England in New Zealand T20I Series - 2nd T20I

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 55 runs

Well, well, a surprise, with James Tredwell opening the bowling. Who's he think he is, Danny Briggs?

6.55pm: A few more thumbs, up and down, for dinky grounds and super sloggers...

"Wasn't T20 invented to create excitement for the fans including lots of boundaries and action," chirps Kenny. "The more sixes the better I say!!"

Here's Mohsin Khan (not that one): "Cricket is not all about batting. Bowlers are equally important. If boundaries are long then batsmen will work hard to score runs and it will take more skills."

And Animesh: "I dont agree on smaller boundries and batting pitches, sporty pitch will produce a good contest more often while batting pitch generally produces one sided matches."

6.50pm: So, Butler returns for his first NZ appearance in two years and he's joined by another golden oldie in Elliott, who played his only previous T20 international in 2009. Have New Zealand reacted too sharply in giving Hira the shepherd's crook? Or is Nathan McCullum as much tweak as you need in this part of the world?

Here's Nick, with an FAO for Brendon McCullum: "Would be nice if the Kiwi bowlers saved the pies for the after match function though. Make England work for the boundaries."

"I am very eager to see New Zealand and England match but in India it is not being shown," says Gaurav Paul, "so, we kindly request you to do something." Er, I'll just give my friends at Star Cricket a call, Gaurav. In the meantime, I'll be painting pictures with words here.

Apropos of very little, it's occurred to me that there's a butler on both sides. So at least the drinks should be served promptly...

6.45pm: Here's Dave Fern, with a Licence to Have Fun: "I don't see what the fuss is about. Fans love seeing 4s and 6s - and both teams have exactly the same opportunities to get them. Hope England get lots this evening!"

This man would probably agree with you, Dave. Though should a lumberjack like Richard Levi really be considered the pinnacle of the sport?

6.35pm: Do you have a six problem? Arshad Khan thinks T20 has: "Smaller boundaries are adding to the ugliness of T20 cricket. The ever increasing number of sixes and fours are not good for the health of this format and may result in its death sooner than later."

6.30pm: England have won the toss and will bowl; Eoin Morgan has been passed fit, so England are unchanged. Might be a quicker wicket at Seddon Park, so Stuart Broad has decided on a change of tack after seeing his team perform so spectacularly in batting first in Auckland. New Zealand have made a couple of changes, with Ian Butler and Grant Elliott coming in for Andrew Ellis and Ronnie Hira.

6.20pm/5.20am: Good evening and welcome to Middle Earth Hamilton for the second T20 international between New Zealand and England. We'll bring you news of the toss and teams shortly - until then, why not wrap your peepers around David Hopps' preview? Just don't mention postage-stamp grounds and bats you could fell an oak tree with...

0.1

Tredwell to Guptill, no run, length ball outside the line of off, chopped square and fielded by a clutch of scuttling blue men

0.2

Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, floated up nice and full, taken on the half volley and driven past the bowler for one to mid-on

0.3

Tredwell to Rutherford, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-handed Rutherford, worked in front of midwicket

0.4

Tredwell to Guptill, SIX, here we go, four balls in and the sightscreen has taken a rattle, Guptill charging out to smash a length ball over long-off. Get settled in for the bombardment

0.5

Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, drags his length down, outside of and steered through the covers

0.6

Tredwell to Rutherford, 1 run, worked off the pads into the square leg region

End of over 1 (10 runs) New Zealand 10/0
HD Rutherford    2* (2b)      JC Tredwell    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    8* (4b 1x6)     

I suspect that might be the only sight of Tredwell for a while ... From the other end, it'll be Stuart Broad

1.1

Broad to Rutherford, no run, back of a length, on leg stump and worked with a flick of the wrists straight to backward square leg on the edge of the circle

1.2

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, angled across on a length outside off, steered into a gap towards point, they get one

1.3

Broad to Guptill, no run, pitched up in the corridor outside off, leans into a drive but picks out cover

1.4

Broad to Guptill, 1 run, touch shorter, wide of the stumps and this jumps to take the shoulder of the bat and run behind point

1.5

Broad to Rutherford, 2 runs, short and at the man, pulled with a roll of the wrists behind square on the leg side, there's some relay work in the deep to prevent a boundary

1.6

Broad to Rutherford, SIX, another bumper and Rutherford swipes at it, gets a huge top edge and the ball sails all the way, over the keeper and slips, rattling into the same sightscreen as Guptill smacked an over ago. Good grief!

