ICC World Cup - 36th match, Super Eights

Ireland v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 129 runs

Hi and welcome to the Ireland v New Zealand game. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the live action today.

TossFleming won and chose to bat.

Fleming: "We take Ireland as serious as any team we have been playing.We have had people watching their games, we have videos, and respect is a very key component of how we're going in this tournament. We must respect the opposition and conditions."

Team changes: Jeetan Patel comes in for Mason.

Boyd Rankin, the tall sheep farmer, is the strike bowler for Ireland. Rahul Bhattacharya had written about him earlier. Rankin: "Wake-up time 6am, then a session of farm work, then a driving of 140 miles to practice, then back to farming chores till midnight.

"In this household, it's farming and cricket," Boyd's mother Dawn told the BBC. "The cricket is the only break we get from farming, so it's very important for the family...In the local area, even people who don't really bother with cricket are watching the games. Everybody is talking about it."

He drives 140 miles to go for practice? Hello? No wonder he is playing international cricket while I am typing ball by ball commentary and you are reading my tripe. Well done us.

0.1

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, Well outside off stump, left alone. Some hint of swing there.

0.2

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, square-driven to point. Again it swiung away. Two slips and a point.

0.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, short in length, landed outside off stump, held its line, left alone. The ball skidded off the turf.

0.4

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, beauty. Fullish and just outside off stump line and it shaped away nicely. Late at that. Fulton was caught at the crease, lunged forward and missed it.

0.5

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, full and on the middle stump line, since it has been swinging away, Fulton decides to go inside-out, with the swing, towards cover

0.6

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, leans forward and shoulders arms.

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
PG Fulton    0* (6b)      D Langford-Smith    1-1-0-0
SP Fleming    0* (0b)     

1.1

Rankin to Fleming, no run, The tallest fast bowler in the world starts off with a length-delivery, on the off stump, pushed to cover point

1.2

Rankin to Fleming, 1 run, lands on a length, on the middle and leg, dabbed to the on side

1.3

Rankin to Fulton, 1 wide, wide outside off stump. Rankin grimaces. Taufel extends his arms. Fulton just remarks his guard. And iam typing too much.

1.3

Rankin to Fulton, no run, on the middle and leg, comes in a touch, Fulton goes back, works it to square-leg

1.4

Rankin to Fulton, 1 wide, Another wide. this time Rankin mutters to himself in disgust. As he should.

1.4

Rankin to Fulton, 1 run, outside off stump, Fulton leans across, runs it down to third man

1.5

Rankin to Fleming, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, flicked to midwicket region

1.6

Rankin to Fulton, 1 wide, Another one. The swing starts early in the trajectory and it keeps veering away.

1.6

Rankin to Fulton, no run, lands on a length, on the off stump line, shapes in, defended on the front foot

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
PG Fulton    1* (9b)      WB Rankin    1-0-6-0
SP Fleming    2* (3b)      D Langford-Smith    1-1-0-0

2.1

Langford-Smith to Fleming, no run, back of length, on the middle and leg line, dabbed to the on side

2.2

Langford-Smith to Fleming, 1 run, length-delivery on the pads, tucked away for a single.

2.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, length-delivery on the middle and leg, shaping in and thuds into the pad

2.4

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, leans forward and defends. Head over the ball and all that jazz.

2.5

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, stifled appeal for lbw. Struck outside the off stump line. Full in length, landed outside off and came in a touch, Fulton leant forward, got his front foot across and tried to defend.

2.6

Langford-Smith to Fulton, 3 runs, fuller, on the middle stump line, sliding in, Fulton keeps his left foot across, stops the movement of that foot and wrists it across the line through midwicket.

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
PG Fulton    4* (13b)      D Langford-Smith    2-1-4-0
SP Fleming    3* (5b)      WB Rankin    1-0-6-0

3.1

Rankin to Fulton, FOUR, Again driven through the midwicket region. Half-volley on the leg and middle, flicked away in style.

3.2

Rankin to Fulton, no run

3.3

Rankin to Fulton, no run, full in length, outside off stump, half-steered, half-edged to third man

3.4

Rankin to Fulton, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, goes on straight and left alone

3.5

Rankin to Fulton, 1 wide, More tripe from Rankin. Down the leg side this time. Wonder what's ailing him. The zip seems to be missing.

3.5

Rankin to Fulton, no run, low swinging in full-toss, driven to mid-on

3.6

Rankin to Fulton, FOUR, Another four. Fullish and on the middle and leg, Fulton leans forward and drives it past a diving mid-on

End of over 4 (9 runs) New Zealand 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
PG Fulton    12* (19b 2x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-15-0
SP Fleming    3* (5b)      D Langford-Smith    2-1-4-0

4.1

Langford-Smith to Fleming, 2 runs, short of length, slanting away from the off stump, Fleming leans forward and thumps it past point.

4.2

Langford-Smith to Fleming, 1 run, tip and run. Leans forward, taps a length-delivery close on the off stump and runs. 'keeper runs across, the ball has by now gone back of the stumps and he tries to kick it to the stumps.

4.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, FOUR, Shot. Overpitched on the middle stump line, down came the bat, met the ball flush in the middle and he just punched it away. Like a boxer. There was no great follow through.

4.4

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run

4.5

Langford-Smith to Fulton, FOUR, half-volley outside off stump, off-driven past mid-off. The wheels are coming off for Ireland. Half-volleys, over-pitched deliveries and fullish balls on the legs. C'mon guys tighten up!

4.6

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, better. Just outside off stump, full in length, left alone

End of over 5 (11 runs) New Zealand 30/0 (RR: 6.00)
PG Fulton    20* (23b 4x4)      D Langford-Smith    3-1-15-0
SP Fleming    6* (7b)      WB Rankin    2-0-15-0

5.1

Rankin to Fleming, no run, yorker-length, on the middle, jabbed away to the on side

5.2

Rankin to Fleming, 1 wide, Rankin continues to be way ward. Another one down the leg side. Hmm....

5.2

Rankin to Fleming, FOUR, It doesn't get better. It does for Fleming though. He chases a wide full-toss outside off and slashes it to wide third man region

5.3

Rankin to Fleming, no run, full and straight, driven to mid-on

5.4

Rankin to Fleming, OUT, Suddenly, against the run of play, Fleming falls. Full and wide, it was there to be hit but Fleming sliced it straight to point.

SP Fleming c Porterfield b Rankin 10 (26m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

5.5

Rankin to Marshall, 2 runs, gets off the mark with a fluent off drive. Past mid-off.

