Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
50 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 340/7 (1 run required, RR: 6.80)

  • DL Vettori14 (15b)
  • KD Mills0 (0b)
  • LJ Wright1-0-6-0
  • JM Anderson10-0-86-1

Well, what a finish. That keeps the series alive and we now go to Christchurch on Saturday with England needing to win to salvage a draw . It was a day dominated by the bat and for the last third New Zealand always seemed to have enough in the tank to get home. But then we had wickets, controversy and it came down to the last ball.

"We were dead and buried going into the last six," Collingwood admitted. "I gambled on Wrighty and what a fantastic job he did." And some. You have to say that New Zealand will look on that as an opportunity missed, although Collingwood did say that he had no idea what emotions he should have.

49.6
1
Wright to Vettori, 1 run, the ball is fired in at his feet, it cannons off his boot with some edge as well into the off side, the batsmen run, a diving underarm throw misses as Mills hurls himself towards the crease ... and he makes it. We have a tie!

Two to win, one ball remaining. Could you ask for more ... here comes Wright ...

A sad end to a really wonderful innings from How. When he came in we said he was not the man for the situation ... we were utterly wrong. As for Anderson, his bowling has been poor but his fielding all day has been awesome ...

49.5
W
Wright to Vettori, OUT, full toss hit hard to mid-off, Anderson picks up and throws down the bowler's end stumps with the batsman yards short

JM How run out 139 (187m 116b 10x4 3x6) SR: 119.82

49.4
1
Wright to How, 1 run, hit hard to midwicket, Pietersen gathers cleanly and hurls at the bowler's end ... it misses by inches with the batsman nowhere to be seen
49.3
2
Wright to How, 2 runs, driven very hard to long-on, yet again Vettori takes on the arm and this time he gets home without the third umpire being needed ... not that he did England any favours last time!

Now the batsmen have a chat ...

49.2
1
Wright to Vettori, 1 run, bottom edge into the ground, it scoots to Broad at short fine leg

Another long chat ... everyone has an opinion and wants to air it. Fielders moving here, there and everywhere ... it's chaos out there!

49.1
1
Wright to How, 1 run, full, straight and hit to long-on

Now, the gamble has been that this would be sorted before the last over ... but now Collingwood has to make the call ... Mascarenhas or Shah? Nope ... it's Luke Wright. Knock me sideways ...

END OF OVER:
49 | 10 Runs | NZ: 334/6 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 7.00)

  • JM How135 (113b)
  • DL Vettori12 (12b)
  • JM Anderson10-0-86-1
  • RJ Sidebottom10-0-45-1
48.6
1
Anderson to How, 1 run, a good delivery to finish a poor day with the ball for Anderson, up in the blockhole and a single into the leg side
48.5
1
Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, same shot, right across his stumps, steered right to Sidebottom this time but still the single
48.4
2
Anderson to Vettori, 2 runs, Vettori shimmies to the off and works behind square on the leg, Sidebottom does well to slide and throw at fine leg, Mustard fumbles the return ... had he not, it would have been mighty close ...but it's all academic

Anderson moves his third man wider ...

48.3
1
Anderson to How, 1 run, not timed, long-on fields one that was aimed into the off side
48.2
1
Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, fuller and only a single to long-on this time