across outside off, working a full-pitched delivery wide of mid-on... but Finn had clattered the stumps again, so no runs for New Zealand (again)


Finn to Williamson, 1 run, short ball pulled through square leg for one


Finn to Nicol, FOUR, pitched up on the stumps, Nicol is ready for this one and carves a flat four back past mid-on, cracking hit

Can you guess where is Ishtiaque from? "Remove McCullum, New Zealand is weaker than Bangladesh. I would be really surprised if I see some other team other than New Zealand is the first team to go out from this World Cup."

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 39/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • RJ Nicol 10 (12b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 7 (8b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 3-0-14-2
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-4-0

Powerplay down with, England turn to Graeme Swann


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, flighted on off, turned through the leg side to the fielder in the deep


Swann to Nicol, 1 run, tossed up, Nicol leaves the crease and punches one to long-on


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, flighted, dipping towards middle and leg as Williamson dances out and taps through midwicket


Swann to Nicol, no run, drags this a touch shorter, chopped back into the ground and mid-on prevents one


Swann to Nicol, OUT, Nicol goes for the six-hit to deep square leg that served him so well against Sri Lanka ... but this time he picks out the man on the fence! This pitch is a touch slower, the ball came off the toe of the bat rather than the meat and sailed to deep square, who set himself a few yards in from the boundary

RJ Nicol c Bairstow b Swann 11 (34m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

If I had a nickle for every time Swann took a wicket in his first over...


Swann to Williamson, no run, tossed up outside off and spinning in, defended

End of over 7 (3 runs) New Zealand 42/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • KS Williamson 9 (11b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (0b)
    • GP Swann 1-0-3-1
    • ST Finn 3-0-14-2

So, the captain, Ross Taylor, is in; and the captain, Stuart Broad, is on


Broad to Taylor, no run, pitched up, slightly full, on middle and leg, Taylor prods it back down the pitch


Broad to Taylor, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, worked through square leg with a turn of the wrists


Broad to Williamson, no run, dug in outside the line of off, Williamson mistimes a pull shot


Broad to Williamson, 1 run, pitched on a good length in the corridor, opens the face for one to third man


Broad to Taylor, no run, bumper, well-directed around the line of off, Taylor can only drop it short on to the wicket and Broad fields


Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, moves across and works a length ball behind square, it's into a gap and they come back for two

So, that Steven Finn thing. Annoying, hey? Here's Jared Weston: "Hey, is there any good reason why kicking over the non-strikers stumps while bowling is a dead ball and not a no ball? If a batsman hits a boundary and it's called a dead ball it seems unfair to the batting side to be penalised for the bowlers mistake!"

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/3 (RR: 5.75)

    • LRPL Taylor 3 (4b)
    • KS Williamson 10 (13b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-3-1

Swann to Williamson, no run, big offbreak from Swann, kicking and spitting at Williamson off the surface, the batsman manages to chop it back down on to the pitch


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, more turn, this one ripping back from outside off and taking the inside edge, missing the wicket and running to short fine leg


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, nudged short on the leg side


Swann to Williamson, no run, full and flighted, on middle and off, Williamson comes out and jams it back down the pitch


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, length ball, spinning towards leg stump, Williamson nearly misses with a clip to leg but just manages to tickle it fine


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, floated up on the stumps and worked through midwicket on the full

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 50/3 (RR: 5.55)

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (6b)
    • KS Williamson 12 (17b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, short ball and Taylor clatters a pull shot in front of deep midwicket for the first boundary since the sixth over


Broad to Taylor, no run, another bumper, slightly further outside off, tapped towards point and fielded


Broad to Taylor, 1 wide, slides too far down the leg side


Broad to Taylor, no run, short of a length, Taylor gives himself room but steers his shot straight to point


Broad to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight and whipped off the pads to deep square leg


Broad to Williamson, 1 wide, bounced ... and called wide on height


Broad to Williamson, 1 run, another throat-botherer, Williamson sees it early but his hook comes off the splice and loops through square leg


Broad to Taylor, no run, pitched up and driven to mid-off on the front foot

So, England have the Kiwis in a tight spot. See if they can peck back in the second half of the innings with Andrew McGlashan

End of over 10 (8 runs) New Zealand 58/3 (RR: 5.80)

