England in New Zealand ODI Series - 2nd ODI

New Zealand v England

England won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

1.59pm Dan: "B Mc's innings on Sunday was a great example of why so many NZ fans had been clamouring for his return to the lower order. He wanted the chance to move up so as to have enough time to score hundreds, but never did. His game and attitude are perfectly suited to finishing an innings though, and it's good to see it happening again."

Jeremy Ng: "Noticed that two McCallum's playing. Makes me wonder what is the record for how many brothers have played in an international cricket game? Waugh brothers? Bravo brothers? etc. Anyone knows?" I remember a Test where Zimbabwe had two Strangs, two Flowers and two Rennies in action, along with Guy Whittall - his cousin Andy was 12th man...

Jimmy Anderson opening up to BJ Watling...

1.55pm Matt East sends a request to the readers to help a little cricket-lover who is fighting cancer - the New Zealand side were generous enough to play some backyard cricket to assist with raising funds for his treatment: "Be great if you could help out Angus Little by letting people know Grant is playing to raise him money today (they can donate as well of course)...details here."

Derek Pringle, former England fast bowler who is now the cricket correspondent at London's Daily Telegraph, tweets (@derekpringle): "what odds the tie? that was the result in England's last two ODIs here at McLean Park in Napier."

Rick: "Tough on NZ losing McClenaghan and Guptill. Can't help feeling that losing both of them may be too much today for the Blackcaps. Being an Englishman living in Kiwiland I'm hoping so anyway!"

PJ: "@Edward Lee: Obviously it has to do with ticket sales. I think Australians for example may not fill up a ground to watch England Vs New Zealand as much as they would to watch their own side play. That said, I do miss a good tri-series."

steve M-P: "Re: Edward Lee's comment about playing in other countries, there have been several triangular tournaments held in different countries over the years. Not sure that they worked out economically, except when the Asian countries played in England and got good support from their nationals."

Tim: "@ Edward Lee. As an Englishman in Australia, I would very much welcome the opportunity to watch Eng vs NZ here. However, when you tell me that the Ashes will be played in another country, I would not be happy!! On a similar note, I do try to get to as many Sheffield Shield games as I can - just to watch 11 Aussies lose."

1.50pm Was personally very impressed with Joe Root on Sunday, who looks like he could still play in the junior section of club cricket but showed real international class with a busy and inventive fifty as well as some superb outfielding and commitment to cut the ball off. He also showed off some serviceable off-spinners in the final Twenty20 International - looking forward to seeing him in the rest of the ODIs and hopefully the Tests too.

Abdullah: "Excited to see what score New Zealand make on this relatively small ground with some big names like Brendon M. and Guptill... also looking forward to the batting line-up with Brendon going down the order." Guptill is not playing today after injuring his hamstring on Sunday

1.45pm Feedback coming in, a gentle reminder to keep them clean - no abuse, personal, racist, general or otherwise. Statsguru backing for any statistical offerings would also be appreciated!

Here's the first from arrow: "Looking forward to Rutherford Debut. He show some great talent in the T20 good luck mate".

BJ: "Really excited about Southee's return, particularly given what he did just a few days ago having just returned recently from injury, although I honestly would've thought that maybe they'd give him a bit more of a rest before the tests. Not gonna complain though if he's fit and firing!"

Sofa Tan: "Very smart decision from the English captain. It's always much easier to strategise, when you're chasing down a target. As a captain and coach myself for the local cricket team, I always find it difficult to defend a score - it's always more pressure on the bowlers as we reach the death-overs, because evolution of the modern game has given more confidence and ability to batsmen. The result of the toss can really have the ability to change the result of this important match."

Edward Lee is in tangential mode: "This is on a completely unrelated note: but it has occurred to me - Why don't we get two countries (such as England and New Zealand) and sometimes send them to a country such as Australia to play their series there. So the Aussie cricket fans can get to see other teams. It will be great for the popularity of the game. And will give players exposure to a much bigger variety of pitches and grounds and so on. Just an idea. Just an idea."

Dennis Yang: "Has anyone else noticed that Samit Patel and the Little Master have the same initials? Cool, isn't it?" The uncharitable would say that is where the similarities end...

1.43pm Reading material time: Alex Winter has put together a typically smashing match preview for you to chew over.

1.35pm As for the pitch, Craig McMillan predicts another run-fest on what is traditionally one of the flatter wickets in New Zealand, aided by a spotless day with the sun stamping its presence over the ground. McMillan fails in his attempt to insert his car keys into the wicket, indicative of the hardness. The last time these two teams played an ODI here, they both made 340!

As for the line-ups, here is the New Zealand side: 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 6 Grant Elliott, 7 James Franklin, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Tim Southee

England meanwhile are unchanged: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

1.30pm The toss has been won by England, who have chosen to bowl first. Alistair Cook feels knowing what to chase will be an advantage on this small ground and that the new ODI regulations assist the side bowling first. England have chosen to keep faith with the XI who went down on Sunday.

Brendon McCullum would have bowled first as well. Ironically the winning side is the one making all the changes, three of them - Hamish Rutherford makes his ODI debut, replacing the hamstrung Martin Guptill, while Trent Boult deputises for fellow left-armer, the injured Mitchell McClenaghan, and Tim Southee makes a return to the New Zealand side after an injury-enforced absence in place of Andrew Ellis.

1.25pm In a three-match series, you only get one chance to have an off-day before each game after that becomes a must-win. That is the task facing the touring England side at Napier's McLean Park as they seek to draw level against a New Zealand side who scrapped their way to victory in the opening game of the series at Hamilton's Seddon Park on Sunday. Good day to you all wherever you are and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of this 2nd ODI, Avi Singh with you on scoring and commentary duties once again today.

0.1

Anderson to Watling, 1 run, first ball is on the pads and Watling clips it away into the deep to open the account

0.2

Anderson to Rutherford, 1 run, first ODI run for Rutherford who also receives a gentle length ball on the pads, tucks it through the uninhabited area at square leg

0.3

Anderson to Watling, no run, Watling is forward before shouldering arms to a full ball well outside off

0.4

Anderson to Watling, no run, left alone once more outside off but this was closer to the stumps and swung away a touch too

0.5

Anderson to Watling, no run, more swing away and Watling is stuck in the crease to a good length ball before awkwardly fending it down into the pitch

0.6

Anderson to Watling, 1 run, swinging away outside off, Watling gets a thickish outside edge which rolls along the ground to third man

Finn to open up from the other end

End of over 1 (3 runs) New Zealand 3/0
BJ Watling    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-3-0
HD Rutherford    1* (1b)     

1.1

Finn to Watling, no run, forces Watling into defence first up with a good length ball on middle which Watling hops to keep out

1.2

Finn to Watling, no run, again more steep bounce from Finn as he gets Watling to defend with the splice of the blade after again jumping to ride the bounce

