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

22.1

Panesar to How, no run, full and pushed into the leg side

22.2

Panesar to How, no run, driven square to backward point

22.3

Panesar to How, no run, full and straight, defended

22.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned into the leg side

22.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, drawn forward and the ball dribbles into the off

22.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, a little more air, Fleming allows the ball to hit the bat rather than the other way round

New Zealand 85/1   MS Panesar 1-0-1-0

24.1

Panesar to Fleming, 1 run, tossed up a little, Fleming steers the ball behind square on the off

24.2

Panesar to How, no run, defended square on

24.3

Panesar to How, no run, forward and defended

24.4

Panesar to How, no run, flat and straight, How hunches over ans he defends

24.5

Panesar to How, no run, that one did bite, it beats How's prod and passes the outside edge

24.6

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up, How drives but right to short extra cover

New Zealand 86/1   MS Panesar 2-0-2-0

26.1

Panesar to How, no run, How resumes his hunched defensive strategy

26.2

Panesar to How, no run, on off stump and again blocked

26.3

Panesar to How, no run, and another one, this time to leg

26.4

Panesar to How, no run, How lurches forward and gets a thick edge, along the ground

26.5

Panesar to How, no run, straight, no spin, How untroubled as he blocks

26.6

Panesar to How, no run, lots of moans and groans as How defends but he was never troubled

New Zealand 86/1   MS Panesar 3-1-2-0

28.1

Panesar to Fleming, FOUR, back, the ball squirts past the slip and that's four, a 90% controlled shot

28.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Fleming a long way forward to defend

28.3

Panesar to Fleming, 2 runs, again Fleming cuts that slightly edgily to third man, Sidebottom cuts it off this time as it wasn't quite so fine

28.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and pushes back to Panesar

28.5

Panesar to Fleming, FOUR, steps back and cuts square, a well-timed shot

28.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, tossed up and driven to mid-off

New Zealand 97/1   MS Panesar 4-1-12-0

30.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, watchfully pushes into the off side

30.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, defensive prod to Sidebottom at point

30.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, back and into line as the ball spins into him

30.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, more air, pushed to a dozy Harmison at mid-off ... he was very slow to react as were the batsmen

30.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Harmison again the fielder but he is awake this time

30.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, outside off and Fleming back and leaves

New Zealand 103/1   MS Panesar 5-2-12-0

32.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, tame drive into the covers

32.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, pushed gently back up the pitch

32.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, dead batted into the ground off the front foot

32.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, well forward, killing any spin

32.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, faster and flatter outside off, not a sniff of spin and Fleming leaves

32.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, more flight, driven to Hoggard at mid-on

New Zealand 105/1   MS Panesar 6-3-12-0

34.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and paddled into the leg side

34.2

Panesar to Fleming, 1 run, he waits and then turns the ball square into the on side

34.3

Panesar to How, no run, exaggerated forward push

34.4

Panesar to How, no run, pushed to mid-on

34.5

Panesar to How, no run, pushed firmly into the covers, as always off the front foot

34.6

Panesar to How, 1 run, Panesar drifts to leg, How turns it square and Vaughan ambles round to field

New Zealand 107/1   MS Panesar 7-3-14-0

36.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, wide and keeps slightly low, left and a decent take by Ambrose

36.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and pushed to extra cover

36.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, patted back up the pitch

36.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Fleming back and has to hurry as it straightens and he gets somewhat cramped

36.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward again and Panesar fields

36.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, safety first as Fleming defends

New Zealand 107/1   MS Panesar 8-4-14-0

38.1

Panesar to How, no run, forward and dead batted into the leg side

38.2

Panesar to How, no run, How again forward, less than certainly

38.3

Panesar to How, no run, a big stride forward to kill the spin

38.4

Panesar to How, no run, flatter and played round his front pad into the on side

38.5

Panesar to How, FOUR, down the leg side, the thinnest of edges brings up his first Test fifty as it races to fine leg