5.6

Rankin to Marshall, 1 run, lands on a length, outside off stump, comes in a touch, Marshall is caught at the crease, neither forward, neither backward, bunts it away to the on side

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 38/1 (RR: 6.33)
HJH Marshall    3* (2b)      WB Rankin    3-0-23-1
PG Fulton    20* (23b 4x4)      D Langford-Smith    3-1-15-0

6.1

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, lands on a length, just outside off stump, Marshall pushes it out to cover.

Ian Smith reckons Marshall and Fulton are competing for one spot. Remember, Ross Taylor is expected to be back. Who is your pick? Let us know.

6.2

Langford-Smith to Marshall, FOUR, full and outside off stump, Marshall leans forward, square-drives, the bottom-hand comes off the handle, the top hand gives it direction and he squeezes it past point

6.3

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run

6.4

Langford-Smith to Marshall, FOUR, Both are looking pretty good out there. Fulton and Marshall. This time its Marshall who leans forward and drives between extra cover and mid-off. Again too full in length. Not much movement and it begs to be driven. He has to shorten the length slightly

6.5

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, better. Short of driveable length, outside off and left alone

6.6

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, Spot on again. Back of length, lands outside off stump, goes on straight, the bat comes down in an angle and the ball threads the bat and pad gap and flies past the off stump.

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 46/1 (RR: 6.57)
HJH Marshall    11* (8b 2x4)      D Langford-Smith    4-1-23-0
PG Fulton    20* (23b 4x4)      WB Rankin    3-0-23-1

7.1

Rankin to Fulton, no run, full, on the middle stump line, the bat comes down a trifle late and in an angle, gets an outside edge to point.

7.2

Rankin to Fulton, no run, on the middle stump line, on a length, Fulton gets behind the line, drives to mid-on

7.3

Rankin to Fulton, no run, slowish off cutter. Comes in from outside off and Fulton is beaten on the forward prod. It thuds int to the front pad.

7.4

Rankin to Fulton, no run

7.5

Rankin to Fulton, no run, on the off and middle, defended to the front foot

7.6

Rankin to Fulton, FOUR, half-volley on the legs and you know where that went. To the square-leg boundary. Nicely picked up. Leant forward a touch and wristed it over square-leg

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 50/1 (RR: 6.25)
PG Fulton    24* (29b 5x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-27-1
HJH Marshall    11* (8b 2x4)      D Langford-Smith    4-1-23-0

8.1

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, homing in on the off stump, defended on the front foot

Interesting field there. Short cover and short extra cover in place. Handshaking distance away. Marshall has been driving through that region.

8.2

Langford-Smith to Marshall, 1 run, Short of length, outside off stump, chopped to third man

The two fielders are still there for Fulton as well.

8.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, 1 run, pushed to cover point for a single

8.4

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, full, slightly slow in pace, on the off stump line, driven to short extra cover fielder.

8.5

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, full again, almost at the block hole, on the middle and leg, dug out to mid-on

8.6

Langford-Smith to Marshall, 1 run, run down to third man for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 53/1 (RR: 5.88)
HJH Marshall    13* (13b 2x4)      D Langford-Smith    5-1-26-0
PG Fulton    25* (30b 5x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-27-1

one slip and a short cover in place

9.1

Johnston to Marshall, no run, well outside the off stump, Marshall chases after it and misses.

9.2

Johnston to Marshall, 1 run, on the middle stump line, driven towards mid-on for a single

9.3

Johnston to Fulton, 1 wide, again well outside off stump, Fulton doesn't flirt. At least on the field, so far. Leaves it alone and a wide is called.

9.3

Johnston to Fulton, 2 runs, outside off stump, Fulton leans forward, defends, edges it to third man

9.4

Johnston to Fulton, no run, full in length, driven to mid-off

9.5

Johnston to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the middle and off stump, driven back to the bowler

9.6

Johnston to Fulton, no run, leans forward and defends. The bat face shut a touch and the ball bobs to the on side.

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 57/1 (RR: 5.70)
PG Fulton    27* (34b 5x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0
HJH Marshall    14* (15b 2x4)      D Langford-Smith    5-1-26-0

Jerram Robinson starts off the debate: "Peter Fulton would be head and shoulders above Marshall in my book. Fulton seems to have a fuller array of strokes, whereas Marshall appears unable to make the successful step up to ODI's, he is not really aggressive enough for my liking"

10.1

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, length-delivery outside off stump, Marshall eases it to cover.

10.2

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, beaten on the drive. It was full and outside off and Marshall was sucked into a loose drive. The bat went inside the line.

10.3

Langford-Smith to Marshall, 2 runs, full and well outside off stump, Marshall chased after it and slashed it over point.

10.4

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, homing in on the middle and off stump line, driven to short cover. The left leg was dangerously kept across, a little bit more and he could have been a lbw victim.

10.5

Langford-Smith to Marshall, no run, on the off stump line, square-driven to point.

10.6

Langford-Smith to Marshall, OUT, Morgan takes a beauty. At cover. It was full and outside off, Marshall tries to drive it over cover, mistimes and the ball bobs over Morgan. He backpedals, stretches his hands above his hand and holds on to it. The bowler is ecstatic. He does a little jig.

HJH Marshall c Morgan b Langford-Smith 16 (21m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 59/2 (RR: 5.36)
     D Langford-Smith    6-1-28-1
PG Fulton    27* (34b 5x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0

11.1

Johnston to Styris, 2 runs, Smooth. Full-pitched outside off, Styris glided forward and caressed it straight down the ground.

11.2

Johnston to Styris, 1 run, sliding down the pads, tickled behind square-leg

11.3

Johnston to Fulton, no run, length-delivery on the off stump line, defended on the off side

11.4

Johnston to Fulton, no run, length-delivery outside off stump, square-driven to point

11.5

Johnston to Fulton, no run, lands on a length around off stump, pushed to cover

11.6

Johnston to Fulton, no run, grubber. shooter or whatever you call the one that keeps pretty low. Short in length and it scooted through, Fulton shaped to pull but it was a submarine. Thankfully, for him, it was outside off and he survives.