1.3

Finn to Watling, no run, defends more comfortably on the back foot this time, ball dribbles away from the stumps

1.4

Finn to Watling, 1 run, nicely clips a full ball angling into leg off the pads and out to deep backward square

1.5

Finn to Rutherford, no run, good length on leg and Rutherford waits before clipping it to short mid-wicket

1.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, the batsman gets half-forward and punches a ball on leg back down the wicket to the left of Finn, who reaches out to snaffle it before firing it back to the keeper to dissuade Rutherford from his initial intention of going for a single

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 4/0
HD Rutherford    1* (3b)      ST Finn    1-0-1-0
BJ Watling    3* (9b)      JM Anderson    1-0-3-0

2.1

Anderson to Watling, no run, Watling gets forward and defends solidly, covering the away swing well

2.2

Anderson to Watling, no run, Anderson gets this one to cut back in and Watling is surprised, goes back and inside edges into the thigh pad before it rolls into the slips

2.3

Anderson to Watling, 2 runs, great fielding from Root once more, Watling reached out to an away-swinger outside off and fenced at it, gets a healthy outside edge which flies wide of Swann at second slip and runs towards the boundary before Root pulls it back with a full-length dive

2.4

Anderson to Watling, 1 run, Watling gets off-strike with another clip off the pads behind square

2.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, Rutherford is forward to defend on off

2.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, Rutherford attempts to drive a full ball outside off but loses his shape and the ball is inside-edged into his boot

End of over 3 (3 runs) New Zealand 7/0
HD Rutherford    1* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-6-0
BJ Watling    6* (13b)      ST Finn    1-0-1-0

3.1

Finn to Watling, no run, defends from the crease, 146kph angled in, accurate bowling so far from England

3.2

Finn to Watling, no run, banged in short but well outside off and Watling has little trouble ducking

3.3

Finn to Watling, no run, Watling is forward and defends into the leg side, where square leg cuts it off

3.4

Finn to Watling, no run, Watling again looks to push into the leg side off the front foot but can't get it past the same fielder at square leg

3.5

Finn to Watling, no run, Trott it is at square leg, he holds his ground and intercepts a well-timed Watling flick off the pads

3.6

Finn to Watling, no run, tries to work it fine but the ball clips the thigh pad

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 7/0
BJ Watling    6* (19b)      ST Finn    2-1-1-0
HD Rutherford    1* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-6-0

4.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, Rutehrford defends off the back foot into the covers

4.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, gets forward this time and plays down to mid-off

4.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, again gets forward and firmly clips it off the pads down to mid-on, who dives to prevent any runs being taken

4.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, no runs on offer for the home team at the moment, goes back and times the drive well but picks out cover

4.5

Anderson to Rutherford, FOUR, first boundary of the match as Rutherford plays a clip-pull off the back foot to a waist-high ball on leg and it races away on the fast outfield

4.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, gets forward to defend down to mid-off

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/0
HD Rutherford    5* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-10-0
BJ Watling    6* (19b)      ST Finn    2-1-1-0

5.1

Finn to Watling, no run, Watling defends with soft hands off the back foot and the ball rolls behind the wicket

Sam "Boss Hog" Lynds: "As a cricket tragic (maybe just a tragic) for many years it is good to see the NZ side finally reclaim some of the scrapping ability it had years and years ago. The first ODI showed this! Inconsistency has been the wretched curse of NZ for a while now so let's see if they can string some consistent performances together. Go you good thing!!"

5.2

Finn to Watling, 1 run, full down leg and Watling continues to help those on their way to deep backward square

5.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, beats Rutherford with a good length ball angled across him, a nervous poke follows before a late withdrawal of the blade

5.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, that is a testing bouncer and well played by the batsman, banged in short and honing at Rutherford's head, he arches back and sways out of the way quickly

5.5

Finn to Rutherford, no run, short outside off and Rutherford's attempt to cut is foiled by the extra bounce Finn generates from the hard deck

5.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, nips back in from a good length and beats Rutherford, hitting him high on the pad. The former Otago team-mates holding their own little battle out in the middle

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 12/0
HD Rutherford    5* (15b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-2-0
BJ Watling    7* (21b)      JM Anderson    3-0-10-0

6.1

Anderson to Watling, no run, Watling goes back and thinks about unfurling a big drive before gently defending to cover

John: "I really like Finn bowling off a short run. He's still bowling around 90mph and his control looks better (less tiring, too, for a big man). Shades of Richard Hadlee, who became a great bowler after he cut his run."

6.2

Anderson to Watling, OUT, first breakthrough and Anderson gets Watling again, it was full on off and nipping away a touch, Watling didn't get as far forward as he needed to and ended up getting a thick edge which is safely pouched at first slip by the England skipper

BJ Watling c Cook b Anderson 7 (23m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.43

Phil: "Can you please clarify Derek Pringles comments for me. On Statsguru it says that England won here in 2002 and tied in 1997 and 2008 so it would seem the last two matches here for England were not ties? Interestingly their last 3 games in Napier have all been on the 20th Feb." Yes you're correct Phil, he has missed the 2002 game

Roger Williams: "I am sure the 3 Hadlee brothers Dale , Richard and Barry , played against England in a 60 over match in 1975. Has there ever been any other game where 3 brothers ( or sisters) playing together in the same match? or perhaps 4??"

6.3

Anderson to Williamson, no run

6.4

Anderson to Williamson, no run, defends a ball on off into the slips one-bounce

6.5

Anderson to Williamson, no run, beaten outside off as he moves across and attempts an expansive cut

6.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 12/1
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    4-1-10-1
HD Rutherford    5* (15b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-2-0

7.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, drives with an open face into the covers and there is a great dive to cut the ball off in the inner circle

7.2

Finn to Rutherford, no run, defends to cover

7.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, driven firmly again but on the bounce to point

7.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, sways out of the line of a short ball on off

7.5

Finn to Rutherford, 2 runs, nicely timed straight drive back past the bowler and Root gives chase to keep it to a couple

7.6

Finn to Rutherford, FOUR, flays a cut at a short ball outside off, beats the dive of point and the ball scorches to the backward point fence

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 18/1
HD Rutherford    11* (21b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-1-8-0
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    4-1-10-1

8.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, gets forward and defends to point

8.2

Anderson to Williamson, 1 run, off the mark with a clip towards mid-on to a full ball on off

8.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, beaten outside off as he drives loosely at one moving away

8.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, struck on the pad looking to work a ball on leg through midwicket

8.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, full outside off and drives but can't beat cover

8.6

Anderson to Rutherford, OUT, another catch for Cook as Rutherford departs, tried to lift a good length ball over short mid-off but the ball wasn't there to loft and Cook leaps high to snaffle it with both hands

