England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

Welcome back. The players are out on the field, and New Zealand's openers have a tough task ahead of them. They blitzed England at Hamilton in the second ODI, but that seems a long time ago now. The target is 341, and it'll be Jesse Ryder to face James Anderson with the new ball

0.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, short and slightly leg-sided, an attempted flick falls short of Ryan Sidebottom at short fine leg

0.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, short again, and defended on the back foot

I'd suggest that's not the ideal length for this pitch ... we shall see

0.3

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, short again, and Ryder doesn't miss out three times in a row. Flipped up and over short fine leg, and that's a gifted four runs

0.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, short again, that's pretty ordinary bowling, and Sidebottom at fine leg so nearly scoops up a bonus catch. This isn't the right line at all

0.5

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, short, leg side again, flicked airily into the vacant square leg region. Not very impressive in this over so far

0.6

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, short and wide outside off, McCullum slashes loosely and third man gathers

That is a dreadful first over, to be frank. The short boundaries are very short here. And England's bowlers have had fifty overs to watch and learn

End of over 1 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (335 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.83)
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    5* (5b 1x4)     

1.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, Sidebottom gets it right straightaway, full and swinging into the right hander, tucked to square leg

1.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, outside off and swinging away. Left alone

New Zealand twice chased 300 to beat Australia this time last year ... it is possible

1.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, defended off the back foot

1.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, driven on the back foot, fielded in Sidebottom's followthrough

1.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, tucked off the pads, fielded at midwicket

1.6

Sidebottom to Ryder, 2 runs, shaping from leg to off, met with a full face and worked through midwicket

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 9/0 (332 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.91)
JD Ryder    7* (10b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    2* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0

Two overs down. Now then, has Anderson learnt where to pitch it?

2.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 wide, no, he hasn't. Wild down the leg side, to the right hander this time

2.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, attempted inswinger, chopped down to third man

As David Lloyd might say, Anderson is a bit of a daisy. Some daisy does, some daisy doesn't ...

2.2

Anderson to Ryder, 3 runs, short, but not as short as the rest of them. Swung high and handsome over wide long-on, and fielded inside the rope by Broad

2.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, McCullum tries to cut, but finds thin air. Still too short though ...

2.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, short again, but at least there's a bit of venom about that one - McCullum got out to a similar shot at Auckland. Perhaps that explains his current length?

2.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, short again, and McCullum is swinging wildly. Any contact and that would have flown

2.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, that's the spot - fuller and angling in, McCullum is anchored on the back foot, and gets forward late and very tentatively. Better finish to the over

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 14/0 (327 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 6.95)
BB McCullum    3* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0
JD Ryder    10* (11b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0

3.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, driven off the back foot to cover

3.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, defended into the crease, thoughts about a quick single, but wisely reconsidered

3.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, good length, defended into the covers

3.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, swish and a miss. Outside off stump and fizzing through to Mustard

3.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, a firm push off the back foot, can't beat the field as Bell slides round at cover. But one more to the total

3.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 wide, a bit unlucky to be called for that one - McCullum hopped across his crease so Sidebottom was within his rights to target leg stump

3.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, that'll annoy Sidebottom even more. A streaky drive, a thick inside-edge and four through an unguarded fine leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 20/0 (321 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.97)
BB McCullum    7* (8b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-9-0
JD Ryder    11* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0

4.1

Anderson to Ryder, 3 runs, short, and wellied into the leg-side, agonisingly close to a diving Broad at wide mid-on. Not timed at all, but that's runs all the same

4.2

Anderson to McCullum, 2 runs, dropped - though it's harsh to call it a chance. A strangle down the leg-side, just eluding the diving Mustard. Still, a chance is a chance ...

4.3

Anderson to McCullum, SIX, short again, and that's sweetly uppercut over backward point. Wrong line ...

4.4

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, better line, and McCullum's in trouble. Cramped for room by a short ball and rapped flush on the right hand as he withdrew the bat. The physio is out ...

No lasting damage. The gloves are back on, and play resumes

4.5

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, far too much width, and Ryder clobbers that on one knee through point

Dreadful bowling from Anderson. He's been committing every sin imaginable on such a true surface

4.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, misses out, to complete the statto's Grand Slam. This over has contained a dot ball, a one, a two, a three, a four and a six. Count them for yourself. It's fascinating

The physio is back out again for McCullum. He's not entirely comfortable after that blow to the knuckles

End of over 5 (16 runs) New Zealand 36/0 (305 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 6.77)
JD Ryder    18* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-27-0
BB McCullum    16* (11b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-9-0

5.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, the best ball of the innings, pitching on off, cutting back in, and just missing everything

5.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pre-meditated step across the crease. No contact. He's looking jittery

5.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, defended down to third man with an open face. He's off the strike for now, which is probably the best place to be for a bit

5.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, driven square, not great power but wonderful timing. Collingwood half-stops at point

5.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, outside off, seaming back in and climbing at the gloves. Left alone

5.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, tip and run, picked up in the covers

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 39/0 (302 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.86)
BB McCullum    18* (16b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-12-0
JD Ryder    19* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-27-0

6.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, nudged into the leg side

6.2

Anderson to Ryder, SIX, stand and deliver! That is massive. Just a dismissive swipe through the line - Anderson gave him room to free his arms, that was a good length too. Food for thought

6.3

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, good ball, on a length, on off stump, and pumped through the covers with outstanding timing

Anderson is having a shocker

6.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, slower ball, full length, not timed

6.5

Anderson to Ryder, no run, sweetly driven again, but short extra cover intercepts

6.6

Anderson to Ryder, SIX, smeared down the ground again, too full and wide, and walloped. England have to make a change, because Anderson is going round the park

End of over 7 (17 runs) New Zealand 56/0 (285 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.62)
JD Ryder    35* (25b 3x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-44-0
BB McCullum    19* (17b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-12-0

7.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, a hop across the crease - McCullum is looking merely to rotate the strike at the mo, and why wouldn't he?

