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

Welcome back. It's another swift turnaround between innings, and we're ready to resume. New Zealand need a stiff 194 to draw level in the two-match series, and it'll be Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder to launch the run-chase. James Anderson has the new ball

0.1

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, width and a hint of late swing, but it's a half-volley length and slapped violently through point. Useful start for New Zealand ...

0.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, better. Outside off and through to the keeper

0.3

Anderson to Ryder, no run, tighter line, nipping back into the left-hander. Defended on off stump

0.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, short, too short, Mustard takes down the leg side as Ryder misses out on a pull

0.5

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, full length, angled towards leg stump and turned to midwicket

0.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, right up in the blockhole, McCullum drives but can't beat mid-off. Good finish to the over

Ryan Sidebottom, England's best bowler at Auckland, to share the new ball. A useful breeze across the ground to aid his inswinger

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (189 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.94)
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
JD Ryder    5* (5b 1x4)     

1.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, clipped off the toes, picked up at backward square

1.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, in the slot for the drive, outside off and bending back onto the middle of the bat. But mid-off intercepts

1.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, FOUR, too wide, and Ryder cashes in again. England are learning a bit about his strengths now, and that slashing drive is one of them

1.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, massive appeal, but a touch ambitious. Angling down leg, and an inside-edge as well

1.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, on the toes, whipped away with a flourish, fielded at deep square leg

1.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, outside off, shaping away from the right-hander, who leaves alone

End of over 2 (7 runs) New Zealand 12/0 (182 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.11)
BB McCullum    1* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-7-0
JD Ryder    11* (9b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, short, and bouncing into a scything cut. Sidebottom does well to field on the third-man boundary

2.2

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, driven into space in the covers

2.3

Anderson to Ryder, no run

2.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, clubbed into the covers again, but intercepted

2.5

Anderson to Ryder, OUT, a bit of width and Ryder is aiming too straight. This one is swung high into the air, three men converge on it in the covers, and Shah it is who clings on with outstretched hands. That's the breakthrough

JD Ryder c Shah b Anderson 12 (10m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

2.6

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, on the hips, and nudged away

End of over 3 (3 runs) New Zealand 15/1 (179 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.52)
BB McCullum    3* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-7-0

3.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, full length, shaping back into the right-hander, pushed carefully to mid-off

3.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, good-length inswinger, worked square with a clip off the toes

3.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, driven into the covers

3.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, pushed down the ground again, but this is a tight over

3.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, full toss, but Taylor can't cash in. Midwicket picks up a scything pull

3.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, OUT, outside off, a low full-toss, but that's inside-edged onto the stumps, and now New Zealand are in a lot of trouble. They needed their captain to go big, but he's gone now

BB McCullum b Sidebottom 5 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 19/2 (175 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 10.93)
     RJ Sidebottom    2-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor    2* (2b)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-1

4.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, turned off the hips with a closed face

Stuart Broad gets the signal to warm up ...

4.2

Anderson to How, 1 run, full length, speared into the toes, clipped firmly but without great placement to midwicket

4.3

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, average cricket all round there. A wild full toss, an ugly edged smear, and a loss of concentration from Collingwood at slip who fumbles his take

4.4

Anderson to Taylor, SIX, that's travelled many a mile! Right in the slot for Taylor, who swings effortlessly over cow corner and all the way into the stands

4.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, exaggerated forward defensive

4.6

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, cracking shot, Anderson serves up a slower ball, and Taylor responds with a bullet-like slog-sweep that pierces the leg-side field, all along the ground as well

A better over for New Zealand. Here's Stuart Broad

End of over 5 (14 runs) New Zealand 33/2 (161 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 10.73)
LRPL Taylor    15* (7b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-22-1
JM How    1* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-11-1

5.1

Broad to How, no run, nice start, outswinger, outside off stump and bending around the edge of a tentative drive

5.2

Broad to How, 3 runs, short, and swung away into no-man's land at midwicket. Safe enough

5.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off, and a thumping cut bobbles down into the crease, as Mustard rushes up to field

5.4

Broad to Taylor, SIX, massive! That's the biggest six of the night by a distance, and sails into the advertising hoardings below the top tier of the grandstand. Lovely strike

5.5

Broad to Taylor, OUT, that's the way to respond. A slower ball, wider as well, Taylor is looking to hit leg-side again, but instead scoops a simple chance to Ian Bell, running back in the covers