End of over 2 (10 runs) New Zealand 20/0
HD Rutherford    11* (6b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    9* (6b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    1-0-10-0

Finn replaces Tredwell after his opening over

2.1

Finn to Guptill, no run, on the stumps, gets forward to push into the off side

2.2

Finn to Guptill, 1 run, stays in the crease and steers one through point from outside off

2.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, blocks on the front foot

2.4

Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, short of a length, at the body, Rutherford tees off again and chips aerially over midwicket, it falls short of the man in the deep

2.5

Finn to Guptill, no run, beaten, good ball this from Finn, holding its line outside off as Guptill prodded his stick of rhubarb outside off

2.6

Finn to Guptill, FOUR, connect this time, skipping out to carve the ball on the up over cover, that nearly goes all the way too!

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 26/0
MJ Guptill    14* (10b 1x4 1x6)      ST Finn    1-0-6-0
HD Rutherford    12* (8b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-10-0

3.1

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, pushed back down the pitch, beats Broad's grab and they steal one

3.2

Broad to Guptill, 1 run, outside the line of off, backs away and slaps a single through the covers

3.3

Broad to Rutherford, 2 runs, touch short and Rutherford throws the bat, there's a looping top edge out into the covers but the fielder can't get under it and the ball lands safely

3.4

Broad to Rutherford, 2 runs, angled across on a length, another hard slash and a thick outside edge flies to third man where Luke Wright, I think, makes a decent diving stop

3.5

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes back down the ground

3.6

Broad to Guptill, 1 run, pitched up and driven back, Broad dives to his left to take the pace off it

A boundary-less over - just what England will have wanted. Been a handy start by these two

End of over 4 (8 runs) New Zealand 34/0
MJ Guptill    16* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-18-0
HD Rutherford    18* (12b 1x6)      ST Finn    1-0-6-0

4.1

Finn to Guptill, no run, back of a length, this comes back a touch and surprises Guptill, catching the shoulder of the bat and rolling out towards point

4.2

Finn to Guptill, 1 run, on the body and turned through leg

4.3

Finn to Rutherford, SIX, takes the pace off this one, rolling his fingers over the ball, but Rutherford has his icecream scoop out and hoicks this over deep backward square leg with barely a flick

4.4

Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, gets forward and taps into the off side, Morgan scurries across at cover but can't cut off one

4.5

Finn to Guptill, FOUR, well, that's going to have steam coming out of Finn's ears... a straight drive from Guptill, down the wrong line, ends up going for four, a massive outside edge soaring over point and gambolling away

4.6

Finn to Guptill, 1 run, nudged off the pads and there's room for them to run a quick, hard one

End of over 5 (13 runs) New Zealand 47/0
MJ Guptill    22* (16b 2x4 1x6)      ST Finn    2-0-19-0
HD Rutherford    25* (14b 2x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-18-0

Another change, with Jade Dernbach on for Broad...

5.1

Dernbach to Guptill, FOUR, length ball outside off and lacerated through the covers, Guptill standing back and thrashing the ball from the crease practically through the diving fielder

5.2

Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, touch shorter, steered down to third man

5.3

Dernbach to Rutherford, 1 run, leg-stump line, goes back and works the ball off the hips

5.4

Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, full and straight, punched down the ground for a single

5.5

Dernbach to Rutherford, no run, ah ha, there's the Dernbach gambit, a slower ball that Rutherford doesn't pick, it's well directed and he has to pull out of his pre-meditated big heave to block

"Is it a cricket match or baseball match?" mutters Vivek

5.6

Dernbach to Rutherford, no run, full and wide of the stumps, swings hard but drills the ball straight to point

End of over 6 (7 runs) New Zealand 54/0
HD Rutherford    26* (17b 2x6)      JW Dernbach    1-0-7-0
MJ Guptill    28* (19b 3x4 1x6)      ST Finn    2-0-19-0

Finn's pace has been used to good effect by the NZ openers, so Luke Wright comes on...