7.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, outside off and seaming away. A little prod as the ball goes past, more in hope than expectation

7.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, on the back foot, pushed into the covers. Can't escape the strike yet

7.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, cracking delivery, explodes off the seam and into Mustard's upturned gloves

Sidebottom has been everything that Anderson hasn't. Controlled, probing, accurate, reliable ...

7.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, finds the gap at last, but it's only one ball left for Ryder

7.6

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, tucked off the hip and that's well played. Finds the single New Zealand wanted, and Ryder has the strike again

A decent start for New Zealand but they must be concerned about McCullum. He is looking extremely ginger out there. For his side's prospects, both short and long-term, he might do them a favour by getting out soon

End of over 8 (2 runs) New Zealand 58/0 (283 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 6.73)
JD Ryder    36* (26b 3x4 2x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-14-0
BB McCullum    20* (22b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-44-0

8.1

Broad to Ryder, no run, another elegant drive, leaning onto the front foot and timed to perfection. But straight to cover on this occasion

8.2

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, short, and whisked round the corner for a single

8.3

Broad to McCullum, no run, outside off stump, hopping across the stumps to defend into the leg side. Still looking to hand the strike back, rather than make the big shots himself

8.4

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, wristy steer into the covers, and there's the single

8.5

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, another single

8.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, gives himself masses of room, almost too much room, and no contact as a short ball zings through

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/0 (280 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 6.82)
BB McCullum    21* (25b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0
JD Ryder    38* (29b 3x4 2x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-14-0

9.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, down the leg-side, a strangled appeal as the ball brushes thigh-pad

9.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, straying down leg, whipped to backward square

9.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, pre-meditated, and Sidebottom ended up too short, swung away behind square with excellent timing. That'll make him field better

9.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, full toss outside off, and busted finger or not, that's a gimme. Opens the face and runs through the covers with nothing more than timing

9.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, better line and length, defended into the leg side

9.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, outside off, and defended out to point

Intriguingly poised, and here's Martin Williamson to upset the balance

End of over 10 (9 runs) New Zealand 70/0 (271 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.77)
BB McCullum    29* (29b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-23-0
JD Ryder    39* (31b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0

Powerplay No.2 and another excuse for Billy Bowden to pulls faces and twirl his arms. Wasn't he officially called Brent Bowden for a time?

10.1

Broad to Ryder, OUT, a wider and slower ball, swung high from outside off stump, it climbs miles into the sky, three men converge at deepish straight midwicket and it's Anderson who holds a superb catch running flat out to his left

JD Ryder c Anderson b Broad 39 (51m 32b 3x4 2x6) SR: 121.87

A big blow as Ryder was looking so dangerous. He didn't middle that shot otherwise it would still be going.

10.2

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, flicked into the leg side

10.3

Broad to How, no run, outside off stump, through to the keeper as he fends very half heartedly

10.4

Broad to How, no run, good line from Broad, nothing there to hit

10.5

Broad to How, no run, pushed square into the off side, a momentary uncertainty between the batsmen but the fielders have a renewed spring in their step after the wicket

10.6

Broad to How, no run, checked drive half stopped by Broad, and that's enough

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 71/1 (270 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.45, RRR: 6.92)
JM How    0* (4b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-4-1
BB McCullum    30* (30b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-23-0

11.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, shuffles to the off and pushes to mid-off

How is not exactly in the Ryder mold so England will not be unhappy if he hangs around.

11.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, slanted across him and he shoulders arms

11.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, tight line, on off stump, How solidly defends

11.4

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, turned with all wrists to midwicket

11.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, it passes over leg stump as he moves to the off and aims to flick into the on side

Despite cries from the crowd, umpire Rauf does not call the wide and rightly ... had the batsman been in his normal position it would have hit him

11.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, quicker ball through the batsman before he plays at it

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 73/1 (268 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.08, RRR: 7.05)
BB McCullum    31* (33b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-25-0
JM How    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-4-1

12.1

Broad to How, no run, stands tall and pushes to extra cover

12.2

Broad to How, 1 run, thick edge and he pushes hard at the ball, Sidebottom scurries round at third man to cut it off

12.3

Broad to McCullum, no run, whoa, outside off and it takes off, snorting past McCullum and Mustard takes a above his head

That probably was a wide as it seemed above McCullum's head.

12.4

Broad to McCullum, 5 wides, daftness ... even shorter and it zips over McCullum and even a leaping Mustard has no chance

12.4

Broad to McCullum, 1 wide, not quite as short but wide outside off - swinging wider - and again it's called

12.4

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, back on some kind of line and length, a single into the off side

12.5

Broad to How, no run, much better, on off stump, upright drive to mid-off

12.6

Broad to How, no run, back of a length and into McCullum off the seam, he can do no more than defend off the back foot

End of over 13 (8 runs) New Zealand 81/1 (260 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 7.02)
JM How    2* (11b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-1
BB McCullum    32* (35b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-25-0

The run-rate in the last five overs is under five ... James Anderson back for a second spurt.