LRPL Taylor c Bell b Broad 21 (13m 10b 1x4 2x6) SR: 210.00

Trouble for New Zealand. Here's Scott Styris

5.6

Broad to How, no run, good length to finish the over, defended on off stump

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 42/3 (152 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.85)
JM How    4* (4b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-9-1
SB Styris    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    3-0-22-1

Dimitri Mascarenhas into the attack

6.1

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, angled down the leg side, raps the pad but never close enough to justify the appeal

6.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, leg side again, worked off the toes

6.3

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, finds the gap, but New Zealand need more than singles

6.4

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, pushed into the covers, and a quick single ensues

6.5

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, more tip-and-run, another one notched off

6.6

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, outside off. An eager slash, but Mustard takes well

Graeme Swann's turn to join the attack.

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/3 (148 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 11.38)
SB Styris    2* (4b)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-4-0
JM How    6* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-9-1

7.1

Swann to How, 1 run, that's a good start, looped onto a good length, and pushed back down the pitch

7.2

Swann to Styris, 1 run, teasing pace and length, fielded at mid-on

7.3

Swann to How, FOUR, cracking strike, not a lot wrong with the ball, but How was into position early, and his sweep perfectly bisected the two leg-side fielders

7.4

Swann to How, no run, defended this time

7.5

Swann to How, 1 run, another well-timed sweep, but straight to deep square leg this time

7.6

Swann to Styris, 1 run, attempted nurdle off the back foot, no power behind the shot but finds the gap nonetheless

A tidy start, and NZ now require almost two a ball

End of over 8 (8 runs) New Zealand 54/3 (140 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 11.66)
SB Styris    4* (6b)      GP Swann    1-0-8-0
JM How    12* (10b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-4-0

8.1

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, driven airily into the covers, but bounces short of the fielder

8.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, pulled into space at midwicket

8.3

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, checked drive, into the covers

8.4

Mascarenhas to Styris, SIX, what a strike! That sweep is proving profitable, although this was more of a well-timed flick, into the gap at square leg, and all the way over the rope

8.5

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, on a good length, and driven uppishly through the covers

8.6

Mascarenhas to How, FOUR, back of a length, and that's a genuine outside edge. Mascarenhas throws his hands up in disgust, but Mustard can't cut that off

End of over 9 (13 runs) New Zealand 67/3 (127 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 11.54)
JM How    17* (12b 2x4)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-17-0
SB Styris    12* (10b 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-8-0

9.1

Broad to Styris, no run, outside off, and no timing on an attempted pull

9.2

Broad to Styris, no run, short, Styris tries to pull but the ball gets big on him, and very nearly carries all the way back to a diving Broad in his followthrough

9.3

Broad to Styris, 1 run, shovelled into the covers, picked up at mid-off

9.4

Broad to How, no run, into position for the drive, but cut off in the covers again

9.5

Broad to How, 2 runs, Styris makes room early, but Broad spots him going and bangs in short. A toe-ended cut rolls out to deep point

9.6

Broad to How, 1 run, full length and clipped into the leg side

That's the end of the tenth over. Here's Martin Williamson

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 71/3 (123 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 12.30)
JM How    20* (15b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-1
SB Styris    13* (13b 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-17-0

10.1

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, flicked to midwicket

10.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, OUT, wide, he slashes but gets a thick edge and Sidebottom at deepish backward point holds a routine catch

SB Styris c Sidebottom b Mascarenhas 13 (15m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 92.85

10.3

Mascarenhas to Fulton, no run, a push and a miss

10.4

Mascarenhas to Fulton, no run, weak push-drive back to Mascarenhas who fields to his right

10.5

Mascarenhas to Fulton, 1 run, gently driven to long-on

10.6

Mascarenhas to How, 2 leg byes, swings across the line, a roared appeal and a leg bye. it hit him just outside the line of off stump, a good call from Billy B

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 75/4 (119 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 13.22)
JM How    21* (17b 2x4)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-19-1
PG Fulton    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-1

11.1

Swann to Fulton, 1 run, wristy flick to deep midwicket

11.2

Swann to How, 2 runs, inside-out drive skims inches wide of extra cover, long-off has to move smartly round but cannot prevent the two

