England tour of New Zealand, 3rd T20I: New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 15, 2013
England won by 10 wickets (with 44 balls remaining)
15 February 2013 - night match (20-over match)

The players are out in the middle...here we go. Steven Finn with the first over

Phil Blackwood: "Unfortunately not showing the game on any of the 20 sports channels we have here at 50th Street Yangon, Myanmar so settling into a afternoon of reading! Glad to be joining you guys!" Glad to have you with us, Phil

6.55pm Kalpesh: "Never been a fan of short boundaries and if the boundaries are shorter than normal it's just bad for the game. Takes the bowlers completely out of the game and all it becomes is a muscle game, team which muscles more wins the game." Well, I think this series has shown (by England in Auckland and NZ in Hamilton) that smart, clever bowling still succeeds even with shorter boundaries.

Andrew: "Excuse me, but what on earth is the point of playing Joe Root if he's batting at 7?" Does he lose much in comparison with Samit? Interesting debate.

6.50pm Good crowd building up. Expecting about 20,000 which should create a great atmosphere in the Cake Tin.

Michael: "Lovely weather in Wellington tonight - despite being the windiest city in the world the breeze is gentle and cooling tonight. Heading down to the Stadium now."

6.35pm Time for the toss...England have won and will bowl, Stuart Broad citing the statistics which say chasing is the way to go on this ground despite admitting a mistake in the previous match. Joe Root has been brought in for Samit Patel.

Brendon McCullum says he, too, would have bowled first. "Hopefully we can continue in the trend we did the other night." He confirms an unchanged for New Zealand and says the boundaries are shorter than normal at the ground.

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

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

6.30pm Alistair: "Just back from holiday in Morroco freezing cold in my bed here in Scotland waiting for cricket to start come on England warm me up!"

6.20pm Hello and welcome to coverage of the deciding Twenty20 between New Zealand and England from Wellington. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will be bringing you all the action. It looks a lovely evening in Wellington. We are just a few moments away from the toss and I'll bring you the news as soon as I have it. Can New Zealand continue the comeback theme?


Finn to Rutherford, no run, good start, short of a length, beats Rutherford's attempt to upper cut it down to third man


Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, at the body, worked off the hip backward of square on the leg side

Slip and a gully in place


Finn to Guptill, no run, legs pumping, he likes the look of the bounce on offer, this is outside off and defended square


Finn to Guptill, 1 run, angled into the pads this time, comfortably worked backward of square on the leg side


Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, goes full for the first time, Rutherford is a little on the back foot and squirts it towards backward point...a well-judged single by Guptill from the non-striker's end


Finn to Guptill, no run, on off stump, tight delivery, pushed to backward point

A solid opening over from Finn

End of over 1 (3 runs) New Zealand 3/0

    • MJ Guptill 1 (3b)
    • HD Rutherford 2 (3b)
    • ST Finn 1-0-3-0

Stuart Broad takes the ball. A slip in place.


Broad to Rutherford, no run, on the stumps, quite full, pushed into the covers


Broad to Rutherford, FOUR, first chance for him to free his arms and he does so in style, was only fractionally outside off and nowhere near a half volley...he drove on the up between backward point and cover


Broad to Rutherford, no run, another drive into the off side, this was a fuller delivery, and he picks out cover


Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, driven straight on this occasional, but doesn't quite time this one and mid-off has the chance to cut it off with a slide and dive


Broad to Guptill, no run, good line, on middle and off, defended into the covers


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, neatly dropped into the off side, used soft hands so the ball didn't run very far off the bat and cover couldn't get in quick enough

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 9/0

    • MJ Guptill 2 (5b)
    • HD Rutherford 7 (7b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0
    • ST Finn 1-0-3-0

Finn to Guptill, no run, expansive drive outside off, 142kph from Finn, and he is beaten by good bounce from short of a length


Finn to Guptill, no run, very nicely bowled, beats the edge again, this time with a fuller delivery which moves away late off the seam


Finn to Guptill, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, Guptill stands tall and drives off the back foot fine of point and wide of third man


Finn to Guptill, 1 run, plenty happened on this ball! Guptill gets an inside edge into his boot as he drives, Finn falls over in his follow through, then Rutherford would have been run out if Morgan had hit from backward point


Finn to Rutherford, no run, full outside leg stump, shapes to flick it away and misses out...gets taken on the pads


