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)

0.1

Mills to Cook, 1 run, full length to start, dabbed to midwicket and a tight call. Cook just makes his ground as the shy comes in

0.2

Mills to Mustard, no run, a swish and a miss outside off. That's a tempting line, angling across the left-hander

0.3

Mills to Mustard, no run, lovely line again, curving back in towards off stump, and just sneaking past the off stump. Looked like movement off the pitch there ...

0.4

Mills to Mustard, no run, outside off and shaping away this time. Mustard is in place for a cut, but leaves alone

0.5

Mills to Mustard, 1 run, clipped firmly off the toes, but straight to Jeetan Patel on the midwicket boundary

0.6

Mills to Cook, no run, drawn forward and solidly defended into the covers

England 2/0   KD Mills 1-0-2-0

2.1

Mills to Mustard, no run, back of a length and a hint of width, but Mustard finds himself cramped for room with an attempted cut

2.2

Mills to Mustard, OUT, oh dear, well, he was never going to hang around. A monstrous heave off a good length, a spiralling leading edge, and Jamie How judges the ball well at cover, as it holds up in the wind and plops from floodlight-height into his safe hands

P Mustard c How b Mills 2 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

2.3

Mills to Cook, no run, drawn forward, defended into the covers

2.4

Mills to Cook, no run, watchful defence, good line and length

2.5

Mills to Cook, no run, onto his toes to drive, but can't find the gap. The ball is not coming onto the bat quite as it did at Napier

2.6

Mills to Cook, no run, nips off the seam to complete a tidy over

England 5/1   KD Mills 2-1-2-1

4.1

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone

4.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the hip to fine leg

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   KD Mills 3-1-3-1

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

6.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, tucked off the pads to midwicket

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   KD Mills 4-1-9-1

8.1

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off, and beaten

8.2

Mills to Cook, no run, good line and length, pitching on middle and angling across towards off

8.3

Mills to Cook, 1 leg bye, loud shout for lbw, but that pitched a fraction outside leg, and might have been high as well. Otherwise plumb

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   KD Mills 5-2-9-1

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

10.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, back and flicked through a large space at midwicket

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

10.5

Mills to Cook, 1 run, heaved along the ground to deep midwicket

10.6

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

England 37/1   KD Mills 6-2-12-1

12.1

Mills to Cook, no run, tight line, poked defensively back at the bowler

12.2

Mills to Cook, no run, shapes to cut but cannot get much power into the shot and point's hands are hardly sore after stopping that

12.3

Mills to Cook, no run, looks to swing one from outside off stump over the leg-side field but misses and McCullum takes

12.4

Mills to Cook, 1 run, another ugly cross-batted hoick, this time he connects and gets the single to midwicket

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   KD Mills 7-2-14-1

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

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

14.5

Mills to Cook, 1 run, on leg stump, worked to the man two thirds back square of the wicket

14.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully

England 59/2   KD Mills 8-2-16-2

46.1

Mills to Wright, SIX, another off-side maximum ... gives himself room outside off stump and slams that over the top

46.2

Mills to Wright, OUT, a wide full toss which he doesn't get hold of, Taylor ten yards in at long-off waits and takes a routine catch

LJ Wright c Taylor b Mills 47 (42m 40b 2x4 4x6) SR: 117.50

46.3

Mills to Shah, FOUR, low full toss hit hard and straight, long-on dives but can't cut it off ... and his trousers fall down as he slides to add to his embarrassment

46.4

Mills to Shah, no run, yorker-length outside off, squeezed to point

46.5

Mills to Shah, OUT, wide and slightly short, Shah slashes, gets a thin edge and McCullum takes a really good catch and doesn't he know it ... he sets off on a whooping celebration and well he might. A catch like that standing up is always hard ...

OA Shah c †McCullum b Mills 29 (57m 48b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.41

46.6

Mills to Broad, 1 run, languid drive past a diving extra cover, the sweeper in to mop up

England 202/7   KD Mills 9-2-27-4

48.1

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, right up there, Mascarenhas can do no more than drive to long-off

48.2

Mills to Broad, FOUR, full toss swatted between deep midwicket and wide long-on ... a poor delivery but he was on it quickly and it bounced two yards short of the rope

48.3

Mills to Broad, 1 run, back to yorker length, dug out to long-on

48.4

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, low full toss outside off, again all he can do is drive to long-off

48.5

Mills to Broad, 1 run, driven to deep midwicket, very open

48.6

Mills to Mascarenhas, 1 run, long-on fields a drive

England 220/7   KD Mills 10-2-36-4
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
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 120 balls remaining)
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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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