13.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, slightly short, he jumps to get over it and drops it into the leg side

13.2

Anderson to How, FOUR, short and How onto it in a flash, pulls with real venom off the front foot and it hums through midwicket

13.3

Anderson to How, no run, driven hard into the ground, it arcs over Anderson but mid-off round very quickly to mop up

13.4

Anderson to How, no run, steps to leg, Anderson follows and fires one in at his feet

13.5

Anderson to How, no run, yorker and a quick one as well, he does well to jam down on it

13.6

Anderson to How, 1 run, a good over from Anderson after a poor start to his second spell. But it's all relative ...

End of over 14 (6 runs) New Zealand 87/1 (254 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 7.05)
JM How    7* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-50-0
BB McCullum    33* (36b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-1

14.1

Broad to How, FOUR, no more than a firm push but timed and placed, it beats a full-length dive from extra cover and carries on its way

14.2

Broad to How, no run, good length on off stump, defended

14.3

Broad to How, 1 run, turned off his hips to Sidebottom at square leg, again with a leap

14.4

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, now that's a lovely shot, full and driven from the crease, his feet were planted but it was all about timing and extra cover had no chance

14.5

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, yorker, dug out into the off side

14.6

Broad to How, no run, cross-batted swipe to mid-on. As ugly as the previous four was delightful

A moment for us to gather our collective breath as Billy summons drinks.

End of over 15 (10 runs) New Zealand 97/1 (244 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.46, RRR: 6.97)
JM How    12* (20b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-22-1
BB McCullum    38* (38b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-50-0

The third and final Powerplay is signalled.

15.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 wide, speared in at his feet but slightly off, a good take by Mustard but it's a wide

15.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, that's what he was aiming for, straighter but still yorker-length

15.2

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, low full toss as he goes for another yorker, driven down the ground

15.3

Anderson to How, 1 run, overpitched, swung to square leg, all along the ground

15.4

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, he strays to leg and this time the leg-side flick beats the man in the deep

Anderson is all over the place

15.5

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, full toss steered to the left of midwicket

McCullum is using his feet superbly and Anderson cannot respond.

15.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, short, McCullum quick to duck

End of over 16 (11 runs) New Zealand 108/1 (233 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.85)
BB McCullum    47* (43b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-61-0
JM How    13* (21b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-22-1

16.1

Broad to How, 1 run, punched into the pitch on the off side and a good run, out of the blocks so fast even though the ball hardly went more than a pitch width away

16.2

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, back and turned between midwicket and mid-on

16.3

Broad to How, FOUR, two steps down the track and pulled hard past midwicket ... another four

16.4

Broad to How, 1 run, square drive off the front foot, the sweeper fields

16.5

Broad to McCullum, no run, slightly short and he is forced onto the back foot, dropped a few yards into the off side and Broad quickly adjusts to field

16.6

Broad to McCullum, 1 wide, too short for Rauf's liking and he is quite right

16.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, inswinging yorker - 81mph - pushed to mid-on

End of over 17 (8 runs) New Zealand 116/1 (225 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.82, RRR: 6.81)
BB McCullum    48* (46b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    5-0-30-1
JM How    19* (24b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-61-0

Collingwood gives Anderson another break and brings himself on. He's taking the pace off the ball and Mustard will stand up. The captain has had a good day so far ... will it continue? Five men in the circle on the off side. All three men outside the circle are on the leg ...

17.1

Collingwood to How, no run, swinging away rather gently, driven to cover

17.2

Collingwood to How, no run, steps to leg but does no more than pat into the off side - 64mph ...

17.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, fuller, turned off his toes to deep square leg

17.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, back, waits, and flicks square on the leg side for an ambled single

17.5

Collingwood to How, 1 run, low full toss driven to long-on

17.6

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, back and then a big stride forward to defend

A sound start from Collingwood, although coming after Anderson things could only get better.

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 119/1 (222 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 6.93)
BB McCullum    49* (48b 6x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
JM How    21* (28b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-30-1

18.1

Broad to How, FOUR, pulled off the front foot through midwicket

He plays that shot very well, onto it quickly and he really gets hold of it.

18.2

Broad to How, no run, one step and a good old-fashioned across-the-line slog ... he misses by a good way and Mustard takes low down

18.3

Broad to How, 1 run, very firm drive through the covers but there's a sweeper back in the shade of the stand

18.4

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the covers off the back foot to bring up his 11th one-day fifty

It came off 49 balls and 93 minutes.

18.5

Broad to How, 1 run, worked to the left of midwicket

18.6

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, a yorker at 82mph which he turns into a low full toss by using his feet, driven to wide long-off

End of over 19 (8 runs) New Zealand 127/1 (214 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.68, RRR: 6.90)
BB McCullum    51* (50b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    6-0-38-1
JM How    27* (32b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0

19.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, straight and defended gently back to the bowler

19.2

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, very correct forward defensive prod

19.3

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, steps back but is followed by an offcutter and he can do no more than push to point

19.4

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, defended with an open-faced dead bat

19.5

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, blocked but it beats Collingwood and they take a sharp single as mid-off is on the edge of the circle

19.6

Collingwood to How, no run, steps to leg, aims an expansive drive, misses and Mustard takes one well at his feet

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 128/1 (213 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.40, RRR: 7.10)
JM How    27* (33b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-0
BB McCullum    52* (55b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    6-0-38-1

Mascarenhas summoned as Tainted Love booms out. Soft Cell no less.

