1st T20I (N), The Oval, Jun 25 2013, New Zealand tour of England
(20 ov, target 202)196/5
New Zealand won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
62 (35)
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• The Report by Alan Gardner at The Oval

New Zealand blitz squeezes out new-look England

England failed by five runs to pull off what would have been their record T20 run chase against New Zealand in front of a packed crowd at The Oval

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Scores: S Balasubramanian
Comms: Alex Winter
Scorecard summary
New Zealand201/4(20 overs)
England196/5(20 overs)
Luke Wright52 (34)
Alex Hales39 (29)
Ian Butler1/35(4)
end of over 2010 runs
ENG: 196/5CRR: 9.80 
Ravi Bopara30 (18)
Ben Stokes9 (5)
Corey Anderson 4-0-40-0
Ian Butler 4-0-35-1

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.

Anderson to Bopara, 1 run

leg side heave but just gets it to deep-backward square and that's just a single

Six needed for a super over...

Anderson to Stokes, 1 run

length just outside off, cracked down to long on

8 off 2 again for England, they need something this ball now...

Anderson to Bopara, 1 leg bye

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...

Anderson to Stokes, 1 run

tries the bouncer, short, pulls, get a toe down to long on, just a single

10 off 4...

Anderson to Stokes, no run

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?

Anderson to Stokes, SIX runs

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...

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 186/5CRR: 9.78 RRR: 16.00
Ben Stokes1 (1)
Ravi Bopara29 (16)
Ian Butler 4-0-35-1
Nathan McCullum 3-0-37-1
Butler to Stokes, 1 run

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...

Butler to Bopara, 1 run

steps across his stumps, swings to leg, good contact but doesn't beat the fielder, New Zealand edge ahead

Butler to Buttler, OUT

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

Jos Buttler run out (†Latham) 17 (20m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 170
Butler to Bopara, 1 run

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...

Butler to Buttler, 1 leg bye

cramps him up, well bowled, length angled in, comes off the pad into the off side for a single

Third man goes back now...

Butler to Buttler, SIX runs

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...

end of over 189 runs
ENG: 176/4CRR: 9.77 RRR: 13.00
Ravi Bopara27 (14)
Jos Buttler11 (7)
Nathan McCullum 3-0-37-1
Corey Anderson 3-0-31-0
McCullum to Bopara, 2 runs

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

McCullum to Bopara, no run

full, down the track, get a toe end back to the bowler

McCullum to Bopara, 2 runs

swept and gets two out to the deep backward square

Ohhhhh Ravi Bo-pa-ra...sing the crowd, the Van Persie song...

McCullum to Buttler, 1 run

down the track and then swept, gets it to deep-backward square leg

McCullum to Buttler, 2 runs

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!

McCullum to Buttler, 2 runs

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...

end of over 1719 runs
ENG: 167/4CRR: 9.82 RRR: 11.66
Ravi Bopara23 (11)
Jos Buttler6 (4)
Corey Anderson 3-0-31-0
Ian Butler 3-0-26-1
Anderson to Bopara, 2 runs

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

Anderson to Bopara, SIX runs

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

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Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of England
Player Of The Match
Hamish Rutherford
Hamish Rutherford
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I 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 days25 June 2013 - night (20-over match)
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Richard Illingworth
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Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
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Tim Robinson
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Michael Gough
Match Referee
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