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)

2.00pm Right, we are almost ready to roll. The players are emerging onto the field, through a posse of banner-waving mascots. Daniel Vettori leads New Zealand out, followed by England's openers Alastair Cook and Phil Mustard. They added 158 for the first wicket in Napier. More of the same will serve England's cause well. Kyle Mills has the new ball. Here we go

1.45pm Ian Botham is predicting another belter - perhaps not as hard as the track at Napier, but he reckons 280 is a par score. England will need to cash in now that they've been given first use

New Zealand win the toss and bowl. Their three best performances in this series have all come chasing, says Daniel Vettori, so they are sticking to what they know. Collingwood, England's captain, admits he'd have done the same.

England have named an unchanged side for the third match running, while New Zealand bring in Daniel Flynn and Jeetan Patel and leave out Peter Fulton and Iain O'Brien.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for the fifth and final ODI between England and New Zealand at Christchurch. It's been an emotional ride for England in this series - abject humiliation in the first two games, a cathartic win in the third match at Auckland, and then an incredible last-ditch tie at Napier on Wednesday. The upshot is, they have a chance of claiming a share of the spoils if they can emerge victorious in today's encounter, and as Paul Collingwood said in the preview, that would rank as one of the finest results of his career.

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

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AN Cook    1* (2b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0
P Mustard    1* (4b)     

Chris Martin to share the new ball. Tidy start in that Mills over

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

A compact start from New Zealand's opening bowlers

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
AN Cook    3* (6b)      CS Martin    1-0-3-0
P Mustard    2* (6b)      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

A sorry-looking scorecard so far for England. Vettori's decision is being vindicated at this stage

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) England 5/1 (RR: 1.66)
AN Cook    3* (10b)      KD Mills    2-1-2-1
IR Bell    0* (0b)      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

He's never hit a six in international cricket ... not the ideal man for such a role

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

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 8/1 (RR: 2.00)
IR Bell    1* (6b)      CS Martin    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    4* (11b)      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

England still aren't too sure about the pace of this pitch. Taking their time to bed in

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

End of over 5 (1 run) England 9/1 (RR: 1.80)
IR Bell    1* (10b)      KD Mills    3-1-3-1
AN Cook    5* (13b)      CS Martin    2-0-6-0

A bit of a hold-up while the sight-screen is shifted, and off we go ...

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

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 13/1 (RR: 2.16)
AN Cook    9* (19b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-0-10-0
IR Bell    1* (10b)      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

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 19/1 (RR: 2.71)
IR Bell    6* (15b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-9-1
AN Cook    10* (20b 1x4)      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

End of over 8 (13 runs) England 32/1 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    14* (17b 3x4)      CS Martin    4-0-23-0
AN Cook    15* (24b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-9-1

Nineteen runs from the last 13 balls. That's healthier for England

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

That's the end of the over, as signalled by a burst of "Sweet Child O'Mine" on the stadium tannoy. Good taste these Kiwis ... Here's Jacob Oram

End of over 9 (1 run, maiden) England 33/1 (RR: 3.66)
IR Bell    14* (20b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-2-9-1
AN Cook    15* (27b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-23-0

9.1

Oram to Cook, no run, outside off from round the wicket, defended out to point

9.2

Oram to Cook, no run, tighter to off stump, good length again and defended

9.3

Oram to Cook, no run, defended again on off stump

9.4

Oram to Cook, no run, wider of the crease, but tight to the stumps again. A loud shout of "no!"

9.5

Oram to Cook, no run, very tidy line and length, defended again. No freebies here

9.6

Oram to Cook, no run, tucked off the hips, no run there either. A very tight first ten overs

End of the first Powerplay. Here's Martin "mad-for-it" Williamson

End of over 10 (maiden) England 33/1 (RR: 3.30)
AN Cook    15* (33b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0
IR Bell    14* (20b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-2-9-1

Thanks Miller. Another Powerplay signalled by Billy Bowden.

