England tour of New Zealand, 1st Test: New Zealand v England at Hamilton, Mar 5-9, 2008
New Zealand won by 189 runs
5,6,7,8,9 March 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
46.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, good, quicker ball to Taylor outside the off stump which he defends

New Zealand 129/3   LRPL Taylor 0* (1b)
47.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, on middle and leg, he's back and nudging to leg

47.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, elegantly punched off the back foot to mid-off

47.6

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, a nudge off his pads and a very sloppy piece of fielding from Sidebottom at mid-on, dozily diving over the top and letting them through for a single

New Zealand 132/3   LRPL Taylor 2* (4b)
49.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, full but wide of the off stump and swinging wider still. It's ignored

49.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, straighter this time and very well timed by the batsman, but straight to Vaughan at mid-off

49.3

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, that's a good leave to a good length delivery

49.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, full and straight, he goes back to defend and does so with his head right over the ball. Textbook

49.5

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, oh good shot, though played "on the walk". It was a little too straight from Hoggard and Taylor drove it straight back past him for four

49.6

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, on his legs and Taylor doesn't miss out here, but can't quite time it as well as he might. A fidgety, nuggety nudge off his pads

New Zealand 138/3   LRPL Taylor 8* (10b 1x4)
50.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, driven back to the bowler

50.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, very straight and defended

New Zealand 145/3   LRPL Taylor 8* (12b 1x4)
52.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, nice and straight from Collingwood. It's defended

52.2

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off and Ambrose takes it very neatly indeed

52.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, good, swinging delivery outside the off stump and it's defended cautiously

52.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, head over the ball Taylor defends

52.5

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, ooh well bowled, a quicker one - well, it hurried him at any rate - and he jabs down on it at the last minute, nudging to leg

New Zealand 154/3   LRPL Taylor 9* (17b 1x4)
54.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, a huge appeal from Collingwood as Taylor's rapped on the pads but it's sliding down the leg side

54.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, turned to leg for a single

New Zealand 160/3   LRPL Taylor 10* (19b 1x4)
55.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, short and he ducks beneath it

55.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, another bouncer which Taylor evades with a duck

55.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, fuller this time from Harmison and it's cautiously driven out to cover

55.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

55.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, too full and driven beautifully for four, straight back past mid-on. It was a loopy, innocuous delivery and right in How's slot

55.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, cramped for room a little here, shapes to leave before jabbing down on it

New Zealand 168/3   LRPL Taylor 14* (25b 2x4)
56.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, again a leg-stump line, Taylor shuffles to the off side before nudging this behind square for a single

New Zealand 170/3   LRPL Taylor 15* (26b 2x4)
57.1

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, Harmison's in and this is too straight, allowing them to nudge to leg and pick up a single

57.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, beaten! A good ball from Harmison - that's where he should be bowling and the line outside off where, so far, he has failed to consistently hit

57.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, ignored outside off

57.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, pushed out to the off side

New Zealand 174/3   LRPL Taylor 16* (30b 2x4)
58.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

58.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, Taylor defends a ball pitched up to him

58.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, half volley driven into the pitch and back to Panesar who moves smartly to his left

58.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, turned past Cook at forward short leg, Pietersen at midwicket fields

58.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, driven firmly to Harmison at a slightly deep mid-on

New Zealand 175/3   LRPL Taylor 16* (35b 2x4)
59.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed into the on side

59.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, good length but too wide

59.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, this one he has to play, it's straight and full, but he gets into line early

59.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, swinging away but only after it is past the stumps by which time Taylor has left it

New Zealand 176/3   LRPL Taylor 16* (39b 2x4)
61.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, played defensively into the off side

61.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled across the right hander once more

61.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, he finds the edge but it scoots along the ground to Cook in the gully

61.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, played off the front foot back to Sidebottom.

