England tour of New Zealand, 1st T20I: New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 9, 2013
England won by 40 runs
9 February 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Mitchell McClenaghan, the left-arm quick, will take the new ball. He was impressive in South Africa. He has one slip in place...

The New Zealand fielders make their way out followed by the England openers, Alex Hales and Michael Lumb

6.55pm So just a few minutes before all the action begins. A good crowd building up.

Austen: "Watching from Australia... I would love to see New Zealand win, and I can't wait for Ross Taylor to come out and bat! Go NZ!"

6.50pm For all of you asking, sorry I don't know which channel is showing this match in India. You might just have to stick with me!

A few thoughts on the two teams, firstly from Dan: "Back to the future for NZ with a line-up heavy on bits and pieces players. I think it's actually a good selection strategy for us though, as we have a limited choice of specialists who often aren't much chop. Hopefully this new generation can serve us as well as Harris and Larsen and co. did in the 90s."

John, though, isn't too happy with England.: "It's unbelievable to see that Dernbach, who has a terrible record in every format even at domestic level and the worst EVER ODI record, is still being picked. The England selectors don't seem to understand the line between showing loyalty and refusing to admit your mistakes."

6.40pm Another note on New Zealand's team. There is a debut for Hamish Rutherford, the son of former New Zealand captain Ken.

Ben: "I'm in England waiting for the cricket to start, never to early to see us beat NZ, though would like to see Taylor and Brendon McCullum make a few runs"

Hamish, not the Rutherford version, says: "NZ better hope for turn playing 2 spinners, or those short straight boundaries are getting a flogging"

6.30pm The coin goes up and New Zealand have won it and they will bowl first. "Chasing might work in our favour," says Brendon McCullum. He also confirms two spinners with Ronnie Hira in the line-up.

New Zealand 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Colin Munro, 6 James Franklin, 7 Andrew Ellis, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Ronnie Hira, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Stuart Broad: "We need to get used to the angles, but we have a chance to bat first on it." England play the same team as they did in the last warm-up match, which they lost.

David Gould emails in to say: "I am up looking after new born pups in Bristol UK.Looking forward to this game.I am worried about England fast bowling options though.I don't think Finn is a 20/20 bowler!"

England 1 Alex Hales, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

6.20pm One of the features of this match will be the extremely short straight boundaries. Stuart Broad said they were as small he had seen for an international game. Should be plenty of fours and sixes for the crowd, and a though night for the bowlers.

Who's with me in the UK at this very fine hour of a Saturday morning?

Pete: "Why would anyone in England get up in the early morning to watch a cricket match involving NZ....best to watch the full game during one of the ad breaks in coro street later." I'm sure there will be a few.

6.15pm Hello and welcome to the start of another international tour as New Zealand take on England in the opening Twenty20 in Auckland. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will bring you the action today. The weather looks stunning so no problems there and I'll pass on news of the teams and toss as soon as I get them.

One of the big stories in the build-up to this series has been the return of Ross Taylor from his self-imposed break after losing the captaincy. You can catch up on the whole affair with our in-focus section. Meanwhile, here is a preview of today's game.


McClenaghan to Lumb, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Lumb pushes it square off the back foot to get England underway


McClenaghan to Hales, 3 runs, lovely start from Hales who also plays off the back foot, drives through the covers and Ronnie Hira doesn't quite get his flick right on the boundary so there's a third

Martin Guptill, for all his Test problems, is a fantastic Twenty20 player


McClenaghan to Hales, 3 runs


McClenaghan to Lumb, 1 run, comes across the stumps and works this from outside off to infront of square


McClenaghan to Hales, no run, keeping it back of a length, Hales aims an expansive pull but doesn't make contact...nothing pitched up so far


McClenaghan to Hales, no run, there's the first full one, and it's a good response from McClenaghan as Hales came down the pitch and he fired it wider outside off


McClenaghan to Hales, 1 run, heaved away through square leg, stand-and-deliver from Hales, and it goes straight to deep square

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0

    • AD Hales 4 (4b)
    • MJ Lumb 2 (2b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-6-0