11.3

Swann to How, no run, a really limp reverse sweep barely gets off the cut strip

11.4

Swann to How, 1 run, swept to deep square leg

11.5

Swann to Fulton, OUT, another sweep but no real power and it's catching practice for Anderson at deep square leg

PG Fulton c Anderson b Swann 2 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

11.6

Swann to How, 1 run, flicked past midwicket who should have done better

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 80/5 (114 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 14.25)
JM How    25* (21b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-0-13-1
DR Flynn    0* (0b)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-19-1

12.1

Mascarenhas to How, 2 runs, dropped a swing and top edge goes high into the night sky, Sidebottom hurtles in from the backward point boundary, dives full length but just fails to cling on

12.2

Mascarenhas to How, no run, misses one outside off stump

12.3

Mascarenhas to How, FOUR, leans back and really thumps that through the covers, it fizzes across the turf

12.4

Mascarenhas to How, OUT, he shuffles to the off and loses his leg stump

JM How b Mascarenhas 31 (33m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 124.00

12.5

Mascarenhas to Mills, no run, pushed defensively into the off side

12.6

Mascarenhas to Mills, no run, again little more than a defensive poke into the covers

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 86/6 (108 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 15.42)
KD Mills    0* (2b)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-25-2
DR Flynn    0* (0b)      GP Swann    2-0-13-1

13.1

Swann to Flynn, 1 run, completely bottom-handed flick into the leg side

13.2

Swann to Mills, SIX, half volley thumped a long way into the stand behind midwicket ... a small ground but that was six anywhere you care to mention

13.3

Swann to Mills, 1 run, driven to the left of a diving Swann

13.4

Swann to Flynn, OUT, driven to deep cover, Wright takes a routine catch at the third attempt and then grins sheepishly

DR Flynn c Wright b Swann 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

13.5

Swann to Mills, 1 run, flicked to deep midwicket

13.6

Swann to Hitchcock, no run, attempts a steer to third man but misses one that turns not a jot

End of over 14 (9 runs) New Zealand 95/7 (99 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 16.50)
PA Hitchcock    0* (1b)      GP Swann    3-0-22-2
KD Mills    8* (5b 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-25-2

Broad back for his second burst.

14.1

Broad to Mills, FOUR, steps back and flat bats the ball high over Billy Bowden who gets another excuse to take centre stage. As if he needs one

14.2

Broad to Mills, no run, steps to leg, Broad goes down the off side and the swing is nowhere near it

14.3

Broad to Mills, no run, a swing and a miss

14.4

Broad to Mills, 1 no ball, short outside off stump, another swing misses by some way but it's a no-ball as tit's the second bouncer of the over

14.4

Broad to Mills, 1 run, inswinging yorker, not dug out to much as slogged out, a thick inside edge into the pads and the ball dribbles into the off side

14.5

Broad to Hitchcock, no run, much slower one deceives Hitchcock who realises he has been done early and pulls out of the shot

14.6

Broad to Hitchcock, no run, early on an attempted pull, the ball cannons into the covers off his pads

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 101/7 (93 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 18.60)
PA Hitchcock    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-19-1
KD Mills    13* (10b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-22-2

15.1

Swann to Mills, 2 runs, full toss driven straight down the ground but not with enough power to beats the outfielders

15.2

Swann to Mills, 1 run, pushed through extra cover

15.3

Swann to Hitchcock, 1 run, one-kneed swing-drive past Swann

15.4

Swann to Mills, 2 runs, swung over midwicket but that area is well guarded in the deep

15.5

Swann to Mills, 1 run, opens the face and drives square through the covers

15.6

Swann to Hitchcock, 1 run, heaved along the ground to deep midwicket

In this format deep midwicket is a crucial fielding position ...

