ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 8th match, Group A

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 96 balls remaining)

Right, Guptill and McCullum take guard for New Zealand. Lee has the ball. Two slips in place. Guppy faces. Trans-Tasman rivalry for the win!

George Binoy is moderating the over-by-over chat for now. I, Nitin Sundar, will be swapping roles with him through the game.

Another gem from Nagraj: Vincent Barnes, SA's bowling coach, has his dog named Sachin. Graeme Smith was asked that about in the presser and he said "Mate, i have a World Cup to think about!"

Australia have done this a couple of times in India, in recent times. Once in Guwahati, and some years back in Baroda - winning the toss in a day game, bowling first and exploiting the conditions. NZ will need to approach this carefully. A smattering of a crowd has turned up for the game. Hopefully the stands will fill through the day.

Sahasranshu: "Even when Lector mishit Shastri, he still managed to inflict damage because he went through with the shot."

Darryl: "Being a keen Central Districts supporter I sure hope Jamie shows you people who are knocking him How to eat your words."

Still some time to the start as the teams assemble for the national anthems. A minute of silence before that to acknowledge the tragedy in New Zealand.

While we wait, check out our new apps, for the iPhone and the Android. Meanwhile our man in Nagpur, Nagraj Gollapudi, insists that I should mention that Australia have a XI-strong support staff. Neat.

Tushar: "VCA authorities are removing the LCD, washing m/c, refreigerator and A/C fittings from the australian dressing room... Just a precautionary measuere!"

Sam Walid: "How's selection might have been an error in communication. NZ Coach: "I think I know a way to defeat Australia." NZ Selectors: "How?" NZ Coach: "That sounds better than my original idea. Lets select him!"

Good one Sam!

Vineet: "New Zealand have never won a match against Australia in India.Watched live the last time these two played in WC in India in 1996.It was an excellent match hope to see an interesting match even today."

Who can forget that game in Chennai. Fine ton from Chris Harris, and then pinch-hitting cameo from Shane Warne, and a sublime innings from Mark Waugh.

Dara: "Did Dr. Lecter then hit Ravi Shastri with a tracer bullet? Or was he a cool customer?"

Dara, you forget that Ravi Shastri is a tall man. But Lecter uses the long handle to good effect.

Ahsan: "Why are you making Brad Haddin your fantasy captain? its got to be SHANE WATSON!" Couldn't afford him mate! Manu wants me to share my team for tips. If you want Fantasy tips, you can do worse than check out Ian Chappell's team. The man's already past 3000 points.

Paul: "How is How picked ahead of Williamson? Not that I'm complaining, if the kiwis want to hobble themselves with a useless limpet batting during the slog overs, go right ahead!" How did look a fish out of water in the Pakistan ODIs. Kept getting stuck on the crease before perishing to feeble pull shots.

Dan: "I agree with Paul. Williamson at least offers another spin option. Even Mills has turned into a decent lower order hitter, making him a more sensible replacement. Really have to scratch my head sometimes with the selections." I guess the comment's not from Dan the man Vettori.

Eric: "Can someone tell Ravi Shastri that he need not shout on the mic when making an announcement. It is very jarring to hear. He can speak in normal voice the sound gets amplified."

Yes Eric. One always got the feeling that when Shastri was on the mic, something was going to give. Once Ravi Shastri took Dr. Hannibal Lecter out for dinner. Hannibal the Cannibal, as is his wont, ordered a platter of brain. The bearer was stunned. Ravi Shastri brought him back to his senses with, "You heard right. Brain. That's just what the doctor ordered."

Right, I shall nip over to my Fantasy cricket account and make Brad Haddin my captain for the morning. Made your changes for today? Now's the time. Remember, you can change your captain, and your entire squad if you so desire, and it will reflect for the Ire v Bang game.

Toss: Vettori stifles a yawn as Ravi Shastri booms away as always. Ponting wins the toss and chooses to bowl under clouds. "Solid start in the first game, not spectacular, but this is a very different wicket. Some moisture around, and cloud cover, we expect to do well with the ball. Not often that you begin in conditions like these in India, so this is interesting." Harsha got it right - Aus are unchanged.

Vettori says he would have liked to bat in any case. What a waste of a ritual the toss was! Vettori reflects on the earthquake back home and says the thoughts are with the people in Christchurch. Oram sits out as said before, and How comes in.

Harsha Bhogle gives an early update on air, he says Australia are likely to go unchanged, while New Zealand will leave out Jacob Oram and bring in Jamie How. If this update is wrong, please send your hate mail to Harsha!

Reckon you can predict the sides for today? Click and pick.

Pitch: Dry wicket, despite the rain says Mike Atherton. Tinges of green, not live grass so it may have some pace. Not much purchase for spinners. There may be help early for the bowlers, but it won't last for long. Interesting toss ahead.

Hello and welcome to the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, played for the first time outside Australia and New Zealand! New Zealand have traditionally lifted their game for the Trans-Tasman ODI contest, so expect a big punch above their weight today. And yes, it is also Game 8 at the World Cup.

There was some rain in Nagpur yesterday, but the good news is that it's stopped in time. The covers are off and a Supersopper is patrolling the VCA at the moment.

0.1

Lee to Guptill, no run, and he begins with a ball that could not have got closer to off stump without hitting it. Back of a length, angling in and holding its line. Brave leave from Guppy. Hmm.

0.2

Lee to Guptill, no run, 130 kph, more than enough pace if you can get the ball to do magic off the seam. Lee lands it perfectly, kisses the pitch and wafts away past Guppy's nervous poke.

0.3

Lee to Guptill, no run, bat on ball finally, Lee hits the right length again, Guppy gets forward and defends carefully

0.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, he's pressing the accelerator, slowly but surely, purring up like a well-tuned engine. Short ball, hits the deck back of a length and gets lovely carry from this fresh track. Guppy weaves out of the way

0.5

Lee to Guptill, no run, hmm, 133 kph and uneven bounce. This one just hits one of those greenish clumps and dies on Guppy, goes under the bat's toe as he looks to defend

0.6

Lee to Guptill, no run, some more movement to end the over, a maiden. Lee hits the seam again and gets the away nip, past Guppy who shoulders arms. Good, intense first over

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0
BB McCullum    0* (0b)     

Two slips for Tait.

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, NZ are away with a wide from Tait who spears the first one well down the leg side

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, another one. Tait's radar is still not turned on, and Baz looks to whip another one heading down the leg. No contact made

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, 130 kph, short delivery that came on slowly and thudded into McCullum's fore-arm. He doesn't even flinch! He's not wearing a guard, and was trying to get under the bumkper, but it did not get that high

1.2

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, 142.3 kph, Tait hits Baz's bat and not the other way round. Short ball, fizzing up from back of a length and Baz defends into the off side

1.3

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, Baz is away with a typically enterprising upper-cut. Pacy from Tait again, just sligghlt wide of off stump, Baz stays beside it and uncorks those monster wrists to send it flying backward of square, almost a six

1.4

Tait to BB McCullum, 3 runs, ooh, Ponting misfields, was he being careful about the injured finger? Full on the stumps from Tait, Baz leans into the push drive to the left of mid off. Ponting runs across and dives over the ball

1.5

Tait to Guptill, no run, short and into Guppy's rib cage, he rides the bounce well and fends to the leg side

1.6

Tait to Guptill, no run, Tait ends the over with another one that pings the bat hard as it jumps up from back of a length. Guppy had the forward defensive under control.

