ICC World Cup - 6th match, Group C

England v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 54 balls remaining)

9.55am Here are the players and we are ready to go ... James Franklin to open up on a pitch which will almost certainly do a lot early on.

9.45am Utter confusion in St Lucia. First of all the captains forgot to change teamsheets before the toss, and then it emerged that TV were working from a predicted side and not the actual one, and so while they all pontificated about the wisdom of Stephen Fleming leaving out the second spinner, Jeetan Patel was in the XI all along. Cue red faces and hurried apologies from the experts ...

9.35am New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming called correctly and had no hesitation in choosing to bowl. "It was a bit tacky this morning so we decided to have first crack." Michael Vaughan looked slightly miffed at being stuck in: "There might be a but in it this morning and we've just got to bat well."

9.15am Rudi Koertzen says there is still standing water close to the boundary but they have been assured by the groundsman that it will evaporate. There will be an inspection at 9.30am and he said there was still a hope that play will start at 10.00am.

9.05am Well, that early morning rain has meant a 30 minute delay to the start so play will now begin at 10.00am (14.00GMT).

Although teams aren't set in stone until the toss, this is the England XI expected to take the field. 1 Ed Joyce, 2 Michael Vaughan (capt), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Jamie Dalrymple, 8 Paul Nixon (wk), 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

New Zealand news will follow

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of this vital Group C match between England and New Zealand in St Lucia. The long-term prospects of both teams could rest heavily on the outcome of this match with two points carried to the Super Eight stage against fellow qualifiers.

The early news from the ground is that there has been some heavy rain this morning but the groundstaff are busy mopping up and a prompt start is expected at 9.30am (13.30GMT).

Some early good news for England as James Anderson has been named in the starting XI despite his broken finger. Stay with us for further team and toss news.

0.1

Franklin to Joyce, 1 no ball, a no-ball to start with, fullish and dug out into the covers

0.1

Franklin to Joyce, OUT, (almost) perfect start for new Zealand. A soft dismissal, short outside off stump, almost a long hop, which Joyce swishes at and gets a thin but audible top edge to and McCullum flings the ball high. An easy catch and a real sucker punch

EC Joyce c †McCullum b Franklin 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.2

Franklin to Bell, no run, outside off stump, Bell shoulders arms

0.3

Franklin to Bell, 1 no ball, another no-ball, played into the covers.

Franklin walks back, staring at the crease as if it moved rather than he overstepped

0.3

Franklin to Bell, 3 runs, sweetly clipped through midwicket, that would have been four but the outfield is very wet and as a result the chasing fielders caught up just inside the rope

0.4

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, good response, angled across Vaughan who played inside the line. Lots of chirping and clapping from the close fielders

0.5

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, a touch wider and that one also kept low - a hint of uneven bounce - and Vaughan never interested

0.6

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, full on off stump, driven firmly to mid-off

A good start for Franklin but he will be a little worried about the two no-balls. Shane Bond at the Media Centre End ...

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/1 (RR: 5.00)
MP Vaughan    0* (3b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1
IR Bell    3* (3b)     

1.1

Bond to Bell, no run, lovely ball ... just short of a length, ripped back a good 18 inches off the pitch and hit Bell on the pads as he shouldered arms. Way too high for an appeal but that will raise doubts in the batsmen's minds

1.2

Bond to Bell, no run, Bell forward to block a fuller-length delivery

1.3

Bond to Bell, no run, good length with late inswing, Bell flicks it a few feet in front of of the man at short backward square leg

1.4

Bond to Bell, no run, Bond probing away, less swing and Bell blocks

1.5

Bond to Bell, 1 wide, Bond strays to the off and Koertzen calls a wide, which looked rather harsh. It was marginal at best and there will be far worse to come which won't be called ...

1.5

Bond to Bell, no run, whipped into the leg side, a loud and clear shout of "No" from Bell

1.6

Bond to Bell, 1 wide, Bond again strays to the off side and incurs the wrath of Koertzen

1.6

Bond to Bell, no run, better line, just outside off stump and Bell half-heartedly fences at it and misses

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 7/1 (RR: 3.50)
IR Bell    3* (9b)      SE Bond    1-0-2-0
MP Vaughan    0* (3b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1

2.1

Franklin to Vaughan, 1 wide, slanted across Vaughan, wide and got wider and a much more straightforward decision

2.1

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, back on the button, Vaughan right into line to block

2.2

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, outside off stump, another one that kept a bit low, and Vaughan jabs it into the covers

2.3

Franklin to Vaughan, 1 run, leggish, Vaughan sways inside the line and runs it off his hips down to long leg

Loud cheers from another dismal crowd.

2.4

Franklin to Bell, no run, Bell turned a bit squareish as he gets into line to defend

2.5

Franklin to Bell, no run, Bell takes a couple of steps to meet the ball, it's straight and he adjusts to block it

2.6

Franklin to Bell, no run, good line and once more Bell forced into a defensive stroke

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
IR Bell    3* (12b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-7-1
MP Vaughan    1* (6b)      SE Bond    1-0-2-0

3.1

Bond to Vaughan, no run, a grunt from Bond as he fires the ball in short outside the off stump

3.2

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan back into line as the balls jags back into him. Bond is combining swing and seam really well here, not letting either batsman settle

3.3

Bond to Vaughan, no run, too short outside the off stump and Vaughan shoulders arms

3.4

Bond to Vaughan, no run, same line and length - a fraction short and 10-12 inches outside the off stump. Vaughan leaves it alone

3.5

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan felt for that as it held its line and the ball zipped past the outside edge

3.6

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan back and plays that into the covers

End of over 4 (maiden) England 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
MP Vaughan    1* (12b)      SE Bond    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    3* (12b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-7-1

4.1

Franklin to Bell, 1 run, Full and wide, Bell reaches for the ball and steers it down to third man

4.2

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, slanted across the right hander who half leaves, half spars at it

