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)

Here we go. Cook to face Mills

Good to hear a number of Brits are awake with us today. "Me and my mate Chris have got a fridge full of Stella to keep us going through the early hours tonight!" says Simon Possee. Disgraceful behaviour, but crack on.

Right, we're moments away from getting underway here. It's Will here - do keep your comments coming in. Boil your kettles and charge your glasses.

1.40pm There is a breeze blowing across the ground and the pitch looks to be good ... with a quick outfield and a short boundary, this should be a runfest.

"No wonder its empty, its $40 to get in," emails Quintin. If he thinks that's expensive, stay away from England where tickets at The Oval are as much as £103 - that's about NZ$250.

1.35pm There are plenty of empty seats, so hopefully everyone is leaving it till the last minute. Loads of emails coming in, from Andy working in a lighting shop outside the ground to Paul snowed in in Montana to Tom armed with Red Bull and a radio in Manchester. Welcome and and all.

In the meantime, why not join in with our Fantasy Cricket game if that's what turns you on.

1.30pm England have won the toss and will bat. Paul Collingwood makes all the rigtht polite noises about the drop-in pitch and seems to be brimming with confidence. Cook in for Wright, Bopara for Mascarenhas from the side that romped the Twenty20s. Daniel Vettori admits he thinks the pitch will turn a bit and that's why Jeetan Patel is included in the New Zealand XI.

12.55pm Hello, good afternoon and welcome. Tēnā koutou and kia ora to one and all. Will Luke here, bristling with enthusiasm and looking forward to guiding you through the first one-dayer between New Zealand and England in windy Wellington. I'll shortly be joined by Martin Williamson, and hope you'll stick with us for the next few hours' of incisive, wise and occasionally witty commentary. Do drop us a line, wherever you're reading from - be it from the duvet or Dunedin - and we'll have team and weather news for you shortly.

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

Some of his team-mates (or do I mean us, the media?) call him the handbrake...

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

There are a grand total of 17 people in the crowd. Pretty packed, then

0.6

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

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AN Cook    2* (6b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0
P Mustard    0* (0b)     

Immediately around the wicket for Martin

1.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, on his legs, Mustard nudges it to midwicket

1.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, again on his legs, again Mustard nudges; again he finds midwicket

1.3

Martin to Mustard, no run, Mustard tries to clatter this through the covers but the bat twizzles in his hands and Martin fields smartly in his follow-through

1.4

Martin to Mustard, no run, again he unleashes a cover drive but inside-edges to the leg side

1.5

Martin to Mustard, no run, a touch of bounce from Martin, and a much better line which rises on Mustard who defends confidently off the back foot

1.6

Martin to Mustard, no run, rapped on the pads and a decent shout but it's going over. Much better line

End of over 2 (maiden) England 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
P Mustard    0* (6b)      CS Martin    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      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

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 1.66)
AN Cook    3* (9b)      KD Mills    2-0-5-0
P Mustard    0* (9b)      CS Martin    1-1-0-0

Andy reports a steady stream of people going past his lighting shop including kids with a crate of beer. So the ground should starting filling up, albeit with legless teenagers

3.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, well wide of the off stump and ignored

Not exactly an electric start by England, this. Good opening few overs from New Zealand

3.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, a fuller delivery angling into the left-hander who ignores it, shouldering arms

"Back in Lille with the scratchy long wave crackling out TMS - what more could a girl want in life?" asks Emma from a lovely part of France.

3.3

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, clunked out on the front foot but without timing

3.4

Martin to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

3.5

Martin to Cook, no run, neatly timed off the back foot

3.6

Martin to Cook, 1 run, carved off the back foot down to third man

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 7/0 (RR: 1.75)
AN Cook    4* (12b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0
P Mustard    1* (12b)      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

Mustard's pads look like a pair of pillows. What a winner

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

He is a livewire

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

This is a very fine start from New Zealand, it really is.

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 2.40)
AN Cook    6* (16b)      KD Mills    3-0-10-0
P Mustard    3* (14b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0

5.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, elegantly driven...but with absolutely no placement, or indeed power

5.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, a touch of swing into Mustard who comes onto the front foot, driving to mid-off

5.3

Martin to Mustard, no run, defended to point and again it's a dot ball

5.4

Martin to Mustard, no run, full, angling into the left-hander's middle stump and he's right behind it, defending it as though this is a six-day Test match

5.5

Martin to Mustard, no run, again firmly blocked out. An excellent ball on the off stump

Maiden over? web stats

5.6

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, defended to point and Cook is awake, alive to the single and they get it comfortably

End of over 6 (1 run) England 13/0 (RR: 2.16)
P Mustard    4* (20b)      CS Martin    3-1-3-0
AN Cook    6* (16b)      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

Still awake in the UK, you mad Brits? I do hope so

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

Styris went wide...at first slip. Hark.

