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New Zealand Vs England Live Score (T20)

Date: Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 15:03 IST Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat England by 12 runs

196/5
Overs
20.0
R/R
9.8
Fours
12
Sixes
11
Extras
13
184/9
Overs
20.0
R/R
9.2
Fours
18
Sixes
8
Extras
6
  • A very good total on the board posted by New Zealand after being put into bat. Fifties from Martin Guptill and a resurgent Kane Williamson, along with some handy cameos from Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert, sees the Black Caps get close to the 200-mark. England did well in patches, but could not hold their nerve in the second half of the innings. 113 runs were leaked in the last 10, with 62 coming in the last 6. What will pain the Englishmen more than anything is Williamson's missed run out chance, when he was on a duck. The wicket is two-paced, but the boundaries are small, and England have got the big hitters in their ranks. Should be a delicious run chase. Join us shortly for it.
  • 19.6 Good end to the over by Jordan. Fires it full again outside off, Seifert throws his bat at it and misses. But since it's the last ball, both batsmen run and cross over successfully, beating Buttler's missed shy at the stumps. So 15 from the last over, and with that, NEW ZEALAND FINISH ON 196/5!
  • 19.5 Dot ball. Much-needed for England and Jordan. Cutting back in from middle, Seifert swings across the line after clearing his front leg but the ball goes right through the gap.
  • 19.4 SIX! Back-to-back biggies from Seifert! Full again from Jordan, right in the slot, Tim connects from the middle of the bat as he hammers it over wide long off for half a dozen.
  • 19.3 SIX! Useful runs for the Black Caps. Tim Seifert making his short stay count. Full and outside off, he swings hard and lifts it nicely over the cover fence for a flat biggie.
  • 19.2 Full toss outside the line of off stump, off the outer half through point for a couple of runs.
  • 19.1 Full and outside off, play and a miss from Tim Seifert.
  • Tim Seifert, the debutant, makes his way into the middle.
  • 18.6 OUT! Chapman is out of here! This time Billings holds on to it. The southpaw stands tall to this shorter ball and pulls it over mid-wicket. Doesn't get the distance on it this time as it's straight down Sam Billings' throat this time. He holds on to it and that's the end of Chapman's useful little cameo. 181/5
  • 18.6 Wide! Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 18.5 Tap and run stuff from Taylor. Drops it with soft hands on the off side and hares across.
  • 18.4 Full, angling away with some zip on it, Chapman once again is across his sticks to paddle but wears it on the pads. Leg bye taken.
  • 18.3 Dropped by Sam Billings! Did all the hard work to get there, just couldn't hold on it at the end. Chapman lifts it over mid-wicket, Billings makes up a lot of distance to get to the ball. Dives forward but lets it slip while tumbling. Two runs taken.
  • 18.3 Wide! Down the leg side, easy for the umpire to signal it as a wide.
  • 18.2 Another one shorter in length, Chapman moves across to hit it on the leg side but misses.
  • 18.1 SIX! Muscled away! Dropped short first up by Wood and Chapman puts this away. He rocks back and deposits it over mid-wicket with a powerful pull.
  • Ross Taylor is the new man in for New Zealand.
  • 17.6 OUT! WILLIAMSON DEPARTS! An end of a superb knock from the Kiwi skipper, all credit to Chris Jordan though. Just 3 runs and the vital wicket of Williamson. This has been an excellent over under pressure. He fires it full again, just outside off, Williamson moves across to flick it away but it goes off his pads and crashes onto the stumps. 169/4
  • 17.5 Seeing Williamson give the charge, Jordan fires it well outside off. The batsman tries to dig it out, but to no effect.
  • 17.4 Driven through mid on to take a run.
  • 17.3 Full and wide outside off, crashed through the cover region for a single.
  • 17.3 Wide! Way outside off, across the tramline, Williamson this time leaves it alone.
  • 17.2 Another one way outside off, Williamson moves a long way across to wrist it on the leg side but misses the ball completely. Two dots to begin with.
  • 17.1 Low full toss darted outside off, Kane with a missed attempt to squeeze it out on the off side.
  • Chris Jordan brought back on.
