New Zealand vs England | 5th ODI | Christchurch | 23/02/2008


Senior Test Player
Sep 27, 2006
The decider. England has to win to tie the series. NZ is leading 2-1

New Zealand : JD Ryder, BB McCullum, JM How, LRPL Taylor, SB Styris, DR Flynn, JDP Oram, DL Vettori, KD Mills, JS Patel, CS Martin

England : AN Cook, P Mustard, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, OA Shah, AD Mascarenhas, LJ Wright, SCJ Broad, RJ Sidebottom, JM Anderson

Umpires Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and BF Bowden

Cook to face the first ball facing Mills
2.2 Mills to Mustard, OUT, oh dear, well, he was never going to hang around. A monstrous heave off a good length, a spiralling leading edge, and Jamie How judges the ball well at cover, as it holds up in the wind and plops from floodlight-height into his safe hands
P Mustard c How b Mills 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

NZ 5-1 after 3 overs
Cook picks Martin to leg side and gets first boundary of the Eng innings
Eng 13-1 after 5.2
KP is out aswell

4/128 (33 overs)

Collingwood 14*
Shah 4*
McCullum has gone crazy....he is the best w/k batsman in ODIs..I remember in a match against bangladesh he scored some 80 in 30 balls...and match was over in 6 overs
5 Anderson to McCullum, SIX, three in a row! And it's the hospitality boxes this time. Another limp length ball inviting the aggressive heave. Guileless bowling from Anderson. Once again
9.4 Anderson to McCullum, SIX, launched. Utterly launched. Over the covers and into the building site. This is astounding hitting
9.3 Anderson to McCullum, SIX, what a way to go to fifty! Heaved up up and away, into the second tier of the midwicket grandstand, where it is superbly caught one-handed in the crowd. Just 27 balls for that fifty. Monstrous
new zealand are a very difficult side to beat in new zealand in odis, no shock they have won the series.
Must say I thoroughly enjoy watching McCullum bat. He gives the ball a fearful whack doesnt he.