ICC World Twenty20, 17th Match, Group E: England v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 18, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 17th match, Group E
New Zealand won by 5 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
18 September 2007 (20-over match)

Here comes Vikram Solanki, England's heroic makeshift keeper, alongside the recalled Darren Maddy. A new-look opening combo, and New Zealand will start, as expected, with Shane Bond.

Welcome back. England need 165 to keep their fate in this tournament in their own hands. For those of you spewing about Andrew Flintoff only bowling three overs in New Zealand's innings, it's Fred's ankle that's the problem ... again. He's bowled superbly, but at what cost? If he plays in Sri Lanka later this month, then I'm a Dutchman


Bond to Maddy, 1 run, good pace outside off stump, Maddy rocks back and dabs into the off side to get off the mark


Bond to Solanki, FOUR, far too much width from Bond, and too short as well. That's slapped past point to launch Solanki's innings


Bond to Solanki, no run, tighter to the stumps, good pace again. Defended back up the pitch


Bond to Solanki, no run, full and nips off the seam into Solanki's pads. Maddy, backing up a long way, might have been in trouble if point had been quicker on the swoop


Bond to Solanki, no run, cracked out to point, but well cut off


Bond to Solanki, 1 run, right up in the blockhole and dug out to mid-off. Sensible shot selection and a decent start from England

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (159 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.36)

    • VS Solanki 5 (5b 1x4)
    • DL Maddy 1 (1b)
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-0

Gillespie to Solanki, no run, full and gently swinging away from a limp prod


Gillespie to Solanki, 1 run, on leg stump and whipped to backward square with a flourish. Can't beat the sweeper though


Gillespie to Maddy, 1 run, full and straight, punched to midwicket where Ross Taylor makes a hash of a sliding stop. A gift of an extra run there


Gillespie to Solanki, 2 runs, Solanki steps back and across and sends Taylor sprawling again with a firm clip into space at midwicket. He's looking busy at the crease


Gillespie to Solanki, no run, a swing and a miss. The slip has gone already to reinforce the leg-side


Gillespie to Solanki, FOUR, full length and punched with exceptional timing back down the ground, and mid-off can't cut it off. A good, confident start for England

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 14/0 (151 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.38)

    • VS Solanki 12 (10b 2x4)
    • DL Maddy 2 (2b)
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-8-0
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-0

Bond to Maddy, 1 run, jabbed down into the crease, and hustled through for a single


Bond to Solanki, no run, a fraction shorter and lifting into a defensive bat. A loud shout of "noo!" sends Maddy scurrying back to his crease


Bond to Solanki, no run, that one whistled through at an excellent pace. Solanki in no-man's land


Bond to Solanki, 1 run, excellent pace again. Solanki can't get good bat on ball in this over, but he does rotate the strike


Bond to Maddy, no run, zips off the pitch and straight past Maddy's airy drive


Bond to Maddy, 1 run, full and speared into the pads, another extra but an excellent over nonetheless

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 17/0 (148 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 8.70)

    • DL Maddy 4 (5b)
    • VS Solanki 13 (13b 2x4)
    • SE Bond 2-0-9-0
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-8-0

Gillespie to Maddy, 2 runs, short and pulled - completely mistimed but a top-edge lobs clear of the keeper and runs away for a couple


Gillespie to Maddy, no run, sharp pace and lift, Maddy sways inside the line and waves his bat at it, but it's took quick for him. 86mph, apparently


Gillespie to Maddy, FOUR, full length and driven down the ground, completely bisecting the two straight men. Chris Martin slides to stop, but drags the ball over as his feet touch the rope


Gillespie to Maddy, no run, dabbed out to point, where it's fielded comfortably. Comfortable start so far ...


Gillespie to Maddy, 1 run, straight and quick, but deflected off the back foot into the gully, and another single to the tally


Gillespie to Solanki, FOUR, excellent strike, a fraction short and just enough width for Solanki to use his supple wrists and back-cut that into the gap at third man. Well played Vikram, England continue to tick along

End of over 4 (11 runs) England 28/0 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.56)

    • VS Solanki 17 (14b 3x4)
    • DL Maddy 11 (10b 1x4)
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-19-0
    • SE Bond 2-0-9-0

Shane Bond is back for a third over. A sign that New Zealand need a wicket, perhaps?