Finn to Rutherford, FOUR, excellent shot, short of a length outside off and Rutherford back-cuts it very fine wide of slip and fine of third man

Despite that boundary, two good overs from Finn to start with

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 16/0

    • HD Rutherford 11 (9b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 5 (9b)
    • ST Finn 2-0-10-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Broad to Guptill, no run, tries something more expansive, attempts to heave a full delivery through the leg side but only gets it as far as mid-on


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, steps across the crease and tucks this from off stump through square leg


Broad to Rutherford, OUT, first one gone, short ball works. Banged in on leg stump, 143kph which is lively and a good line, Rutherford gets into tangle as he tries to pull and the ball loops off his glove to short fine-leg

HD Rutherford c Dernbach b Broad 11 (13m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Brendon McCullum, the matchwinner three days ago, not on strike straight away


Broad to Guptill, no run, length delivery on middle, defended back to the bowler


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, pushed onto the pads and flicked out to deep square-leg

Slip back in for McCullum's first ball


Broad to BB McCullum, no run, low full toss which he doesn't put away, caught a little by surprise, as he drives it to mid-off

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 18/1

    • BB McCullum 0 (1b)
    • MJ Guptill 7 (13b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-8-1
    • ST Finn 2-0-10-0

A third over for Finn...


Finn to Guptill, no run, well bowled, locates a good yorker which can only be dug out towards cover


Finn to Guptill, 1 run, short of a length, nips in a touch to Guptill, runs towards short fine-leg


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, defended to the covers

England already scurrying between deliveries and overs


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, big appeal for two things, firstly an lbw as the ball nipped back and looked to high and I think England had a go for the catch by Buttler in case there was an inside edge. There wasn't. Testing delivery, though.


Finn to BB McCullum, no run, this one is full outside off, McCullum forces himself forward but can't beat backward point


Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, the bounces makes it awkward again, McCullum keen to get onto the front foot and he takes his bottom hand off the bat as this flies off the edge down to third

An impressive burst from Finn and no early momentum for New Zealand

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 20/1

    • BB McCullum 1 (5b)
    • MJ Guptill 8 (15b)
    • ST Finn 3-0-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-8-1

First change of bowling as Jade Dernbach comes on


Dernbach to BB McCullum, FOUR, and he's welcomed by a scorching cover drive, leaned powerfully into the full delivery and places it between cover and mid-off. Classy.


Dernbach to BB McCullum, 1 run, drags the length back, McCullum responds by dropping it towards mid-off who is now hanging back towards the edge of the circle


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, flayed through the off side again, this time by Guptill, but it's not quite so cleanly struck which gives Broad the chase to get round from mid-off


Dernbach to BB McCullum, 2 runs, lovely piece of timing, driving square and beats backward point but it doesn't quite have enough to reach the boundary as third man, Joe Root, makes excellent ground around the boundary


Dernbach to BB McCullum, 1 run, nips into McCullum, the ball drops down by his feet and Dernbach brings out his footballing skills from his follow through but Guptill is very safe


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, slower ball, Dernbach's first, Guptill waits for it and turns into the leg side

End of the Powerplay and England will be pleased with keeping New Zealand to 30 for 1

End of over 6 (10 runs) New Zealand 30/1

    • MJ Guptill 10 (17b)
    • BB McCullum 9 (9b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-10-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-12-0

Luke Wright now replaces Steven Finn. He's been the bowling bonus of the series for England


Wright to Guptill, 1 run, starts with a short ball which his pulled through midwicket but not quite out of the middle


Wright to BB McCullum, FOUR, short again and this one is dispatched, a skimmer from McCullum as he pulls with those incredible fast hands to beat deep square even though he only had a few metres to move


Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets this fuller and it's worked into the midwicket area, Wright chases after it himself


Wright to Guptill, 1 run, placed into midwicket again, Guptill sets off thinking of a second but McCullum declines


Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, another short ball, dangerous tactic to McCullum, and he gets away with it this time as the pull shot is nailed straight to deep square


Wright to Guptill, 1 run, a slightly more ugly heave to a full delivery, Guptill drags it wide of mid-on and deep midwicket cuts it off

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 39/1

    • MJ Guptill 13 (20b)
    • BB McCullum 15 (12b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 1-0-9-0
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-10-0

James Tredwell with the first spin of the innings


Tredwell to Guptill, 2 runs, short outside off and cut through backward point


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, offers up another one to cut square off the back foot to the cover sweeper