End of over 12 (3 runs) New Zealand 62/2 (RR: 5.16)
PG Fulton    27* (38b 5x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-7-0
SB Styris    3* (2b)      D Langford-Smith    6-1-28-1

12.1

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, defended to the leg side, full length ball and angling into his pads, moves his front foot forward and taps it cautiously

12.2

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, full on off, Styris pushes his front foot well forward and drives crisply, straight to mid-off

12.3

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, slow ball this time, floated into off, Styris defends it solidly to the off side

12.4

Langford-Smith to Styris, FOUR, streaky streaky. Wide outside off and Stryris goes for the fierce slash, ball takes a thick edge and flies dangerously close to the diving wicketkeeper. Races past his outstretched right hand for a four

12.5

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, pushed to mid-on, seems to be gathering himself after the previous misjudgement

12.6

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, wide again, goes for the slash again, bounces a tad high and Styris, goin for the slash again, misses

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 66/2 (RR: 5.07)
SB Styris    7* (8b 1x4)      D Langford-Smith    7-1-32-1
PG Fulton    27* (38b 5x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-7-0

13.1

Johnston to Fulton, no run, good length outside off, angling in, shoulders arms

13.2

Johnston to Fulton, FOUR, cracking drive, drifting onto his pads and Fulton eases into the drive, creaming it past midwicket for a boundary

13.3

Johnston to Fulton, no run, patted back patiently down the ground, good length ball and on off and middle this time

13.4

Johnston to Fulton, no run, good length again, outside off, defended it to the off side

13.5

Johnston to Fulton, no run, wide of the stumps, Fulton lets it go

13.6

Johnston to Fulton, no run, full and outside off again, Fulton extends his front foot and pushes it to the off side, short extra cover mops up

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 70/2 (RR: 5.00)
PG Fulton    31* (44b 6x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-11-0
SB Styris    7* (8b 1x4)      D Langford-Smith    7-1-32-1

14.1

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, good length, outside off, front foot plonked out, thumped straight to mid-off. Styris on the move, just can't find the gaps

14.2

Langford-Smith to Styris, 1 run, outside off this time, pushed wide of cover and steal a quick single

14.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, slow offcutter this time, goes for the drive but misses

14.4

Langford-Smith to Fulton, 1 run, tapped to the off side, confident attempt but straight to the fielder

14.5

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, the accurate stuff continues, Fulton angles his bat and steers it to the off but it's straight to point.

14.6

Langford-Smith to Styris, 1 wide, well wide and moving away, Styris would have struggled to reach that with a pole vault.

14.6

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, full outside off, drawing the batsman forward, Styris is too early on his drive and a thick inside edge goes straight to mid-on

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 73/2 (RR: 4.86)
SB Styris    8* (12b 1x4)      D Langford-Smith    8-1-35-1
PG Fulton    32* (46b 6x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-11-0

15.1

Johnston to Fulton, FOUR, slightly short, back of a length, doesn't rise that much but Fulton rocks back and pulls it away. He's a tall man and it's too short for him.

15.2

Johnston to Fulton, no run, defended to the off side, front foot tap

15.3

Johnston to Fulton, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven square to point

15.4

Johnston to Fulton, no run, full-pitched on the off stump line, driven to mid-on

Naysan: "Between Marshal and Fulton, Fulton looks to be better suited to open. With his stature, he can play a role similar to that of Matty Hayden by imposing himself if he plays with confidence and a license."

15.5

Johnston to Fulton, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Fulton creams it through cover point. He leant forward and drove it square.

15.6

Johnston to Fulton, no run, back of length - that's the length to bowl on this track- and Fulton is beaten pushing at it.

Tushar Walhekar has a better reason. "Between Fulton and Marshall? Marshall. Why? Cos Fulton is in the team of the leader of our fantasy league and I don't want him scoring points and getting away from me :-) I am second in the league."

End of over 16 (8 runs) New Zealand 81/2 (RR: 5.06)
PG Fulton    40* (52b 8x4)      DT Johnston    4-0-19-0
SB Styris    8* (12b 1x4)      D Langford-Smith    8-1-35-1

Short cover and short midwicket in place. Four more over left in the last Powerplay

16.1

Langford-Smith to Styris, 2 runs, another half-volley on the legs, driven through midwicket region.

Majortiy of you have picked Fulton. Simon also chimes in his favour. "Fulton, easily, no question. Marshall saves more runs in the field than he makes with the bat. That's great if you're a specialist fielder, not so great for a specialist batsman"

I guess time to close to the debate. Fulton all the way.

16.2

Langford-Smith to Styris, no run, another over-pitched stuff. driven to cover

16.3

Langford-Smith to Styris, OUT, Styris falls. Done in by the change of pace. Scrambled seam and it floated outside off stump. Styris is bit early into his drive and nicks it behind. Smith does his jig again. Rolls his fist over each other and takes them behind and does a chicken act. At least, that's what it appears to me. Got to ask him in the PC.

SB Styris c †NJ O'Brien b Langford-Smith 10 (25m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

16.4

Langford-Smith to McMillan, no run, hits the deck short of length, lands outside off stump, comes in a touch, McMillan jabs it in front of him

16.5

Langford-Smith to McMillan, 1 run, slides on the middle and leg, McMillan leans forward, pushes it to wide mid-on for a single.

16.6

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, full in length, outside off stump, defended to cover

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 84/3 (RR: 4.94)
PG Fulton    40* (53b 8x4)      D Langford-Smith    9-1-38-2
CD McMillan    1* (2b)      DT Johnston    4-0-19-0

17.1

Johnston to McMillan, no run, length-delivery outside off stump, driven on the up to point. He went too square, could have had some value for the shot had he went more in the V.

17.2

Johnston to McMillan, no run

17.3

Johnston to McMillan, no run, full in length, driven to short cover

17.4

Johnston to McMillan, 3 runs, leans forward and drives through the cover region. This time he makes an effort to go in the V and not go square.

17.5

Johnston to Fulton, 1 run, again full-pitched, driven to left of mid-off. Ireland continue to pitch it up full.

17.6

Johnston to McMillan, no run

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 88/3 (RR: 4.88)
CD McMillan    4* (7b)      DT Johnston    5-0-23-0
PG Fulton    41* (54b 8x4)      D Langford-Smith    9-1-38-2

Quiz time. Which cricketer said this. ""I did a couple of courses and saw a couple of things I thought I'd apply for - I was going to be a salesmen," he said."I got a couple of interviews, it was nothing major but obviously when something hits you pretty hard like that you have to start thinking ahead. I was out of my comfort zone turning up in front of two or three people and being asked questions you can't answer because you haven't been in that workforce or that situation ...I decided at the age of 30 I wasn't washed up - as some people obviously thought I was."

Clue: It's a New Zealander. Answer at the end of this over.

18.1

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, full and outside off, left alone

18.2

Langford-Smith to Fulton, no run, beaten. In the temptation zone outside off and Fulton drives inside the line.

18.3

Langford-Smith to Fulton, 3 runs, ugly swipe across the line. Try telling that to Fulton. He picks up three runs. It was full in length and outside off stump, Fulton leans forward and swung it across the line. Gets a thin inside-edge as the bat face shuts and it speed to the fine leg region

18.4

Langford-Smith to McMillan, no run, leans forward, drives a length-delivery back to the bowler

18.5

Langford-Smith to McMillan, no run, full-pitched, outside off, McMillan drives, too much bottom-hand and the ball rolls to mid-off

18.6

Langford-Smith to McMillan, no run, swing and a miss. Full and outside off, McMillan tries to thrash it through cover, again too much bottom-hand and the bat goes inside the line.

