Match 6, England v New Zealand

The Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006-07

Peter English

At Adelaide, January 23, 2007 (day/night). New Zealand won by 90 runs. New Zealand 5 pts. Toss: New Zealand.

England returned to the scene of the most demoralising of their five Ashes defeats - and crashed again. Showing he had recovered from the hamstring problem that ruled him out of the initial squad, Oram hit 86 from 89 balls, and put on 120 with McCullum: together they rescued their side from 67 for five. Oram's innings lifted New Zealand to 210, and he completed a fine match by conceding only 17 runs from his seven overs. Flintoff led from the front with four for 21, but his push for a first victory as captain in Australia was ruined by his batsmen. Franklin struck three early blows, then Vettori squeezed the remaining life from England with four wickets, including the top scorer Joyce, who chipped to deep midwicket, where Gillespie back-tracked to clasp a stunning catch. The last five wickets went down for 13. The fourth one - Panesar - gave Bond his 100th wicket, in his 54th one-day international, thanks to a superb running, sliding catch by Astle, in what turned out to be his 223rd and last match before his surprise retirement.

Man of the Match: J. D. P. Oram. Attendance: 12,319.

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