Trent Boult, another left-armer, on his Twenty20 debut takes the ball


Boult to Hales, 5 wides, swings down the leg side and beats a diving Brendon McCullum so that's a bonus for England...that started outside leg stump


Boult to Hales, no run, he adjusts well, goes full outside off, driven to the covers


Boult to Hales, 2 runs, slugged through the leg side with a lot of bottom hand, takes it from outside off into midwicket


Boult to Hales, SIX, massive! The first six of the evening and it's over the longest part of the ground. Dropped in short and Hales pulls it off the front foot over deep midwicket


Boult to Hales, no run, starts to shimmy down the pitch and Boult pushes it wider outside off


Boult to Hales, no run, swings into the pads, cramps Hales for room as he tries to clip to leg


Boult to Hales, no run, down the pitch again, driven firmly square of the wicket and there's nearly a mix-up but the throw misses at Hales' end

BJ: "Strange age we live in. A few days ago Australia had 3 left-arm pacemen in Johnson, Starc, and Faulkner, and here's New Zealand with three of their own in McClenaghan, Boult and Franklin. Left arm pacemen used to be a rarity once upon a time..."

End of over 2 (13 runs) England 19/0

    • AD Hales 12 (10b 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 2 (2b)
    • TA Boult 1-0-13-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-6-0

McClenaghan to Lumb, no run, no holding back, Lumb uses his feet and tries to drive through the off side but gets beaten by the full delivery


McClenaghan to Lumb, 1 run, short of a length outside off, no timing as goes for the pull and it dribbles towards square leg


McClenaghan to Hales, FOUR, sweetly struck, drills this full delivery through the off side...a free flow of the arms through the ball

Early predictions of a big score look spot on


McClenaghan to Hales, 1 run, goes full at the stumps, swings into the pads a touch and it's clipped with good timing to deep square


McClenaghan to Lumb, no run, short ball, first proper bouncer of the evening, and he beats Lumb's rather half-hearted attempt to paddle it around the corner


McClenaghan to Lumb, no run, a lot of swinging with not much reward at the moment for Lumb as he fails to make contact with another booming drive

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 25/0

    • MJ Lumb 3 (6b)
    • AD Hales 17 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-12-0
    • TA Boult 1-0-13-0

First change of bowling and it's spin from Hira...


Hira to Hales, no run, comes down the pitch straight away outside leg and squirts to the off side


Hira to Hales, no run, fired in at the feet, he can only dig it out back to the bowler...a 'crowd catch'


Hira to Hales, FOUR, there's the short boundaries, Hales drives this past a diving mid-on and it's over the ropes in the blink of an eye


Hira to Hales, OUT, well bowled, holds this one back, it's a fraction slower, Hales comes down the pitch but loses his shape as he aims over the leg side and McCullum completes a neat stumping. Spin works, as it often does

AD Hales st †BB McCullum b Hira 21 (14m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 131.25


Hira to Wright, no run, fraction of width outside off, cut away to backward point


Hira to Wright, 1 run, floated onto leg stump, worked out to deep square-leg

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 30/1

    • LJ Wright 1 (2b)
    • MJ Lumb 3 (6b)
    • RM Hira 1-0-5-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-12-0

Change of ends for Boult


Boult to Wright, no run, full outside off, driven without much timing to the covers


Boult to Wright, no run, good delivery, full and swings back into Wright who can only drive off a thick inside edge back towards the bowler


Boult to Wright, FOUR, ping...this time he connects cleanly and lofts another full delivery straight down the ground


Boult to Wright, no run, drags the length back a touch and beats Wright's swing, then gets away with a marginal wide call


Boult to Wright, SIX, not sure that really came out of the middle, but it clears the deep midwicket boundary comfortably...Wright was able to get underneath this delivery


Boult to Wright, 1 run, low full toss, Wright was shuffling all around the crease as it was delivered and ends up clubbing it to mid-on

End of over 5 (11 runs) England 41/1

    • LJ Wright 12 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 3 (6b)
    • TA Boult 2-0-24-0
    • RM Hira 1-0-5-1