Bond to Maddy, SIX, thumped! Maddy does that day in, day out in domestic Twenty20s, but that's the first time he's done it in this competition. Too full, and thumped over midwicket


Bond to Maddy, 1 run, shorter this time, and dropped with soft hands into the off side. Good batting


Bond to Solanki, no run, slower ball, and Solanki is completely deceived. Far too early on it, and the keeper tidies up


Bond to Solanki, no run, back on a regular line and length. Defended with a dead bat


Bond to Solanki, no run, full and fast, excellent response to adversity. No room for manoeuvre


Bond to Solanki, no run, good finish to the over. Line, length, pace, the works. Even so, that was another comfortable over for England's openers. They've given their side a very handy platform

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 35/0 (130 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.66)

    • VS Solanki 17 (18b 3x4)
    • DL Maddy 18 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • SE Bond 3-0-16-0
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-19-0

Here's Jacob Oram


Oram to Maddy, 1 run, too short, but cracked too firmly and straight to the leg-side sweeper


Oram to Solanki, FOUR, audacious strike from Solanki, who rocks back and whips a pull shot behind square and into the gap. Very good going indeed


Oram to Solanki, 1 run, nudged down to third man to rotate the strike


Oram to Maddy, FOUR, too short again from Oram, and no bounce at all either. A bona fide long-hop, and Maddy deposits it behind square again


Oram to Maddy, FOUR, different line, same result. Maddy uses the extra lift on an off-stump delivery to help it up and over, and away to third man


Oram to Maddy, 1 run, pulled behind square for another single. Thoughts about a second, but no need in the circumstances. Great over for England. Plenty for Daniel Vettori to ponder. When will he come into the attack?

End of over 6 (15 runs) England 50/0 (115 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 8.21)

    • DL Maddy 28 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • VS Solanki 22 (20b 4x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-15-0
    • SE Bond 3-0-16-0

Martin to Maddy, FOUR, too wide once again, and that's clobbered to the point boundary. Runs coming thick and fast now


Martin to Maddy, 2 runs, stand-and-deliver stuff from Maddy. A free swing at a full delivery, which plugs behind the bowler's head and runs away towards the boundary's edge


Martin to Maddy, 1 run, clubbed into the covers, real intent in England's strokeplay now


Martin to Solanki, no run, Solanki shapes to cut, but the ball's not quite there for the shot. Wide enough, but doesn't bounce much


Martin to Solanki, 1 run, width again, and cut to third man


Martin to Maddy, 1 run, dabbed down to third man with a roll of the wrists

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 59/0 (106 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.42, RRR: 8.15)

    • DL Maddy 36 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • VS Solanki 23 (22b 4x4)
    • CS Martin 1-0-9-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-15-0

"Van dreu Miller and Marten Williamszoon perhaps? (Just in case Freddie 'reverse swings' the convalescence curve)," asks Joseph. Nope, we haven't a clue what he's on about either.

Here's the skipper, Vettori


Vettori to Maddy, 1 run, down on one knee for a pre-meditated sweep, but Chris Martin on the 45 can't stoop low enough


Vettori to Solanki, no run, looped onto a good length, and respectfully dabbed down the pitch


Vettori to Solanki, 1 run


Vettori to Maddy, 1 run, shorter this time, and cut away to a diving point


Vettori to Solanki, OUT, driven, in the air, and straight down the throat of Lou Vincent at long-off! The captain has the breakthrough, and a very timely one for New Zealand as well

VS Solanki c Vincent b Vettori 24 (30m 25b 4x4 0x6) SR: 96.00


Vettori to Maddy, no run, hint of an inside edge as Maddy reaches forward to defend. End of a lovely over from Vettori, and England have a bit of regrouping to do

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 62/1 (103 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 8.58)

    • DL Maddy 38 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 0 (0b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-1
    • CS Martin 1-0-9-0

Here's Martin to the main man, Kevin Pietersen. Back on home turf ...