38.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushing out well ahead of his front pad, as he has done all day

New Zealand 112/2   MS Panesar 9-4-18-0

40.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept square of Sidebottom who sprints round and saves a certain four with a very fine dive. Excellent commitment there

40.2

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, nice flight from Monty, tossing this up on middle-and-off. How defends. Or rather, Sinclair does

40.3

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, firmly prodded out to cover. A cautious but firm poke

40.4

Panesar to Sinclair, 1 run, fuller and flatter, he pumps it back to Monty

40.5

Panesar to How, no run, onto the front foot, he comes forward to strike this out to cover

40.6

Panesar to How, no run, solidly defended to end a tidy, if innocuous, over

New Zealand 114/2   MS Panesar 10-4-20-0

42.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept to deep square leg. Powerfully struck

42.2

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, a dreadful stroke, trying to cut this outside off. A quicker ball from Monty and he's comfortably beaten

42.3

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, stands tall off the back foot and punches it back to Monty

42.4

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, tossed up on middle; defended

42.5

Panesar to Sinclair, 2 runs, flicked off his hip through square leg for a single. In fact - excellent running brings them two

42.6

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, sweetly driven but straight to mid-off

New Zealand 117/2   MS Panesar 11-4-23-0

44.1

Panesar to How, no run, Tossed up on middle - very loopy, slow pace indeed from Monty and it's firmly defended

44.2

Panesar to How, FOUR, oh that's neat from How, and I think premeditated too. On middle and leg, he swept it delicately for four

44.3

Panesar to How, no run, driven back to Monty - no! Oh dear. That's a bit of a clanger from Monty who let that slip through his paws

44.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, nudged to leg

44.5

Panesar to Sinclair, 1 run, quicker and flatter, turned away to leg

44.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushed away to the off side

New Zealand 128/2   MS Panesar 12-4-29-0

56.1

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up outside the off stump

56.2

Panesar to How, no run, crisply driven to short mid-off

56.3

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up on middle-and-leg, he turns it to short leg

56.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, on his legs, clipped through short leg's legs for a single

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

56.6

Panesar to How, no run, straighter delivery at last from Monty, and it's blocked out

New Zealand 170/3   MS Panesar 13-4-31-0

58.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned easily off leg stump for a single

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   MS Panesar 14-4-32-0

60.1

Panesar to How, no run, sweeps from outside off, misses, and a pleading appeal from Panesar

60.2

Panesar to How, no run, much closer as he again sweeps, but too full and it hits him on the toe outside off

60.3

Panesar to How, no run, driven on the half volley to Panesar

60.4

Panesar to How, no run, flatter and faster, How back onto the front foot to block

60.5

Panesar to How, no run, crouching defensive push into the covers

60.6

Panesar to How, OUT, another superb catch, taken low to his left by Collingwood at slip, as Panesar gets one to turn fractionally across How and it takes a thin edge. How stands his ground, frustration not dissent, and then looks to the heavens before slowly heading off

JM How c Collingwood b Panesar 92 (250m 180b 11x4 0x6) SR: 51.11

New Zealand 176/4   MS Panesar 15-5-32-1

62.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, outside off, Oram pads it away

62.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, full, right up to him, dug out to mid-on

62.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, forward with an angled bat to short midwicket

62.4

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, pushed and a quick run to Hoggard at mid-on, there didn't look to be a run there but the fielder was slow

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   MS Panesar 16-5-33-1

64.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, very correct forward defensive

64.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, another very textbook defensive push

64.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, wider, a pad is thrust out in case the ball turns ... which it doesn't

64.4

Panesar to Oram, no run, pushed firmly past silly point

64.5

Panesar to Oram, no run, flatter and a little too short, turned to mid-on

64.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, wide and once more Oram thrusts his pad towards the off side to cover any spin