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 91/3 (RR: 4.78)
CD McMillan    4* (10b)      D Langford-Smith    10-1-41-2
PG Fulton    44* (57b 8x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-23-0

19.1

Rankin to Fulton, 2 runs, on the middle and leg stump line, bunted through square-leg

19.2

Rankin to Fulton, 1 run, short in length, outside off, cut down to thrid man

19.3

Rankin to McMillan, no run

19.4

Rankin to McMillan, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, McMillan pushes it to cover region. Doesn't move his feet much, just jabs it away.

19.5

Rankin to McMillan, no run, gets closer to the line of a similar delivery and drives on the up to cover

19.6

Rankin to McMillan, no run, nice probing delivery: back of length, cuts in from outside off, McMillan stabs at it, gets a inside-edge on to the front pad. Stifled appeal from the bowler.

Answer: It was Craig McMillan who flirted briefly with a career as a salesman. Disaster. And he came back to cricket.

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 4.70)
CD McMillan    4* (14b)      WB Rankin    5-0-30-1
PG Fulton    47* (59b 8x4)      D Langford-Smith    10-1-41-2

20.1

McCallan to Fulton, no run, the offspinner starts off with a flighted delivery outside off, pushed back to the bowler

20.2

McCallan to Fulton, no run, flighted delivery outside off, driven to extra cover

20.3

McCallan to Fulton, no run, driven to left of midwicket and a diving stop there.

20.4

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, slower through the air and very well flighted. Above the eye-level. It dipped and Fulton leant forward, turned it past square-leg

20.5

McCallan to McMillan, no run, lands on the off stump, goes on straight, pushed back to the bowler.

20.6

McCallan to McMillan, 1 run, paddled from outside off stump, to short fine leg region.

Pretty good start there. Flight, hint of loop and also bowled a straighter one.

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/3 (RR: 4.57)
CD McMillan    5* (16b)      WK McCallan    1-0-2-0
PG Fulton    48* (63b 8x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-30-1

21.1

Rankin to McMillan, SIX, the salesman goes dancing down the track and it's maximum. He backed to the leg side in the process nad flat-batted a short of length delivery over long-off.

21.2

Rankin to McMillan, 1 wide, cut and a miss. Short and well outside off, McMillan tries to upper cut it over backward point but can't reach it

21.2

Rankin to McMillan, no run, short of length, just outside off, punched to point

21.3

Rankin to McMillan, FOUR, slashed away. There was a backward point and a squarish point. McMillan pierced the gap. Bit of width outside off and he sliced it on the up, through that gap.

21.4

Rankin to McMillan, 1 run, gets a single with a push to extra cover region

21.5

Rankin to Fulton, no run, length-delivery on the middle, worked to midwicket

21.6

Rankin to Fulton, 1 run, full in length, around off stump, Fulton leans forward, pushes it to right of mid-off

End of over 22 (13 runs) New Zealand 109/3 (RR: 4.95)
PG Fulton    49* (65b 8x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-43-1
CD McMillan    16* (20b 1x4 1x6)      WK McCallan    1-0-2-0

22.1

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, floated on the off stump line, Fulton gets his 6th ODI fifty, by wristing it past square-leg.

22.2

McCallan to McMillan, 1 run, on the off stump line, swept to long leg

22.3

McCallan to Fulton, no run, turns in from outside off, slow in the air, Fulton tries to work it to on side but is beaten by the lack of pace and it thuds into the pad. Outside off stump.

22.4

McCallan to Fulton, no run

22.5

McCallan to Fulton, no run, flatter, outside off stump, pushed back to the bowler

22.6

McCallan to Fulton, no run, tossed-up - he is unafraid to give it air, on the off stump line, turned to midwicket

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 111/3 (RR: 4.82)
PG Fulton    50* (70b 8x4)      WK McCallan    2-0-4-0
CD McMillan    17* (21b 1x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    6-0-43-1

Jim Callagher solves the Smith's dance puzzle: "Dave Langford-Smith's dance is called The Ferret and was invented by himself and his wife for their wedding reception - he can't dance a step so needed something to fill the first dance!"

Awesome. Thanks Jim.

23.1

White to McMillan, no run, full in length, turned to midwicket

23.2

White to McMillan, 1 run, leans forward, drives to long on

O'Brien the 'keeper screams" C'mon boys, save the run'

23.3

White to Fulton, 1 run

23.4

White to McMillan, 2 runs, floated outside off stump, McMillan leans across, places it smartly past square-leg and comes back for the second run

23.5

White to McMillan, no run, outside off stump, driven to cover

23.6

White to McMillan, 1 run, low full-toss, outside off stump, driven to long-off

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 116/3 (RR: 4.83)
CD McMillan    21* (26b 1x4 1x6)      AR White    1-0-5-0
PG Fulton    51* (71b 8x4)      WK McCallan    2-0-4-0

Emmet Riordan has more dope on the dance: "His dance is known as The Ferret as opposed to The Chicken Dance which is favoured by skipper Trent Johnston. He's patented it and it's already been seen in Ocho Rios and at the Palm Court in Georgetown. The locals were quite taken by it. "

24.1

McCallan to McMillan, no run, straighter one. outside off stump, McMillan pushes at it, goes inside the line and edges it to short third man

24.2

McCallan to McMillan, 1 run, on the off and middle stump line, driven to left of mid-on

24.3

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, nicely flighted, outside off stump, swept past square-leg

24.4

McCallan to McMillan, OUT, The salesman sells himself short. Mac gets Mac. Brain explosion. McMillan backed away from the stumps and tried to force a full-length delivery through the off side. No luck. Gets a outside edge and it goes straight to short third man. NZ wobbling here.

CD McMillan c Johnston b McCallan 22 (29m 29b 1x4 1x6) SR: 75.86

24.5

McCallan to Oram, no run, slip in place now. Floated from round the stumps, defended on the front foot.

24.6

McCallan to Oram, no run

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 118/4 (RR: 4.72)
JDP Oram    0* (2b)      WK McCallan    3-0-6-1
PG Fulton    52* (72b 8x4)      AR White    1-0-5-0

25.1

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the off stump line, worked past midwicket

25.2

White to Oram, 1 run, short in length, on the middle and leg, Oram goes back, wrists it to fine-leg.

25.3

White to Fulton, no run, on the middle stump line, he tries to paddle it away, doesn't connect well.

25.4

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past midwicket

O'Brien is in a chirpy mood. "Finish it off," he screams. Ireland sniffing blood here.