Martin to Pietersen, no run, pushed onto the back foot, a tame defensive stroke. Well, he's entitled to a sighter


Martin to Pietersen, no run, on the front foot this time, and carefully steered down to mid-off


Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, onto the back foot, and a clip into the gap in the covers earns KP his first run


Martin to Maddy, no run, short, but zips through as Maddy drops to one knee and attempts to deposit that onto the grandstand roof. Pietersen saunters down for a quiet word


Martin to Maddy, 2 runs, a gentle steer into the covers, and an easy one becomes an excellent two thanks to some aggressive running from Pietersen


Martin to Maddy, 1 run, full and outside off stump, and punched into the leg-side

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 66/1 (99 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 9.00)

    • DL Maddy 41 (26b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (3b)
    • CS Martin 2-0-13-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-1

Vettori to Maddy, no run, down on one knee for the sweep, but not timed


Vettori to Maddy, 1 run, sweeping again, but connects this time, straight to backward square on the boundary's edge


Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, more good running, as Maddy hustles through for two after a clip to deep midwicket


Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged into the gap. KP's playing it cool so far


Vettori to Maddy, 1 run, finds the gap in the covers again, more rotation of the strike


Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, a pre-meditated sweep from Pietersen as he steps outside his off stump, but can't beat the fielder at backward square

England well placed at the halfway point, but New Zealand did thump several sixes in the second half of their innings

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 72/1 (93 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 9.30)

    • KP Pietersen 5 (6b)
    • DL Maddy 43 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-1
    • CS Martin 2-0-13-0

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, width from Martin. Almost too wide for Pietersen to cash in. His carve through the covers comes off a toe-end and is easily fielded at deep cover


Martin to Maddy, SIX, that is simply massive. Massive! Short, and swung away, clears the midwicket stand by ten metres!

Yes, sixes, that's what England need


Martin to Maddy, 1 run, dabbed into the covers and that's a cracking half-century from Darren Maddy. Just 31 deliveries, and he's put England in a strong position


Martin to Pietersen, OUT, oh dear, that's a tame end to a fine innings. Pietersen whipped through midwicket, Maddy was off like a tracer bullet, but the ball went straight to the fielder, McMillan, who coolly rolled the ball back to the non-striker's stumps

DL Maddy run out 50 (42m 31b 4x4 2x6) SR: 161.29

Here comes Paul "Nurdle off the Pads" Collingwood. England need more than nurdling right now ...


Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, short but good lift, Pietersen tries to bludgeon through the covers but doesn't time it


Martin to Collingwood, no run, thumped with good timing, but can't find the gap in the off side

The end of a successful over for New Zealand. Here's Martin Williamson

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 81/2 (84 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 9.33)

    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (9b)
    • CS Martin 3-0-22-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-1

Andrew departs make the tea, on comes Scott Styris. Third man and fine leg both in the circle.


Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, driven sedately to long-on

The batsmen consult about where to thump the ball ... quite a stiff breeze blowing across the ground.


Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood steps back and then pulls the ball through midwicket


Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, a big swing and a thwack but not timed, the ball trundles to long-on


Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood back and punches to wide long-on, he calls for two but it was never on and Pietersen, the king of the quick run, is not interested


Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, turned into the leg side


Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, long hop but Collingwood doesn't get hold of it and it goes along the ground to the man at cow corner

Six balls, six singles ... that's not enough for England.

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 87/2 (78 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.25, RRR: 9.75)

    • PD Collingwood 3 (4b)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (12b)
    • SB Styris 1-0-6-0
    • CS Martin 3-0-22-0

Martin to Collingwood, OUT, short, pulled and McMillan takes a peach of a catch at midwicket, leaping high to his right ... he never took off but it was a super catch nonetheless

PD Collingwood c McMillan b Martin 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Shah bounds out ...