61.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, firmer drive to mid-off

61.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, very wide and Taylor pushes forward and leaves

New Zealand 176/4   LRPL Taylor 16* (45b 2x4)
62.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up, Taylor forward to kill the spin

62.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, a big step, almost as if he was about to attack, but then he defends to cover

New Zealand 177/4   LRPL Taylor 16* (47b 2x4)
63.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, too full and wide, Taylor drives but jabs it down into the ground and that takes all the pace off the ball

New Zealand 178/4   LRPL Taylor 16* (48b 2x4)
65.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, turned off his pads to Panesar at long leg, he makes a classy diving one-handed stop

65.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, on middle and leg, defended solidly

65.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed to short extra cover who feigns to throw but thinks better of it

65.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, on middle and off, defensive push to mid-off

65.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, banged in, much too short and he ducks with ease

65.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, driven to Vaughan at slightly wide mid-off

New Zealand 180/4   LRPL Taylor 18* (54b 2x4)
66.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up on leg, nudged to leg

66.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

New Zealand 185/4   LRPL Taylor 18* (56b 2x4)
67.5

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, straighter this time and he nudges off his pads

67.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, cracked on the front foot into the covers

New Zealand 190/4   LRPL Taylor 20* (58b 2x4)
68.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, he comes forward and smothers a defensive

New Zealand 191/4   LRPL Taylor 20* (59b 2x4)
69.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, good line and length. Taylor defends

69.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a meek, weak bouncer which he evades with ease

New Zealand 192/5   LRPL Taylor 20* (61b 2x4)
70.4

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flatter, driven past Panesar

New Zealand 194/5   LRPL Taylor 21* (62b 2x4)
71.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, A good line, Taylor cautiously blocks this off the back foot

71.2

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, shot! That's a beautiful drive from Taylor, banging this back past Hoggard - nutmegging him in fact - for four. Driven as straight as you like and the timing was sweet

71.3

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, too straight, Taylor turns it off his pads for a single. In fact they get two with an urgent piece of running

71.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, excellent line and length. Taylor gives it due respect with a solid defensive off the back foot

71.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a loose, floppy shot driven in the air just short of Sidebottom at mid-on

71.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a tempter outside off which he ignores

New Zealand 200/5   LRPL Taylor 27* (68b 3x4)
73.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, swinging into the right hander who defends it back to Hoggard

73.3

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, savage. It wasn't that short but Taylor was quickly onto the back foot, pulling it powerfully through midwicket

73.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, cautiously nudged to leg

73.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, firmly blocked out on the back foot

73.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, swinging into the right hander who's hurried into a defensive and gets into a right old muddle

New Zealand 214/5   LRPL Taylor 31* (73b 4x4)
75.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off. Good take by Ambrose

75.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a little fuller and straight, he turns to leg

75.3

Hoggard to Taylor, 1 run, flicked off his pads for a single to square leg

New Zealand 217/5   LRPL Taylor 32* (76b 4x4)
76.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, driven crisply to the right of short extra cover who dives and saves a single

76.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flighted on the off stump, he's forward and defending

76.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, and again, another defensive prod

76.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, well bowled - just held that one back a bit. Taylor up to the task so far, though

76.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, crisply driven "on the walk" to short extra cover

76.6

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, too straight, flicked to a far-too-deep mid-on

New Zealand 222/5   LRPL Taylor 33* (82b 4x4)
77.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, what happened there? Taylor was back in his crease and trying to defend but the ball bounced on him and he appeared not to pick it up

77.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, defended on the back foot

77.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, couldn't reach that with a barge pole...

77.4

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, a little too straight this time and he nudges to leg, scampering through for a single

New Zealand 223/5   LRPL Taylor 34* (86b 4x4)
78.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up on the off stump and blocked out

78.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, on middle stump and pushed to leg

78.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up on middle, he comes forward and turns it with a flick of the wrists

78.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, good shout from Monty but it probably didn't pitch in line

78.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, Taylor turns to leg

78.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, pushed to mid-off

New Zealand 223/5   LRPL Taylor 34* (92b 4x4)
79.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

79.6

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, beautifully driven to mid-off

New Zealand 229/5   LRPL Taylor 35* (94b 4x4)
80.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flicked to leg

80.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, well wide of the off stump, excellent take from Ambrose who took it off his bootstraps

80.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, prodded on the front foot

New Zealand 231/5   LRPL Taylor 36* (97b 4x4)
81.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, flicked off his hip by McCullum. Ambrose sprints to his left to field

81.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a good line on a fullish length and a very solid-looking Taylor shuffles across to defend

81.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, driven back to Harmison who fields very well with his right hand, stooping low - and Harmison then shies at the stumps but it's miles wide and Ambrose is forced to dive to his left to save what would've been the third overthrows for four today

81.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

81.6

Harmison to Taylor, 3 runs, worked through midwicket - a loopy, floaty, flappy sort of delivery but Sidebottom chases it down

New Zealand 235/5   LRPL Taylor 39* (102b 4x4)
82.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, angled out to the off side

