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

New Zealand are out on the field, and here come England's openers. Luke Wright has a point or two to prove today. He's managed 44 runs in his last six innings ...

A few clouds in the sky around Christchurch, but nothing to worry about. Low humidity today, and the temperature, according to Sajan, our man in the know, is a pleasant 24 degrees celsius.

We have some news from the ground. England have won the toss and will bat. Team news: England are unchanged, New Zealand make two changes - Paul Hitchcock comes in for Jeetan Patel, and the injured Jacob Oram is replaced by Daniel Flynn, a left-hander from Northern Districts.

New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Jamie How, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Peter Fulton, 7 Daniel Flynn, 8 Kyle Mills, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Paul Hitchcock, 11 Chris Martin.

England 1 Luke Wright, 2 Phil Mustard (wk), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Owais Shah, 7 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Ryan Sidebottom, 11 James Anderson.

So England are 1-0 up and played very well in the first match in Auckland, beating New Zealand quite comprehensively by 32 runs. The cliché that New Zealanders (I assume this isn't restricted to just the cricketers) are canny fighters is something England will be wary of, but they look in pretty good shape - plus, New Zealand will be without Dan Vettori and Jacob Oram. We'll have team news, weather news and much more very shortly. Drop us a line if you wish.

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you all for the second Twenty20 between England and New Zealand in sleepy Christchurch. I'm Will Luke and, hopefully, will be joined by Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson - both of whom, though they're not here yet, I'm sure haven't overslept like I did the other day.

0.1

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, short and pulled firmly around the corner, that didn't get up as much as anticipated, but nicely controlled all the same

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

0.6

Mills to Mustard, no run, banged in short, Mustard swings into a hook shot, but no contact

That's a very tidy first over. Here comes Chris Martin

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
P Mustard    1* (2b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0
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

1.2

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, Mustard makes room to leg, Martin spots him going and follows him well. A single is the upshot as the ball is pushed straight down the ground and picked up at mid-on

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

1.5

Martin to Mustard, SIX, a thick outside edge, Mustard totally squared up as he aimed over midwicket, and that's sailed all the way over third man! Remarkable

Small boundaries at these rugby stadiums ...

1.6

Martin to Mustard, 1 wide, wild, down the leg side

1.6

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, good yorker, dug out well, and a scampered single to end the over

End of over 2 (11 runs) England 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
P Mustard    9* (5b 1x6)      CS Martin    1-0-11-0
LJ Wright    2* (7b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0

2.1

Mills to Mustard, no run, cracking delivery, inswinging yorker to the left-hander, who is knocked off his feet as he gets his toes out of the way

2.2

Mills to Mustard, SIX, smacked down the ground! A filthy looking shot - that's something I'd play, head up, leaning backwards, no hope of middling it. But he did, and long-off had no chance

2.3

Mills to Mustard, no run, another filthy smear, no contact as he swings to leg

2.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, and yet more filthy slugging. There's no other word for it. But when he connects, all is forgiven

2.5

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, overpitched, and he pays the price, another scythe through the line, and hit straight down the ground

2.6

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, clubbed firmly to midwicket. The end of an intentful over ...

End of over 3 (11 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
P Mustard    20* (11b 1x4 2x6)      KD Mills    2-0-12-0
LJ Wright    2* (7b)      CS Martin    1-0-11-0

3.1

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, tucked off the hip - Mustard's most measured shot of the morning - and a simple single to short fine leg

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

3.4

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, another attempted yorker, a fraction misdirected, but effective enough

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

End of over 4 (11 runs) England 35/0 (RR: 8.75)
LJ Wright    11* (11b 2x4)      CS Martin    2-0-22-0
P Mustard    22* (13b 1x4 2x6)      KD Mills    2-0-12-0

Paul Hitchcock into the attack ...

4.1

Hitchcock to Mustard, SIX, Full length, into the slot, deposited over long-on. That was travelling

4.2

Hitchcock to Mustard, 1 run, gives himself room, but shouldn't have bothered. Hitchcock holds it back and Mustard's wild swing isn't properly timed

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

4.6

Hitchcock to Mustard, FOUR, pinged down the ground, and a lame attempt at an interception from mid-off. He gets half a hand on it, but that's not enough

End of over 5 (22 runs) England 57/0 (RR: 11.40)
P Mustard    33* (16b 2x4 3x6)      PA Hitchcock    1-0-22-0
LJ Wright    22* (14b 3x4 1x6)      CS Martin    2-0-22-0

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

Now then, here comes KP. This will be entertaining, come what may

5.6

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, off the mark straightaway. Not perfectly timed, but has the legs to roll right to the edge of the rope at deep cover

End of over 6 (10 runs) England 67/1 (RR: 11.16)
KP Pietersen    2* (1b)      CS Martin    3-0-32-1
P Mustard    33* (16b 2x4 3x6)      PA Hitchcock    1-0-22-0

Tim Southee into the attack

6.1

Southee to Mustard, no run, good length, outside off and angling in. Mustard defends with a tentative jab. Unusual reticence ...