  • 16.6 Not out! That's comfortably going over. Late review taken by Buttler, probably more out of desperation. Length ball shaping back in, slower in pace, Chapman misses it completely and swings across the line too early. Is caught high on the thigh pads and an appeal goes up. Nothing from the umpire. Willey says it's too high, but Buttler wants to go ahead with it anyway. Replays confirm that height is the problem and England lose their only review. But it was not an easy one, as the TV umpire had to take multiple looks at it due to a spike being shown on the Snicko as the ball passed the bat. But, there was some visible gap on the screen so the umpire ruled it out. 166/3
  • Review taken! It's taken by England for an lbw decision against Mark Chapman.
  • 16.5 SIX! Chapman now joins in on the action! Angling into him on a back of a length, Chapman moves across a step and brings his wrists into play. Lofts it and then dumps it over backward square leg for a biggie.
  • 16.4 Full and on the stumps, paddles down to short fine leg for one.
  • 16.3 A flat-batted shot from Williamson, goes straight as he hits this towards wide long on. Both batsmen run the first one hard and manage to come back for the second.
  • 16.2 Another spirited effort in the deep, this time from Dawid Malan. Williamson smacks it cleanly through the covers and it's a certain boundary, if not for Malan. He covers good ground to his right and dives to keep it in. Two runs taken.
  • 16.1 Angling in on a back of a length, Chapman backs away and turns it through backward square leg for a single.
  • David Willey to bowl again.
  • 15.6 FOUR! Superb hit. Oh what a shot! Kane Williamson, take a bow! Finds the gap to perfection here. Full ball which he whips with some power through mid-wicket. Bisects the two men in the deep and ends the over with a boundary. 23 off the over, the Black Caps are powering in the death overs. 154/3
  • 15.5 Short of a good length on the body, pulled along the ground in front of square leg for a single.
  • 15.4 Nice work from the two men out in the deep. Williamson whips this through mid-wicket. Vince out in the deep first puts in the dive, parries it towards Billings who's there to assist him, he too though has some work to do and he puts in another dive. Keeps it just inside the rope and keeps the batsmen to just three. Replays confirm that, well done.
  • 15.3 Shortish in length and outside off, moving away slightly, Kane looks to push it on the off side but fails to connect.
  • 15.2 SIX! Second in a row! Williamson is cutting loose here. Full ball going down, the skipper gets really low and lifts it over the fine leg fence this time, for the same result. Maximum!
  • 15.1 SIX! 8th T20I fifty for Kane Williamson! He's made full use of the life given to him when he first came out to bat today. Making England pay here. Length ball around off, he slogs across the line, right off the meat and over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
  • Mark Wood comes back into the attack.
  • 14.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 134/3
  • 14.5 Just ahead of a length on middle, Kane is down to slog sweep but maybe gets it off the glove before it hits the pads behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 14.4 Full in line of the stumps, driven through mid on by Chapman for a single.
  • 14.4 Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, Williamson has nothing to do it. Ducks and watches on as the umpire signals a wide.
  • 14.3 Back of a length just outside off, kept out safely off the back foot.
  • 14.2 Short ball which Williamson pulls through square leg for a single.
  • 14.1 SIX! Goes straight back and connects this perfectly. Clean strike from Kane Williamson. Full on the stumps, Williamson lofts this straight back over the bowler's head for half a dozen.
  • 13.6 No hat-trick for Rashid. Worked away on the leg side for a single. Excellent over from Adil Rashid, he ends his spell conceding just 3 runs. Picks up a couple of wickets too. 122/3
  • Mark Chapman is out to bat. But it'll be Kane Williamson to face the hat-trick ball.
  • 13.5 OUT! Adil Rashid on a hat-trick! He has Chris Jordan to thank for this but the wicket is all his. What. A. Catch. Absolutely outstanding. Tossed up leg break on middle and off, de Grandhomme goes inside out and lofts it over wide mid off. Jordan is right at the rope, he times his jump well and takes it with his right hand above his head. Beautiful. New Zealand in a spot of bother now, Colin can be dangerous in the death overs. Seeing his back will please England.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is the next batsman in.
