England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 1st Test

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 189 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

88.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, left alone outside off

88.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, big, booming swing into the left hander who nudges to a short midwicket

88.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, lets this go outside the off stump

88.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, edged for four! In fact I'll give Vettori the benefit of the doubt there. It was a guided edge past the slips down for four, if that's not too great a contradiction in terms

88.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, punched back to the bowler

New Zealand 281/6   DL Vettori 4* (5b 1x4)

89.3

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, down the leg side. Poor ball

89.4

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, swinging into the left hander who times it surprisingly sweetly, though straight back to Hoggard

89.5

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, that's a very fine line on the off stump, swinging back into Vettori who's forward and defending

89.6

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, cut to Sidebottom at point

New Zealand 282/6   DL Vettori 4* (9b 1x4)

90.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, full, gentle swing away from the left hander, Vettori gently pushes to mid-off

90.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, slightly off-target, started wide and swung considerably after passing the batsman

90.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, slightly better line, still not close enough to Vettori to lure him into anything untoward

New Zealand 283/6   DL Vettori 4* (12b 1x4)

91.4

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, back and into line, pushed into the covers

91.5

Hoggard to Vettori, FOUR, short, a slightly jerky pull off the bottom part of the bat through midwicket, quite safe and four all the way. Nobody in the field moved

91.6

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, fuller on off stump and Vettori happy to push back to Hoggard

New Zealand 288/6   DL Vettori 8* (15b 2x4)

92.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, a foot or so outside off, Vettori leaves, quite safely despite all kinds of noises from the close field

92.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 no ball, another stifled appeal as Vettori goes nowhere and is saved by a thick inside edge into his pads

92.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, pitched two feet outside off stump and kept swinging away

92.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, wide, Vettori looks to cut but no timing and he thumps the ball into the ground

92.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, that's what he was trying to do off the previous one, he has the width he enjoys and he punches that from the crease just behind square on the off side

New Zealand 298/6   DL Vettori 12* (20b 3x4)

94.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, on leg stump, effortlessly flicked just behind square, it seemed to have no power but it kept on rolling and beat Harmison at long leg

94.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, 2 runs, too full, pushed firmly back, Sidebottom gets a hand onto it, it diverts into the stump but Taylor was wise to it and had his bat down at the non-striker's end

94.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, another leg-stump delivery, again Vettori works it behind square, this time Harmison can get round

New Zealand 309/6   DL Vettori 19* (23b 4x4)

95.1

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, full on off stump, Vettori defends from the crease

95.2

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, outside off, and with the angle of attack Vettori can push forward and then leave the ball to pass

95.3

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, fuller but pretty much the same line, again Vettori leaves

95.4

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, a firm defensive push to cover with a yell of "waiting" for good measure

95.5

Hoggard to Vettori, 1 leg bye, a slightly yelped appeal as Vettori misses a half volley, the ball thumps him on his back foot and spears down to long leg

New Zealand 310/6   DL Vettori 19* (28b 4x4)

96.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, back, waits and punches into the on side

96.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, again Vettori plays from the crease

96.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side off his pads, delivered from very wide of the crease so quite safe to play slightly across the line

96.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, it keeps low and a tidy take around his ankles from Ambrose

96.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, fuller, Vettori happy to trust his eye and play from back on his stumps

96.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, pushed back to Sidebottom who picks up and loosely flicks the ball to Ambrose, who is probably not too thrilled as it bounces a foot in front of him

New Zealand 312/6   DL Vettori 21* (34b 4x4)

97.5

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, pushed to mid-on

97.6

Hoggard to Vettori, 2 runs, a push with no follow through, but a beautifully timed one, and extra cover and mid-off have their work cut out to overhaul it

New Zealand 321/6   DL Vettori 23* (36b 4x4)

98.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, outside off, holding its line and no shot

98.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, much fuller, beats Vettori who is falling to the off, again the appeal is not really what it could be and the umpire shakes his head

98.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, wide and there for the cut which Vettori so enjoys, he executes it but point makes a very sharp save

New Zealand 322/6   DL Vettori 23* (39b 4x4)

99.5

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, pushed into the off side, Vettori starts for the single but thinks better of it

99.6

Hoggard to Vettori, no run, he falls slightly to the off as he plays defensively to mid-on

New Zealand 331/6   DL Vettori 23* (41b 4x4)

100.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, upright defensive push into the covers

100.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, that's where he likes it, wide and slightly short, dabbed more than cut behind square on the off side

100.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, he tries another cut but that's much too close and the ball beats him ... he turns away in self-admonishment before the ball has even reached the keeper

100.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to deep cover

New Zealand 337/6   DL Vettori 28* (45b 5x4)

101.1

Harmison to Vettori, 2 runs, slightly short, helped round the corner, and that was at Collingwood speed ...