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

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 37/1 (RR: 3.36)
IR Bell    15* (24b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-2-12-1
AN Cook    17* (35b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0

11.1

Oram to Cook, 1 run, outside off, edgy cut to third man

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

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 44/1 (RR: 3.66)
IR Bell    21* (29b 4x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-7-0
AN Cook    18* (36b 2x4)      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

McCullum standing up.

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

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 46/1 (RR: 3.53)
IR Bell    22* (31b 4x4)      KD Mills    7-2-14-1
AN Cook    19* (40b 2x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-7-0

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

13.2

Oram to Cook, 1 run, flicked from middle stump square on the leg side

13.3

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

13.4

Oram to Cook, no run, blocked with about as much foot movement as I show at the crease ... ie none

13.5

Oram to Cook, FOUR, he comes down the pitch, stops, it's short and he pulls behind square and iut beats the sprawling deep midwicket haring to his left

13.6

Oram to Cook, FOUR, driven, slightly edgily, but it's past point and no way can third man get round

Successive fours ... Cook was looking ill at ease and that should settle the nerves a little.

End of over 14 (11 runs) England 57/1 (RR: 4.07)
AN Cook    28* (44b 4x4)      JDP Oram    3-1-18-0
IR Bell    24* (33b 4x4)      KD Mills    7-2-14-1

Lovely day in Christchurch ... sunshine and blue sky, but a stiffish breeze

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

Welcome KP ...

14.2

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

Even a leave looks theatrical when Pietersen is in the middle.

In the interests of fairness, it's a clear and cold night in London. Although, given it's 2am there, only night workers and insomniacs should be following this from the UK.

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

Andrew "Marco Polo" Miller is struggling to find a good hotel in Napier and Wellington. Send in all recommendations ... he doesn't mind cockroaches ...

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 59/2 (RR: 3.93)
KP Pietersen    1* (4b)      KD Mills    8-2-16-2
AN Cook    29* (45b 4x4)      JDP Oram    3-1-18-0

The final Powerplay ...

15.1

Oram to Cook, 1 run, push and stroll into the off side rather than push and run

Chris emails: "It is blowing a gale up here in Auckland and hasn't stopped raining all day. Glad the cricket isn't up here, because there wouldn't be any!"

15.1

Oram to Cook, 1 run, quicker one, pitches on leg, straightens and Cook is caught in his crease. It looked banged to rights and the umpire has no doubts either

15.2

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

McCullum comes up to the stumps to try to restrict Pietersen's footwork.

15.3

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

15.4

Oram to Cook, no run, very correct jabbed defensive prod into the covers

15.5

Oram to Cook, 1 run, firm push to the left of point, he has to jog to get it and that allows an easy one

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

End of over 16 (10 runs) England 69/2 (RR: 4.31)
KP Pietersen    9* (7b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-1-28-0
AN Cook    31* (48b 4x4)      KD Mills    8-2-16-2

Here's Scott Styris.

16.1

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

16.2

Styris to Cook, 1 run, form off drive, and another misfield ... one -handed stop which deflects into his body and from there scoots away from him

Justin Bowdidge emails to say it is also sunny in Tokoyo. There's a Tony Hancock sketch along those lines ...

16.3

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

16.4

Styris to Cook, no run, pushed to mid-off who is in saving the one

16.5

Styris to Cook, no run, hurriedly jabs down after deciding to play back

16.6

Styris to Cook, no run, tight and mean, Cook can do no more than defend

Offers flooding in for Andrew. "He can stay in our student flat, we consider it a five star, comfy couch to sleep on, good fast food shops next door and we will even throw in a complimentary beer," says Andy Florkowski. Too luxurious for the great man ...

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 72/2 (RR: 4.23)
AN Cook    32* (52b 4x4)      SB Styris    1-0-3-0
KP Pietersen    11* (9b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-1-28-0

Here is Daniel Vettori.

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

It's snowing in Boston. It's also night. Aside from that, perfect cricket conditions ....

