Fourth ODI

England v New Zealand 2008

Colin Bateman

At The Oval, June 25. New Zealand won by one wicket. Toss: New Zealand.

Ryan Sidebottom falls over after crashing into Grant Elliott who was subsequently run out, England v New Zealand, 4th ODI, The Oval, June 25, 2008
The controversial run-out of Grant Elliott caused by this collision marred a thrilling one-wicket win for New Zealand © AFP
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A thrilling last-ball victory for New Zealand was overshadowed by an ugly row, which saw the tourists shouting abuse from their balcony at the England players at the finish and shutting their dressing-room door on home captain Collingwood. What had been a mundane match was building to an exciting finale when an incident brought into question England's attitude to the "Spirit of Cricket".

Chasing 246, New Zealand were in contention at 220 for seven in the 44th over, before Elliott set off for a single, only to be knocked over by Sidebottom attempting to field off his own bowling. With the batsman prostrate, England ran him out as Bell picked up and threw to Pietersen at the bowler's end. While Elliott received treatment on the pitch, umpire Benson gave Collingwood the opportunity to withdraw the appeal. He declined. New Zealand's fury at this perceived lack of sportsmanship was partly diluted when, with two needed off the final ball from Wright, Gillespie scampered a single only to see Swann's shy from cover at the bowler's stumps elude the backingup fielders, allowing the batsmen to come back for a winning overthrow. Collingwood later for his "heat of the moment" decision to Vettori, who also apologised for his overreaction, but things were about to get worse for the England captain. He became the first English player suspended under the ICC Code of Conduct: referee Srinath banned him for four limited-overs matches for a slow over-rate, after England fell three short for the second time in 12 months.

Man of the Match: S. B. Styris.

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