20.1

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, pushed from the crease to cover and they take a quick single

That won't please the bowler.

20.2

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, pushed to mid-on who is two-thirds back

20.3

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, patted to cover, Collingwood is quick to gather and throw but he is back on the edge of the circle and he can't prevent the run

20.4

Mascarenhas to How, no run, inside edge to short mid-on

20.5

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, he waits and flicks to midwicket

20.6

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, angled behind square on the off side

every ball was between 69 and 72mph

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/1 (208 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 7.17)
BB McCullum    55* (58b 6x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-5-0
JM How    29* (36b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-0

We are over seven an over now ...

21.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, back and pushed to cover

21.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, drifts to leg, they think about two but Sidebottom in quick enough to prevent it

21.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, pulled from outside off but not middled and the ball bobbles to the man in the deep

21.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, back, jumps and pushes to cover, both men on the same wavelength and that means the run is easily made

21.5

Collingwood to How, no run, he shimmies to leg, Collingwood follows, and all How can do is drive back to the bowler

21.6

Collingwood to How, 1 run, a lot of effort - driven to deep cover - for little reward

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 137/1 (204 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 7.28)
JM How    31* (39b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-8-0
BB McCullum    57* (61b 6x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-5-0

You To Me Are Everything by the Real Thing. It's retro heaven ...

22.1

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, punched through the cover ring

22.2

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, driven hard but into the pitch, the ball scuttles to long-on

22.3

Mascarenhas to How, FOUR, risk-free drive up and over mid-off who is on the edge of the circle, hit on the up

22.4

Mascarenhas to How, 2 runs, slower delivery, good running as Anderson at long-off had a lot of ground to make up

22.5

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, Anderson has gone wider and so only the one to the same area

22.6

Mascarenhas to McCullum, no run, back but turned square, a thick edge zips to backward point

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 146/1 (195 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 7.22)
BB McCullum    58* (63b 6x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-14-0
JM How    39* (43b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-8-0

Summer of 69 by the groover from Vancouver. When will it end?

23.1

Collingwood to How, no run, hard straight drive, well stopped by the bowler

23.2

Collingwood to How, SIX, Collingwood drifts onto leg stump and How quick to sweep high into the crowd over backward square leg

23.3

Collingwood to How, SIX, short, pulled flatter and harder and squarer ... but the same result

How has raced to fifty off 46 balls.

23.4

Collingwood to How, no run, better line and length, fuller and driven to short mid-on

23.5

Collingwood to How, 1 run, flicked to Wright at deep wide midwicket

23.6

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, quicker - 78mph - defended to short midwicket

End of over 24 (13 runs) New Zealand 159/1 (182 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    58* (64b 6x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    4-0-21-0
JM How    52* (48b 5x4 2x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-14-0

Here's a turn-up. Shah to bowl.

24.1

Shah to How, no run, beats him as he tries to turn to leg, a loud shout but it hit him outside the line

24.2

Shah to How, 1 wide, very wide, beats a prod and is eventually called a wide, but very late on

24.2

Shah to How, 1 run, driven to long-on

24.3

Shah to McCullum, OUT, beaten outside the off stump, Mustard whips off the bails and McCullum turns and starts to head off before the umpire beckons him to stay and wait for the third umpire. It's a short reprieve ... he dragged a long way out and while his foot was back it wasn't grounded

BB McCullum st †Mustard b Shah 58 (114m 65b 6x4 1x6) SR: 89.23

24.4

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, wide of off stump, he reaches and pushes hard through the covers

24.5

Shah to How, no run, tossed up -53mph - patted back to Shah

24.6

Shah to How, 1 run, swept all along the ground to deep square leg

Collingwood's gamble proved inspired. Will he take Shah off or allow him a second?

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 163/2 (178 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 7.12)
JM How    54* (52b 5x4 2x6)      OA Shah    1-0-4-1
LRPL Taylor    1* (1b)      PD Collingwood    4-0-21-0

Sidebottom on for Collingwood.

25.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, steered behind square on the off and well stopped by a diving Collingwood

25.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, wristily flicked off his legs

25.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, good line from over the wicket, Taylor pushes to short midwicket

25.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled across the right hander, it holds its line and beats the outside edge of a defensive jab

25.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fuller and on off stump, defended and Sidebottom sharply down to field

25.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, half forward, jabbed to cover

A good over from Sidebottom takes the rate over 7.5.

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 164/2 (177 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 7.37)
LRPL Taylor    1* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-26-0
JM How    55* (54b 5x4 2x6)      OA Shah    1-0-4-1

26.1

Shah to How, 1 run, a lot of width, full, driven through the covers

26.2

Shah to Taylor, 2 runs, opens the face and square drives a yorker-length ball outside off

26.3

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, chipped over short midwicket

26.4

Shah to How, 1 run, completely miscued off the inside edge and again it's too close to short midwicket for thew batsman's comfort

26.5

Shah to Taylor, no run, much flatter, Shah fields off his own bowling

26.6

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, up in the blockhole, he opens the face and runs it into the off side

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 170/2 (171 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 7.43)
LRPL Taylor    5* (9b)      OA Shah    2-0-10-1
JM How    57* (56b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-26-0

27.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Sidebottom allowed to settle into a groove, slightly short and angled into the batsman who has to defend from the crease

