England tour of New Zealand, 5th ODI: New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 23, 2008
New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
23 February 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)
3.1

Martin to Bell, (no ball) 1 run, upper-cut, and that's a loose stroke that flies agonisingly close to gully - but it's a no-ball, so a free hit coming up ...

3.2

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off, Bell doesn't even pretend interest in that one

3.3

Martin to Bell, no run, short ball, dug into the ribs, which it locates with a loud "oof"

3.4

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off, nipping back in, left alone again

3.5

Martin to Bell, no run, short and angling in again, defended with a hop

3.6

Martin to Bell, no run, short and zipping through, well wide of off stump. Good rhythmic over

England 8/1   IR Bell 1* (6b)
4.3

Mills to Bell, no run, props forward with a vertical bat. Defended

4.4

Mills to Bell, no run, pushed out to point. Tight line again

4.5

Mills to Bell, no run, back of a length, defended again

4.6

Mills to Bell, no run, an excellent over. England have nothing to work with whatsoever just yet

England 9/1   IR Bell 1* (10b)
6.1

Mills to Bell, 1 run, Bell comes down the pitch to drive, and chips the ball over square leg. Didn't quite go where intended, but good intent

6.3

Mills to Bell, no run, clipped sweetly off middle stump, but short midwicket intercepts

6.4

Mills to Bell, no run, driven out to point

6.5

Mills to Bell, FOUR, takes the aerial route, and does so well. Full straight drive, up and over the infield and through long-off. Lovely strike

6.6

Mills to Bell, no run, fuller length, stoutly defended

England 19/1   IR Bell 6* (15b 1x4)
7.5

Martin to Bell, FOUR, brilliant shot, hitting on the up and piercing the off-side field to perfection. Not a slog in sight, just text-book cover-driving

7.6

Martin to Bell, FOUR, very nicely done - opening the face on contact to thread the ball in front of point. Wonderful driving, and it just has the legs to cross the rope

England 32/1   IR Bell 14* (17b 3x4)
8.4

Mills to Bell, no run, two steps down the track for Bell, but Mills spots him coming and adjusts well

8.5

Mills to Bell, no run, driven solidly again - he's really finding the middle of the bat at the mo. But mid-off fields

8.6

Mills to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

England 33/1   IR Bell 14* (20b 3x4)
10.1

Mills to Bell, 1 leg bye, a swish, a miss, a pad and a leg bye as the ball dribbles behind square on the off

10.3

Mills to Bell, no run, he gives Mills the change and he responds with a short one outside off. Good thinking by the batsman and a sharp response from the bowler

10.4

Mills to Bell, 1 run, again comes to meet the ball, slightly short but he has enough room to swat it to mid-on, but too cramped for the big hit

10.6

Mills to Bell, no run, pushed defensively to extra cover

England 37/1   IR Bell 15* (24b 3x4)
11.2

Oram to Bell, no run, pushed into the off

11.3

Oram to Bell, 2 runs, short, launched high to deep midwicket, it hangs in the air but Patel has a lot of ground to make up from deep square leg and it plops safely two thirds of the way to the boundary

11.4

Oram to Bell, no run, patted into the off side

11.5

Oram to Bell, FOUR, low full toss, pushed more than hit to the right of Oram and it bisects mid-off and mid-on

11.6

Oram to Bell, no run, angled in to Bell who has to settle for patting the ball back to the bowler

England 44/1   IR Bell 21* (29b 4x4)
12.5

Mills to Bell, no run, fired at Bell's body, he looks to swivel-pull but misses and takes the ball in the gut

12.6

Mills to Bell, 1 run, driven from the crease, the ball was on the stumps but Bell had moved to leg to give himself more room

England 46/1   IR Bell 22* (31b 4x4)
13.1

Oram to Bell, 1 run, slashing drive in the air but just to the left of backward point who was at full stretch

13.3

Oram to Bell, 1 run, short, pulled from outside off stump to Patel at deep midwicket

England 49/1   IR Bell 24* (33b 4x4)
14.1

Mills to Bell, OUT, half volley, he looks to hit over long-off but underclubs and Flynn, a yard or so in from the boundary, takes a good catch in front of his face

IR Bell c Flynn b Mills 24 (53m 34b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

England 57/2   IR Bell 24 (34b 4x4)
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