6.2

Southee to Mustard, 1 run, thumped through the covers

6.3

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball, defended into the covers with a measured push

6.4

Southee to Mustard, 1 run, angled into the left-hander from round the wicket, a big baseball-style mow, under-edged through to the keeper who fields well

6.5

Southee to Pietersen, OUT, low full toss, raps Pietersen on the pad as he walks across the stumps and that is absolutely plumb!

KP Pietersen lbw b Southee 3 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Massive breakthrough, and suddenly England's momentum has been punctured

6.6

Southee to Bell, 1 run, shuffles across to clip his first ball to leg, and that's the end of a very tidy first over

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 10.14)
IR Bell    1* (1b)      TG Southee    1-0-4-1
P Mustard    35* (19b 2x4 3x6)      CS Martin    3-0-32-1

A double change as Scott Styris enters the attack

7.1

Styris to Bell, no run, good-length ball, nipping back in and defended into the covers

7.2

Styris to Bell, no run, slightly shorter, and bounces a touch. Pushed into the covers

7.3

Styris to Bell, OUT, dabbed into the leg-side, Bell wanted the single but didn't exactly motor for it. Ross Taylor at mid-on hurtled round, picked up well, and pinged down the non-striker's stumps from about ten yards. Billy Bowden calls for the replay, but Bell has already given up the ghost

IR Bell run out 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

I think he thought that shot had been timed rather better than it was. As it is, England have slipped into something of a pickle

7.4

Styris to Mustard, FOUR, short, too short. And too slow as well. Mustard has all the time he needs to pick his spot, and that spot is somewhere over extra cover

7.5

Styris to Mustard, no run, into position for an exaggerated sweep from way outside off, but not timed

7.6

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, an urgent thump into the covers

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 76/3 (RR: 9.50)
P Mustard    40* (22b 3x4 3x6)      SB Styris    1-0-5-0
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      TG Southee    1-0-4-1

8.1

Southee to Mustard, no run, round the wicket, and beaten. Well bowled

8.2

Southee to Mustard, OUT, smeared high and handsome, scraping the long white cloud itself, and Mills at mid-on has to back-pedal to take a steepling chance. He does well, and that's the end of an aggressive and impressive innings from Mustard

P Mustard c Mills b Southee 40 (39m 24b 3x4 3x6) SR: 166.66

8.3

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, outside off stump, just back of a length, clumped into the covers to get off the mark

8.4

Southee to Shah, no run, clipped into the leg-side

8.5

Southee to Shah, no run, pushed up to mid-off again. A sudden wave of calm sweeps over the shot selection

8.6

Southee to Shah, no run, left alone outside off stump! Good grief, how improbable ...

End of over 9 (1 run) England 77/4 (RR: 8.55)
OA Shah    0* (3b)      TG Southee    2-0-5-2
PD Collingwood    1* (1b)      SB Styris    1-0-5-0

9.1

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged into the leg side again

9.2

Styris to Shah, no run, a slow bouncer, well, a short ball at any rate. Shah completely mistimes a swing to leg

9.3

Styris to Shah, FOUR, he doesn't miss out this time. Into position early, and put away well behind square

9.4

Styris to Shah, no run, misses out with a clip to leg

9.5

Styris to Shah, 2 runs, clipped down to fine leg

9.6

Styris to Shah, no run, bouncer, beaten

"Could we please get a non-biased commentator for this game?" writes a chap with the unlikely name of Andrew Williamson. "The chap currently calling the game seems like he is about to burst with all the streaky runs going England's way!" No, you can't. But you can have Martin Williamson instead

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 84/4 (RR: 8.40)
OA Shah    6* (8b 1x4)      SB Styris    2-0-12-0
PD Collingwood    2* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-5-2

10.1

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped to deep midwicket

10.2

Southee to Shah, 1 run, thick outside edge squirts to third man

10.3

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, cut into the off side without any power

10.4

Southee to Shah, no run, turned into the leg side. New Zealand will be delighted to keep this down to a run a ball

10.5

Southee to Shah, 1 run, run down to third man with a very open face

10.6

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, firm push to extra cover

A mid-innings lull in the stands as well after a very sedate over.

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 89/4 (RR: 8.09)
PD Collingwood    5* (5b)      TG Southee    3-0-10-2
OA Shah    8* (11b 1x4)      SB Styris    2-0-12-0

Blue sky but the ground is now all in shadow.