    • LRPL Taylor 10 (11b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 13 (18b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1

Thanks Alan...Swann continues


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, worked from off stump into the leg side


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, misfield at cover from Bresnan allows New Zealand a bonus single


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, touch shorter and Williamson steps back in his crease to cut through the off side


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, flatter and quicker on off stump, Taylor tucks it backward of square on the leg side


Swann to Williamson, 1 run, lack of pace causing problems for the batsman as Williamson tries to pull this and ends up flat-batting it down to long on


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, ooh, another missed run out? Was tucked into the leg side and there was hesitation, but Morgan produced a poor throw to Kieswetter. Taylor would have been short

End of over 11 (6 runs) New Zealand 64/3 (RR: 5.81)

    • LRPL Taylor 13 (14b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 16 (21b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 3-0-13-1
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0

Change of bowling as Briggs comes back. "What a time for Taylor to rise to the occasion," says Arsh. "If he can manage to get his team to 145 or 150 (a bit too much I know!) and with England's current batting woes NZ would have a good chance to win."


Briggs to Taylor, 1 run, round the wicket, full on off stump, worked into the midwicket area


Briggs to Williamson, 1 run, short and cut away out to deep cover


Briggs to Taylor, 1 run, full on middle and leg, tucked in front of square through the leg side


Briggs to Williamson, OUT, edged! Touch short from Briggs, Williamson eyed the chance to cut, but the ball skidded through and took the top edge

KS Williamson c †Kieswetter b Briggs 17 (36m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.91

Problems here for New Zealand...they haven't managed any momentum in this innings, although 120 could be a decent score on this surface


Briggs to Franklin, 1 run, stays round the wicket to the left hander, outside off stump and Franklin works down to long on


Briggs to Taylor, no run, nicely bowled, tight on off stump, Taylor defends back to the bowler...very neat over from Briggs

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 68/4 (RR: 5.66)

    • LRPL Taylor 15 (17b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1 (1b)
    • DR Briggs 3-0-20-1
    • GP Swann 3-0-13-1

Graeme Swann to bowl his last over. He's been outstanding again. Slip in place.


Swann to Franklin, no run, round the wicket, on middle, hint of turn and driven to cover


Swann to Franklin, no run, starts wider outside off and comes in with the arm, pushed into the off side


Swann to Franklin, 1 run, little quicker this time, no width on offer for Franklin, it's dabbed into the covers for a sharp single


Swann to Taylor, FOUR, gets this one away, Taylor brings out the sweep to quite a short delivery and sends it backward of square on the leg side


Swann to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off, squeezed to backward point


Swann to Franklin, 1 run, nudged from off stump into the leg side

That completes Swann's work with the ball. Meanwhile, for those asking, the Sri Lanka-West Indies match will be played on the same pitch. Narine and Mendis will like that.

End of over 13 (7 runs) New Zealand 75/4 (RR: 5.76)

    • JEC Franklin 3 (5b)
    • LRPL Taylor 20 (19b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-20-1
    • DR Briggs 3-0-20-1

Bresnan's back


Bresnan to Franklin, 2 runs, short of a length, Franklin opens the face to guide it backward point and that's nicely placed wide of third man


Bresnan to Franklin, no run, bouncer over leg stump, loops off the surface and the batsman wanted a wide but the umpire lets it go


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, uses his feet to a full ball around off stump and drills it firmly towards mid-off who is inside the cricle


Bresnan to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, drops it square into the off side to rotate the strike again


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, touch short outside off, a slower ball, Franklin cracks it out to deep cover

"When the current NZ learns to play spin bowling correctly, they may be able to post some decent scores," says Carey. "The rest of this cricketing world knows this and this has caused their downfall time and time again." You could be talking about England, too


Bresnan to Taylor, no run, good yorker to finish the over, Taylor can only dig it out to the leg side

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 80/4 (RR: 5.71)

    • LRPL Taylor 21 (21b 2x4)
    • JEC Franklin 7 (9b)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-9-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-20-1

Briggs changes ends for his last over


Briggs to Franklin, no run, round the wicket, on leg stump, worked straight to midwicket


Briggs to Franklin, SIX, releases some of the pressure, played the percentages as he picked this up over midwicket...was a good, clean, swing of the bat