82.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flicked through Harmison at mid-on - in fact, no he's pulled off a very fine save indeed, diving to his right. That was superb diving from the big man, though he's clutching his elbow now...and could be in trouble

New Zealand 240/5   LRPL Taylor 41* (104b 4x4)
83.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a corker from Harmison, Taylor not sure whether to come forward or back and, as such, he's stuck in no man's land and beaten

83.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a wasted bouncer down the leg side

83.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, back into his crease, he defends this straight delivery off the back foot with the straightest of blades

83.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, very short, even wider and Taylor tries to cut but, well, he didn't have a hope of reaching that

83.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, chopped to gully

83.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, stands tall to defend off the back foot

New Zealand 246/5   LRPL Taylor 41* (110b 4x4)
85.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, well wide of the off stump and the first real sign of swing, booming away from the right hander

85.2

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot. Another booming outswinger from Hoggard but Taylor took a big stride down the pitch to meet the ball and caressed him through the covers for four

85.3

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, firmly forward and he defends this off stump delivery

85.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, excellent length from Hoggard but that's very well played by Taylor, opening the face and guiding it to gully

85.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, on middle stump, he defends watchfully

85.6

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, that's a heck of a shot, standing tall and punching this straight back past Hoggard for the second four in the over

New Zealand 259/5   LRPL Taylor 49* (116b 6x4)
87.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

87.5

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, four more! A languid, sweetly timed drive through the covers to bring up his maiden Test fifty - and a very fine one at that, too. Solid in defence and quick to pounce on anything wayward; he was particularly impressive driving straight, too

87.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, pushed out to cover on the front foot

New Zealand 277/5   LRPL Taylor 53* (119b 7x4)
89.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, encouraging away swing from the right hander who shuffles across and defends

89.2

Hoggard to Taylor, 1 run, cautiously, watchfully defended - dropping it past gully for a single

New Zealand 282/6   LRPL Taylor 54* (121b 7x4)
90.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, big inswinger beats Taylor and thuds into his pads as he looks to flick to leg, a loud appeal and that was very close ... just sneaking down the leg side

90.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off and full, Taylor happy to leave. A few sighters early on won't be unwelcome

90.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, eased off leg stump to long leg where Hoggard fields

New Zealand 283/6   LRPL Taylor 55* (124b 7x4)
91.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, outside off, again a sniff of swing as there was early on yesterday

91.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, on a length on off stump, Taylor gets right into line and plays defensively from the crease

91.3

Hoggard to Taylor, 1 run, a strangled appeal as Taylor plays off middle-and-leg with a thick inside edge into his pads, the ball trundles down to long leg

New Zealand 284/6   LRPL Taylor 56* (127b 7x4)
92.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, wide and overpitched, Taylor slams it off the front foot through the covers, using his full reach to get to the pitch of the ball. That rasped across the turf ...

92.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, less convincing forward push, an inside edge into his pads and into the covers for a quick single

New Zealand 293/6   LRPL Taylor 61* (129b 8x4)
93.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, slower one - 75mph - wide and got wider

93.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, fuller, it beats a rather limp defensive push and Ambrose takes

93.3

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a rare leg-side delivery from Hoggard, Taylor shimmies inside the line

93.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, he feels for a drive, playing it slightly too far away from him, a thick edge quirts to point

93.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, punches from the crease to point who stops but doesn't gather at the first attempt

93.6

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, a slash at a wide half volley, the ball skews over the slips and bounces over the third-man boundary ... quite safe as there is nobody down there

New Zealand 302/6   LRPL Taylor 65* (135b 9x4)
94.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, solidly forward to defend, extra cover fields

94.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off, left alone

94.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, slightly tighter line, Taylor half forward to defend

New Zealand 309/6   LRPL Taylor 65* (138b 9x4)
95.6

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, a low-key end to the over, pushed into the covers

New Zealand 310/6   LRPL Taylor 65* (139b 9x4)
97.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, Taylor falls over as he is turned square on and is beaten, Hoggard and his close men appeal, possibly a bit high

97.2

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, it's four in the book but Taylor shook his head at the shot, a loose drive that goes in the air wide of a diving gully

97.3

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, a pull that he doesn't get hold of, they manage a scampered two nevertheless

97.4

Hoggard to Taylor, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Taylor turns it off his pads via a thick inside edge

New Zealand 319/6   LRPL Taylor 72* (143b 10x4)
98.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled across Taylor, no swing, an easy leave

98.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed defensively into the on side, a big stride forward