6.1

Wright to Guptill, FOUR, short and wide to begin with, bit of a loosener but you don't get much room for those in this game and Guptil rattles a cut to the boundary

6.2

Wright to Guptill, 1 run, change of pace, on the stumps and drifting in, inside-edges the ball via the pad behind square

6.3

Wright to Rutherford, no run, down the leg side, back of a length and it flips some material on the way through to Buttler, so not a wide

6.4

Wright to Rutherford, 1 run, dug in at the body, nudged square on the leg side

"Good to see another Rutherford in the NZ fold," muses Inamullah Khan. "I rather liked Rutherford Sr. with his all round skills, always thought he was underutilized. The way Rutherford Jr. is going at this time, hope he shines, as NZ really need some quality players in their line up."

6.5

Wright to Guptill, 1 run, length, on the pads, turned into a gap at backward square leg but a bit of hustle in the field prevents a second run

6.6

Wright to Rutherford, 1 run, full and speared across the left-hander, driven with a wide arc of the bat for a single into the covers

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 62/0
HD Rutherford    28* (20b 2x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    34* (22b 4x4 1x6)      JW Dernbach    1-0-7-0

New Zealand have gone off like a train here, though 200 might not be enough on this pitch... Here's Samit Patel into the attack

7.1

Patel to Rutherford, no run, over the wicket, tossed and played back down the track

7.2

Patel to Rutherford, no run

7.3

Patel to Rutherford, SIX, floated up into the slot, this time he's not going to miss out and Rutherford launches another Dorothy straight down the ground

7.4

Patel to Rutherford, 1 run, touch flatter, worked off the pads through square leg

7.5

Patel to Guptill, 1 run, round the wicket, shuffles across and clips to leg

7.6

Patel to Rutherford, 1 run, tossed up and closes the face, takes another single into the square leg region

End of over 8 (9 runs) New Zealand 71/0
HD Rutherford    36* (25b 3x6)      SR Patel    1-0-9-0
MJ Guptill    35* (23b 4x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-8-0

"T20 is not a different format of cricket, it's a different sport. I am loving it." You might just be right there, Virat Mishra

8.1

Wright to Rutherford, FOUR, pitched up in the slot, bit of width and Rutherford cracks a drive through cover, not much footwork but plenty of timing and Popeye power

8.2

Wright to Rutherford, OUT, and then gone, just a tickle through to the keeper! Wright has made the breakthrough, Rutherford trying something a little more delicate, maybe a slightly slower ball that just gripped a little and the attempted glide to third man ended up as a gimme to Buttler

HD Rutherford c †Buttler b Wright 40 (31m 27b 1x4 3x6) SR: 148.14

In comes Brendon McCullum, who knows his way around a shootout and has a decent base to work with

8.3

Wright to BB McCullum, no run, practically cut in half first ball! Bit of extra nip there from Wright, bringing a length ball back in, beating everything on its way through to the keeper

8.4

Wright to BB McCullum, no run, on the stumps, gets forward to push back to the bowler

8.5

Wright to BB McCullum, no run, again foxed by a bit of seam movement, a length ball angling back and jammed into the front pad along with a sliver of bat

8.6

Wright to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, full and angled towards leg stump, deflects away off the pad behind square

Good over from Wright, just giving England a toehold. And we haven't had a six in nine balls...

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 76/1
BB McCullum    0* (4b)      LJ Wright    2-0-12-1
MJ Guptill    35* (23b 4x4 1x6)      SR Patel    1-0-9-0

Finn returns, with a new man to try and rough up

9.1

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, off the mark with a steer through midwicket

9.2

Finn to Guptill, SIX, phew, just as I was threatening to start shivering with the effects of cold turkey, Guptill uppercuts a short, wide-ish ball for six to third man

9.3

Finn to Guptill, no run, angled in, touch short and at the body, worked to the fielder at midwicket

9.4

Finn to Guptill, 1 run, dug in short again, Guptill tries to turn to leg and the ball ricochets into the off side

9.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, stays back and blocks a short ball that angles back in from outside off

