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)

Kyle Mills will open the bowling, with Craig Kieswetter to face the first ball

How do? So, New Zealand's total is the lowest batting first in nine T20Is at Pallekele ... but only once has the chasing team won at the ground (Pakistan's pursuit of 176 on Monday). All England's top order need to do is stroll out there and collapse in a heap put on a partnership or two and it's job done. Or is it?


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, good length, stays a touch low and Kieswetter defends in front of off


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, length, seaming away a touch outside the line of off, left alone


Mills to Kieswetter, 2 runs, on the stumps, gets forward and tucks a couple into the gap at midwicket


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, touch of away swing in the channel outside off, Kieswetter pushes gently into the covers

Slip taken out already


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, length ball on middle, blocked to mid-on


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, good length outside off, leans out and pushes to cover-point - that, believe it or not, is England's best batting return from the opening over in the tournament so far

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (147 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 7.73)

    • C Kieswetter 2 (6b)
    • AD Hales 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-2-0

"The Black caps should open the bowling with Franklin. He looks angry." Sorry, Rex, but Tim Southee it is


Southee to Hales, 2 runs, pitched up on middle and leg, Hales closes the face and works the ball through midwicket


Southee to Hales, FOUR, stays back and steers a slightly back-of-a-length ball through backward point, not much wrong with the delivery but silky timing from Hales and it flies to the boundary


Southee to Hales, 2 runs, dug in and Hales swings lustily across the line, doesn't connect properly but the ball loops in front of deep midwicket and bounces safe


Southee to Hales, no run, bumper, at the man, who ducks underneath


Southee to Hales, FOUR, short ball but this doesn't really get up and Hales swings the ball nonchalantly away to long leg


Southee to Hales, FOUR, four more, overpitched outside off by Southee and the batsman leans into a chunky square drive that almost goes all the way, dipping just before the rope at deep backward point

Here's James, who'll be feeling a wee bit giddy by now: "By England's standards, a pretty good first over (and opening partnership)"

End of over 2 (16 runs) England 18/0 (131 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.27)

    • AD Hales 16 (6b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 2 (6b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-16-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-2-0

Mills to Kieswetter, no run, good length, angling in towards the stumps, pushed back to mid-on


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, gets forward in defence and manages to trap the ball between thigh and knee roll

Quiet start from Kieswetter - but that's probably what he needs


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, length ball on the stumps, Kieswetter edges out to narrow the gap and turn the ball into a half-volley but his clip goes straight to midwicket


Mills to Kieswetter, no run, fullish length outside off, blocked into the ground back to the bowler


Mills to Kieswetter, 1 run, on the stumps and worked past midwicket, Taylor dives and gets a hand on it but can't stop one

"Southee must be New Zealand's most frustratingly inconsistent bowler," says Mark. "One day he can be near unplayable and the next he is just cannon fodder."


Mills to Hales, no run, slower ball and pushed on the front foot to cover - Mills, by contrast, and started like Mr Monopoly, bang on the money

End of over 3 (1 run) England 19/0 (130 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 7.64)

    • AD Hales 16 (7b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 3 (11b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-3-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-16-0

Unsurprising early change, Daniel Vettori on for Southee


Vettori to Kieswetter, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up on middle and worked to leg with a closed face


Vettori to Hales, no run, tossed up outside off stump, chopped to point on the back foot


Vettori to Hales, 1 run, length ball, straightening on middle and leg, worked through midwicket


Vettori to Kieswetter, no run, full, almost a yorker from Vettori, and Kieswetter jams down on it


Vettori to Kieswetter, OUT, tossed up and bowled him! Kieswetter flailed across the line but the delivery was too full to sweep, it dipped under the swinging blade and spread the stumps like a sunburst

C Kieswetter b Vettori 4 (14m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Off slopes Kieswetter, with more questions rattling around his head. Luke Wright is the new man in at No. 3


Vettori to Wright, 1 leg bye, floated up on leg stump, Wright plays across the line and is hit on the pad but it was sliding down