Rex: "Guppy? Is this the first time an international team has opened the batting with a small fish?" That would be a first, yes.

End of over 2 (9 runs) New Zealand 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
MJ Guptill    0* (8b)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0
BB McCullum    7* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    1-1-0-0

2.1

Lee to BB McCullum, no run, Lee angles into the stumps, Baz gets behind the line and defends to mid on

2.2

Lee to BB McCullum, no run, slashed away like a cheap thriller movie. Short from Lee, but not really carrying off the deck, Baz hit it hard into the ground and straight to cover

2.3

Lee to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz turns the strike, hangs back in the crease and pushes into the covers for a single

2.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, snorta from Lee! 137 kph, lands on a length and rears up like a monster. This pitch has more ups and downs than the Himalayas. Guppy was thinking of getting forward, then saw it, wisely changed his mind, arched back and just about saved his face. Lee has some advice for him!

2.5

Lee to Guptill, no run, this one is fuller, Guppy's able to get forward and defend to the off side

2.6

Lee to Guptill, no run, another short one to end the over, steaming away at 144 kph, Guppy rises on the toes to cover the bounce and keep it down

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
MJ Guptill    0* (11b)      B Lee    2-1-1-0
BB McCullum    8* (7b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 no ball, oho, wides in the first over, now a no-ball from Taity. Baz was going after this one as it it were a free hit, huge swing and a miss to a ball wide outside off.

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, and the free-hit is a wide. Tait's delivered more extras than a big-budget Bollywood movie's dance would feature. Banged in real short, and it's a foot over Baz's head

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, finally he delivers a legal free-hit and McCullum scythes it over backward point. He almost seemed to expect another short ball, was in the position, shuffling across and throwing the willow at it. Not as well-timed as the previous hit, and it lands well short of the ropes

3.2

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, fuller from Tait, Baz is half forward into the defensive shot

3.3

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, ooh, lucky for Baz. Tait offers width again, but not as short as the other ones. Baz wanted to hit the leather off that one, but he did not have the room to crunch it away. As he was cramped, it took the inside edge and missed the stumps. French Cut for four.

3.4

Tait to BB McCullum, OUT, McCullum has holed out, or has he? Caught at third man by Krejza, but the umpire wants to check if he over-stepped. He landed alright, but the foot skid a few inches forward. Still doesn't over-step so McCullum has to go. Full delivery outside off, Baz looks for the extravagant carve over point, but since his feet weren't across it went off the outside edge, close to the bottom of the bat. He went at that so hard, that it carried to Krejza at third man at good height.

BB McCullum c Krejza b Tait 16 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Jesse Ryder comes out at No. 3

3.5

Tait to Ryder, no run, full delivery angling across Ryder who pushes it towards cover point

3.6

Tait to Ryder, 1 run, width again outside off, Ryder doesn't move the feet at all and plays with an opened face, towards third man for a single

Ragu: "#Rex it is usually the small fish that catches the worm and has a feast."

Yes Ragu, the early fish gets the worm. That's why Guppy is opening.

End of over 4 (11 runs) New Zealand 21/1 (RR: 5.25)
JD Ryder    1* (2b)      SW Tait    2-0-20-1
MJ Guptill    0* (11b)      B Lee    2-1-1-0

4.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, back of a length and slanting across Ryder who leaves.

4.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, 135 kph, a bouncer full of intent. Ryder does the smartest thing - he ducks as it whizzes where his helmet would have been if he weren't ducking

4.3

Lee to Ryder, no run, marginally straight, back of a length at 134 kph, Ryder closes the face early as he looks to turn it away to the leg side, gets a leading edge that goes to the off side

4.4

Lee to Ryder, no run, back of a length again, not a ball to hit from Lee. Ryder is stuck on the crease, pushes his bat in front of the body to play it into the covers

4.5

Lee to Ryder, no run, 145.5 kph, Lee is zipping 'em through today. Fuller and faster sucker ball outside off, it just beat Ryder for pace as he moved his feet across a year late. Close to the outside edge too. Ryder looks like a man beaten after it whizzes past

4.6

Lee to Ryder, FOUR, Lee is denied a maiden as Ryder threads the covers with a powerful slash into the ground. It's a shot from the Ryder book of delights, but he has it under control. A foot of width outside off, Ryder stands up and throws the bat at it, and swats it through the covers

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
JD Ryder    5* (8b 1x4)      B Lee    3-1-5-0
MJ Guptill    0* (11b)      SW Tait    2-0-20-1

Mitch Johnson comes on for Tait now. Over the wicket.

Ugly Aussie: "Great to see Bing flinging them down with McGrath-like consistency. Tait seems to work on the theory that if he doesn't know where they are landing what chance for the men in black? "

5.1

Johnson to Guptill, no run, regulation ball, angling across Guppy who stays put and shoulders arms

5.2

Johnson to Guptill, no run, fuller and again angled across off, Guppy leaves again

Mike Atherton makes a very good observation - Australia seem to be one of the few teams with a real 'cutting edge' fast-bowling attack. Even South Africa relied on spin yesterday.

5.3

Johnson to Guptill, no run, full delivery, a yorker almost on off stump, not very pacy as Guppy digs it out between the bowler and mid off

5.4

Johnson to Guptill, no run, extravagant bounce this time, got big on Guppy from back of a length and then got bigger. He tried to cut, then changes the shot into a guide, and finally into an upper cut. The ball still beat him with the extra lift

5.5

Johnson to Guptill, no run, length delivery, decent pace, nothing scary - Guppy leans out and defends to the off side

5.6

Johnson to Guptill, no run, Mitch tees off with a maiden, tight line and a hint of inward seam from a length on middle and off. Guppy stays in the crease and defends down the pitch

Adam: "Is Guppy channelling Sunil Gavaskar with his go-slow?"

0 off 17. People with Guptill in their Fantasy XI must be sweating now.

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 4.16)
MJ Guptill    0* (17b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0
JD Ryder    5* (8b 1x4)      B Lee    3-1-5-0

6.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, Lee beats Ryder outside off with a regulation length ball angling across and moving further away. Ryder should begin moving the feet, there is enough variation here to otherwise induce an edge

6.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, nice timing and good fielding. Similar ball from Lee, fractionally shorter, and Ryder stays back to cut it into the off side, backward point dives to the right and saves it

6.3

Lee to Ryder, 1 leg bye, Ryder looks to turn off the pads, and misses. It balloons up off his body to the on side and they get a leg bye

6.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, another dot for Guppy, who stays tamely in the crease and plays defensively backward of point

6.5

Lee to Guptill, 2 runs, Drumroll - Guptill is not out for a duck. Over-pitched on off stump and he finally gets forward with some intent, and punches through the covers. Not the best piece of timing, but good enough to get a couple. He will breathe easier

6.6

Lee to Guptill, FOUR, Having done his Gavaskar impersonation, Guptill now summons his inner Sehwag. Back of a length and just outside off stump. Guppy stays on leg stump, waits for the ball to come beside him, and then opens the face upwards intentionally to ping the third man boundary. Perfectly executed, almost a six. Lee ends another over with a boundary.