4.3

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan walks to meet a full delivery and plays it back to Franklin on the bounce. Franklin shapes as if he is about to throw it back at Vaughan but thinks better of it

4.4

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, driven not that hard to mid-off

4.5

Franklin to Vaughan, 2 runs, Vaughan forward, the ball finds the outside edge and scoots along the ground past the diving second slip, Patel scurries round to third man to field

4.6

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, an ill-timed cover drive which hardly reached mid-off

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End of over 5 (3 runs) England 12/1 (RR: 2.40)
MP Vaughan    3* (17b)      JEC Franklin    3-0-10-1
IR Bell    4* (13b)      SE Bond    2-1-2-0

5.1

Bond to Bell, no run, outside the right hander's off stump and no shot

5.2

Bond to Bell, 1 run, played with an open face into space square on the off

5.3

Bond to Vaughan, FOUR, short outside the off, Vaughan on that very quickly and pulled in front of square to the midwicket boundary. That was the first shot of confidence and authority from Vaughan

5.4

Bond to Vaughan, no run, punched into the covers off the back foot but not timed

5.5

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan takes a step, steers the ball to point and sets off for a quick single, but Bell send him back very quickly

5.6

Bond to Vaughan, no run, defensive push into the off side

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 17/1 (RR: 2.83)
MP Vaughan    7* (21b 1x4)      SE Bond    3-1-7-0
IR Bell    5* (15b)      JEC Franklin    3-0-10-1

6.1

Franklin to Bell, no run, yorker-length outside off stump, Bell tries to squeeze the ball down to third man but misses

6.2

Franklin to Bell, 1 leg bye, Bell back and looks to flick that to the leg side, misses, and the ball pops up off his pads into space on the off side. Not what he intended but the same end result

6.3

Franklin to Vaughan, 1 no ball, another no-ball, and that's six wides and no-balls to date

6.3

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, expansive leave from Vaughan

6.4

Franklin to Vaughan, 2 runs, one step forward and to the off, and that enables him to whip the ball into the leg side through midwicket

6.5

Franklin to Vaughan, FOUR, super shot, the best of the brief session so far. A half-volley, driven straight back down the pitch and all along the ground

6.6

Franklin to Vaughan, 1 run, too much width and Vaughan angles that to wide third man

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 26/1 (RR: 3.71)
MP Vaughan    14* (26b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-18-1
IR Bell    5* (17b)      SE Bond    3-1-7-0

7.1

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan stands on his toes and punches that straight to cover

7.2

Bond to Vaughan, no run, outside the off stump and Vaughan misses with a rather indeterminate swish

7.3

Bond to Vaughan, no run, firmly driven hard at Vettori at mid-off and loud shouts of "wait" from both ends

7.4

Bond to Vaughan, no run, plopped into the covers but no run

7.5

Bond to Vaughan, 1 run, slightly slower and full, driven between cover and extra cover

7.6

Bond to Bell, no run, Bell drives to mid-off and Bond scowls as he turns to begin his journey down to long leg

End of over 8 (1 run) England 27/1 (RR: 3.37)
IR Bell    5* (18b)      SE Bond    4-1-8-0
MP Vaughan    15* (31b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-18-1

Jacob Oram into the attack

8.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, slightly stiff-looking loosener outside off stump

8.2

Oram to Vaughan, 2 runs, wide, driven a bit uppishly to the left of a diving point, but despite the calls of "catch" it was wide and short of him

8.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan steps to the off but Oram sees him moving and follows him with the ball.

Second slip comes out into a catching position at short extra cover.

8.4

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, whipped behind square on the leg side

Fine leg comes up to save the single.

8.5

Oram to Bell, OUT, Oram strikes, Bell tried to drive a ball that was a little too wide and a little too short, and the thin edge is easily taken by McCullum. Bell got a bit bogged down there and frustration appeared to have got the better of him

IR Bell c †McCullum b Oram 5 (38m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.31

8.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, jabs down on a full delivery

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End of over 9 (3 runs) England 30/2 (RR: 3.33)
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-1
MP Vaughan    18* (35b 2x4)      SE Bond    4-1-8-0

9.1

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan feels at one outside the off stump, no foot movement, and the ball scoots through at knee height

9.2

Bond to Vaughan, 1 run, Vaughan waits and steers the ball safely down to third man

9.3

Bond to Pietersen, no run, rather loose drive to cover, well hit but not placed

9.4

Bond to Pietersen, no run, full and leg-stump line, Pietersen has to hurry to pat it back to the bowler

9.5

Bond to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen defensively drives to mid-off

9.6

Bond to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen dead bats the ball into the off side and momentarily looks as if he is about to set off for a single, a movement which worries Vaughan more than the fielders and his shout of "no" has a hint of desperation about it

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End of over 10 (1 run) England 31/2 (RR: 3.10)
KP Pietersen    0* (5b)      SE Bond    5-1-9-0
MP Vaughan    19* (37b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-1

10.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan plays that defensively into the covers

10.2

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, pushed into the covers and a quick shout ensures an easy single, a diving stop by Lou Vincent ensures there is no second. That was 76mph ...

10.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, on the walk, Pietersen gets a thick inside edge into his thigh and the ball pops into the off side as the fielders converge

10.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, tidy line and length, all at around 75-77mph, and Pietersen watchfully defends

10.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, an attempted off drive, but Pietersen again finds a thick inside edge and the ball scurries to midwicket

There's a feeling that he's teeing for the big one ...

10.6

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, Vaughan escapes what should have been a certain run-out. Pietersen drove straight to mid-on but called for the single leaving Vaughan stranded as Vettori picked it up and threw from a prone position to McCullum with the England captain all at sea. The throw was not great but McCullum missed it. Poor cricket all round ...