HD Rutherford c Cook b Anderson 11 (35m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 19/2
     JM Anderson    5-1-11-2
KS Williamson    1* (6b)      ST Finn    4-1-8-0

9.1

Finn to Williamson, no run, left alone outside off

9.2

Finn to Williamson, 1 run, quick single from Williamson who tucks it off his pads to the right of short mid-wicket

9.3

Finn to Taylor, 1 wide, banged in short down leg and Taylor looks ungainly in evading it but it is called wide

9.3

Finn to Taylor, no run, defends solidly on the back foot, an accurate good length ball on middle and off from Finn

9.4

Finn to Taylor, no run, defends on the front foot to cover

9.5

Finn to Taylor, no run, defends from the crease, angling in towards off from a good length

9.6

Finn to Taylor, no run, defends off the back foot to end a miserly opening Powerplay

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End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 21/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (4b)      ST Finn    5-1-10-0
KS Williamson    2* (8b)      JM Anderson    5-1-11-2

10.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, defends into the covers

10.2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, moves very far outside off before punching off the back foot, but picks out point

10.3

Anderson to Williamson, no run, defends with an open blade into the slips off the back foot

10.4

Anderson to Williamson, no run, plays an immaculate forward defensive to an excellent delivery on middle stump

10.5

Anderson to Williamson, no run, again defends into the slips, but off the front foot this time

10.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, another maiden as Williamson moves very far outside off and cracks a cut straight to point

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 21/2
KS Williamson    2* (14b)      JM Anderson    6-2-11-2
LRPL Taylor    0* (4b)      ST Finn    5-1-10-0

11.1

Finn to Taylor, no run, Taylor defends into the covers

11.2

Finn to Taylor, no run, Taylor sends Williamson back early after clipping off the pads into what appeared to be a gap before another English fielder appeared to cut it off

11.3

Finn to Taylor, no run, banged in at Taylor who gets his head and shoulders out of the way quickly

11.4

Finn to Taylor, no run, defends again, this time off the back foot into the covers. This is remarkably accurate from England so far, New Zealand just staying above water

11.5

Finn to Taylor, no run, played down to mid-on

11.6

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor opens his account at the home ground of his domestic side with a clip off the pads towards square leg

Harry Hussain: "Really good to see England biting at the New Zealanders heels in these early overs. Such a strong bowling attack should hopefully see them fight back into this one day series."

Marcio thinks New Zealand have their formats mixed up: "Nice start to the test, and good to see the Kiwis digging in before the lunch break."

Aaron Spencer: "Tom Latham should be in the side. He was outstanding against England in Whangarei. I'm not sold on Rutherford: he's been selected and put in a couple of fair performances, and now he's the answer in all formats? I don't think the hype matches reality."

jami: "@Roger Williams : Chappell brothers played together against New zealand in ODI in 1963. All three played together. Unfortunately, i woke up before i could memorise the score...:)"

steve M-P: "Re: Brothers. It is going back a bit and I had to look it up to be sure, but, in 1891-2 Frank Hearne (an Englishman who went to live in South Africa), played for South Africa against an England team containing his brothers George and Alec and his cousin John."

End of over 12 (1 run) New Zealand 22/2
LRPL Taylor    1* (10b)      ST Finn    6-1-11-0
KS Williamson    2* (14b)      JM Anderson    6-2-11-2

12.1

Woakes to Taylor, no run

12.2

Woakes to Taylor, no run, defends into the covers with a firm push

12.3

Woakes to Taylor, no run, Taylor goes back and can do little other than squeeze it away from the stumps

12.4

Woakes to Taylor, no run, misses out on the short, wide ball outside off and mistimes the attempted slap completely, picks out cover on the circle's edge

12.5

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, cover was moved to the boundary and the fielding change means New Zealdn only add one to the total as Taylor goes back and hits out to that fielder

12.6

Woakes to Williamson, FOUR, Williamson moves very far outside off and pulls through midwicket with good timing to pick up a rare boundary. Williamson moved far outside off quite a lot during his recent ODI hundred in Kimberley

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 27/2
KS Williamson    6* (15b 1x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-5-0
LRPL Taylor    2* (15b)      ST Finn    6-1-11-0

13.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, Broad comes on and Taylor defends his first ball into the covers

13.2

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, firmly punched off the back foot with good timing and the ball outside off is sent racing between cover and point

13.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off this time

Matt: "We had the Marshall brothers a couple of years back, might not be long before we have all 3 Cachopa boys in the nz team, imagine that with the 2 McCullums!!"

Alex: "@steve M-P, an Englishman playing for the South African team? Are you sure you've got that the right way round? How remarkable."

13.4

Broad to Taylor, no run

13.5

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, full outside off and Taylor punches it straight back past the bowler and he scampers back for the second

13.6

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, good length ball on off and Taylor chops it into the ground over point and they take a couple more as third man runs around to collect

KJ: "Looks like good intelligent bowling from England. NZ back to its achilles heel of not rotating the strike if the boundaries are not forthcoming. Feel they may have cut their own throat with this poor start. You can't lose 10 overs with only 20 odd on the board and expect to win. Leaving it to the bottom order to shoulder the load doesn't work everytime."

End of over 14 (8 runs) New Zealand 35/2
LRPL Taylor    10* (21b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0
KS Williamson    6* (15b 1x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-5-0

14.1

Woakes to Williamson, no run, Williamson inside edges the attempted push into his pads

14.2

Woakes to Williamson, no run, goes back and attractively forces but picks out point

14.3

Woakes to Williamson, no run, beaten outside off trying to play a nothing dab to an away-swinger, rare loose stroke from Williamson

Ali Wazir: "@Roger Williams: I read somewhere that the 3 Ranatunga brothers of Sri Lanka played together in a match. Can someone shed some light on this?"

14.4

Woakes to Williamson, 1 run, stands up on his tippytoes and back foot drives out to the cover sweeper

14.5

Woakes to Taylor, no run, defends off the front foot back to the bowler

14.6

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, pushed out to deep cover

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 37/2
LRPL Taylor    11* (23b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-7-0
KS Williamson    7* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0

15.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 wide, Broad sends down a wide ball which swings even further away on the off side

15.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off stump, this was much closer to making the batsman play

Dr.Tam: "Elahi Brothers (Manzoor, Zahoor and Salim Elahi) all have opened batting for Pakistan which I think is a unique record the world over."

15.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, goes back and defends into the covers

15.3

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, well-run there, worked off the back foot through midwicket softly and they take on the fielder in the deep successfully

15.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, leaves alone a ball angling into off, bounces over the top of the stumps

15.5

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, strays down leg and is worked to deep square leg

Raghav Suryadevara: "With the inclusion of Southee into the squad, the lower order looks longer for Black Caps. Barring Boult, everyone in NZ squad are decent bats. Game not gone for NZ yet."

