England vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at London, , Jun 12 2015 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd ODI (D/N), The Oval, June 12, 2015, New Zealand tour of England
(46/46 ov, T:379) 365/9

New Zealand won by 13 runs (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
119* (96)
Full commentary
end of over 4610 runs
ENG: 365/9CRR: 7.93 
Steven Finn6 (4b 1x4)
Chris Jordan3 (2b)
Grant Elliott 1-0-9-0
Nathan McCullum 9-0-86-3

Another amazing game and we have three more to come. Sunday at the Ageas Bowl is the next stop, join us at 10am BST for that one. From Gnasher and myself Alex Winter, bye for now...

Presentation time. Ross Taylor for Man of the Match do you think? Indeed he is. "I was probably trying a little too hard in the Test series but here I'm just concentrating on going out to express myself and so far so good."

Eoin Morgan: "Epic game to play in, the style of cricket we emulated today, I am very proud of. Our fielding was a little disappointing but credit to New Zealand for the way they structured their innings. The chase wasn't a problem for us, it was a case of keeping that up into the late 30s, early 40s overs. When you chase a big score the manner in which you play and the way you take the game to the opposition is important. I struck it well today and it's close to my best again. The mood in the camp is superb. Personally I think D/L will change as the game changes but we were just glad we got back out there. It's such exciting cricket to play."

Brendon McCullum: "I was terrified at times! England are playing a totally different brand of cricket to what they have played recently. Credit to us for holding our nerve at the end there. I though 398 was a good start but the wicket was excellent. There were times when I though we were in front but they came back at us. The weather helped us but it was a tremendous game of cricket. Kane was superb and Ross combined with a few partnerships to accelerate the score, it was outstanding from Ross and we knew we needed a big score and he delivered. The next three games promises to be cracking cricket again. The crowds in the games to come should be excited."

The Kiwis put up a superb innings having won the toss. It was all-go from ball one yet again with Brendon McCullum firing before Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor took over in a superb stand with Taylor going through to a brilliant century - his best for some time really. Unlike the first rubber, this was excellent batting from New Zealand and that's where they have ultimately won the game, despite England's game pursuit, a mention also for their outstanding fielding, in particular that late catch...

New Zealand level the series in an outstanding game. Another belter of a wicket has seen the highest aggregate of runs in an ODI in England. Remarkable once again. England made 400 on Tuesday and were going exceptionally well in pursuit of the target here, only for the rain to cut short their momentum and they were left with a nigh-on impossible target with those revised conditions. Who knows what might have happened without that rain? All we know is that New Zealand have won and the series heads to Southampton on Sunday all square...

Elliott to Finn, no run

length ball, swing and a miss

Elliott to Finn, 2 runs

another leg side heave, this time deep midwicket comes to his left to field

Elliott to Finn, FOUR runs

full toss wide of off stump, Finn whacks it wide of midwicket

Elliott to Jordan, 1 run

plunked down the ground, to long-off and that will do it, just a single

Jordan is in pain here...

Elliott to Jordan, 2 runs

full outside off, slapped to deep cover and they come back for two

Elliott to Finn, 1 bye

full between the batsman and stumps, Finn swings and misses, Jordan runs a bye and Finn scrambles up the other end in time

So it's now 24 to win from six balls and Grant Elliott to bowl and Steven Finn on strike, surely there's no final twist in this?

end of over 4510 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 355/9CRR: 7.88 RRR: 24.00
Chris Jordan0 (0b)
Nathan McCullum 9-0-86-3
Tim Southee 9-0-68-0
McCullum to Rashid, OUT

slapped down the ground has Rashid done this here, no!! Long-on come around to take the catch but he's running over the rope so throws it back and then another catch! What a superb piece of fielding and surely that's the game. Tim Southee with the initial catch, realised he was going over the rope so flicked the ball back at the last second but Boult was there in time to reach up with a left-hand and make the second grab. What a bit of work, typically brilliant from New Zealand

Adil Rashid c Boult b NL McCullum 34 (26b 6x4 0x6 42m) SR: 130.76

Another boundary needed...