25.5

White to Oram, no run, on the off and middle, defended on the front foot

25.6

White to Oram, no run, again pushes forward, is struck on the pad, O'Brien appeals but it was turning away, past the sticks.

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 121/4 (RR: 4.65)
JDP Oram    1* (5b)      AR White    2-0-8-0
PG Fulton    54* (75b 8x4)      WK McCallan    3-0-6-1

26.1

McCallan to Fulton, no run, run out chance missed. driven to right of wide midwicket, Oram sets off from the non-strikers end. He thought that was going to long on. Porterfield charged across, dived, stopped and under-armed a throw but it misses the stumps. Had it hit, Oram would have been a goner.

26.2

McCallan to Fulton, no run, outside off stump, bit of flight, Fulton is beaten trying to sweep it.

26.3

McCallan to Fulton, no run

26.4

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run

26.5

McCallan to Oram, no run, leans forward to defend

26.6

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, leans forward and on drives to long on

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 123/4 (RR: 4.55)
JDP Oram    2* (7b)      WK McCallan    4-0-8-1
PG Fulton    55* (79b 8x4)      AR White    2-0-8-0

27.1

White to Oram, 3 byes, aha! reverse sweep attempted, he misses but fools the 'keeper in the process.It was outside off stump, Oram doesn't connect and O'Brien moves away to the leg side in anticipation that Fulton would connect. He had overestimated Oram!. And they pick up some byes.

27.2

White to Fulton, no run

27.3

White to Fulton, no run, defended on the front foot

27.4

White to Fulton, 1 run, turned behind square-leg for a single

27.5

White to Oram, no run

27.6

White to Oram, no run, flatter, on the leg and middle, worked to midwicket

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 127/4 (RR: 4.53)
JDP Oram    2* (10b)      AR White    3-0-9-0
PG Fulton    56* (82b 8x4)      WK McCallan    4-0-8-1

28.1

McCallan to Fulton, 2 runs, tossed-up, on the off and middle, swept in front of square.

28.2

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, well flighted delivery, outside off stump, it dips, driven to long off

28.3

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, floats on the middle and leg, Oram tickles it past midwicket for a single.

28.4

McCallan to Fulton, no run, on the off and middle, hit uppishly towards midwicket.

28.5

McCallan to Fulton, no run, loud appeal for a catch behind. That was flat, quick, sliding down the leg side, Fulton tries to flick, misses and it must have brushed the pad. Good take from O'Brien. Bucknor remains impassive as ever.

28.6

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, When in doubt ,sweep. swept past square-leg for a single

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 132/4 (RR: 4.55)
PG Fulton    60* (87b 8x4)      WK McCallan    5-0-13-1
JDP Oram    3* (11b)      AR White    3-0-9-0

29.1

White to Fulton, 2 runs, sliding down leg side, paddled away fine. Very fine.

29.2

White to Fulton, 1 run, slightly short in length, turns in from outside off, Fulton goes back, cuts past point

Two offspinner operating in tandem. McCallan tosses it up more than white.

29.3

White to Oram, 1 run, on the off stump line, swept away

29.4

White to Fulton, 1 run, leans forward, drives to long off

29.5

White to Oram, no run, slow through the air, on the off stump line, nudged to the off side

29.6

White to Oram, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, Oram took his front leg from the line, brings his bat down,. drives through the on side.

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 138/4 (RR: 4.60)
JDP Oram    5* (14b)      AR White    4-0-15-0
PG Fulton    64* (90b 8x4)      WK McCallan    5-0-13-1

30.1

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, tossed-up, really slow in the air, making Oram make his own pace, he leans forward, waits, drives to long-on

30.2

McCallan to Fulton, 3 runs, floated outside off, Fulton square-drives it through point. No sweeper cover and they will get three runs

30.3

McCallan to Oram, no run, on the middle stump line, turns a touch, Oram tries to work it to onside, gets a leading edge down the track/. Very well bowled.

30.4

McCallan to Oram, no run, flatter, slides down the leg side, brushes the pad and O'Brien gathers. Thinks about appealing but has one look at the schoolmasterly look of Bucknor and just keeps quiet.

30.5

McCallan to Oram, no run

30.6

McCallan to Oram, no run, leans forward, drives to cover

End of over 31 (4 runs) New Zealand 142/4 (RR: 4.58)
JDP Oram    6* (19b)      WK McCallan    6-0-17-1
PG Fulton    67* (91b 8x4)      AR White    4-0-15-0

31.1

White to Fulton, 1 run, tossed up, on the middle and off, wristed to deep midwicket for a single.

31.2

White to Oram, 1 run, flattish and on the middle and off stump, reverse-swept past point. This shot has become quite popular these days.

31.3

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle, driven to long-on.

31.4

White to Oram, no run, on the middle stump line, dabbed to midwicket

31.5

White to Oram, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to long off

31.6

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the off stump line Fulton picks up another single with a flick through midwick

31.6

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the off stump line Fulton picks up another single with a flick through midwick

31.6

White to Fulton, 1 run, on the off stump line Fulton picks up another single with a flick through midwick

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 147/4 (RR: 4.59)
PG Fulton    70* (94b 8x4)      AR White    5-0-20-0
JDP Oram    8* (22b)      WK McCallan    6-0-17-1

32.1

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, worked away to the leg side, on the back foot and easily turned to short midwicket for a single

32.2

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, around the wicket to the left hander, drifting on the pads and tucked away to the leg side for a single

32.3

McCallan to Fulton, 3 wides, tried for a quicker one but gets the direction wrong, way down leg and the batsmen complete a couple

32.3

McCallan to Fulton, no run, full and spinning from off, Fulton goes for the sweep but doesn't make contact, wicketkeeper juggles with it

32.4

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, down the ground for a single, steady shot that time

32.5

McCallan to Oram, no run, quicker ball and straight, defended solidly back to the bowler

32.6

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, swept to square for a single

End of over 33 (7 runs) New Zealand 154/4 (RR: 4.66)
JDP Oram    10* (25b)      WK McCallan    7-0-24-1
PG Fulton    72* (97b 8x4)      AR White    5-0-20-0

Trevor Chesterfield writes in: "Kiwis wobbling - In your dreams. Kissing too much kissing of the Blarney Stone or a sip too many of guinness"

33.1

White to Oram, 1 run, full toss, turned away to deep midwicket

33.2

White to Fulton, 1 run, down the ground to mid-on for an easy single

33.3

White to Oram, 1 run, tapped away behind square for a single, they're milking the bowling now

33.4

White to Fulton, 1 run

33.5

White to Oram, no run, driven back to the bowler, front foot out but can't get the timing

33.6

White to Oram, no run, full and quicker, swept away behind square

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 158/4 (RR: 4.64)
JDP Oram    12* (29b)      AR White    6-0-24-0
PG Fulton    74* (99b 8x4)      WK McCallan    7-0-24-1

Tom Mountjoy: "As an ex-pat Kiwi living in Norway sensing something big from the Black Caps in this World Cup, I have a dilemma: the mrs is just back from 2 weeks away, how do I explain to a Norwegian than "I just have to pop out for about 6 hours to watch the cricket..."? she looed at me as if I'd just cooked her cat.....HELP!" ..