Dave Fern: "Not quite the same theme, but seeing the names of brothers reminds me of that rhyming dismissal in Perth in 1985, when it was Lillee, caught Willey, bowled Dilley."

15.6

Broad to Williamson, no run

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 41/2
KS Williamson    7* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0
LRPL Taylor    14* (28b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-7-0

16.1

Woakes to Taylor, no run, squeezed off the back foot into the off side

16.2

Woakes to Taylor, no run, Taylor is forward to defend a good length ball on off

16.3

Woakes to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor goes back and pulls without the best timing to the right of mid-on, it still heads to the boundary, was too short outside off but Taylor had to drag it a touch

16.4

Woakes to Taylor, no run, beaten outside off nibbling at a legcutter pitched on off

16.5

Woakes to Taylor, no run, picks out a fielder yet again with a punch into the off side

16.6

Woakes to Taylor, FOUR, slashes at a short and wide ball outside off and gets it aerial but also in the gap and it beats Trott coming round from third man

Slow going for New Zealand at drinks but England have bowled some immaculate lines and lengths and the home side's batsmen have showed restraint, but will need to pick the scoring rate up in the next block. Alistair Cook would be delighted with his bowlers justifying his decision at the toss

Jonathan: "The life of a modern cricketer is a tough one, living out of a suitcase in various hotels. Sydney one week, Delhi the next. They probably aren't sure where they're playing half the time. However, someone needs to remind these batsmen that they're in Napier. A team total of 300 is the bare minimum, and batting like this is not conducive to getting there."

Trippa: "@KJ ... The slow initial going seemed to work out ok for us in the last Series Vs South Africa. I agree it puts us up the proverbial creek without a paddle if we lose to many wickets but I would rather have wickets in hand to build an innings then be 100 for 6 off 15 overs. Hence why ODI cricket is better to watch then T20 as teams have opportunities to fight back from precarious positions by showing grit rather then relying on throwing a bat and relying on luck."

Dr.Tam: "And of course the most unique record: 'All 3 Akmal brothers (Kamran, Umar and Adnan) have kept wickets for Pakistan at test level.'"

anayatullah qureshi: "mohammad brothers of pakistan, Hanif, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad plus Hanif`s son Shoaib Mohammad"

Mykuhl: "While I'm sure Tim appreciates the optimism, I don't think that Southee adds more to the batting than Ellis, who's got 7 first class 50's in the last 2 years, including a 97* when the captain declared mid over."

End of over 17 (8 runs) New Zealand 49/2
LRPL Taylor    22* (34b 3x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-15-0
KS Williamson    7* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0

17.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, leaves alone a ball outside off

17.2

Broad to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson clips towards mid-on and charges off, Cook is coming towards the ball and lets it through his legs but Williamson slips so they don't run on the misfield

17.3

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, flicked off the hips down the fine leg

17.4

Broad to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and plays out to the cover sweeper

17.5

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and late-cuts down to third man

17.6

Broad to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson gets down on one knee and tries to almost paddle-pull from over his head, ball balloons up to where fine leg would have been on the circle's edge

John Brown: "anyone mention three pairs of brothers - the Strangs, Rennies and Flowers -playing in the same test for Zimbabwe against New Zealand in 1997" Yes I had mentioned that early on - Guy Whittall also played that Test and his cousin Andy was 12th man

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 54/2
KS Williamson    10* (24b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-0
LRPL Taylor    24* (36b 3x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-15-0

18.1

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, on comes Swann and he is greeted by a punch off the back foot from Williamson out to deep cover

18.2

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, worked down to long-on

18.3

Swann to Williamson, no run, Williamson comes down, but mistimes the drive straight to mid-off, came off the inner half of the blade

18.4

Swann to Williamson, no run, leading edge as he looks to work from off to leg, ball straightened a touch

18.5

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, worked off the back foot towards midwicket and Taylor has to race through but is safely in as he gets hit on the leg by the throw

18.6

Swann to Taylor, no run, worked back down the pitch

Dan: "@Mykuhl, you're joking? That's cruel. Regardless though, the manner of the runs becomes important. Southee is a hitter - his recent maiden first-class ton was a rapid 158, his latest score was 83 off 56, and of course who can forget the second innings of his debut test - against England on this ground, no less - when he was well on his way to the fastest test century ever until the Phantom got done at the other end. Considering where he bats, I agree with the sentiment that Southee's batting is worth more to the makeup of this team, and the bowling is a no-contest."

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 57/2
LRPL Taylor    25* (38b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0
KS Williamson    12* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-0

19.1

Broad to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and punches a short of a length Broad delivery out to deep cover

19.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, firmly cut off the back foot but Taylor couldn't find a way past the fielder at point

19.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, goes back and jams it out off the back foot to midwicket, angled in from Broad

19.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, walks down a touch and punches nicely past Broad but mid-off gets round to cut it off

19.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, chopped into the pitch near the stumps one-bounce through to Buttler, Taylor was trying to open the face on that and run it down to third man

19.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and cuts out to deep cover

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 59/2
LRPL Taylor    26* (43b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-19-0
KS Williamson    13* (29b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0

20.1

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and uses the wrists to work it fine off the hips

20.2

Swann to Williamson, no run, gets forward and defends with soft hands outside off

20.3

Swann to Williamson, 2 runs, Williamson goes back and punches off the back foot to the right of the cover sweeper

20.4

Swann to Williamson, no run, wristily works a ball on middle to midwicket

20.5

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, stays back and punches once more out to deep cover, the strike slowly being rotated by these two

20.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, worked to the right of midwicket, who gets a hand on it but can't stop the single

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 64/2
LRPL Taylor    28* (45b 3x4)      GP Swann    2-0-8-0
KS Williamson    16* (33b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-19-0

21.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, eased down to mid-off

21.2

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward and drives square of the wicket on the off side into the deep

21.3

Broad to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and tucks off the hips to deep backward square

21.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, hops and covers the bounce of a short ball from Broad on middle

21.5

Broad to Taylor, no run

21.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and chops down to third man

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 67/2
LRPL Taylor    30* (50b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-22-0
KS Williamson    17* (34b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-8-0

22.1

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, leans forward and gets over the top of the ball before working through midwicket

22.2

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and horizontal bats it straight down the ground to long-on to bring up the 50 stand between this pair

22.3

Swann to Taylor, no run, stays in the crease and whips to midwicket

22.4

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, leading edge as Taylor is late in coming forward to a nicely flighted ball which drifts away a touch, rolls into the gap though

22.5

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and works past a diving midwicket

22.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, comes forward and chips it to long-on, was in the air for a bit there

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 72/2
LRPL Taylor    33* (54b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0
KS Williamson    19* (36b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-22-0

23.1

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and chops a cut into the deep

23.2

Woakes to Williamson, no run, played down towards mid-on

23.3

Woakes to Williamson, no run, gets forward and defends to mid-off

23.4

Woakes to Williamson, FOUR, Williamson decides to change it up and gets rewarded, moves very far outside off and works it through midwicket with excellent timing out to the cow corner boundary

23.5

Woakes to Williamson, 1 run, chops a late-cut into the ground over the head of gully

23.6

Woakes to Taylor, 2 runs, clipped behind square on the leg side and they are quick to steal a second

Andrew: "I recall in the last game someone saying that Grant Elliott was 33 years, 333 days old. Don't want to open a can of worms but a quick look at Graeme Swann's profile also reveals he is 33 years, 333 days old..."