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 22/1 (127 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.93)

    • LJ Wright 0 (1b)
    • AD Hales 17 (9b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-2-1
    • KD Mills 2-0-3-0

Mills to continue. Already the pressure beginning to have its way with England


Mills to Wright, no run, good length on off stump, Wright shows it the full face in defence


Mills to Wright, no run, in the corridor, maintains that nagging length, pushed to cover on the front foot


Mills to Wright, FOUR, off the mark, Mills loses his line and Wright skims the ball round the corner for a gimme four to fine leg


Mills to Wright, 1 run, full of a length outside off, tapped short and they steal one


Mills to Hales, 3 runs, slower ball, Hales throws the lot at it, slicing the ball high over point but Nathan McCullum does tremendously to reel it in before the rope


Mills to Wright, no run, wide and a touch short but Wright wasn't expecting that and swings unsuccessfully

Good over for England, that will ease the nerves a bit. Here's Nafees: "What a blow for NZ, they got the wicket of Kieswetter, now England's run rate will rise."

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 30/1 (119 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.93)

    • LJ Wright 5 (6b 1x4)
    • AD Hales 20 (10b 3x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-11-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-2-1

Vettori to Hales, no run, tossed up and punched back, Vettori fields off his own bowling


Vettori to Hales, 1 run, sliding in with the arm off a good length, backs away and cuts to point


Vettori to Wright, no run, pushed through, bit of loop outside off, pushed back and Vettori dives to his left to stop the ball


Vettori to Wright, FOUR, overpitched this time, drifting towards leg stump and Wright clips neatly through midwicket for four


Vettori to Wright, 1 run, advances and misses, hit on the pad but well outside the line


Vettori to Hales, 1 run, full and around the line of off, clipped firmly to mid-on, who has to move to his right to field well

End of over 6 (7 runs) England 37/1 (112 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 8.00)

    • AD Hales 22 (13b 3x4)
    • LJ Wright 10 (9b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-1
    • KD Mills 3-0-11-0

More spin, with New Zealand's joint highest T20I wicket-taker (Vettori has just moved level on 37), Nathan McCullum on for Mills


NL McCullum to Hales, no run, looped up on off stump, punched back to the bowler


NL McCullum to Hales, 1 wide, drags this short and slides down the leg side - wide


NL McCullum to Hales, OUT, bowled him - he's now the leading wicket-taker again! This was flat, pushed through and gripping just a touch off the pitch, Hales left a gap as he advanced and swiped across the line and looked round to see leg stump rocking in the wind

AD Hales b NL McCullum 22 (26m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 146.66

Eoin Morgan in at No. 4 as usual this time


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, flighted outside off, opens the face and pushes through cover


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, tossed up and clipped down the ground to long-on


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, pushed through on the stumps, flicked into the midwicket region


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, spinning in from outside off, Wright shuffles across and tickles the ball round the corner

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 42/2 (107 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.23)

    • LJ Wright 12 (11b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-5-1
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-1

"With English spinning woes and spinners already striking twice in this Innings, Rob Nicol will be a good option!" Well, Kuber Joshi, seems like you and Ross Taylor think alike...


Nicol to Wright, 1 run, floated up on off, turned through the leg side


Nicol to Morgan, no run, round the wicket, tossed up outside off and Morgan watches it through


Nicol to Morgan, no run, slides this through with the arm, too close to the stumps for the cut and Morgan almost gets himself in a tangle


Nicol to Morgan, 1 run, gets forward this time and dabs to cover


Nicol to Wright, 1 run, tossed up, full and on the stumps, Wright pushes back past Nicol, despite him getting a hand on it


Nicol to Morgan, 1 run, skips out and drives a full-length ball through the covers

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 46/2 (103 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 8.58)

    • EJG Morgan 4 (6b)
    • LJ Wright 14 (13b 2x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-4-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-5-1

NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, pushed through, cut for one in front of point


