England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 2nd Test

New Zealand v England

England won by 126 runs

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

36.2

Mills to Bell, 1 run, this could be out - this is out, is it? A bouncer outside off, Bell goes for the most ridiculous of hooks and top edges it just short of Gillespie who made good ground from fine leg but...it was just short

England 95/3   IR Bell 1* (1b)

37.1

Oram to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

37.2

Oram to Bell, no run, good, tight delivery on the off stump which he defends solidly

37.3

Oram to Bell, no run, on the off stump, Bell's solidly forward and defends

37.4

Oram to Bell, no run, another poor shot, really. Excellent length and Bell was forward, pushing at it away from his body

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, dropped by McCullum who parries it into Fleming's arm. Great length again, the ball moving away a touch and Bell wafts his bat at it...McCullum dives to his right but can't cling on

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, defended to midwicket

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, driven firmly to mid-off for a single

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot back to Oram

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, punched to mid-on where Vaughan fields

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, punched to mid-on

England 104/3   IR Bell 1* (7b)

38.2

Mills to Bell, no run, angling into him, swinging away at the last moment, he defends

38.3

Mills to Bell, no run, elegantly punched off the back foot to point

38.4

Mills to Bell, no run, a fine looking drive to mid-off

38.5

Mills to Bell, no run, a touch of movement off the seam and away from Bell who plays it well - and late - nudging it down off the back foot

38.6

Mills to Bell, no run

England 105/3   IR Bell 1* (12b)

39.5

Oram to Bell, no run, well wide of the off stump, it pitches, moves off the seam and Bell decides not to move his feet one iota. He fishes and misses

39.6

Oram to Bell, no run, he comes forward and gets a thick inside edge. Good god.

England 106/3   IR Bell 1* (14b)

40.3

Gillespie to Bell, no run, what a beauty, Gillespie on a full length and the ball moves late away from Bell, who plays a walking drive to be beaten...not convincing from Bell who is.living a charmed life

40.4

Gillespie to Bell, no run, driven firmly out to cover

40.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, nagging away outside off stump, Bell shows more restraint this time and lets it go

40.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, drags his length back this time, Bell watches it sail past off stump. A good comeback over from Gillespie and it's time for drinks

England 107/3   IR Bell 1* (18b)

41.5

Oram to Bell, no run, outside off stump, hint of movement and left alone

41.6

Oram to Bell, no run, defended from the crease down to mid-on, another tight over from Oram who England can't seem to score off

England 108/3   IR Bell 1* (20b)

42.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends to cover

42.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

England 109/3   IR Bell 1* (22b)

44.1

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and driven on the bounce back to Gillespie

44.2

Gillespie to Bell, no run, driven to mid-on

44.3

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and driven sweetly to mid-off

44.4

Gillespie to Bell, no run

44.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends into the covers

44.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, punched back down the pitch but still nothing on offer

England 109/3   IR Bell 1* (28b)

45.3

Martin to Bell, no run, a sweet looking drive but can't find the gap at cover

45.4

Martin to Bell, FOUR, top shot, worth the wait for that as Bell leans into a cover drive and bisects the field

45.5

Martin to Bell, 1 run, tucked neatly off the hip down to long leg

England 115/3   IR Bell 6* (31b 1x4)

46.1

Gillespie to Bell, no run, back of a length, zips into the thigh pad as Bell tries to work into the leg side

46.2

Gillespie to Bell, no run, long half-volley and driven sweetly towards the right of mid-off but doesn't beat the fielder

46.3

Gillespie to Bell, 1 run, driven off the back foot but there is a man back deeper now at cover and keeps them to a single

England 116/3   IR Bell 7* (34b 1x4)

47.1

Martin to Bell, FOUR, elegant straight drive from Bell, a beautiful shot right out of the textbook as the runs start to flow again for England

47.2

Martin to Bell, no run, Martin drags his length back, Bell waits and defends into the covers

47.3

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off, nips back off the seam and Bell leaves it on the bounce

47.4

Martin to Bell, OUT, gone! top stuff from Martin who follows the inswinger with one which holds its line outside off stump. Bell meets it with a limp push which takes the outside edge, McCullum dives one-handed to his right and this time takes it safely

IR Bell c †McCullum b Martin 11 (52m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 28.94

England 126/4   IR Bell 11 (38b 2x4)
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Mar 17, 2008

Stuart Broad bowls with the RA Vance Stand in the backdrop, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day, March 17, 2008

Stuart Broad bowls with the RA Vance Stand in the backdrop

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Mar 17, 2008

James Anderson took seven in the match, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Wellington, March 17, 2008

James Anderson took seven in the match

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