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 33/2 (RR: 3.00)
KP Pietersen    1* (9b)      JDP Oram    2-0-5-1
MP Vaughan    20* (39b 2x4)      SE Bond    5-1-9-0

11.1

Bond to Pietersen, no run, yorker dug out into the off side

11.2

Bond to Pietersen, 1 run, worked into the on side, a massive cry of "no" as Pietersen sniffed for a second

11.3

Bond to Vaughan, no run, on middle, played from the crease with a straight bat

11.4

Bond to Vaughan, no run, forced off the back foot, Bond fielded in his follow through

11.5

Bond to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan toe-ends an attempted pull and the ball goes nowhere. He is struggling to time the ball with any regularity

11.6

Bond to Vaughan, no run, safely patted back to Bond

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End of over 12 (1 run) England 34/2 (RR: 2.83)
MP Vaughan    20* (43b 2x4)      SE Bond    6-1-10-0
KP Pietersen    2* (11b)      JDP Oram    2-0-5-1

12.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, a massive shout for a catch behind from Oram and a delayed one from McCullum as Pietersen drives and misses. Good decision

12.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, turned on the walk to Taylor at short midwicket

12.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

Pietersen will not like being tied down like this and the longer Oram can do this, the more chance he has of inducing a mistake

12.4

Oram to Pietersen, FOUR, an on drive which Pietersen barely seemed to hit, a big stride across his stumps and perfectly timed straight back to the right of the bowler

12.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, punched to mid-on and a loud shout of "no" from Pietersen as Vaughan set off for the single

12.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands tall on his toes and drives elegantly right at short extra cover

James Franklin back into the attack as Shane Bond takes a breather after six good overs.

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 38/2 (RR: 2.92)
KP Pietersen    6* (17b 1x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-9-1
MP Vaughan    20* (43b 2x4)      SE Bond    6-1-10-0

One slip in for Vaughan.

13.1

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan back and flicks the ball from off stump to mid-on

13.2

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, driven on the half-volley a couple of yards short of mid-on, again from off stump

13.3

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, a rather wild swish to a ball outside off stump

Vaughan looking a little desperate to middle one ...

13.4

Franklin to Vaughan, FOUR, and that's just what he has done! Full, and driven sweetly up and over mid-on and it races to the rope

13.5

Franklin to Vaughan, 1 run, mistimed pull - not the first of the day - and the ball plops into the leg side for a single

13.6

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen again takes two steps to meet the ball, Franklin responds by firing it in at his feet and he has no option but to block it

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 43/2 (RR: 3.07)
KP Pietersen    6* (18b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    5-0-23-1
MP Vaughan    25* (48b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-9-1

14.1

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, turned to the right of mid-on for an ambled single

14.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slightly slower ball deceives Pietersen who drives at air and he walks towards Oram with a grin that says "you did me"

14.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, steered to point and a quick shout of "no"

14.4

Oram to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely stuff from Pietersen. He came down the pitch to drive but it wasn't there and he quickly adjusted and flicked the ball fine down the leg side. Real class

14.5

Oram to Pietersen, FOUR, two strides and a trademark flick over midwicket with his back leg in the air. Two decent balls and two boundaries. Who'd be a bowler?

McCullum comes up to the stumps to try to stop Pietersen charging down the track.

14.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-off, a subdued end to an entertaining over

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End of over 15 (9 runs) England 52/2 (RR: 3.46)
KP Pietersen    14* (23b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-18-1
MP Vaughan    26* (49b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    5-0-23-1

15.1

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, driven straight to mid-on without much power

Fleming's double-teapotting (hands on hips), considering the field. No changes, though

15.2

Franklin to Vaughan, no run, dabbed down to third man

15.3

Franklin to Vaughan, OUT, awful shot and Vaughan pays the price. The ball wasn't short enough to pull, but Vaughan tried to, and instead dragged a huge bottom edge back into his stumps. England now wobbling a touch here

MP Vaughan b Franklin 26 (69m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Drinks are taken

15.4

Franklin to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood away immediately with a well-timed shot, just a caress really, in front of midwicket

15.5

Franklin to Collingwood, (no ball) 1 run, far from vintage ball - overstepping, that's short and down leg too, and tucked off the hips square

15.5

Franklin to Pietersen, 1 run, worked to mid-off and the batsmen are safely through after Vettori returns the ball easily enough

15.6

Franklin to Collingwood, no run, driven to cover

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 57/3 (RR: 3.56)
PD Collingwood    3* (3b)      JEC Franklin    6-0-28-2
KP Pietersen    15* (24b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-18-1

16.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, right on the money and that's defended on the back foot

"Push it, boys," suggests McCullum behind the sticks. He's standing up here to Oram, who's delivering around 123kph. (late 70mph)

16.2

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, driven slowly to mid-on for a comfortable single

16.3

Oram to Collingwood, FOUR, slice of luck for the batsman there - that one is short and wide of off-stump, asking to be cover-driven; a thick inside edge instead and the ball runs to fine leg

16.4

Oram to Collingwood, no run, tucked into the covers

16.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, good ball, that - line and length were spot-on, but the batsman did well to judge that, shouldering arms as it slinked through to McCullum

16.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, dabbed down to short third man

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 62/3 (RR: 3.64)
PD Collingwood    7* (7b 1x4)      JDP Oram    5-0-23-1
KP Pietersen    16* (26b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    6-0-28-2

17.1

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, tidy ball, dealt with through a nibble into the off-side

17.2

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, across the righthander, straight and short and Pietersen stands tall, driving to mid-on but doesn't quite get hold of the ball

17.3

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, on to the back foot and that's worked into the off-side softly

17.4

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, driven into the covers, but straight to the fielder

17.5

Franklin to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball, well dug out and that's eased into the covers

17.6

Franklin to Collingwood, no run, well defended

End of over 18 (1 run) England 63/3 (RR: 3.50)
PD Collingwood    7* (8b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    7-0-29-2
KP Pietersen    17* (31b 3x4)      JDP Oram    5-0-23-1

18.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, driven straight back past the bowler to long-on where the man drops off from mid-on to chase the ball down

18.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, on the money, defended well and does McCullum think that was a decent ball? "Yes, Jake, yes, Jake."