End of over 16 (8 runs) New Zealand 109/7 (85 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 21.25)
PA Hitchcock    2* (5b)      GP Swann    4-0-30-2
KD Mills    19* (14b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-19-1

16.1

Broad to Hitchcock, SIX, he steps to leg and launches the ball for six over cover. Broad looks bemused but it was a super shot. Only five more of those this over and we might have a game

16.2

Broad to Hitchcock, no run, slower ball, he gets in a muddle and the ball dribbles to Mustard

16.3

Broad to Hitchcock, 1 run, short and wide, he toe-ends the ball behind square on the off

16.4

Broad to Mills, 1 run, nurdled with little power to midwicket

16.5

Broad to Hitchcock, FOUR, lovely footwork, he shimmied to leg and drove the ball through extra cover

Why is he batting below How - and others - in the NZ order. One of life's mysteries

16.6

Broad to Hitchcock, no run, undone by a change of pace and much too early with an intended pull

End of over 17 (12 runs) New Zealand 121/7 (73 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.11, RRR: 24.33)
PA Hitchcock    13* (10b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-31-1
KD Mills    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-30-2

Here's Ryan Sidebottom.

17.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, a big stride to leg but Sidebottom fires in a yorker-length delivery two feet outside off and there's no way he can get a bat on that

17.2

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, another yorker, this time straight, Mills again gives himself room and manages to squirt the ball to backward point

Sidebottom aborts as he sees the batsman shuffling around the crease ... he trudges back muttering and sets off again ...

17.3

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, OUT, full and straight, a swing across the line, a miss and an uprooted middle stump

PA Hitchcock b Sidebottom 13 (14m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 118.18

The crowd are heading home. It's very cold and they've seen enough. It's like watching Newcastle's stands empty when Big Sam was in charge.

17.4

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, driven to mid-off who has come up for the tailender

17.5

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, full and down the leg side. had he stood where he was it would have been a wide, as it was it passed between batsman and stumps and Mustard made a tidy stop

17.6

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, he follows the batsman who can get no power into the shot and Sidebottom fields

A great over at this stage of a Twenty20 match ... one wicket, one run, four dot balls.

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 122/8 (72 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.77, RRR: 36.00)
TG Southee    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-12-2
KD Mills    21* (17b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-31-1

James Anderson back ...

18.1

Anderson to Mills, FOUR, inside edge beats a diving Mustard. It was down the leg but the batsman had moved way outside the line to play it

18.2

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, he's going to be treading on square-leg's toes if he moves any more to the on side ... Anderson follows and cramps him up

18.3

Anderson to Southee, FOUR, a swipe over midwicket from a yard outside leg

Bowden still commanding as much camera time as his antics can guarantee.

18.4

Anderson to Southee, no run, way down the leg side - about five feet - but he was only following where the batsman was heading, Mustard takes a low one that scoots through to him

18.5

Anderson to Southee, FOUR, clipped off his pads from a yard outside leg to the square boundary which is unprotected

18.6

Anderson to Southee, 1 run, finally Anderson aims for the stumps and that allows Southee to free his arms and drive square on the off side

"Sidebottom's combined series stats are 6.2-0-28-5. Who says this is a batsman's game?" says Andrew Miller from out in the ether.

End of over 19 (14 runs) New Zealand 136/8 (58 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.15, RRR: 58.00)
TG Southee    9* (7b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-36-1
KD Mills    26* (19b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-12-2

19.1

Sidebottom to Southee, 1 run, turned to backward square leg who is on the edge of the circle

Still the fans head into the night ...

19.2

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, driven to deep cover

19.3

Sidebottom to Southee, 1 run, squeezed to third man

19.4

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, driven to extra cover

It's almost silent now ... those that remain are beyond caring, which is understandable.

19.5

Sidebottom to Southee, 1 run, full and at his feet, patted to extra cover

19.6

Sidebottom to Mills, 2 runs, full and straight, Mascarenhas at extra cover could have got there and would have had the match been on the line, as it is he allows the ball to bumble to long-off

Well, that's the end of another disappointing match, although it contained some good cricket earlier on. For the second time England have posted a score too large for New Zealand's batsmen and although it's early days, you have to worry about the home side in the one-day series to come. New Zealand are in transition after recent retirements and it has to be hoped that rumours one or two more players are on their way are not accurate.

As the remaining spectators head into the cold night, that's all from us for today. Join us again on Saturday at 2.00pm (0100GMT) for the first match in the five-game ODI series. Until then it's goodnight from Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller.

End of over 20 (7 runs) New Zealand 143/8 (51 runs required)
KD Mills    30* (22b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-19-2
TG Southee    12* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-36-1
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Christchurch - Feb 7, 2008
England won by 50 runs
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 5, 2008
England won by 32 runs
More results »

Photos

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

© Getty Images

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

© Getty Images

All photos for this match | Galleries