17.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, clipped to mid-on

17.5

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, tucked off his pads to deep square leg

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 75/2 (RR: 4.16)
KP Pietersen    13* (13b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    33* (54b 4x4)      SB Styris    1-0-3-0

Good crowd now which is good to see

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

18.3

Styris to Cook, no run, short and wide, Cook misses out with a horribly weak cut

18.4

Styris to Cook, 1 run, easy drive through the covers but there's a man in the deep on patrol for that very shot

18.5

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

18.6

Styris to Cook, no run, through the poke and into his pads, McCullum appeals more to clear his throat than in any expectation of an lbw

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 78/2 (RR: 4.10)
AN Cook    34* (57b 4x4)      SB Styris    2-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    15* (16b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-0

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

19.4

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, quicker but slightly short, Cook back and turns to square leg

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

"Loving the series mate, I'm a kiwi working in Aussies Pilbara region, wicked commentary, brilliant series, more interesting than the triseries over here," emails Nick Ludbrook

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 84/2 (RR: 4.20)
KP Pietersen    20* (21b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    35* (58b 4x4)      SB Styris    2-0-6-0

Powerplays are finished but he still has six men inside the circle ...

20.1

Styris to Cook, no run, cut to point

20.2

Styris to Cook, 1 run, uppish push to mid-on

Two men leave the circle for KP.

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

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 86/2 (RR: 4.09)
KP Pietersen    21* (25b 2x4)      SB Styris    3-0-8-0
AN Cook    36* (60b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-0

21.1

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

21.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, pulled hard from outside off slap-bang to midwicket

21.3

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, looser one down the leg side, turned to deepish midwicket

All rather sombre at the moment ... sleepy ....

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

Gautam says New York airport is closed. So there.

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 88/2 (RR: 4.00)
KP Pietersen    22* (29b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    37* (62b 4x4)      SB Styris    3-0-8-0

22.1

Styris to Cook, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-off

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

22.4

Styris to Cook, 1 run, short fine leg into play

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 ...

22.6

Styris to Cook, 1 run, a single to long-on

"How about giving bowling speeds in kilometres per hour... thats what we use in NZ and Aussie, and I'm pretty sure in England too," emails Sam. Nope, mph in England ... and the TV is giving mph and I am too busy typing to convert. Sorry.

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 95/2 (RR: 4.13)
AN Cook    40* (65b 4x4)      SB Styris    4-0-15-0
KP Pietersen    26* (32b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-11-0

23.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, pushed a yard short of midwicket

23.2

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, unconvincing cut behind square

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

23.6

Vettori to Cook, no run, sweeps, misses, a loud appeal but not really likely to be considered let alone given

SJH mails: "What on earth is New York airport. There are two in NY and one in New Jersey. John F Kennedy, La Guardia in NY state and Newark in New Jersey." Yes, very good. As if a cricket site really cares how many airports ... it's snowing.

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 97/2 (RR: 4.04)
AN Cook    41* (68b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    27* (35b 2x4)      SB Styris    4-0-15-0

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

24.5

Styris to Cook, 1 run, Cook plays an on drive, not as much power and the fielder in the deep is much straighter as Stryis going round the wicket

24.6

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

End of over 25 (8 runs) England 105/2 (RR: 4.20)
KP Pietersen    34* (40b 3x4)      SB Styris    5-0-23-0
AN Cook    42* (69b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-13-0

Chris emails: "It is blowing a gale up here in Auckland and hasn't stopped raining all day. Glad the cricket isn't up here, because there wouldn't be any!"

25.1

Vettori to Cook, OUT, quicker one, pitches on leg, straightens and Cook is caught in his crease. It looked banged to rights and the umpire has no doubts either

AN Cook lbw b Vettori 42 (106m 70b 4x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

In comes Collingwood, a man in form.

25.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, turned square to the man on the edge of the circle

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

25.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, pushed firmly back to Vettori

25.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, again Vettori fields, a few cheers from spectators who thought that was a catch

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 107/3 (RR: 4.11)
PD Collingwood    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    5-0-15-1
KP Pietersen    35* (42b 3x4)      SB Styris    5-0-23-0

One side of this ground is wide open on account of it having been demolished as they build the stadium up for the Rugby World Cup ...

