England tour of New Zealand, 1st T20I: New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 5, 2008
England won by 32 runs
5 February 2008 - night match (20-over match)

6.30pm Good evening and welcome to coverage of the first of two Twenty20 matches this week. The news is that New Zealand have won the toss and have stuck England in. It's not full which is a little surprising given that the weather is lovely ... 28,000 tickets sold and 4,000 more available if you are in the area and want to get your skates on.

England leave out Alastair Cook and will open with Luke Wright and Phil Mustard. New Zealand are led by Brendon McCullum in the absence of Daniel Vettori, and they include Jesse Ryder and Tim Southee.


Mills to Mustard, 1 run, turned to leg to loud cheers


Mills to Wright, 1 run, half forward, a thick inside edge squirts into the leg side


Mills to Mustard, no run, wide and full, driven hard into the ground and back to the bowler


Mills to Mustard, no run, super ball, beats the outside edge and he plays a rather nothing shot with a slightly open face


Mills to Mustard, FOUR, one step and heaved through midwicket, there is a man in the deep but he's too square to cut that off


Mills to Mustard, FOUR, pulled for four past the man just behind square on the edge of the circle

This is an odd ground in that the boundaries at the end are very short and the ones square considerably bigger. It's essentially a rugby stadium.

End of over 1 (10 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • P Mustard 9 (5b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 1 (1b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-10-0

Martin to Wright, 1 leg bye, a step down the track and to off, misses and a loud appeal as it hits him on the pads but well outside off


Martin to Mustard, no run, a big stride to leg, the ball is outside off and he ends up groping tennis-like and misses


Martin to Mustard, no run, leaves him off the seam, just short and with the batsman anchored to the crease outside leg stump, he can't really play any more than a airy waft


Martin to Mustard, 1 run, think inside edge into the on side


Martin to Wright, OUT, jags back from short of a length and Wright cramped as he looks to work into the off side, it takes him on the gloves and McCullum does really well to dive to his right as the ball dies on him

LJ Wright c †McCullum b Martin 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Kevin Pietersen strides out from the garden table which doubles up as a dugout. The kind you find in pub gardens in england ...


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, shimmies to the off and helps the ball behind square on the leg side ...fine leg is up in the circle and has no chance

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 16/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • KP Pietersen 4 (1b 1x4)
    • P Mustard 10 (8b 2x4)
    • CS Martin 1-0-5-1
    • KD Mills 1-0-10-0

Mills to Mustard, 2 runs, dropped ... slashed high to third man off a thick outside edge.Chris Martin is slow to start and so has to dive forward and can't hold on


Mills to Mustard, SIX, driven over long-on for six, flat and hard and four rows back but never more than eight feet off the ground


Mills to Mustard, 1 run, bottom-handed slog to deep midwicket


Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to deep midwicket, Pietersen again moves to the off to give himself freedom to work the leg side


Mills to Mustard, 1 run, full toss patted to Ross Taylor at midwicket, a quick single but no more


Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, overpitched, a sweet straight drive to the right of the bowler, all along the ground and it scurries away unhindered with nobody out in the deep

End of over 3 (15 runs) England 31/1 (RR: 10.33)

    • KP Pietersen 9 (3b 2x4)
    • P Mustard 20 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • KD Mills 2-0-25-0
    • CS Martin 1-0-5-1

Martin to Mustard, OUT, short, pulled straight to deep midwicket, the rather large Jesse Ryder did not have to move which is probably just as well. The ball came off the toe-end of the bat which is why it didn't carry the boundary

P Mustard c Ryder b Martin 20 (13m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 153.84


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, driven on the up through the covers between the two men in the ring. He really thumped that ...


Martin to Pietersen, no run, firm drive past the bowler but mid-off covers

Pietersen on the move as the bower reaches the crease every time.


Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, tip and run into the off side


Martin to Bell, no run, wide but slashed hard to cover who stops well


Martin to Bell, 2 runs, driven between cover and point, not quite timed and Taylor makes a sliding stop and return ten yards in from the boundary

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 38/2 (RR: 9.50)

    • IR Bell 2 (2b)
    • KP Pietersen 14 (6b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 2-0-12-2
    • KD Mills 2-0-25-0

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to wide midwicket

Oram aborts in his delivery stride and has to start again ...


