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

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

126.3

Pietersen to Mills, no run, extra loop on that one from Pietersen, the batsman forward on the front foot and drives back forward

126.4

Pietersen to Mills, no run, right up there on off, defended on the front foot and a Dhoni-esque "Oi" comes from the keeper's lips

126.5

Pietersen to Mills, no run, pushes down leg on a good length

126.6

Pietersen to Mills, no run, big loop again, the ball coming down towards leg and Pietersen's appeal is in vain

New Zealand 425/7   KP Pietersen 1-0-2-1

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   KP Pietersen 2-0-11-1

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   KP Pietersen 3-1-11-1
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Photos

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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