leg side heave but just gets it to deep-backward square and that's just a single
So that's 1-0 New Zealand with a fine performance, firstly with the bat in racking up a good total and then doing enough with the ball, especially in the last two overs when it looked like England were going to get over the line. The Kiwis probably won it with their fielding. Tight margins today but the tourists have won and now we come back on Thursday, same time, same channel, same venue to finally end this tour. That's it from me, see you Thursday...
Here are the captains: "The guys showed some great character," England captain Eoin Morgan said. "We thought it was a chaseable total. It would be very specific stuff to look back on what we could have done better, and margins are very small. It's not as frustrating as the other night, today is a great performance with the young guys we had here. We have a fantastic run chase record and with the short boundary the guys had confidence."
Brendon McCullum on his outrageous slip fielder: "The only way to stem the flow of runs is to take wickets and we managed to do that. That's why I had the slip in. At the end it was a good opportunity for Corey and we had a chat and he was incredibly calm under pressure." Hamish Rutherford is Man of the Match and his captains says about him: "Hamish was outstanding the way he stuck the ball, he settled the entire line up and showed you could get value for your shots."
So again England just fail to get over the line but this has been a high-scoring thriller, superb entertainment and New Zealand have won by five runs the same margin England lost by on Sunday but there was no choke today, this was a stiff chase and they gave it a good go. England had a cracking start to the chase but it was always a big ask to keep up with a tough asking rate.
Six needed for a super over...
length just outside off, cracked down to long on
8 off 2 again for England, they need something this ball now...
goes to swing to leg and misses, comes off the pad and they just take a single
Ohhhhh Ra-vi Bo-pa-ra...Ohhhhh Ra-vi Bo-pa-ra...Ohhhhh Ra-vi Bo-pa-ra...
tries the bouncer, short, pulls, get a toe down to long on, just a single
10 off 4...
bit swing and miss outside off stump, it was full and wide of off stump and he missed completely
10 from 5, England favourites now?
swung into the leg side, has this got enough, it does! Picked up from a length on the stumps and swung over midwicket
So 16 needed from the last over and Stokes hitting to the short leg side rope. Anderson the bowler...
length on off stump, dabs behind point and it's just a single
Not a time for the new man, Stokes needs to find something here...
steps across his stumps, swings to leg, good contact but doesn't beat the fielder, New Zealand edge ahead
goes for another paddle, slower ball, misses, Bopara calls him through for a bye, Latham, with gloves on, throws, missed the striker's end but finds the non-striker's end and Buttler is short of his ground what a slice of luck, that happened at Cardiff too when New Zealand played Sri Lanka
low full toss, swung over the leg side, one bounce short of deep midwicket, slower ball, brave but well bowled
Ohhhhh Ra-vi Bo-pa-ra...Ohhhhh Ra-vi Bo-pa-ra...
cramps him up, well bowled, length angled in, comes off the pad into the off side for a single
Third man goes back now...
goes for the conventional - if that can be used to describe this shot - paddle and gets it very fine for six, taken from a good two feet outside off and gets enough on it
26 from 12 and Butler to bowl. Third man comes up, cue reverse paddle...
down to sweep, it's well down leg, miss and it's wide but he gets a top edge fine of deep backward square and it's two more
full, down the track, get a toe end back to the bowler
swept and gets two out to the deep backward square
Ohhhhh Ravi Bo-pa-ra...sing the crowd, the Van Persie song...
down the track and then swept, gets it to deep-backward square leg
full on middle and leg, again dribble to the on side and again they get two, the field is far too deep out there
Vinay: "Morkel-esque? At least he wasn't Harmison-esque." Morkel's was further!
length ball dabbed into the on side, they scramble two as the field is back again
England needed that over, back in the chase. Oh hello, spin time...Nathan McCullum...
across the stumps again, flicks it from off stump wide of long on but again a superb diving save, this time it's McNath, saves four again, wonderful work in the outfield
on the stumps, Bopara got leg side of it again, Anderson went for the stumps but Bopara picked it up over long leg and finds the fence, in fact flies it all the way. That has sailed over the short boundary
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 317|
|Hours of play (local time)||18.30 start, First Session 18.30-19.50, Interval 19.50-20.10, Second Session 20.10-21.30|
|Match days||25 June 2013 - night (20-over match)|