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

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 2.71)
AN Cook    6* (19b)      KD Mills    4-0-16-0
P Mustard    9* (23b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-1-3-0

7.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, oh hello, what's he doing here? Fuller, and it doesn't really get up on Mustard but he tries to pull it and gets an inside edge. McCullum does well to save four

7.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, left alone outside off. A little bit of movement back into the left hander off the seam

7.3

Martin to Mustard, 2 runs, elegantly flicked by Mustard through the midwicket region, and he times it well for two

You know you're covering a New Zealand game when people like Monkey write in. "I am a monkey pirate who has travelled across the mighty seas," he says, "and I must say that your commentary is some of the best I have ever read." Thank you very much indeed. Wibble.

7.4

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, clumped on the front foot to cover - who misfields! Not his fault; it's the pitch which is entirely to blame, and he's nutmugged to allow them through for a single

7.5

Martin to Cook, 1 run, clunked into the covers. Cook yells "yeh yeh", which Mustard correctly interprets as reason to run

7.6

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, inside edge for four! That was mighty close. Mustard was too late on this fuller delivery which cut back into him, and came tentatively forward, inside-edging it past his off stump

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 27/0 (RR: 3.37)
P Mustard    16* (28b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-1-11-0
AN Cook    7* (20b)      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

"I slept the whole day just [to follow] this match with you guys..." says Awais. Oh dear.

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

This might, you know, be a good start for England. It's hardly riveting batting, but the bowling has been tight and straight and although it's a fine pitch, they're finding it very hard to time the ball

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

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 31/0 (RR: 3.44)
AN Cook    10* (23b)      KD Mills    5-0-20-0
P Mustard    17* (31b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-1-11-0

Martin remains around the wicket, as he has done for his entire spell

9.1

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, on the off stump, dropped out to cover. Well run

9.2

Martin to Cook, 1 run, Cook steps to leg and defends - and that's very well run indeed

"Yes, the commentary is wonderful," says Robbo. "I'm going to dictate it to my flatmate who hates cricket." Excellent idea. The revolution starts here...

9.3

Martin to Mustard, 1 leg bye, cautiously defended on the back foot to leg and although he can't time it, they nevertheless scamper through for a single

9.4

Martin to Cook, no run, very slow, and it comes even slower off the pitch. Cook waits and waits for it, cutting to point

9.5

Martin to Cook, OUT, bowled him! Cook stepped to leg a little and it cut back off the seam - also keeping a little low - and crept through the gate

AN Cook b Martin 11 (42m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.30

Well that's the breakthrough New Zealand have been looking for. Cook and Mustard were going pretty well in the circumstances, taking quick singles, but New Zealand are on top now

9.6

Martin to Bell, no run, ignored outside off

Here's Martin Williamson, who is absolutely up for it.

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 34/1 (RR: 3.40)
IR Bell    0* (1b)      CS Martin    5-1-13-1
P Mustard    18* (33b 2x4)      KD Mills    5-0-20-0

Thanks Will. Rather oddly, like a pregnant woman with an weird food fetish, he has disappeared to make himself some porridge. As you do when you are watching cricket. My wife ate coal when she was expecting. Anyhow, a solid start by England and predictions that this would be a run fest have so far proved optimistic. Powerplay No. 2 signalled.

10.1

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

Lots of running around as left hander gives way to right hander.

We also have heavy bails in place as the wind is really starting to blow.

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

Andy from the Wellington lighting store warns he's on his way down to the ground: "Look out for the couple in St George jumpsuits surrounded by Beige Brigade supporters ... we'll be drunker, louder, and better looking than all of them too." A warm welcome awaits I am sure.

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 36/1 (RR: 3.27)
IR Bell    1* (6b)      KD Mills    6-0-22-0
P Mustard    19* (34b 2x4)      CS Martin    5-1-13-1

Jerry notes I wrote a "weird foot fetishes". I might have been thinking of something else ... I meant food!

11.1

Martin to Bell, no run, pushed up to mid-off

11.2

Martin to Bell, no run, short outside off, Bell leans back and plays a pretty nasty Twenty20-type heave aiming to thump the ball over midwicket ... and misses

11.3

Martin to Bell, no run, lovely diving stop by Oram at backward point, one handed and he is agile enough to have a shy at the bowler's end

11.4

Martin to Bell, no run, turned to midwicket with a shout of "wait on" and wait on they both did

11.5

Martin to Bell, FOUR, pulled over midwicket off the front foot, no attempt to keep the ball down and he clears the infielders

The first boundary in front of the wicket.

11.6

Martin to Bell, no run, two steps down the pitch to meet the delivery, pushed to cover

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 40/1 (RR: 3.33)
IR Bell    5* (12b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-1-17-1
P Mustard    19* (34b 2x4)      KD Mills    6-0-22-0

Darryl emails; "Masceranhas has been the biggest factor between the sides in the Twnety20's and they leave him out the first one dayer ...for Ravi Bopara who has a grand total of 8 runs from his last four international innings." Who ever said selectors followed logic? Here comes Jacob Oram.

12.1

Oram to Mustard, no run, defensive push with an open face straight to backward point

12.2

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, he seemed to hit that hard but it barely dribbled into the covers, between fielders which allowed the single

12.3

Oram to Bell, no run, poked into the covers

"Not a bad crowd," chirps one of the local TV commentators. Not bad? What, for a club game? There is hope that it will fill up later, so it should get better.

