Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    17.5 well well, he was looking so good, but Bell has gone! Good ball from Southee, genuine outswing and extra bounce as well. Bell was looking to run it through the slips but got the thinnest of nicks through to the keeper 81/3
    8.5 top catch...that was only a matter of time, short ball and Wright latches onto a pull but hits it straight at short midwicket where Ross Taylor holds onto a stinging catch...Wright will actually feel that's the best he's hit one today, but it was within Taylor's range and he pulled off a blinder 41/1
    9.3 gone! huge wicket for New Zealand, Pietersen falls for a duck as he goes for a pull but the ball wasn't as short as he thought and was wider outside off stump. he gets a big top edge which goes miles into the sky, Tim Southee steadies himself at mid-on and takes a good catch. New Zealand on top. 44/2
    37.2 gone, and what a disappointing way to go after playing so well as Bopara chips a catch to mid-on. Looks as though it was a slower ball and he played too early, credit to the bowler there. End of a nice innings from Bopara at a crucial time 176/5
    21.6 that's a massive breakthrough, and very well bowled. Just a hint of movement off the seam, and Collingwood's limp steer through the slips turns into a massive inside-edge onto middle stump 101/4
    45.1 big wicket, and a superb piece of fielding from Gillespie. Nicely punched off the back foot, through the covers and Broad comes back for a second...but there's a superb throw from the deep by Gillespie which catches Shah a couple of inches short at the non-striker's end, brilliant piece of work a huge wicket 221/8
    41.4 gone, big wicket and another failure for Ambrose as he picks out deep square-leg with a pull that he never tried to keep down, but didn't hit it hard enough for a six, either 203/6
    44.1 gone, another lazy shot from an England batsman as Swann picks out the squarer of two backward point fielders...a limp effort from Swann when Shah needed some support 219/7
    46.6 gone this time, Broad is the latest to somewhat give his wicket away as he slices his drive to backward point...How makes no mistake this time and England fall away further. 228/9
    not out
    49.4 and the innings ends, excellent yorker jabbed into the covers...go for a single which was never on, the ball is lobbed back to Gillespie who calmly takes off the bails 245/10
    13 (lb 4, nb 3, w 6)
    245 all out (49.4 Overs, RR: 4.93)
    Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Luke Wright, 8.5 ov), 2-44 (Kevin Pietersen, 9.3 ov), 3-81 (Ian Bell, 17.5 ov), 4-101 (Paul Collingwood, 21.6 ov), 5-176 (Ravi Bopara, 37.2 ov), 6-203 (Tim Ambrose, 41.4 ov), 7-219 (Graeme Swann, 44.1 ov), 8-221 (Owais Shah, 45.1 ov), 9-228 (Stuart Broad, 46.6 ov), 10-245 (James Anderson, 49.4 ov)
    KD Mills1014424.40354011
    MR Gillespie9.425826.00377122
    TG Southee1014734.70396110
    JDP Oram1004614.60324000
    DL Vettori813404.25251110
    GD Elliott201206.0041010
    19.6 excellent bowling, and that's a vital breakthrough for England. How strides forward, and succeeds only in chipping the ball straight back to Swann, who flings it away with glee 83/3
    2.2 wide, a swish, and that's massive. McCullum needn't have chased that, it was almost outside the tramlines, but chase it he did, and Swann at slip held a comfortable and crucial edge. That's a huge blow for New Zealand's hopes 7/1
    6.6 oh dear. A super catch from Broad but a wretched shot from Taylor, trying to whack Sidebottom into the deep midwicket stand but he's beaten by pace and can only sky it. Broad, at mid-on, steadies himself to take a comfortable catch 24/2
    36.5 defended with an angled bat, and that pierces the infield, but here's trouble. Superb throw from Swann at third man who sized up that the non-striker was struggling to make the second run, and Collingwood gathers brilliantly and swings round behind his back to remove the bails with Styris a yard short 178/6
    25.6 gone! another big wicket for Swann as Flynn tries to sweep against the spin and gets a top edge, Ian Bell takes a simple catch at midwicket. The pressure told from a good spell by Swann, the match swings again 106/4
    34.6 gone! what a moment, superb catch at deep square-leg as Oram top-edges a pull and Anderson strikes with his last ball. Alastair Cook, on as sub, took an excellent low, running in and Anderson was pumped 173/5
    43.4 all hell breaks loose here. A massive mid-pitch collision between Elliott and Sidebottom, who was closing in on the ball but running straight at the batsman, and Elliott goes down clutching his thigh. England carry on and throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, and after a long debate, he is given out. 220/8
    38.4 slower ball offcutter, and it does the trick! Beautifully bowled but an even better catch by Bopara, leaping at short midwicket to intercept a lofted on-drive. Suddenly, England are back in the hunt 189/7
    not out
    46.4 that's a bit of a massive moment! A steer into the covers, a swoop from Bell, who pings down the stumps with two-and-a-half to aim at. Southee is six inches short, and England have a sniff, as Mark Gillespie comes in at No. 11 233/9
    not out
    18 (b 4, lb 3, w 11)
    246/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.92)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Brendon McCullum, 2.2 ov), 2-24 (Ross Taylor, 6.6 ov), 3-83 (Jamie How, 19.6 ov), 4-106 (Daniel Flynn, 25.6 ov), 5-173 (Jacob Oram, 34.6 ov), 6-178 (Scott Styris, 36.5 ov), 7-189 (Daniel Vettori, 38.4 ov), 8-220 (Grant Elliott, 43.4 ov), 9-233 (Tim Southee, 46.4 ov)
    RJ Sidebottom1005525.50348010
    JM Anderson1003913.90384020
    SCJ Broad1003903.90333020
    LJ Wright20804.0081000
    GP Swann1014924.90313010
    PD Collingwood704015.71203110
    RS Bopara10909.0011000

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number


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

Match Notes

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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

7JM HowBB McCullum
17JM HowLRPL Taylor
59SB StyrisJM How
23SB StyrisDR Flynn
67SB StyrisJDP Oram
5GD ElliottSB Styris
11DL VettoriGD Elliott
31GD ElliottKD Mills
13KD MillsTG Southee
13KD MillsMR Gillespie