Tredwell to BB McCullum, 1 run, touch to short and wide to start, this time he gets cut in front of square so the sweeper runs the other direction


Tredwell to Guptill, FOUR, beautifully driven through the off side, opened his stance a fraction and placed it through the covers


Tredwell to Guptill, 2 runs, comes round the wicket, Guptill comes down the pitch and chips this back over the bowler's head and it travels a fair distance


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, worked down to long-on, another good for New Zealand who are how starting to build as they reach 50

End of over 8 (11 runs) New Zealand 50/1

    • MJ Guptill 23 (25b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 16 (13b 2x4)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-11-0
    • LJ Wright 1-0-9-0

Wright to Guptill, 1 run, still bowling a little too short, Guptill doesn't get this out of the middle as he pulls through midwicket


Wright to BB McCullum, no run, very sweetly driven as Wright goes fuller, goes straight to mid-off and it was so well-struck it was a dot ball

Third man comes up, long-off goes back


Wright to BB McCullum, FOUR, poor delivery, short outside stump, McCullum swivels and pulls backward of square


Wright to BB McCullum, 2 runs, that's better, gets a full ball in on middle and leg but some excellent running makes it two after the ball is squeezed into the big gap on the leg side at midwicket


Wright to BB McCullum, 2 runs, a crunching straight drive, which nearly takes off one of Wright's fingers as he sticks out a hand in his follow through. Takes a little pace off the ball and they get back for another two


Wright to BB McCullum, 1 run, friendly full toss outside off, only costs him a single, though, as it's driven to long-off

End of over 9 (10 runs) New Zealand 60/1

    • BB McCullum 25 (18b 3x4)
    • MJ Guptill 24 (26b 1x4)
    • LJ Wright 2-0-19-0
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-11-0

Tredwell to BB McCullum, 1 run, stays round the wicket, worked off the back foot through midwicket


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives neatly to long-off


Tredwell to BB McCullum, OUT, well caught! Key wicket. McCullum tries to go over midwicket with the slog sweep but it comes off a bit of a top edge, miles into the air, and Bairstow steadies himself expertly at deep midwicket. Would have been six in the previous two matches

BB McCullum c Bairstow b Tredwell 26 (24m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

Ross Taylor at No. 4. Has been a little scratchy so far since his comeback


Tredwell to Guptill, no run, but it's Guptill on strike and he pushes this to midwicket


Tredwell to Guptill, no run, can't beat the off side field this time as Tredwell bowls quicker and flatter


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, gets this one wide of the bowler down to long-on

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 63/2

    • MJ Guptill 26 (30b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (0b)
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-14-1
    • LJ Wright 2-0-19-0

Joe Root, who replaced Samit Patel, comes into the attack with his off spin


Root to Guptill, 1 run, also around the wicket, tucked off the back foot to deep square


Root to Taylor, no run, quite flat from Root, on off stump, driven down the off side and he gets across


Root to Taylor, no run, can't beat short third man as he opens the face


Root to Taylor, SIX, that's more like the Ross Taylor the world stage knows, goes for the slog sweep and comfortably clears deep midwicket


Root to Taylor, OUT, gone! Tries to repeat the short and picks out deep midwicket where Bairstow is lurking again. Superb bowling from Root, he held this one back, it was about 15ks slower, and he did Taylor in the flight. Impressive nerve

LRPL Taylor c Bairstow b Root 6 (4m 4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Strong Yorkshire, strong England?


Root to Guptill, 3 runs, neatly played, this is a touch short outside off and it's deflected fine of short third man but Broad chases it down well

End of over 11 (10 runs) New Zealand 73/3

    • MJ Guptill 30 (32b 1x4)
    • GD Elliott 0 (0b)
    • JE Root 1-0-10-1
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-14-1

Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, worked into the leg side


Tredwell to Elliott, no run, full and flicked to midwicket


Tredwell to Elliott, 2 runs, outside off but Elliott goes for the sweep and gets it to deep square-leg

Mark Newman isn't happy: "That innings from Taylor epitomises why 20/20 is not cricket"


Tredwell to Elliott, 1 run, shorter, whipped off the back foot to deep midwicket


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, outside leg stump, a well-timed flicked but it goes straight to deep midwicket


Tredwell to Elliott, SIX, midwicket is a popular area, for scoring and wickets, this one clears the boundary into the stands from another slog sweep

End of over 12 (11 runs) New Zealand 84/3

    • GD Elliott 9 (4b 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 32 (34b 1x4)
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-25-1
    • JE Root 1-0-10-1

John: "Just goes to show what a decently-sized boundary does. The batsman makes a mistake and he's out instead of being rewarded."