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, flat and short, Wright bunts the ball down the ground to long-on


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, tossed up and pushed back to McCullum


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, flighted around the line of off, worked through midwicket


NL McCullum to Wright, no run, length ball, spinning towards leg stump, Wright is unable to work one off his pad


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, full toss from McCullum but Wright hits it flat to the man at deep midwicket for just the one

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 50/2 (99 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 9.00)

    • LJ Wright 16 (16b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 6 (9b)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-1
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-4-0

Nicol to Wright, 2 runs, full and straight, gets forward and driven nicely down the ground, long-on gets round to prevent four


Nicol to Wright, FOUR, leaves the crease again, Nicol tries to spear it wide past the batsman but Wright leans out and thumps it flat through extra-cover for four


Nicol to Wright, 1 run, tossed up and driven down the ground for one


Nicol to Morgan, no run, stays back and tries to cut but is beaten again


Nicol to Morgan, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed to long-off


Nicol to Wright, 2 runs, turned through midwicket for a couple

Right, can England get over their jitters? Find out with Gnasher

End of over 10 (10 runs) England 60/2 (89 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.90)

    • LJ Wright 25 (20b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 7 (11b)
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-14-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-1

Thanks Alan


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, fired in towards leg stump, takes the pad to the off side


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, comes down the pitch and bunts a full toss down the ground


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, worked from off stump into the leg side, midwicket is in swiftly but can't stop the single


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, shapes to play an expansive leg-side shot, ends up getting it off a toe-end towards midwicket


NL McCullum to Wright, SIX, that looked like a bit of a top edge, but it was well struck actually and flew comfortably over the boundary...picked up from outside off stump


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, quick ball on the stumps, pushed into the off side

End of over 11 (10 runs) England 70/2 (79 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 8.77)

    • LJ Wright 33 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 9 (14b)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-19-1
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-14-0

We are set for another tight game here...the Super Eights have, by and large, been excellent so far. James Franklin into the attack


Franklin to Wright, 1 run, starts with a short ball and he's a touch fortunate as Wright's pull goes straight to deep square


Franklin to Morgan, no run, beats the edge as he tries to open the face...McCullum doesn't take it cleanly


Franklin to Morgan, SIX, low full toss and Morgan fetches it from outside off, gets underneath the ball and uses his immense strength to just flick it over the long-on boundary


Franklin to Morgan, 1 run, opens the face into the off side


Franklin to Wright, 1 leg bye, short on leg stump, takes the pad into the leg side

Dan says: "Williamson and maybe even Guptill could be used here too. Give the English batsmen absolutely no pace to work with."


Franklin to Morgan, FOUR, latches onto a hint of width and cuts it fiercely past a diving backward point...wasn't a million miles from the fielder, but that was travelling

Good over for England

End of over 12 (13 runs) England 83/2 (66 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.91, RRR: 8.25)

    • EJG Morgan 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 34 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-12-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-19-1

NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, short of a length, Wright deep in the crease and works through square leg


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, dragged down short outside off, Morgan doesn't quite get his timing right as he cuts through the off side


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, the batsman misses out, was on leg stump and he flicked it straight to short fine-leg


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, uses his feet but can't get to the pitch and ends up having to push it back to the bowler


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, that would have been a wide if he'd missed, but Morgan went for the cut and got a bottom edge


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, brings out the reverse sweep but doesn't make clean contact...somehow that over only cost three, brings it back for New Zealand

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 86/2 (63 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 9.00)

    • EJG Morgan 21 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 36 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-22-1
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-12-0

Steve isn't happy: "I don't understand the logic behind bowling Franklin at all. He's atrocious, he cost New Zealand the match against Sri Lanka and now he's getting battered again." Well, he's off now, here's Vettori


Vettori to Wright, 1 run, worked through midwicket and Wright wanted the second before being sent back and needed to dive


Vettori to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, full at off stump, driven down to long on


Vettori to Wright, 1 run, gets a little lucky here and he comes down the pitch then gets an inside edge past the keeper to short fine-leg