26.1

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

We only have tea and six chocolate biscuits to get us through the entire game. Not that we are moaning. Much.

26.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, driven into the covers but not into a space

26.3

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked to midwicket, Patel hurtles in from the deep ...77mph (the delivery, not Patel)

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

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 109/3 (RR: 4.03)
KP Pietersen    36* (46b 3x4)      JDP Oram    5-1-30-0
PD Collingwood    2* (5b)      DL Vettori    5-0-15-1

"Why don't we talk about cricket instead of weather..........specially American weather....where cricket has no concerns," emails Chawlarajesh. It's because it's all a bit dull at the moment ...

27.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, short midwicket fields

27.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed into the off side

27.3

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

27.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, edge onto the pad, a half appeal, Collingwood hesitates, Pietersen on his way, and Collingwood has to hurry to get in at the non-striker's end ... the throw was wild anyhow

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

"Hey Guys..I'm here in Guyana enjoying the Live Coverage, both on The Television & the internet. I would like to know..I'm aware of a certain World Rating, about the Cleanest Country in the World, Between New Zealand & Canada, whose First & whose Second? Also, is true, someone could get a ticket for wearing Dirty sneakers in New Zealand?," asks Anthony. Is that true? Sounds a bit unlikely ...

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 4.00)
KP Pietersen    37* (49b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-18-1
PD Collingwood    4* (8b)      JDP Oram    5-1-30-0

28.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, defended, Oram quickly to his right to gather

28.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, mid-off in quickly to field a push. Oram tight line-to-line stuff

28.3

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, third time lucky in finding the gap, turned to the right of midwicket

28.4

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

28.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, flicked hard but he can't get it either side of midwicket

28.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, patted back obligingly to Oram

A good idea from Gareth. "If you save those chocolate biscuits to have one each time England score a boundary you might have some left over." And we can carry some over into the Test series.

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 114/3 (RR: 3.93)
PD Collingwood    5* (13b)      JDP Oram    6-1-32-0
KP Pietersen    38* (50b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-18-1

29.1

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

29.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 2 runs, lovely one-handed sliding stop at deep square leg by Mills saves two

29.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped to wide long-on

29.4

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

"Why are we in miles per hour not kilometers per hour? Honestly, were not in America," asks Nigel. Who has clearly been paying no attention!

29.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, crouching defensive push

29.6

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

And now because this is very slow and needs some enlivening, here's Andrew Miller for a spurt ...

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 118/3 (RR: 3.93)
KP Pietersen    39* (54b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-22-1
PD Collingwood    8* (15b)      JDP Oram    6-1-32-0

Thanks Martin. This is riveting

30.1

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, outside off, a hint of turn. Defended

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

30.3

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, a circumspect response that time. Patel won't be underestimated again in a hurry

30.4

Patel to Shah, no run, fully forward and a firm defence

30.5

Patel to Shah, no run, a hint of width and cut firmly, but straight to point

30.6

Patel to Shah, no run, tucked off the pads, but midwicket tidies up. Great over for New Zealand

"Regarding the cleanest country fact, I know for sure you can fined in Thailand (I think) for spitting or chewing gum while walking on the pathways," emails Naresh. Isn't that Singapore? I know you cannot point with your feet in Thailand ... And no, you cannot be fined for wearing dirty sneakers in NZ. Apparently, it's actually encouraged.

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 120/4 (RR: 3.87)
OA Shah    0* (3b)      JS Patel    1-0-2-1
PD Collingwood    10* (17b)      DL Vettori    7-0-22-1

31.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to point

31.2

Vettori to Shah, no run, turned off the toes, straight to Patel, and a single is wisely turned down. That could have been catastrophic

31.3

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, steered out to midwicket again

31.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, rotating the strike again

31.5

Vettori to Shah, no run, "aww yes Dannie" is the cry, as this one is uneasily defended on off stump

31.6

Vettori to Shah, no run, tucked into the gully

Rahul mails: "On the topic of dirty sneakers, Harbhajan Singh was fined in NZ for bringing in dirty cricket shoes into the country in 2002 while Ganguly was fined for mentioning the incorrect number of pairs he was carrying." Perhaps the immigration officials just decided they didn't like him?