Root to Guptill, 1 run, flat on leg stump, goes for the sweep and comes off a bottom edge to short fine-leg


Root to Elliott, 1 run, neat play, steps outside leg stump to open up the off side and gets it over backward point


Root to Guptill, no run, nearly gets a leading edge as he tries to turn this through the leg side and it goes to cover


Root to Guptill, 1 run, worked wide of midwicket


Root to Elliott, 1 run, dragged a fraction short, but only costs him a single as Elliott paddles it around to deep square


Root to Guptill, 1 run, full at off stump, squirted into the off side and Broad fields at short third man

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 89/3

    • MJ Guptill 35 (38b 1x4)
    • GD Elliott 11 (6b 1x6)
    • JE Root 2-0-15-1
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-25-1

Tredwell to finish his spell


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, short on leg stump but the batsmen are finding fielders at the moment as this is pulled to deep square


Tredwell to Elliott, 1 run, steps outside leg stump and drives down to long-off without much timing


Tredwell to Guptill, 1 run, gets forward and drives, very correctly, down the ground

New Zealand biding their time for the last five overs


Tredwell to Elliott, no run, can't beat the off side as he drives a full delivery to cover


Tredwell to Elliott, 2 runs, that's nicely played as he lofts this inside out over cover and wide of long-off but Root is quick on the boundary


Tredwell to Elliott, 1 run, a short ball and he inside edges the pull into his pads then it bobbles into the off side

Good final over from Tredwell who bounced back from an expensive first one

End of over 14 (6 runs) New Zealand 95/3

    • GD Elliott 15 (10b 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 37 (40b 1x4)
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-31-1
    • JE Root 2-0-15-1

Two overs for Root and back to pace from Dernbach. Big call from Broad


Dernbach to Elliott, no run, beats a rather half-hearted cut from Elliott, was a fairly gentle loosener outside off stump


Dernbach to Elliott, OUT, good catch at third man, England have caught well this series. Short outside off stump, Dernbach tries to ramp it fine of third man but Finn makes good ground to his left. He didn't really go through with the shot.

GD Elliott c Finn b Dernbach 15 (11m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

Anand: "Has Ross Taylor played any first class cricket before coming back in to the NZ team? Don't think T20 is a format for anyone to get back in form..." Yes, he played two Plunket Shield matches. Meanwhile, Munro at No. 6


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, tries to slash through the off side, it's a slower ball, and comes off a thick edge to third man


Dernbach to Munro, 1 run, full on off stump, he opens the face and runs it down to third man


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, a slower short ball, 111kph, Guptill has to wait and wait then pulls to deep square


Dernbach to Munro, no run, full on middle and off, Munro punches it back to Dernbach in his follow through. Tight, and successful, comeback over

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 98/4

    • C Munro 1 (2b)
    • MJ Guptill 39 (42b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-1
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-31-1

Stuart Broad brings himself back


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, worked off the pads to deep square


Broad to Munro, OUT, short ball works again, ordinary from Munro. Well-directed on middle and leg, Munro plays an ugly attempt to pull over the leg side and a top edge loops gently to Root trotting to his left from backward point

C Munro c Root b Broad 1 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


Broad to Guptill, no run, full outside off, pushed back to Broad...pressure growing on Guptill


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, shorter ball, fetches it from outside off and pulls to deep square


Broad to Franklin, 2 runs, rare fumble in the deep at point which allows them to come back for a second


Broad to Franklin, no run, full outside off, Franklin only connects with fresh air as he aims a cover drive

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 102/5

    • JEC Franklin 2 (2b)
    • MJ Guptill 41 (45b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-12-2
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-1

Finn to finish his spell


Finn to Guptill, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, dropped towards backward point, just another single


Finn to Franklin, no run, excellent bouncer, well-directed and at pace. Franklin had thoughts of trying to play it down to third man but had to bail out of any shot


Finn to Franklin, FOUR, strong shot, fuller outside off stump, Franklin steps to leg then drives on the up just over the cover fielder to bring the first boundary for 27 balls


Finn to Franklin, no run, beaten outside off as he aims square


Finn to Franklin, 1 leg bye, short on leg stump, this time he gets inside the line and it comes off the third pad to fine leg