Oram to Bell, no run, driven hard back at Oram who gets down well for a big man, quickly enough to force Pietersen, backing up, to dive for safety in case there's a shy at the stumps


Oram to Bell, FOUR, slashed through where second slip would have been had he not just been moved


Oram to Bell, no run, checked push to point and a loud yell of "no" from bell even as he looks to set off for the single


Oram to Bell, 1 run, straight drive squirts off a thick edge to deep midwicket


Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, worked to short fine leg

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 45/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • KP Pietersen 16 (8b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 7 (6b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-7-0
    • CS Martin 2-0-12-2

Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, slower ball, a thick edge and it goes fine enough to beat the man back on the boundary


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, slashing drive, a thick inside edge and the ball squeezes past leg stump and too wide for McCullum to have any chance, four runs to fine leg


Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, short, pulled and Patel looks to be beaten at deep midwicket but slides and pulls the ball back brilliantly


Martin to Pietersen, no run, he dances down the pitch but can't get any power in the shot and it goes to mid-off


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, full toss - Pietersen started to come and then went back - driven hard between mid-off and extra cover, super timing


Martin to Pietersen, no run, wide, slashed to cover

End of over 6 (14 runs) England 59/2 (RR: 9.83)

    • KP Pietersen 30 (14b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 7 (6b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 3-0-26-2
    • JDP Oram 1-0-7-0

Oram to Bell, no run, slightly short, pushed to cover


Oram to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, chipped over mid-on who can't scurry back and the ball drops two or three yards over him


Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to long-on


Oram to Bell, FOUR, short and wide, Bell slaps that hard over point and away


Oram to Bell, OUT, corker yorker does for Bell, he was looking to make room to hit to the off and was completely cleaned up

IR Bell b Oram 12 (15m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

John Dainty emails; "In what other realm is it ok to take the piss out of people being a bit large, or even fat ?? That is discrimination. Do you say something when a player is very thin. Or very short ? Knock it off!" OK, Ryder is not fat. But his own captain suggested he lose a kilo or two ... make your own mind up.


Oram to Collingwood, 2 runs, edged past backward point

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 67/3 (RR: 9.57)

    • PD Collingwood 2 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 31 (15b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-15-1
    • CS Martin 3-0-26-2

Martin to Pietersen, SIX, short and pulled off the front foot for six over long-on, absolutely hammered


Martin to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, Pietersen pushed defensively into the off side


Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss, he gets slightly inside out as he drives to longish-off


Martin to Collingwood, no run, slightly slower outside off, Collingwood beaten as he looks to push into the covers


Martin to Collingwood, no run, wide, Collingwood walks to the off to play it and misses, there was a noise but the appeal was no more than half hearted


Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, punched off the back foot into the covers

Chris Martijn is bowled out, 2 for 34.

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 75/3 (RR: 9.37)

    • PD Collingwood 3 (4b)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (18b 6x4 1x6)
    • CS Martin 4-0-34-2
    • JDP Oram 2-0-15-1

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, driven on the trot to mid-off


Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, worked to midwicket, he realised there was no big shot to be played and settled for the single


Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, yorker length, squirted to backward point


Oram to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned to deepish square, there never looked to be a second there but they ran really quickly


Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to square leg


Oram to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood steps to the off and tries to sweep, the length is Ok for that but he gets in a muddle and ends up dumped on the ground with the ball at his feet. No runs and not much remaining dignity either ...

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 81/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • PD Collingwood 5 (7b)
    • KP Pietersen 42 (21b 6x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-21-1
    • CS Martin 4-0-34-2

Derek Murray mails: "John Dainty should get a life. These guys are professional athletes. Commentators are well within their rights to comment on their physique - good or bad." Here's Jeetan Patel.


Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss driven to long-on


Patel to Collingwood, no run, full, driven to extra cover, well bowled, that's the spot


Patel to Collingwood, 2 runs, heaved with his head in the air, it falls five yards inside the rope at deep midwicket and plugs, the fielder seems to stop it just in time but his feet clipped the boundary marker


Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, turned into the on side


Patel to Pietersen, OUT, he dances down the track and hammers low to midwicket where Ross Taylor dives to his right and holds the ball a foot above the turf

KP Pietersen c Taylor b Patel 43 (36m 23b 6x4 1x6) SR: 186.95


Patel to Shah, 1 run, driven into the off side

Mike Shaw, also from NZ, emails: "Just so you know Jesse Ryder has lost over 10kgs this season! How about legging him up not putting him down as he's doing more than most people in this world." The thing is, he's a professional sportsman in an athletic game. Shouldn't he be prepared to be in good shape as it will impact on his performance? Anyhow, if he scores runs it doesn't matter ...