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 123/4 (RR: 3.84)
OA Shah    1* (7b)      DL Vettori    8-0-25-1
PD Collingwood    12* (19b)      JS Patel    1-0-2-1

32.1

Patel to Collingwood, no run, sizing up a single off the hip, but turned back ... wisely again. "A touch of the Vicar of Dibleys" suggests David Lloyd

32.2

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, a single this time ...

32.3

Patel to Shah, no run, forward and defended doggedly

32.4

Patel to Shah, 1 run, finds the gap in the covers with a back-foot push

32.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, two steps down the track but no way through there

32.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, driven back down the pitch at a fair lick, and a loud appeal as the ball cannons into the stumps off the bowler's fingertips. Umpire Bowden is satisfied that his bat was grounded though ...

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 125/4 (RR: 3.78)
PD Collingwood    13* (23b)      JS Patel    2-0-4-1
OA Shah    2* (9b)      DL Vettori    8-0-25-1

33.1

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, carved off the back foot

33.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, quick feet and whipped to midwicket

33.3

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, driven off the back foot through point

33.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, an ambitious hoick across the line, but no contact whatsoever. "How was that?" enquires McCullum politely

33.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run

33.6

Vettori to Collingwood, OUT, a stunning delivery, rips past Collingwood's floundering edge, drags him out of the crease, and McCullum whips off the bails in an instant! Superb delivery, and as the strains of Coronation Street play out across the stadium, the skipper has to depart

PD Collingwood st †McCullum b Vettori 14 (31m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 51.85

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 128/5 (RR: 3.76)
     DL Vettori    9-0-28-2
OA Shah    4* (11b)      JS Patel    2-0-4-1

34.1

Patel to Shah, no run, rips past the edge again. Gremlins in the pitch all of a sudden

34.2

Patel to Shah, no run, tentatively played again

34.3

Patel to Shah, 1 run, bat on ball, but watchfully done. England are wobbling at the moment

34.4

Patel to Wright, no run, ambitiously shovelled to mid-on. No power but plenty intent

34.5

Patel to Wright, no run, rock-solid forward defence

34.6

Patel to Wright, no run, quick feet, and defended

End of over 35 (1 run) England 129/5 (RR: 3.68)
LJ Wright    0* (3b)      JS Patel    3-0-5-1
OA Shah    5* (14b)      DL Vettori    9-0-28-2

35.1

Vettori to Shah, no run, pushed out to midwicket

35.2

Vettori to Shah, no run, quicker delivery, and defended again

35.3

Vettori to Shah, no run, more flight this time, but more defence

That's a magnificent spell from Vettori, and it's wrecked England's momentum

35.4

Vettori to Shah, no run, forward and blocking. England can only see Vettori off at the moment

35.5

Vettori to Shah, no run, desperate dive back into the crease, more chaotic calling as the ball glides into the gully. But Wright gets back just in time

35.6

Vettori to Shah, no run, defended, to complete a maiden over. Superbly bowled

End of over 36 (maiden) England 129/5 (RR: 3.58)
OA Shah    5* (20b)      DL Vettori    10-1-28-2
LJ Wright    0* (3b)      JS Patel    3-0-5-1

36.1

Patel to Wright, no run, pushed out to point

36.2

Patel to Wright, FOUR, shovelled through the leg side, picks the gap well to beat mid-on. Well placed and timed

36.3

Patel to Wright, 1 run, width, and carved ambitiously into the covers, but can't beat the sweeper

36.4

Patel to Shah, 1 run, pushed off the back foot, and a jogged single

36.5

Patel to Wright, no run, whirled onto a good length, and defended again

36.6

Patel to Wright, 1 run, clumped down the ground, but to no great avail. Another fine over