12.4

Oram to Bell, no run, left alone

12.5

Oram to Bell, 1 leg bye, thuds into his pads, a loud appeal from behind the stumps but Oram more interested in fielding the ball which dribbles into the leg side

It was heading down leg ...

12.6

Oram to Mustard, no run, tries to run the ball to third man but gets all cramped up and the ball ends up nestled at his feet

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 42/1 (RR: 3.23)
P Mustard    20* (37b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0
IR Bell    5* (15b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-1-17-1

A delay as Bell changes his boots ...

13.1

Martin to Bell, OUT, a very loose drive, a thick inside edge diverts the ball from wide outside off stump into the stumps

IR Bell b Martin 5 (17m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

That makes things a bit more interesting. Kevin Pietersen walks out to a remarkably warm welcome ...

13.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, wide and full, a flamboyant drive fielded by extra cover. A loud cheer as momentarily the crowd thought it was a catch

Another delay as an errant balloon is chased down by security.

13.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, full toss driven to mid-off

You suspect if he gets one of those once he has settled he might not treat it so tamely.

13.4

Martin to Pietersen, no run, well forward, an angled bat and backward point fields

13.5

Martin to Pietersen, no run, slightly short, Pietersen on his toes to defend

13.6

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, banged in and Pietersen slightly surprised, jerking his head back and he pulls into the leg side, almost defensively rather than trying to hit the cover off it

End of over 14 (1 run) England 43/2 (RR: 3.07)
KP Pietersen    1* (5b)      CS Martin    7-1-18-2
P Mustard    20* (37b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0

Oram aborts his run-in for the second time in as many overs. Back he goes and starts again ...

14.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked off middle-and-leg to deep midwicket

14.2

Oram to Mustard, no run, pushed a few feet into the leg side, Mustard sets off and then stops, Pietersen left slightly at sea and he has to dive back to beat an underarm at the stumps

14.3

Oram to Mustard, no run, angled into the slips but not into a gap

14.4

Oram to Mustard, 2 runs, premeditated cross-batted heave, he has some luck as a thick bottom edge squirts behind square on the leg side

14.5

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, defended with soft hands up to mid-on, by killing the pace on the ball it was an easy single in the end

14.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pushed defensively into the covers

That's a drinks break ... time for some more emails. We have yet to have any feedback from Russia ... anyone out there ... drop us a line if you are somewhere very odd.

Jonty disputes the corwd size. "I had a look at the attendance on TV and for Wellington it is quite good. The stadium does look emptier though with the glaring yellow vacant seats. I have always thought the seat colours should be similar to those of the Gabba where they are multicoloured, so a smallish crowd doesn't look as bad on TV."

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 47/2 (RR: 3.13)
KP Pietersen    2* (7b)      JDP Oram    2-0-5-0
P Mustard    23* (41b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-1-18-2

The third and final Powerplay is taken

15.1

Martin to Mustard, 2 runs, flicked to deep midwicket, a relay of fielders cannot prevent the second

Our man at the game in Antigua and doing live BBB commentary from the Stanford 20/20 has just been interrupted and asked for a TV interview. And all I get is porridge ...

15.2

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, jags back, he opens the face of the bat and chops it down to short third man

15.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, Pietersen waits and drives hard to mid-on

15.4

Martin to Pietersen, no run, slower and wider, not timed and the ball bobbles back to the bowler

15.5

Martin to Pietersen, no run, good delivery treated with the utmost respect

15.6

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, straight drive past the bowler, Pietersen quick to see mid-on dawdling and yells for the single which Mustard is up for

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 51/2 (RR: 3.18)
KP Pietersen    3* (11b)      CS Martin    8-1-22-2
P Mustard    26* (43b 2x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-5-0

Ammunition for those who claim Wellington is in a time warp ... Georgy Girl by The Seekers blasts out of the PA. Yes, I am that old to remember 1968 hits!

16.1

Oram to Pietersen, 2 runs, straight drive down the ground for a well-run couple

16.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left with a real flourish, as only Pietersen can. He somehow makes a leave look entertaining

16.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the leg side

16.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, defended into the ground

16.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slow and very wide, Pietersen was clearly tempted, seemed to start after it and thought better of it

16.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, paddled to midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 53/2 (RR: 3.11)
KP Pietersen    5* (17b)      JDP Oram    3-0-7-0
P Mustard    26* (43b 2x4)      CS Martin    8-1-22-2

"Not especially exotic," emails the understated Andy, "but keeping up with the score while radio-tracking birds in a Thailand rain forest." How is that not exotic? And how exactly do you track birds while following the cricket? Scott Styris into the attack ...

17.1

Styris to Mustard, no run, round the wicket, flat and angled into the left hander

17.2

Styris to Mustard, no run, same line, flat and hard to get away ... defended to point

17.3

Styris to Mustard, no run, even flatter, pushed back to the left of Styris who is quickly across

17.4

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, tip and run to point, they were both on the same wavelength and the single was easy

"Of course I'm here sir," says Vaibhav from Russia. "By the way, you never take message from Russia, why you missing me today so much?" Erm. We're not. Styris and Vettori have a long chat and then the field changes a bit for KP.

