2nd Test, Wellington, Mar 13-17 2008, England tour of New Zealand
342 & 293
(100.3 ov, target 438)
198 & 311
England won by 126 runs
Player Of The Match
NZ 2nd Innings
Full commentary

Sidebottom holds on to the ball, as well he might after his five wickets, and leads England off. McCullum heads back after a spirited innings but he needed partners, and once Daniel Vettori had gone in the second over of the day, the writing was on the wall.

Well, thanks for joining us for what was an entertaining contest. We now get all of five days respite before we start all over again in Napier on Easter Saturday for the third and final Test with everything to play for. From Will Luke, Andrew McGlashan, Jenny Thompson and me, Martin Williamson, it's good afternoon and goodbye.

Panesar to McCullum, OUT
two steps down the track, he shapes to slam the ball over long-on but not enough elevation and Sidebottom, a few yards in from the rope, just waits and pouches a straightforward catch before setting off on a victory jog
BB McCullum c Sidebottom b Panesar 85 (187m 116b 9x4 3x6) SR: 73.27

No wickets to spin in this Test so far ... can Panesar take the 40th wicket and end the drought?

Panesar to McCullum, no run
defended again, very watchful

No wickets to spin in this Test so far ... can Panesar take the 40th wicket and end the drought?

Panesar to McCullum, no run
pushed into the off side

Out goes the field to give McCullum any single he cares to take.

end of over 1003 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 311/9CRR: 3.11 
Brendon McCullum85 (113)
James Anderson15-2-57-2
Monty Panesar21-1-53-0

Anderson has bowled a super line in his two overs and you suspected that it was a matter of time with Gillespie on strike. Out strides Chris Martin.

Anderson to Gillespie, OUT
it's been coming ... Anderson produces another probing delivery on off stump, Gillespie plays a leaden-footed poke and Ambrose holds a thin but very distinct nick
MR Gillespie c †Ambrose b Anderson 9 (52m 39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.07