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)

Welcome back. England's fielders are in their huddle, which means that play is just about resume at Christchurch. New Zealand's openers, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, are out there as well. They need 243 to win. Could be interesting ...

Ryder is on strike, and James Anderson has the new ball. He was dreadful in his first spell at Napier. Will he get his length right this time?

0.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, a bit of shape off the wicket, into the left-hander. Not a bad sighter

0.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, good length, angling back towards off. Defended with a big stride

0.3

Anderson to Ryder, no run, massive shout, and that is very close! Conceivably pitched outside leg ... but there wasn't a lot wrong with it. Lucky

0.4

Anderson to Ryder, 1 wide, slides down leg

0.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, probing length again, a fraction short of full. If that makes sense. Either way, defended

0.5

Anderson to Ryder, no run, zips through and cramps Ryder for room on the cut. Probing stuff

0.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, another big shout, but this time there's definitely bat on it. Good over, so much better than Napier it's hard to believe he's the same bowler

Now then, here's Ryan Sidebottom. He's not strayed from his full length yet this series

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (242 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 4.93)
JD Ryder    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
BB McCullum    0* (0b)     

1.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, nice start, outside off and shaping back in

1.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, steps down the track and a good-looking drive, nearly a mix-up in the running

1.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, pushed back onto the stumps, and defends

1.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 wide, slides down leg

1.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, dropped - a tough chance, Bell at cover diving away to his right. Nearly stuck, but that was fiercely struck

1.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, wide of off stump and late movement. Mustard can't gather, but gully saves the single

1.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, tighter line across the right-hander, McCullum misses with an attempted cut

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (239 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.97)
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0
JD Ryder    1* (8b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, short and angling across the left-hander, Ryder fishes limply, but doesn't connect

2.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, slower ball, yorker length, steered out to point

2.3

Anderson to Ryder, 1 wide, slides down leg, Mustard gathers well

2.3

Anderson to Ryder, 2 runs, late swing, but steered off the pads to fine leg

2.4

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, full and too much width, and Ryder doesn't miss those. Bat on ball is all that's needed, and that speeds past point

2.5

Anderson to Ryder, no run, better line, no stroke offered

2.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, well bowled again, back of a length but tight to off stump. Left alone

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 11/0 (232 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 4.93)
JD Ryder    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0

3.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 2 runs, a bit of room to swing the arms and Collingwood at point has to blink into the sun to field that

3.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, big appeal but pitched outside leg. Definite signs of swing though

3.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, good lift on off stump, defended to point with an angled bat

3.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, that's sweetly timed. Just opening the face and driving in front of square. Not a whole lot wrong with that line or length

3.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, 2 runs, pushed down to backward square

3.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, opens the face again and glides out to gully

End of over 4 (9 runs) New Zealand 20/0 (223 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.84)
BB McCullum    10* (10b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-12-0
JD Ryder    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

4.1

Anderson to McCullum, SIX, short, and uppercut over point, all the way over the rope! Wonderful timing

4.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run

4.3

Anderson to McCullum, 2 runs, pulled fiercely out to deep midwicket but well rescued on the boundary's edge

4.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, defended into the covers

4.5

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide once again, McCullum loses his grip on the bat in his eagerness to clobber that. High and handsome over cover, and one bounce inches inside the rope

4.6

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, line and length all wrong, and McCullum demonstrates the power that makes him a must-have for Indian Premier League franchises. Clobbered through the covers to complete a sorry over for Anderson

End of over 5 (16 runs) New Zealand 36/0 (207 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 4.60)
BB McCullum    26* (16b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-24-0
JD Ryder    7* (14b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-12-0

5.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, stands tall in the crease to steer the ball into the covers

5.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, FOUR, slower ball, attempted yorker, but pushed with disdain and timing all the way to long-on, where Mascarenhas's dive can't save the boundary. Runs are flowing

5.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, back of a length, Ryder rides the bounce to steer the ball to gully

5.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, angling back in off the seam, defended on middle and leg

5.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, 4 leg byes, ill-directed, and though that flicked the bat - in Asad Rauf's opinion - it got what it deserved. Too full, too leg-sided, and Mustard can't intercept

5.6

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, pushed to point off the back foot

Time for a change of bowling. Here's Stuart Broad. Tough act to follow, after Anderson's aberration

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 44/0 (199 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 4.52)
JD Ryder    11* (20b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-16-0
BB McCullum    26* (16b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-24-0

6.1

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, that's the same delivery - width outside off, and too short as well. Flailed through the covers

6.2

Broad to McCullum, no run, better line and length, and it's rewarded with a good piece of fielding in the covers

6.3

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, dropped - short, wide and smacked, deserved to be four, but instead it was a fantastic effort from Cook, diving to his left. It needed to be taken though ...

