and that's the win, down the leg side and he's tickled that past the keeper through fine leg, Collingwood and Bell raise their arms aloft and celebrate what will go down as a famous wni
Strauss hundred guides England win
That's a memorable win for England. The highest successful run-chase in Old Trafford. England looked dead and buried when they conceded a big first-innings lead but Panesar began the fightback before Strauss led the run-chase with immense composure.
New Zealand had their chances but didn't cash in. What were the odds of Daniel Vettori ending wicketless today? But that's exactly what's happened. England chose to use the heavy roller and that might have played a big part in the surface slowing up. Not much turn and bounce for Vettori and whatever there was it was only slow and predictable.
England lead 1-0 in a match they were behind for most part. New Zealand will also blame their muffs on the field and the missed chances. They will have plenty to do at Nottingham, where they will hope to level the series.
Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel are applauded by the crowd for their efforts.
Daniel Vettori now, he's asked should they have won and he agrees but adds: "All things that go towards not winning the game - we lost out on Daniel Flynn in both innings and a couple of silly run-outs... these things contribute. England knew the conditions pretty well and unfortunately we couldn't get the breakthroughs we needed."
Is it time to reflect on what went wrong? "We still have an opportunity to draw this series. Games you should win hurt a lot more."
Here's Michael Vaughan, with stirring cheers and appreciative whistles from the crowd. "The pitch allows both teams to play that kind of cricket. We looked dead and buried but thanks to an unbelievable spell by Monty... Only losing one wicket [this morning] was a confidence boost. To win by six wickets on that pitch is a very special victory. To come back and show the character and resilience a team needs to show is very good.
Michael Atherton wants to know if he is going to implore the ECB to bring back Tests to Old Trafford sharpish. Vaughan bats away the question, diplomatically. "We do enjoy playing at Old Trafford. The four days we've had something different every day."
Monty Panesar is named Man of the Match. "With the assistance we were getting off the pitch, I knew there was a responsibility and luckily I got some wickets. I really enjoy bowling at Old Trafford and the wicket does help me."
Hope you enjoyed our coverage. From me Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, it's good night and good luck.
and he's tied that, short one and he'll pulled that hard, not totally in control but it races past the two short midwickets for four, 1 needed off 1
full and outside off, pushed to covers, slightly slower, pushed to cover
full and swinging, dances down the track, beaten but gets an inside edge onto the pads and towards square leg
and he's got that through midwicket, rooted to the crease and whips it hard through the midwicket gap, races away. 7 needed off 4 now (for tea to taste that much better)
full and outside off, pushed back down the ground
slightly short of a length, turning sharp, he's squared up but gets his bat behind it
Christopher: "As in 5th test Eng v WI 1990 when Ramprakash was LBW to the first ball after tea could have been taken and Botham pulled the next ball to long leg to win the match."
fuller, defended to the off side
dances down the track, tapped to the off side
defended to the off side, bat close to the pad
cut off the back foot to cover
yorker-length ball, dug it out towards slips, all along the ground
full outside off, shovels towards mid-on, thickish inside edge
pushed back to the bowler
shuffles across and taps to the on side, the wind continues to blow heavily
walks across and driven confidently to the off side
short of a length, tapped to the off side, high on the bat
slightly short, too slow off the pitch again, pulled away watchfully behind square
Apparently tea can't be delayed.
flighted on off, angling in, pushed to the on side
pushed to silly point
|Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1876|
|Hours of play (local time)||11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00|
|Match days||23,24,25,26 May 2008 - day (5-day match)|
Strauss backs struggling batsmen
Strauss hundred guides England win
|KP Pietersen||run out||42||78|
|IR Bell||not out||21||42|
|PD Collingwood||not out||24||56|
|Extras||(b 9, lb 10, nb 6)|
|Total||294(4 wkts; 88 ovs)|