Hira to Wright, no run, gives himself room by going outside leg, exposes all the stumps, and drives to cover


Hira to Wright, SIX, that's a lovely shot, classy in whatever format, as he keeps his shape while using his feet then lofts it over mid-off with a straight bat


Hira to Wright, FOUR, this one is a little more agricultural but very effective as he takes it from outside off straight past mid-on


Hira to Wright, 1 run, squeezed into the off side


Hira to Lumb, FOUR, that's well played by Lumb because he was nearly beaten as Hira bowled it a touch slower, but he went through with his paddle sweep and got it backward of square on the leg side


Hira to Lumb, SIX, just a chip, barely anything more, and it sails over long-on...big over for England to end the Powerplay

Not really an even contest with these straight boundaries

End of over 6 (21 runs) England 62/1

    • MJ Lumb 13 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 23 (12b 2x4 2x6)
    • RM Hira 2-0-26-1
    • TA Boult 2-0-24-0

Nathan McCullum into the attack


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, short of a length, tucked out to deep square


NL McCullum to Lumb, no run, slides into Lumb and takes the pad, big appeal from the B version of McCullum but it was going down leg


NL McCullum to Lumb, 1 run, fired in full and flat, pushed down the ground to long-on


NL McCullum to Wright, no run, clever stuff from McCullum who saw Wright coming down the pitch, he fired it wide outside leg and Wright did really well to kick away


NL McCullum to Wright, SIX, another one straight down the ground, a comfortable swing through the line from Wright and anything close to the middle sails away


NL McCullum to Wright, 1 run, dropped, this is driven firmly towards cover but he can't hold on...Ross Taylor the man

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 71/1

    • LJ Wright 31 (16b 2x4 3x6)
    • MJ Lumb 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-9-0
    • RM Hira 2-0-26-1

Andrew Ellis comes on with his medium pace


Ellis to Wright, 1 run, back of a length and pulled to deep square-leg


Ellis to Lumb, SIX, lovely shot, it's a day to be a batsmen...full on off stump and just leans into what was really a gentle lofted drive and it's well into the stands


Ellis to Lumb, 1 run, dropped, another one down! And it's Ross Taylor again. A slower ball from Ellis, nicely bowled, Lumb chips it very high towards deep midwicket so Taylor had plenty of time but made a mess of it

Not the ideal start to Taylor's return


Ellis to Wright, FOUR, it's hard to keep up...dropped in short, Wright throws all his weight into a pull and gets a top edge over the keeper


Ellis to Wright, SIX, huge! That's big on any ground. Not the right length, allowing Wright to underneath the ball and he launches it over a straight midwicket


Ellis to Wright, OUT, gone! This time they hold one. A little fortunate for New Zealand as it was another length ball, Wright connected cleanly but slotted it straight to deep midwicket

LJ Wright c Hira b Ellis 42 (16m 20b 3x4 4x6) SR: 210.00

End of over 8 (18 runs) England 89/2

    • MJ Lumb 21 (12b 1x4 2x6)
    • AM Ellis 1-0-18-1
    • NL McCullum 1-0-9-0

Eoin Morgan comes in at No.4. McClenaghan back into the attack


McClenaghan to Lumb, 1 run, resumes full on middle and off, 136kph, flicked out to deep square


McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 run, a full delivery, pushed into the off side


McClenaghan to Lumb, no run, swing and a miss to a full delivery outside off, Lumb was aiming through the leg side


McClenaghan to Lumb, OUT, good piece of bowling, banged in a short and Lumb went for the pull but it loops off the glove could to send a simple catch to short fine-leg

MJ Lumb c Rutherford b McClenaghan 22 (35m 15b 1x4 2x6) SR: 146.66

Vital for New Zealand to keep chipping away


McClenaghan to Bairstow, no run, good length on off stump, Bairstow pushes his first ball square to point


McClenaghan to Bairstow, FOUR, dropped in short again, Bairstow picks it up early pulls well in front of square...not much time reassess when wickets fall, just have to keep going