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 136/5 (RR: 3.67)
LJ Wright    6* (8b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-0-12-1
OA Shah    6* (21b)      DL Vettori    10-1-28-2

37.1

Styris to Wright, no run, wicket-to-wicket delivery. Defended on off stump

37.2

Styris to Wright, SIX, slower delivery, slogged off a good length, on one knee and clean over midwicket. He can hit a cricket ball, this boy

37.3

Styris to Wright, no run, offcutter, but a quicker one. Nudged down to gully

37.4

Styris to Wright, 1 run, onto the toes to cut into the point region. Fielded with one hand

37.5

Styris to Shah, 2 runs, turned off the toes through midwicket, keen running picks up the extra notch on the scoreboard

37.6

Styris to Shah, no run, up onto the toes to steer into the gully, strange antics with the fielding, shies going everywhere, but no alarms for the batsmen

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 145/5 (RR: 3.81)
OA Shah    8* (23b)      SB Styris    6-0-32-0
LJ Wright    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      JS Patel    4-0-12-1

38.1

Patel to Wright, 1 run, a fraction short, swung away through midwicket. Fielded on the bounce in the deep

38.2

Patel to Shah, no run, drawn forward and defended

38.3

Patel to Shah, 1 run, a big arcing swing of the blade, but not timed. Mid-on fields

38.4

Patel to Wright, no run, pushed back into the crease, defended to gully

38.5

Patel to Wright, 1 leg bye, a quick single into the leg side, McCullum makes great ground from behind the stumps to ping down a shy at the non-striker's end. But safely home

38.6

Patel to Shah, 1 run, pushed into the covers, and that's the end of the over

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 149/5 (RR: 3.82)
OA Shah    10* (26b)      JS Patel    5-0-15-1
LJ Wright    14* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SB Styris    6-0-32-0

39.1

Styris to Shah, no run, defended again, England can't up their urgency just yet

39.2

Styris to Shah, no run, that was a more urgent shot, but it clobbered the non-striker Wright, in the chest! No damage, but no runs either, which is probably more upsetting

39.3

Styris to Shah, FOUR, down on one knee, slog-swept over midwicket. Good strike

39.4

Styris to Shah, no run, beaten outside off stump, great bowling

39.5

Styris to Shah, no run, whipped to midwicket from outside off stump

39.6

Styris to Shah, 1 run, width outside off stump, and carved out to deep point. Another tidy over for New Zealand

Here's Martin again to see you through to the end of the innings

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 154/5 (RR: 3.85)
OA Shah    15* (32b 1x4)      SB Styris    7-0-37-0
LJ Wright    14* (15b 1x4 1x6)      JS Patel    5-0-15-1

Thanks Andrew. A massive ten overs in prospect ...

40.1

Patel to Shah, no run, backward point fields

40.2

Patel to Shah, 1 run, floated at 48mph, driven to deep mid-on

40.3

Patel to Wright, no run, driven straight, Patel half stops, the non striker sets off and has to lunge back as the ball only went a few feet and Patel recovered quickly

40.4

Patel to Wright, 1 run, driven to straight and deep mid-on

40.5

Patel to Shah, no run, turned to midwicket who is onto it swiftly

40.6

Patel to Shah, 1 run, flatter and 64mph, helped into the leg side

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 157/5 (RR: 3.82)
OA Shah    17* (36b 1x4)      JS Patel    6-0-18-1
LJ Wright    15* (17b 1x4 1x6)      SB Styris    7-0-37-0

Graham mails: "Only a few biscuits, eh? In Brian Johnson's day, thoughtful ladies would have sent you home-made cakes and macaroons, but I guess it's not easy to send a chocolate sponge-cake to an e-mail address." Times change. Speaking of eating biscuits ... here's Jesse Ryder.

41.1

Ryder to Shah, no run, fired in at 77mph, a real toe tapper and he does well to dig it out

41.2

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off

Ryder bowls a mean yorker and plenty of them.