Briggs to Franklin, 2 runs, flatter on the leg stump, flicked firmly into the deep and Buttler can't stop the second


Briggs to Franklin, 2 runs, goes much fuller, right at Franklin's toes, and he works it square through the leg side and Buttler, again, can't stop the second


Briggs to Franklin, FOUR, tough chance, perhaps that's harsh because Franklin comes down the pitch and crunches this back in Briggs' direction and it was more self preservation than an attempt to catch it as it whistles to the boundary


Briggs to Franklin, 2 runs, and that's another brace to end the over as he works through the leg side...much better over for New Zealand and very smartly played by Franklin

End of over 15 (16 runs) New Zealand 96/4 (RR: 6.40)

    • JEC Franklin 23 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 21 (21b 2x4)
    • DR Briggs 4-0-36-1
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-9-0

Stuart Broad takes the ball


Broad to Taylor, 1 run, on a length outside off, Taylor opens the face down to third man


Broad to Franklin, no run, a slower short ball deceives Franklin as he gives himself room and the ball loops over the top edge


Broad to Franklin, FOUR, that's a lovely shot, short of a length again and deflects it down to third man...Finn makes a good effort to stop the boundary, gets a hand to it, but can't flick it back

A little gem from Franklin at the moment


Broad to Franklin, no run, beaten again by a short ball as he tries to hoick it through the leg side...hmm, might have been a wide


Broad to Franklin, FOUR, big full toss, poor delivery, and it gets dispatched as he swings it backward of square and beats long leg


Broad to Franklin, 1 run, full and wide outside off, certainly better than leg side, and it's driven out to deep cover

"150 would seem like a very defendable total for NZ," says Peter. "That's what my monthly pay packet says." Good luck

End of over 16 (10 runs) New Zealand 106/4 (RR: 6.62)

    • JEC Franklin 32 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 22 (22b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-22-0
    • DR Briggs 4-0-36-1

Last two overs have gone for 26...New Zealand back in the contest. Finn to finish his allocation


Finn to Franklin, 1 run, full outside leg stump, Franklin backs away and clubs down to long on


Finn to Taylor, OUT, a third for Finn. He's perhaps a touch fortunate because it was short outside off and Taylor picked out his favourite area towards deep midwicket but couldn't clear the man on the boundary

LRPL Taylor c Hales b Finn 22 (43m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 95.65

Important for England because New Zealand were just preparing to cut loose


Finn to Franklin, 1 run, full outside off, a slightly slower ball, and it's dabbed towards point

McCullum backs away at the last moment, something in his eye? Ah, a fly buzzed past his helmet


Finn to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, comes across his stumps to try and work to leg, doesn't make contact and the ball bobbles to the leg side

Well, here we go again. New Zealand has drilled a boundary past mid-off, superb shot, but Finn has kicked the stumps so it's a dead ball. This is a big issue now


Finn to Franklin, 1 leg bye, back of a length, takes Franklin's leg and lobs to the off side so a four effectively becomes a leg bye

"That rule has to change! what has Franklin done wrong to miss out on 4 runs?," says Hayden. Yep, I agree. Franklin was in some pain after the blow from the previous delivery


Finn to NL McCullum, no run, finishes with a bouncer, flies over McCullum's head as he ducks

End of a fantastic spell from Finn, but his habit of kicking the stumps is likely to be a talking point again

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 110/5 (RR: 6.47)

    • NL McCullum 0 (2b)
    • JEC Franklin 34 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 4-0-16-3
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-22-0

Meanwhile, here's Bresnan...

Here's Oli with a detailed summing up of the day so far: "I think the best way to sum up New Zealand's performance is immature: Guptill's wicket was good bowling, after that it was down hill, McCullum played how he had been before this tournament and in a way he was not scoring runs. Which cost him his wicket. Nicol got out in exactly the same way as the game against Sri Lanka so shows he did not learn. Next was Williamson where he has been chosen, but with all the skill he has he is simply not suited for t20. Taylor's dissmisal was bad because he did not recognise that Finn is bowling well and needed to maybe just take a step back and let him bowl. Wickets were lost immaturely and the total is reflecting a poor game sense from my New Zealand."