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 32/1 (RR: 4.57)
MJ Guptill    6* (20b 1x4)      B Lee    4-1-11-0
JD Ryder    5* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0

7.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, short of a length and angling into Ryder who steers into the covers without really getting forward

7.2

Johnson to Ryder, no run, a foot outside off, but not short, Ryder looks to place him through the packed off side cordon, but point intervenes

Short cover in place for Ryder, the king of soft dismissals, as Sriram Veera puts it.

7.3

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and this time no width either. Ryder defends cautiously into the off side

7.4

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, don't give Ryder width, he just loves it almost as much as candy. Johndon lands this well outside off, Ryder stays rooted on his crease and swings the bat in a decisive arc to send the ball thundering through the covers.

7.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, over-compensation, very straight on leg stump, Ryder is early on the turn off the pads and plays it back down the track.

Steve Smith pushed back too deep square leg

7.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, no bouncer though, length ball slanting into the pads and Ryder misses the nurdle as he continues to play, rooted to the crease

Matt: "I remember Matty Hayden's 181 against NZ in a Chappell-Hadlee match, he took 18 balls to get off the mark. Therefore, very ominous signs from "Guppy" here."

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 36/1 (RR: 4.50)
JD Ryder    9* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0
MJ Guptill    6* (20b 1x4)      B Lee    4-1-11-0

Watto comes on.

8.1

Watson to Guptill, no run, and begins with a dream away seamer. Lands back of a length outside off and just hints at going away. Guppy thought he had the line covered as he defended. He thought ...

8.2

Watson to Guptill, FOUR, poor line, too full and too straight, easy runs from Guppy who gets the front foot in line and whips fluidly through wide mid on

8.3

Watson to Guptill, no run, better this time, keeps it outside off and Guptill sees it through to the keeper

8.4

Watson to Guptill, no run, another one runs along the turf. 125 kph outside off, Guppy tries to play a cut on the up, but the ball just scoots below his shot.

8.5

Watson to Guptill, OUT, oh well, Watto has castled Guppy with another grubber. Bad signs this, for the game. Back of a length from Watto, Guppy may have been better off coming forward in hindsight, but I doubt it would have helped. It just never came up off the track, Guppy played a half-cock forward block, but it kissed the toe of the bat and just shot through onto the stumps. Balls bounce more on nine-pin bowling alleys.

MJ Guptill b Watson 10 (45m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

How comes out. How will he go? Ah apologies, Taylor is the new man in. Not How.

8.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, length ball to end the over, and Taylor learns from Guppy's error. Gets a good forward stride and defends to the off side

Ugly Aussie again: "@ Mike Atherton - Aussies rely on pace because we have no alternative. If we had decent, let alone world-class spinner, or at least one Punter could tolerate in the dressing room, believe me they would be playing today."

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 40/2 (RR: 4.44)
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      SR Watson    1-0-4-1
JD Ryder    9* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0

Short cover and short midwicket. Adjustsments for a slow wicket.

9.1

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, lovely pull from Ryder. Couple of things to watch in that shot. It was short from Johnson yes, but Ryder had to place it in front of square, since there was David Hussey at deep backward square leg. Secondly, he had to ensure he did not top edge it. Ryder did both, placing it in front of square, and rolling the wrists expertly over it, almost like he was playing a top-spin forehand at ping pong. Beats Hussey's dive and makes it to the fence

9.2

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, bonus from Mitch, Ryder likes it. Fast and sprayed down the leg side, Ryder is inside the line by design and just helps it along past short fine leg. Poor bowling at its poorest.

9.3

Johnson to Ryder, 1 wide, and it gets poorer. Wide well down the leg side.

9.3

Johnson to Ryder, no run, finally Mitch hits the right length, outside off and pushes into the covers by Ryder.

9.4

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and a hint wider outside off, Ryder guides it through point

9.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, very full ball at 133 kph, on off stump and pushed down the track

9.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, ends the over rather well, does Mitch. Keeps it on a tight line just outside off and Ryder opens the face to defend towards the off side

End of over 10 (9 runs) New Zealand 49/2 (RR: 4.90)
JD Ryder    17* (23b 4x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-13-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      SR Watson    1-0-4-1

10.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, full length ball on middle and off, pushed down the track towards mid on

10.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, even fuller from Watto, this one comes in a shade, but Taylor covers the line and defends down the track again

10.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, tight from Watto, on an around off stump and on a length, Taylor defends again

10.4

Watson to Taylor, no run, short of a length and coming in to Taylor who covers the line and defends with the full face

10.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, Watto slips this in short, lots of effort for a 128 kph bumper, and Taylor gets under it

10.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, maiden from Watto, full ball hinting at inward movement, and Taylor almost falls over as he looks to work it to the leg side. Leading edge down the track. Edgy start for Taylor

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 49/2 (RR: 4.45)
LRPL Taylor    0* (7b)      SR Watson    2-1-4-1
JD Ryder    17* (23b 4x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-13-0

11.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, again, width for Ryder, but there is a lot of protection in the off side. He tries to thump on the up through the cordon, but Clarke at cover point dives across to his left and stops it

11.2

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, another excellent pull from Ryder. Nice, friendly short ball from Johnson, Ryder gets inside the line and goes onto the back foot, the front leg bent and angling in disdain, it races away square

11.3

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, another short one. Ryder's bowling more bouncers than you'll see in a high-end Bangalore pub. No bouncer is going to bother someone as doughty as Ryder. Again he jumps back and slaps it square. No protection in the deep. Poor bowing again from Mitch.

11.4

Johnson to Ryder, no run, better length, fuller and Ryder plays it back with a straight bat.

11.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and around off stump, the over's damage already done, Ryder just pushes it into the covers

11.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, a touch of width outside off, Ryder opens the face and steers to backward point

End of over 12 (8 runs) New Zealand 57/2 (RR: 4.75)
JD Ryder    25* (29b 6x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-21-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (7b)      SR Watson    2-1-4-1

12.1

Watson to Taylor, 1 wide, heavy ball from Watto, bangs it in miles short and he ducks under it. Was down the leg side too, and is called a wide

12.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, fuller and outside off, Taylor gets half forward and across to defend to the off side

12.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, slowish delivery, full at 123 kph, Taylor's struggling to get it off the square here. Guided to backward point.

Check out this hilarious piece from Andy Zaltzman's encounter with the Delhi police.

12.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, fuller length and angling into the stumps, Taylor defends with the full face towards mid on

12.4

Watson to Taylor, FOUR, poor delivery, lets Taylor off - this is the 12th four of the innings in 13 overs; Four and dot seems to be the theme. Short and going down the leg side, Taylor got into a tangle, not knowing what to do with it, and ended up gloving it to fine leg

12.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, length ball on off stump, tamely pushed into the covers. Ian Chappell wonders why they aren't manouvering more singles

12.6

Watson to Taylor, 4 leg byes, and Watto finishes the over with another friendly gift, angling down the leg side and Taylor gets some pad on it as it hurries across to fine leg.

That's the first drinks break of the day. And it is my cue to hand over commentary to George Binoy, while I head across to the chat moderation.