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 95/3

    • JM Bairstow 4 (2b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-18-1
    • AM Ellis 1-0-18-1

Another left-armer into the attack. It's James Franklin


Franklin to Morgan, FOUR, starts with a low full toss outside off and it's driven down the ground...odd field, no mid-off who is almost cover instead


Franklin to Morgan, FOUR, no effort needed on this one, just leans on it and bunts down the ground

Conventional mid-off in place now


Franklin to Morgan, no run, drags the length back a fraction and Morgan pushes to cover


Franklin to Morgan, no run, beaten by one that swings away outside off stump


Franklin to Morgan, no run, decent comeback from Franklin, back of a length and it's defended towards cover


Franklin to Morgan, SIX, it's like a shooting gallery as Franklin goes fuller which gives Morgan the chance to drive through the line and these batsmen will always be confident of clearing the straight boundaries

End of over 10 (14 runs) England 109/3

    • EJG Morgan 15 (7b 2x4 1x6)
    • JM Bairstow 4 (2b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-14-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-18-1

Nathan McCullum is back


NL McCullum to Bairstow, 1 run, reverse sweep to a delivery on the stumps, well struck but straight to short third man


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, ensures he doesn't get too full, Morgan plays to the off side


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, nicely bowled, follows Morgan as he tries to give himself some room and he just pushes down to long-on which isn't much further back than mid-on


NL McCullum to Bairstow, no run, played back to the bowler


NL McCullum to Bairstow, SIX, for a second there was a question whether this was clean enough...soon became clear it was as Bairstow goes over long-on


NL McCullum to Bairstow, 1 run, flatter on leg stump, worked out to deep midwicket

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 118/3

    • JM Bairstow 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 16 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-18-0
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-14-0

Ellis to Bairstow, SIX, that's a freebie from Ellis as he drops short on leg stump, Bairstow swivels on the pull and with barely any effort gets another six


Ellis to Bairstow, FOUR, blimey, it's a tough game for the bowler...Bairstow aims through the leg side and gets a inside edge past the stumps. Was actually a good slower ball. No reward


Ellis to Bairstow, 1 run, back of a length at off stump, Bairstow gives himself a touch of room and drives to Taylor at cover


Ellis to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, short of a length, pulled into the square-leg area


Ellis to Bairstow, 1 wide, bouncer which slides down the leg side and it's called wide


Ellis to Bairstow, 1 run, dropped, this was a really tough one - third drop of the innings. Bairstow pulled out to deep square, Hira made good ground but couldn't take a low chance


Ellis to Morgan, 1 run, on leg stump, chipped in the air and carries quite a way but falls short of deep square

Question to you all watching. Do you like this contest? Here's Troy to start with: "The dimension's of Eden Park are a joke for international cricket."

End of over 12 (15 runs) England 133/3

    • EJG Morgan 18 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • JM Bairstow 24 (10b 2x4 2x6)
    • AM Ellis 2-0-33-1
    • NL McCullum 2-0-18-0

McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length, Morgan opens the face and drops it backward of point

McClenaghan for his last over


McClenaghan to Bairstow, no run, well bowled, back of a length, Bairstow doesn't make contact with his short-arm-jab turned pull


McClenaghan to Bairstow, 2 runs, goes full and it's work along the ground through midwicket...there's some excellent running to make that into a two, even they are rare on this ground


McClenaghan to Bairstow, 1 run, a slower bouncer which Bairstow waits for then ramps it at the last minute down to third man


McClenaghan to Morgan, SIX, all the way...again. Loses his line a little onto leg stump and Morgan picked it up over the fine-leg boundary. A drop in the crowd


McClenaghan to Morgan, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven firmly but straight to deep cover

That completes McClenaghan's four overs and he's done a pretty good job given the conditiions

End of over 13 (11 runs) England 144/3

    • EJG Morgan 26 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • JM Bairstow 27 (13b 2x4 2x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-29-1
    • AM Ellis 2-0-33-1

Hira back into the attack


Hira to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, fired in full, driven down to long-off


Hira to Bairstow, 1 run, flicked down to long on

Nabyendu: "Even Chris Martin would have cleared the ropes at will!!"


