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)
1.1

Martin to Mustard, no run, round the wicket, angling in to off stump, defended to midwicket

1.2

Martin to Mustard, 1 run, back of a length, nudged to point where Jamie How swooped and shied. I think the batsman was just in, had the ball hit. Which it didn't

1.3

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off and defended off the back foot

1.4

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, driven, off a slight inside-edge, squirts through midwicket, and they get a bonus two as McCullum fields the throw and shies without checking to see if the slips are awake. They were not

1.5

Martin to Cook, no run, a hint of uneven bounce? Conceivably. That kept lower

1.6

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off again, deflected to point

England 5/0   CS Martin 1-0-3-0
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 ...

3.1

Martin to Cook, 1 run, low full toss - Cook makes room but can only shovel a single to mid-off

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   CS Martin 2-0-6-0
5.1

Martin to Cook, no run, round the wicket, defended on off stump

5.2

Martin to Cook, FOUR, whipped firmly, the ball was shaping down the leg-side, and Cook helped it on its way very nicely. England's first boundary of the match

5.3

Martin to Cook, no run, defended off the back foot

5.4

Martin to Cook, no run, drawn into the drive and beaten outside off. Nice bowling, just a hint of away movement off the seam

5.5

Martin to Cook, no run, yorker length, dug out with ease and picked up in the covers

5.6

Martin to Cook, no run, angling towards leg stump, turned to midwicket. Another tidy over

England 13/1   CS Martin 3-0-10-0
7.1

Martin to Cook, no run, yorker, outside off. Cook prods loosely but misses

7.2

Martin to Cook, FOUR, another emphatic clip off the toes - that's the second time Martin has strayed onto Cook's pads, and he's paid the full price

7.3

Martin to Cook, no run, bad bowling, feeding Cook's habit, and it's sheer good/bad luck that short fine leg was in the way of that shot. It was travelling

7.4

Martin to Cook, 1 run, clipped again, Martin has lost his line badly, but just one more to the total

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   CS Martin 4-0-23-0
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