England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

0.3

Mills to Mustard, no run, cutting in from a good line, raps the thigh pad. This wicket has movement

0.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, zipping across the left-hander's bows, and left alone

0.5

Mills to Mustard, no run, a good leave in the end. Outside off, and nibbling off the seam

0.6

Mills to Mustard, 2 runs, driven uncertainly through the leg-side, a bit of an inside-edge on that one. But runs all the same

England 4/0   P Mustard 2* (4b)

1.3

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, short, and smeared square - past the out-stretched fingertips off Ryder at square leg - and all the way. Good, solid strike

1.4

Martin to Mustard, no run, fuller and straighter, and driven into the covers

1.5

Martin to Mustard, no run, outswinger, starting wide of off stump and curling past a flashing drive

1.6

Martin to Mustard, no run, zipping off the pitch again, through to the keeper. And that's the second over gone

England 9/0   P Mustard 6* (8b 1x4)

3.1

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, Mustard played at that one alright, and played well. Riding the bounce to cut firmly through point. Not a lot of width to work with, but timed superbly

3.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, outside off stump, and left alone with a curtain-rail withdrawal of the bat

3.3

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, full and floaty, and too wide from Martin. And Mustard clobbered it through point with a sweet square drive

3.4

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, a good call - a rarety for England in this series - as Mustard tips and runs into the covers

England 18/0   P Mustard 15* (12b 3x4)

4.1

Mills to Mustard, no run, that was a violent swish, but nothing but thin air outside off stump

4.2

Mills to Mustard, no run, left alone outside off. Good carry again

4.3

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, on the pads and tucked very delicately behind square

4.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, better line this time, and through to the keeper

4.5

Mills to Mustard, no run, good stride once again, and driven firmly - but Vettori in the covers gets down quickly and fields exceptionally

4.6

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, a full half-volley, and that's Mustard's most attractive shot yet - down on one knee and drilled through the covers

England 26/0   P Mustard 23* (18b 5x4)

6.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, short and angled across the left-hander. A mistimed cut to backward point

6.5

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, straighter, and angling into the left-hander's pads. Clipped square to keep the scoreboard ticking

England 35/0   P Mustard 24* (20b 5x4)

7.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, short, but too short. Easily ducked

7.2

Martin to Mustard, no run, a wild slash outside off, extra bite off the seam allows the ball to sail through unhindered

7.3

Martin to Mustard, no run, tighter line, more encouraging bounce, through to the keeper

7.4

Martin to Mustard, no run

7.5

Martin to Mustard, no run, slashed drive, picked up in the covers

7.6

Martin to Mustard, no run, attempted yorker, well dug out

England 35/0   P Mustard 24* (26b 5x4)

8.3

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, delicate late cut, well played but fielded at third man

England 37/0   P Mustard 25* (27b 5x4)

9.3

Martin to Mustard, no run, slower ball, full length and drifting in towards off stump. Pushed to cover

9.4

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, bizarre passage of play. Mustard retreats to leg for a slog, Martin follows him, the ball ends up being smacked straight at the bowler's ankle, and ricochets away for a single. That's gotta hurt, but he's not winced yet ...

England 44/0   P Mustard 26* (29b 5x4)

10.1

Oram to Mustard, no run, bouncer, but a slow one. Mustard is unaccustomed to the new pace, and almost swings himself off his feet

10.2

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, straighter, and defended with an uppish prod into the covers

10.4

Oram to Mustard, FOUR, clubbed straight through the line and no-one's going to cut that off. Another slower delivery, instantly picked, and that's the fifty partnership

10.5

Oram to Mustard, no run, pushed out to point

10.6

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, speared into the pads, defended off the back foot, and a quick call completes the over

England 51/0   P Mustard 32* (34b 6x4)

11.1

Martin to Mustard, 1 wide, short, and misdirected. McCullum takes well down the leg-side. Though I bet he's still ruing his one aberration ...

11.1

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, another delivery in a good channel, and in a Test match that might conceivably have been a regulation nick to fourth slip. Instead it races away fine

11.2

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, clobbered up and over the covers. Powerful swing through the line. Effective stuff

11.3

Martin to Mustard, 1 wide, the pressure begins to tell as another one slides down leg ... Mustard's not letting them settle at present

11.3

Martin to Mustard, 2 runs, turned off the hip, and excellent calling - two runs inside the circle. That's a rarety

11.4

Martin to Mustard, no run, slower ball, through to the keeper. Well disguised

11.5

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, superb timing - fine leg was up in the circle, but Mustard turned his wrists and the ball rocketed away

11.6

Martin to Mustard, no run, turned to leg again, but this time straight to fine leg

England 67/0   P Mustard 46* (40b 9x4)

12.5

Oram to Mustard, 1 run, pushed to mid-on who has been forced slightly deeper by the flow of runs and that allows the single

England 75/0   P Mustard 47* (41b 9x4)

13.1

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, pushed with the angle into the leg side

13.2

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, steered to backward point off the back foot, slightly jumpily so

13.3

O'Brien to Mustard, 1 run, worked to third man, angled and a call of two, but only ever the one. Kidology, no more ...