18.3

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh, nearly out again. The cut shot nearly proves fatal once more - chopping that forcefully right down into the ground past off-stump and nutmegging McCullum in the process

18.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, change of pace for Oram, but Pietersen is quickly on to it with a sturdy defence

18.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, strides forward to guide that into the leg side, there was nearly a mix-up, but Pietersen sent Collingwood back

18.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, driven slowly straight and it's snapped up easily

This is a pretty slow pitch, by the way, so it's a question of - unlike those rash attempted cuts - being patient out there

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 65/3 (RR: 3.42)
KP Pietersen    18* (35b 3x4)      JDP Oram    6-0-25-1
PD Collingwood    8* (10b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    7-0-29-2

19.1

Franklin to Collingwood, no run, pushed up there and defended off the back foot into the off side

19.2

Franklin to Collingwood, no run, across the righthander who defends again

19.3

Franklin to Collingwood, no run, across again, but slightly too wide, gets away with it, though, as it was a pretty tidy length and that's just driven slowly into the covers

19.4

Franklin to Collingwood, 1 run, worked off the front foot into the midwicket region

19.5

Franklin to Pietersen, no run, on a good line and length and that's merely driven to mid-on where it's picked up easily

19.6

Franklin to Pietersen, FOUR, dropped! Ooh, Pietersen could have been a gonner then - short and smashed away through cover - but aerially and Vincent got a hand to it. A really hard one for Vincent, that, who made the most of it - turning it into a chance in fact with a low, sharp dive at full stretch - but nevertheless will go down as an opportunity

Patel is loosening up now as he comes on for a dart

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 70/3 (RR: 3.50)
KP Pietersen    22* (37b 4x4)      JEC Franklin    8-0-34-2
PD Collingwood    9* (14b 1x4)      JDP Oram    6-0-25-1

20.1

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, gets turn immediately with one which pitches outside off and comes back in, gently enough, to the righthander who deals with it tidily

20.2

Patel to Pietersen, no run, up there, defended with a stout prod, showing the full face of the bat, into the short midwicket region

20.3

Patel to Pietersen, no run, down on one knee and tries to sweep that from outside off to the leg side, misses, and the ball clatters into him

20.4

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, dances down the track and whirls the ball from outside off to leg, but doesn't have much power in that shot

20.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, on off and that's worked to leg again

20.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, turned that one into him and it's worked to leg

Vettori into the attack - spin twins to the fore, and that's a good decision on this pitch, as Steve Tikolo found out here against Canada earlier this week.

In other news, Netherlands have sent South Africa in

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 72/3 (RR: 3.42)
PD Collingwood    10* (17b 1x4)      JS Patel    1-0-2-0
KP Pietersen    23* (40b 4x4)      JEC Franklin    8-0-34-2

21.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, huge shout immediately for lbw - it was certainly straight enough, but Pietersen got a big stride in and perhaps his gum-chewing nonchalance was a further clue to help the umpire

21.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, swept round off the pads to the 45

21.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, the Kiwis' lungs getting a good workout here - another throaty roar, but that was well outside the line

21.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, driven out through the covers now

21.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, worked into the midwicket region

21.6

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, driven out to long-off this time and there's a quick strike-stealing single for Collingwood

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 74/3 (RR: 3.36)
PD Collingwood    11* (19b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
KP Pietersen    24* (44b 4x4)      JS Patel    1-0-2-0

22.1

Patel to Collingwood, no run, short, and cut away down to backward point

22.2

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, well worked by the batsman, rolling his wrists over the ball and turning it quickly to square

22.3

Patel to Pietersen, no run, worked into midwicket

22.4

Patel to Pietersen, no run, a hint of aggression, walking down the track and driving that in front of midwicket, but it's straight to a fielder

22.5

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch of flight on that one but it's whisked through midwicket

22.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, pitches outside off and pops up a touch at the batsman who wasn't expecting it, but adjusts well, to go back on the balls of his feet, and pokes it into short midwicket

England are really having to work for each and every single out there as the New Zealand bowlers are doing a great job

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 76/3 (RR: 3.30)
PD Collingwood    12* (22b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    25* (47b 4x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

23.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, outside off, but on a good length, and that's well left alone

23.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, comes forward with a very deliberate prod forward

23.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, driven slowly to long-on for just the single

23.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, flight and that falls on a nagging length, Collingwood having no other option than to stifle the bounce

23.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood shuffles forward to one which drifts in at him and he eases it into the midwicket region

23.6

Vettori to Collingwood, (no ball) 1 run, driven out to the cover boundary

23.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, a leading edge - but flies into space - Pietersen just working with the spin, there, and it's his turn to nick the strike

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 80/3 (RR: 3.33)
KP Pietersen    27* (51b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-0
PD Collingwood    13* (25b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-0-4-0

24.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, poor from Pietersen, creeping down the pitch before it was even delivered. Patel saw him coming and pitched it fuller and he managed to completely miss it

24.2

Patel to Pietersen, 2 runs, chipped into the leg side, between the in- and the outfield

24.3

Patel to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen giving him the charge again, working against the drift to flick that aerially into leg

24.4

Patel to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes just the one stride this time, driving it straight to long-on

24.5

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, more positivity from the batsman, this one a drive to long-on

24.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, slower ball, well placed, and Collingwood can only defend

We're at the halfway stage of England's innings - if they can get six an over now they'll make 235 - which wouldn't be a bad score on this track.