98.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, turned into the leg side on the move, there's plenty of space there and an easy single

New Zealand 322/6   LRPL Taylor 73* (146b 10x4)
99.1

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, driven slightly in the air but with real oomph through the covers, he really leathered that

99.2

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, he leans on that, where the previous one was all power, this is all timing, it leaves Hoggard on the ground and zips to the boundary behind him

99.3

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, outside off and with eight off this over already, he can leave with no qualms

99.4

Hoggard to Taylor, 1 run, short and wide, cut hard to deep cover. A ball earlier and that would have been another four

New Zealand 331/6   LRPL Taylor 82* (150b 12x4)
100.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Taylor back, beaten, and the ball plops off his pads into the off side

100.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, turned into the leg side

New Zealand 332/6   LRPL Taylor 83* (152b 12x4)
101.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off but no shot needed

101.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, wide, overpicthed and Taylor slams that off the front foot square through the covers, deep cover has no chance even though he only had a few yards to move

101.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, wide, Taylor has a slash and a miss

New Zealand 344/6   LRPL Taylor 87* (155b 13x4)
103.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, better line, Taylor still able to leave and Ambrose drops the ball, about his first error

103.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, "Bowling Harmy," shouts a team-mate, but it was wide and got wider

103.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, dug in, Taylor ducks

103.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, he stands on tip-toe and cuts hard to point

103.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off, no shot

103.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, and again, wide and left.

New Zealand 348/6   LRPL Taylor 87* (161b 13x4)
104.2

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, wide, getting wider

104.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, turned into the leg side

104.4

Collingwood to Taylor, FOUR, half volley on off stump, crisply driven past Collingwood who has no chance to get his left hand down in time

104.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, another hard-hit straight drive, Collingwood down quickly, using his feet as his top half was falling away to the off. Ugly but effective

104.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, booming awayswinger well taken by Ambrose

New Zealand 353/6   LRPL Taylor 91* (166b 14x4)
105.4

Harmison to Taylor, 1 wide, and the umpire has had enough ... it started wide and kept going, Ambrose takes it in front of first slip

105.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a feisty response, almost a yorker on middle stump which hurries Taylor

105.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off, applause from his colleagues but Taylor was never going to have to play it

105.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, dug in, Taylor seemed to lose it and he almost ducked into it, jerking his head out of the way very late

New Zealand 355/6   LRPL Taylor 91* (169b 14x4)
106.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, forward, upright and defended

106.6

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flatter, Taylor waits and flicks one that was slightly too short to deep midwicket

New Zealand 357/6   LRPL Taylor 92* (171b 14x4)
107.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, short outside off and Taylor has to swivel back out of the way

107.2

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, a third successive short one outside off, this time Taylor pulls to deep midwicket and a moment of confusion as Vettori set off for the second and was sent back

107.4

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, half volley slammed through extra cover, head over the ball and foot to the pitch of the ball

107.5

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, driven hard, for a second it seemed to have beaten Vaughan at mid-off, but the England captain clawed it back and the hundred will have to wait

New Zealand 364/6   LRPL Taylor 98* (175b 15x4)
108.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, very watchful, head over the ball and defended

108.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, off drive squirts off a thick inside edge to midwicket

108.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flatter on off stump, defended

108.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, a big stride and driven hard into short extra cover ... almost

108.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, another hard drive, this time to cover

108.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, speared down the leg side, Taylor missed out as he was already moving onto the front foot and couldn't adjust

New Zealand 364/6   LRPL Taylor 98* (181b 15x4)
109.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, ends up square on as he defends a ball angled in at his off stump

109.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, wider half volley, he leans into a square drive but yet again he can't find the gap

109.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, stands tall and drives to mid-off

109.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, short, Taylor hooks and that's it. The helmet comes off and he lifts both hands high in the air as he reaches his maiden Test hundred

109.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a relaxed drive to extra cover

New Zealand 369/6   LRPL Taylor 102* (186b 16x4)
111.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, punched to cover off the back foot

New Zealand 371/6   LRPL Taylor 102* (187b 16x4)
113.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off, no hint of movement, Taylor leaves

113.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, same line and length, no shot

113.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fuller, driven towards mid-off but extra cover whips across to field

113.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, that one did swing, but started too wide, a big stride and a leave

113.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, tip and run into the off side, Taylor is quick

New Zealand 372/6   LRPL Taylor 103* (192b 16x4)
114.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, full, flicked late off his boots to deep square leg