Vettori to Morgan, 2 runs, steps away to leg, was a touch shorter from Vettori and Morgan cuts firmly in front of square to give the point sweeper a decent chase


Vettori to Morgan, 2 runs, flicked from middle and off through straight midwicket with a strong bottom hand, placed wide of long on


Vettori to Morgan, 2 runs, moves outside leg again, opens up his stumps and slaps this in front of square to the cover sweeper...England played that over sensibly

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 95/2 (54 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 9.00)

    • EJG Morgan 28 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 38 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-18-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-22-1

"I can understand why NZ is employing as many spin bowlers as possible, even if part-time," says Tory from Australia, "but I can't help but feel for Bracewell who hasn't been much more than a spectator at this point!" No doubt remembering Hobart. Still no Bracewell, here's Southee


Southee to Wright, 2 runs, full outside off, driven firmly through the off side and place wide of the deep cover sweeper so it allows a comfortable second


Southee to Wright, SIX, that's massive...Southee misses his yorker, offers up a length delivery and Wright launches it straight down the ground. For a while it doesn't look as though it will come down

"I'm torn," starts William from New Zealand. "New Zealand need to break this partnership if they want to win, but I have both Wright AND Morgan on my fantasy team."


Southee to Wright, 1 run, changes to round the wicket, full outside leg stump and it's flick to deep square

Taking some time to set the field...getting the best fielders in the key areas. Southee back over the wicket


Southee to Morgan, no run, length ball cut firmly to point and Morgan sends Wright back...he'd come half way


Southee to Morgan, 1 run, comes down the pitch to a ball outside leg stump, makes it into a low full toss and drives to deep cover


Southee to Wright, SIX, that's huge again, superb way to reach a half century...Southee again can't get the ball full enough and allows Wright to get underneath it with a monstrous pick up over deep midwicket

Wright's second fifty of the tournament...another composed innings

End of over 15 (16 runs) England 111/2 (38 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.40, RRR: 7.60)

    • LJ Wright 53 (33b 3x4 3x6)
    • EJG Morgan 29 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 2-0-32-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-18-1

Rob Nicol back with his off spin


Nicol to Morgan, 1 run, full outside off, swung along the ground to long on


Nicol to Wright, no run, tossed up slower by Nicol, Wright picks out square leg as he sweeps


Nicol to Wright, 1 wide, fired down the leg side...extra ball for England


Nicol to Wright, SIX, clears the deep midwicket boundary again, got down on one knee and struck this flatter than his previous blow


Nicol to Wright, SIX, does it again, comes down the pitch outside off, nowhere near the pitch but just has the confidence now to swing through the line and clear long on


Nicol to Wright, 1 run, worked calmly along the ground to deep square...smart batting


Nicol to Morgan, no run, full and flat, Morgan connects quite cleanly but sends it straight into the non-striker's stumps

All of a sudden this has become comfortable for England. An excellent stand between these two. "At least now with Wright performing England aren't just relying on Morgan to get them out of trouble with the bat (which is what both T20s and ODIs have seemed like in the past)," says Jon.

End of over 16 (15 runs) England 126/2 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.87, RRR: 5.75)

    • EJG Morgan 30 (30b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 66 (37b 3x4 5x6)
    • RJ Nicol 3-0-29-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-32-0

Mills back for his last over


Mills to Wright, 1 run, short outside off, Wright hammers it square to deep cover

"Difficult chose between Wright's maximums and the Arsenal-Chelsea match. Have my eyes on both," says Hart. So does Alan here in the office


Mills to Morgan, OUT, wonderful catch! Morgan picked this up from off stump and connected well, but Bracewell made a lot of ground to his left at long-on and hurled himself under the catch

EJG Morgan c Bracewell b Mills 30 (38m 31b 1x4 1x6) SR: 96.77

So Morgan won't be there at the end. Time for a twist? There shouldn't be but you never know. Vettori has one over to bowl