34.1

McCallan to Fulton, no run, patted away to the leg side.

34.2

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, turned away to short midwicket, the batsmen don't want to take any risks here. McCallan keeping it tight

34.3

McCallan to Oram, no run, driven back to the bowler, cautiously done

34.4

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, full and outside off, driven straight of mid-on. Fielder dives full length but can't cut it off

34.5

McCallan to Fulton, FOUR, Crack from Fulton, flighted outside off and he picks up the length early, goes down on the ground and sweeps it behind square for a crisp four. It's the first four in 13 overs. Is this the time to step it up?

34.6

McCallan to Fulton, no run, driven to long-on for a single. Time for drinks

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 164/4 (RR: 4.68)
PG Fulton    79* (103b 9x4)      WK McCallan    8-0-30-1
JDP Oram    13* (31b)      AR White    6-0-24-0

Trent Johnston, the skipper, into the attack now.

35.1

Johnston to Oram, no run, good ball to start off with, back of a length and raps Oram on the pads, appeal goes up but that probably hit him outside off. The real drama starts after that. Fulton is too far down the ground and Oram declines the single, cover picks it up but can't nail the direct hit. Had that hit, Fulton was gone for all money

35.2

Johnston to Oram, no run, back of a length and slightly short again, patted away to the leg side

35.3

Johnston to Oram, 1 run, turned away in front of square for a single

35.4

Johnston to Fulton, no run, fullish length, tapped to mid-on. Some rain in the air. It's getting gloomy out there

35.5

Johnston to Fulton, 1 run, yorker length, Fulton digs it out, gets a deflection to the off side and takes off for a quick single. Third man swoops down and tries another direct hit but misses again. New Zealand taking some risky runs here but Ireland need to hit the stumps if something is to happen

35.6

Johnston to Oram, no run, firm square drive but that's a brilliant dive at backward point to cut off the four

Garry has a suggestion:" Tom Mountjoy, cook her cat and she won't worry about you popping out to watch the cricket."

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 166/4 (RR: 4.61)
JDP Oram    14* (35b)      DT Johnston    6-0-25-0
PG Fulton    80* (105b 9x4)      WK McCallan    8-0-30-1

36.1

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, on the off and middle, driven to long-on

36.2

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, another single to long-on

Drizzle has got heavier. Ground staff are getting ready. Arghh.

36.3

McCallan to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle and off, driven down the ground.

Rain stops play.

Rain has stopped! The umpires are back. The covers are being taken off. That was quick.

Derek: "For Tom Mountjoy, advice from an ex-pat Kiwi in Sweden. Just do what I do with my Mrs and take every moment available to explain to her the nuances of the game of cricket. In no time at all she'll suddenly want to go visiting friends and family when the games are on. Coincidence? I think not..."

Jarle Brinchmann sends a chuckle. "As a Norwegian following the cricket while living in Portugal (so, yeah, there are some Norwegians who like cricket :), let me help Tom Mountjoy by pointing out that as it is Easter there are lots of Norwegians that happily spend 4-6 hours going cross-country skiing in the mountains. Watching cross-country is another beloved activity in Norway and it involves standing outside in -10 to -15C for several hours to watch one contestant passing once in a while without any good idea who is winning. When put in that context I think a few hours of cricket watching is quite in order! [not that I have the time myself!]"

Sounds really interesting. Meanwhile, players are back. It's still drizzling a touch.

36.4

McCallan to Oram, no run, lands on the off stump line, comes in with the arm, defended on the front foot

36.5

McCallan to Oram, 1 run, on the off and middle, swept to long leg.

36.6

McCallan to Fulton, no run, flighed, on the off and middle, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 170/4 (RR: 4.59)
PG Fulton    82* (108b 9x4)      WK McCallan    9-0-34-1
JDP Oram    16* (38b)      DT Johnston    6-0-25-0

37.1

Johnston to Oram, no run, loud shout for lbw. Taufel shouts out No. It landed outside leg stump. End of the story. Moved in and struck him in front of the stumps.

37.2

Johnston to Oram, no run, length-delivery around off and middle, patted to the off side

37.3

Johnston to Oram, no run, slightly slower, full in length, on the middle and off, Oram drives to cover.

37.4

Johnston to Oram, no run, lands on a length, outside leg stump, moves in, Oram stands tall, punches it to midwicket

37.5

Johnston to Oram, 1 run, fuller, almost yorker length, on the middle stump line, Oram whips it down the ground, to long on

37.6

Johnston to Fulton, 1 run, slower one, fullish, turned towards mid-on

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 172/4 (RR: 4.52)
PG Fulton    83* (109b 9x4)      DT Johnston    7-0-27-0
JDP Oram    17* (43b)      WK McCallan    9-0-34-1

38.1

McCallan to Fulton, OUT, Goddim! Full, flat, on the middle and off stump line, Fulton goes for a sweep. The bat meets air, the ball meets pad and it would have gone to hit middle.

PG Fulton lbw b McCallan 83 (160m 110b 9x4 0x6) SR: 75.45

More rain. Play held up. Irish fans must be dancing in the rain. Not a bad effort at all. NZ at 172 for 5. Is this is a wobble, Chesters?

Meanwhile, more drunken men in the inbox. Dave: "From an expat Aussie living in Germany: you kiwis think its hard work getting out of the house? The real hard bit comes later when you have to explain to the mrs about the state you are in when you get home after spending 7 hours at the pub screaming yourself horse at the TV .... as I found out yesterday evening ..."

If you shout horse, then I am not surprised your wife is worried.

Brent has a response. "Having to choose between watching cricket or spending time with a Swedish/Norwegian wife... Some people just don't know how lucky they are!"

David Nolan is in a philosphical mood. "David, expat living in China here. My wife is a Kiwi and thought watching 6 hours of cricket on TV was bad, but 6 hours watching a screen refresh every couple of minutes if you're lucky - it is China - is really very weird. Gotta love this game."

Nic Jenkinson: "As an Ex-pat Aussie in Spain it is even worse...there are no pubs that play the cricket, and yes, the Mrs is even more worried after I come back from 7 hours screaming at the text commentary on the laptop..."

Akshay chimes in.. "cricket is the reason i am single!"

