England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand T20I Series - 2nd T20I

New Zealand v England

England won by 50 runs

0.2

Mills to Wright, no run, full length, hint of outswing, defended into the covers. Looking for the single but nothing on offer

0.3

Mills to Wright, no run, back of a length, defended with busy footwork in front of middle

0.4

Mills to Wright, no run, a fraction of width, met with a straight bat and pushed to point

0.5

Mills to Wright, 1 leg bye, angling down the leg side, no bat on an attempted glance but good calling from Mustard

England 2/0   LJ Wright 0* (4b)

1.1

Martin to Wright, 1 run, width outside off stump, slashed violently through the gully region, down to third man

1.3

Martin to Wright, no run, wide of the crease, angling back into the right-hander, who is beaten as he wafts outside off. That's a teasing line

1.4

Martin to Wright, 1 run, into position early for a pushed drive, but cover fields well and Wright has to scramble for the crease, which he does well

England 5/0   LJ Wright 2* (7b)

3.2

Martin to Wright, FOUR, wallop! Three steps down the ground, turns a good-length ball into a half-volley, and cover can't cut that off

3.3

Martin to Wright, 1 run, more striding out of the crease, this one is met low on the bat, and mid-on sweeps round to field behind the stumps

3.5

Martin to Wright, no run, wide outside off stump, but angling in, Wright has a swish but can't make contact

3.6

Martin to Wright, FOUR, clobbered through point with a full swing and even fuller followthrough! Too wide from Martin, and it cost him dear

England 35/0   LJ Wright 11* (11b 2x4)

4.3

Hitchcock to Wright, FOUR, The covers are taking a pummelling now, as Wright's confidence begins to soar. Down the track again, and that one whistles low but airborne into the gap

4.4

Hitchcock to Wright, SIX, slower ball again, Wright climbs into it, perhaps gets a touch underneath it, but that clears the short boundary by eight metres!

4.5

Hitchcock to Wright, 1 run, drilled into the covers again. Trouble at 't'mill for New Zealand

England 53/0   LJ Wright 22* (14b 3x4 1x6)

5.1

Martin to Wright, FOUR, mowed across the line and that scuds over cow corner for another maximum. This is getting brutal

5.2

Martin to Wright, no run, banged in a touch shorter, and Wright's helicopter swish almost takes him off his feet. No contact though

5.3

Martin to Wright, no run, repeat performance! This is the January sales, carried over into the first week of February

5.4

Martin to Wright, FOUR, how did that go for four? Wright heaved across the line again, seemed not to have got more than a toothpick's worth of bat on it, but no-one came close to cutting it off at long-on

5.5

Martin to Wright, OUT, and that's the end of that! The adrenalin was pumping for Wright, and he couldn't resist swinging at the best delivery of the over. Almost yorker length, straight and angling in. Takes out middle stump to end an entertaining innings

LJ Wright b Martin 30 (24m 19b 5x4 1x6) SR: 157.89

England 65/1   LJ Wright 30 (19b 5x4 1x6)
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Christchurch - Feb 7, 2008
England won by 50 runs
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Feb 7, 2008

Dimitri Mascarenhas uppercuts his first ball for six, New Zealand v England, 2nd Twenty20, Christchurch, February 7, 2008

Dimitri Mascarenhas uppercuts his first ball for six

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Feb 7, 2008

Brendon McCullum looks aghast as Ryan Sidebottom strikes, New Zealand v England, 2nd Twenty20, Christchurch, February 7, 2008

Brendon McCullum looks aghast as Ryan Sidebottom strikes

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