9.6

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length and rearing with a snort past the outside edge as McCullum dangles the bat - can't hit those for six

End of over 10 (8 runs) New Zealand 84/1
BB McCullum    1* (7b)      ST Finn    3-0-27-0
MJ Guptill    42* (26b 4x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-12-1

Patel comes back on in place of Wright

10.1

Patel to Guptill, 2 runs, hangs back in the crease and tapes a length ball short of midwicket, excellent running gets them a second

10.2

Patel to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up and tickled between mid-on and midwicket

10.3

Patel to BB McCullum, SIX, McCullum comes to the party and lets off a popper, striding down the wicket to spank Patel high, high over wide long-on and into the the crowd on the grass banks

10.4

Patel to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up and turned off the legs

10.5

Patel to Guptill, 1 run, leans round the front pad and works through midwicket

10.6

Patel to BB McCullum, no run, attacks again, on the walk but mistimes his heave and the ball drops on to the pitch as Buttler comes forward to collect

End of over 11 (11 runs) New Zealand 95/1
BB McCullum    8* (10b 1x6)      SR Patel    2-0-20-0
MJ Guptill    46* (29b 4x4 2x6)      ST Finn    3-0-27-0

Another change, with Tredwell back on

11.1

Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up and pushed down the ground to long-off

11.2

Tredwell to BB McCullum, no run, on the stumps and defended

11.3

Tredwell to BB McCullum, SIX, touch short, McCullum backs away and Babe Ruths the ball over deep midwicket with a crunching swing of the bat

11.4

Tredwell to BB McCullum, 3 runs, full and wide of off and this time the batsman goes inside out, slashing over the covers, it's chased down before reaching the rope

11.5

Tredwell to Guptill, OUT, scooped out towards deep backward square and Guptill perishes! Tredwell gave it some air, maintained his accuracy and Guptill went down on one knee, only to pick out the fielder on the rope three runs short of a fifty

MJ Guptill c Hales b Tredwell 47 (45m 31b 4x4 2x6) SR: 151.61

Plenty of applause for LRPL Taylor

11.6

Tredwell to Taylor, no run, flatter, spinning in a touch from outside off, tapped respectfully back down the track

Good point, from Nick: "For all this talk of high-scoring pitches, there still hasn't been a 50 scored in the series yet..."

End of over 12 (10 runs) New Zealand 105/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      JC Tredwell    2-0-20-1
BB McCullum    17* (13b 2x6)      SR Patel    2-0-20-0

Wright comes back on for a trundle

12.1

Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and wide of the stumps, steps away and swings the ball flat and low through the covers

12.2

Wright to Taylor, 1 run, length, on the stumps, worked back past Wright, who goes haring after it

12.3

Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, punched back towards mid-off

12.4

Wright to Taylor, 1 run, worked into the leg side from in front of the stumps

Buttler keeping up to the stumps now, to keep McCullum in his crease

12.5

Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, takes the pace off, wicket to wicket, manages to squeeze it into the infield

12.6

Wright to Taylor, 1 run, shorter as carved on the up through backward point as Taylor comes dancing out

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 111/2
LRPL Taylor    3* (4b)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-1
BB McCullum    20* (16b 2x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-20-1

Another one-over burst from Tredwell, with the captain back into the attack

13.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, dug in, wide of the stumps and slashed high, off the edge but short of third man

13.2

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, length and in the channel, gets forward but can only steer straight to point

13.3

Broad to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length, soars through over the stumps as McCullum swings like a rusty gate

13.4

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, short but drifting towards leg stump and McCullum rolls the wrists and pulls fine of short fine leg, that will run away

13.5

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, further lassitude, basically a leg-stump long-hop and he gets on top of it to pull through deep backward square this time

13.6

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, that's three in a row, this time driven crisply through extra-cover, lovely timing from McCullum to dispatch a full ball for four more!