Martin to Shah, no run, wide, hit into the ground and the ball loops to point


Martin to Shah, 1 run, another single ... seven runs off the last nine balls, and this is when New Zealand were starting to accelerate


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, "horrible" groans Jenny, and rightly, but they all count. A heave, a thick edge and the ball flies down to where third man would usually be


Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, and that was as outstanding as the previous shot was vile ... full and driven with as power as you will ever see, it went five yards to the right of long-off but the fielder never moved


Martin to Pietersen, SIX, and another power shot, swung from off stump over cow corner where it's brilliantly caught by a man in a yellow t-shirt, high above his head, on the grassy knoll

End of over 13 (15 runs) England 102/3 (63 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 9.00)

    • KP Pietersen 24 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 1 (2b)
    • CS Martin 4-0-37-1
    • SB Styris 1-0-6-0

Vettori to Shah, 1 run, steered into the on side, Shah more than happy to give Pietersen the strike


Vettori to Pietersen, OUT, full, Pietersen tries a reverse sweep to a quicker ball, misses and is bowled through his legs ... Vettori does a Panesar-like sprint towards the departing batsman

KP Pietersen b Vettori 24 (24m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Four successive deliveries, two horrible hoicks and two glorious strikes ... such is KP.


Vettori to Flintoff, 1 run, slower ball, Flintoff goes back and pushes into the covers


Vettori to Shah, OUT, a setback starts to become a crisis ... a dreadful mix-up and Flintoff ends up stranded in the middle of the pitch ... both set off, Shah stopped, started, and then stopped but Flintoff, like an oil tanker, is never going to turn on a sixpence

A Flintoff run out 1 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

In comes Luke Wright ... three runs in his last three innings.


Vettori to Shah, 1 run, worked to point


Vettori to Wright, 1 run, flicked on the walk to wide long-on, "two" is the call but there was only ever one

Good stuff from Vettori, even if he's not a fan of this format.

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 106/5 (59 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.57, RRR: 9.83)

    • LJ Wright 1 (1b)
    • OA Shah 3 (5b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-13-2
    • CS Martin 4-0-37-1

Styris to Wright, 1 run, into the off side, an easy one


Styris to Shah, 1 run, driven back at the bowler who can only half stop, the ball rebounds into the leg side off the non-striker's foot


Styris to Wright, FOUR, short, wide, a gift, Wright slams it over the infield and four all the way square of the wicket


Styris to Wright, no run, he tries another slog over the top but misses


Styris to Wright, SIX, Wright goes down on one knee and drives straight and way over the man at long-off , into the sightscreen ... a delay as they look for the ball amid all the back cloth


Styris to Wright, 1 run, slower ball, driven to long-on

End of over 15 (13 runs) England 119/5 (46 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.93, RRR: 9.20)

    • LJ Wright 13 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 4 (6b)
    • SB Styris 2-0-19-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-13-2

Vettori to Wright, 1 run, he leans back and hammers the ball to deep cover


Vettori to Shah, 2 runs, Shah dug the ball out, it bobbled to long-on and the pair ran really well, a slow attack by the fielder making their job less risky. Vettori gives a hard stare


Vettori to Shah, 1 run, turned square on the leg side, this time a mass of fielders converge


Vettori to Wright, no run, dribbled into the covers


Vettori to Wright, 1 run, short and wide, again leathered through the covers, Oram makes a sliding stop on the boundary edge


Vettori to Shah, 2 runs, Shah reversed the bat and paddled that into space on the leg side, the man in the deep had a long way to come and Shah sprinted back for the second

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 126/5 (39 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.87, RRR: 9.75)

    • OA Shah 9 (9b)
    • LJ Wright 15 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-20-2
    • SB Styris 2-0-19-0

Oram to Wright, 1 run, full, driven between cover and extra cover


Oram to Shah, SIX, full toss dispatched with real ease into the grassy knoll at wide long-on


Oram to Shah, 1 run, another full toss, but swinging into Shah and he can only work it into the off side


Oram to Wright, 2 runs, a swing and a heave loops over extra cover ... ugly, but at this stage in this format, all that matters is the end result


Oram to Wright, 1 run, driven from the crease through extra cover, New Zealand now beginning to pick up in the field


Oram to Shah, no run, dropped full toss smashed back into Oram's midriff, he spills the chance but he looks less than happy with life ... he had a serious finger injury going into the World Cup and he's heading straight off

Oram looks very upset as he marches off, but at least it's not the same finger.

End of over 17 (11 runs) England 137/5 (28 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 9.33)

    • OA Shah 16 (12b 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 19 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-26-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-20-2

Gillespie to Wright, 1 run, flicked off leg stump to the man in the deep square on the leg side


Gillespie to Shah, 1 run, full, squeezed off the bottom of the bat to deepish point

England need a couple of boundaries ... and soon.