41.3

Ryder to Wright, no run, half volley flicked to a tumbling midwicket

41.4

Ryder to Wright, 1 run, low full toss as he goes for the yorker, turned to wide long-on , Shah turns down a second which was probably there

41.5

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, checked drive to long-on

41.6

Ryder to Wright, 1 run, a bit of a heave, along the ground, to long-off

A decent over from Ryder.

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 161/5 (RR: 3.83)
LJ Wright    17* (20b 1x4 1x6)      JD Ryder    1-0-4-0
OA Shah    19* (39b 1x4)      JS Patel    6-0-18-1

42.1

Patel to Wright, 1 run, turned to square leg

42.2

Patel to Shah, 1 run, pushed to long-on ... this is really quite turgid stuff.

42.3

Patel to Wright, SIX, thank you ... down on one knee and dragged over midwicket, a dozen or so rows back

42.4

Patel to Wright, no run, in the blockhole, he gets in a muddle but keeps it out

42.5

Patel to Wright, no run, driven, but with no power, to extra cover

42.6

Patel to Wright, 1 run, turned with soft hands to midwicket who has gone deeper to allow the single

End of over 43 (9 runs) England 170/5 (RR: 3.95)
LJ Wright    25* (25b 1x4 2x6)      JS Patel    7-0-27-1
OA Shah    20* (40b 1x4)      JD Ryder    1-0-4-0

43.1

Ryder to Wright, no run, full and straight, Wright can do no more than defend

43.2

Ryder to Wright, no run, frustration shows as he swings and thuds the ball into the ground

43.3

Ryder to Wright, no run, wide and full, good enough drive but slap-bang to extra cover

43.4

Ryder to Wright, no run, wide and full again, a swing and a miss, lovely low take by McCullum who whips the bails off to underline how in command he is

43.5

Ryder to Wright, no run, outside off and again extra cover fields the drive

43.6

Ryder to Wright, 1 run, finally gets one off the square,. a one-kneed cut to deep point

Excellent over given we are in the dying overs of the innings ...

End of over 44 (1 run) England 171/5 (RR: 3.88)
LJ Wright    26* (31b 1x4 2x6)      JD Ryder    2-0-5-0
OA Shah    20* (40b 1x4)      JS Patel    7-0-27-1

Daydream Believer

44.1

Patel to Wright, 1 run, turned from outside off to wide mid-on

44.2

Patel to Shah, 1 run, flatter, again pushed to long-on who ambles in

44.3

Patel to Wright, 1 run, knee-high full toss, wide mid-on again ... almost scoring by numbers and NZ will not worry about the singles at this stage

44.4

Patel to Shah, 1 run, tip and run to extra cover who is back on the edge of the circle

44.5

Patel to Wright, 1 run, half volley ... yup, mid-on again

All the men in the circle are pushed to the edge of it, so Vettori is giving them the single almost anywhere ...

44.6

Patel to Shah, 1 run, pushed to extra cover

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 177/5 (RR: 3.93)
OA Shah    23* (43b 1x4)      JS Patel    8-0-33-1
LJ Wright    29* (34b 1x4 2x6)      JD Ryder    2-0-5-0

45.1

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, pushed to extra cover ... man back ... easy single etc

45.2

Ryder to Wright, 1 run, flatter and a brisk 79mph, midwicket fields

45.3

Ryder to Shah, 1 run, premeditated paddle-sweep from outside off, in the air and one bounce to deep backward square leg

45.4

Ryder to Wright, FOUR, well, that was improvisational ... looked to sweep, Ryder followed and he scoop-paddled over the slips and very fine for four

45.5

Ryder to Wright, SIX, low and wide full toss, Wright down on a knee and smashes a flat six over point ... into the builders lorries

45.6

Ryder to Wright, 1 run, hit straight down the ground

That could be the end of the Ryder experiment ... and it was all going so well ...

End of over 46 (14 runs) England 191/5 (RR: 4.15)
LJ Wright    41* (38b 2x4 3x6)      JD Ryder    3-0-19-0
OA Shah    25* (45b 1x4)      JS Patel    8-0-33-1

Back comes Kyle Mills and that triggers lots of hand waving and gesticulating from Vettori ...

