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

29.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, well wide of the off stump and left alone

England 82/2   KP Pietersen 0* (1b)

31.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to mid-on - Strauss wasn't expecting Pietersen to call him through, and he really had to get his skates on

England 87/2   KP Pietersen 1* (2b)

32.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, angling into Pietersen's legs, he tries to whip this through midwicket "on the walk" - we haven't seen that shot from him for a long while - but is rapped high on the pad

32.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, again he tries to mow it through the leg side but is slightly squared up, the ball squeezing out to cover. He takes a single

32.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, driven back past the bowler

32.6

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length, Pietersen defends this to the leg side - just dropping it to leg - and he scampers through for a well-run single. Good stuff from KP

England 90/2   KP Pietersen 3* (6b)

33.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, just outside off and it lifts and seams on Pietersen who is beaten. Oram really has found his groove this afternoon. Jacob Marshall, come on down

33.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ooh another cracker, a good length and Pietersen is forward and he inside edges this into his pad

33.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, and he's beaten again. A horrible shot from Pietersen who chased it outside off - chasing it on the walk - and he was pretty lucky not to get a thin edge

33.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, wide of the off stump, he shuffles down the pitch and across to the off side, nudging it to leg. He showed all three stumps, there

England 91/2   KP Pietersen 4* (10b)

34.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's first bouncer is easily evaded with a duck

34.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, on the front foot, Pietersen flops this through midwicket with a front-footed pull. Almost a baseball style slog, but without really timing it

England 92/2   KP Pietersen 5* (12b)

35.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, a little too wide really. Pietersen can comfortably leave it alone

35.2

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, down the leg side, Pietersen whips this confidently around the corner to fine leg

England 93/2   KP Pietersen 6* (14b)

36.3

Mills to Pietersen, 1 no ball, pushed out to the off side

36.3

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, thick outside edge down to third man! He tried to whip it through midwicket and got a leading edge

36.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, turned to the leg side with slightly more conviction this time

36.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

36.6

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, good shot. Wide of the off stump, and too short, Pietersen smacks it through the covers off the back foot

England 104/3   KP Pietersen 14* (19b 2x4)

38.1

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen closes the face on this and nudges it to leg

38.1

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed into the covers, can't beat the field

England 105/3   KP Pietersen 15* (20b 2x4)

39.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ouch. Pietersen steps across miles, exposing all three stumps, to one which nipped back and brushed his pad

39.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, solidly behind this

39.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ;left alone outside off

39.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

England 106/3   KP Pietersen 16* (24b 2x4)

40.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, full outside off stump and it swings nicely away from Pietersen who lets it go

40.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, too straight this time, Pietersen whips it off middle out to deep midwicket. Mind you, if he'd missed it there would have been a huge shout

England 107/3   KP Pietersen 17* (26b 2x4)

41.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen walks into a defensive shot and pushes towards mid-on

41.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, full outside off stump, but Pietersen is well across his crease and gets a thick outside edge along the ground to gully...not much hitting the middle

41.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, good length, defended into the covers

41.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, worked from outside off stump through midwicket

England 108/3   KP Pietersen 18* (30b 2x4)

42.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, nearly squares Pietersen up but played safely enough back towards the bowler

42.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller searching for the swing, Pietersen not tempted into a drive and shoulders arms

42.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, very full ball, Pietersen doesn't really time his drive to mid-off

42.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, goes for a yorker but loses his line, clipped off the toes out to deep square-leg

England 109/3   KP Pietersen 19* (34b 2x4)

43.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, strides towards the ball then decides to leave

43.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, defended into the covers

43.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, nips back off the seam into Pietersen, takes the pad into the off side

43.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pads up to this one but it's well outside off so no danger of a Hamilton repeat, although not a positive shot

43.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, hint of flourish as he whips Mills towards mid-on

43.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pushes hard outside off stump towards square cover, doesn't find the gap

England 109/3   KP Pietersen 19* (40b 2x4)

45.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen (honest, it is) drives off the back foot into the covers

45.2

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, drives off a thick inside edge wide of mid-on and there are ironic cheers for the single

45.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, inside edge into the pads as he tries to drive, Pietersen's timing still not there

England 115/3   KP Pietersen 20* (43b 2x4)

46.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, bouncer at good pace from Gillespie but very easy for Pietersen to go underneath

46.5

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, that's the Pietersen of old, another short ball which is pull dismissively wide of mid-on...that's his most authoritative shot in a long time

46.6

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, brings out the pull again, this time it goes squarer and is cut off on the rope

England 122/3   KP Pietersen 26* (46b 3x4)

48.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, driven without any timing towards mid-off

48.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, driven square on the off side, deep point is out so it's a single

England 127/4   KP Pietersen 27* (48b 3x4)

49.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 bye, another very short bouncer, loops over Pietersen's shoulder - he barely needs to duck - and McCullum parries it away with one glove

England 132/4   KP Pietersen 27* (49b 3x4)

50.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, a pull shot is well hit through midwicket as Gillespie continues to bang the ball in, it was all along the ground but a worthwhile tactic from New Zealand

50.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, on middle and off, tucked around the corner and fine leg runs around, Pietersen is quick to call two and the throw from Martin nearly catches him short...a direct hit and he was gone

50.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, OUT, GONE! what a huge wicket for New Zealand and their dream session continues. Full ball from Gillespie, Pietersen plays all around it and the ball crashes into middle stump. Pietersen looks at the pitch but that had nothing to do with it

KP Pietersen b Gillespie 31 (95m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.61

England 136/5   KP Pietersen 31 (52b 3x4)
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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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