101.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, the hitherto tidy Ambrose is forced to dive low to his right to save

101.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 leg bye, on leg stump again, once more worked to Sidebottom at long leg

New Zealand 340/6   DL Vettori 30* (48b 5x4)

102.1

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, outside off, no shot, Ambrose takes around his ankles

102.2

Collingwood to Vettori, FOUR, a genuine edge, it goes through where second slip would have been at a perfect height

102.3

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, big inswing, defended on the walk

102.4

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, tight line and length, Vettori defends

102.5

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, outside off, left

102.6

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, outside off again and no shot ... 73 mph or 117.48kph, take your pick

New Zealand 348/6   DL Vettori 34* (54b 6x4)

104.1

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, gentle swing to leg, helped out to deep midwicket

New Zealand 349/6   DL Vettori 35* (55b 6x4)

105.1

Harmison to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, no shot, Ambrose across to mop up ... 81mph/130kph

105.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, better line, full and on off stump, Vettori has to hurry to get his bat down

105.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, on leg stump, worked with a lot of pad behind square

New Zealand 354/6   DL Vettori 36* (58b 6x4)

106.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, firm square drive to point

106.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, back and turned to midwicket

106.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, tossed up, Vettori drives but plays all round it and gets a thick edge into his pad

106.4

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, swept, premeditated rather than on length, but not middled

New Zealand 356/6   DL Vettori 37* (62b 6x4)

107.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, swished off his pads to deep midwicket

107.6

Harmison to Vettori, no run, short and angled across, Vettori ducks well under it

New Zealand 364/6   DL Vettori 38* (64b 6x4)

109.1

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, tip and run to mid-off, Vettori keen to get his colleague onto strike and up to his hundred

New Zealand 365/6   DL Vettori 39* (65b 6x4)

110.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, back and hurriedly defended

110.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, back, looked like attacking and then came forward to block

110.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, gasps and grunts as he defends

110.4

Panesar to Vettori, no run, thrusts out a pad and lets it pass

110.5

Panesar to Vettori, no run, this time he pads it away with a big movement to the off

110.6

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, swept from off stump to Harmison at backward square leg

New Zealand 370/6   DL Vettori 40* (71b 6x4)

111.1

Harmison to Vettori, no run, good length and on off stump, defended

111.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, cut to backward point where Panesar fields, a little too close for him to get any power into the shot

111.3

Harmison to Vettori, no run, a tidier line - even if it is at 79mph/127kph - and Vettori defends

111.4

Harmison to Vettori, no run, another cramped cut and this one trickles to Panesar who has come a yard squarer at point

111.5

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, he drives to the off, gets a thick inside edge and the ball squirts to deepish midwicket

New Zealand 371/6   DL Vettori 41* (76b 6x4)

112.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, full and patted into the on side

112.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, head over the ball to block

112.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, sweeps from outside off stump, misses, a loud appeal but that had to be hitting him some way outside the line

112.4

Panesar to Vettori, no run, a rather rushed push to leg

112.5

Panesar to Vettori, no run, pulled straight to Sidebottom at mid-on

112.6

Panesar to Vettori, no run, back and turned defensively past short leg

New Zealand 371/6   DL Vettori 41* (82b 6x4)

113.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, Ambrose swiftly across

New Zealand 372/6   DL Vettori 41* (83b 6x4)

114.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, tossed up with a grunt, pushed back

114.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, pushed defensively forward

114.4

Panesar to Vettori, 3 runs, steps back, waits and then runs the ball to third man, Sidebottom tumbles after a long chase and saves a run

New Zealand 376/6   DL Vettori 44* (86b 6x4)

115.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, back and pushes to ball out to deep midwicket

115.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, frustration from Sidebottom as Vettori works the ball off middle stump to backward square leg

New Zealand 381/6   DL Vettori 46* (88b 6x4)

116.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, another grunt from Panesar, full and defended

116.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, pushed into the off side, not looking for a run

116.3

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, pretty much the same shot but this time they do take the single

New Zealand 382/6   DL Vettori 47* (91b 6x4)

118.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, well outside off, padded away

118.2

Panesar to Vettori, no run, looped up, Vettori forward very circumspectly

118.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, forward again, silly point gathers it

118.4

Panesar to Vettori, no run, an almost exaggerated lunge forward to get over the ball

118.5

Panesar to Vettori, no run, back and across, dead-bats the ball at his feet

118.6

Panesar to Vettori, no run, Vettori well forward, and Daryl Harper calls "that's over and lunch"

New Zealand 387/6   DL Vettori 47* (97b 6x4)

