England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand ODI Series - 2nd ODI

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 107 balls remaining) (D/L method)

18.5

Mason to Bopara, no run, drawn forward into a smothering defence. Bat on ball first-up for Bopara

18.6

Mason to Bopara, 1 wide, a wasted delivery, seaming away down leg

18.6

Mason to Bopara, 1 run, tapped into the leg-side, a hint of hesitation, but safely through to get off the mark

England 99/5   RS Bopara 1* (2b)

19.1

Oram to Bopara, no run, drawn forward and defended into the covers

19.2

Oram to Bopara, no run, massive appeal, Bopara was just walking across his stumps and that looked plumb to the naked eye. A grazed inside-edge saved him, maybe?

19.3

Oram to Bopara, 1 run, contact this time, as Bopara works to leg to bring up the 100.

England 100/5   RS Bopara 2* (5b)

20.1

Mason to Bopara, no run, short ball, tucked off the hips to a loud bellow of "no!" Just as well, as Shah was hurtling for a single

20.2

Mason to Bopara, no run, defended watchfully, on the move as the ball tails in late

20.3

Mason to Bopara, FOUR, driven airborne, but square - he was aiming straighter, but hit the gap in front of point. Not entirely convincing but England will take it

20.4

Mason to Bopara, no run, defended into the covers

20.5

Mason to Bopara, 1 run, tucked off the toes, picked up at square leg

England 105/5   RS Bopara 7* (10b 1x4)

21.2

Oram to Bopara, no run, wicket-to-wicket delivery, an exaggerated defence in front of off stump

21.3

Oram to Bopara, no run, wider of the crease, looking to angle the ball in, but this one passes harmlessly past off stump

21.4

Oram to Bopara, no run, tighter line again, and defended again

21.5

Oram to Bopara, no run, a fraction back of a length, tucked into the off side and fielded at point

21.6

Oram to Bopara, no run, pushed forward, into the covers, and that's the end of another incredibly tight over

England 107/5   RS Bopara 7* (15b 1x4)

22.3

Martin to Bopara, no run, bouncer, and an effective one too. Bopara swings airily, but no contact

22.4

Martin to Bopara, no run, full length, searching for the yorker, and driven up to mid-off

22.5

Martin to Bopara, no run, tip-and-run into the off side, a loud cry of "no, no, no!" as Styris shies at the non-striker's end

22.6

Martin to Bopara, 1 run, just enough width to flick a single down to third man. Slim pickings for England at the mo

England 109/5   RS Bopara 8* (19b 1x4)

23.1

Vettori to Bopara, no run, looped onto a wonderful line and length, hurried defensive prod

23.2

Vettori to Bopara, no run, drifts onto leg stump, nurdled away

23.3

Vettori to Bopara, 1 run, clipped hard to Jeetan Patel at midwicket, who fumbles momentarily, but still has time to wing in a shy at the non-striker's end. Had it hit, Bopara would have been out. Again.

England 110/5   RS Bopara 9* (22b 1x4)

24.1

Martin to Bopara, 2 runs, slower ball, Bopara is early on the drive, and works it away through the gap at midwicket

24.2

Martin to Bopara, no run, outside off stump, extra kick off a good length, and played back down the track

24.3

Martin to Bopara, no run, outside off, clobbered hard off the back foot, but straight to short cover

24.4

Martin to Bopara, 1 run, a thick outside-edge, but a deliberate one. Third man fields on one knee

24.6

Martin to Bopara, 1 run, hustled for pace, a bit of a baseball slug into the off-side, and a quick single to complete the over

England 117/5   RS Bopara 13* (27b 1x4)

25.1

Vettori to Bopara, FOUR, well bowled again, but just a smidgeon of width is enough for Bopara to get his late cut away. Good batting

25.2

Vettori to Bopara, no run, turned into the leg-side, but no run

25.3

Vettori to Bopara, no run, driven back to the bowler

25.4

Vettori to Bopara, no run, pushed into the covers

25.5

Vettori to Bopara, OUT, abysmal running, and Cook is sold hopelessly down the river. A tame push into the covers, an instant and suicidal call, and McCullum doesn't even have to hustle up to the stumps to complete the run-out.

AN Cook run out 53 (114m 69b 6x4 0x6) SR: 76.81

England 121/6   RS Bopara 17* (32b 2x4)

26.1

Styris to Bopara, 2 runs, cut into the deep, a bit too much width first-up

26.2

Styris to Bopara, no run, steered firmly to gully

26.3

Styris to Bopara, no run, drawn forward in defence

26.4

Styris to Bopara, no run, busy footwork, cut straight to backward point

26.5

Styris to Bopara, 1 run, a firm "clop" echoes around the ground, that's nicely timed out to deep cover, but only a single

England 124/6   RS Bopara 20* (37b 2x4)

28.1

Mills to Bopara, 1 run, width, and swished into the deep with a conductor's flick of the wrists

28.4

Mills to Bopara, no run, worked back up the pitch to the bowler

28.5

Mills to Bopara, 1 run, tidy flick into the leg-side, picked up at midwicket

England 131/7   RS Bopara 22* (40b 2x4)

29.1

Vettori to Bopara, 1 run, driven into the gap in the covers, just beats the diving short cover

England 132/7   RS Bopara 23* (41b 2x4)

30.5

Mills to Bopara, OUT, full toss, and a sad end to a rather sad innings. It was waist-height and he could have put that anywhere, but instead he found Jesse Ryder lurking at deep midwicket. It's been another difficult day at the office for Bopara

RS Bopara c Ryder b Mills 23 (51m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.76

England 142/8   RS Bopara 23 (42b 2x4)
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 12, 2008

The scoreboard tells the story as New Zealand trounce England by 10 wickets, New Zealand v England, 2nd ODI, Hamilton, February 12, 2008

The scoreboard tells the story as New Zealand trounce England by 10 wickets

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Feb 12, 2008

Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder take a breather during their rollicking partnership, New Zealand v England, 2nd ODI, Hamilton, February 12, 2008

Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder take a breather during their rollicking partnership

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