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, short on leg stump, pulled away to long leg


Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 run, very full at off stump, driven down the ground to long on


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, excellent delivery, pinpoint yorker on leg stump, Franklin tried to give himself room but can only push it down the ground

"Actually, I disagree about the dead ball thing," says Matthew. "I think that it's absolutely right that it stands as a dead ball. If the batsman is going to complain about it being distracting, they can't then have it both ways. Either they get on with it and face the risk of getting out, or it's a dead ball. It can't be a middle way."


Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 run, full outside off stump, flicked away firmly by McCullum and Broad makes a good save at midwicket


Bresnan to Franklin, SIX, he's connected with that, another short ball on leg stump and Franklin hooks it with a little bit of top edge and it flies into the crowd


Bresnan to Franklin, FOUR, now he paddles, or scoops, him straight over the wicketkeeper. It was a low full toss and he got right underneath it. Excellent batting

Franklin doing wonders for New Zealand.

"Kicking the stumps should be made a no-ball," says Rob. "It would soon stop Finn doing it." Clearly, though, it isn't really a distraction because he slapped the ball for four.

End of over 18 (14 runs) New Zealand 124/5 (RR: 6.88)

    • JEC Franklin 46 (27b 4x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 2 (4b)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-23-0
    • ST Finn 4-0-16-3

Broad to NL McCullum, 1 run, gives himself a little room and cuts to backward point


Broad to Franklin, 1 leg bye, well done by Broad, he followed the batsman as he moved outside leg and it struck the pads


Broad to NL McCullum, SIX, superb shot by McCullum, it's a full ball and he shuffled to leg then lofted it inside-out over cover, striking the boundary marker on the full so that counts as a six


Broad to NL McCullum, (no ball) 1 run, it's a no-ball, very careless from Broad, and McCullum opens the face to backward point

So we have a free hit


Broad to Franklin, 1 bye, swing and a misses outside off so it doesn't prove too costly for England


Broad to NL McCullum, no run, gives himself room again, Broad fires it full outside off and that's well bowled as it's well inside the wide markers


Broad to NL McCullum, SIX, fantastic over for New Zealand, poor stuff from Broad as he drops short again and it gets pulled over long leg...so the seventh ball of the over was very costly. Not Broad's best day

End of over 19 (17 runs) New Zealand 141/5 (RR: 7.42)

    • NL McCullum 16 (9b 2x6)
    • JEC Franklin 46 (29b 4x4 2x6)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-37-0
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-23-0

New Zealand set for 150 now which will be a very good effort


Bresnan to Franklin, 2 runs, full at middle and leg, flicked through midwicket and despite a flat throw by Bairstow from the deep Franklin makes it with a dive


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, another good yorker, dug out square through the off side


Bresnan to NL McCullum, 1 bye, beaten by a full ball outside off and they steal a bye to the keeper...Kieswetter needs to work on his skittles skils

Gareth says: "re Matthew: of course they can have it both ways! A bowler overstepping the mark gives a bowler an unfair advantage before the delivery has been bowled and as such is a no ball. A bowler getting too close to the stumps also gives him an unfair advantage by going inside the acceptable bounds of delivery and as such, should be no different. In no way should the batsman be penalised for the bowlers error."


Bresnan to Franklin, no run, misses his swing to leg and Franklin can't believe that isn't a wide. Think he has a point.


Bresnan to Franklin, 1 run, OUT, low full toss, paddled into the leg side to bring up a superb half century off 33 balls and he's run out coming back for a second. Didn't bring out the dive this time.

JEC Franklin run out 50 (48m 33b 4x4 2x6) SR: 151.51

He's chuntering as he walks off, about the non-wide previous ball, but this has been a cracking innings which has given New Zealand more than half a chance in this match


Bresnan to Bracewell, 2 runs, full at off stump, driven down to long-off, and Kieswetter misses the return from the deep reach means they make the second. Sloppy from the keeper.

From the midway point of the innings that's an excellent recovery from New Zealand. Normally you'd still say the chasing side were favourites but quite a few England batsmen aren't not overflowing with confidence right now. Overall the bowling was very good, Broad the one having a poor day, with Finn and Swann the best. The fielding was pretty good but not faultless. Alan will be back in a few minutes for the start of the chase.

End of over 20 (7 runs) New Zealand 148/6

    • DAJ Bracewell 2 (1b)
    • NL McCullum 16 (10b 2x6)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-29-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-37-0





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