England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

0.1

Mills to Cook, 1 wide, outside off stump, far too far outside off stump. Not the most convincing start

0.1

Mills to Cook, no run, much straighter, and that leaps off a good length, into Cook's startled gloves. Lively

0.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, dabbed into the off side, and England are already fishing for run outs! Good grief that would have been close. As it is, the shy missed, and England are off the mark

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   KD Mills 1-0-4-0

2.1

Mills to Cook, no run, through to the keeper

2.2

Mills to Cook, no run, good carry outside off stump, Taken at chest height by the keeper

2.3

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers with a checked defensive drive

2.4

Mills to Cook, no run, loose drive, close to the off stump and sneaking past the inside edge

2.5

Mills to Cook, no run, turned off the toes, picked up at midwicket

2.6

Mills to Cook, no run, lovely delivery, and well left too. That past over the top of the off bail, more encouraging lift from a lively pitch. But New Zealand will want to make England play more frequently

England 9/0   KD Mills 2-1-4-0

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   KD Mills 3-1-12-0

6.1

Mills to Cook, no run, driven, into the covers, but can't beat the field

6.2

Mills to Cook, FOUR, flogged through the covers. That was momentarily intercepted by Taylor at short extra, but there was too much power on that shot.

6.3

Mills to Cook, 1 run, nudged into space on the leg side. Good follow-up

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

6.6

Mills to Cook, no run, driven into the covers again

England 35/0   KD Mills 4-1-18-0

8.1

Mills to Cook, no run, stands tall to drive, but picked up by the bowler

8.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the pads, into space at midwicket

8.3

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

8.4

Mills to Cook, no run, straighter delivery, climbs into the middle of a defensive bat

8.5

Mills to Cook, FOUR, shorter and pulled, not middled but well timed off an under-edge, and fine leg can't cut it off despite a big dive and slide

8.6

Mills to Cook, 1 run, strides into a cover-drive, instant call and easily through for a single

England 42/0   KD Mills 5-1-25-0

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

31.4

Mills to Bell, no run, a step down the track, but defended on off stump once again

31.5

Mills to Bell, 1 run, nurdled off a good line and length, through midwicket. Tight over so far. No freebies and little pace to work with

31.6

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked behind square again

England 186/2   KD Mills 6-1-28-0

33.1

Mills to Bell, no run, turned to short midwicket with a loud "no!"

33.2

Mills to Bell, no run, drawn onto the front foot, and defended again

33.3

Mills to Bell, 2 runs, a slap into the deep - it looked like it was disappearing for six, but in the end plugged just in front of the despairing long-off as he ran in. Lucky

33.4

Mills to Bell, 1 run, worked into the covers

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

33.6

Mills to Bell, no run, forward, and defended

England 194/2   KD Mills 7-1-32-0

46.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, two strides and an ugly head-in-the-air heave to one outside off misses by some way

46.2

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, yorker dug into the covers between the two men inside the circle

46.3

Mills to Wright, SIX, slow half volley thumped down the ground ... "that's out" calls our BBB man ... and sure enough it carries ten yards over long-on

46.4

Mills to Wright, 1 run, full toss hammered to deep midwicket

46.5

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, wide half volley, the batsman had moved to leg and had to reach to squirt the ball through the covers

46.6

Mills to Wright, 2 runs, full toss heaved to wide long-on, not timed but still he is able to come back for an easy second as it was between men out in the deep

England 303/5   KD Mills 8-1-43-0

48.1

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, slow wide full toss, punched to long-off

48.2

Mills to Wright, 1 run, slightly reaches for a drive, extra cover fields

48.3

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, long-off once more into action

48.4

Mills to Wright, FOUR, high full toss, Wright seemed to do anything but middle it but it still raced for a one-bounce four past straight long-on

48.5

Mills to Wright, 1 run, back and pulled hard to deep midwicket

48.6

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, good last ball, in at his feet, Collingwood works to leg for a single

England 331/5   KD Mills 9-1-52-0
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New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
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Phil Mustard attempts to run out Jamie How, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Napier, February 20, 2008

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