End of over 13 (9 runs) New Zealand 66/2 (RR: 5.07)
LRPL Taylor    4* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-1-9-1
JD Ryder    25* (29b 6x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-21-0

Cheers Nitin. Johnson to continue after drinks ...

13.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, good length around off stump, Ryder stays in his crease and drives towards cover point. Can we have some singles please?

13.2

Johnson to Ryder, OUT, caught behind! New Zealand are making no progress here. Johnson hits a good length around off stump and gets the ball to straighten just enough off the pitch. Ryder pushes forward tentatively and gets a thick nick through to Haddin. It's what eventually happens when you let one bowler bowl at a batsman for long periods without making him change his line by rotating strike.

JD Ryder c †Haddin b Johnson 25 (49m 31b 6x4 0x6) SR: 80.64

James Franklin is batting at No. 5. He's a vastly improved batting allrounder but No. 5 is surely too high? He's got a slip and a short square leg waiting.

13.3

Johnson to Franklin, no run, and the first ball is full on middle and leg, Franklin flicks to the man placed at short square leg

13.4

Johnson to Franklin, no run, shorter ball around off stump. Franklin drops his wrists, sways a little and lets the ball go past

13.5

Johnson to Franklin, OUT, there you go, too high at No. 5. Franklin keeps his feet rooted in his crease and tries to drive at one extremely far away from his body. Rubbish shot, and the edge is taken oh so easily by Haddin.

JEC Franklin c †Haddin b Johnson 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Styris batting at No. 6. What is Jamie How's role in the side?

13.6

Johnson to Styris, no run, short of a length and very straight. Styris defends off his back foot towards the off side.

A double-wicket maiden soon after the drinks break has shattered this New Zealand innings.

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 66/4 (RR: 4.71)
SB Styris    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    5-2-21-2
LRPL Taylor    4* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-1-9-1

Ponting's brought Tait back, he wants a quick finish here.

14.1

Tait to Taylor, 1 run, how lucky is Taylor! Tait pinged him with a rapid short ball and Taylor took his eyes of the ball, left it all to fate, and half ducked. The ball crashed into his hand, a little higher than the glove and lobbed over first slip.

14.2

Tait to Styris, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone

14.3

Tait to Styris, no run, fuller and straighter, Styris aims to flick but doesn't make proper contact

14.4

Tait to Styris, OUT, horrific shot from Styris and the implosion continues. Tait pitched one short and wide, Styris went to slash it but it was a bit too far from him. He needed to get a bit closer to the ball but he didn't and the edge is once again taken by Haddin.

SB Styris c †Haddin b Tait 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"oh good so Jamie How is going to make an appearance in the slog overs, why not put him in now and get it over and done with?" asks Tim. Here's Jamie How.

14.5

Tait to How, 1 run, and How gets a juicy full ball on leg stump first up, and flicks it down to fine leg. Tait was looking for the yorker

"Someone should tell my countrymen that not only are feet good for standing on but you can also move them," says Darren.

14.6

Tait to Taylor, no run, Taylor gets behind the line of a short of a length delivery and defends

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 68/5 (RR: 4.53)
LRPL Taylor    5* (15b 1x4)      SW Tait    3-0-22-2
JM How    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    5-2-21-2

"Based on this performance, will New Zealand be invited to the 2015 World Cup?" asks Michael.

15.1

Johnson to How, no run, short of a length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, left alone by the batsman

"So Australia's Ploy: Lure the batsmen into a false sense of security by bowling absolute rubbish, then every now and then slip in a decent ball! Brett Lee bowls well, can't take a wicket, Tait and Johnno bowl rubbish and bang, 2 wickets each!" says Gav. Where's the justice, eh?

15.2

Johnson to How, no run, wider ball outside off, the batsman strides forward and shoulders arms again

15.3

Johnson to How, no run, given the spate of edges to Haddin of late, Johnson is asking How to come and get it from wide outside off. How shows admirable restraint and says no thank you

15.4

Johnson to How, 1 run, short of a length and straighter, How jumps back and works the ball through square leg

"3 wickets for 1 run. Now the lower order must rescue us. Whats new from NZ?" wonders Luke.

15.5

Johnson to Taylor, no run, Now the temptation is thrown at Taylor, short of a length outside off stump. Taylor also resists. If only their team-mates had shown similar discipline.

15.6

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, And Taylor's discipline wavers but his thick edge flies low and down to third man

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/5 (RR: 4.37)
LRPL Taylor    6* (17b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-2-23-2
JM How    2* (5b)      SW Tait    3-0-22-2

16.1

Tait to Taylor, 1 run, Tait delivers a full ball on leg stump, Taylor leans across and flicks towards fine leg

"@Michael: Borren and Trent Johnson might have a lot to say if NZ is invited for 2015 world cup and they arent," says San.

16.2

Tait to How, 1 no ball, full and straight, defended on the front foot towards the off. Tait's over-stepped so New Zealand have a chance to go crazy against the next ball

I predict a Tait bouncer.

16.2

Tait to How, 1 run, what do I know. It's a yorker but the line is down leg and it's glanced towards fine leg

16.3

Tait to Taylor, no run, very full and very straight. Taylor plays the ball rather late and drives towards mid-on

16.4

Tait to Taylor, no run, full length outside off stump, driven firmly but to the man at cover point

16.5

Tait to Taylor, no run, short of a length outside off stump, How drops his wrists and lets it go

16.6

Tait to Taylor, OUT, bowled him! Tait fires a full and fast yorker at Taylor, who had no hope once he made the decision to play across the line. He played around the ball and it crashed into off stump.

LRPL Taylor b Tait 7 (45m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 73/6 (RR: 4.29)
     SW Tait    4-0-25-3
JM How    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    6-2-23-2

Nathan McCullum is the new batsman. It's all over though, for New Zealand. Perhaps more grievous issues were weighing on their minds, but they haven't turned up in Nagpur.

17.1

Johnson to How, no run, left alone outside off stump

17.2

Johnson to How, no run, punched firmly off the front foot towards extra cover

17.3

Johnson to How, no run, good length around off stump, How stays in his crease and blocks

"Maybe Gav, but you've got to remember what batting is all about - getting through the good balls and disposing of the rubbish - and New Zealand clearly aren't doing that," says Craig.

17.4

Johnson to How, no run, defended on the back foot once again, Johnson is bowling a testing line around off

17.5

Johnson to How, no run, fuller length on a tight line, pushed into the covers on the front foot

17.6

Johnson to How, no run, perfect line, perfect length. Johnson's third maiden. How lets it go outside off stump

End of over 18 (maiden) New Zealand 73/6 (RR: 4.05)
JM How    3* (13b)      MG Johnson    7-3-23-2
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      SW Tait    4-0-25-3

18.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, full ball from Tait around off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover. New Zealand are stuck in some terrible mire here. There is a woeful lack of direction to this innings.

18.2

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, flicked off the front foot towards midwicket

18.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short ball outside off stump, McCullum lets it go through to Haddin

18.4

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, Tait appeals but there was bat on this one. Only a little bat though and that's what saved McCullum. He too tried to play across the line to a full and fast delivery that was very straight

18.5

Tait to How, 1 run, How flicks another full one through square leg

18.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged on the leg side for one more

Fair comment from Paul. "I'm not sure why NZ has such wraps on Taylor; the shot he played to get out was atrocious, and he doesn't look good even in comparison to the rest of a bad performing team. He's been in bad form for a while now, and is in the team on reputation only ..."