17.5

Styris to Pietersen, no run, turned into the on side

17.6

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped on the walk to long-on

A good start from Styris. Phadindra Bhattarai asks if China is odd enough. No. But it gets you a name check.

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 55/2 (RR: 3.05)
KP Pietersen    6* (19b)      SB Styris    1-0-2-0
P Mustard    27* (47b 2x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-7-0

18.1

Oram to Pietersen, OUT, that's the big one ... Pietersen drags the ball into his stumps from wide as he shapes to play into the leg side and the crowd goes wild

KP Pietersen b Oram 6 (25m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

18.2

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, a thick edge as he plays off the back foot, quite safe and third man fields

18.3

Oram to Mustard, no run, back and defends

"Hello Comrades. My name is Ivan and I am from Russia. I like cricket, and also the deep humour of the commentators," email Ivan. Except he does so from a new Zealand email address. Nice try.

18.4

Oram to Mustard, no run, short, it sits up and Mustard has to wait and wait before paddling it tennis-style into the leg side

Surely that was a wide ... he played it from about a foot above his head

Oram warned for running down the wicket and he's not happy as that was his first delivery from round the wicket. Lots of scowling from bowler and captain.

18.5

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, pushed firmly to mid-off and another well-run single. They might be crucial in what looks as if it will be a low-scoring single.

18.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the on side and cover fields on the bounce

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 57/3 (RR: 3.00)
PD Collingwood    1* (2b)      JDP Oram    4-0-9-1
P Mustard    28* (50b 2x4)      SB Styris    1-0-2-0

Back to the 60s again with The Turtles Happy Together on the PA

19.1

Styris to Mustard, no run, pushed into the off side, defensively

19.2

Styris to Mustard, no run, a more ambitious drive but right at mid-off

19.3

Styris to Mustard, no run, flat and accurate from round the wicket, nothing for Mustard to get hold of

19.4

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, slightly short, Mustard pulls with power and timing but slap-bang to deep midwicket

19.5

Styris to Collingwood, 2 runs, drifting to leg, Collingwood turns it round the corner fine enough to allow him to come back for the second

19.6

Styris to Collingwood, no run, driven gently to cover

And that ends the thrills and spills we have all come to associate with Powerplays.

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 60/3 (RR: 3.00)
PD Collingwood    3* (4b)      SB Styris    2-0-5-0
P Mustard    29* (54b 2x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-9-1

20.1

Oram to Mustard, no run, outside off, Mustard looks to cut the ball to third man but the ball goes over the top edge

20.2

Oram to Mustard, no run, dropped into the leg side but Oram quick to pounce in his follow thorugh

20.3

Oram to Mustard, no run, a rather desperate pull ends up with mid-on

Excellent pressure from New Zealand. Vettori sets a challenge as he has his field in almost daring the batsmen to have a go.

20.4

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, clipped to leg with a shout of two, but deep midwicket in very quickly

20.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, defensive poke into the off side

20.6

Oram to Collingwood, FOUR, top edge as he cuts and it neatly bisects keeper and second slip ... a big gap and his luck was in

Andy sets a poser. "What's better money spent - going to the game for $40, or watching it at the pub with $40 of beer, or just pleasing the girlfriend and going bowling ...?" I guess it depends what the beer is and whose girlfriend it is ...

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 65/3 (RR: 3.09)
PD Collingwood    7* (6b 1x4)      JDP Oram    5-0-14-1
P Mustard    30* (58b 2x4)      SB Styris    2-0-5-0

21.1

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, poked into the on side, the close fields descends collectively on the ball but can't prevent the single

21.2

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped inches short of Ross Taylor at midwicket, off the bottom of the bat and Taylor's dive almost results in a sensational one-handed catch

21.3

Styris to Mustard, OUT, he plays all round a ball angled in with the arm, a nothing shot and his vigil comes to an end. The pressure applied by the captain and his parsimonious bowlers finally does for Mustard

P Mustard b Styris 31 (101m 60b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.66

21.4

Styris to Shah, no run, straight and McCullum likes that. "Yeh, Scotty, that's it Scotty"

21.5

Styris to Shah, no run, nagging line, open-faced shot to point

21.6

Styris to Shah, no run, patted to shortish midwicket

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 67/4 (RR: 3.04)
OA Shah    0* (3b)      SB Styris    3-0-7-1
PD Collingwood    8* (7b 1x4)      JDP Oram    5-0-14-1

22.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, edgy drive squeezes to point

22.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, pushed gently to midwicket

22.3

Oram to Collingwood, no run, back and patted to extra cover

"New Caledonia! Cricinfo is the only way I can follow the cricket from here, so I enjoy your service a lot," emails Colin Millar. Will goes to hunt out his schoolboy atlas to work out exactly where that is.