27.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, half volley outside off driven to the sweeper

27.3

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, thick inside edge to square leg, Anderson at midwicket round to field

27.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, turned firmly off leg stump

27.5

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, pulled-driven off the front foot hard past a diving Anderson at midwicket. The pace did for the fielder as it was within his reach but really thumped

27.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled across the batsman who feels for it and misses

9167 is the official attendance

End of over 28 (7 runs) New Zealand 177/2 (164 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.32, RRR: 7.45)
JM How    62* (59b 6x4 2x6)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-33-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (12b)      OA Shah    2-0-10-1

28.1

Shah to Taylor, no run, outside off, close to a wide, no shot offered

28.2

Shah to Taylor, 1 wide, too wide and it got wider, an easy call for Bowden

28.2

Shah to Taylor, 2 runs, swished to leg and a tight two made easier by a poor pick-up from Cook

28.3

Shah to Taylor, no run, defended, he looks for a single but it's never on as extra cover was in quickly

28.4

Shah to Taylor, no run, flatter and on off stump, defended back to the bowler

28.5

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, dead on 60mph, pushed into a gap in the covers

28.6

Shah to How, no run, outside off, Shah again fields a defensive push

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 181/2 (160 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.24, RRR: 7.61)
JM How    62* (60b 6x4 2x6)      OA Shah    3-0-14-1
LRPL Taylor    10* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-33-0

Stuart Broad on for Sidebottom as the chopping and changing continues. Start Me Up by the Stones greets him and we get a verse and a half as the field is endlessly tweaked and retweaked.

29.1

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, outside off and enough width for Taylor to cut that with venom behind square

29.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, straighter and defended off the back foot

29.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, patted into the covers but it bounces kindly for the incoming fielder and that prevents the single

29.4

Broad to Taylor, 1 wide, outside off and the batsman knows it will be called a wide and so lets it pass. Umpire Rauf obliges

29.4

Broad to Taylor, SIX, sweep-pulled, onto it so quickly and hit with power into the stands

29.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, inswinging yorker that the batsman can do no more than dig out

29.6

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, wide full toss gets exactly what it deserves, slashed square and it rockets to the boundary

And now back from a snooze, it's Andrew Miller. Why thank you. Well, this is exciting

End of over 30 (15 runs) New Zealand 196/2 (145 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 7.25)
LRPL Taylor    24* (23b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-0-53-1
JM How    62* (60b 6x4 2x6)      OA Shah    3-0-14-1

30.1

Shah to How, 1 run, down on one knee, and swung down to midwicket

30.2

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, whisked into the leg side again

30.3

Shah to How, 2 runs, edged, towards the third-man boundary, but not got the legs to get there

30.4

Shah to How, no run, better length, respectfully driven back down the pitch

30.5

Shah to How, FOUR, in the air, and just wide of Sidebottom, flinging himself to his left at gully. That was too wide though, and the risk was calculated

30.6

Shah to How, 1 run, worked into space to complete another eventful over. England are struggling to make an impact here

And that's drinks

End of over 31 (9 runs) New Zealand 205/2 (136 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 7.15)
JM How    70* (65b 7x4 2x6)      OA Shah    4-0-23-1
LRPL Taylor    25* (24b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-0-53-1

31.1

Collingwood to How, 1 run, good length, pushed back up the pitch

31.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, worked off the pads, and picked up at square

31.3

Collingwood to How, 2 runs, driven through midwicket

31.4

Collingwood to How, FOUR, whipped off the toes, and one bounce over the ropes. There was a man back for the stroke, but he never got close

31.5

Collingwood to How, 1 run, drawn forward and defended

31.6

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, offcutter, slightly back of a length, dabbed down to third man

Ten off the over. That's leaky

End of over 32 (10 runs) New Zealand 215/2 (126 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 7.00)
LRPL Taylor    27* (26b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-31-0
JM How    78* (69b 8x4 2x6)      OA Shah    4-0-23-1

32.1

Shah to Taylor, no run, too short, but cut straight to backward point. A let-off

32.2

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, drifting down leg, and flicked away

32.3

Shah to How, 1 run, good line and length, looped onto middle and driven down to long-on

32.4

Shah to Taylor, 2 runs, pulled across the line and very nearly into the hands of midwicket. Too short again, although Broad does well on the boundary's edge

32.5

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, too wide this time, cut away without alarm

32.6

Shah to How, 1 run, swept coolly to deep square. England desperately need a wicket now

End of over 33 (6 runs) New Zealand 221/2 (120 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.69, RRR: 7.05)
JM How    80* (71b 8x4 2x6)      OA Shah    5-0-29-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (30b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-31-0

33.1

Collingwood to How, 1 run, thumped firmly down the ground to mid-on

33.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, drilled into the deep cover region, and still the haemorrageing of runs continues

33.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, floaty and full, an lbw-candidate of a ball, but not if it's middled that sweetly. Midwicket fields

33.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, pushed firmly back down the pitch, Collingwood leaps to field in his followthrough

33.5

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, tapped off the toes, and picked up in the deep

This is a total cakewalk at the moment. England have no penetration, and no restrictive capabilities

33.6

Collingwood to How, no run, dabbed out to point

Time for the mandatory ball-change. Maybe the new one will swing. Or something

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 225/2 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 7.25)
JM How    82* (74b 8x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-35-0
LRPL Taylor    33* (33b 2x4 1x6)      OA Shah    5-0-29-1