End of over 24 (8 runs) New Zealand 80/2
LRPL Taylor    36* (56b 3x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-23-0
KS Williamson    24* (40b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0

24.1

Swann to Williamson, FOUR, Williamson plays a lovely lofted drive after coming down the track to a tossed up delivery, played inside out and falls short of going over the rope on the full by a matter of inches

24.2

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, worked off the back foot through square leg

24.3

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and punches down to long-on

24.4

Swann to Williamson, 2 runs, almost undone there, he chipped down again and looked to work this with the turn but hit it a bit aerially and it bounced just short of midwicket, who then fumbled to allow a couple

24.5

Swann to Williamson, 1 run, worked into the leg side

24.6

Swann to Taylor, no run, gets forward and defends to end a productive over for the home side

End of over 25 (9 runs) New Zealand 89/2
LRPL Taylor    37* (58b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-22-0
KS Williamson    32* (44b 3x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-23-0

25.1

Woakes to Williamson, 1 run, moves across and chops it down over the head of gully again

25.2

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, short outside off and Taylor throws the hands at it, slashes it out to deep point

25.3

Woakes to Williamson, no run, beaten outside off after moving across, didn't move the feet and missed a flashy on-the-up drive

25.4

Woakes to Williamson, OUT, one move across too many for Williamson, pushed wide of off and Williamson tries to drag a pull through midwicket but ends up dragging it onto leg stump

KS Williamson b Woakes 33 (82m 47b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.21

25.5

Woakes to Elliott, no run, Elliott is again in ahead of the New Zealand skipper and begins by leaving a straight ball outside off

25.6

Woakes to Elliott, no run, Elliott again trusts the bounce and lets this sail over the top of off

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 91/3
GD Elliott    0* (2b)      CR Woakes    5-0-25-1
LRPL Taylor    38* (59b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-22-0

26.1

Swann to Taylor, no run, gets forward and defends to leg

26.2

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and works it to long-on from outside off

26.3

Swann to Elliott, no run, goes back and pushes to cover

26.4

Swann to Elliott, no run, goes back and misses the work to leg, is hit on the pad

26.5

Swann to Elliott, no run, defends back to Swann on the front foot

26.6

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, off the mark by lunging forward to work with the turn to long-on

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 93/3
GD Elliott    1* (6b)      GP Swann    5-0-24-0
LRPL Taylor    39* (61b 3x4)      CR Woakes    5-0-25-1

27.1

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, waits on the back foot for the short of a length delivery and eases it out to deep point

27.2

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, on the leg stump and worked fine off the pads

27.3

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, Elliott again waits before pushing to the left of cover

27.4

Woakes to Taylor, no run, beautifully timed straight push from Ross Taylor to a full ball on off but he also couldn't have picked out mid-off any better

27.5

Woakes to Taylor, 1 leg bye, hit on the thight pad trying to work it fine

27.6

Woakes to Elliott, no run, pushed to cover

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 97/3
GD Elliott    3* (9b)      CR Woakes    6-0-28-1
LRPL Taylor    40* (64b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-24-0

28.1

Swann to Taylor, no run, goes back and works to midwicket

28.2

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, worked towards midwicket, who makes a partial stop

28.3

Swann to Elliott, no run, defends to off

28.4

Swann to Elliott, no run, aerially clipped on the bounce to midwicket, not in full control of that as he didn't reach the pitch of the ball

28.5

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, worked from under the eyes along the carpet out to deep square

28.6

Swann to Taylor, no run, gets forward and tries to push past Swann but can't beat the bowler

Jonathan N: "Given the importance of Ross Taylor to NZ, do my fellow NZers think its worth suffering a comfortable loss in this game if it results in Ross Taylor playing his way into form and subsequently being a strong middle order presence in the Test series to come? I think it might be ..."

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 99/3
LRPL Taylor    41* (67b 3x4)      GP Swann    6-0-26-0
GD Elliott    4* (12b)      CR Woakes    6-0-28-1

29.1

Woakes to Elliott, no run, waits in the crease and opens the face to a good length ball on off, but finds point

29.2

Woakes to Elliott, 3 runs, Elliott gets on the front foot and plays a textbook cover drive which perfectly bisects both mid-off and the close-in cover

29.3

Woakes to Taylor, no run, respectfully defends from the crease

29.4

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward and drives out to the cover sweeper

29.5

Woakes to Elliott, 1 run, gets on top of the short ball on middle and rolls the wrists well on a pull shot out to deep backward square

29.6

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor gets forward and plays one of those choppy cuts against the movement down to third man

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 105/3
LRPL Taylor    43* (70b 3x4)      CR Woakes    7-0-34-1
GD Elliott    8* (15b)      GP Swann    6-0-26-0

30.1

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, punched off the back foot down to long-on

30.2

Swann to Elliott, 2 runs, Elliott lofts inside out over cover and picks upa brace

30.3

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, down on one knee to sweep out to the backward square sweeper

30.4

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, pushes to long-on

30.5

Swann to Elliott, 3 runs, gets down again and gets this sweep finer, Broad on the boundary runs across and prevents the boundary but they pick up a rare three

30.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, nine from this over without much risk as Taylor pushes to long-on

Rajeev sums up the reaction to Jonathon's suggestion: "@Jonathon - So you are ok with NZ suffering a loss, so that Taylor can get back into form, so that NZ can win some time later. Why not try and win NOW!"

End of over 31 (9 runs) New Zealand 114/3
LRPL Taylor    46* (73b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-0-35-0
GD Elliott    14* (18b)      CR Woakes    7-0-34-1

31.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, Broad replaces Woakes and starts with a short ball outside off which is played out to deep cover

31.2

Broad to Elliott, 1 run, Elliott rides the bounce on a short ball and plays it on the bounce down to third man, it was outside off and allowed him to free the arms

31.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, Taylor walks forward and firmly middles this to mid-off on the edge of the circle

31.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, worked off middle to midwicket

31.5

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and slaps off the back foot out to deep cover

31.6

Broad to Elliott, no run, banged in short and Elliott quickly aborts his intentions to hook

Hamish: "Response to Rajev. Because this is only a ODI and not a test match. True cricket supoporters would swap any number of ODI wins for one test match win (especially for New Zealand as they are so few and far between for us!)."