England 76/0   P Mustard 48* (44b 9x4)

15.1

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, down the leg, flicks the pad and McCullum dives and makes a half-hearted appeal

15.2

O'Brien to Mustard, FOUR, he shapes to cut, it is too close to him and he improvises and chips it over where slips would have been had there been any

15.3

O'Brien to Mustard, 1 run, dropped a few feet to leg and a scurried single ... good running and that's the kind of single that sinks morale of fielders

England 90/0   P Mustard 53* (47b 10x4)

16.2

Vettori to Mustard, no run, outside off, straightens and beats a half poke, McCullum takes and whips off the bails

16.3

Vettori to Mustard, 1 run, swept from outside off to the man at deep midwicket ...there for that very shot

16.5

Vettori to Mustard, 1 leg bye, a horrible reverse sweep, he misses and Vettori roars an appeal for leg before ... Billy Bowden not interested ... Vettori mutters and scowls and they run a leg bye

England 99/0   P Mustard 54* (50b 10x4)

17.2

O'Brien to Mustard, 3 runs, swished off his pads, long leg and deep midwicket converge and slide to stop it and they run three. Replays as the third umpire looks at Jesse Ryder's dive ... did he hit the rope before he flicked back? No definitive replays possible so no boundary

17.4

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, cut to point

17.5

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, driven into the covers, not timed and it bobbles harmlessly to the fielder

17.6

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, thuds into the pads as he aims to run behind square on the leg side

England 105/0   P Mustard 57* (54b 10x4)

18.3

Vettori to Mustard, no run, hammered off one knee to short midwicket and well stopped

18.4

Vettori to Mustard, 1 run, short, pulled hard to deep midwicket ... he almost lifted himself off his feet as he hit that

England 107/0   P Mustard 58* (56b 10x4)

19.2

O'Brien to Mustard, 1 wide, wide and short, much too much so, Mustard pulls out of the shot and it's signalled as a wide

19.2

O'Brien to Mustard, no run, a much better bouncer, he squats under it and that's perfectly legal

19.3

O'Brien to Mustard, SIX, steps back and forehand smashes the ball high over extra cover, it clears the rope by a yard and as there was no one out there, a safe option

19.4

O'Brien to Mustard, 1 run, steered down to third man

England 117/0   P Mustard 65* (59b 10x4 1x6)

20.1

Vettori to Mustard, 1 run, back and turned square on the leg side

20.4

Vettori to Mustard, 1 run, well controlled sweep from outside off

England 124/0   P Mustard 67* (61b 10x4 1x6)

21.5

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, steered to third man

England 127/0   P Mustard 68* (62b 10x4 1x6)

22.6

Vettori to Mustard, FOUR, reverse swept on the half volley, almost sneaked under the bat but almost is not enough, it just has the legs to beat a sliding dive from the sweeper

England 137/0   P Mustard 72* (63b 11x4 1x6)

23.4

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, sweeps, misses, to short third man off the front-foot pad

England 141/0   P Mustard 73* (64b 11x4 1x6)

24.2

Vettori to Mustard, SIX, skips down the pitch and hit high over wide long-on, into a sponsor's marquee and that rattled a few tables

24.3

Vettori to Mustard, no run, pushed to leg but at a fielder

24.4

Vettori to Mustard, 1 wide, fired flat down the leg side, McCullum half stops but cannot prevent the wide

24.4

Vettori to Mustard, 2 runs, a yard outside off, swept to deep midwicket who saves with a good sliding stop

24.5

Vettori to Mustard, 1 run, back, soft hands takes all the pace off the ball and allows a single to extra cover

England 153/0   P Mustard 82* (68b 11x4 2x6)

25.2

Styris to Mustard, 1 run, angled to point at 66mph, a fumble makes a tight single easy

25.6

Styris to Mustard, no run, driven with a very late opening of the face to point

England 157/0   P Mustard 83* (70b 11x4 2x6)

26.2

Ryder to Mustard, no run, yorker but wide, good take from McCullum at his feet and he whips the bails off for good measure

26.3

Ryder to Mustard, no run, steps to leg, and he almost gets yorked but a thin edge saves him... the balls squirts to leg

26.4

Ryder to Mustard, no run, low full toss, thumped at midwicket who stops smartly

26.5

Ryder to Mustard, OUT, driven to Oram ten yards in from the long-on boundary, the fielder never had to move

P Mustard c Oram b Ryder 83 (108m 74b 11x4 2x6) SR: 112.16

England 158/1   P Mustard 83 (74b 11x4 2x6)
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 20, 2008

Phil Mustard attempts to run out Jamie How, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Napier, February 20, 2008

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Luke Wright is mobbed by his team-mates after sealing England a tie, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Napier, February 20, 2008

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