34.1

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, big stride, and pushed into the covers

34.2

Shah to How, FOUR, cracking strike! Remarkably it whistles all the way over the ropes, even though it was nothing more than a checked drive

34.3

Shah to How, 1 run, another run to deep midwicket

34.4

Shah to Taylor, no run, massive appeal for anything and everything. Shah hops around like a bunny on a gas-hob. Might have been lbw, a catch at the wicket. Good ball though

34.5

Shah to Taylor, no run, defended

34.6

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, down on one knee and swung through midwicket

End of over 35 (7 runs) New Zealand 232/2 (109 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 7.26)
LRPL Taylor    35* (37b 2x4 1x6)      OA Shah    6-0-36-1
JM How    87* (76b 9x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-35-0

35.1

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, too much width, and cut down to third man

35.2

Collingwood to How, 2 runs, tidy strike to deep cover

35.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, pops off a thick edge, a big cry goes up from the stumps, but that lands in no-man's land

35.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, big swing across the line, completely missed, and not a bad shout for lbw. A fraction high?

35.5

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, connection with the midwicket mow this time, but fielded under the stands

35.6

Collingwood to How, 2 runs, worked into space on the leg-side, and that's a new career-best for Jamie How

End of over 36 (7 runs) New Zealand 239/2 (102 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.63, RRR: 7.28)
JM How    92* (79b 9x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    7-0-42-0
LRPL Taylor    37* (40b 2x4 1x6)      OA Shah    6-0-36-1

36.1

Shah to Taylor, FOUR, dabbed behind square, and that's wonderfully timed. Quick outfield, no stopping that. Nor New Zealand, at this rate

36.2

Shah to Taylor, 1 wide, down the leg side

36.2

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, nudged into the deep, another single

36.3

Shah to How, 1 run, low full toss, and clubbed down to long off

This should be a riveting chase, but it's not. England are beyond salvation at the moment

36.4

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, another single

36.5

Shah to How, 1 run, a top-edge, but lands well short of Cook on the sweep

36.6

Shah to Taylor, 1 run, pushed down to long-on to complete

Right, it's time for Anderson. He simply has to get it right this time. He's been awful today

End of over 37 (10 runs) New Zealand 249/2 (92 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.72, RRR: 7.07)
LRPL Taylor    44* (44b 3x4 1x6)      OA Shah    7-0-46-1
JM How    94* (81b 9x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    7-0-42-0

37.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full, straight and defended. A good start

37.2

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, low full toss, and an inside edge flies through the batsman's legs and away through the unguarded fine leg

37.3

Anderson to Taylor, OUT, redemption for Anderson, and a vital life-line for England. Outside off, hard-handed swish, clear edge, simple catch. Well bowled, and a window of opportunity

LRPL Taylor c †Mustard b Anderson 48 (54m 47b 4x4 1x6) SR: 102.12

37.4

Anderson to Styris, 1 run, full length, driven into the covers, and off the mark first-ball

37.5

Anderson to How, 1 run, leg-side full toss, whipped to deep square. He's targeting the yorker, but not quite nailing it

37.6

Anderson to Styris, no run, banged in short, not called as wide, an encouraging over for England

Here's Martin Williamson for the last rites

End of over 38 (6 runs) New Zealand 255/3 (86 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 7.16)
SB Styris    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    7-0-67-1
JM How    95* (82b 9x4 2x6)      OA Shah    7-0-46-1

Shah off, Broad on.

38.1

Broad to How, 1 run, back, defensive push to deep mid-on

38.2

Broad to Styris, no run, back of a length outside off, defended

38.3

Broad to Styris, 1 run, they take on Collingwood haring in from point, his throw at the bowler's end misses and Styris would have just about made it anyhow

38.4

Broad to How, 1 run, square drive, a tumbling stop from Collingwood

38.5

Broad to Styris, no run, uppish drive, Bell at cover claws the ball back as it seemed past him

38.6

Broad to Styris, FOUR, rasping cover drive, too full and stroked all along the ground past cover and the sweeper has no chance

End of over 39 (7 runs) New Zealand 262/3 (79 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 7.18)
SB Styris    6* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-60-1
JM How    97* (84b 9x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-67-1

39.1

Anderson to How, 1 run, poodled to long-on

39.2

Anderson to Styris, 1 run, firm drive placed to the left of mid-off

39.3

Anderson to How, 2 runs, angled behind square on the off, How wants the second and he gets it as Broad's throw is wild ... he raises his left arm to punch the air as he makes his ground

His first in one-day internationals. It's come from 86 balls, with nine fours and two sixes.

39.4

Anderson to How, 2 runs, "two, two" he shouts as he on drives wide of Sidebottom at long-on

39.5

Anderson to How, 1 run, inswinging yorker which is very late to jab down on, the fielders are slow and they still get a single ... heads are drooping out there with every run

39.6

Anderson to Styris, no run, he ends with a rare dot ball on off stump

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 269/3 (72 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 7.20)
SB Styris    7* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-74-1
JM How    103* (88b 9x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-60-1

Collingwood on again for Broad. One over here, one over there ...

40.1

Collingwood to How, no run, hit firmly back at the bowler who is down quickly

40.2

Collingwood to How, 2 runs, driven straight inches to the right of the stumps, long-on fields

40.3

Collingwood to How, SIX, pulled from off stump to the long boundary, and into the breeze as well, Mustard screams "catch" but it's a big six

40.4

Collingwood to How, 1 run, cut behind square, Anderson tumbles and picks up but can't prevent the run

40.5

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, tip and run into the off

40.6

Collingwood to How, 1 run, short and pulled to deep midwicket

This game is New Zealand's barring something very odd happening. It's a high-scoring game but the balance between bat and ball is not there. Full credit to the home side, nevertheless.