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 117/3
GD Elliott    15* (20b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-25-0
LRPL Taylor    48* (77b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-0-35-0

32.1

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, worked to long-on as the singles continue to be steadily accumulated

32.2

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, fortune for Elliott as he top-edges the sweep out to deep backward square, Broad can only get to it on the bounce

32.3

Swann to Taylor, no run, defends to leg

32.4

Swann to Taylor, no run, waits in the crease and again picks out midwicket

32.5

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, brings up his first fifty upon his return to the national side after his absence with a push to long-on

32.6

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, rolls the wrists on the sweep well this time and gets it down to deep fine leg

Hussain Syed: "Give Taylor a break! As a Pakistan supporter I know very well what a set Taylor can do. Case and point, WC 2011. Taylor's batting ridiculously slowly and Pakistan look like they're on top. Taylor cuts loose hitting Akhtar and co all across the park. Taking his team from 200 to 300 in the space of 5 odd overs."

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 121/3
GD Elliott    17* (22b)      GP Swann    8-0-39-0
LRPL Taylor    50* (81b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-25-0

33.1

Broad to Elliott, no run

33.2

Broad to Elliott, 3 runs, Elliott square drives with an open face behind point and Taylor is alert to the possibility of a third as the diving fielder on the boundary has to take an extra second to get the ball back in

33.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, banged in short and beats Taylor's attempted pull-hook on middle and off

33.4

Broad to Taylor, SIX, that is a typical Ross Taylor stroke, a cross-batted smear from outside off and pummels it with a horizontal bat into the stands at cow corner

33.5

Broad to Taylor, 3 runs, more runs in this over for the home side with a traditional cover drive which Root has to cut off on the boundary with a dive

33.6

Broad to Elliott, 1 run, opens the face and plays through third man

TJ: "A "true" cricket supporter would not swap any number of ODI wins for a test win. Ask G Smith if he would trade a World Cup win for a test win in some bilateral series. Of course he would and so will the supporters."

End of over 34 (13 runs) New Zealand 134/3
GD Elliott    21* (25b)      SCJ Broad    7-0-38-0
LRPL Taylor    59* (84b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-39-0

34.1

Swann to Elliott, 1 run, worked away into the leg side

34.2

Swann to Taylor, no run, goes back and across and works to midwicket

34.3

Swann to Taylor, no run, Taylor goes for a massive slog sweep to a ball on off and is hit on the back pad, appeal turned down, England review and the initial question seems to be about whether Taylor is struck in line but HotSpot shows an inside edge and Taylor survives

34.4

Swann to Taylor, no run, down leg and he misses out on the tuck fine

34.5

Swann to Taylor, FOUR, moves across and slog sweeps into the gap at backward square leg

34.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and nudges into the leg side

Woolloongabba Wally: "If I was BMcC captaining the batting team, I don't think that I would be happy about a drinks break immediately before the batting powerplay - break in concentration and momentum." To which the response would be that he has the right to take the Powerplay whenever he wants...

Drinks taken before the mandatory use of the Batting Powerplay, and New Zealand have stepped up a gear but will need further acceleration to reach the usual sort of totals scored on the ground. England will want the wicket of Taylor first up in the Powerplay after doing a decent job of restricting early on

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 140/3
LRPL Taylor    64* (89b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    9-0-45-0
GD Elliott    22* (26b)      SCJ Broad    7-0-38-0

35.1

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, pulled behind square off the returning Finn and a super dive keeps it to a single, it was aerial but fell comfortably short of the deep fielder

35.2

Finn to Elliott, no run, outside off and cuts straight to point

35.3

Finn to Elliott, no run, gets forward and pushes back to the bowler

35.4

Finn to Elliott, 1 run, short on leg and pulled to deep backward square

35.5

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, fired in at leg stump in the blockhole and dug out down to mid-on

35.6

Finn to Elliott, OUT, superb first Powerplay over for England ends in a wicket as Elliott top-edges his pull straight into Bairstow's mitts at deep fine leg

GD Elliott c sub (JM Bairstow) b Finn 23 (44m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.66

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 143/4
     ST Finn    7-1-14-1
LRPL Taylor    66* (91b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    9-0-45-0

36.1

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, B McCullum defends his first ball on off

36.2

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, goes for an ambitious pull to a ball on middle and leg, misses and hit on the front of the thigh pad

36.3

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, defends off the back foot

36.4

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, goes back and defends to cover

zain khan: "Test cricket is the ultimate. It requires more skills and greater level of concentration to succeed. ICC is just pimping ODI and now T20 for financial benefits."

Nathan: "I would rather Ross Taylor scores a hundred and we win this game and the series! Even if he just plays himself into form, doesn't mean we will win a test match (or have a better chance). Sports are played to win. Period."

Rajeev: "One may rank a test win above an ODI win but that's just due to the length of the game. It's like saying "you may win the battle but I will win the war". Both formats are very relevant and not comparable, "practicing" in one format to win another does not make sense."

36.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, off the mark with a flick off the pads down to fine leg

36.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, waits in the crease and works to the edge of the circle where midwicket is lurking, just two off that over in another excellent Powerplay over by England

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 145/4
LRPL Taylor    67* (92b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-2-13-2
BB McCullum    1* (5b)      ST Finn    7-1-14-1

37.1

Finn to Taylor, no run, mistimes the back foot slap to cover

37.2

Finn to Taylor, no run, goes back and pushes to cover once more

37.3

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, turned off the pads into the leg side

37.4

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, punches a drive to the left of Finn, who gets a hand and stops any thoughts of a single

37.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, goes back and defends to leg

James: "The batting powerplay is heavily over-rated. It's only 1 extra fielder that has to come in from usual, the bowlers are the opposing teams best, and it has to be taken before the 35th over (when you really don't want to hit out). I don't know why teams continue to think they have to be aggressive - they just lose wickets over and over again."

37.6

Finn to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum gets on the front foot and drives through cover for a boundary, but meanwhile, Finn has knocked off the bails at the non-striker's end, but it is apparently not a dead ball as this is Finn's first offence in the ODI series, despite Cook's protestations

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 150/4
BB McCullum    5* (8b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-1-19-1
LRPL Taylor    68* (95b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-2-13-2

38.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, worked off the hips to fine leg and McCullum is through in a flash

38.2

Anderson to BB McCullum, FOUR, well-timed check drive from McCullum beats the bowler and the mid-off fielder with ease and speeds away

38.3

Anderson to BB McCullum, 2 runs, worked fine off the hips and they are quick to hurry back for a couple

38.4

Anderson to BB McCullum, no run, misses out trying to pull and is hit on the pad, didn't bounce as much as he expected

38.5

Anderson to BB McCullum, 1 run, defends off the splice into the off side with all fielders on the edge of the circle

38.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, worked down to long-on

A replacement ball is sought as stitching appears to have come out

Woolloongabba Wally: "Agree - timing of batting powerplay at batting captain's discretion. Timing of drinks breaks should be mandated (eg, after 30 overs) to give batting captain certainty. Even worse (potentially) would be the umpires deciding to take drinks during the powerplay."