22.4

Oram to Collingwood, no run, a period of consolidation ... defended on merit

22.5

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, short and pulled to midwicket, he had to wait for that as it was slower of this surface than he expected

22.6

Oram to Shah, no run, outside off, straight as an arrow, Shah plays well inside the line

End of over 23 (1 run) England 68/4 (RR: 2.95)
OA Shah    0* (4b)      JDP Oram    6-0-15-1
PD Collingwood    9* (12b 1x4)      SB Styris    3-0-7-1

"Good morning, how about Brunei Darussalam... got anybody from there apart from me?" asks Susikumar. Nope, no idea where it is either ...

23.1

Styris to Collingwood, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover

23.2

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, placed drive to mid-on

23.3

Styris to Shah, no run, pushed to short cover

Mid-on drops deeper

23.4

Styris to Shah, no run, driven to short midwicket

23.5

Styris to Shah, no run, seams back slightly and Shah defends

23.6

Styris to Shah, no run, too close to allow him to free his arms, he can only pat it back to the bowler

End of over 24 (1 run) England 69/4 (RR: 2.87)
OA Shah    0* (8b)      SB Styris    4-0-8-1
PD Collingwood    10* (14b 1x4)      JDP Oram    6-0-15-1

A loud cheer as Vettori brings himself on to bowl.

24.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, more air than perhaps expected, driven to deepish mid-on

24.2

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, checked drive beats extra cover and that allows the ambled single

24.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, too full, clipped off his toes square on the leg side

24.4

Vettori to Shah, no run, wrsity drive and photogenic follow through but no run as extra cover fields

24.5

Vettori to Shah, FOUR, lovely footwork and he really hammers that back past the bowler, it goes like the proverbial rocket

24.6

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, more respect for the last ball of the over, defended very watchfully into space which allows the single

And now because he's moaning like a small child, here's Will Luke again.

End of over 25 (8 runs) England 77/4 (RR: 3.08)
OA Shah    6* (12b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-8-0
PD Collingwood    12* (16b 1x4)      SB Styris    4-0-8-1

25.1

Styris to Shah, no run, tries to work this to the leg side but misses

25.2

Styris to Shah, no run, defends on the front foot

25.3

Styris to Shah, 2 runs, tries to sweep this around the corner but can't time it. Styris roars an unlikely appeal

25.4

Styris to Shah, 1 run, tries to hit this over long-on, working it from outside the off stump and it spoons up in the air..but Martin is deep on the long-on boundary and it falls short

25.5

Styris to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-off

25.6

Styris to Collingwood, OUT, punched to mid-on and Collingwood ambles through for a single but Shah's not moving at all - trouble here! Collingwood scampers back, dives, and although the throw is wide, McCullum whips off the bails and he's short. Amazingly, none of New Zealand's fielders are interested, and are over the moon that the third umpire has given him out

PD Collingwood run out 12 (30m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 80/5 (RR: 3.07)
     SB Styris    5-0-11-1
OA Shah    9* (16b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-8-0

26.1

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, driven out to cover

England are in a massive hole now

26.2

Vettori to Bopara, no run, full and straight, McCullum shouts "awwww" in the style of Adam Gilchrist

26.3

Vettori to Bopara, no run, defended on the front foot

26.4

Vettori to Bopara, no run, comes forward to defend

Ross emails: "Here in LA, happy inside watching the cricket on cricinfo while outside it's guns, suvs, tacos and people who think that basketball is at all interesting..." We would mention that you also have George Bush and Hillary Clinton but last time we did we got a Republican backlash, so we won't fall into that trap again.

26.5

Vettori to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg. McCullum roars an appeal, forgetting that it's hit his bat

26.6

Vettori to Shah, no run, angled out to point

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 82/5 (RR: 3.03)
OA Shah    10* (18b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0
RS Bopara    1* (4b)      SB Styris    5-0-11-1

27.1

Styris to Bopara, no run, defended on the front foot

27.2

Styris to Bopara, no run, outside the off stump, guided out to the off stump

27.3

Styris to Bopara, no run, defended

27.4

Styris to Bopara, no run, spearing into his off stump, guided out to point

27.5

Styris to Bopara, no run, guided to mid-on

27.6

Styris to Bopara, no run, he tries to work this to leg but misses

End of over 28 (maiden) England 82/5 (RR: 2.92)
RS Bopara    1* (10b)      SB Styris    6-1-11-1
OA Shah    10* (18b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0

28.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, punched out to cover

28.2

Vettori to Shah, no run, punched to point

I can't stop saying punched

28.3

Vettori to Shah, 2 runs, excellent, deft footwork - back into his stumps, and he cuts it out to the off side

28.4

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, backs away and cuts it out to cover

28.5

Vettori to Bopara, no run, he plays and misses outside off

28.6

Vettori to Bopara, no run, defended out to the off side

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 85/5 (RR: 2.93)
RS Bopara    1* (12b)      DL Vettori    3-0-13-0
OA Shah    13* (22b 1x4)      SB Styris    6-1-11-1

29.1

Styris to Shah, 1 run, punched to mid-on

29.2

Styris to Bopara, 1 run, cut to the off side and they scamper through for a single

29.3

Styris to Shah, no run, whipped to midwicket

29.4

Styris to Shah, 1 run, spearing into the off stump, he pumps it to mid-on

29.5

Styris to Bopara, no run, pushed out to cover

29.6

Styris to Bopara, 1 wide, flicked down to fine leg. McCullum skips to his left to field