End of over 41 (11 runs) New Zealand 280/3 (61 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 6.77)
JM How    113* (93b 9x4 3x6)      PD Collingwood    8-0-53-0
SB Styris    8* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-74-1

Stuart Broad. Another change.

41.1

Broad to How, 1 run, full toss on off stump, driven to mid-off

41.2

Broad to Styris, no run, pushed into the covers

41.3

Broad to Styris, FOUR, spanked square, a slower ball that ended up as a slow long hop and got exactly what it deserved

41.4

Broad to Styris, 1 run, full and wide, squeezed to third man

41.5

Broad to How, no run, wide full toss, slammed into the ground and Bell stops well as it was coming out of the setting sun

41.6

Broad to How, 1 run, pushed into the off side ... all very easy

End of over 42 (7 runs) New Zealand 287/3 (54 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 6.75)
JM How    115* (96b 9x4 3x6)      SCJ Broad    9-0-67-1
SB Styris    13* (12b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-53-0

Now a shock ... no bowling change. Collingwood to continue. 54 needed off 48 balls.

42.1

Collingwood to How, 1 run, upright drive to long-off

42.2

Collingwood to Styris, no run, he checks a drive and the ball loops back a yard or so short of the bowler

42.3

Collingwood to Styris, FOUR, sweet paddle fine on the leg side, Shah dives but more for show as he was well beaten. "Cheeky but effective," says Sir Ian

42.4

Collingwood to Styris, 2 runs, short and pulled hard past midwicket, the man in the deep called into action

Styris is looking in good form.

42.5

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, square drive to deep cover

42.6

Collingwood to How, 1 run, up on the crease and wide, but he can still guide the ball wide of backward point

End of over 43 (9 runs) New Zealand 296/3 (45 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 6.42)
JM How    117* (98b 9x4 3x6)      PD Collingwood    9-0-62-0
SB Styris    20* (16b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-67-1

Ryan Sidebottom back. The last throw of the dice for England?

43.1

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, oh yes, full and straight, threaded between midwicket and mid-on, a lovely shot

43.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, a wry grin as he misses out ... a full toss hit hard but right at midwicket

43.3

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, driven uppishly but a few yards short of the inrushing long-off

43.4

Sidebottom to Styris, OUT, he goes for the big hit over long-on, doesn't quite get hold of it and Anderson takes the catch two yards inside the rope

SB Styris c Anderson b Sidebottom 20 (28m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 117.64

Styris was looking in ominous form ... Sidebottom has given England a glimmer of a sliver of hope.

43.5

Sidebottom to Fulton, 1 leg bye, a swish and a miss, but a leg bye into the on side

43.6

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, How still firing, a placed cover drive keeps him on strike

That's the highest one-day score by a New Zealander against England.

End of over 44 (7 runs) New Zealand 303/4 (38 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 6.33)
JM How    123* (102b 10x4 3x6)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-39-1
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      PD Collingwood    9-0-62-0

44.1

Collingwood to How, 1 run, pushed to leg, Mustard implores the fielders to make the extra effort

44.2

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, steered wide of backward point but Anderson makes an athletic tumbling stop

44.3

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, driven into the stumps at the bowler's end

Fulton cannot get off strike and he's not in form either ...

44.4

Collingwood to Fulton, OUT, chipped short of mid-on, Pietersen picks up on the half volley and underarms off balance as he is falling and hits the bowler's end stumps with Fulton a foot short

PG Fulton run out 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Great fielding but New Zealand won't mind that dismissal. Not sure what the thinking was sending Fulton in at this stage anyhow.

44.5

Collingwood to How, 2 runs, flicked wide of midwicket, Oram was coming back come hell or high water and he makes his ground easily

44.6

Collingwood to How, 1 wide, fired down the leg side. Mustard can't gather first time and he misses a stumping chance ... it was very wide but the batsman overbalanced and was some way adrift

44.6

Collingwood to How, 1 run, too short and pulled hard to deep midwicket

End of over 45 (5 runs) New Zealand 308/5 (33 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 6.60)
JM How    127* (105b 10x4 3x6)      PD Collingwood    10-0-67-0
JDP Oram    0* (0b)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-39-1

Sidebottom off, Broad on for his last over. Curate's egg stuff from him today with more off egg than good egg.

45.1

Broad to How, 1 run, inswinging and full, driven into the off side

45.2

Broad to Oram, 2 runs, pushed drive to the left of the stumps, nice shot, long-on fields

45.3

Broad to Oram, no run, slightly short, he tries a rather ambitious flick through the slips and plays under the ball

45.4

Broad to Oram, FOUR, clubbed with almost no backlift back Bell at backward point

Now we're on a run-a-ball and in the context of this match, that's a canter.

45.5

Broad to Oram, OUT, wide, driven hard with no footwork but straight at Pietersen at extra cover who holds a sharp catch at thigh height

JDP Oram c Pietersen b Broad 6 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Now then ... surely New Zealand won't falter with the game theirs for the taking ... Vettori is a good man to have coming in in this position.