Richard: "If Finn had taken a wicket with that ball it would have been called a dead ball I'm sure, just like it was against India. The rules have really got to be sorted out. I don't believe it disrupts the batsmen anyway, Smith has been the only one to complain about it, a (successful) ploy to disrupt Finn and since then it has been in discussion even though before the SA series it was fine."

Demian: "The worst rule in cricket is the dead ball rule when the bowler knocks over the stumps with on his way through to bowl. The ball should stand as long as no wicket its taken. i.e.It should be considered a free hit. I seem to remember a match when the poor New Zealanders were robbed victory against England when every time the bails were disturbed and NZ hit a boundary a dead ball was called!"

End of over 39 (9 runs) New Zealand 159/4
LRPL Taylor    70* (97b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-2-22-2
BB McCullum    12* (12b 2x4)      ST Finn    8-1-19-1

39.1

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, short on middle and off and he hops to work to midwicket

39.2

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, can't do anything with an off-cutter heading back towards him except to squeeze it out to point

39.3

Finn to BB McCullum, 2 runs, gives himself some room and digs out a ball in the blockhole through the covers, Cook gives chase

39.4

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, beats McCullum outside off as he plays a wafty drive

39.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum is pegged back in the crease by a short ball which is played down the pitch

39.6

Finn to BB McCullum, FOUR, cracking cut and the ball pierces the infielders, too short and too wide from Finn to ruin an otherwise excellent over

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 166/4
BB McCullum    18* (17b 3x4)      ST Finn    9-1-26-1
LRPL Taylor    71* (98b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-2-22-2

40.1

Swann to Taylor, FOUR, Swann is back and drags his first ball short down leg and Taylor pummels it to the deep backward square fence

40.2

Swann to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor gets stuck in and hits over the top of the inner circle on the leg side and out to the cow corner boundary

40.3

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, flat and full and Taylor digs this to long-on

40.4

Swann to BB McCullum, SIX, well, McCullum backs away while coming down the track to loft inside out over cover and times it superbly despite completely losing his footing and his balance

40.5

Swann to BB McCullum, 1 run, leading edge as he tries to work to leg, rolls into a gap on the off side

40.6

Swann to Taylor, 1 run, pushed through on the pads and Taylor is happy to take the single on offer

steve: "Cook protests because his bowler knocks the bails off and gets hit for four? Some nerve to protest, and now that he's had one chance every time he does it the batsman may potentially be penalised by not scoring from those balls? is ridiculous rule, sooner they change this to a no ball after the first warning the better. Just the same as front foot rule, you can't overstep and you can't disturb the stumps, simple."

Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmany Melchett: "Finn bowling with a shorter run up and consistently reaching 140 kmph+ with good accuracy. Looks like the extra yards on his run up were pointless, wasting time and energy."

Jonathan: "@Richard. If a bowler's poor technique results in him knocking over the bails he should be punished. If a batsmen does it he's out hit wicket, and if a fielder does it (without the ball) then he has to pull a stump out. Finn has a lousy technique, it's his problem, he should sort it out."

End of over 41 (17 runs) New Zealand 183/4
LRPL Taylor    81* (102b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    10-0-62-0
BB McCullum    25* (19b 3x4 1x6)      ST Finn    9-1-26-1

41.1

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, cuts over the in-fielders on the bounce out to deep point

41.2

Woakes to BB McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum chips this over mid-on and Taylor hurries back

41.3

Woakes to BB McCullum, SIX, juicy full toss and McCullum thumps this far back into the midwicket stands

41.4

Woakes to BB McCullum, FOUR, Woakes losing the plot with a misdirected slower ball which sits up short down leg and McCullum is rampant, pulls it away to the fine leg boundary

41.5

Woakes to BB McCullum, FOUR, full outside off and McCullum expertly digs it out with an open face down to the third man boundary

John: "@Demian, the problem is that it's not a rule. It's just something that apparently the umpires have come up with because someone had a whinge about Finn hitting the stumps occasionally. If it's a distraction then let the batsman back out of the shot and the umpire will call it dead, just as happens with any other distraction. That way there's no problem so there's no need for a solution."

41.6

Woakes to BB McCullum, FOUR, Woakes has been taken apart by McCullum here, full outside off in the slot and McCullum happily launches this for a one-bounce boundary straight down the ground

Yash Rungta: "McCullum is a perfect lower middle order batsman in both ODIs and Tests. For some reason NZ has tried him opening the batting where he has failed miserably(although he makes up his stats by scoring against weaker opponents at the top of the order). I'm also glad he is now back to wicket keeping. Him playing as a specialist batsman was more of a burden of expectations on his batting!"

Richard: "@Jonathon+steve. I'm sure Finn and England don't mind about the fours being hit, without it being called dead ball. However, wickets should be upheld because I believe it doesn't disturb the batsmen at all. When Finn got Raina out Raina had walked off without realising before he was called back as Finn had disturbed the stumps."

End of over 42 (21 runs) New Zealand 204/4
BB McCullum    45* (24b 6x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    8-0-55-1
LRPL Taylor    82* (103b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    10-0-62-0

42.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 leg bye, full down leg, hits Taylor on the heel of the foot and they scamper the leg bye

42.2

Broad to BB McCullum, (no ball) 1 run, horrendous beamer from Broad which McCullum somehow pulls to deep midwicket while trying to evade, Broad receives an official warning for that delivery

42.2

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor gets on top of the bounce and taps it into the covers

42.3

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, full on off and McCullum slices this, but it has so much power on it that it sails over the rope at long-off with the assistance of the wind, that raised 50 for McCullum from just 26 balls

42.4

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, perplexing decision to bounce McCullum, misdirected down leg and the top-edged pull races to the fine leg boundary

42.5

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 wide, first Woakes, now Broad falling apart, slipped wide well down leg and McCullum can't catch up

42.5

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, short slower ball outside off and McCullum pumps it away through cover point, England's bowling disintegrating as it did at the end of the 1st ODI

42.6

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, full yorker in the blockhole on middle and squeezed out to third man to complete a 20-run over

End of over 43 (20 runs) New Zealand 224/4
BB McCullum    61* (29b 8x4 3x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-57-0
LRPL Taylor    83* (105b 6x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    8-0-55-1

43.1

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, Finn replaces Woakes and McCullum can only push a good length ball on middle and off into the covers