Tell us about it. It's all fine guys but what about me. Typing. Ball by ball, day by day and having no time for cats, drinks or missus. So.. you guys are suffering. Yeah right!

Now Tom Mountjoy, our original commentor, writes back. "Thanks for some sound advice, if I could combine them, then perhaps I'll offer to take the cat along to the pub with me and explain cricket instead of standing out in the freezing cold waiting for some snot-dripping ski-patrollers to come by eager to swap the lycra for some cricket whites???...."

38.2

McCallan to McCullum, no run, on the off and middle, defended down the track

38.3

McCallan to McCullum, no run, spins in from outside off, dabbed to the on side

38.4

McCallan to McCullum, no run, tossed-up, slow through the air, pushed to point

38.5

McCallan to McCullum, no run, on the middle and leg, turned behind square-leg, Oram comes rushing across, is sent back and he makes it in time

38.6

McCallan to McCullum, 1 run, leans forward to defend.

Chesterfield writes back. "Not a wobble - just a naughty leprechaun jig as they quaff their caffreys and hope that a D/L slog will help them out of a hole. Sorry for the Kiwi in Norway. "

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 173/5 (RR: 4.43)
BB McCullum    1* (5b)      WK McCallan    10-0-35-2
JDP Oram    17* (43b)      DT Johnston    7-0-27-0

39.1

Johnston to McCullum, 1 run, on the middle and leg, tickled around the corner for a single.

39.2

Johnston to Oram, no run, full and on the leg and middle, flicked straight to midwicket

39.3

Johnston to Oram, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to long off

39.4

Johnston to McCullum, 1 run, overpitched outside off, McCullum drives to long-off.

39.5

Johnston to Oram, 1 run, full in length, on the middle and leg, Oram presses forward, drives to right of mid-on

39.6

Johnston to McCullum, 1 run, another full-pitched delivery, another single down to long-off.

End of over 40 (5 runs) New Zealand 178/5 (RR: 4.45)
BB McCullum    4* (8b)      DT Johnston    8-0-32-0
JDP Oram    19* (46b)      WK McCallan    10-0-35-2

40.1

White to McCullum, 1 run, lands outside off, turns in slightly, pushed to cover for a single

40.2

White to Oram, 1 run, goes on a bent knee, sweeps it to deep backward square-leg

40.3

White to McCullum, 1 run, slightly short, on the off stump line, McCullum backs away to cut it past point

40.4

White to Oram, OUT, Another one goes down! Ireland are having a fab day out there. Oram charges down, White fires it in on the middle stump line and Oram can't get under it, ends up drilling it straight to long-on. More naughty leprechaun jigs..

JDP Oram c Morgan b White 20 (78m 48b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

40.5

White to Vettori, no run

40.6

White to Vettori, 1 run, on the middle stump line, driven down the ground

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 182/6 (RR: 4.43)
DL Vettori    1* (2b)      AR White    7-0-28-1
BB McCullum    6* (10b)      DT Johnston    8-0-32-0

41.1

Rankin to Vettori, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, jabbed to point

41.2

Rankin to Vettori, no run, beaten. Full, outside off stump, Vettori tries to cut it but doesn't connect.

41.3

Rankin to Vettori, 1 run, on the hips, tucked behind square-leg for a single

41.4

Rankin to McCullum, no run, full and well outside off stump, left alone

41.5

Rankin to McCullum, 2 runs, length-delivery on the middle stump line, dabbed behind square-leg. Impeccable placement and more importantly, he played it with soft hands. Will come back for two.

41.6

Rankin to McCullum, no run, beaten. It pitched on a length, around off stump and held its line. McCullum has a lame poke at it and is beaten by the straightening of the delivery.

End of over 42 (3 runs) New Zealand 185/6 (RR: 4.40)
BB McCullum    8* (13b)      WB Rankin    7-0-46-1
DL Vettori    2* (5b)      AR White    7-0-28-1

42.1

White to Vettori, 3 runs, floated on the off stump line, Vettori cuts it late. Ala Ranatunga. Very nice to watch.

42.2

White to McCullum, 1 run, fuller, outside off stump, McCullum leans forward, opens the bat-face, guides it to short third man region

42.3

White to Vettori, OUT, huge appeal for a catch down leg side. Bucknor is impassive. They shout louder and slowly the fatal finger comes up. It was sliding down the leg side, Vettori attempts to sweep, he must have gloved it. Very good take from O'Brien who moved smartly to his right. New Zealand in trouble. Seven down. Irish fans must be chuffed.

DL Vettori c †NJ O'Brien b White 5 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

42.4

White to Franklin, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to cover.

42.5

White to Franklin, no run, straigher one. Beaten. Landed outside off stump and went on with the arm, Franklin tries to cut but is missed.

Replays confirm that the ball had indeed brushed the gloves of Vettori.

42.6

White to Franklin, no run

End of over 43 (4 runs) New Zealand 189/7 (RR: 4.39)
JEC Franklin    0* (3b)      AR White    8-0-32-2
BB McCullum    9* (14b)      WB Rankin    7-0-46-1

43.1

Rankin to McCullum, 2 runs, On the middle and leg stump line, McCullum moves in line, whips it off the hips, past square-leg. By the time the deep backward square-leg fielder and deep midwicket chap converge, he picks up two.

43.2

Rankin to McCullum, 1 run, full and on the middle, driven to mid-on and he runs with the stroke.

43.3

Rankin to Franklin, 1 run, length-delivery, bounces a touch, around off stump, Franklin leans forward, opens the bat-face, steers it to third man

43.4

Rankin to McCullum, 1 wide, fuller and down the leg side. Rankin has had his problems with the wide in this game. With the new ball it was swinging way outside off, now he is threading down leg.

43.4

Rankin to McCullum, 2 runs, outside off, on a length, McCullum eases forward, pushes it past cover. Misfield there and he capitalises. One more run.

43.5

Rankin to McCullum, 1 run, overpitched on the off and middle, cracked down the track and it crahses into the sticks at the other end. Rankin tried to get his boot to it, doesn't. Lucky for Franklin who was outside the crease and had no time to get back. It rebounds off the stumps and they take a single

43.6

Rankin to Franklin, 1 run, single with a flick past square-leg

End of over 44 (9 runs) New Zealand 198/7 (RR: 4.50)
JEC Franklin    2* (5b)      WB Rankin    8-0-55-1
BB McCullum    15* (18b)      AR White    8-0-32-2

44.1

White to Franklin, 1 run, full and on the middle and off, Franklin drives inside-out to right of cover. Gets McCullum on to the strike.

44.2

White to McCullum, 1 run, faster, driven to deep point. 200 up. Not in style though. They have lost 7 wickets.