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 85/3 (RR: 3.40)
PD Collingwood    13* (26b 1x4)      JS Patel    3-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    32* (56b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-0

25.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, saw Pietersen coming and varied the delivery, forcing the batsman to defend. Good spot

25.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, gets right over the ball and defends

25.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, shorter ball, with a touch of width outside off and Pietersen waits for it, before caressing it to the covers

25.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

25.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, driven off the toes to midwicket

"Aw, yes mate," says Gilchrist - oh, sorry McCullum

25.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, driven to midwicket and that's tidied up nicely by the fielder with a rolling stop

End of over 26 (1 run) England 86/3 (RR: 3.30)
PD Collingwood    13* (29b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    33* (59b 4x4)      JS Patel    3-0-9-0

26.1

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, comes forward, a touch of flamingoing from Pietersen as he stand firmly on the one foot to whip that with strong wrists in front of midwicket

26.2

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, turns into the righthander, but down the wrong line and the batsman works that easily into the leg side

26.3

Patel to Pietersen, no run, drags that a touch short, but the turn is enough to pose a problem, and that's just defended on the back foot in the end

26.4

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, well flighted and there's a wristy whip but without much power (it's a slow track, remember) to mid-on

26.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, ooh, good thinking from Patel - slower, wider, a touch of curve and Pietersen - like a naughty boy who finds his Christmas presents early - is tempted. Gets away with it

26.6

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, leading edge looking to chip the ball over the fielder at midwicket - such was the timing of that shot that even though it wasn't cleanly struck it went high enough and cleared mid-on

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 90/3 (RR: 3.33)
PD Collingwood    15* (32b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    35* (62b 4x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-7-0

27.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, outside off, a touch of width, and that's cut off the back foot out to point

27.2

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, driven easily to long-on for a tidy single

27.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, tries a slower one, dropping that outside off, but with enough width for the batsman to cut that easily

27.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller, but too full this time, and that's languidly eased to mid-on

27.5

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, oh, inside edge this time, but flies wide of the stumps for a quick single

27.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, worked to square

Good over for England in the context - these two steadily rebuilding

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 96/3 (RR: 3.42)
KP Pietersen    38* (65b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-13-0
PD Collingwood    18* (35b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-0-13-0

28.1

Patel to Pietersen, SIX, hello! Massive! As Mark Nicholas would say, he's a big strong boy, and that's whipped over long-on - he didn't even time it properly but it still travelled

28.2

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-on this time

28.3

Patel to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood the aggressor this time - striding forward and driving that over the top through cover

28.4

Patel to Collingwood, no run, on to the back foot and pushes that into cover

28.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, short, but straight and popping up, and Collingwood deals with that by prodding it into the leg side

28.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, comes forward, gets right over the ball with a defensive jab into the off side

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 105/3 (RR: 3.62)
PD Collingwood    20* (39b 1x4)      JS Patel    5-0-22-0
KP Pietersen    45* (67b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-13-0

29.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, gets over the spin and flaps it in front of midwicket

"The Boks are bottling it already!" observes Andrew Miller of South Africa's game against Netherlands. AB de Villiers is out off just the second ball.

29.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, pitches outside off and that's nurdled behind point

29.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to mid-on

29.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, pushed up there and defended

29.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended once more

29.6

Vettori to Collingwood, FOUR, some glove punching results from Collingwood's aerial sweep - he took a step down and hoisted that through midwicket. Nice

England picking up the pace, here, and now picking up the commentary is Martin Williamson.

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 3.73)
PD Collingwood    25* (43b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-20-0
KP Pietersen    47* (69b 4x4 1x6)      JS Patel    5-0-22-0

Fleming turns to Scott Styris to stem the flow.

30.1

Styris to Pietersen, no run, gentle and full (69mph), driven hard back at Styris who fields with foot and leg

30.2

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped up to long-on for a mutually agreed single, so nobody breaks sweat

30.3

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, driven past cover and as Patel runs in there is a shout of "no, not to him"

30.4

Styris to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen gets caught a bit square on and he can only run the ball back to the bowler

30.5

Styris to Pietersen, (no ball) 2 runs, crisp drive between cover and extra cover, and even the zippy Patel charging round from sweeper cannot prevent the two, runs which bring up Pietersen's fifty, and the applause is warm

30.5

Styris to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen blocks

30.6

Styris to Pietersen, no run, Styris keeps the ball up in the blockhole and for once Pietersen is content to block

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 117/3 (RR: 3.77)
KP Pietersen    50* (75b 4x4 1x6)      SB Styris    1-0-5-0
PD Collingwood    26* (44b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-20-0

31.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, square drive to backward point

31.2

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, cracking backfoot drive to the sweeper

31.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes down the pitch and Vettori waits, leaving the batsman standing like a spurned teenager mid pitch, and when the ball eventually arrives he clips it to mid-on with a grin

31.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, another slower ball which is blocked. Great variation of speed

31.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, driven back to Vettori who makes a sprawling stop

31.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, circumspect forward defensive

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 120/3 (RR: 3.75)
KP Pietersen    52* (80b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    6-0-23-0
PD Collingwood    27* (45b 2x4)      SB Styris    1-0-5-0

32.1

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on

32.2

Styris to Pietersen, 1 wide, down the leg side and McCullum brilliantly whips the bails off and races away celebrating. It's so close and it takes the third umpire several replays and a swig of gin before he rules in the batsman's favour ... but it was mighty close and was really slick keeping. And after all that, it's just a wide

32.2

Styris to Pietersen, no run, firm drive to short midwicket

32.3

Styris to Pietersen, no run, a tad short outside off stump, and again Pietersen cannot beat the man at short midwicket

32.4

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen waits, smacks that towards long-on and strolls the single

32.5

Styris to Collingwood, no run, clipped a little uppishly to short midwicket. A shout of catch but not in this world

32.6

Styris to Collingwood, no run, for the fourth time short midwicket attracts the ball as if it was a magnet

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 123/3 (RR: 3.72)
PD Collingwood    28* (48b 2x4)      SB Styris    2-0-8-0
KP Pietersen    53* (83b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    6-0-23-0

33.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 3 runs, Pietersen rocks back and cuts that behind point, Ross Taylor chases and flings himself to scoop the ball back on the rope

33.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood steps back, waits and works that behind square on the leg side

The drinks cart is poised ...