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 86/4 (RR: 8.60)

    • OA Shah 1 (1b)
    • PD Collingwood 8 (10b)
    • JS Patel 1-0-5-1
    • JDP Oram 3-0-21-1

Here's the 19-year-old debutant. No pressure then ...


Southee to Shah, no run, good start and a big cheer, full and turned to midwicket who slides on his knees to stop


Southee to Shah, 2 runs, straight drive, long-on round to field but he cannot prevent the second


Southee to Shah, no run, really sharp yorker which Shah does well to keep out


Southee to Shah, FOUR, wristy flick through midwicket, classic Shah stroke


Southee to Shah, no run, steered with an open face to backward point


Southee to Shah, 1 run, again backward point into action but this time they take on his arm and win

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 93/4 (RR: 8.45)

    • OA Shah 8 (7b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 8 (10b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-7-0
    • JS Patel 1-0-5-1

Patel to Shah, 1 run, driven from the crease to long-on

Patel not giving anything away so far, he's bowling well.


Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed gently to long-on for an ambled single


Patel to Shah, 1 run, worked round the corner with the spin


Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, patted to long-on


Patel to Shah, 1 run, pushed to extra cover

New Zealand happy to give a run a ball ...


Patel to Collingwood, SIX, effortless flick to the right of long-on, never a chance and it falls a yard inside the rope

End of over 12 (11 runs) England 104/4 (RR: 8.66)

    • PD Collingwood 16 (13b 1x6)
    • OA Shah 11 (10b 1x4)
    • JS Patel 2-0-16-1
    • TG Southee 1-0-7-0

Southee to Shah, no run, up in the blockhole, dug out to midwicket


Southee to Shah, 1 run, driven with an open face behind square on the off side


Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, slower ball, he waits and then heaves it into the leg side

Ugly but it does the job. The shot, not the player, before anyone gets upset.


Southee to Shah, SIX, lovely shot, Shah flicks the ball over midwicket, using his feet to get to it, six all the way


Southee to Shah, FOUR, the bowler overcorrects but Shah is expecting it and drives straight and hard, long-off has no chance


Southee to Shah, 1 run, prodded into the off side, Shah was looking for the second - which was never on - but Collingwood sent him back

End of over 13 (13 runs) England 117/4 (RR: 9.00)

    • OA Shah 23 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 17 (14b 1x6)
    • TG Southee 2-0-20-0
    • JS Patel 2-0-16-1

Here is Ryder. Bowling. And a fine bowler he is.


Ryder to Shah, no run, good start, Shah defends


Ryder to Shah, OUT, Shah sweeps across the line, misses, it's straight and that's a simple decision for the umpire

OA Shah lbw b Ryder 23 (13m 17b 2x4 1x6) SR: 135.29


Ryder to Mascarenhas, no run, full and driven to extra cover

A good pace, hard to get away ...


Ryder to Mascarenhas, no run, outside off, a slash and a miss


Ryder to Mascarenhas, 1 run, driven into the off side


Ryder to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss clipped through midwicket for the single

Not bad for your first over in international cricket!

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 119/5 (RR: 8.50)

    • PD Collingwood 18 (15b 1x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 1 (3b)
    • JD Ryder 1-0-2-1
    • TG Southee 2-0-20-0

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, firm drive to deep cover


Oram to Mascarenhas, no run, angled in at his feet, he falls over as he plays it


Oram to Mascarenhas, 1 wide, down the leg and that's the first wide of the day


Oram to Mascarenhas, no run, he looks to run it to third man but it's far too close to him and the ball squeezes over the top of off stump


Oram to Mascarenhas, no run, tight over this one, pushed to mid-off


Oram to Mascarenhas, 1 run, pushed to deep cover, placed and not hit hard


Oram to Collingwood, no run, paddled from some way outside off stump, up in the air and two yards short of backward square leg, and then there's a chance of a run-out at the bowler's end but the throw is wide

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 122/5 (RR: 8.13)

    • PD Collingwood 19 (17b 1x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 2 (7b)
    • JDP Oram 4-0-24-1
    • JD Ryder 1-0-2-1

Ryder off after one over, Patel back.


Patel to Mascarenhas, 1 run, squirted into the on side


Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, thumped to long-on


Patel to Mascarenhas, SIX, driven high over long-on, he middled that and some, and it carries into the second tier of the stand


Patel to Mascarenhas, SIX, and more of the same, and that went even further if anything


Patel to Mascarenhas, SIX, this is The Oval revisited ... another swing high over long-on, many rows back

McCullum trots down to have a word with his bowler. Don't toss it up might be the advice ...