McCullum to Rashid, FOUR runs

steps to leg and slaps this over cover, great timing and a badly-needed boundary

Chris Jordan is okay to bat...

McCullum to Plunkett, OUT

aims off side with all the fielders up but doesn't get all of it and finds mid-off jogging back! Slightly off balance trying to swing over the off side and didn't time this at all and Brendon McCullum went back a few yards to take an easy catch

Liam Plunkett c BB McCullum b NL McCullum 44 (30b 2x4 3x6 35m) SR: 146.66
McCullum to Plunkett, no run

length ball, slapped back onto the bowler again!

McCullum to Plunkett, SIX runs

touch short and Plunkett pulls it over midwicket! Big blow and England are up and running again, big strike into the stand, poor ball

McCullum to Plunkett, no run

down the track and slapped straight back to the bowler

Hoho it was a bluff! Here's Nathan McCullum, Brendon trusting his brother...

end of over 447 runs
ENG: 345/7CRR: 7.84 RRR: 17.00
Adil Rashid30 (24b 5x4)
Liam Plunkett38 (26b 2x4 2x6)
Tim Southee 9-0-68-0
Mitchell Santner 7-0-73-2

Ideal start but now the real game within a game begins...

Southee to Rashid, no run

full ball outside off, swing and a miss from Rashid

Grant Elliot and Mitchell Santner have come down the stairs for a few warm-up deliveries so it looks like those two will bowl the final two overs. The players are now gathered on the outfield and now back comes the batsman to big cheers. Here we go then, Tim Southee with one delivery left. 34 in 13 balls the target...

Clarissa: "Aren't the overs/bowler also being reduced? If so, Southee is bowled out after this ball." Very good point, we're yet to get confirmation of that situation. Ah, here we are. Now only one bowler can bowl 10 overs, which Trent Boult has already done, so McCullum will indeed have to find someone else to bowl which perhaps gives England a better chance but it is still a huge ask but at least the players will get to finish such a brilliant game properly...

8.50pm Looks like it has now stopped raining so fingers crossed we should be able to get some more cricket but we are about to start losing overs so the chase will be trimmed slightly. And we have news, a restart at 9.10pm with 379 to win in 46 overs so another 13 balls to get 34 runs. Safe to say that has not worked in England's favour. Six of those deliveries can be bowled by Tim Southee and Brendon McCullum only has another over to find instead of trying to fiddle through the final six overs of this match, so maybe a break for the tourists with this rain delay...

8.35pm Still raining I'm afraid so no restart imminent. We have until 8.51pm before we start losing overs and the ultimate cut-off time is 9.15pm. But having said that, the groundstaff are out there trying to be busy and it does look as if it might have now stopped raining. Remarkable two minutes here! And there's applause as the covers begin to be peeled back. But now the fourth umpire Michael Gough puts his umbrella back up!

8.20pm And now the rain takes the players off! England nine behind on D/L at this stage. We were expecting some heavy rain showers and unfortunately one has hit us. We have a half-hour grace period before we start losing overs...

Southee to Rashid, FOUR runs

what a shot, step across the stumps and flicks this from outside off through square leg, spotted the gap and found the rope

Southee to Plunkett, 1 run

similar area, Plunkett carves this to deep cover

Pretty heavy rain now, 355 the D/L at the end of this over...

Southee to Rashid, 1 run

full again, this is driven out wide of deep cover but Rashid slips so they can't even consider the second

Highest score by an England side batting second in an ODI now...

Southee to Plunkett, 1 run

similar ball, this driven to extra-cover, they run regardless and get home

Southee to Plunkett, no run

full outside off and just inside the guideline, that is Southee's very own delivery

end of over 4311 runs
ENG: 338/7CRR: 7.86 RRR: 8.71
Adil Rashid25 (21b 4x4)
Liam Plunkett36 (23b 2x4 2x6)
Mitchell Santner 7-0-73-2
Tim Southee 8-0-61-0

England remarkably keeping this alive, unreal chase...

Santner to Rashid, no run

fires this into the pads, Rashid looking to turn it to leg gets struck on the pad and the keeper is able to field

Santner to Rashid, no run

flat delivery beats the attempted cut stroke

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