Mills to Wright, 1 wide, loose from Mills, fired well wide outside off


Mills to Wright, 1 run, a slower ball, full on middle, flicked into the leg side in front of square


Mills to Buttler, 1 run, short outside off, Buttler gets over the top of the ball and cuts down to third man


Mills to Wright, FOUR, he's crunched that, a full ball outside off and Wright frees his arms with a powerful although deep cover almost pulled off a wonderful saving diving by the boundary...got his fingertips to it

Mills bails out as Buttler was backing up too far, too soon...in his view. Buttler has been warned


Mills to Wright, FOUR, Mills loses his concentration, drops it short outside off and Wright pulls it from a wide line through midwicket, goes one bounce wide of long-on

This is Wright's best innings for England. He's been superb this evening

End of over 17 (12 runs) England 138/3 (11 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 3.66)

    • LJ Wright 76 (41b 5x4 5x6)
    • JC Buttler 1 (1b)
    • KD Mills 4-0-23-1
    • RJ Nicol 3-0-29-0

Vettori back for his last over but it's too late


Vettori to Buttler, no run, pushed back to the bowler


Vettori to Buttler, 1 run, fired in at the pads, Buttler misses his flick and it trickles to short fine-leg


Vettori to Wright, 1 leg bye, comes down the pitch, the arm ball spears towards the pads and runs into the off side


Vettori to Buttler, no run, quicker ball cramps him for room as he punches off the back foot to cover


Vettori to Buttler, no run, comes down the pitch and drives to cover


Vettori to Buttler, 1 run, full on leg stump, opens the face and drives to the sweeper

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 141/3 (8 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 4.00)

    • JC Buttler 3 (6b)
    • LJ Wright 76 (42b 5x4 5x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-20-1
    • KD Mills 4-0-23-1

Well, here's Doug Bracewell. Tough ask for him now!


Bracewell to Buttler, 1 run, starts with a length ball that is driven over cover as Buttler stands outside leg stump


Bracewell to Wright, OUT, he's struck second ball, Wright slaps this straight to cover as he tried to give himself a touch of room to go through the off side

LJ Wright c Taylor b Bracewell 76 (59m 43b 5x4 5x6) SR: 176.74

Job not quite done by England, but almost and a very mature innings from Wright


Bracewell to Bairstow, FOUR, short ball, Bairstow quickly onto it and pulls to fine leg...stood up nicely on a easy-paced surface


Bracewell to Bairstow, 1 wide, now that's very wide outside off


Bracewell to Bairstow, 1 run, outside off, chopped to backward point who parries it away for a single and the scores are level


Bracewell to Buttler, 1 run, England win...a full delivery is forced down to mid-off and they scamper the single

That just about wraps things up for this match. I'll now hand over to my colleagues for the Sri Lanka-West Indies contest. From myself and Alan Gardner thanks for joining us and see you soon.

Stuart Broad "It was nice to bounce back. Steven Finn set the tone with the new ball. The wicket was a lot drier and it did turn a bit. We now have a huge game on Monday. We still have areas to improve."

Ross Taylor "I thought it was a decent score but no enough at the end of the day. We had our moments but we could capitalise on them."

Luke Wright is named Man of the Match: "It was a very important win, we are very chuffed. I love batting with Morgan, he's so chilled out there. I think Steven Finn should have been here with the way he bowled."

I'll bring you some news from the presentation shortly as we wait for the start of the second match between Sri Lanka and West Indies. Narine v Mendis?

"Taylor made the same mistakes as AB yesterday, under-utilising their spinners," says Din.

"What on earth happened to Southee's yorkers today?" asks Andy. Answers on a postcard, please.

So comfortable for England in the end, winning with an over to spare in Twenty20 is the sign of a perfectly-paced run chase. Vettori and McCullum were good with the ball, and Franklin with the bat, but that wasn't enough for New Zealand. It means they are on the brink of going out of the tournament, but England are still very much alive with a game to come against Sri Lanka on Monday.






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