Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
50 | 5 Runs | NZ: 256/8 (15 runs required, RR: 5.12)

  • James Franklin22 (12b)
  • Shane Bond8 (10b)
  • Sajid Mahmood10-0-62-0
  • Andrew Flintoff10-3-37-1

Well, written off a week ago, England have come up on the rails to take second place thanks to a super allround performance from Paul Collingwood. And so we all head to the MCG on Friday as this series nears a close. Bob Dylan has been on his Never-Ending Tour since 1994. It seems as if the CB Series kicked off around the same time.

Join us at 2.15pm (0315GMT) on Friday for more fun frolics and positively no Mexican waves.

49.6
0
Mahmood to Franklin, no run, beaten outside off stump, a loud appeal from Mahmood and Nixon but it's immaterial, the game is over and England will meet Australia in the best-of-three final
49.5
1
Mahmood to Bond, 1 run, full toss, swatted into space
49.4
0
Mahmood to Bond, no run, again Bond heads towards square leg and his attempted drive is missed and the ball passes between bat and leg stump
49.3
2
Mahmood to Bond, 2 runs, clubbed through the covers for another two

Vaughan flexing his left leg ... it's the thought of two more matches against Australia

49.2
1
Mahmood to Franklin, 1 run, straight ball, a big swing edged into his body and another one
49.1
1b
Mahmood to Bond, 1 bye, Bond moves a yard to leg, Mahmood follows him ('No, it was just a rubbish ball,' claims Miller) and they run a bye as Nixon makes a tumbling stop

END OF OVER:
49 | 8 Runs | NZ: 251/8 (20 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.12, RRR: 20.00)

  • James Franklin21 (10b)
  • Shane Bond5 (6b)
  • Andrew Flintoff10-3-37-1
  • Sajid Mahmood9-0-58-0

One over, 20 to win.

48.6
4
Flintoff to Franklin, FOUR runs, and swing, an edge and the ball races to the third-man rope. Flintoff grins ...he clearly thinks it's academic
48.5
1
Flintoff to Bond, 1 run, this time Bond moves top leg and swats it to the man in the deep on the cover boundary

"Are you sure those are not tears of joy that this one day series is finally approaching an end?" asks Paul Wiste, in reference to the poor heartbroken Beige Brigader in the stands

48.4
0
Flintoff to Bond, no run, Bond hot-foots it towards cover and his attempted flick to leg misses ... his off stump!
48.3
1
Flintoff to Franklin, 1 run, run to backward point
48.2
2
Flintoff to Franklin, 2 runs, slashed to third man, Plunkett's return is a yard over Nixon's head and much head shaking as there are more overthrows
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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st81SP FlemingL Vincent
2nd26SP FlemingPG Fulton
3rd62SP FlemingLRPL Taylor
4th34SP FlemingSB Styris
5th5SP FlemingJDP Oram
6th4SP FlemingBB McCullum
7th12SP FlemingDL Vettori
8th8SP FlemingJEC Franklin
9th24JEC FranklinSE Bond

Australian Tri Series (CB Series)

TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS871310.667
ENG83513-0.608
NZ8269-0.007