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638dJamie Alter at The Oval

New Zealand take controversial last-ball thriller

Kyle Mills and Mark Gillespie held their nerve to seal New Zealand a thrilling and incredible one-wicket victory at The Oval. After Luke Wright produced a nerveless final over to match his effort in Napier, it came down to two needed off one ball

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SB Styris
69(87) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 26 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
2 9 7 11 24 8 1 7
OA Shah
63(71) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 23 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
2 2 0 2 14 15 13 15

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O10
M1
R47
W3
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KD Mills
KD Mills
O10
M1
R44
W2
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.45 start, First Session 10.45-14.15, Interval 14.15-15.00, Second Session 15.00-18.30.

Match days

25 June 2008 (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
50 | 3 Runs | NZ: 246/9 | RR: 4.92

  • Mark Gillespie4 (13b)
  • Kyle Mills25 (27b)
  • Luke Wright2-0-8-0
  • Paul Collingwood7-0-40-1

So, justice is served, and for Collingwood, there's a bit of a humiliating postscript as he heads across to shake hands with the New Zealand dressing-room, but is snubbed at the door. Either way, the fans got their money's worth, and some.

So, New Zealand - written off after their Test, Twenty20 and first ODI thumpings - have claimed a 2-1 series lead with only the decider at Lord's to come. A 3-1 victory is once again in their grasp, the same margin by which they won the corresponding series in New Zealand in February. They are never happier than when their backs are against the wall.

"It's a nice feeling," says Kyle Mills, who carried New Zealand home with an unbeaten 25, before Gillespie's nerve-wracking final over. "It was an anxious time for both sides, but that's why we play the game."

"A great game of cricket, in the sunshine, with a bit of controversy. What more could we want?" says Nasser Hussain in the Sky Sports studio, which sums things up nicely.

"In that kind of situation the umpire said 'are you upholding the appeal' and in the heat of the battle you have make a decision," says Paul Collingwood. "In hindsight I might have made the wrong decision, and I'll have to live with that. Apologies to the New Zealand team, but it's great to be able to look back with hindsight."

Now here comes Daniel Vettori. "There was a little bit of raw emotion at the end, so I apologise to Paul and his team. Now he has admitted he was wrong hopefully we can move along and play the next game in the right spirit."

And on the finish he says. "That's about as tense as it gets, especially after those four dot balls in the final over. The composure of Kyle Mills was outstanding at the end."

This will doubtless run and run, but look out for Jamie Alter's bulletin, and Will Luke's reaction piece, which will take the tale into the night. We've been Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan, and this has been rather dramatic. Goodnight.

49.6
2
Wright to Gillespie, 2 runs, incredible finish! New Zealand win, but in an unbelievable fashion. Gillespie connected, and the single was a given, but when the shy came in, there was no-one there to back it up! The ball whizzed away for over-throws, and with Daniel Vettori going ballistic on the balcony, there was no stopping them

Incredible, reminiscent of the 1999 semi-final for a split-second there.

49.5
0
Wright to Gillespie, no run, a pre-meditated advance from Gillespie, a baseball-slap from Gillespie, who hits his partner!
49.4
0
Wright to Gillespie, no run, a swing and a miss again! Outside off, too wide for contact, and now what! A tie is suddenly very much on the agenda ...

Just imagine if this was for a million dollars ... Right now, for New Zealand, it's probably worth more than that

49.3
0
Wright to Gillespie, no run, shorter, but arrow-straight. Gillespie defends with a loud 'no!'
49.2
0
Wright to Gillespie, no run, outside off stump, and Gillespie's flat-footed poke finds nothing. Ambrose sprints up to the stumps to save the bye

This over could take an age ... all sorts of manouevring going on out there

49.1
1
Wright to Mills, 1 run, short and a mistimed pull, but it gets Mills off strike ...
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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st7JM HowBB McCullum
2nd17JM HowLRPL Taylor
3rd59SB StyrisJM How
4th23SB StyrisDR Flynn
5th67SB StyrisJDP Oram
6th5GD ElliottSB Styris
7th11DL VettoriGD Elliott
8th31GD ElliottKD Mills
9th13KD MillsTG Southee
10th13KD MillsMR Gillespie