33.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen takes two or three steps down the pitch and chips it over the in field to long-on

33.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, another cut behind square on the off, this time that gap has been plugged and it's just the one

33.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, two steps but Vettori fires one in wide and all the batsman can do is drive the ball back at him

33.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen waits and punches the ball through the covers for the single that keeps him on strike

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 130/3 (RR: 3.82)
KP Pietersen    58* (87b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    7-0-30-0
PD Collingwood    30* (50b 2x4)      SB Styris    2-0-8-0

34.1

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length and pushed through the gap in the covers

34.2

Styris to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood waits and whips the ball into the leg side

A lone horn blows in the background.

34.3

Styris to Pietersen, 1 run, premeditated scoop from outside off stump behind square on the leg side

34.4

Styris to Collingwood, no run, dropped a return catch high to Styris's left, he got both hands to it but was a bit late and he could only parry the ball

34.5

Styris to Collingwood, no run, paddled on the off but point quickly in to save the single

34.6

Styris to Collingwood, OUT, Collingwood shapes to run the ball down to third man but only succeeds in running it off the face of the bat right into McCullum's gloves. He leaps towards the heavens as if stung by a bee as his colleagues race in to celebrate

PD Collingwood c †McCullum b Styris 31 (72m 54b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.40

Double relief for Styris who dropped Collingwood two balls earlier. And that wicket is the cue for the drinks cart to come trundling out to the middle and also for Gnasher to go and put the kettle on for the rest of us.

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 133/4 (RR: 3.80)
     SB Styris    3-0-11-1
KP Pietersen    60* (89b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    7-0-30-0

So much depends on England's two big hitters, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff. And Fleming responds by summoning his No. 1 bowler, Shane Bond.

35.1

Bond to Pietersen, no run, On off stump and blocked

35.2

Bond to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leans back and hammers that at extra cover. A yard either side and that would have been four ...

35.3

Bond to Pietersen, OUT, a soft end to a good innings. Pietersen took a stride down the pitch and chipped the ball to James Franklin coming in from long-on. It was a lame stroke, a nothing stroke, and now England are in the deep stuff

KP Pietersen c Franklin b Bond 60 (108m 92b 4x4 1x6) SR: 65.21

Credit to Fleming as well. He realised that this was the crucial stand, called up his premier bowler, and it paid off.

35.4

Bond to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple forced back by an effort ball

35.5

Bond to Dalrymple, 1 run, short and at the body, Dalrymple paddles the ball round to long leg

The crowd has gone very quiet.

35.6

Bond to Flintoff, OUT, a collapse turns into a crisis for England. A slower ball and Flintoff does no more than chip the ball to extra cover who takes the most routine of routine catches. New Zealand are almost beside themselves as Flintoff, head bowed, trudges off

A Flintoff c Styris b Bond 0 (8m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Stato, who has just picked his anorak up from the dry cleaners, tells us that Pietersen was the 2000th World Cup wicket

End of over 36 (1 run) England 134/6 (RR: 3.72)
     SE Bond    7-1-11-2
JWM Dalrymple    1* (2b)      SB Styris    3-0-11-1

36.1

Styris to Dalrymple, no run, on the spot and a cautious block

36.2

Styris to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple again watches and blocks

36.3

Styris to Dalrymple, no run, squirted out on the off side. Dalrymple needs to consolidate and he won't take any risks for a few overs

36.4

Styris to Dalrymple, 1 run, worked round the corner to long leg. Nixon takes guard ...

36.5

Styris to Nixon, 2 runs, a rather uncertain push through the covers and they come back for two as the man in the deep is a little too casual. Styris gives a death stare

36.6

Styris to Nixon, no run, controlled edge to short third man

England need someone to make a fifty from here if they are to post a decent score. Bond will carry on for another over and then possibly keep his last two overs in reserve.

End of over 37 (3 runs) England 137/6 (RR: 3.70)
PA Nixon    2* (2b)      SB Styris    4-0-14-1
JWM Dalrymple    2* (6b)      SE Bond    7-1-11-2

37.1

Bond to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple prods without any foot movement and misses

37.2

Bond to Dalrymple, no run, on off stump at 83mph, Dalrymple back to defend one that came in a fraction

37.3

Bond to Dalrymple, no run, outside off stump - accompanied by a loud grunt - and Dalrymple leaves the ball

37.4

Bond to Dalrymple, 1 run, deliberate steer to third man

All change for the left hander. Nixon fidgeting like a man about to sit in a dentist's chair ...

37.5

Bond to Nixon, no run, yorker, on the boot, loud and confident appeal, but possibly just outside the line of off stump. Nixon was beaten all ends up. Koertzen ponders and then makes what replays show was a good decision

37.6

Bond to Nixon, no run, pushed to mid-off and a moment of yes-no calling before both men decide to stay right where they are

It's that quaint ritual called 'let's change the ball'

End of over 38 (1 run) England 138/6 (RR: 3.63)
PA Nixon    2* (4b)      SE Bond    8-1-12-2
JWM Dalrymple    3* (10b)      SB Styris    4-0-14-1

38.1

Styris to Dalrymple, no run, played out to point. McCullum in full chirrup mode

38.2

Styris to Dalrymple, OUT, an attempted steer to third man and McCullum is airbourne as, standing up, he takes a thin edge and Dalrymple is on his way. Great keeping and excellent, nagging bowling

JWM Dalrymple c †McCullum b Styris 3 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Jenny is so confident that this will be an early finish that she's already planning which clubs she will be at later ...

38.3

Styris to Plunkett, 1 run, uncertain defensive prod which squirms into the leg side

38.4

Styris to Nixon, no run, on the spot again. Styris is in full control here

38.5

Styris to Nixon, no run, Nixon forward to push the ball back to the bowler

38.6

Styris to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon back and cuts the ball into space on the off side. Sensible batting as he has to keep as much of the strike as possible

Over in St Kitts, after the early loss of AB [C] de Villiers, South Africa have recovered to 50 for 1 against Netherlands.