29.6

Styris to Bopara, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 89/5 (RR: 2.96)
RS Bopara    2* (15b)      SB Styris    7-1-15-1
OA Shah    15* (25b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-13-0

30.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, short of a length, Shah nudges out to the off side

30.2

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, outside leg, Bopara prods it to leg

30.3

Vettori to Bopara, no run, whipped straight to midwicket

30.4

Vettori to Bopara, no run, on the off stump, whipped back to the bowler

30.5

Vettori to Bopara, no run, back cut to point

30.6

Vettori to Bopara, 1 run, defended on the front foot

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 91/5 (RR: 2.93)
RS Bopara    3* (19b)      DL Vettori    4-0-15-0
OA Shah    16* (27b 1x4)      SB Styris    7-1-15-1

31.1

Styris to Bopara, no run, defended on the front foot

31.2

Styris to Bopara, OUT, hook, line and sinker. Short of a length, Bopara pulls it straight down Fulton's throat at deep square leg

RS Bopara c Fulton b Styris 3 (16m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

"You'll Never Walk Alone" bellows out from the PA. That's more usually heard at Anfield, although if the fools than run English football have their way then Liverpool may well be playing their home games here in a few years.

Here's the short-necked Swann

31.3

Styris to Swann, no run, nobbled out to the off side

31.4

Styris to Swann, no run, elegantly timed and powerfully struck to mid-off

31.5

Styris to Swann, 1 run, this keeps low on Swann who opens the face and times it to backward point

31.6

Styris to Shah, no run, punched back to the bowler

End of over 32 (1 run) England 92/6 (RR: 2.87)
OA Shah    16* (28b 1x4)      SB Styris    8-1-16-2
GP Swann    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    4-0-15-0

Well, this is all pretty rubbish for England isn't it? The pitch couldn't suit New Zealand more, and they've utterly taken advantage of it. Here's Vettori

Nick emails: "I'm relaxing in my little village in Kochi, Japan, recovering from a killer hangover and enjoying your commentary immensely. You will be happy to know that I taught my students cricket last week. Unfortunately it inevitably turned into a weird baseball/cricket hybrid, but hey I tried."

32.1

Vettori to Swann, no run, duller and flatter, squeezed out on the front foot

32.2

Vettori to Swann, 1 run, neatly played by Swann, dropping it out and he flies through for a single

32.3

Vettori to Shah, no run, punchily defended off the back foot

32.4

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, spearing into his off stump, Shah defends

32.5

Vettori to Swann, 1 leg bye, down the pitch, he pads it away and Vettori roars an appeal for lbw. Shah calls him through for a single; Swann forgets to listen and sends Shah back, but Shah's already too far down the pitch so here comes Swann...and here comes the throw, but it's wide

Sorry if that last ball doesn't make any sense

32.6

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 96/6 (RR: 2.90)
OA Shah    18* (31b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-18-0
GP Swann    2* (6b)      SB Styris    8-1-16-2

33.1

Styris to Shah, no run, defended on the front foot

33.2

Styris to Shah, 1 run, paddled around the corner

33.3

Styris to Swann, no run, an off-cutter from Styris which is defended

33.4

Styris to Swann, FOUR, really well played, whipping it through midwicket and Taylor gives chase. Will he get there? No! A hapless dive, Taylor lands on the turf like a beached whale and it goes for four

I love comical fielding. It makes it all worthwhile

33.5

Styris to Swann, no run

33.6

Styris to Swann, no run, down the leg side

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 101/6 (RR: 2.97)
GP Swann    6* (10b 1x4)      SB Styris    9-1-21-2
OA Shah    19* (33b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-18-0

34.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, Shah comes confidently forward, pushing it out to cover

34.2

Vettori to Shah, no run, outside the off stump. Shah's forward, smothering

34.3

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, quicker ball and very close to bowling Shah! He was so late on it but somehow got bat on it

34.4

Vettori to Swann, no run, punched out to the off side

34.5

Vettori to Swann, no run

34.6

Vettori to Swann, 1 run

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 103/6 (RR: 2.94)
GP Swann    7* (13b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-20-0
OA Shah    20* (36b 1x4)      SB Styris    9-1-21-2

35.1

Styris to Swann, no run, bending back into Swann and cramping him for room, he cuts late

35.2

Styris to Swann, no run, again a touch of movement in the air, swinging back into the right hander who's solid in defence

35.3

Styris to Swann, OUT, this holds its line on Swann who guides it to Jamie How at backward point. A quick, flat throw into McCullum who whips off the bails and Swann's short by a foot

GP Swann run out 7 (14m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

35.4

Styris to Broad, no run, spearing into his pads, he defends

35.5

Styris to Broad, no run, rapped on the pads and a big, big shout...but I think he's hit outside the line. Just...