6.4

Broad to Ryder, no run, pushed into the off side

6.5

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, opens the face and steers to gully, a slight fumble gifts a single

6.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, tighter line to finish, but the damage has been done in the last few overs. England need a breakthrough urgently

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 50/0 (193 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 4.48)
BB McCullum    31* (20b 4x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    12* (22b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-16-0

7.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, speared down the leg side, but flicks the pad to prevent a wide

7.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, up onto the toes, pushed down to third man

Mustard is up to the stumps

7.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, 2 runs, dropped - the keeper ploy works, but the catch goes down. McCullum swings from the crease, gets a spiralling top-edge and Broad at third man can't get a finger on it as he runs round to field

7.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run

7.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, SIX, short, and absolutely beasted into the midwicket stands. Salt in the wounds

7.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, SIX, stand and deliver! Opens the shoulders, swings through the line, and clean over mid-on

This is getting murderous. Hamilton mark 2

End of over 8 (15 runs) New Zealand 65/0 (178 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 8.12, RRR: 4.23)
BB McCullum    45* (24b 4x4 3x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-31-0
JD Ryder    13* (24b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-6-0

8.1

Broad to Ryder, 2 runs, clipped off the toes, and some keystone Cops fielding as three men converge in the deep and nutmeg each other. Oh dear

8.2

Broad to Ryder, no run, tighter line. Ryder has been relatively subdued, not that it's mattering at the moment

8.3

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, dabbed into the off side

8.4

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, the skipper shows how it should be done with a superb pounce in the covers. Cuts off at least two

8.5

Broad to Ryder, 2 runs, delicate steer down to third man. Open face, and Mascarenhas fields well on the boundary

8.6

Broad to Ryder, FOUR, too short, too much width, heaved through midwicket. That's a bit rank from Broad, but what superb timing

England are in deep, deep trouble now. They were 33 for 1 at the same stage of their innings. Here's Anderson for another burst. England need a wicket

End of over 9 (10 runs) New Zealand 75/0 (168 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 4.09)
JD Ryder    22* (29b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-16-0
BB McCullum    46* (25b 4x4 3x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-31-0

9.1

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, too short, but at least it's straighter. Third man fields as McCullum glides one off the face of the bat

9.2

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, short and on the pads, no expansive response from Ryder, just a dismissive clip off his toes

9.3

Anderson to McCullum, SIX, what a way to go to fifty! Heaved up up and away, into the second tier of the midwicket grandstand, where it is superbly caught one-handed in the crowd. Just 27 balls for that fifty. Monstrous

9.4

Anderson to McCullum, SIX, launched. Utterly launched. Over the covers and into the building site. This is astounding hitting

9.5

Anderson to McCullum, SIX, three in a row! And it's the hospitality boxes this time. Another limp length ball inviting the aggressive heave. Guileless bowling from Anderson. Once again

9.6

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, low full toss, smacked into the covers, where a misfield gives McCullum the strike

Incredible batting. Here's Martin Williamson to wax even more lyrical

End of over 10 (21 runs) New Zealand 96/0 (147 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 9.60, RRR: 3.67)
BB McCullum    66* (30b 4x4 6x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-45-0
JD Ryder    23* (30b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-16-0

Thanks Windy. Super onslaught from McCullum, great stuff to watch for the neutrals and Kiwis ...

10.1

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the off side for an easy run

The lull after a remarkable storm ...

10.2

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, opens the face and steers into space on the off side

Ryder playing second fiddle ... what odds on that?

10.3

Broad to McCullum, no run, steps to leg, Broad follows and McCullum can only defend to an inrushing midwicket

10.4

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, steps back and absolutely crashes that behind square. Had anyone got in the way they would be heading to the first-aid centre ... that was a blur as it fizzed to the boundary and it crashed into the hoardings

10.5

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, hammered along the ground to long-off

Broad gives some verbals to McCullum. Look at the scoreboard, son ...

