England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand ODI Series - 1st ODI

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 120 balls remaining)

0.1

Mills to Cook, no run, a good start from Mills, Cook shuffling back and nudging this off the back foot. A touch of movement away from the left-hander

0.2

Mills to Cook, no run, fuller this time and he drives crisply to mid-off

0.3

Mills to Cook, no run, a good length outside off. Cook leaves it alone

0.4

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, driven down the ground for a couple. Neat stroke

0.5

Mills to Cook, no run, excellent ball from Mills - that's the length. Cook, on the back foot, nervously defends off the back foot

0.6

Mills to Cook, no run, well wide and left alone

England 2/0   KD Mills 1-0-2-0

2.1

Mills to Cook, 1 run, carved down to third man

2.2

Mills to Mustard, no run, ah, now that's well bowled from Mills, finding one to hold its line on Mustard who hides his bat behind the pad. A fullish, goodish length - more of that, please

2.3

Mills to Mustard, no run, ever so slightly shorter, Mustard angles to point

2.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, a swing and a miss! My word, he really laid into that with a great deal of humpty but was beaten by a touch of swing

2.5

Mills to Mustard, 2 wides, off his pads, I think? Down the leg side and it's called a wide; McCullum scampers like a crab to his right and does well to save four

2.5

Mills to Cook, no run, an ugly, cross-batted swat off the back foot

2.6

Mills to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump

England 5/0   KD Mills 2-0-5-0

4.1

Mills to Cook, 1 run, he's timed one! Rejoice! He might even get two for it...but Vettori flings himself to his right at mid-off and saves two. Excellent work

4.2

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, nudged out to mid-off again but Cook's dozing...and here comes the throw, but it's wild and wide

4.3

Mills to Cook, no run, this rises on Cook who defends to point

4.4

Mills to Cook, 1 run, a quality cut and well timed, but point flies to his right and saves four. Brilliant stuff from New Zealand

4.5

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, nudged out to point again, he calls Cook through for a tip-and-run single and here comes the throw but it's a little wide

4.6

Mills to Cook, 1 wide, left alone outside off

4.6

Mills to Cook, no run, hammered to the very short (in distance, not height) mid-off

England 12/0   KD Mills 3-0-10-0

6.1

Mills to Mustard, 1 wide, wide of the off stump and he tries to slash this through the covers, but misses it by miles. Oh, it's a wide. How marvellous

6.1

Mills to Mustard, no run, on the off stump and he defends out to point

6.2

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, it's a four! Rejoice! Mustard has four whole runs, neatly opening the face and guiding it down to third man. Nicely played

6.3

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, timed off the back foot into the covers

6.4

Mills to Cook, no run, cracked on the front foot

6.5

Mills to Cook, no run, driven out to mid-off

6.6

Mills to Cook, no run, got him! No! Will's got it wrong again. A fish-and-a-miss outside the off stump but only half an appeal from the bowler. McCullum wasn't interested at all

England 19/0   KD Mills 4-0-16-0

8.1

Mills to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, he swishes and misses

8.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, squared up by a good, straight delivery on his leg stump. He tried to work it through midwicket but got a thick outside edge to cover

8.3

Mills to Mustard, no run, he goes for an extravagant pull but inside edges it short of McCullum

8.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, that's well bowled. Full, straight and defended

8.5

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, a heavy bottom hand from Mustard, clumping this to mid-on

8.6

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, edged and dropped by McCullum! Cook was static in his crease, trying to crack this off the back foot but he got a thick edge which flew wide of McCullum. He dived spectacularly but couldn't quite hold on

England 31/0   KD Mills 5-0-20-0

10.1

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, steered behind square on the off for an easy one

10.2

Mills to Bell, no run, outside off, Bell rather cautiously forward and offers no shot

10.3

Mills to Bell, no run, Bell turns into the leg side, sets off as there was never a run there, but he slipped six yards down the track and really had to scramble rather hurriedly to get back to safety

10.4

Mills to Bell, no run, on his toes and played to backward point. No miscommunication this time as Bell yells "no" very loudly

10.5

Mills to Bell, no run, good length outside off, no shot

10.6

Mills to Bell, 1 run, pushed behind square on the leg side and Bell's off the mark

England 36/1   KD Mills 6-0-22-0

44.1

Mills to Broad, no run, played back to the bowler

44.2

Mills to Broad, no run, another delivery on the spot, Broad back and blocks once more

44.3

Mills to Broad, no run, driven crisply to extra cover

44.4

Mills to Broad, 1 run, worked to leg, midwicket races in from the deep to fire in a flat return

44.5

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, faster and fuller, Sidebottom blocks. He's became a really obdurate batsman as he showed in Sri Lanka before Christmas

44.6

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, angled quite deliberately to point

England 119/8   KD Mills 7-0-23-0

46.1

Mills to Broad, 1 run, worked into space on the leg side

46.2

Mills to Anderson, no run, slower ... much slower ... outside off and full, Anderson watches it pass

46.3

Mills to Anderson, no run, patted to extra cover who waits as it just about reaches him

46.4

Mills to Anderson, no run, no footwork, a loose drive, and he misses by some way

46.5

Mills to Anderson, no run, he is turned square as he looks to nurdle to leg, gets a leading edge and the ball trundles into the off side

46.6

Mills to Anderson, 1 run, pushed at the ball and gets a thick edge which heads off all along the ground to third man

England 122/9   KD Mills 8-0-25-0

48.1

Mills to Broad, 1 run, driven confidently to long-off

48.2

Mills to Anderson, no run, fractionally short, but not as short as Anderson thought, and he jumps back as befits a No.11 and plays into the off side

48.3

Mills to Anderson, 1 leg bye, banged in and Anderson ducks and takes the ball on the gloves ... it could have gone anywhere but it dropps into space on the off side and he is delighted to get down the other end

48.4

Mills to Broad, 1 run, clipped uppishly through midwicket but there's nobody there - they are all out deep for Broad in the final overs

48.5

Mills to Anderson, no run, slower ball, punched to cover

48.6

Mills to Anderson, no run, on leg stump, Anderson almost falls over as he tries to play it and ends up missing it by some way

England 127/9   KD Mills 9-0-27-0
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Christchurch - Feb 23, 2008
New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Napier - Feb 20, 2008
Match tied
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 15, 2008
England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Feb 12, 2008
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 107 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Feb 9, 2008
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 120 balls remaining)
More results »

Photos

Feb 9, 2008

Pulling his out: Ryan Sidebottom shows his frustration, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Wellington, February 9, 2008

Pulling his out: Ryan Sidebottom shows his frustration

© Getty Images

Feb 9, 2008

Stuart Broad claimed three consolation strikes, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Wellington, February 9, 2008

Stuart Broad claimed three consolation strikes

© Getty Images

All photos for this match | Galleries