Hira to Morgan, FOUR, poor line down the leg side, tickled away very fine...can't afford to be on the pads


Hira to Morgan, 1 run, he gets away with this as he chips into the gap...Morgan tried to go over the off side and it skewed off a thick edge


Hira to Bairstow, 1 run, drilled down to long-off, a metre either side and that was four


Hira to Morgan, 1 run, played out to deep cover

Jordan: "I'm not enjoying this contest at all. As much as i love seeing people hit 6's this is just a joke. This isn't even T20.. T20 requires at least a little skill from the bowlers, this is just a slogfest. swing at everything"

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 153/3

    • EJG Morgan 33 (18b 3x4 2x6)
    • JM Bairstow 29 (15b 2x4 2x6)
    • RM Hira 3-0-35-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-29-1

NL McCullum to Morgan, FOUR, dropped Oh my goodness, New Zealand having a nightmare in the field. Morgan drives and gets a thick outside towards short third man where it just goes through McClenaghan's hands...blinks is eyes as though he didn't pick it up


NL McCullum to Morgan, SIX, now that hurts for the bowler, gets lofted over deep square leg the ball after the dropped chance


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, pushed into the off side


NL McCullum to Bairstow, 1 run, excellent piece of fielding at cover as Hira dives to cut off Bairstow's back-foot drive which was well timed

Sahil Rana: "Its like seeing Hong Kong Sixes...."


NL McCullum to Morgan, no run, fired in full and wide, well bowled, and Morgan plays over the top of it. DOT BALL.


NL McCullum to Morgan, 1 run, angled into Morgan from round the wicket and he just drops it into the covers to keep the strike

End of over 15 (13 runs) England 166/3

    • EJG Morgan 45 (23b 4x4 3x6)
    • JM Bairstow 30 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-31-0
    • RM Hira 3-0-35-1

Hira to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, uses his feet and nudges down the ground


Hira to Bairstow, FOUR, low full toss and it's just drilled down the ground...Bairstow didn't even really start running


Hira to Bairstow, 1 run, good response from Hira, fired in at Bairstow's pads and he clips to deep midwicket


Hira to Morgan, no run, very good, full on middle, driven straight back to Hira in his follow through


Hira to Morgan, OUT, Taylor holds one! And has a wry smile about it. Morgan loses his shape as he tries a booming drive and the ball loops to cover

EJG Morgan c Taylor b Hira 46 (32m 26b 4x4 3x6) SR: 176.92

Jos Buttler at the crease but not on strike straight away


Hira to Bairstow, 1 run, worked along the ground through midwicket

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 173/4

    • JM Bairstow 36 (19b 3x4 2x6)
    • JC Buttler 0 (0b)
    • RM Hira 4-0-42-2
    • NL McCullum 3-0-31-0

NL McCullum to Bairstow, 1 run, full at the stumps, pushed reasonably gentle down to long-on


NL McCullum to Buttler, no run, beaten outside off as he aims square


NL McCullum to Buttler, SIX, this is almost a bit silly, Buttler virtually mis-hits this off the back foot but manages to pull a six over long-on


NL McCullum to Buttler, SIX, big...and bigger. But again it wasn't out of the middle. Almost went straight up but still ended in the second tier of the stand


NL McCullum to Buttler, FOUR, wonderful shot. A skimmer over extra cover, there was a touch of class about that as he adjusted his wrists at the last minute to pick his spot


NL McCullum to Buttler, 1 run, nudged into the off side

End of over 17 (18 runs) England 191/4

    • JC Buttler 17 (5b 1x4 2x6)
    • JM Bairstow 37 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-49-0
    • RM Hira 4-0-42-2

Kiwi Andrew: "Eden Park is an absolute farce of a cricket ground. T20 is bad enough but then to think they will be playing the glorious test cricket there is just awful. Has there ever been 500 scored on day 1? Could happen"