End of over 14 (13 runs) New Zealand 124/2
BB McCullum    32* (21b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-31-0
LRPL Taylor    4* (5b)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-1

14.1

Wright to Taylor, OUT, scooped high out towards the deep midwicket rope but that won't get there, even with the short boundary, Bairstow takes the catch! Wright has his second wicket, it was a length ball on the stumps, an ugly smear across the line by Taylor, who's still searching for form after his NZ return

LRPL Taylor c Bairstow b Wright 4 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Colin Munro is in at No. 5, though the batsmen crossed. Buttler up to the stumps

14.2

Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, back of a length, steered behind point from the crease

14.3

Wright to Munro, no run, on the stumps, played back

14.4

Wright to Munro, no run, full and straight and Munro opens the face to drive, picks out point

14.5

Wright to Munro, 1 run, touch back of a length, goes back and pulls flat through mid-on to the man on the fence

14.6

Wright to BB McCullum, FOUR, edged, but wide of the keeper! Wright had McCullum in two minds, pushing only half forward and the snick runs fine enough to get four

Good spell from Wright, despite that four. England pulling this back into sub-200 territory

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 130/3
BB McCullum    37* (23b 4x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-24-2
C Munro    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-31-0

Dernbach is back

15.1

Dernbach to Munro, 1 wide, down the leg side, that's a wide

15.1

Dernbach to Munro, no run, good response from Dernbach, quicker ball angled across and beating the bat

15.2

Dernbach to Munro, 1 leg bye, goes back and manages to shovel the ball into the leg side, possibly off pad

15.3

Dernbach to BB McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, well directed, McCullum waits on it and nudges into the leg side

15.4

Dernbach to Munro, 2 runs, another out the back of the hand, cut off the back foot and Alex Hales does superbly to prevent four with a slide on the boundary

15.5

Dernbach to Munro, FOUR, another outside edge brings four, Munro beaten for pace outside off but he got enough bat on it to get it a few yards wide of Buttler

15.6

Dernbach to Munro, OUT, this time he goes, slogging a slower ball to YJB at deep midwicket again! Dernbach took the pace off and Munro was slightly through the shot, trying to muller the ball over the ropes but picking out the man

C Munro c Bairstow b Dernbach 7 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

You know what we haven't seen in a while ... and NZ's run rate has dropped markedly because of it

End of over 16 (9 runs) New Zealand 139/4
     JW Dernbach    2-0-15-1
BB McCullum    38* (24b 4x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-24-2

Steven Finn returns, four overs left for NZ to trampoline the innings upwards

16.1

Finn to Elliott, 2 runs, goes back and uses the pace to get a couple wide of third man

16.2

Finn to Elliott, 1 leg bye, bumper at the man, mistimes the pull shot and is hit on the body but it rolls away for a bye

16.3

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, dug in short and pulled like a rocket through backward square leg, another excellent diving stop prevents four - England doing good work in the field today

16.4

Finn to Elliott, 1 run, on the stumps, worked back down the ground towards long-on

16.5

Finn to BB McCullum, 2 runs, cripes, get out of the way of that ... McCullum made room and detonated a flat pull straight back down the track, it exploded the stumps at the bowler's end and then almost ran away for four through extra-cover, such was the power, Broad doing well to fetch it back

16.6

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, full and straight and not far off hitting leg stump as McCullum swings with plenty of gusto but little success

End of over 17 (7 runs) New Zealand 146/4
BB McCullum    41* (27b 4x4 2x6)      ST Finn    4-0-33-0
GD Elliott    3* (3b)      JW Dernbach    2-0-15-1

17.1

Dernbach to Elliott, 1 run, takes the pace of, pulled and it comes off the toe of the bat, short of Dernbach and runs past him for one

17.2

Dernbach to BB McCullum, 2 runs, low full toss, McCullum heaves it over midwicket, between two men but they manage to cut it off

17.3

Dernbach to BB McCullum, FOUR, full and straight, doesn't quite get the yorker right and McCullum clatters it back over Dernbach's head, it beats mid-off and scampers away for another boundary

There's a break for a change of ball, the old one apparently coming unstitched after being McCullumed ... He's homing in on a rapid fifty

17.4

Dernbach to BB McCullum, 1 run, out the back of the hand, McCullum was about to unleash the cavalry but had to rethink, waiting to dab through the covers

17.5

Dernbach to Elliott, no run, ratchets up the speed now, bangs it in short and the ball fizzes through past Elliott's nose