43.2

Finn to Taylor, no run, Taylor is beaten outside off by Finn's pace and bounce as he lines up a cut

43.3

Finn to Taylor, FOUR, this time he connects with the cut to a similar delivery by jumping to cover the bounce and picks up a boundary for it

43.4

Finn to Taylor, 1 run, full on the stumps and worked to mid-on on the edge of the circle

43.5

Finn to BB McCullum, no run, beats McCullum outside off, the batsman threw the hands at it without really deciding if he wanted to cut or drive that

43.6

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets forward and defends into the covers to keep the strike

End of over 44 (7 runs) New Zealand 231/4
BB McCullum    63* (32b 8x4 3x6)      ST Finn    10-1-33-1
LRPL Taylor    88* (108b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-57-0

44.1

Broad to BB McCullum, SIX, Broad has been kept on despite that 20-run over and he has now gone for 26 in seven balls as McCullum lines up a full ball on off and deposits it over long-off

44.2

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, full on off and McCullum has to smear it with a cross-bat down to long-on

44.3

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, digs out a blockhole delivery outside off to point and they run through with the fielders all right on the outer limits of the circle

44.4

Broad to BB McCullum, FOUR, couldn't quite get this full enough outside off and that allows McCullum to get underneath it and pump it over cover's head to bring up the 100 partnership in just 52 balls

44.5

Broad to BB McCullum, OUT, McCullum's blistering blaze of boundaries is finally cut off as Woakes holds on down at long-on after McCullum sliced an attempted heave over cow corner, end of a knock which has put his side right back into the game

BB McCullum c Woakes b Broad 74 (43m 36b 9x4 4x6) SR: 205.55

Rajkumar: "England's ineffectiveness at death has been a long standing problem. One big reason why they find it so difficult to win ODI series in India. Woakes and Broad falling apart today. Add to that Anderson's relative ineffectiveness at death. We are in for a treat today.. :-)"

44.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, Taylor misses the work to leg and is hit on the pad

End of over 45 (12 runs) New Zealand 243/5
LRPL Taylor    89* (110b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-0-69-1
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      ST Finn    10-1-33-1

45.1

Woakes to Franklin, no run

45.2

Woakes to Franklin, no run, Franklin can only pat a ball on middle back to Woakes

45.3

Woakes to Franklin, 1 run, opens the face and runs a ball outside off down to third man

45.4

Woakes to Taylor, 1 leg bye, full down leg and clips Taylor's boot as they take the single

45.5

Woakes to Franklin, no run, Franklin beaten outside off tamely trying to dab down to third man

45.6

Woakes to Franklin, OUT, slower bouncer on leg which cuts towards off and Franklin waits and waits before top-edging the attempted hook into the safe hands of - you guessed it, Root - at deep backward square

JEC Franklin c Root b Woakes 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

John the Aussie manages to poke fun at both myself and the English at the same time: "Something's not right. I've seen the word "blockhole" twice in the commentary today. Are you not watching the game properly?"

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 245/6
     CR Woakes    9-0-56-2
LRPL Taylor    89* (111b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-0-69-1

46.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, full on off and worked to deep midwicket

46.2

Anderson to NL McCullum, 1 run, clipped off the pads to square leg and dives at the non-striker's end to make his ground

46.3

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, firmly driven into the off side but finds the fielder

46.4

Anderson to NL McCullum, SIX, too short outside off and sits up, pulls with little fuss into the stands at midwicket

46.5

Anderson to NL McCullum, OUT, full outside off and he goes after it, gets a thick edge into the gloves of the keeper. Will New Zealand bat their overs?

NL McCullum c †Buttler b Anderson 7 (4m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 233.33

46.6

Anderson to Southee, no run, defends an accurate ball on middle back to the bowler

Jim Geissman from the US: "Why is the bowler's end called the non-striker's end?" Because the batsman who is facing the ball (the striker) is at the other end

John is quick to disabuse me of the notion that he is in any way Australian. Apologies in order! "Actually, while I live in Australia, I'm actually an England fan and I'm always annoyed that the England bowlers rarely to never seem to try to bowl a yorker, even when the short stuff keeps disappearing over midwicket. I'd be interested to hear what David Saker had to say on England's bowling plans."

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 254/7
TG Southee    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    9-2-31-3
LRPL Taylor    91* (113b 7x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-56-2

47.1

Woakes to Taylor, FOUR, carved away through point to move to 95, hit firmly and beats the deep fielder

47.2

Woakes to Taylor, 1 run, inside edges a full toss into his pads and it rolls into the slips area

47.3

Woakes to Southee, 2 runs, full outside off and Southee gets a thick outside edge towards Finn at third man, who fumbles and allows them to come back for a second

47.4

Woakes to Southee, OUT, cleanes out Southee with a pinpoint yorker on middle stump, Southee's swish is nowhere near the ball and New Zealand are in danger of being bowled out

TG Southee b Woakes 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

47.5

Woakes to Mills, 1 run, pushes off the front foot to cover

47.6

Woakes to Taylor, FOUR, welcome back Ross Taylor! Reaches his 7th ODI hundred with a square drive through cover point, started scratchily but weathered the storm and accelerated before letting McCullum take over. How many more can he get?

don has an alternative answer: "@Jim Geissman - it's called the non strikers end because nowadays there are no strike bowlers. the rules of the game killed them." Dale Steyn would disagree, for one...

End of over 48 (12 runs) New Zealand 266/8
LRPL Taylor    100* (116b 9x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    10-0-68-3
KD Mills    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    9-2-31-3

48.1

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, Mills gets off strike with another push into the off side

48.2

Anderson to Taylor, OUT, Taylor goes and England have recovered well after the McCullum onslaught, short outside off and moved back in a touch, cramped for room as he tried to cut and could only get a thick edge through to Buttler

LRPL Taylor c †Buttler b Anderson 100 (180m 117b 9x4 1x6) SR: 85.47

48.3

Anderson to Boult, 1 run, Boult gets underway with a push into the off side. Boult a more handy batsman than many seem to think, and his club team-mates at Otumoetai Cadets in the Bay of Plenty would agree after watching him hit two tons at faster than a run-a-ball in New Zealand's National Club Championships a few years back

48.4

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, lofted down to long-on

48.5

Anderson to Boult, OUT, and I've jinxed him as Anderson completes an excellent five-for, Boult slices a full ball down to long-on and New Zealand leave seven balls unused

TA Boult c Woakes b Anderson 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So England will, on balance, be happy with their target, notwithstanding the slight deviation from their plan when Brendon McCullum was going berserk in concert with centurion Ross Taylor, but New Zealand would also be happy with a defendable total after their early struggles. Will we get another close contest this time round with a similar target? We will find out at 6.10pm local time, so do join us then for the chase.

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