35.6

Styris to Broad, 1 run, whipped to leg

End of over 36 (1 run) England 104/7 (RR: 2.88)
SCJ Broad    1* (3b)      SB Styris    10-1-22-2
OA Shah    20* (36b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-20-0

36.1

Vettori to Broad, OUT, punched out to the off side, oh dear - more trouble here for England as the throw comes in from cover. McCullum whips off the bails and he looks to be at least a foot short of his ground. The third umpire, Billy Bowden, is taking an age - two minutes and counting - to make a decision as there's some debate as to whether McCullum had the ball in his gloves at the point of the bails falling off. But he's eventually given out

OA Shah run out 20 (51m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Here's Martin Williamson for the last rites.

What a contrast to the Twenty20s.

36.2

Vettori to Sidebottom, 1 run, forward,a thin edge scoots to short third man and England manage a run without associated alarms

36.3

Vettori to Broad, no run, on with the arm and it beats the prod forward

36.4

Vettori to Broad, no run, back, turned all along the ground to mid-on but that doesn't stop McCullum yelling "catch it"

36.5

Vettori to Broad, no run, back and very correctly defended

36.6

Vettori to Broad, no run, outside off and left alone

End of over 37 (1 run) England 105/8 (RR: 2.83)
SCJ Broad    1* (8b)      DL Vettori    7-0-21-0
RJ Sidebottom    1* (1b)      SB Styris    10-1-22-2

"How's the crowd? Cause I'd sure be annoyed paying $40 to watch this yawn fest," says Ryan. They are quite happy actually, as well they might be.

37.1

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, forward and a hunched defensive prod

37.2

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, punched from the crease to mid-on

37.3

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, Sidebottom happy to play safe for a bit

37.4

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, the turn takes a thick edge but along the ground

37.5

Patel to Sidebottom, 1 run, half forward, this time an inside edge which squirts to short fine leg

37.6

Patel to Broad, no run, turned round his pad to square leg, McCullum quickly out of the blocks to field

End of over 38 (1 run) England 106/8 (RR: 2.78)
SCJ Broad    1* (9b)      JS Patel    1-0-1-0
RJ Sidebottom    2* (6b)      DL Vettori    7-0-21-0

38.1

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, wide, he feels for it and almost gets the edge

38.2

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, Vettori bang on the button

38.3

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, pushed through, Sidebottom back and blocks

38.4

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, steered off the outside edge to short third man Sidebottom sets off but is quickly sent back

38.5

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, worked defensively square on the leg side

38.6

Vettori to Sidebottom, no run, flatter and turned to midiwicket

A maiden for Vettori.

End of over 39 (maiden) England 106/8 (RR: 2.71)
RJ Sidebottom    2* (12b)      DL Vettori    8-1-21-0
SCJ Broad    1* (9b)      JS Patel    1-0-1-0

39.1

Patel to Broad, no run, well forward and pushed defensively to extra cover

39.2

Patel to Broad, no run, and again forward early to defend

39.3

Patel to Broad, 1 run, back onto his stumps and helped round to long leg

39.4

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, driven from wide of the stumps to cover

39.5

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, floated up a bit more, beats the bat and plops off the pads into the off side

39.6

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, looped more and driven to cover who makes a sliding stop and removes a large divot of grass in the process

End of over 40 (1 run) England 107/8 (RR: 2.67)
RJ Sidebottom    2* (15b)      JS Patel    2-0-2-0
SCJ Broad    2* (12b)      DL Vettori    8-1-21-0

Off comes Vettori and on comes Jacob Oram.

40.1

Oram to Broad, no run, right back on his stumps and jumpily defended

40.2

Oram to Broad, no run, once again Broad opts to play with a rather nervy step back into his crease

40.3

Oram to Broad, 1 run, placed between mid-on and midwicket for a rare run

"A match doesn't have to be a run-fest to be entertaining," emails Will Sisco, "A great bowling and fielding performance can be just as enjoyable to watch." yes, but two tailenders blocking in a one-day international is not up there with the best.

40.4

Oram to Sidebottom, no run, patted into the off side

40.5

Oram to Sidebottom, no run, defended to short midwicket

40.6

Oram to Sidebottom, no run, solid but unspectacular push to point

End of over 41 (1 run) England 108/8 (RR: 2.63)
RJ Sidebottom    2* (18b)      JDP Oram    7-0-16-1
SCJ Broad    3* (15b)      JS Patel    2-0-2-0

41.1

Patel to Broad, 1 wide, fired down the leg side and really well taken low down by McCullum

41.1

Patel to Broad, no run, straight and quite some turn, Broad defends

41.2

Patel to Broad, no run, patted to mid-on

41.3

Patel to Broad, no run, well forward, a thick inside edge goes to really short midwicket ... well, he's ambled in to short leg and acquired a helmet without us noticing

41.4

Patel to Broad, 2 runs, ironic cheers as Broad finds the gap at midwicket and they run two

41.5

Patel to Broad, no run, lovely conventional left-armer's spin beats Broad's lunge

When I say left-armer I actually mean right ... you get the drift ...

41.6

Patel to Broad, 1 run, swept with heaps of premeditation - he was almost in position as Patel reached the crease - but perfectly well and fine leg fields

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 112/8 (RR: 2.66)
SCJ Broad    6* (21b)      JS Patel    3-0-6-0
RJ Sidebottom    2* (18b)      JDP Oram    7-0-16-1

It's about a third full now in the ground.