121.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, outside off, driven out to the covers and they run through the single with a Beatles-esque "Yeahyeahyeah". There was no singing, though

New Zealand 393/6   DL Vettori 48* (98b 6x4)

122.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, up there in line with off, the batsman defends down forward

122.2

Panesar to Vettori, FOUR, "Catch it" says Ambrose more out of hope than expectation, and Vettori steps down and forces it over midwicket on the front foot

122.3

Panesar to Vettori, 2 runs, Panesar's aggression goes a bit wrong as he picks up the ball and tries to throw the ball back at the keeper, it spills out, and goes to cover point where Sidebottom has to go and pick it up

122.4

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, a push of a drive out to mid-on brings up the 400

New Zealand 400/6   DL Vettori 55* (102b 7x4)

123.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 2 runs, a straight drive through mid-off and Vettori charges off, some relaying on the boundary but the batsmen can't come back for the third

123.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, swing in to the left hander, who defends in line with off and follows up with a "Wait!"

123.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, some width outside off, and a push through cover with some good placement, too

123.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, banged in short on middle and pulled out to deep midwicket, played safely out there

New Zealand 407/6   DL Vettori 62* (106b 8x4)

124.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, full delivery on off, defended on the front foot

124.2

Panesar to Vettori, SIX, down on one knee and over the top with a drive over long-on

124.3

Panesar to Vettori, no run, on middle and leg, turned off the pads squareish

124.4

Panesar to Vettori, FOUR, width outside off and Vettori makes no mistake, stepping back and using the pace with a dab through third man. Very deft indeed

124.5

Panesar to Vettori, no run, stands and waits for the ball to come in on middle and leg, it pops a touch and he fends it into the leg-side

124.6

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, driven out calmly to mid-on this time and they take the comfortable single

New Zealand 418/6   DL Vettori 73* (112b 9x4 1x6)

125.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, good defence on the front foot now, with a push out and they scramble through

125.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, back over the wicket, fires in the bouncer over middle and off, Vettori ducks under

125.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, (no ball) 1 run, on the legs, turned out in front of square. An overstep of a no-ball, but no free hit in this game

New Zealand 422/6   DL Vettori 75* (115b 9x4 1x6)

127.1

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, stays over the wicket for the left hander, starts with a loosener outside off, the batsman driving out to the covers

New Zealand 426/7   DL Vettori 76* (116b 9x4 1x6)

128.1

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, looped down off, left alone this time

128.2

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, many war cries of throat-curdling appeals as the ball strikes Vettori below the knee roll in line with off, a good stride in from the batsman, though

128.3

Pietersen to Vettori, FOUR, steps out and manages the sweep

128.4

Pietersen to Vettori, FOUR, full toss and Vettori gives it the treatment, also running into a firm drive off the legs in front of midwicket. Great shot

128.5

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, defended on the front foot this time

128.6

Pietersen to Vettori, 1 run, turned off the legs to midwicket, and there's some urgent shouting of "Come on, come on"

New Zealand 435/7   DL Vettori 85* (122b 11x4 1x6)

129.1

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, a single with a clip off the legs to square

129.4

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, looks to drive out to mid-off but the ball skews off to deep point where it's "Well done, Hoggy"

New Zealand 438/7   DL Vettori 87* (124b 11x4 1x6)

130.1

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, pushed up there in line with off, defended on the front foot

130.2

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, driven back out straight towards the bowler

130.3

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, round the wicket, the batsman drives out to the covers, can't get much power and "That's nice, Kev", apparently

130.4

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, good control on off, pushed down on the front foot defensively

130.5

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, fires it up there outside off, the ball continues on straight and Vettori tries to push it off the back foot into the off side

130.6

Pietersen to Vettori, no run, forces him on to the back foot in line with middle, the batsman defends back down

New Zealand 438/7   DL Vettori 87* (130b 11x4 1x6)

133.1

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, pushed across him from over the wicket, defended on the front foot

133.2

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, on the front foot, driven out to mid-off

New Zealand 446/7   DL Vettori 88* (132b 11x4 1x6)

134.1

Harmison to Vettori, 1 bye, wide of the off stump and 74mph, it dies on Ambrose and the ball ricochets off his gloves

New Zealand 447/7   DL Vettori 88* (133b 11x4 1x6)

135.1

Collingwood to Vettori, OUT, goddim! Excellent ball from Collingwood, angling across the left hander who tried to dab it past Strauss, at a wide lone slip, who dived to his right to hold a relatively simple chance

DL Vettori c Strauss b Collingwood 88 (198m 134b 11x4 1x6) SR: 65.67

New Zealand 451/8   DL Vettori 88 (134b 11x4 1x6)
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Mar 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century but it was too little, too late for England, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century

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Mar 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin

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