44.3

White to Franklin, 1 run, slower through the air, on the off stump line, Franklin waits, chops it to gully region

44.4

White to McCullum, 2 runs, low full-toss, driven past the bowler. Not much power behind that.

44.5

White to McCullum, no run, on the off stump line, guided to short third man. Franklin had set off like a mad bull, McCullum screams at him to get back and he does it in time. If it was a direct hit, it might have got interesting

44.6

White to McCullum, 1 run, will retain the strike with a drive to sweeper cover

End of over 45 (6 runs) New Zealand 204/7 (RR: 4.53)
BB McCullum    19* (22b)      AR White    9-0-38-2
JEC Franklin    4* (7b)      WB Rankin    8-0-55-1

K'OBrien will have a bowl.

45.1

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, 2 runs, short in length, on the middle and leg, again McCullum places it well, past square-leg and picks up two runs

45.2

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, 1 run, fuller, straighter, almost yorker-length, on the middle stump line, driven down the ground

45.3

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, 1 run, full in length, outside off stump, turned to the wide third man region

45.4

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, 1 run, full in length, around off stump, McCullum leans forward, places it to left of cover.

45.5

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, no run, lands on a length, on the middle and off, pushed to cover.

45.6

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven in the V, down to long-off.

No boundaries in the last 10 overs. The squeeze is on.

End of over 46 (6 runs) New Zealand 210/7 (RR: 4.56)
JEC Franklin    6* (10b)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    23* (25b)      AR White    9-0-38-2

46.1

White to Franklin, 2 runs, tossed-up, on the middle and off, Franklin drives, uppishly with a bit of a leading edge, over the bowler

46.2

White to Franklin, 1 run, takes two steps down the track and drives to long-on. Will McCullum go for the slog sweep?

46.3

White to McCullum, 1 run, Nope. He takes a single with a swat-drive to long-on

46.4

White to Franklin, 1 leg bye, Franklin attemps to charge down, fired in on the pads, and he can't get bat to ball. It runs off the pad, towards short third man region

46.5

White to McCullum, no run, quicker and slightly short in length, cut to cover.

46.6

White to McCullum, 3 runs, streaky edge through the vacant slip region. It was flat and around the off stump line. McCullum pushed at it, with an open-face of the bat, playing for the spin but the ball didn't turn in much, collided with the outside edge and ran past the gloves of the 'keeper and through the slip.

End of over 47 (8 runs) New Zealand 218/7 (RR: 4.63)
BB McCullum    27* (28b)      AR White    10-0-45-2
JEC Franklin    9* (13b)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0

47.1

Johnston to McCullum, 1 run, attempted yorker turns into a low full-toss, on the middle, McCullum shuffles across, flicks it to deep midwicket

Fine-leg is up.

47.2

Johnston to Franklin, FOUR, And guess where this one goes. Past that man. Another yorker that went slightly awry. Low dipping full-toss on the legs, flicked fine.

47.3

Johnston to Franklin, FOUR, Two in a row. There was a drought for 12 overs and now we have two in sucession. Overpitched on the middle and off stump line, drilled straight down the ground.

47.4

Johnston to Franklin, 2 runs, length-delivery outside off, hit on the up to left of sweeper cover and they run hard to come back for two.

47.5

Johnston to Franklin, 1 run, full-pitched, driven back at the bowler who makes an half-stop

47.6

Johnston to McCullum, FOUR, The third one in this over. Short in length and McCullum swivels off the front foot to pull it behind square-leg. Didn't connect well, it went high in the air, but the placement was fine.

End of over 48 (16 runs) New Zealand 234/7 (RR: 4.87)
BB McCullum    32* (30b 1x4)      DT Johnston    9-0-48-0
JEC Franklin    20* (17b 2x4)      AR White    10-0-45-2

48.1

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, 1 run, full-pitched on the off stump line, Franklin takes out the front leg from the line and powers it down to long-off

48.2

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, 2 runs, slightly short of yorker-length, on the middle and leg, lapped behind square-leg

48.3

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, no run, full in length, outside off stump, driven to cover

48.4

KJ O'Brien to McCullum, 1 run, short of driveable length, outside off stump, McCullum goes for a slog across the line but was beaten by the change in pace. Inside-edges it past the stumps.

48.5

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, FOUR, Runs are coming in a flood. Full and on the leg and middle line, swung to deep backward square-leg region.

48.6

KJ O'Brien to Franklin, SIX, up... up and over long-on. Right in the slot, on the middle and leg, Franklin took out the front leg out of the line and hit it cleanly. Boom.

End of over 49 (14 runs) New Zealand 248/7 (RR: 5.06)
JEC Franklin    31* (20b 3x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-20-0
BB McCullum    35* (33b 1x4)      DT Johnston    9-0-48-0

49.1

Johnston to McCullum, 2 runs, full and outside off, McCullum sliced it to left of sweeper cover. He runs the first run hard, turns for the second and beats the throw. Peter Gillespie was the fielder. They refer it to third umpire. Not out is the verdict.

49.2

Johnston to McCullum, FOUR, Another four. McCullum is making merry. Full-pitched, on the stumps and he went inside-out over extra cover.

49.3

Johnston to McCullum, SIX, Whack. Huge hit. A glass is broken in one of the airconditioned boxes in the pavilion. Full-pitched and he went down town. Crash. The glass cracked from side to side. McCullum is clubbing everything here.

49.4

Johnston to McCullum, OUT, But he is gone now. Done in by the change of pace. He goes for the cow corner, the ball balloons towards deep midwicket and he is caught.

BB McCullum c Morgan b Johnston 47 (49m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 127.02

49.5

Johnston to Franklin, 2 runs, Driven to widish long-off and they rush across for two runs. Had it been a direct hit, Bond would have been a goner.

49.6

Johnston to Franklin, 1 run, Full in length, slanting away from Franklin who slashes it to third man region.

45 runs came in the last three as New Zealand galloped to a healthy 263. Ireland had put in quite a spirited performance earlier on but that late dash by McCullum and Franklin has saved NZ the blushes.

Ben is impressed with McCullum. "I think McCullum showed why he's a better batsman than Oram. When the boundaries were hard to come by, he kept the singles flowing, then towards the end upped the ante. Oram can butcher any attack when he's in form but McCullum continues to get more runs at a higher SR."

Ian Chappell, sitting in a television studio, has an advice for Bond. "Fire in lots of bouncers early on." He wants to see whether the Irish can handle it. Btw... he is impressed with the Irish effort. So there is no spite involved there.

End of over 50 (15 runs) New Zealand 263/8
JEC Franklin    34* (22b 3x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    10-0-63-1
SE Bond    0* (0b)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-20-0
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