End of over 19 (5 runs) New Zealand 78/6 (RR: 4.10)
NL McCullum    4* (5b)      SW Tait    5-0-30-3
JM How    4* (14b)      MG Johnson    7-3-23-2

We have an optimist in Michael. "Don't know if it's wise to rule NZ out of the game already. Nathan McCullum is a handy batsman and we all know how well Vettori can bat."

Krejza gets a bowl ... at the ground he made his Test debut on.

19.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up wide outside off stump. McCullum strides forward and towards the ball to drive to cover

19.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, driven with power through cover point, through the infield for a single

19.3

Krejza to How, 1 run, closer line from Krejza and How dabs it towards point and takes a single

19.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged off the pads through square leg this time

19.5

Krejza to How, 1 run, fuller length on off and middle, How drives down the ground towards long off

"I'll say instead of blocking deliveries, go for some big shots, exactly the way Matthews and Malinga did last year in Australia," says Usman. Sri Lanka were chasing though.

19.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, whipped on to the leg side from outside off stump

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 83/6 (RR: 4.15)
NL McCullum    7* (9b)      JJ Krejza    1-0-5-0
JM How    6* (16b)      SW Tait    5-0-30-3

"In nearly 20 years of watching NZ play cricket, this is the most disappointed I have ever been (and thats saying something). Not so much for this match, but given the situation at home. If you don't care about playing well for yourselves guys, at least play for the people back home in this most horrible of weeks. Here was a real opportunity to give a little bit of joy to the people of Christchurch for a few hours, and you've thrown it away. Nobody cares if you get cleaned up by a 150 kph Lee or Tait yorker, but lazy wafts outside off stump just don't cut it," says TPain.

Lee's back ...

20.1

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, McCullum attempts to cover drive but gets beaten outside off

20.2

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover ...

20.3

Lee to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, Lee was aiming for the yorker but his line was a little awry on leg stump, McCullum missed the flick and the ball hit the pad and rolled towards the on-side. Lee couldn't sprint across quickly enough to prevent the run. A bit of reverse from Lee

20.4

Lee to How, no run, good length outside off stump and rather quick. How lets it go safely

20.5

Lee to How, no run, another full ball with a hint of swing into the right-hander, flicked off the pads behind square

20.6

Lee to How, 1 run, good length outside off, edged towards third man for a single

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 85/6 (RR: 4.04)
JM How    7* (19b)      B Lee    5-1-12-0
NL McCullum    7* (12b)      JJ Krejza    1-0-5-0

"Ricky, what are you doing? We know Binga can bowl, get the part-timers on to test them out. Perfect opportunity to give them 5 or so overs each without too much pressure," says Jman.

21.1

Krejza to How, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, the batsman reaches for it and plays the square drive through point

21.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, shouts of catch it as McCullum chips the ball in the air but just wide of Krejza as the bowler dived to his right to try and take the caught and bowled

21.3

Krejza to How, 1 run, flicked through the leg side for one

21.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, McCullum whips the ball through square

21.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged off the pads down leg side, another single

21.6

Krejza to How, 1 run, driven towards long-on to end the over

"That's ridiculously harsh TPain. All those cricketers have their own families and im sure most of them would rather be back home then in India today," says Andrew.

End of over 22 (5 runs) New Zealand 90/6 (RR: 4.09)
JM How    10* (22b)      JJ Krejza    2-0-10-0
NL McCullum    9* (15b)      B Lee    5-1-12-0

22.1

Lee to How, 1 run, Lee is a champion. He first delivered a good length ball at considerable pace around off stump. The batsman blocked it and then set off for a single. Lee sprinted to get the ball and slid as he did so, his feet breaking the stumps at the batsman's end. Nervelessly he turned around and on the slide scored a direct hit at the bowler's end. The batsman was in though.

22.2

Lee to NL McCullum, 1 run, full ball outside off, run down to third man

22.3

Lee to How, no run, pushed towards cover on the front foot

22.4

Lee to How, 1 run, good length once again and very straight, played towards square leg with a closed face

"I agree with Michael, don't write off NZ yet guys. Get to 200 and then watch AUS crumble like a flat screen TV," says Geoff.

22.5

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, good length outside off stump, dabbed off the back foot towards point

22.6

Lee to NL McCullum, FOUR, an a welcome sight, McCullum keeps his eyes on the short ball from Lee and bunts it over the head of Haddin. First boundary in 11 overs.

End of over 23 (7 runs) New Zealand 97/6 (RR: 4.21)
NL McCullum    14* (18b 1x4)      B Lee    6-1-19-0
JM How    12* (25b)      JJ Krejza    2-0-10-0

23.1

Krejza to How, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

23.2

Krejza to How, 1 run, a full ball driven firmly towards the bowler, Krejza gets some hand on it and it narrowly misses the stumps at the bowler's end. Would have been close had it hit

23.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

23.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum moves a touch across and chips the ball high in the air towards deep midwicket where the ball falls wide of the fielder. New Zealand reach 100, it's been a tough journey there

23.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, played on the off side, towards point

23.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, an attempted cut off the back foot but the batsman tried to hit it a bit too hard and mis-timed the shot towards cover

"Funny how if a so called minnow team had this score on the board everyone would be saying how the minnows should not be allowed to play in the World Cup. Yet compare this game to the Eng-Neth game!" says Mark.

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 100/6 (RR: 4.16)
NL McCullum    16* (22b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    3-0-13-0
JM How    13* (27b)      B Lee    6-1-19-0

24.1

Lee to How, no run, Lee sneaks a good length ball in between the batsman's bat and pad. That one seamed in a touch and kept very low

24.2

Lee to How, no run, good length and straight, How can't do much but defend

24.3

Lee to How, no run, played towards square leg from the crease

24.4

Lee to How, no run, Lee bowls wider outside off stump and How lets it go through to Haddin

24.5

Lee to How, no run, full ball outside off stump, How leans into it and plays a crisp square drive. Injured finger and all, Ponting makes a fine save at point

24.6

Lee to How, no run, another full and fast delivery outside off, How drives once again and this time Ponting makes an easier stop

End of over 25 (maiden) New Zealand 100/6 (RR: 4.00)
JM How    13* (33b)      B Lee    7-2-19-0
NL McCullum    16* (22b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    3-0-13-0

"I reckon the last thing NZ would want to do is swap a wicket for a few risky boundaries right now. They've come back from situations like this before, slowly does it at first," says Mark.

25.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 bye, the ball beats the bat and thuds into Haddin before rolling towards short third man

25.2

Krejza to How, 1 run, defended on the front foot towards the off

25.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

25.4

Krejza to How, no run, defended on the back foot

25.5

Krejza to How, 1 run, driven towards long on

"Andrew, I don't think it was a harsh comment at all. It's tough but that is part of being an international sportsman. My English cricket mates still talk about the test vs India where Tendulkar scored a hundred after the Mumbai attack (a couple of years back?). It would have been great if our boys had put up a good fight for the people of NZ in this terrible time," says A Kiwi in London.