Patel to Mascarenhas, SIX, Patel switches to round the wicket but it makes not a scrap of difference ... another big swing of the arms and a fourth six disappears over long-on

That was the same shot four times in succession and Patel was almost feeding that .

End of over 16 (26 runs) England 148/5 (RR: 9.25)

    • AD Mascarenhas 27 (12b 4x6)
    • PD Collingwood 20 (18b 1x6)
    • JS Patel 3-0-42-1
    • JDP Oram 4-0-24-1

Mills to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss swished behind square, effortless and effective


Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, thick inside edge to deep backward square leg


Mills to Mascarenhas, FOUR, short, pulled hard to deep midwicket where Ryder flings himself full stretch to his right, gets a hand to it but can't hold on

That was a brilliant effort and had he held it, we would have been watching replays for years to come.


Mills to Mascarenhas, OUT, he steps to leg and cuts the ball to third man where Patel hardly had to move

AD Mascarenhas c Patel b Mills 31 (14m 14b 1x4 4x6) SR: 221.42

Mascarenhas goes but he has done enough damage to boost England's chances.


Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, slower, he waits and paddles into the leg side


Mills to Swann, 1 run, pushed to cover, tip and run and a slight misfield ensures there are no alarms

End of over 17 (11 runs) England 159/6 (RR: 9.35)

    • GP Swann 1 (1b)
    • PD Collingwood 26 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • KD Mills 3-0-36-1
    • JS Patel 3-0-42-1

Southee back after two overs ...


Southee to Swann, 1 run, full toss punched to long-on, he stepped to the off to hit it and Southee did well to follow him and restrict his options


Southee to Collingwood, OUT, rather airy drive, leaning back, to Styris at extra cover ... he takes it above his head, spills it, grabs at it with his right hand, juggles again and finally takes it at the third time of asking

PD Collingwood c Styris b Southee 26 (46m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 118.18


Southee to Swann, FOUR, thick inside edge goes past his leg stump and runs to fine leg for four


Southee to Swann, no run, full outside off, Swann gives himself too much room and misses


Southee to Swann, 1 run, very hard drive, Styris at extra cover makes a good tumbling stop five yards outside the circle

A slight delay as the field is tweaked for the left hander.


Southee to Broad, 1 run, waist-high full toss, Broad misses out and his pull dribbles out to square leg

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 166/7 (RR: 9.22)

    • SCJ Broad 1 (1b)
    • GP Swann 7 (5b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-27-1
    • KD Mills 3-0-36-1

Mills to Broad, FOUR, full toss driven straight and the two men in the deep cannot get round as it thuds into the sightscreen


Mills to Broad, 1 run, slower ball, flicked to deep midwicket


Mills to Swann, 1 run, good yorker, well played by Swann as he squirts it into the off side


Mills to Broad, OUT, slower ball, Broad gets under it, plenty of elevation but no distance. Styris at midwicket watches it like a hawk and makes no mistake

SCJ Broad c Styris b Mills 6 (5m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00


Mills to Swann, 1 run, dropped ... thumped to midwicket, an inch off the ground by the time it reaches the diving fielder. That would have been an amazing catch ...


Mills to Sidebottom, no run, slower ball, beats the bat and McCullum applauds enthusiastically

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 173/8 (RR: 9.10)

    • RJ Sidebottom 0 (1b)
    • GP Swann 9 (7b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 4-0-43-2
    • TG Southee 3-0-27-1

Southee to Swann, 1 run, good length and a hint of inswing, Swann can do no more than work the ball to long-on

Southee round the wicket to the left hander


Southee to Sidebottom, no run, full and wide, too good for a swishing Sidebottom


Southee to Sidebottom, FOUR, wide again but a thick edge with a hint of an open face, too fine for third man to have a chance


Southee to Sidebottom, 1 run, leans back and slogs, the ball falls into space in the covers


Southee to Swann, FOUR, wide and full, two feet off a yorker, Swann leans back and places the ball between fielders behind square on the off


Southee to Swann, 1 run, driven to long-off, it should have been one but Sidebottom was coming back come what may ... th throw was not great and there could have been an overthrow had Sidebottom not been going so fast to make his ground at the non-striker's end

Well, a short pause for breath. England looked to be off the pace until Mascarenhas' onslaught and they now have a good score to bowl at. But this small ground is known to New Zealand and there is a full house of 32,000 to cheer them on. We will be back shortly for the chase ...

End of over 20 (11 runs) England 184/8

    • GP Swann 15 (10b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 5 (4b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-38-1
    • KD Mills 4-0-43-2





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