10.6

Broad to Ryder, no run, outside off, Ryder aims a loose drive and misses

End of over 11 (7 runs) New Zealand 103/0 (140 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 9.36, RRR: 3.58)
JD Ryder    24* (32b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-23-0
BB McCullum    72* (34b 5x4 6x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-45-0

Paul Collingwood brings himself on. Brave lad. Pietersen smiles as he and his captain chat ... If McCullum carries on like this it could be over mighty early.

11.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, pushed gently into the covers

11.2

Collingwood to McCullum, OUT, McCullum calls Ryder for a sharp single, he's slow to respond and as he struggles to make his ground his bat jams into the pitch and is torn out of his hand ... he'd have been on his way anyway as Pietersen at cover picked up and threw down the off stump

JD Ryder run out 24 (56m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Ryder was slow to set off and then watched the fielder rather than go hell-for-leather for the crease ...

11.3

Collingwood to How, no run, pushed to cover but no run this time

11.4

Collingwood to How, no run, defended into the off side

11.5

Collingwood to How, no run, very carefully defended, angled bat so the ball thuds into the pitch at his feet

11.6

Collingwood to How, no run, gently swinging away, cut but not timed and point fields

Well, a maiden and a wicket in it as well.

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 103/1 (140 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 8.58, RRR: 3.68)
JM How    0* (4b)      PD Collingwood    1-1-0-0
BB McCullum    72* (36b 5x4 6x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-23-0

Dimitri Mascarenhas replaces Broad. The run rate has roared above 3.5 an over after Collingwood's maiden as well ...

12.1

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, driven to deep extra cover

12.2

Mascarenhas to How, no run, tries to run the ball fine on the off side but misses and Mustard, standing up, takes neatly

12.3

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, this time he manages to steer the ball to third man

12.4

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, pushed firmly between point and extra cover

12.5

Mascarenhas to How, no run, defended ... very tame stuff

12.6

Mascarenhas to How, 1 run, turned to short mid-on, a rather daft run and had Broad hit at the non-striker's end then How would have been well short

McCullum does running repairs on his bat. Lots of tape ...it's taken some punishment.

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 107/1 (136 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 8.23, RRR: 3.67)
JM How    2* (8b)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-4-0
BB McCullum    74* (38b 5x4 6x6)      PD Collingwood    1-1-0-0

13.1

Collingwood to How, no run, patted to mid-on

13.2

Collingwood to How, no run, driven to deepish cover, Shah fields and slings in a return at Mustard's feet

13.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, turned off his hips to deep midwicket

13.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, another easy single into the leg side

McCullum seems to have had his fun for now and is happy to milk singles. He's certainly broken the back of England's attack

13.5

Collingwood to How, no run, turned to short midwicket

13.6

Collingwood to How, no run, very correct forward defence, almost mockingly so

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 109/1 (134 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 7.78, RRR: 3.72)
JM How    3* (13b)      PD Collingwood    2-1-2-0
BB McCullum    75* (39b 5x4 6x6)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-4-0

14.1

Mascarenhas to McCullum, 1 run, well-timed drive to Anderson at long-off

14.2

Mascarenhas to How, FOUR, odd and not timed shot ... more of a scoop over mid-off, but it had the height to clear the man and the legs to outpace him

14.3

Mascarenhas to How, no run, another solid defensive barrier

14.4

Mascarenhas to How, 2 runs, driven on the up in the air, mid-on dives to his left and takes the pace off it

14.5

Mascarenhas to How, no run, slightly inside-out and edgy drive to cover

14.6

Mascarenhas to How, no run, once more he misses as he attempts to run the ball fine off the open face

"Is second power play take or not? please mention something about power plays in your commentary as well, or else we dont have any clue," asks Ravishankar. we say if it is taken, but for clarity's sake, it hasn't been.

End of over 15 (7 runs) New Zealand 116/1 (127 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 7.73, RRR: 3.62)
JM How    9* (18b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-11-0
BB McCullum    76* (40b 5x4 6x6)      PD Collingwood    2-1-2-0

15.1

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, tip and run continues

15.2

Collingwood to How, no run, solid defence

15.3

Collingwood to How, no run, slightly cramped and the straight drive is easily cut off

15.4

Collingwood to How, 1 run, turned through midwicket

15.5

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, dropped ... loose drive on the up back at the feet of Collingwood, he gets down but can't hold on with his left hand

15.6

Collingwood to McCullum, OUT, the briefest of reprieves for McCullum, he aims to heave the ball over midwicket, misses, and the off stump is pegged back

BB McCullum b Collingwood 77 (74m 43b 5x4 6x6) SR: 179.06

"That's goddim," yells Mustard, but the reality is that it's McCullum who's done the getting, and he gets a standing ovation as he strides off.