11.1

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, a dab-sweep loops over square leg, never a catch despite yells to the contrary

11.2

Styris to Shah, 1 run, steered to third man ... he likes that shot

11.3

Styris to Collingwood, SIX, pulled with a lot of bottom hand from outside off stump, up and over the square-leg boundary

11.4

Styris to Collingwood, FOUR, slower long hop, pulled inches wide of a diving Kyle Mills at backward square leg ... great effort from the man on the rope

11.5

Styris to Collingwood, no run, steps back and cuts to deep point. Styris going well outside the off stump after being thumped for 10 in two on the leg

11.6

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, driven to long-on

A much better over for England after that lull.

End of over 12 (13 runs) England 102/4 (RR: 8.50)
PD Collingwood    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      SB Styris    3-0-25-0
OA Shah    9* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-10-2

12.1

Southee to Collingwood, no run, straight and full, clipped to midwicket

12.2

Southee to Collingwood, SIX, hammered high over long-on, Billy Bowden goes his slightly silly one-legged signalling

12.3

Southee to Collingwood, FOUR, driven past extra cover and with the boundary so short it's four ... it wouldn't be on most grounds as he didn't exactly thump it

12.4

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, leg-stump full toss, clipped to Ryder at deep midwicket

12.5

Southee to Shah, no run, a rare dot ball as the on drive hits the non striker and bounces to the bowler

12.6

Southee to Shah, 1 run, driven to the man our in the deep on the off side

A really good spell from the 19-year-old, slightly spoiled but that last over ... but he did really well nevertheless.

End of over 13 (12 runs) England 114/4 (RR: 8.76)
OA Shah    10* (14b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-22-2
PD Collingwood    28* (14b 2x4 2x6)      SB Styris    3-0-25-0

Paul Hitchcock back after one very expensive over,

13.1

Hitchcock to Shah, no run, back of a length and Shah defends

13.2

Hitchcock to Shah, 1 run, pushed to extra cover for a strolled single

13.3

Hitchcock to Collingwood, no run, outside off and Collingwood pulls out of the shot as it gets a bit big on him

13.4

Hitchcock to Collingwood, 1 run, driven from wide of off stump to long-off

A good recovery from Hitchcock.

13.5

Hitchcock to Shah, FOUR, kiss of death there ... full and no more than placed through the covers, no power but all about where he aimed it

13.6

Hitchcock to Shah, no run, slower ball completely deceives Shah who is left swinging at air

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 120/4 (RR: 8.57)
OA Shah    15* (18b 2x4)      PA Hitchcock    2-0-28-0
PD Collingwood    29* (16b 2x4 2x6)      TG Southee    4-0-22-2

Jesse Ryder on ... he got a wicket in his only over in Auckland.

14.1

Ryder to Collingwood, 1 run, steered to long-on

14.2

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, full, dug out and it bobbles to long-on

14.3

Ryder to Collingwood, 1 run, he follows Collingwood who moves to leg, he has to be content with a single into the leg side

14.4

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, Collingwood also moves to leg, again Ryder follows and the outcome is the same

14.5

Ryder to Collingwood, 1 run, wider outside off, driven to long-off

14.6

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, clip-swish to deep midwicket

I can't see McCullum taking him off after one over as he did on Tuesday.

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 126/4 (RR: 8.40)
OA Shah    18* (21b 2x4)      JD Ryder    1-0-6-0
PD Collingwood    32* (19b 2x4 2x6)      PA Hitchcock    2-0-28-0

Hitchcock gives way to Chris Martin.

15.1

Martin to Shah, 2 runs, an ugly heave and a thick inside edge goes to long leg

A very unShahlike shot. Such is Twenty20.

15.2

Martin to Shah, 1 run, very wide and full, squeezed to third man

getting chillier now the sun has disappeared ...

15.3

Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss but the shot is mistimed and dribbles to long-off

15.4

Martin to Shah, 1 run, firm drive beats a diving extra cover but long-off is wider to protect the short boundary

15.5

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, a big an early step to the off allows him to pull a full toss past a diving midwicket and there's no protection out there

15.6

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, pretty much the same, a shimmy to the off, a full toss, and this one goes to the left of midwicket and races away

Not Chris Martin's best day.

End of over 16 (13 runs) England 139/4 (RR: 8.68)
PD Collingwood    41* (22b 4x4 2x6)      CS Martin    4-0-45-1
OA Shah    22* (24b 2x4)      JD Ryder    1-0-6-0

16.1

Ryder to Shah, 2 runs, hammered to the right of long-on and How makes a superb diving stop. it bounced kindly but he did really well

16.2

Ryder to Shah, FOUR, deft and wristy paddle goes for a one-bounce four to fine leg

16.3

Ryder to Shah, SIX, super shot, driven off one knee over long-off .