Finn to Guptill, 1 run, gets lucky (or not depending on your point of view) as he aims a swipe across the line and the top edge falls between Buttler running back and third man coming in

That ends a quality four overs from Finn. Looked in good rhythm tonight

End of over 17 (7 runs) New Zealand 109/5

    • MJ Guptill 43 (47b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 6 (6b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 4-0-18-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-12-2

Dernbach is back


Dernbach to Guptill, FOUR, greeted by another first-ball boundary, floated up outside off and it's slammed through the off side to beat long-off


Dernbach to Guptill, 2 runs, full again, this time he goes leg side through midwicket and wide of long-on


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, excellent slower ball, Guptill can only drop it by his feet by they get through for the single that takes him to fifty...Dernbach kicked the ball into the stumps again from his follow through. Good skills.


Dernbach to Franklin, 1 bye, beats the batsman outside leg stump, goes through Franklin's legs to the keeper but they steal a bye as Buttler's throw is wide


Dernbach to Guptill, SIX, this one comes out of the middle, low full toss outside off and Guptill cracks it over deep midwicket. That will feel a bit better


Dernbach to Guptill, 1 run, gets back on a length at the stumps, Guptill steps to leg and swings hard getting a thick edge to third man

End of over 18 (15 runs) New Zealand 124/5

    • MJ Guptill 57 (52b 2x4 1x6)
    • JEC Franklin 6 (7b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-27-1
    • ST Finn 4-0-18-0

Broad to Guptill, 1 run, full on off stump, Guptill shuffles across and scoops (not in the Buttler sense) down to long-on


Broad to Franklin, 1 run, dropped, a rare mistake in the catching from England. Franklin gave himself a touch of room and drilled it hard to mid-off, but Finn could not quite get down to a very low chance. Tough.

Steven Finn has left the field after that


Broad to Guptill, 1 run, short ball, beats him for pace at 143kph, can only splice his pull into the leg side


Broad to Franklin, 1 bye, another bye is taken after Franklin was beaten by a short ball...Buttler not winning any games of ten-pin bowling right now. Franklin wanted a wide, too


Broad to Guptill, OUT, short again, a wicket again. Guptill gets into a tangle as he tries to work this to leg and gets a top edge that Broad takes easily. Not a free-flowing innings, he never hit top gear. The value, or otherwise, will become clear a little later

MJ Guptill c & b Broad 59 (77m 55b 2x4 1x6) SR: 107.27


Broad to Franklin, 1 bye, another short ball, another fresh-air shot, another bye, another miss from Buttler behind the stumps

Mighty fine figures from Broad. Leading from the front today.

End of over 19 (5 runs) New Zealand 129/6

    • JEC Franklin 7 (10b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-15-3
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-27-1

Last over will be bowled by Jade Dernbach


Dernbach to Franklin, 1 bye, a slower short ball, back of the hand, beats Franklin and Buttler hurls wide of the timber again


Dernbach to NL McCullum, OUT, Buttler doesn't need to throw this one because there's an edge on it. McCullum moving to leg to try and get it through the off side but can only guide it into the gloves

NL McCullum c †Buttler b Dernbach 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sebastian Lee: "To think Broad was taken to the cleaners last night, you couldn`t have written it better"


Dernbach to Butler, 1 run, heaved into the leg side from a good length, rather dribbles to deep midwicket


Dernbach to Franklin, FOUR, top shot, short of a length and Franklin goes straight over mid-off who is inside the circle


Dernbach to Franklin, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries, this one with a little more luck as he swings to leg and gets a edge just wide of a flying Buttler...wasn't a chance


Dernbach to Franklin, OUT, neat catch off the final ball, trying to go over the off side and can't get it further than cover moving back from the edge of the ring

JEC Franklin c Tredwell b Dernbach 15 (25m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

That was a sharp display from England with the ball and in the field, led by the captain Stuart Broad and a fine spell from Steven Finn. Martin Guptill tried to hold New Zealand together but never had any great scoring rate to his innings. This is not as free-scoring a ground as the previous two, but New Zealand look short by 15-20 runs. We'll find out in a few moments.

JohnnyReb: "I can count on one hand the number of times NZ has hit with the middle of the bat. Broad and co. doing looking like Steyn and Morne."

End of over 20 (10 runs) New Zealand 139/8

    • IG Butler 1 (1b)
    • JW Dernbach 4-0-36-3
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-15-3





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