England vs New Zealand
England win by 3 wickets
That's a good win, because that was a testing total on a tricky track against a good bowling attack and England have done it a) without their best batsman and b) after struggling halfway through. There's no reason why England can't win this competition if they keep this up. They will meet one of India, Sri lanka or West Indies in the semi-finals - most likely Sri Lanka you have to reckon - and, crucially, avoid an in-form Australia. Meanwhile Pakistan sneak into the semi-finals where they will face Australia. There are more important games tomorrow - India v Sri lanka is followed by West Indies v Australia - so do join us then.
Over 20 Mills 4
153-7 - Mills drops the first ball short, and Bresnan pulls away through midwicket for four to seal the victory.
Over 19 N McCullum 0-W-1-1-1-0
149-7 - WICKET! Surely England can't stuff this up, can they? Yardy chips straight to long-off where Butler makes no mistake. Collingwood is ripping away at his nails in the dugout as Swann comes in, but he needn't worry because a trio of singles take England to the brink. Just one run is required from seven balls but Vettori brings everyone in. Swann tries to whack the last ball of the over away but can't make contact. The scores are level.
Over 18 Bond 2-1-2-0-W-4
146-6 - New Zealand look done, and as Bresnan grabs another two off the first ball with Morgan scurrying back to the non-striker's end, Bond's body language says it all. Nothing's going for them now, and even when Morgan skies one out to deep midwicket the ball somehow lands in a gap. WICKET! A great catch from Vettori keeps the heart of his side beating though, as Morgan takes on the short ball again. He doesn't get hold of it and drags the shot to wide mid-on where Vettori takes the catch diving back to his left. Nevertheless, Bresnan hammers the final ball wide of long-on for four to leave England needing just four to win.
Over 17 Mills 4-1-2-4-2-1
137-5 - Mills rejoins the attack, but starts with a short ball on Morgan's legs and the left-hander gets it away fine enough to grab four. A single puts Bresnan on strike, and he pretty much seals the match with a couple to midwicket and a heave to vacant cow corner for four. Mills resorts to the bouncer but Bresnan flatbats it over cover for a couple more. A single off the final ball means just 13 more are needed.
Over 16 Bond 1-W-2-1-1-1
123-5 - WICKET! "There might be a twist in this," says David Lloyd as Wright pulls straight down the throat of backward square leg. Vettori had turned to Bond with his options growing slim, and the extra pace on the bouncer hurried Wright through the shot. Tim Bresnan joins Morgan, and the duo settle for ones and a two. England need 27 runs to win from 24 balls.
Over 15 N McCullum 0-0-4-4-1-4
117-4 - This is hugely encouraging for England, because they look set to pass a tough test here. No surprise that Morgan's at the centre of this comeback, and he adds to his tally by pulling a short ball wide of long-on for six before reverse sweeping away for four. His timing on those shots is unbelievable. Wright hammers the final delivery to cow corner for four to bring up the fifty partnership, and England need just 33 from 30 balls now.
Over 14 Vettori 2-2-0-wd-2-1-1
104-4 - Vettori feels he has to bring himself back for a final over to keep his side alive, but Wright plays him very sensibly. He doesn't look to clear the rops, and instead concentrates in hitting the ball into the gaps and running hard for two. Morgan reverse sweeps the final ball nicely, but New Zealand have cover for that shot so it's only one. England need 46 to win from 36 balls.
Over 13 N McCullum 1-0-1-0-6-2
95-4 - Pace on the ball didn't work with Butler, but Vettori only has one over left as does Styris. So he turns to Nathan McCullum, who's only bowled one so far. Unfortunately for him Morgan is in such good form that he gives himself room and drives over cover for six - a quite superb stroke and Vettori can only marvel at it. Ten off the over, so England have retaken control here - they need 55 to win from 42 balls.
Over 12 Butler 1-0-1-0-4-4
87-4 - Ian Butler is introduced for the first time, and has a big shout for lbw against Morgan with his second ball. Taufel shakes his head because that clearly struck the left-hander outside the line of off stump. Wright misses a slower ball, but then clears his front leg to hammer a full ball wide of long-on for four. His next shot is even better though, as he whips a length ball from outside off stump and gets it over square leg for four. There was a man in the deep who looked like he might get under it, but in the end he didn't get there. Crucial runs, because this looks set to go right down to the wire.
Over 11 Styris 1-0-1-1-6-0
77-4 - New Zealand are just trying to chip away here, building pressure through dot balls. But Morgan comes up with a sensational shot, taking on the back-fo-a-length delivery from Styris but pulling his bottom hand off the bat as he realises it's the legcutter and thus a touch slower. Somehow he still clears cow corner for six with one hand. England now need 73 runs to win at 8.11 per over.
