England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

28.1

Ryder to Pietersen, no run, full and driven to mid-on

28.2

Ryder to Pietersen, no run, up in the blockhole - metrognomic with his length so far - blocked

28.3

Ryder to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked to midwicket who is halfway back

28.5

Ryder to Pietersen, no run, checked drive to mid-on

28.6

Ryder to Pietersen, no run, driven softly to mid-on

England 160/2   KP Pietersen 1* (5b)

30.1

Ryder to Pietersen, FOUR, misdirected full toss - Pietersen was dancing at the crease and created that opportunity. Sweetly timed off the pads through midwicket

30.2

Ryder to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped wide of short midwicket for a jogged single

30.4

Ryder to Pietersen, no run, another low full toss, but driven straight to cover

30.5

Ryder to Pietersen, 1 run, a classic whip of the wrists from Pietersen - dunno how he does that without snapping his hands. But he does

England 181/2   KP Pietersen 7* (9b 1x4)

31.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, wicket to wicket. Defended on the back foot in front of middle

31.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, defended again. Stoically straight bat

31.3

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked off the pads again, wide of square leg

31.6

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked behind square again

England 186/2   KP Pietersen 9* (13b 1x4)

32.1

Styris to Pietersen, no run, good line, good length, defended

32.2

Styris to Pietersen, no run, tucked to the leg side again

32.3

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, strange flick around the corner - in position for the pull, but in the end opted for a paddle

32.5

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, excellent restrictive spell now. The hardness has gone, and with it the bounce. Just tight line and length

England 189/2   KP Pietersen 11* (17b 1x4)

33.5

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen takes the slapper's option, so to speak, this time. And again it lands short. A mite chancey

England 194/2   KP Pietersen 12* (18b 1x4)

34.1

Styris to Pietersen, no run, big stride forward, and defended to midwicket

34.2

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked off the hip to fine leg

34.5

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, played into the covers

England 197/2   KP Pietersen 14* (21b 1x4)

35.2

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, defended with an angled bat, off middle and leg, and that's the 200 up

35.5

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, energetic use of the feet from Pietersen - momentarily defeated in the flight. But recovered well enough with a nudge to midwicket

England 206/2   KP Pietersen 16* (23b 1x4)

36.1

Styris to Pietersen, FOUR, down on one knee and a mighty pre-meditated swipe across the line. Slog-swept to perfection

36.2

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed down the pitch to long-on

36.5

Styris to Pietersen, FOUR, incredible. Hard to explain quite how that sailed flat and fast over deep midwicket, when he was cramped for room and defeated on length. But it flew alright

36.6

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, toe-ended out to the deep, but lands safe. That was lucky. The bowler saw him coming and deliberately threw it out wide

England 217/2   KP Pietersen 26* (27b 3x4)

37.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept firmly once again, but the sweeper tidies up

37.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, nurdled out to midwicket

England 224/2   KP Pietersen 28* (29b 3x4)

38.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, off-stump line, pushed down the ground, easy single

38.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, steps across the stumps, and whipped straight to midwicket. Nice timing, but the placement was awry

38.6

Oram to Pietersen, 2 runs, picks the gap this time, worked from way outside off stump, and the sweeper picks up on the midwicket boundary

England 232/2   KP Pietersen 31* (32b 3x4)

39.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, On off stump, defended

39.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, SIX, short, effortlessly swatted high into the stand over deep midwicket, about 20 rows back

39.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, pushed to midwicket, swiveling as he plays it

39.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, straight drive with no follow through, long-on trots in to field

England 239/3   KP Pietersen 38* (36b 3x4 1x6)

40.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slowish ball - 69mph - nurdled to midwicket

40.2

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, hard drive back at the feet of the bowler, he drops a hand and takes some of the pace off it

40.6

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, ball hits back rather than the other way round, deliberately, the pace comes off the ball and they scamper a single to point

England 242/3   KP Pietersen 40* (39b 3x4 1x6)

41.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, driven to extra cover, slightly open face and two yards short of the man

41.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, worked from outside off to wide midwicket, he was ambling towards the covers as the bowler was in his delivery stride

41.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, O'Brien's inexperience shows ... he again bangs one in and Pietersen is there and waiting, pulling hard and square, deep midwicket has no chance

England 260/3   KP Pietersen 45* (42b 4x4 1x6)

42.2

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, full and all he could do was drive it up to long-on

42.5

Oram to Pietersen, 2 runs, skips to leg and drives on the full to long-on, super running from Collingwood who was back for the second to the danger end like a whippet

42.6

Oram to Pietersen, 1 wide, he tries to follow the batsman but he had not moved to leg and the ball arcs very wide to McCullum

42.6

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked off his feet to deep midwicket

England 269/3   KP Pietersen 49* (45b 4x4 1x6)

43.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, fitty for KP with a dead-batted poke to midwicket

43.5

Vettori to Pietersen, OUT, cunning stuff ... Vettori holds one back, Pietersen is way too early as he aims to thump the ball over midwicket and the ball ever-so-gently clomps into the stumps

KP Pietersen b Vettori 50 (70m 47b 4x4 1x6) SR: 106.38

England 277/4   KP Pietersen 50 (47b 4x4 1x6)
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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