25.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, swept on one knee towards short fine leg

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 105/6 (RR: 4.03)
NL McCullum    18* (25b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    4-0-17-0
JM How    15* (36b)      B Lee    7-2-19-0

Steven Smith is going to bowl his leg breaks ...

26.1

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, that might have spun, had it pitched. McCullum takes it on the full and drives down the ground

26.2

Smith to How, no run, this one pitches but doesn't turn so much. Driven back to the bowler

26.3

Smith to How, no run, a loose drive to one that lands outside off. The outside edge is in the air but falls short of White at point

26.4

Smith to How, no run, defended towards the bowler on the leg side

26.5

Smith to How, 2 runs, played off the back foot through square

26.6

Smith to How, no run, a large stride forward precedes a solid forward defensive shot

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 108/6 (RR: 4.00)
JM How    17* (41b)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0
NL McCullum    19* (26b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    4-0-17-0

A fair bit of support for NZ flowing in. "I think some of those armchair critics of NZ's performance need to show a bit more faith in their team, just as they expect their team to show pride for their country at this difficult time. I'm sure they are doing their best, the match isn't finished just yet," says Richard.

27.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

27.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, a flatter offering and it is cut off the back foot towards short third man

27.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 5 wides, Krejza slips one down leg side, McCullum gets inside the line and tries to glance the ball. He misses but the ball beats Haddin as well

27.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed through cover point for a single

27.4

Krejza to How, FOUR, edged this time for four to third man. How pushed forward at one outside off and got a thick edge that ran past the fielder at short third man

27.5

Krejza to How, no run, worked off the pads towards square leg

27.6

Krejza to How, no run, How tries to cut the ball but it's a bit quicker and beats the outside edge

The players are having a drinks break, which means it's time for me to hand over to Nitin Sundar and head over to the over-by-over discussion.

End of over 28 (10 runs) New Zealand 118/6 (RR: 4.21)
JM How    21* (44b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-27-0
NL McCullum    20* (29b 1x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0

Thanks George. Fans from Australia and New Zealand, do check out our over-by-over discussion for broader discussions. Sometime back, we were having a lively exchange on who Australia's next best spinner may be.

Smith continues.

28.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on off and Nathan leans out to defend to the off side

28.2

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, skids across on off stump, Nathan gets half forward and opens the face to dab it square for a single

28.3

Smith to How, no run, fuller on off stump, How drives strongly but straight to the fielder in the covers

28.4

Smith to How, 1 run, this time he gets the gap between cover and mid off. Singles galore.

28.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan whips him off the pads wide of mid-on to turn the strike over again

28.6

Smith to How, OUT, How reviews an lbw call that looked plumb at the outset. Tossed up on middle from a touch wide of the crease, grips and straightens as How looks to defend it in front of front pad. The bat came across from its backlift, that began with the bat pointing at gully, a little late. The ball thudded into the pad in front of middle and was headed towards the stumps too. A review wasted, How is gone.

JM How lbw b Smith 22 (60m 47b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.80

Vivek: "For Cricket's sake, NZ and WI need to pull up their socks. If we take these two teams out along with always controversy-ridden Pakistan we are left with only 5 teams who can beat each other on their day. That is sad."

End of over 29 (3 runs) New Zealand 121/7 (RR: 4.17)
     SPD Smith    2-0-6-1
NL McCullum    22* (32b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-27-0

The captain walks out as the ship sinks. Can Vettori rescue this? He is the best batsman in the NZ side. Among batsmen wearing glasses, for sure.

29.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, back of a length and holding its line around off stump, Nathan works it off the back foot through midwicket for a single

29.2

Krejza to Vettori, no run, flighted on off, Dan leans forward and defends carefully as he smothers the spin

Slip in place.

29.3

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, and turn, from leg stump, almost squares up Vettori and gets a leading edge. Thankfully, it was too thick to carry to slip. Pops up into the covers for one

29.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan shuffles across and nurdles off the pads through square leg for a single

29.5

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up on leg, Vettori reaches out to the line and turns the wrists for a single in front of square

29.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, sharp bounce from Krejza from middle and leg, gets big on Nathan as he tries to glance, and balloons up off the thigh to the leg side. Haddin collects and they let out a stifled appeal in hope.

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 125/7 (RR: 4.16)
NL McCullum    24* (35b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-31-0
DL Vettori    2* (3b)      SPD Smith    2-0-6-1

30.1

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Smith offers Vettori generous width outside off, and he hangs back and across to steer backward of point for one

30.2

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan reaches out and drives into the covers for another single. Uppish, but he was in control all the time

30.3

Smith to Vettori, no run, flatter, Vettori plays back and taps it off the pads to the leg side

30.4

Smith to Vettori, no run, tossed up on off stump, Vettori leans out and defends to the off side

30.5

Smith to Vettori, no run, turning into the pads, Vettori nurdles to the leg side. Can't get a single

30.6

Smith to Vettori, no run, Vettori jumps a mile outside the crease, converts it into a low full toss and drives, but can't beat mid off

Kuldeep: "I wonder what happened to the good old days of Fleming, Cairns, Astle, Harris, McMillan and Parore!! In reality those days aren't too far behind. I wish the black caps return to atleast 50% of that team!"

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 127/7 (RR: 4.09)
DL Vettori    3* (8b)      SPD Smith    3-0-8-1
NL McCullum    25* (36b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-31-0

Tait comes on now. One slip in place

31.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, full length ball outside off, Nathan backs away and looks to carve through the off side, but misses

31.2

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Nathan shuffles across and looks for the off drive, but can't get it past Tait on his follow through

31.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short of a length this time and very close to off stump, Nathan hangs back in the crease and looks to dab it with an open face towards backward point

31.4

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, finally Nathan gets it away for four. Not. Brett Lee is all over the place with his athleticism today. Short of a length on off stump, and Nathan under-edges a steer that runs very fine towards third man. Lee comes across, dives and prevents the boundary

31.5

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short ball again, Nathan invokes his inner Brendon and looks for the heaved upper cut. He's not quite quick enough with the hands, and misses, though.

31.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, this one is speared into the pads. A touch of reverse, may be? Nathan plays all around it, and it runs away off the pads into the off side for a leg bye

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 130/7 (RR: 4.06)
NL McCullum    27* (42b 1x4)      SW Tait    6-0-32-3
DL Vettori    3* (8b)      SPD Smith    3-0-8-1

32.1

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up generously and turning away, Nathan opens the wrists and cuts square for one

32.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up again, wide of off stump and Vettori steers it through point for one

12.2 overs being bowled per hour. Unacceptable.

32.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up again on off and turning away, Natha reaches out to cover the spin, and defends

32.4

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan goes back in the crease and whips against the spin through midwicket for one

Karthik: "No,I guess Coventry is a better batsman than Vettori among the batsmen wearing glasses."

Coventry who? Coventry 194*.

32.5

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, turning into the pads this time, Vettori works him with soft hands towards midwicket for one more

32.6

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, Nathan punches down the ground for one

End of over 33 (5 runs) New Zealand 135/7 (RR: 4.09)
NL McCullum    30* (46b 1x4)      SPD Smith    4-0-13-1
DL Vettori    5* (10b)      SW Tait    6-0-32-3

33.1

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 wide, Tait has landed a few horror wides today. Another one, a mile outside off stump. Wide as the mid-section of a Sumo champion.

