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RESULT
3rd ODI (D/N), Auckland, February 15, 2008, England tour of New Zealand
(44/47 ov, T:229) 229/4

England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
70* (50) & 3/43
paul-collingwood
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
New Zealand 234/9(50 overs)
England 229/4(44 overs)
Daniel Vettori2/23 (10)
Jacob Oram1/45 (9)
end of over 443 runs
ENG: 229/4CRR: 5.20 
Paul Collingwood70 (50)
Owais Shah18 (28)
Jacob Oram 9-1-45-1
Paul Hitchcock 7-0-56-0

Well, the only way was up after two resounding drubbings, but England bounced back well and were led from the front by Paul Collingwood who took 3 for 43 and then hammered 70 not out off 50 balls. They bowled well, even though they allowed New Zealand to post 234 for 9 after being 95 for 6, and then recovered from losing both openers to ease home with three overs and six wickets in hand.

Click here to read Andrew Miller's gripping bulletin. In the meantime, that it from Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller for tonight. We will be back next Wednesday at 11am (2200GMT Tuesday) for the fourth ODI in Napier.

43.6
1
Oram to PD Collingwood, 1 run

short, pulled but not timed, but it makes no difference as they take the single to backward square leg that wins the match and puts England back in the series

43.5
1
Oram to Shah, 1 run

slashed drive to the left of extra cover and this time Shah takes the run to tie the scores

43.4
Oram to Shah, no run

crisp drive to deepish mid-off but again no interest in the single

43.3
Oram to Shah, no run

all very anticlimactic now ... the runs will come .... but not off this ball which point fields

God Save The Queen rings out for the first time this tour. The national anthem version and not the Sex Pistols one ...

43.2
Oram to Shah, no run

driven to extra cover

43.1
1
Oram to PD Collingwood, 1 run

low full toss patted to long-on

Three to win and at least the series is alive ...

end of over 4318 runs
ENG: 226/4CRR: 5.25 RRR: 0.75
Owais Shah17 (24)
Paul Collingwood68 (48)
Paul Hitchcock 7-0-56-0
Kyle Mills 10-1-54-0
42.6
Hitchcock to Shah, no run

firmly pushed to point and ironic cheers for the dot ball

42.5
Hitchcock to Shah, no run

slower ball steered to backward point

42.4
1
Hitchcock to PD Collingwood, 1 run

good yorker well dug out and pushed to long-on

England are racing towards the finishing line ...

42.3
4
Hitchcock to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

now you suspect he is taking the whatsit ... another full toss reverse swept to perfection

42.2
4
Hitchcock to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

driven over mid-off, it bounces a foot inside the rope and as the man is in the ring, a safe shot

42.1
2
Hitchcock to PD Collingwood, 2 runs

chipped over the bowler, not enough power to make the rope but two more

42.1
7nb
Hitchcock to PD Collingwood, (no ball) SIX runs

chest-high full toss, dismissively swatted into the crowd beyond square leg

end of over 4214 runs
ENG: 208/4CRR: 4.95 RRR: 4.20
Owais Shah17 (22)
Paul Collingwood51 (43)
Kyle Mills 10-1-54-0
Chris Martin 7-0-45-0
41.6
2
Mills to Shah, 2 runs

steered skillfully down to third man, it was full and he opened the face so perfectly that he almost evaded the man down there

41.5
1
Mills to PD Collingwood, 1 run

pushed to extra cover, the batsmen hurry, the fielder almost seems to have given up the ghost

41.4
4
Mills to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

leg-side full toss, jabbed through midwicket and more air escapes ...

41.3
4
Mills to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

he steps to leg and hammers the ball through the covers, a super shot at this stage of the game and you can see the Kiwis deflating with every blow

41.2
2
Mills to PD Collingwood, 2 runs

heaved drive past a diving midwicket, the men in the deep converge but not quickly enough to save the second

41.1
1
Mills to Shah, 1 run

tip and run into the off side, very easy

Chickens being counted by our UK editor?

end of over 4110 runs
ENG: 194/4CRR: 4.73 RRR: 5.83
Paul Collingwood40 (39)
Owais Shah14 (20)
Chris Martin 7-0-45-0
Kyle Mills 9-1-40-0

That might just be curtains for New Zealand. Here's Martin to take it home

40.6
6
Martin to PD Collingwood, SIX runs

waist-high full toss, and Collingwood swats it away, high and handsome over backward square.

Best performances - batters
JDP Oram
JDP Oram NZ
88 runs (91)
4 fours4 sixes
Control
90%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
36 runs
2 fours1 six
1237015172113
IR Bell
IR Bell ENG
73 runs (89)
10 fours0 six
Control
96%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
4 fours0 six
0682287616
Best performances - bowlers
SCJ Broad
SCJ Broad ENG
O
10
M
1
R
32
W
3
ECO
3.2
PD Collingwood
PD Collingwood ENG
O
9
M
0
R
43
W
3
ECO
4.77
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossEngland, elected to field first
Series
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
England
Paul Collingwood
Series resultNew Zealand led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 2678
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days15 February 2008 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Asad Rauf
New Zealand
Gary Baxter
TV Umpire
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Evan Watkin
Match Referee
Australia
Alan Hurst