New Zealand vs Zimbabwe
To sum up
Zimbabwe got off to a superb start, but the run out of Masakadza derailed the innings and they lost five wickets for five runs. They never recovered, and chasing 85 to win New Zealand were always going to be in control. The rain came, then went, but we couldn't get back on so New Zealand have won by seven runs. England v Ireland is up in just a few minutes, so stick around. Ta ta.
After all that, they've called it off. It's one of those typically farcical moments that cricket produces when rain intervenes, but in this case it's no great loss as the result was surely a foregone conclusion. the outfield was damper than they thought and the umpires decided they couldn't get back on in time.
The covers have been a bit slow coming off the field so we've had another over taken off. New Zealand now need four runs to win from 11 balls.
New Zealand need nine more runs to win from 17 deliveries. Everyone's just coming back out onto the field so we'll be back underway shortly, with Lamb to finish his over.
Game back on
It seems a bit pointless, given that the game will be reduced to 11 overs, which means we'll come back on for 17 deliveries. New Zealand will probably need a few singles to secure victory unless they lose a wicket or two - when they came off they were four runs ahead of where they needed to be at the end of the ninth over. We're back on at 16:40 GMT.
It's stopped raining and the ground staff are out doing their thing. Whether they can clean up in time for some more overs in this match remains to be seen though.
We've just had some pictures from the ground, which show the rain is still falling steadily. Plenty of time before the second match though so England and Ireland needn't be too concerned. It does seem likely that they'll have a rain-interrupted match though, so expect the captain winning the toss to bowl first after last night's events.
So it's still raining, but we have just under an hour until this match is scheduled to end. As it stands, New Zealand will pick up a second win and toss Zimbabwe out of the tournament if we don't get back on.
Over 9 Lamb 1-
36-1 - Price and Utseya have finished, so Lamb comes on. However he only gets one delivery before rain stops play. New Zealand are four runs ahead of the D/L rate at the moment, and we'll keep you posted as to the rain situation.
Over 8 Price wd-0-0-0-1-wd-0-0
35-1 - The umbrellas are up in the stands as the over starts with a few specks of rain in the air, while just outside the ground a sheet of falling water approaches. New Zealand need 26 at the end of the over so they're already ahead of the game. Taibu asks the question after taking one down the leg side, but Steve Davis signals wide.
Over 7 Utseya 1-1-1-1-1-1
32-1 - Utseya has done pretty well so far, so he decides to bowl himself out from the off. New Zealand need less than a run a ball to win this match, so they're quite happy to nudge six singles.
Over 6 Price 3wd-0-3-1-0-0-0
26-1 - Zimbabwe can't afford to give anything away, which makes Price's first delivery veryt disappointing - he fires one down leg side which Taibu can't take, and the batsmen run two. McCullum punches through the offside and runs hard to come back for a third, and Guptill prods a quick single to keep New Zealand well ahead of the D/L rate. The consensus is that rain is on its way.
Over 5 Utseya 4-0-3-1-0-1
19-1 - Suddenly there's a bit of tension about as the Kiwis realise they need some runs off this over to make sure they're safe. McCullum takes the bull by the horns and clubs the first ball just past a diving midwicket for four, then paddle-scoops over the bowler's head for three with excellent precision. Two singles take New Zealand to where they need to be should the heavens suddenly open.
Over 4 Price 0-wd-1-1-1-0-0
10-1 - Price's first ball to Martin Guptill turns and bounces as it grips the dry surface, and it hits the right-hander on the back leg as he's squared up and misses an attempted prod. Price asks for a slip, and he gets one. McCullum has similar problems but the batsmen manage a few singles. Those dark clouds are approaching, so a D/L sheet is brought out for the batsmen at the end of the over. They need 18 after five overs to be ahead of the rate.
Over 3 Utseya 0-0-0-0-W-0
7-1 - Wicket! We're seeing just how difficult spin is on this pitch - Jesse Ryder's first shot in anger is an attempted slog sweep which results in a top edge that's taken by Taibu somewhere near short point. That makes it a wicket-maiden for Utseya, but Zimbabwe dare not dream until New Zealand are at least four down for very little.
Over 2 Price 0-0-0-0-1-0
7-0 - Nervous times for England, because there's a big dark rain cloud in the middle distance. This game shouldn't be in danger - even if these two openers take their time to start with - but after last night's Duckworth-Lewis palaver England would prefer a dry evening as they look to avoid a potential banana skin.
Over 1 Maruma 0-4-1-1-0-0
6-0 - Brendon McCullum shows this may be an easy target but New Zealand will go at their usual pace, whacking Utseya's second delivery over wide mid-on for four. Zimbabwe starting with spin - no surprise there - and Taibu still isn't wearing normal keeping pads behind the stumps. Instead he has little ones inside his trouser legs.
Zim 84 all out
This is a trickier pitch than yesterday, but not that tricky. Nasser Hussain quite rightly pointed out that Oram's run-out of Masakadza from the boundary was what turned this innings, as Zimbabwe slumped from 58 for one in the seventh over to 84 all out. That depressing collapse means that Zimbabwe must restrict the Kiwis to 73 or less if they want to go through at their expense - the net run rate situation being as it is.
Over 16 Vettori W
84 all out - Wicket! No bluffing this time - Vettori wants to finish the innings and does so with his first ball. Price tries to heave away to leg, misses and is bowled middle stump.
Over 15 Styris 0-0-1-1-1-1b
84-9 - Anti-climax supreme this: Styris bowls without any attacking fielders and Lamb offers the deadest of bats to keep out the hat-trick ball. There was a bit of humour before that though, because Vettori went up to the umpire and pretended to give him his hat. Styris called his bluff though - he wasn't going to give up a chance of a hat-trick.
- 4th May 2010
- Asad Rauf and S J Davis