England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand ODI Series - 5th ODI

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)

14.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, outside off, no shot

14.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, blocked back to the bowler

14.4

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, turned rather lazily into the leg side to get off the mark

14.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully

England 59/2   KP Pietersen 1* (4b)

15.2

Oram to Pietersen, FOUR, clipped firmly to the right of midwicket, on the walk and with whippy wrists

15.3

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to extra cover and he's off for the single comewhat may ... no alarms

15.6

Oram to Pietersen, 3 runs, schoolboy misfield ... driven to Martin at extra cover and he jogs in and completely misses the ball and has to turn and sprint after it ... one becomes three and Martin wants the ground to open up and swallow him

England 69/2   KP Pietersen 9* (7b 1x4)

16.1

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, driven from outside off stump to mid-on

16.3

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen content to pick the gaps and milk the ones while he finds his sights

England 72/2   KP Pietersen 11* (9b 1x4)

17.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, into the pad as Pietersen shapes to poke into space on the leg side

17.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, cut-poked into the packed cover region

17.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, two steps to make a decent ball into a half volley which he turns to deepish midwicket

17.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, again uses his feet and pushes the ball into the leg side, Vettori charges after it like an enthusiastic schoolboy but was never going to prevent the run

England 75/2   KP Pietersen 13* (13b 1x4)

18.1

Styris to Pietersen, no run, mistimed drive which Styris fields neatly

18.2

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, wristy flick from off stump to square leg

18.5

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-on, 15 yards in from the boundary

England 78/2   KP Pietersen 15* (16b 1x4)

19.1

Vettori to Pietersen, FOUR, he comes down the track, Vettori fires it wide, and KP plays one of those trademark reaching drives from way wide of his body, through extra cover and four

19.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, hammered back at the bowler ...not so much a stop as a direct hit but no run whatever

19.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball, Pietersen waits and pushes to mid-on. That was 47mph

19.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, punched into the ground at his feet, McCullum fields a bobbler

19.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, outside off, Pietersen watches it pass with a very snooty air

England 84/2   KP Pietersen 20* (21b 2x4)

20.3

Styris to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully

20.4

Styris to Pietersen, no run, and another circumspect poke to one outside off

20.5

Styris to Pietersen, no run, wider and driven hard, extra cover dives to his right, an easy stop

20.6

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to leg with a late flick of the wrists

England 86/2   KP Pietersen 21* (25b 2x4)

21.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept to long leg, controlled and it trundles all along the ground

21.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, solid defensive push back to Vettori

21.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, looks to turn to leg but gets a leading edge and it squirts into the off side, no chance as it kept low

21.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed to cover, Pietersen sets off, Cook yelps and sends him back

England 88/2   KP Pietersen 22* (29b 2x4)

22.2

Styris to Pietersen, 2 runs, pulled with a flamingo-like one-legged twirl, Mills slides and flicks back at cow corner and a colleague throws

22.3

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, single to square leg

22.5

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, up to long-off ... almost batting by numbers, singles at will, New Zealand happy to give them, England happy to take them. It's this aspect of ODIs that people moan about ...

England 94/2   KP Pietersen 26* (32b 2x4)

23.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, stands tall and drives to cover

23.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, again subdued drive into the off side

23.5

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept to short fine leg, he shies at the bowler's end but never a chance of a run out

England 97/2   KP Pietersen 27* (35b 2x4)

24.1

Styris to Pietersen, no run, wild sweep to one about a yard outside off which he misses ... not surprisingly

24.2

Styris to Pietersen, 2 runs, pushed, placed through the covers, Pietersen is quick and that allows him to scamper back for the second

24.3

Styris to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely shot, a half volley hammered straight, low and long-on never in the race. Loads of bottom hand in that one

24.4

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, more conventional drive trundles to long-off

24.6

Styris to Pietersen, no run, flatter and faster, Pietersen a little surprised and forced to defend

England 105/2   KP Pietersen 34* (40b 3x4)

25.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, a step and a bit, taken on the pads

25.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, languid drive along the ground to long-on

England 107/3   KP Pietersen 35* (42b 3x4)

26.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, single to long-on

26.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, dead batted into the off side

26.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, short midwicket fields a nudge off the pads

26.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, tight stuff from Oram, no run as the ball is steered into the covers

England 109/3   KP Pietersen 36* (46b 3x4)

27.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, cut to deep backward point

27.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, tickled to short fine leg, he's in quickly to prevent the single

27.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, very watchful and upright defensive dead bat

England 112/3   KP Pietersen 37* (49b 3x4)

28.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, steps back and cuts to deepish cover

England 114/3   KP Pietersen 38* (50b 3x4)

29.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept with real oomph to Ryder in the shade of the stands at deep midwicket

29.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, dribbled a few feet down the track

29.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, crouching defensive push

29.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, and again a very non ODI poke

England 118/3   KP Pietersen 39* (54b 3x4)

30.2

Patel to Pietersen, OUT, the sucker punch! One sighter, then the monstrous heave over midwicket. But Patel held that one up a touch, and Jesse Ryder circled in the deep to take a comfortable chance. That's a major blow to England's ambitions

KP Pietersen c Ryder b Patel 39 (61m 55b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.90

England 119/4   KP Pietersen 39 (55b 3x4)
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New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
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Match tied
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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 23, 2008

The sun sets on England's chances in the one-day series, England v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Christchurch, February 23, 2008

The sun sets on England's chances in the one-day series

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Feb 23, 2008

Paul Collingwood misses a catch off his own bowling, England v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Christchurch, February 23, 2008

Paul Collingwood misses a catch off his own bowling

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