17.6

Dernbach to Elliott, OUT, bowled him, a slowy just nudges the off bail! Even Dernbach was duped by that one, turning away in disappointment as Elliott pushed forward and was beaten ... but the magic had worked and that's another wicket, and another important dot ball

GD Elliott b Dernbach 4 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Seems a decent time to hear from BM... "I don't know why people criticize dernbach. He's one of the better bowling option in final overs... He just have to work on his bowling action"

End of over 18 (8 runs) New Zealand 154/5
     JW Dernbach    3-0-23-2
BB McCullum    48* (30b 5x4 2x6)      ST Finn    4-0-33-0

Broad on to bowl out, one more over for Dernbach after this

18.1

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, short and at the man, pulled through midwicket but flat and only for a single

18.2

Broad to Franklin, 1 run, goes back and steers a short-of-a-length ball through backward point to get McCullum back on strike

18.3

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, there she blows, a much-needed maximum for NZ, McCullum pulling ferociously over deep square leg, quite a flat hit but it was always going to clear the man - not a bad way to go to fifty

18.4

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, and again, that's even bigger (ie. would have been six on a normal ground too)! Broad went short again and McCullum carted the ball over deep backward square

18.5

Broad to BB McCullum, 2 runs, full and straight, drifting towards leg stump but well dug out into the leg side and they get back for a second

18.6

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, it's not quite the number of the beast but McCullum smites his third six in four balls, stepping away and slicing a full, wide ball all the way over extra-cover

End of over 19 (22 runs) New Zealand 176/5
BB McCullum    69* (35b 5x4 5x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-53-0
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      JW Dernbach    3-0-23-2

Final over, Dernbach to bowl and NZ will be eyeing 190+

19.1

Dernbach to Franklin, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, steps away and squirts one into the off side

19.2

Dernbach to BB McCullum, 1 run, touch short and pulled flat down the ground

19.3

Dernbach to Franklin, 1 bye, slower ball, wide of the stumps, Franklin steps away and misses but McCullum was quick off the mark and gets a bye despite Buttler hitting the stumps

19.4

Dernbach to BB McCullum, FOUR, doesn't get his length right here, trying to get the yorker in but it comes out as a low full toss and McCullum disdainfully bunts it through extra-cover. Dernbach hops on his toes like a kid being told he can't go on the bouncy castle

19.5

Dernbach to BB McCullum, 5 wides, and now he'll be hopping in anger, a slow, leg-side wide bobbling through Buttler's legs and running away for a bonus four!

19.5

Dernbach to BB McCullum, OUT, short of a good length and outside off, swatted high into the off side... and taken! McCullum goes but not before stamping his mark on the match, dying by the sword that has taken a good few chunks out of England today

BB McCullum c Lumb b Dernbach 74 (56m 38b 6x4 5x6) SR: 194.73

Franklin on strike for the final ball...

19.6

Dernbach to Franklin, FOUR, and slapped away for four more! It was full and wide, Franklin flung his wrists at it and managed to squeeze the ball past the dive of the man at point

8.30pm: Just the ten sixes, then, but Brendon McCullum hit half of them and he has made sure New Zealand have better than half a chance here, with 38 added from the final two overs. England will have to set some more records if they're to win this match, a target of 193 needed to eclipse their highest successful chase (made a couple of months ago against India). I'll be back in a jiffy for the second dig ... I'll leave you with this, from Qaddy: "England is McCullumed by NZ captain. What a knock."

End of over 20 (16 runs) New Zealand 192/6
JEC Franklin    6* (4b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-38-3
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-53-0
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Feb 15, 2013
England won by 10 wickets (with 44 balls remaining)
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Feb 12, 2013
New Zealand won by 55 runs
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 9, 2013
England won by 40 runs
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Photos

Feb 12, 2013

New Zealand players celebrate their 55-run win, New Zealand v England, 2nd T20, Hamilton, February 12, 2013

New Zealand players celebrate their 55-run win

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Feb 12, 2013

Samit Patel was run out by a direct hit, New Zealand v England, 2nd T20, Hamilton, February 12, 2013

Samit Patel was run out by a direct hit

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