This is approximately how anguished Oram looked out there - it's an old pic from the last time he damaged a digit.


Gillespie to Wright, 1 run, Wright gives the charge but can only punch the ball to extra cover


Gillespie to Shah, 2 runs, dropped pulled high into the leg side, Ross Taylor at deep midwicket gets right under it but it bounces out of his hand, into his chin and then onto the ground

Vettori throws his cap to the ground in disgust. ...


Gillespie to Shah, 1 run, patted into the off side


Gillespie to Wright, 2 runs, hit straight down the ground, Vincent sprints round from long-off and makes a superb, one-handed diving stop on the boundary edge

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 145/5 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 10.00)

    • LJ Wright 23 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 20 (15b 1x6)
    • MR Gillespie 3-0-27-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-26-0

Bond to Shah, 1 run, OUT, full, driven to Vettori at extra cover, he misfields, the batsmen chance the second and Shah has to throw himself full length as the ball zips in to McCullum ... Shah slides but he looks to be an inch short ... had his bat not been the wrong way round with the back on the ground then he might just have made it

OA Shah run out 21 (28m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 131.25

Mascarenhas, the man who thumped five sixes off the last over against India at The Oval earlier this month ...


Bond to Mascarenhas, OUT, he thumps the ball high over the covers, Jeehan Patel, on for the injured Oram, doesn't have to move at deep cover and he takes a routine catch

AD Mascarenhas c sub (JS Patel) b Bond 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The wheels are really coming off the England innings ... again.


Bond to Wright, 1 run, a very horrible heave, the ball scoots into the leg side

Two a ball from here on in ...


Bond to Schofield, 1 run, slower ball, clipped to short fine leg


Bond to Wright, OUT, full toss, smashed towards the cover boundary, Patel, who had to adjust a couple of times as the ball swirled, takes a well-judged catch five yards in from the edge

LJ Wright c sub (JS Patel) b Bond 24 (25m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 141.17


Bond to Schofield, 1 run, well-aimed bouncer, Schofield fends it into the off side and ambles a single

Was that the over that settled the match? Three wickets and three runs ... and only the tail left to keep England alive ...

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 149/8 (16 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 16.00)

    • CP Schofield 2 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 0 (0b)
    • SE Bond 4-0-20-2
    • MR Gillespie 3-0-27-0

Schofield has had a good Twenty20 record for Surrey ... he is the last hope.


Gillespie to Schofield, 1 wide, just what New Zealand did not want at this stage ... a gifted run, wide down the leg side


Gillespie to Schofield, 1 run, driven hard at Styris square on the off side ... the ball bobbles unkindly but he keeps his eye on it and does well


Gillespie to Broad, 1 run, full, driven hard down the ground, long-on makes sure he stops it and fires in a pinpoint throw ...


Gillespie to Schofield, 2 runs, heaved off middle stump to the right of long-on, that allows them to come back for the second ... but that's not enough

This has to be a boundary ... 11 off three


Gillespie to Schofield, 2 runs, Schofield swings but doesn't get hold of it, Broad hurtles back for the second and just beats a weak throw


Gillespie to Schofield, 1 run, slow full toss, Schofield pulls through midwicket off the bottom of the bat. no power and deep midwicket cleans up

That's it barring a no-ball or wide ...


Gillespie to Broad, 2 runs, another full toss swung into the leg side, but once more the batsman can't find the gap, they come back for the second but that doesn't matter one jot

A good performance from New Zealand after a sedate start to the match, they batted superbly once Craig McMillan and Scott Styris cut loose, smashing 124 off the last 11 overs of their innings. England started well but lost wickets just when it mattered and were always off the pace in the final overs. The margin looks small, but New Zealand were the better side and won with something to spare. They are now almost certainly through to the semi-finals while, barring something odd, England are heading to Sri Lanka for their one-day series earlier than anticipated.

End of over 20 (10 runs) England 159/8 (6 runs required)

    • SCJ Broad 3 (2b)
    • CP Schofield 8 (6b)
    • MR Gillespie 4-0-37-0
    • SE Bond 4-0-20-2





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