42.1

Oram to Broad, no run, back, into the off side where there is a virtual barrier of fielders

42.2

Oram to Broad, no run, uncertain push back down the pitch

42.3

Oram to Broad, no run, straight and treated with respect

"Just back in from a run along the coast in Singapore, is the pitch playing as badly as feared or are England just pants today?" asks Matt. New Zealand have bowled and fielded really well, England have batted pretty poorly and run abysmally.

42.4

Oram to Broad, FOUR, short and hooked uppishly for the first boundary in nine overs

He had to show some nifty footwork as he almost toppled into his stumps.

42.5

Oram to Broad, no run, driven square on the off side with a bit of a wristy follow thorugh

42.6

Oram to Broad, no run, checked push to mid-on

A four in that over but it's now six overs since England have scored on the off side.

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 116/8 (RR: 2.69)
SCJ Broad    10* (27b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-0-20-1
RJ Sidebottom    2* (18b)      JS Patel    3-0-6-0

43.1

Patel to Sidebottom, 2 runs, a thick edge races through the slips and that's the off-side run stat out of the window

43.2

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, flatter and on with the arm, Sidebottom forward and right over the ball

43.3

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, fuller, he gives himself room to drive into the covers

43.4

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, short, lots of spin, he steps back to cut but it gets too big on him, and McCullum whips off the bails as well although the batsman's feet were planted well behind the craese

43.5

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, cut to slip where it is well stopped by the man just put in there

43.6

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, floated up and Sidebottom content to stay there

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 118/8 (RR: 2.68)
RJ Sidebottom    4* (24b)      JS Patel    4-0-8-0
SCJ Broad    10* (27b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-0-20-1

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

It's good for England that they are still there but they do need to get some runs as well.

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

End of over 45 (1 run) England 119/8 (RR: 2.64)
RJ Sidebottom    4* (26b)      KD Mills    7-0-23-0
SCJ Broad    11* (31b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-0-8-0

45.1

Patel to Broad, no run, tossed up, driven to cover

45.2

Patel to Broad, 1 run, back and turned behind square

45.3

Patel to Sidebottom, no run, droppeda thick edge off a defensive poke, it takes the bottom of McCullum's gloves and goes down

45.4

Patel to Sidebottom, OUT, a leading edge and it is hard to imagine a softer catch, Patel just stood there and it looped apologetically to him. Sidebottom was done by a tad extra bounce

RJ Sidebottom c & b Patel 4 (33m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

45.5

Patel to Anderson, no run, forward and defended

45.6

Patel to Anderson, no run, steps back and drives into the ground, cover fields

End of over 46 (1 run) England 120/9 (RR: 2.60)
JM Anderson    0* (2b)      JS Patel    5-0-9-1
SCJ Broad    12* (33b 1x4)      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

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 122/9 (RR: 2.59)
JM Anderson    1* (7b)      KD Mills    8-0-25-0
SCJ Broad    13* (34b 1x4)      JS Patel    5-0-9-1

47.1

Patel to Anderson, no run, flat, full and defended

47.2

Patel to Anderson, 1 run, steps back and hits hard to extra cover for the first run in front of square on the off side in ten overs

47.3

Patel to Broad, 1 run, an embarrassment of riches ... cut to deep point

"A 125 chase, boys" chirps McCullum.

47.4

Patel to Anderson, no run, forward and he almost plays all round it but uses edge and pads to keep it out

47.5

Patel to Anderson, no run, missed sweep from way outside of stump

47.6

Patel to Anderson, no run, checked block, Patel quickly across to field

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 124/9 (RR: 2.58)
JM Anderson    2* (12b)      JS Patel    6-0-11-1
SCJ Broad    14* (35b 1x4)      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

He gives a sheepish grin ...

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

But they all come in for the rabbit.

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

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 127/9 (RR: 2.59)
JM Anderson    2* (16b)      KD Mills    9-0-27-0
SCJ Broad    16* (37b 1x4)      JS Patel    6-0-11-1

Patel entrusted with the final over of the innings. I fancy he will get the wicket ...

49.1

Patel to Broad, 1 run, swept on the full very fine and brilliantly stopped one handed by How at full stretch to his left

49.2

Patel to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson prods and gets enough of an edge to steer it past McCullum. there's a man a third man for such edges

49.3

Patel to Broad, 1 run, a heave heads up to long-on

49.4

Patel to Anderson, OUT, fuller, Patel appeals for leg before but Rauf looks slightly amused as the ball has clattered into the stumps off Anderson's pads

JM Anderson b Patel 3 (16m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Well, England scrape their way to 130 and you have to say that even on this drop-in pudding New Zealand should get that. Full credit to the home side ... deflated by their Twenty20 defeats, they bounced back with a really good bowling and fielding performance. As for England, they got bogged down and some dreadful running made a tough ask almost impossible. We'll be back in 40 minutes (6.10pm, 0510GMT) to see how New Zealand get on.

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)
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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

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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

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