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 118/2 (125 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 7.37, RRR: 3.67)
     PD Collingwood    3-1-4-1
JM How    10* (21b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-11-0

Pavan emails a complaint: "Description is not up to mark about fastest hundreds." When we get a fastest hundred we will be sure to flag it ... meanwhile, drinks being taken. And as they finish Bowden signals another Powerplay ...

16.1

Broad to How, no run, upright drive to short extra cover

16.2

Broad to How, no run, square drive to point

16.3

Broad to How, no run, on drive but with the circle fairly well populated there are precious few sneaky singles to be had

16.4

Broad to How, FOUR, but some sneaky fours, an off drive threaded between fielders, it races through extra cover where there did not seem to be a gap

16.5

Broad to How, FOUR, cracking shot, the straightest of on drives and that's four all the way

16.6

Broad to How, no run, two fours is enough, so he's happy to defend the final ball of the over

End of over 17 (8 runs) New Zealand 126/2 (117 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 7.41, RRR: 3.54)
JM How    18* (27b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-31-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      PD Collingwood    3-1-4-1

Ryan Sidebottom back. England need wickets if they are to have any chance of winning this. One slip in ...

17.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, thick and genuine edge, flies through second slip and beats third man

Teapots from Sidebottom as his hair flops in a strong breeze. And that breeze will be doing nasty things to the streaker who has run on ...

17.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, another edge, more controlled, Broad right in line and it goes through his legs ... perfect bisection and Sidebottom stands perplexed

The crowd start giving him some grief ...

17.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, edged to Broad, a massive cheer as he picks it up cleanly and returns. He gives a wry smile

17.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, straight, defended, Sidebottom follows through, contemplates a sledge and then decides against it

17.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, super delivery, swinging across the right hander and it beats the edge as he prods

17.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, back and pushed to extra cover

End of over 18 (9 runs) New Zealand 135/2 (108 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 3.37)
JM How    18* (30b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-40-0
LRPL Taylor    9* (3b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-31-0

18.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, cut hard to third man past a diving slip ...quite safe

18.2

Broad to How, 2 runs, wide and flat-batted , Anderson gets enough of a hand on it diving to his left at mid-off to save the four

18.3

Broad to How, 1 run, thick edge as he aims to drive over the top, it squirts to Wright at deep backward point on the bounce

18.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, misses as he tries to cut ... far too close to him really

18.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, to mid-on, a brief thought of a run but no more than that

18.6

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, cut very fine off a thick edge, it would have been straight to slip had he not been moved out two balls earlier ...

End of over 19 (8 runs) New Zealand 143/2 (100 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 7.52, RRR: 3.22)
LRPL Taylor    14* (7b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-39-0
JM How    21* (32b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-40-0

19.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, a play and a miss outside off

19.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed to Pietersen who picks up well but then fires in a loose return to the bowler

19.3

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, wild throw from Wright at the bowler's end even though there was no chance of a run out

19.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled to deep point

19.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, blocked ... he can do this as much as he likes as they are so on top

19.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, turned to leg, a momentary yes-no interlude before they settle on no

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 144/2 (99 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 3.30)
LRPL Taylor    14* (10b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-41-0
JM How    22* (35b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-39-0

Collingwood back for another burst. It worked straight up last time ... albeit with a run out

20.1

Collingwood to How, no run, forward and hunchingly defended into the covers

20.2

Collingwood to How, 1 run, full and swinging down the leg side, helped into the midwicket area

20.3

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball - 64mph - driven straight, half stopped and deflected to mid-on

20.4

Collingwood to How, no run, driven to short midwicket

20.5

Collingwood to How, 1 run, pushed up to deepish mid-on

20.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, turned into the leg side but at the fielder

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 147/2 (96 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 3.31)
LRPL Taylor    15* (12b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    4-1-7-1
JM How    24* (39b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-41-0

21.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, fullish, worked to mid-on with minimal effort

21.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, short, he steps back but an attempted pull bobbles limply into the leg side

21.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, steps back, upright and defends to mid-off

We have a Mexican Wave. Oh goodie ...