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 140/7 (RR: 3.58)
PA Nixon    3* (7b)      SB Styris    5-0-16-2
LE Plunkett    1* (1b)      SE Bond    8-1-12-2

39.1

Bond to Nixon, FOUR, good shot, Nixon waits and guides the ball behind square on the off and Patel racing round from sweeper cannot stop it

39.2

Bond to Nixon, no run, Nixon back, he jabs down and keeps the ball out

39.3

Bond to Nixon, 1 run, banged in, Nixon tries to pull but doesn't time it, hits it into the ground and has to settle for the single

39.4

Bond to Plunkett, no run, a slower ball and a Sharipovaesque grunt, but even so the ball almost scoots along the ground. If it had been on target then Plunkett would have been in the mire

39.5

Bond to Plunkett, no run, this was was on line but Plunkett was equal to it

39.6

Bond to Plunkett, no run, another slower ball, this one a yorker, but again Plunkett read it

Our man on the spot says: "Not many in the ground today, same as St Kitts where there's no more than 1000." A fair few more than that here, but more empty spaces than seats ...

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 145/7 (RR: 3.62)
LE Plunkett    1* (4b)      SE Bond    9-1-17-2
PA Nixon    8* (10b 1x4)      SB Styris    5-0-16-2

Fulton chugs on for Vincent.

40.1

Styris to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon back and runs the ball down to third man

40.2

Styris to Plunkett, no run, back and drops the ball into the ground

40.3

Styris to Plunkett, no run, full, patted into the leg side

40.4

Styris to Plunkett, no run, good line, naggingly accurate, and Plunkett again defends

40.5

Styris to Plunkett, no run, "Good mate," notes McCullum. And he's right. On target and stifling

40.6

Styris to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett aims to hit to leg, misses, and the ball wraps him on the pads and trickles to the off

New Zealand will be happy for Nixon to take a single off the first ball if this is all Plunkett has to offer.

End of over 41 (1 run) England 146/7 (RR: 3.56)
LE Plunkett    1* (9b)      SB Styris    6-0-17-2
PA Nixon    9* (11b 1x4)      SE Bond    9-1-17-2

Shane Bond's last over coming up.

41.1

Bond to Nixon, no run, Nixon back and into the off side, but point zooms in to prevent the single

41.2

Bond to Nixon, no run, fast and straight, checked drive to mid-off

41.3

Bond to Nixon, no run, a rather ungainly swing which goes nowhere

Nixon is in as much for his batting as anything, but so far he's not shown that he is the man for this crisis.

41.4

Bond to Nixon, no run, defensive push into the off side

41.5

Bond to Nixon, 1 run, turned to backward square leg

41.6

Bond to Plunkett, 1 run, low full toss, turned to leg and Plunkett calls for and gets the single. The end of a really good spell (or two) from Bond

This is hard viewing for the crowd, but at least the sun is out and there is ICC-approved water for sale to quench the thirst.

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 148/7 (RR: 3.52)
LE Plunkett    2* (10b)      SE Bond    10-1-19-2
PA Nixon    10* (16b 1x4)      SB Styris    6-0-17-2

42.1

Styris to Plunkett, no run, driven stylishly but utterly ineffectively to point

42.2

Styris to Plunkett, FOUR, driven straight down the ground, well timed and placed, and Stryis could do nothing as it bisected him and mid-off

42.3

Styris to Plunkett, 1 run, Plunkett took all the pace off the ball and that allowed the run to point

42.4

Styris to Nixon, 1 run, pushed gently to long-off

42.5

Styris to Plunkett, 1 run, same again from Plunkett, soft hands take the pace off the ball and so allow the single even though it went right to point

42.6

Styris to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon back, waits, and then punches the ball to mid-off

A better over for England, their first good one for some time.

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 156/7 (RR: 3.62)
PA Nixon    12* (18b 1x4)      SB Styris    7-0-25-2
LE Plunkett    8* (14b 1x4)      SE Bond    10-1-19-2

The bespectacled Vettori back on for Bond. Over the wicket to Nixon.

43.1

Vettori to Nixon, no run, Full, Nixon can only dig it out a few inches into the off side

43.2

Vettori to Nixon, 1 run, improvised reverse sweep, not middled but it goes in generally the right direction

43.3

Vettori to Plunkett, no run, plopped into the off side

43.4

Vettori to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett waits and swats the ball into the covers

43.5

Vettori to Plunkett, 1 run, sweet drive past extra cover, long-on shuffles round to cut it off

43.6

Vettori to Nixon, 1 run, whipped to midwicket

South Africa are now 94 for 1against Netherlands.

End of over 44 (3 runs) England 159/7 (RR: 3.61)
PA Nixon    14* (21b 1x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-33-0
LE Plunkett    9* (17b 1x4)      SB Styris    7-0-25-2

Jeetan Patel, who is uncannily like our own Abeed Janmohamed, Kenya's reserve wicketkeeper, into the attack.

44.1

Patel to Nixon, no run, Nixon back and too cramped to get any power on his attempted cut

44.2

Patel to Nixon, no run, misses an attempted reverse sweep, and misses it by some way

44.3

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, full toss - almost a yorker - driven down the ground

44.4

Patel to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett takes two big steps and then blocks

44.5

Patel to Plunkett, 1 run, again Plunkett comes to meet the ball and chips it over the infield, five yards short of long-on but never a catching chance

44.6

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, McCullum gets very excited but Nixon got bat on the ball and steered it to long leg

A Mexican Wave underway among the slowly-building crowd.