114.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, met with a broad bat, right into line

114.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, fuller and another defensive push

New Zealand 376/6   LRPL Taylor 104* (195b 16x4)
115.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angled across, Taylor leaves

115.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, fuller, driven hard through extra cover, Swann, the substitute, dives and pulls it back just inside the rope

115.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 leg bye, short, he hooks but misses, cries of catch it as the ball loops high behind square on the off side, it falls safely but it is of no matter as the ball clanged off his helmet anyhow

115.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off, moving marginally away, no shot needed

New Zealand 381/6   LRPL Taylor 106* (199b 16x4)
116.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, half forward and blocked

116.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, good length angled in at off stump, blocked

116.6

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor goes forward, waits, and then helps the ball round the corner

New Zealand 383/6   LRPL Taylor 107* (202b 16x4)
117.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, speared across the right hander who leaves with a flourish of the bat high above his head

117.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fuller and on off stump, Taylor shuffles forward to defend

117.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, cut hard to point where the ever-reliable Collingwood makes a good stop

117.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, on leg stump, Taylor misses and takes it on the pad, a couple of appeals but never anything for the umpire to take seriously

117.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, a genuine edge to point, albeit all along the ground

117.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched and driven hard to the right of a diving extra cover

New Zealand 387/6   LRPL Taylor 111* (208b 17x4)
119.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Sidebottom over the wicket and hits a good length, prompting the defence

119.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Sidebottom bustles in again, defends on the front foot this time

119.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fires that wide down off forcing the batsman to flay at it with a big flap off a would-be cut on the back foot

119.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, a good length again, forces the defence on the front foot

119.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, forces across the right hander again, a good line with a touch of angle and the batsman shoulders arms

119.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, outside off, driven out to the sweeper on the off-side and he steals the strike

New Zealand 388/6   LRPL Taylor 112* (214b 17x4)
120.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, fired up there and forced the defensive

120.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, up there on a good length again and the batsman defends on the front foot

120.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, more of the nagging stuff on middle, dug out defensively

120.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, just on off and a touch too full this time, the batsman plays back forward

120.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, the batsman is in two minds about what to do with a shortish delivery outside off, and in the end elects to leave

120.6

Panesar to Taylor, FOUR, delicate this time, Panesar floats that one down leg and its helped on its way with a fine paddle through fine leg

New Zealand 392/6   LRPL Taylor 116* (220b 18x4)
121.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, stays over for the right hander, finds a hint of lift as the ball comes across him and the batsman tucks it back down into the pitch, safely

121.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, defended down tidily on the back foot in front of off

121.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms as the ball comes through on a good length

121.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, round the wicket now and some aggression from Sidebottom, booming the ball down and forcing the batsman to jump into a defence in line with middle

121.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, planted on a good length, forcing the batsman to defend again, which he does tidily enough

New Zealand 393/6   LRPL Taylor 116* (225b 18x4)
122.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, outside leg, the batsman lets it crash into his leg, just knees it away

122.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, on the legs, the batsman defends back down on the front foot, prompting an Ambrosian "Oo-ee"

New Zealand 400/6   LRPL Taylor 116* (227b 18x4)
123.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, round the wicket now and squares the batsman up on off, he manages to recover and steer the edge down towards the gully

123.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, hostile from Sidebottom to round off the over, a sharp bouncer that hardly gets up above shoulder height, the batsman leans back and lets it go

New Zealand 407/6   LRPL Taylor 116* (229b 18x4)
125.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, round the wicket and boulders that one in on off, it's defended on the front foot

125.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, sllightly slower ball outside off, the batsman's on to it like a rocket with a firm drive through the covers

125.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, round the wicket now, the batsman pushes into the covers on the front foot, defensively

125.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, not too short on off, but Taylor's on to that so quickly with a firm ball out to midwicket

New Zealand 423/6   LRPL Taylor 118* (233b 18x4)
126.1

Pietersen to Taylor, 2 runs, gives this one some air but also some width down leg, it's tucked down to fine leg ever so gently and Sidebottom is able to gallop round and throw back in

126.2

Pietersen to Taylor, OUT, the change has worked! Taylor goes to swipe across the line and a top edge loops up and is in the air for a while before Pietersen walks over to take a straightforward catch

LRPL Taylor c & b Pietersen 120 (322m 235b 18x4 0x6) SR: 51.06

New Zealand 425/7   LRPL Taylor 120 (235b 18x4)
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