21.4

Sidebottom to How, OUT, short and outside off, How steps to leg and aims a wild slash, gets a thin top edge and Mustard holds on

JM How c †Mustard b Sidebottom 24 (46m 43b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.81

21.5

Sidebottom to Styris, 1 run, tickled to long leg ... Sidebottom would up as that was a tad over 89mph

21.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, good length and angled across, left alone

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 148/3 (95 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.72, RRR: 3.39)
LRPL Taylor    15* (13b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-42-1
SB Styris    1* (1b)      PD Collingwood    4-1-7-1

The third and final Powerplay being taken.

22.1

Collingwood to Styris, no run, decent length on off stump, blocked

22.2

Collingwood to Styris, no run, no pace but on the button and again he defends

22.3

Collingwood to Styris, no run, driven to Mascarenhas who fails to pick the ball up on his first and second attempts

22.4

Collingwood to Styris, no run, seams through a half prod and into the pads, a rasping, imploring appeal but Bowden not interested

You have to say, that looked a good shout and Hawkeye says it was thudding into leg stump ... not a glancing blow, a direct hit.

22.5

Collingwood to Styris, no run, full toss turned to midwicket

22.6

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, pushed into the off side where the man at cover is slightly deeper

End of over 23 (1 run) New Zealand 149/3 (94 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.47, RRR: 3.48)
SB Styris    2* (7b)      PD Collingwood    5-1-8-1
LRPL Taylor    15* (13b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-42-1

23.1

Sidebottom to Styris, no run, angled across the right hander who allows it through

23.2

Sidebottom to Styris, 1 run, forward and a thickish edge scoots to point

23.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off and cut uppishly to third man where Mascarenhas fields on the bounce

23.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed towards cover

23.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled across from over the wicket, once more Taylor happy to shoulder arms

23.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, and a carbon copy, good length swinging across and Taylor will not nibble

End of over 24 (1 run) New Zealand 150/3 (93 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 3.57)
LRPL Taylor    15* (17b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-43-1
SB Styris    3* (9b)      PD Collingwood    5-1-8-1

24.1

Collingwood to Styris, no run, firmly clipped to midwicket

24.2

Collingwood to Styris, no run, gentle on drive, mid-on ambles to his left to cut it off

24.3

Collingwood to Styris, FOUR, opens the face and plays a safe glide through a non existent slip

24.4

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, firm drive, extra cover dives but can't stop cleanly

24.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, slower ball outside off, a push and a miss, Mustard misses as it keeps low but the ball hits his pads and ricochets into the stumps

24.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, swished to midwicket

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 155/3 (88 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 3.52)
LRPL Taylor    15* (19b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    6-1-13-1
SB Styris    8* (13b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-43-1

25.1

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, angled to backward point

25.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, Collingwood in from backward point to field a gentle push

25.3

Mascarenhas to Styris, FOUR, very fine tickle through the space at slip and another four down there. Mascarenhas shakes his head but it was deliberate and safe

25.4

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, turned off his legs square

25.5

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, short, pulled but not timed, midwicket fields

25.6

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, driven to mid-off

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 161/3 (82 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.19, RRR: 3.41)
LRPL Taylor    16* (21b 3x4)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-17-0
SB Styris    13* (17b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    6-1-13-1

26.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, off the pads into the leg side

26.2

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, keeps low and through a rather nothing push

26.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, pushed to mid-on

26.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, he waits and then flicks to midwicket but he can't find any space

26.5

Collingwood to Taylor, 5 wides, down the leg side, past an attempted flick, through Mustard and four wides

26.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, good length, pushed to midwicket

26.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, pushed into the off side

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 166/3 (77 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 3.34)
LRPL Taylor    16* (27b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    7-1-18-1
SB Styris    13* (17b 2x4)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-17-0

27.1

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, all very low key, no need for the batsman to hurry

27.2

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, Styris content to take his time, and he has plenty of it

27.3

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, gentle poke into the covers

27.4

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 leg bye, moves across to sweep, misses, a loud appeal but it hit him outside the line

27.5

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, patted back to the bowler

27.6

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, patted to mid-on

Here's Andrew Miller for a brief burst.