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 162/7 (RR: 3.60)
PA Nixon    16* (25b 1x4)      JS Patel    6-0-25-0
LE Plunkett    10* (19b 1x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-33-0

45.1

Vettori to Nixon, 1 run, two steps from Nixon, who almost yorks himself in the process, but he jabs the ball to long-on

45.2

Vettori to Plunkett, 1 run, punched off the back foot to sweeper

45.3

Vettori to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon skips down the pitch, gets in a muddle, but pads the ball past a diving McCullum

45.4

Vettori to Plunkett, no run, lovely use of the feet to meet the ball. No runs, but good practice for

45.5

Vettori to Plunkett, SIX, that's better, again using his feet but this time he swings the ball back with interest and over the rope

45.6

Vettori to Plunkett, no run, another firm shot but Vettori dives to field off his own bowling

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 171/7 (RR: 3.71)
LE Plunkett    17* (23b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    9-0-42-0
PA Nixon    18* (27b 1x4)      JS Patel    6-0-25-0

46.1

Patel to Nixon, no run, missed sweep, strangulated appeal, nothing doing

46.2

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, steered to Vettori in the deep on the off side

On this showing, Plunkett should be batting above Nixon.

46.3

Patel to Plunkett, no run, a mix-up, driven to wide midwicket and some "yes-no-oops" calling

46.4

Patel to Plunkett, 1 run, prodded down the ground

46.5

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, driven wide of Patel, who dived full stretch to his right, but the ball just evaded his fingertips

46.6

Patel to Plunkett, 1 run, turned to leg. A good over at this stage, only the four singles

"ICC-approved water? Did the English top order consume too much ICC-approved Rum?" writes Andrew. No, that would be Mr Sonn's department.

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 175/7 (RR: 3.72)
LE Plunkett    19* (26b 1x4 1x6)      JS Patel    7-0-29-0
PA Nixon    20* (30b 1x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-42-0

47.1

Vettori to Plunkett, 1 run, good bowling, really cramping Plunkett

47.2

Vettori to Nixon, FOUR, finally a reverse sweeps comes off, Nixon middled that and it raced away. Vettori scowls

47.3

Vettori to Nixon, 1 leg bye, tries the same again but this one is not middled and it bobbles away for a single

47.4

Vettori to Plunkett, 1 run, Vettori sees Plunkett dancing down the pitch and fires the ball in

47.5

Vettori to Nixon, FOUR, driven into the gap in the covers, into the space created when Fleming moved a man to plug the area of the reverse sweep

47.6

Vettori to Nixon, 1 run, worked into the leg side. Twelve off the over

End of over 48 (12 runs) England 187/7 (RR: 3.89)
PA Nixon    29* (34b 3x4)      DL Vettori    10-0-53-0
LE Plunkett    21* (28b 1x4 1x6)      JS Patel    7-0-29-0

48.1

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon steps to leg, Patel follows him, and the batsman has to be content with a push to long-off

50 partnership off 59 balls.

48.2

Patel to Plunkett, 1 run, a big cross-batted heave, not middled, and the ball scurries to deep midwicket

48.3

Patel to Nixon, no run, Nixon heaves and misses, a loud shout for leg-before is turned down, Plunkett wanted the single and both men almost ended up at the same end, the throw was wild and Patel wasn't behind the stumps, and there was almost an overthrow . In the end, no run!

48.4

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, another easy run into space

48.5

Patel to Plunkett, 1 run, swishing drive to long-off. "That's brilliant, mate," yells McCullum

48.6

Patel to Nixon, (no ball) FOUR, poor bowling, a no-ball from a spinner is never appreciated by his captain, and it was short as well, Nixon thumping the ball through midwicket

48.6

Patel to Nixon, FOUR, Patel all at sea as Nixon swats a half volley straighter but wide of long-on. Nine runs off two balls ...

End of over 49 (13 runs) England 200/7 (RR: 4.08)
PA Nixon    39* (39b 5x4)      JS Patel    8-0-42-0
LE Plunkett    23* (30b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-0-53-0

The last over. Vettori is bowled out so it will be Franklin to end the innings.

49.1

Franklin to Plunkett, 2 runs, slow full toss driven down the ground, Nixon called for the second - he was running to the danger end - and he made it with a full-length dive

49.2

Franklin to Plunkett, 2 runs, a swing and a big leading edge, the ball arcs down to third man, a few yards short of him

49.3

Franklin to Plunkett, 1 run, driven straight but not off the middle of the bat, and the ball barely makes it halfway to the rope

49.4

Franklin to Nixon, 2 runs, Nixon shimmies to the off and clips the ball wide of midwicket, Vincent slides just in front of the rope to save the four

49.5

Franklin to Nixon, 1 run, slower ball, hammered right at midwicket

49.6

Franklin to Plunkett, 1 run, waist-high full toss hit right at extra cover

1.05pm Lou Vincent has gone already, caught Nixon bowled Anderson for 0. New Zealand are 1 for 1 off one over.

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12.30pm England will be relieved more than satisfied, Paul Nixon and Liam Plunkett rescuing them with an eighth-wicket stand of 71 after they slid to 138 for 7. At one stage when Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood were batting, England looked good, but they lost four wickets for five runs as New Zealand's seamers were rewarded for tight and sensible bowling. New Zealand remain the favourites, although the pitch has shown signs of variable bounce.

"A flat Bunsen, not much pace," reports Shane Bond on the pitch. He's happy with his 2 for 19, and with New Zealand's chances. "We've had experience with these wickets in Australia, so we're reasonably confident."

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End of over 50 (9 runs) England 209/7
LE Plunkett    29* (34b 1x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    9-0-43-2
PA Nixon    42* (41b 5x4)      JS Patel    8-0-42-0
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Mar 16, 2007

Andrew Flintoff congratulates Jacob Oram and Scott Styris on New Zealand's win, England v New Zealand, Group C, St Lucia, March 16, 2007

Andrew Flintoff congratulates Jacob Oram and Scott Styris on New Zealand's win

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Mar 16, 2007

New Zealand celebrate another wicket, England v New Zealand, Group C, Gros Islet, March 16, 2007

New Zealand celebrate another wicket

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