back of a length, hit uppishly towards mid-off and there's a stretching leap to snag the final wicket! New Zealand have completed the job to wrap up a bruising, brutal victory
10.10pm: After key bursts from McClenaghan and Butler, James Franklin cleaned up with 4 for 15, meaning New Zealand win by 55 runs and square the series at 1-1. England batted like a firecracker that had been dipped in a pint of warm lager, their timing worse than a knock-off Rolex, but the key question will be why they chose to bowl first and allowed themselves to come under pressure. New Zealand's top three set the platform, with Brendon McCullum coming over all sixy just when it mattered... Now it's England who have a headache heading to Wellington.
England captain, Stuart Broad: "We didn't play well, credit to NZ they played fantastically. We didn't execute our skills, McCullum did the damage but that's only half the game. Yeah, it was the wrong decision, that's how it goes but New Zealand outperformed us. Jos played really well again it's just unfortunate we didn't keep wickets in hand for him. It'll be an exciting game [in Wellington], both sides going hell for leather to win. We'll look at what we did badly and what we did well and try and move on."
New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum: "It was disappointing the other night. Tonight we set it up well at the top of the order and we were much better overall. We would have batted first, it can skid on under lights and you chase pretty much anything. It was nice to make a contribution, whether you're captain or not captain. We're very happy with that performance, heading into the third game. It was great to see those guys [Rutherford and McClenaghan] come in and play the roles that they were picked to play. Both Hamish and Mitchell are aggressive and that proved successful for us. We knew we were short the other day so happy to bounce back."
Anyway, that's your lot from us tonight/this morning - David Hopps' report will be on the site shortly and we'll be back to bring you the series decider on Friday. Ta ra
full and straight, you miss, I'll hit - Tredders is castled and Franklin has three. Tredwell was looking to continue his happy thrash but played across the line and saw his stumps splattered
full and outside off, Finn can't quite get under it and the ball dribbles past the bowler
Franklin to bowl the final over. England need just the 57
"It's kind of funny to see the batsman smash a 4 and still have the required run rate go up," chuckles Neil
full and punched to mid-off
England's cunning plan to sneak this one continues to fructify, as Tredwell blocks one down the ground and it sails for a one-bounce four to long-off
pitched up and swatted back past the bowler
yorker length, fired in and Tredwell jams his bat down on it
dug in, short and swinging away in the channel - wide
pitched up outside off and thump through the covers by Tredwell, who thinks he's Garfield Sobers right now
back of a length, Finn pulls hard off the back foot and bullets the ball back at Boult, who half tries to catch it, half takes evasive action and ends up getting hit on the shoulder
Here's James: "No doubt England will want to 'take the positives' from this mess. Buttler is one. Then ... er ..."
full and wide and steered through the covers
slower ball wide of the stumps and the batsman fails to connect
goes back and steers one to third man
well, that's been absolutely smoked into the crowd at deep midwicket by Tredwell, lovely pick up of a fullish ball and a lazy swing for six
steps away and thwacks a back-of-a-length delivery to long-on
drives aerially, high off the bat and picks out extra-cover - Buttler's rearguard is snuffed out! Franklin hit the deck hard and Buttler at last mistimed one after a gunpowder-fuelled fifty
pitched up on off stump, Tredwell backs away and threads a drive between extra-cover and mid-off
back of a length, throws the bat but doesn't connect
on the stumps, can't get this one away
dug in short and cracked in front of deep midwicket on the pull this time - that's fifty for Buttler, the first of many in international cricket, you suspect
|Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Series result||3-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 302|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50|
|Match days||12 February 2013 - night (20-over match)|