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

Wright gets a good ovation as he's given England a reasonable score to defend.

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

End of over 47 (11 runs) England 202/7 (RR: 4.29)
SCJ Broad    1* (1b)      KD Mills    9-2-27-4
AD Mascarenhas    0* (0b)      JD Ryder    3-0-19-0

Ryder continues ...

47.1

Ryder to Broad, 1 run, square drive, deep point can't stop it but the sweeper can

47.2

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, driven to the left of long-off, Mascarenhas wanted two from the start and in the end made it comfortably

Styris has a go at Broad for running down the pitch.

47.3

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 1 run, lovely yorker, dug out to backward point

47.4

Ryder to Broad, no run, another yorker, outside off, McCullum stops with his fingers and pads

47.5

Ryder to Broad, (no ball) 2 runs, whipped off his pads - almost another yorker - but fine leg chases it down ...

A free hit as Ryder overstepped ... Styris told by Billy Bowden to get back to where he was - the fielders are not supposed to move on a free hit - and Styris refuses, so Vettori asked by the umpire to sort his players out ...

47.5

Ryder to Broad, 1 run, slash-drive, not middled, to long-on

47.6

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 1 run, driven, Broad jumps over it as it passes, long-on fields

The umpires chat ... New Zealand have been sniping a bit at them.

End of over 48 (9 runs) England 211/7 (RR: 4.39)
AD Mascarenhas    4* (3b)      JD Ryder    4-0-28-0
SCJ Broad    5* (5b)      KD Mills    9-2-27-4

Ring Of Fire blurts out as the batsmen chat ...

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

They are cramping Mascarenhas very nicely ... good bowling.

48.5

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

A close up on Vettori as he does one of those embarrassing spits that goes nowhere and ends up swinging in the breeze. Needs practice ...

48.6

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

End of over 49 (9 runs) England 220/7 (RR: 4.48)
AD Mascarenhas    7* (6b)      KD Mills    10-2-36-4
SCJ Broad    11* (8b 1x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-28-0

And the final over of a slightly disappointing innings as far as the batting has been concerned. But full credit to the bowlers ...

49.1

Ryder to Mascarenhas, SIX, in the slot and Mascarenhas launches that straight, high and long ... clears the sightscreen and plops into the mud behind it

49.2

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, driven to Taylor at long-on and they sprint the second

The fielders go spare about the batsmen running on the pitch and Broad gets a warning, and rightly. Not sure what difference that makes thought ...

49.3

Ryder to Mascarenhas, FOUR, cracked through the covers, into the gap and four all the way

McCullum lays into Broad as he passes

49.4

Ryder to Mascarenhas, SIX, carved from outside the off stump and that goes many a mile over wide long-on .. slower but in the slot

McCullum again ranting at Broad. He's certainly lost it ...

49.5

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, driven to Taylor at long-on, Mascarenhas wants two and the throw to McCullum is decent but no more ... McCullum whips off the bails and it's tight ... two replays look as if he is in ... the third looks tighter ... but he gets the benefit to a smattering of boos

49.6

Ryder to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, well bowled, speared in at his feet, he digs it to Taylor in the firing line at long-on, again Mascarenhas wants a second but no drama this time as Taylor misfields. Persevering with Ryder was an expensive gamble ... his last three overs went for 45. As a one or two-over shock tactic he seems to have value ...

England will be the happier side after seemingly set for a sub 200 score at the two-thirds stage of the innings. Wright really gave them the acceleration that was needed. New Zealand will still fancy themselves to get the runs but this pitch is not the belter that we had during the Twenty20. Join us in 40 minutes at 6.10pm (0510GMT) to see how they get on.

End of over 50 (22 runs) England 242/7
AD Mascarenhas    29* (12b 1x4 2x6)      JD Ryder    5-0-50-0
SCJ Broad    11* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    10-2-36-4
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