England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

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 ...

13.4

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, too short, he leans back and cuts square and third man's despairing dive as he hurtles to his left just misses by a finger's length

13.5

O'Brien to Cook, no run, good response, back and beaten with no real foot movement

13.6

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, turned slightly edgily square on the leg side

England 81/0   IE O'Brien 1-0-6-0

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

15.4

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, short and larruped through midwicket for a one bounce four ... onto it in a shot and his form is flooding back

15.5

O'Brien to Cook, no run, caught back in his crease, he jabs down late and keeps out a straight one

15.6

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, driven to mid-on, the fielder's back on the circle and another easy single

England 95/0   IE O'Brien 2-0-16-0

17.1

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, inside edge into a pad, a loud appeal, Cook sets off, retreats, backward point underarms into the stumps, the ball cannons off and allows the overthrow ...

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

17.3

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, pulled hard on the bounce to deep midwicket where there is no issue about Ryder's stop

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   IE O'Brien 3-0-21-0

19.1

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, back, waits and flicks to the busy Ryder at deep midwicket

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

19.5

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, as textbook as Mustard's slash was improvisational ... stands tall and thumps that through extra cover, the man in the deep slides but can't get near it

19.6

O'Brien to Cook, no run, forward defensive push ... a tame end to an expensive over. Thirteen off it

England 121/0   IE O'Brien 4-0-34-0

39.1

O'Brien to Bell, OUT, the breakthrough at last, and O'Brien has his maiden scalp. Short, but a touch quicker than England have been used to in recent overs. A steepling top-edge, well pouched in the deep by Kyle Mills. Timely for New Zealand, but a handy innings nonetheless

IR Bell c Mills b O'Brien 43 (51m 41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 104.87

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

39.6

O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, pushed, almost fenced, to point

England 239/3   IE O'Brien 5-0-41-1

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

41.3

O'Brien to Collingwood, SIX, one stride and flicked off his toes high over square leg, a dozen rows back. A triumph of timing

41.4

O'Brien to Collingwood, SIX, even bigger ... a step to the off and hit higher and harder, it strikes the roof and clumps down into spectators underneath. O'Brien shakes his head ...

41.5

O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, short and pacy, Collingwood again steps to the off and he plays a slightly rushed but controlled pull to the man at deep midwicket lurking in the shadows

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   IE O'Brien 6-0-59-1
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New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
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