33.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, better this time, angles in at sharp pace from just outside off. Nathan is doing a good job of connecting with thin air. Pity that's not getting him any runs.

33.2

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, smart footwork, Nathan gets the front foot across to off stump and works it off the pads as it angles in, and picks a couple to backward square leg.

33.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, 145 kph, too fast for this McCullum, who again throws his bat at it outside off and misses

33.4

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, swish, swoosh, miss, miss. This time Nathan plays the perfect on-the-up cover drive. And misses, as Tait whizzes by as good pace

33.5

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, sharp bouncer, coming in with the angle from wide of the crease and heading for the head. Nathan wisely ducks

33.6

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, a foot outside off to end the over, for a change Nathan leaves

Kant: "While on the topic of bespectacled batsmen, and not limiting them on the nationality, how abt the inimitable Zaheer Abbas? Hands down the best ever."

And don't forget, until last year Sreesanth batted with glasses on.

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 138/7 (RR: 4.05)
NL McCullum    32* (52b 1x4)      SW Tait    7-0-35-3
DL Vettori    5* (10b)      SPD Smith    4-0-13-1

34.1

Smith to Vettori, no run, outside off, Vettori is on the front foot and pushes into the covers

34.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori gets the single with quick wrists, worked off the pads through midwicket

34.3

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan bunts a full delivery past the bowler down the ground for one

34.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 wide, wide outside off, Vettori can't reach it and it is called

34.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, closer to off stump this time, and Vettori manages to dab it with an opened face towards third man

34.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, Nathan drives with the spin to the left of mid off and turns the strike over again

34.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori retains strike, reaching out to a full-pitched delivery and driving to the left of mid on for one more

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 144/7 (RR: 4.11)
DL Vettori    8* (14b)      SPD Smith    5-0-19-1
NL McCullum    34* (54b 1x4)      SW Tait    7-0-35-3

35.1

Krejza to Vettori, no run, Australia have reviewed an lbw appeal that was turned down. Interesting one this - it is a full toss that lands flush on the foot, in front of leg stump. Remember, the ball hasn't landed and spun, which it might well have done if it hand landed. Umpire Doctrove reckoned it would have carried on with its trajectory, and headed down the leg side. The decision stays.

35.2

Krejza to Vettori, no run, full delivery again, this time it lands. Vettori leans out ad defends

35.3

Krejza to Vettori, no run, pad and bat? Or the other way? Polite appeal from Krejza as he fires in the armer around off stump, and Vettori plays from the crease.

35.4

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, and he does Vettori in the air as he skips out, Krejza shortens the length and forces Vettori to rethink his shot. Poked out to the off side

35.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, FOUR, poor delivery, and Nathan pounces on it with hungry intent. Short delivery, sat up and asked to be hit to the leg side, Nathan seemed unable to control his glee as he rocked back and cracked it through midwicket

35.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, back of a length and turning in, worked with the spin to midwicket for one

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 150/7 (RR: 4.16)
NL McCullum    39* (56b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    7-0-37-0
DL Vettori    9* (18b)      SPD Smith    5-0-19-1

36.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan plays with the spin into the covers

36.2

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, back of a length on the pads, worked off the pads to the leg side, but straight to the fielder

36.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, waits for the spin and defends to the leg side. Aus are finally zipping through the overs

36.4

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, over-pitched on middle and leg, Nathan plays it back down the track powerfully, but straight to the fielder

36.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan finally gets the single, steering with the spin, with an angled face through point

36.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori taps Smith off the pads to midwicket and ends with another single

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 152/7 (RR: 4.10)
DL Vettori    10* (19b)      SPD Smith    6-0-21-1
NL McCullum    40* (61b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    7-0-37-0

37.1

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, straightens from Vettori's pads, he works it off the backfoot in front of midwicket for one

37.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, whipped without power to midwicket

37.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, shortens the length, but is still on middle and leg from round the wicket. Nathan waits and glances off the hips through square leg

37.4

Krejza to Vettori, no run, very straight and tight, on middle and leg, blocked off the back foot down the track

37.5

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori sweeps from well outside off, and does well to keep it down. Single to deep midwicket

37.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, Nathan motors across to off stump and turns him through square leg for another single

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 156/7 (RR: 4.10)
NL McCullum    42* (64b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    8-0-41-0
DL Vettori    12* (22b)      SPD Smith    6-0-21-1

38.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on off, Nathan drives nicely with the spin but finds cover

38.2

Smith to NL McCullum, FOUR, Nathan loves a short ball, and Australia's spinners are giving him enough to stay happy. Shocker from Smith, Nathan is ready on the back foot and carts it through midwicket. Emphatically dealt with.

38.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up and worked with the spin into the off side

38.4

Smith to NL McCullum, 2 runs, nicely done by Nathan, stays put on leg stump and waits for the ball to come beside him before cracking it on the up ythrough the covers. The ball does more damage on the way, to Ponting's finger as he dives to his left in an attempt to stop it. He's in pain now.

38.5

Smith to NL McCullum, no run

38.6

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, speared on middle and leg, Nathan punches strongly down to long on for one

End of over 39 (7 runs) New Zealand 163/7 (RR: 4.17)
NL McCullum    49* (70b 3x4)      SPD Smith    7-0-28-1
DL Vettori    12* (22b)      JJ Krejza    8-0-41-0

39.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, too cheeky from Nathan for his own good. Tossed up well outside off, he tries to work it from there to the leg side, without getting the foot across. The kind of shot only Moin Khan can pull off. Nathan misses and it misses the stumps too.

39.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, fifty to Nathan, calmly gets forward and taps towards cover point for a single.

39.3

Krejza to Vettori, no run, tossed up outside leg and turning in, Vettori looks to paddle sweep and finds short fine leg

39.4

Krejza to Vettori, FOUR, It's the Trans-Tasman sweepstakes, and Vettori is striking it rich. Tossed up outside off, but he'd picked his spot early. Gets done low, crouches in anticipation and then creams it through midwicket. Along the ground, and into the gap.

39.5

Krejza to Vettori, 1 run, and a different version of the sweep now, the paddle dab as Krejza lands outside leg. A single to short fine leg

39.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan taps it from leg stump towards mid on. Can't get the single though

Aravind: "TRUE GRIT indeed!! Nathan showing a lot of heart there. Well deserved fifty."

End of over 40 (6 runs) New Zealand 169/7 (RR: 4.22)
NL McCullum    50* (73b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-47-0
DL Vettori    17* (25b 1x4)      SPD Smith    7-0-28-1

40.1

Smith to Vettori, no run, this time Vettori tries the reverse sweep and misses.

40.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Vettori reaches out and drives efficiently down the grounf

40.3

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, extra turn from Smith, gets the outside edge but Nathan plays it softly so it doesn't carry anywhere. Single towards cover. Fifty runs added.

40.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori stays back and plays to the off side for a single

40.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan forces a short of length ball from off stump towards deep cover for another single

Aus forced to use spin due to the over-rates. Will it cost them dear today?