Over 10 Vettori 0-0-0-1-0-1
68-4 - Another great over from Vettori, who adjusted brilliantly after Lumb took to him in his first over. Again he's tossing the ball up here, getting slower and slower to make it difficult to get away. Just a single each for Morgan and Luke Wright.
Over 9 Styris 1-1-1-1-0-W
66-4 - Collingwood is just the man for this job, being a handy nudger and nurdler, and he's clearly had a chat with Morgan in between overs to calm him down and spell out what's required. But after working four singles, Collingwood tries to push another to the on side and chips straight to Brendom McCullum at short midwicket. That was the legcutter, and the man was there for that exact delivery. This has been a fine comeback from New Zealand who have thought this through well.
Over 8 Vettori 0-W-0-0-1-1
62-3 - WICKET! Sure enough, Lumb isn't willing to settle for ones and twos and is trapped lbw attempting another big sweep. They worked for him in Vettori's last over, but this one is tossed up slower and Lumb is through the shot when the ball arrives to strike him on the back leg, dead in front. Pretty easy decision for Simon Taufel, who doesn't get too many wrong. Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, and he looks a touch nervy. A period of consolidation is called for - England can afford not to score for a while, but they can't afford to lose wickets.
Over 7 Styris 1-0-1-1-W-0
60-2 - WICKET! Styris is a tricky customer on sluggish tracks, and he picks up the wicket of Bopara as the batsman goes for a big drive. Taylor snaffles a sharp catch jumping up at short cover to send England's substitute player on his way and bring Collingwood to the crease. England just need to keep a cool head here - pushing ones and twos will do the trick. Although somehow I don't think Lumb will settle for that.
Over 6 Vettori 1lb-0-1-4-0-4-1
57-1 - Vettori brings himself on with his side needing Lumb's wicket, but instead the left-hander sweeps nicely through backward square leg for four. He got right on top of the bounce which has been important on these pitches, and the key to that is getting a full stride in to get to the pitch of the ball. He repeats the shot two balls later to get four more, so England have taken full advantage of the powerplay, scoring 57 to New Zealand's 39. The required run rate is down to just 6.6 per over now.
Over 5 Mills 4-1-1-0-1-1
46-1 - Bopara maintains the aggression, coming down the pitch to pull through midwicket for four. It's a difficult job he has, knowing that he can't really win when he's only in for one match with Pietersen set to return in the semi-final. So far he's doing a useful job, and is at least proving that he's the man to step up if there's an injury down the line.
Over 4 Bond 0-0-6-0-4-0
38-1 - Bond continues, and Lumb picks up the third delivery and times it sweetly over long-on for six. As Nasser Hussain points out, the key was that he didn't try to hit it too hard. Lumb gets lucky two balls later though as an outside edge flies to Hopkins' left and away for four. Hopkins got a hand to it so it goes down as half a chance, but it would have been a blinder of a catch had he taken it. This superb start is just what England needed, because it affords them the luxury of playing sensibly and without big pressure against the spinners in the middle overs.
Over 3 Mills 0-2-W-1-3-0
28-1 - A change immediately as Kyle Mills replaces McCullum. Worked wide of Vettori at mid on and Kieswetter picks up two. WICKET! The change works! Kieswetter is gone, slapping the ball straight to Nathan McCullum in the covers. New Zealand really needed that. Bopara is the new man; he hasn't played for England since the fourth Ashes Test last year. He'll be glad to get off the mark, nudging the ball to fine leg for one. Driven through the covers by Lumb, the ball just holds up before the fence and he scuttles through for three.
Over 2 Bond 0-4lb-0-1-4-0
22-0 - A short one from Bond, it strays a touch down leg but rushes Kieswetter who isn't onto the hook in time but manages to get a pad on it that flies past Hopkins for four leg byes. England are helping themselves to boundaries as Lumb flicks it off his toes past short fine leg for four.
- 10th May 2010
- St Lucia
- S J Davis and S J A Taufel
england BATTING CARD
|Kieswetter||c McCullum b Mills||15|
|Lumb||lbw b Vettori||32|
|Bopara||c Taylor b Styris||9|
|Collingwood||c McCullum b Styris||3|
|Morgan||c Vettori b Bond||40|
|Wright||c Mills b Bond||24|
|Yardy||c Butler b McCullum||0|
|Total||Close, 19.1 Overs||153 - 7|