Boult to Buttler, no run, there's his first attempt at the scoop for the innings and he misses out, which is rare


Boult to Buttler, 1 run, excellent delivery, full at the stumps and Buttler can only club it through midwicket

Haniff: "Isn't there a minimum for the distance to boundaries? This is ugly." Yes, there is. Not sure of the exact figures


Boult to Bairstow, 1 run, pulled to deep square-leg


Boult to Buttler, 1 run, gives himself room to leg, it's a back-of-a-length delivery, Buttler heaves down to long-on

This is now England's highest T20 score against New Zealand


Boult to Bairstow, OUT, well, that's a rare sight today. A ball fails to clear long-on. Back of a length again, Bairstow played another flat-batted pull and found Guptill with precision

JM Bairstow c Guptill b Boult 38 (36m 22b 3x4 2x6) SR: 172.72


Boult to Patel, 1 run, moves away to leg straight away, it's a short ball and Patel slices it in the air towards deep cover but it falls short

Butch Theron: "It's a joke playing cricket on a rugby field."

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 195/5

    • SR Patel 1 (1b)
    • JC Buttler 19 (8b 1x4 2x6)
    • TA Boult 3-0-28-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-49-0

Avi Singh, our scorer for today, sends me this: "Eden Park's straight boundaries are shorter than those at most grounds in Auckland club cricket."


Ellis to Patel, 1 run, he follows Patel who started moving to leg early, the ball ends up skewing off a thick edge to deep square


Ellis to Buttler, 1 run, full on leg stump, sweetly flicked but straight to deep midwicket


Ellis to Patel, OUT, good catch from the captain. Patel gets a big top edge as he aims over the leg side, goes straight up and McCullum moves around from his position to take the chance

SR Patel c †BB McCullum b Ellis 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Important few balls left in this innings. Can New Zealand keep England to 210?


Ellis to Buttler, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, nearly beats Buttler who gave himself room but manages get it towards cover


Ellis to Broad, no run, another excellent slower short ball, completely beats Broad's attempt to paddle it around the corner


Ellis to Broad, FOUR, close! Almost from Franklin. Broad lofted a full ball towards long-on where Franklin runs around the boundary, knows he is close to the rope and that puts him off and he can't stop the boundary either. Technically another drop

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 202/6

    • SCJ Broad 4 (2b 1x4)
    • JC Buttler 21 (10b 1x4 2x6)
    • AM Ellis 3-0-40-2
    • TA Boult 3-0-28-1

Boult to Buttler, 1 run, good delivery, full at leg stump, Buttler can only get it down the ground for a single

That's England's highest T20 score


Boult to Broad, OUT, oh, well done Brendon. That was superb. This time it's Broad who gets a big top edge and it goes straight behind McCullum who turns and chases it. Almost goes to far, in fact, but holds on

SCJ Broad c †BB McCullum b Boult 4 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Crazy as it sounds, England could fall a little short of what they might have


Boult to Buttler, no run, well bowled, beats him with a full one outside off


Boult to Buttler, no run, another dot ball, good over for New Zealand...full outside off and he tries one of his scoops over third man and can't make contact


Boult to Buttler, SIX, that's a clean hit...Boult dropped it in too short, gave Buttler the length he wanted and he launches over long-on


Boult to Buttler, (no ball) FOUR, comes round the wicket, full delivery, wonderful drive past mid-off...and it's a no-ball! So a free hit to come. Big bonus for England


Boult to Buttler, no run, it's a good slower ball for the free hit and Buttler gets bowled, but it won't count

Well, that was breathless stuff. England have posted their highest T20 total and that will be some chase if New Zealand get them. But this ground gives them a good chance of doing it. England went hard early and never stopped going. No one reached fifty but all the top order chipped. New Zealand's catching was poor and that could prove costly. Join me in a few minutes for the chase.

End of over 20 (12 runs) England 214/7

    • JC Buttler 32 (16b 2x4 3x6)
    • JC Tredwell 0 (0b)
    • TA Boult 4-0-40-2
    • AM Ellis 3-0-40-2





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