45.6

Broad to Vettori, 1 run, wide and full, squeezed through the covers

End of over 46 (8 runs) New Zealand 316/6 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.86, RRR: 6.25)
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      SCJ Broad    10-0-75-2
JM How    128* (106b 10x4 3x6)      PD Collingwood    10-0-67-0

Anderson on. And the thing is, Collingwood has to bowl Mascarenhas or Shah for one over if it goes the distance

46.1

Anderson to Vettori, no run, chops into the ground at his feet as he looks to guide the ball to third man

46.2

Anderson to Vettori, no run, just what England wanted, full and slanted across Vettori who does well not to nick it

46.3

Anderson to Vettori, no run, and another peach which again leaves Vettori who gropes and misses

46.4

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, finally Vettori middles one into the covers and gets How on strike

46.5

Anderson to How, no run, inswinging full toss, hit hard back at Anderson who dives to his right and makes a good save

46.6

Anderson to How, 1 run, again full and swinging in, driven to long-off

Finally Anderson finds his rhythm ... late but better so than never for those who like tight finishes.

End of over 47 (2 runs) New Zealand 318/6 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 7.66)
JM How    129* (108b 10x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    9-0-76-1
DL Vettori    2* (5b)      SCJ Broad    10-0-75-2

Sidebottom up for his last over. 23 off 18 ...

47.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, full and outside off stump, guided with an open face to deepish cover

A long delay as the field is tinkered with

47.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, classic yorker, outside off swinging into the left hander and rips through him

47.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, half volley driven to long-on but with no power

47.4

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, wide full toss, hit with oodles of bottom hand to long-on

Another delay as Pietersen chats with Sidebottom.

47.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, almost a yorker, Vettori does well to drive back to the right of a diving Sidebottom, long-off mops up

47.6

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, more bottom hand, turned to the right of long-on, Vettori turns for the second without looking at Anderson whose throw is accurate but the batsman makes his ground

Hmm .. the third umpire might have got that wrong because Vettori was home but his bat had bounced in the air and so he was actually out ... so out in-house umpire tells us

End of over 48 (6 runs) New Zealand 324/6 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.50)
JM How    133* (111b 10x4 3x6)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-45-1
DL Vettori    4* (8b)      JM Anderson    9-0-76-1

48.1

Anderson to Vettori, FOUR, clubbed over long-on

48.2

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, fuller and only a single to long-on this time

48.3

Anderson to How, 1 run, not timed, long-on fields one that was aimed into the off side

Anderson moves his third man wider ...

48.4

Anderson to Vettori, 2 runs, Vettori shimmies to the off and works behind square on the leg, Sidebottom does well to slide and throw at fine leg, Mustard fumbles the return ... had he not, it would have been mighty close ...but it's all academic

48.5

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, same shot, right across his stumps, steered right to Sidebottom this time but still the single

48.6

Anderson to How, 1 run, a good delivery to finish a poor day with the ball for Anderson, up in the blockhole and a single into the leg side

End of over 49 (10 runs) New Zealand 334/6 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 7.00)
JM How    135* (113b 10x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    10-0-86-1
DL Vettori    12* (12b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-45-1

Now, the gamble has been that this would be sorted before the last over ... but now Collingwood has to make the call ... Mascarenhas or Shah? Nope ... it's Luke Wright. Knock me sideways ...

49.1

Wright to How, 1 run, full, straight and hit to long-on

Another long chat ... everyone has an opinion and wants to air it. Fielders moving here, there and everywhere ... it's chaos out there!

49.2

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, bottom edge into the ground, it scoots to Broad at short fine leg

Now the batsmen have a chat ...

49.3

Wright to How, 2 runs, driven very hard to long-on, yet again Vettori takes on the arm and this time he gets home without the third umpire being needed ... not that he did England any favours last time!

49.4

Wright to How, 1 run, hit hard to midwicket, Pietersen gathers cleanly and hurls at the bowler's end ... it misses by inches with the batsman nowhere to be seen

49.5

Wright to Vettori, OUT, full toss hit hard to mid-off, Anderson picks up and throws down the bowler's end stumps with the batsman yards short

JM How run out 139 (187m 116b 10x4 3x6) SR: 119.82

A sad end to a really wonderful innings from How. When he came in we said he was not the man for the situation ... we were utterly wrong. As for Anderson, his bowling has been poor but his fielding all day has been awesome ...

Two to win, one ball remaining. Could you ask for more ... here comes Wright ...

49.6

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, the ball is fired in at his feet, it cannons off his boot with some edge as well into the off side, the batsmen run, a diving underarm throw misses as Mills hurls himself towards the crease ... and he makes it. We have a tie!

Well, what a finish. That keeps the series alive and we now go to Christchurch on Saturday with England needing to win to salvage a draw . It was a day dominated by the bat and for the last third New Zealand always seemed to have enough in the tank to get home. But then we had wickets, controversy and it came down to the last ball.

"We were dead and buried going into the last six," Collingwood admitted. "I gambled on Wrighty and what a fantastic job he did." And some. You have to say that New Zealand will look on that as an opportunity missed, although Collingwood did say that he had no idea what emotions he should have.

End of over 50 (6 runs) New Zealand 340/7 (1 run required)
DL Vettori    14* (15b 1x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-6-0
KD Mills    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    10-0-86-1
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
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Photos

Feb 20, 2008

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

Phil Mustard attempts to run out Jamie How

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Feb 20, 2008

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

Luke Wright is mobbed by his team-mates after sealing England a tie

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