16.4

Ryder to Shah, no run, driven into the ground and back to the bowler

16.5

Ryder to Shah, no run, Shah comes down the track, misses it and McCullum fumbles and misses a certain stumping ... he takes the bails off with his gloves and the crowd thinks he has been bowled ... as does Shah for a moment

16.6

Ryder to Shah, FOUR, driven high towards wide long-off, two fielders converge and it falls between them a yard from the rope as they hang back and bounces for four

End of over 17 (16 runs) England 155/4 (RR: 9.11)
OA Shah    38* (30b 4x4 1x6)      JD Ryder    2-0-22-0
PD Collingwood    41* (22b 4x4 2x6)      CS Martin    4-0-45-1

17.1

Mills to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss paddle-swept for a one-bounce four

One more run and Collingwood will overtake Pietersen as the highest run getter for England in Twenty20.

17.2

Mills to Collingwood, SIX, long hop gets exactly what it deserved, smashed high over square leg

17.3

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, heaved to deep midwicket

17.4

Mills to Shah, 1 run, wide and full, swinging wider and Shah has to really stretch to get anything on it, it dribbles into the off side for a scrambled single

17.5

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, a are off-side shot from Collingwood - it was so wide he had no choice - and well stopped by point as there was nobody behind him

17.6

Mills to Shah, 1 run, full toss swung along the ground to deep midwicket

End of over 18 (14 runs) England 169/4 (RR: 9.38)
OA Shah    40* (32b 4x4 1x6)      KD Mills    3-0-26-0
PD Collingwood    53* (26b 5x4 3x6)      JD Ryder    2-0-22-0

Again England have accelerated after a mid-innings lull. It's silenced the crowd somewhat. Duran Duran blasts out ...

18.1

Hitchcock to Shah, 1 run, wide, Shah steps back and thumps that to deep cover

18.2

Hitchcock to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss swung to deep midwicket ... that's almost a stock shot in Twenty20

18.3

Hitchcock to Shah, 1 wide, full but very wide

And that's the 500th wide in Twenty20 international cricket. Anoraks of the world unite.

18.3

Hitchcock to Shah, SIX, well caught by Fulton at deep midwicket but he can't stay inside the rope

18.4

Hitchcock to Shah, OUT, and it's a one-ball reprieve as Shah smacks the ball to Taylor at long-off ... he was right back on the boundary and had to check where his feet where after he had caught it

OA Shah c Taylor b Hitchcock 47 (36m 35b 4x4 2x6) SR: 134.28

excellent innings from Shah, 47 off 35 balls just when it was needed.

"He'll get out now," predicts someone here ...

18.5

Hitchcock to Collingwood, OUT, and he obliges ... short, he shapes to hit over long-on but seriously underclubs and the catch is taken ten yards inside the boundary

PD Collingwood c How b Hitchcock 54 (43m 28b 5x4 3x6) SR: 192.85

Collingwood grins as he heads off.

Hat-trick ball ...

18.6

Hitchcock to Mascarenhas, SIX, short, Mascarenhas steps back and uppercut-slap-slashes the ball into the crowd beyond backward point

A curate's egg of an over to end his curateish four overs.

End of over 19 (15 runs) England 184/6 (RR: 9.68)
AD Mascarenhas    6* (1b 1x6)      PA Hitchcock    3-0-43-2
GP Swann    0* (0b)      KD Mills    3-0-26-0

19.1

Mills to Swann, 1 wide, steps to off, he responds by banging the ball in ridiculously short, a wide is called, McCullum throws down the stumps. All the fun of the fair ...

19.1

Mills to Swann, 2 runs, pushed firmly to third man, enough time to scurry back for the second

19.2

Mills to Swann, 1 run, Swann steps to leg, Mills follows and fires one in at his feet which he does well to steer to backward point

19.3

Mills to Mascarenhas, FOUR, good delivery, in at the crease but Mascarenhas changes his intended shot and guides the ball to the third-man boundary

19.4

Mills to Mascarenhas, no run, he steps to leg and Mills fires it down the off side ... close to a wide

19.5

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, OUT, pushed from wide of the off stump to deep cover, Mascarenhas takes on Ryder's arm and loses by a foot. A really good throw as he was off balance and McCullum only had to gather and whip the bails off ..

AD Mascarenhas run out 11 (7m 4b 1x4 1x6) SR: 275.00

"That's a big wicket" roars one of the commentators on TV. One ball to go ... possibly not exactly massive.

19.6

Mills to Broad, OUT, Broad leans back and swats the ball high ... Ryder under it 15 yards inside the midwicket boundary hold the steepler

SCJ Broad c Ryder b Mills 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England have set another stiff target ... if New Zealand win it will be the second biggest Twenty20 chase in the format's brief existence. Join us in 20 minutes for the second half of the match.

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 193/8
     KD Mills    4-0-35-1
GP Swann    3* (2b)      PA Hitchcock    3-0-43-2
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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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Brendon McCullum looks aghast as Ryan Sidebottom strikes, New Zealand v England, 2nd Twenty20, Christchurch, February 7, 2008

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