40.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, on Vettori's pads and sliding further down, he glances it fine and gets a single

End of over 41 (5 runs) New Zealand 174/7 (RR: 4.24)
DL Vettori    20* (29b 1x4)      SPD Smith    8-0-33-1
NL McCullum    52* (75b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-47-0

Switch in bowling. Mitch is bowling.

The Chief: "Krejza is an absolute hack, if Australia win this world cup I will eat my keyboard!"

Just for that, I hope they win!

41.1

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, angles into the pads first up, at 139.2 kph, but no worries for Vettori as he gets the pads inside the line and helps it along to fine leg

41.2

Johnson to NL McCullum, OUT, Nathan reviews an lbw decision. Another interesting one, as Mitch landed on middleand leg. The ball was doing nothing, just carried on with the line. Nathan, for some reason, was looking to get across to the off stump and nurdle to the leg side. A fine plan that, but not if you miss the plan. He did. Hit in the front of middle, and it was carrying on to hit off. Both reviews done for New Zealand, and an important wicket for Aus.

NL McCullum lbw b Johnson 52 (94m 76b 3x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

41.3

Johnson to Southee, no run, yorker on off stump, dug out down the track. Southee is the new man in by the way.

41.4

Johnson to Southee, no run, edged but White is standing too deep at lone slip to hold it. Pitched up and asking to be driven, Southee goes for it and gets a thick edge. Straight to White, on the bounce

41.5

Johnson to Southee, 1 run, very straight, on middle and leg as Southee hops away and works it to the leg side.

41.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori chips across to off stump an tucks him square for one. Will he take the batting Powerplay now?

End of over 42 (3 runs) New Zealand 177/8 (RR: 4.21)
DL Vettori    22* (31b 1x4)      MG Johnson    8-3-26-3
TG Southee    1* (3b)      SPD Smith    8-0-33-1

42.1

Smith to Vettori, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Vettori drives expansively to deep cover for two

42.2

Smith to Vettori, no run, tossed up on off, skidding along, and Vettori tries to play another reverse slap. Misses this time

42.3

Smith to Vettori, FOUR, and Vettori makes contact with the reverse sweep now. Such a good looking shot when it comes off. Smith tosses it up outside off, Vettori reverses the grip and sends it packing through third man

42.4

Smith to Vettori, FOUR, horror delivery, full toss on leg and took everyone by surprise. Vettori was so shocked, he fell down as he made contact with a powerful pull-sweep. Made good contact though, and picked up four more.

42.5

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, plays down the ground for a single. Good batting from the captain here.

42.6

Smith to Southee, no run, Southee looks to cut a short ball, but finds point. Vettori has strike

End of over 43 (11 runs) New Zealand 188/8 (RR: 4.37)
TG Southee    1* (4b)      SPD Smith    9-0-44-1
DL Vettori    33* (36b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-3-26-3

Batting Powerplay taken as Johnson continues. What can Vettori do? All three deep fielders are behind square.

43.1

Johnson to Vettori, no run, back of a length and very straight, Vettori begins with anti-climactic defence down the track

43.2

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, just outside off this time, Vettori stays on the crease and chops it behind square for a single.

Deep midwicket, deep fine leg and deep third man in place for Southee.

43.3

Johnson to Southee, no run, he misses the first ball, back of a length and angling across as he looks to poke to the off side from the crease

43.4

Johnson to Southee, 1 leg bye, a stolen legbye to change strike. Mitch lands this on the pads, following Southee as he hops away, and they squeeze a single towards backward point

43.5

Johnson to Vettori, FOUR, Vettori is playing a really good innings here. Again. Jumps away to leg stump to open up the off side, and Mitch tries to cramp him by landing it on middle and leg, but Vettori had enough room to force an off drive and get it to the right of mid off

43.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 wide, there's more shuffling here than happens before the dealing of a Poker hand. Vettori skips across to off stump, Mitch has no idea where he is going and lands this outside leg stump. It's a wide, and Vettori feels he missed out on the flick

43.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, again, Vettori trots across to well outside off, Mitch follows him correctly and Vettori can't do much except work it to the leg side for one

End of over 44 (8 runs) New Zealand 196/8 (RR: 4.45)
DL Vettori    39* (40b 4x4)      MG Johnson    9-3-33-3
TG Southee    1* (6b)      SPD Smith    9-0-44-1

Lee comes on now. Easily the best bowler today, so far.

44.1

Lee to Vettori, FOUR, slow bouncer, 121 kph and Vettori says Thank You very much! That sat up like a dolly and Vettori slapped it happily through midwicket

44.2

Lee to Vettori, 1 run, more improvisation. Vettori again hustles across to off stump and gets one on the pads. He clips it away with ominous timing towards deep backward square leg, and Tait does well to cover it

Over the wicket to Southee.

44.3

Lee to Southee, 2 runs, more runs, Southee gets a thick edge that nearly runs away for four towards third man, but Tait again does well

44.4

Lee to Southee, no run, Southee jumps away, Lee follows him like a guided missile and Southee ends up completely cramped, jumping away in clumsy fashion as it squeezed in towards him

44.5

Lee to Southee, 3 runs, they are hurting Australia here. Southee, in the manner of all defiant tail-enders, is just staying rooted to the crease and waving at them outside off. This one is back of a length and he gets it to deep cover for three.

44.6

Lee to Vettori, OUT, after seven brilliant wicket-less overs, Lee picks one in his shoddiest over of the day. Vettori has run more at the crease today than between them, and again motors away to well outside off. Lee does well to stick to his guns and keep it outside off, back of a length. Vettori goes for the pull and gets an inside edge, through to Haddin.

DL Vettori c †Haddin b Lee 44 (62m 43b 5x4 0x6) SR: 102.32

End of over 45 (10 runs) New Zealand 206/9 (RR: 4.57)
     B Lee    8-2-29-1
TG Southee    6* (9b)      MG Johnson    9-3-33-3

45.1

Johnson to Southee, OUT, Ponting is saved a hefty fine for slow over rates as Australia manage to bowl New Zealand out, just five minutes over time. Poor, poor shot from Southee. Looks to launch a straight length ball without getting forward, and just tonks it up in the air. It goes up into the Nagpur sky and when it comes down, Ponting is ready, despite the fact that the midday sun would have blinded him.

TG Southee c Ponting b Johnson 6 (20m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Right, George Binoy will return to comms when we resume at 13.40 local time. I will head across to the over-by-over chat when we resume, so keep the comments flowing there.

Things have been rather predictable so far in the World Cup. Think you can predict who will make the quarters and beyond? Play our bracket game and do some crystal gazing.

A complete stop-start effort from NZ. The top-order under-achieved, the bottom half over-achieved, Australia's fast bowlers fired a statement of intent that will leave all the other teams wary. Net effect - Australia need 207 to win, a target that I think won't trouble them, given the lack of teeth in New Zealand's bowling. How they'd have liked to have Shane Bond around.

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Michael Clarke plays the pull shot, Australia v New Zealand, Group A, Nagpur, February 25, 2011

Michael Clarke plays the pull shot

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New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Brad Haddin, Australia v New Zealand, Group A, Nagpur, February 25, 2011

New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Brad Haddin

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