End of over 28 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 167/3 (76 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 3.45)
LRPL Taylor    16* (29b 3x4)      AD Mascarenhas    4-1-17-0
SB Styris    13* (21b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    7-1-18-1

28.1

Collingwood to Styris, no run, full length, driven out to midwicket

28.2

Collingwood to Styris, 1 run, dabbed down to gully, called through for a quick single

28.3

Collingwood to Taylor, 2 runs, a shimmy across the stumps, and chipped into space on the leg side, safely done

28.4

Collingwood to Taylor, FOUR, low full toss, driven hard down the ground, and gloriously so. No cutting that off

28.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, played out to mid-off

28.6

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, drawn forward and a measured push to long-on. Easy runs, and New Zealand are coasting

End of over 29 (8 runs) New Zealand 175/3 (68 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.03, RRR: 3.23)
LRPL Taylor    23* (33b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    8-1-26-1
SB Styris    14* (23b 2x4)      AD Mascarenhas    4-1-17-0

29.1

Mascarenhas to Taylor, FOUR, in the slot, and clobbered back over the bowler's head. Too full for that pace

and long-on and off drop back to the rope

29.2

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, nurdled to midwicket, no need for big shots every ball

29.3

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, dabbed down to gully

29.4

Mascarenhas to Styris, 1 run, in the air briefly, but fell short of Cook at midwicket

29.5

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, cut to point

29.6

Mascarenhas to Styris, no run, that's a better line and length, tight to off stump, and just short enough to require an honest stroke

End of over 30 (7 runs) New Zealand 182/3 (61 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.06, RRR: 3.05)
SB Styris    15* (26b 2x4)      AD Mascarenhas    5-1-24-0
LRPL Taylor    29* (36b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    8-1-26-1

Here's Anderson. Another poor day at the office for him

30.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside off and angling in from back of a length, defended

30.2

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, turned square off a closed face

30.3

Anderson to Styris, FOUR, filthy long-hop, and Styris had all day to get into position and smash that through midwicket. England have been abject in places today

30.4

Anderson to Styris, 1 run, forced through midwicket with an exaggerated roll of the wrists

30.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, fuller length, but still not full in the fullest sense. Still, it's a dot ball I suppose. He's only bowled 14 of them today

30.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 wide, wide and wild, down the leg side

30.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, clipped to midwicket and fielded on the bounce by Pietersen

End of over 31 (7 runs) New Zealand 189/3 (54 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.09, RRR: 2.84)
LRPL Taylor    30* (40b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-52-0
SB Styris    20* (28b 3x4)      AD Mascarenhas    5-1-24-0

31.1

Sidebottom to Styris, FOUR, down the leg side, pretty average delivery and nudged off the hip

31.2

Sidebottom to Styris, no run, better line, outside off stump, and played out to point

31.3

Sidebottom to Styris, 1 run, short and climbing at the gloves, but coolly steered off the hip to square leg

31.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, rising delivery on off stump. Played down to gully

31.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, straying onto leg stump, tucked away for one more

31.6

Sidebottom to Styris, no run, a bit of width and an attractive cover drive - but straight to the fielder at short cover

End of over 32 (6 runs) New Zealand 195/3 (48 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.09, RRR: 2.66)
SB Styris    25* (32b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-49-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (42b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-52-0

32.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, still straying onto leg stump, tucked away behind square

32.2

Anderson to Styris, no run, pushed up to cover

32.3

Anderson to Styris, no run, angling down leg again, but lucky for Anderson that must have brushed the pad because it's not given as a wide

32.4

Anderson to Styris, OUT, another indifferent delivery, and an even more indifferent shot - wide outside off and wellied to Broad at wide mid-off. A breakthrough.

SB Styris c Broad b Anderson 25 (48m 35b 4x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

32.5

Anderson to Flynn, no run, short, and ducked. Billy Bowden signals that's his one for the over

32.6

Anderson to Flynn, no run, a jaffa. How unexpected! Pitches on off, explodes off the seam, and beats the bat. Too little, too late. Surely?

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 196/4 (47 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 2.76)
DR Flynn    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    6-0-53-1
LRPL Taylor    32* (43b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-49-1

33.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, big stride forward, and defended

33.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, tip and run, into the covers

33.3

Sidebottom to Flynn, OUT, that's utterly plumb, and suddenly there's a bit of excitement about this game. Pitches on off, nips back, and Flynn's front foot is planted. A sad end to his debut innings, but there's a finish in prospect now ...

DR Flynn lbw b Sidebottom 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

33.4

Sidebottom to Oram, OUT, my goodness me, that is an incredible delivery! Perfect line and length, nips back through the gate and detonates the off stump! Sidebottom is going mental, and England are officially back in this now ...!

