New Zealand vs England
A fine effort from England over the closing two days after digging themselves quite a hole in the first innings. Ultimately a victory for the flattest of pitches, and we head to Wellington for the second Test all-square.
Over 170 - England 421/6 (Bell 26, Prior 23)
Wagner STILL going here, forcing Bell to take desperate evasive action with a vicious bouncer. That will be drinks and, surely, the end of the game.
Over 169 - England 420/6 (Bell 26, Prior 22)
Martin back into the attack. This is a draw. Handshakes on their way at drinks after the next over, surely.
Over 168 - England 419/6 (Bell 26, Prior 21)
Wagner back into the attack. As if he hasn't had enough work on. REVIEW LOST: New Zealand refer a hugely optimistic caught-behind appeal against Prior, who has missed the ball by a clear inch or two. Does get an edge to the next ball, but it's a thick inside one and he picks up a single.
Over 167 - England 418/6 (Bell 26, Prior 20)
Maiden overs now officially replaced with Yet Another Maiden overs. England lead by 125, maximum of 15 overs for the chase if four wickets fall in the next one. I'll stick my neck out and call this one a draw.
Over 166 - England 418/6 (Bell 26, Prior 20)
Prior flicks the ball to the fine-leg boundary as Boult gets his line wrong and England are easing ever closer to safety.
Over 165 - England 414/6 (Bell 26, Prior 16)
Couple of singles from Southee's over. Almost done now.
Over 164 - England 412/6 (Bell 25, Prior 15)
Boult's conceded just 45 runs from 25 overs. Splendid effort.
Over 163 - England 412/6 (Bell 25, Prior 15)
Bell plays out another maiden over from Southee. Only had to play at two of the six balls. Even if New Zealand pick up four wickets in the next over they will have to score at better than a run a ball to win the game.
Over 162 - England 412/6 (Bell 25, Prior 15)
Boult shares the new ball and bowls a tidy over. Prior collects two runs with a clip off his toes through midwicket.
Over 161 - England 410/6 (Bell 25, Prior 13)
Maiden over from Southee with the third new ball.
Over 160 - England 410/6 (Bell 25, Prior 13)
Won't take Prior long to put this to bed, driving Wagner for three and then four through the covers while Bell adds a pair of singles via controlled pulls to deep square-leg.
Over 159 - England 401/6 (Bell 23, Prior 6)
Bell works Martin into the legside for a single. England do seem intent on creating these obstacles to clamber over. Will soon be over this one.
Over 158 - England 400/6 (Bell 22, Prior 6)
Good over for England as Prior pulls emphatically through square-leg and picks up two more working the ball into the legside off his pads. The 400 is up for England.
Over 157 - England 394/6 (Bell 22, Prior 0)
Bell plays out a maiden from Martin. Twenty-eight overs to go (so 26 with a change of innings). Reckon New Zealand have got about eight overs to take four wickets.
Over 156 - England 394/6 (Bell 22, Prior 0)
Prior plays out a maiden as Wagner is called upon for one last effort. Barmy Army are suddenly cheering dot balls. Four overs until another new ball's available as well.
Over 155 - England 394/6 (Bell 22, Prior 0)
Bell smacks a wide long-hop from Martin to the cover boundary to take the lead past 100. Thirty overs remaining.
Over 154 - England 390/6 (Bell 18)
It was a brilliant piece of fielding from Southee to first make the stop and then get up quickly to throw down the stumps, but a big error of judgement from Bell.
WICKET! Root run out 0
Bonkers piece of cricket here as Bell hammers the ball to cover and calls Root through for a single that's just not there. Direct hit from cover, and Root is gone. Maybe another twist late in the piece...
Over 153 - England 386/5 (Bell 14, Root 0)
Root the new batsman for England.
- 5th - 10th Mar 2013
- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
- University Oval
- A Rauf and P R Reiffel
england BATTING CARD
|Cook||c Watling b Boult||116|
|Compton||lbw b N Wagner||117|
|Finn||lbw b Martin||56|
|Trott||c&b N Wagner||52|
|Pietersen||c Watling b N Wagner||12|
|Extras||1nb, 1w, 6b, 11lb||19|
|Total||170.0 Overs||421 - 6|