New Zealand 178/4   MS Panesar 17-6-33-1

66.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, Oram labours a sweep - it seemed to take him forever to complete the stroke - and the ball balloons harmlessly out to the off side

66.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, pushed out to the off side

66.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, shorter, Oram shuffles across and defends

66.4

Panesar to Oram, 5 runs, a neat flick to midwicket and they pick up a single. In comes the throw from Pietersen I think, who hits the stumps but it ricochets for four overthrows

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   MS Panesar 18-6-38-1

68.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, blocked out on the front foot

68.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, nurdled to leg

68.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended back to Panesar who fields

68.4

Panesar to Oram, no run, a touch more flight this time and Oram turns to leg

68.5

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, Oram gives it the big heave ho on the front foot but can't time it

68.6

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

New Zealand 191/4   MS Panesar 19-6-39-1

70.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off

70.2

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

70.3

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, driven out past point and they scamper a single. Good running

70.4

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

70.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, neatly defended on the front foot

70.6

Panesar to McCullum, no run, McCullum opens the face and runs it out behind square. Good hands

New Zealand 194/5   MS Panesar 20-6-41-1

72.1

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, too straight, it's flicked behind square and a fairly lackadaisical Sidebottom at fine leg lets them through for two

72.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, clumped with a free-flowing swish of the blade but straight to mid-off

72.3

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, smudged through midwicket for two

72.4

Panesar to McCullum, FOUR, that's four and the first sign of aggression from McCullum. An ugly, Twenty20-esque slog from outside off, sweeping it through midwicket

72.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, ooh and he induces a thick outside edge there. Quicker ball from Monty

72.6

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, turned to leg for a single and he steals the strike

New Zealand 209/5   MS Panesar 21-6-50-1

74.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, a little too straight, spearing into his legs but nevertheless it's defended

74.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, on middle and defended

74.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, a very full length; it's dug out to cover

74.4

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, edged and through Collingwood at slip! A fine ball, squaring McCullum up and it took a thick outside edge which Collingwood couldn't quite stoop down to reach. It was a very difficult chance, mind

74.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, full, flat, fast and blocked

74.6

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

New Zealand 216/5   MS Panesar 22-6-52-1

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   MS Panesar 23-6-53-1

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   MS Panesar 24-7-53-1

80.1

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flicked to leg

80.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, tossed up on the middle stump and it's defended

80.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, he shapes to smack this over the top before realising there are only 9.5 overs left of the day's play. And defends

80.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, prodded out to cover

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   MS Panesar 25-7-55-1

82.1

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

82.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, quicker ball - almost a seamer's action from Monty there - which he defends

82.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, angled out to the off side

82.4

Panesar to McCullum, 3 runs, punched out through 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

82.6

Panesar to McCullum, SIX, shot, McCullum. He is a tough nut and a fine batsman. He's sweeping Panesar with power over midwicket for six

New Zealand 246/5   MS Panesar 26-7-66-1

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

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   MS Panesar 27-7-68-1

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   MS Panesar 28-8-68-1

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   MS Panesar 29-8-69-1

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   MS Panesar 30-9-69-1

114.1

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

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

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   MS Panesar 31-9-73-1

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

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   MS Panesar 32-9-75-1

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   MS Panesar 33-10-75-1

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   MS Panesar 34-10-79-1

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

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   MS Panesar 35-10-86-1

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   MS Panesar 36-10-97-1

132.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, a tame front-foot defence

132.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, fizzed in on off, full delivery again and defended on the front foot

132.3

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, reaches on the leg with an orthodox square sweep, Panesar too flat

132.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, round the wicket, by the way, outside off and defended down

132.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, more of the same, defended on the front foot again

132.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, defends tightly on the front foot once more

New Zealand 445/7   MS Panesar 37-10-101-1
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Series Results
New Zealand v England at Napier - Mar 22-26, 2008
England won by 121 runs
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England won by 126 runs
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New Zealand won by 189 runs
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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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