JDP Oram b Sidebottom 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Two slips for the hat-trick now ...

33.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, dabbed out to midwicket to get off the mark

33.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, defended on off stump, Sidebottom pounces in his follow through, and that's the end of a very fine over

Forget his first four overs - that's 3 for 20 in his last six. Good effort. Right, while I head off for a rewrite, he's Martin Williamson

End of over 34 (2 runs) New Zealand 198/6 (45 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 2.81)
LRPL Taylor    33* (46b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-51-3
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    6-0-53-1

34.1

Anderson to Vettori, no run, wide, angled across the left hander and Anderson might have had a nervous moment as he waited to see if he would get away with it

34.2

Anderson to Vettori, no run, tighter line, pushed to mid-off

It's about wickets from here on in.

34.3

Anderson to Vettori, no run, the ball zips past the outside edge, a loud appeal from behind the wicket but Billy Bowden yet again unmoved. Anderson looks bewildered ... Vettori stands utterly stony faced

34.4

Anderson to Vettori, no run, straight and full, defended

34.5

Anderson to Vettori, 3 runs, flicked off his toes square, Wright makes a sprawling, sliding save on the boundary edge

34.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, good length on off stump, defended

Did Vettori hit it? We may never know ... the replays are inconclusive ...

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 201/6 (42 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.74, RRR: 2.80)
LRPL Taylor    33* (47b 5x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-56-1
DL Vettori    4* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-51-3

And we have drizzle in the air to add to the fun. Blame It On The Boogie blurts out ...

35.1

Broad to Vettori, no run, good line and length, Vettori into the right position to block

35.2

Broad to Vettori, no run, too wide slanting away as the ball goes across him, not tempted

35.3

Broad to Vettori, no run, fractionally short outside off, Vettori plays a rather nothing cut under the ball by some way

35.4

Broad to Vettori, no run, short on leg stump ... on another day with another umpire that would be called a wide

35.5

Broad to Vettori, 2 runs, firm front-foot drive through cover, not timed that well and the chasing fielders overhaul it with ease

The rain getting heavier ...

35.6

Broad to Vettori, no run, leans back and cuts with no real power to point

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 203/6 (40 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 2.85)
DL Vettori    6* (12b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-41-0
LRPL Taylor    33* (47b 5x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-56-1

36.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full on off stump, very correct defensive push back to the right of Anderson who leans across to field

36.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, almost a carbon-copy ball and shot

36.3

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, short and wide, he leans back and cuts, getting a thick outside edge but quite safe and it shoots to the backward-point boundary

36.4

Anderson to Taylor, 1 leg bye, off the pad behind square on the leg side

36.5

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, flicked behind on the leg side for an easy run

36.6

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, short and wide again and that's a gift, punched from the crease through the covers

8.55pm And the rain is heavily enough for the umpires to want to chat ... and as they do the batsmen are already heading off, and seconds later so are the officials. Out come some fairly limited covers/plastic sheets and their lightness causes problems as the wind is blowing across the ground and causing them to billow ...

9.15pm The men in red come out, have a chat and a giggle and head back inside again. The wind is blowing stiffly and no sooner are the umpires off than it stops raining ... so they turn and start back for the middle, signalling for the covers to come off and, on cue, it starts raining again! So everyone stands looking rather lost and waiting for it to either stop or start and not occupy the meteorological limbo we are in at the moment.

9.30pm It's just about stopped. Most of the crowd have gone home and there's not much sign of anyone dashing out to resume play. The cut-off is 10.00pm, so time is running out, overs are being deducted all the time and that suits New Zealand as they are miles ahead on Duckworth-Lewis ...

9.35pm The umpires come out again and the covers are coming off. The rain has stopped, a stiff wind is blowing, and the vast majority of the crowd have long since headed home. We'll find out the calculation any second ... it will be something daft like New Zealand need fours runs in four overs ...

9.40pm We will start in five minutes with four overs left. Now, listen carefully ... New Zealand are already past the winning target because of the overs lost but that might change if wickets are taken so we will bowl out the remaining overs. Clear? As mud ...

9.45pm And just as we thought there would be a brief resumption, the covers off and the stumps back in place ... we are told the game is over and New Zealand have been declared winners. The right result but a rather messy end to the series.

End of over 37 (10 runs) New Zealand 213/6 (30 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 2.30)
LRPL Taylor    41* (52b 7x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-65-1
DL Vettori    7* (13b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-41-0
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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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