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Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
77(43) 5x4 - 6x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
10 14 6 12 23 2 7 3
LJ Wright
47(40) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
4 1 0 0 15 1 5 21

Best performances - Bowlers

KD Mills
O10
M2
R36
W4
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Sidebottom
O10
M0
R51
W3
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand won the 5-match series 3-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45

Match days

23 February 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Well, there you go. New Zealand's players jump up and down in celebration in an almost completely empty stadium. The official Duckworth-Lewis margin of victory is 34 runs and that deservedly gives New Zealand the series 3-1. The outstanding feature of the game today was Brendon McCullum's blitz at the top of the NZ innings which, in the end, proved far more important that seemed when New Zealand were coasting.

From Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller, it's goodnight. We will be back at 10.30am on Wednesday March 5 (2130 GMT on March 4) with the first day of the first Test. Join us then ...

END OF OVER:
37 | 10 Runs | NZ: 213/6 | RR: 5.75

  • LRPL Taylor41 (52b)
  • DL Vettori7 (13b)
  • JM Anderson8-0-65-1
  • SCJ Broad6-0-41-0

8.55pm And the rain is heavily enough for the umpires to want to chat ... and as they do the batsmen are already heading off, and seconds later so are the officials. Out come some fairly limited covers/plastic sheets and their lightness causes problems as the wind is blowing across the ground and causing them to billow ...

9.15pm The men in red come out, have a chat and a giggle and head back inside again. The wind is blowing stiffly and no sooner are the umpires off than it stops raining ... so they turn and start back for the middle, signalling for the covers to come off and, on cue, it starts raining again! So everyone stands looking rather lost and waiting for it to either stop or start and not occupy the meteorological limbo we are in at the moment.

9.30pm It's just about stopped. Most of the crowd have gone home and there's not much sign of anyone dashing out to resume play. The cut-off is 10.00pm, so time is running out, overs are being deducted all the time and that suits New Zealand as they are miles ahead on Duckworth-Lewis ...

9.35pm The umpires come out again and the covers are coming off. The rain has stopped, a stiff wind is blowing, and the vast majority of the crowd have long since headed home. We'll find out the calculation any second ... it will be something daft like New Zealand need fours runs in four overs ...

9.40pm We will start in five minutes with four overs left. Now, listen carefully ... New Zealand are already past the winning target because of the overs lost but that might change if wickets are taken so we will bowl out the remaining overs. Clear? As mud ...

9.45pm And just as we thought there would be a brief resumption, the covers off and the stumps back in place ... we are told the game is over and New Zealand have been declared winners. The right result but a rather messy end to the series.

36.6
4
Anderson to Taylor, FOUR runs, short and wide again and that's a gift, punched from the crease through the covers
36.5
1
Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, flicked behind on the leg side for an easy run
36.4
1lb
Anderson to Taylor, 1 leg bye, off the pad behind square on the leg side
36.3
4
Anderson to Taylor, FOUR runs, short and wide, he leans back and cuts, getting a thick outside edge but quite safe and it shoots to the backward-point boundary
36.2
0
Anderson to Taylor, no run, almost a carbon-copy ball and shot

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st103BB McCullumJD Ryder
2nd15JM HowBB McCullum
3rd29JM HowLRPL Taylor
4th49SB StyrisLRPL Taylor
5th1LRPL TaylorDR Flynn
6th0JDP OramLRPL Taylor
7th16DL VettoriLRPL Taylor
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