  • 13.4 OUT! Guptill is gone! Soft dismissal in a way, the look on the big man's face shows it. He takes this on the full and looks to paddle it past short fine leg. But it's straight to Plunkett who takes a simple catch. Either side of him and that's a boundary. Guptill walks back, but he's played a good knock here.
  • 13.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 13.2 Dropped! But a difficult chance nonetheless. Good effort from Adil Rashid. Tossed up, Williamson stays leg side and smashes this straight back. The leggie dives low to his right to take it with one hand but it doesn't stick.
  • 13.1 Floats it up there, Guptill plays against the spin and works it through mid-wicket to get off strike.
  • Adil Rashid to bowl out.
  • 12.6 Yorker on middle stump, played back down the track. 119/1
  • 12.5 SIX! No no ball signalled by the umpire, could have just as easily given it. Difficult call. Plunkett bowls a high full toss around off, Williamson moves across his sticks and slogs it from his waist over the square leg fence for a biggie. Terrific shot.
  • 12.5 Wide! Short and slow, way outside off, Williamson almost falls over as he tries reaching out to it. Wide called as the ball goes across the tramline.
  • 12.4 Fuller around leg, goes off Martin's pads as he attempts to flick. Leg bye taken.
  • 12.3 Full and attacking the stumps, Williamson makes room and drives it down to long off. One run taken.
  • 12.2 Big swing and a big miss from Kane Williamson! The Kiwi skipper picked the length up and positioned himself for the hoick across the line, but couldn't connect. Probably beaten by pace.
  • 12.1 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Liam Plunkett returns to the attack.
  • 11.6 10 off the over, another good one for the Kiwis. Martin Guptill just works it to square leg and takes one. 109/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Oh, that's beautiful! Low full toss outside off, Guptill subtly opens the face of the bat and steers it behind point, beating third man to the boundary. Amazing timing, had no power on that as such. Lovely shot.
  • 11.4 Speared in full, just outside off, the batsman walks across, takes it on the full and paddles it to short fine leg for a quick run.
  • 11.4 Wide! Short ball down the leg side, wide called by the umpire.
  • 11.3 Excellent save from David Willey. Stops a certain boundary from resulting. Williamson walks across to this full ball outside off and crashes it through the covers. Willey out in the deep moves to his left and puts in a dive to stop the ball. Keeps the batsmen to just two.
  • 11.2 Excellent delivery from Jordan. That's his skill, has so much accuracy. Fires in a yorker on the stumps, Williamson can only dig it back out to him.
  • 11.1 Shaping back in, just ahead of a length, worked away off the pads for a single.
  • Chris Jordan back on.
  • 10.6 Run down to third man for a single. 16 off the over, big one for New Zealand. 99/1
  • 10.5 SIX! BLAM! And that's gone a long, long, long way into the stands! What a hit from Big Marty Guptill. Another loopy ball full in length, he has no qualms about this as he murders it over mid-wicket to send it sailing over the fence for another biggie. He hits them with so much power, incredible strength.
  • 10.4 SIX! 13th T20I fifty for Martin Guptill! And what a way to bring it up. Sees the ball pitched right up, has some good amount of air on it, so he gets a little low and slogs across the line. Clears wide long on with ease and that's a maximum. The 50-run stand is up as well.
  • 10.3 Rashid tosses it right up there, Kane kneels down and slog sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 10.2 Tossed up leg spinner around off, pushed gently towards covers for a single.
  • 10.1 Looped up, Williamson dances down the track and knocks this down to long off on the full. Easy single taken.
  • 9.6 Length ball outside off, punched through covers for one. 83/1 at the halfway stage. Can they double it up? 83/1
  • 9.5 FOUR! The Kiwi skipper is taking the attack to the opposition. Short in length, he stays back, gets low and pulls it through square leg. There is no one in the deep there and the ball goes away past the fence.
  • 9.4 Good running. This ball is mistimed towards mid off, but before the fielder gets to the ball and fires a throw, a couple is taken.
  • 9.3 FOUR! Misfields don't help England's cause. Nicely driven by Williamson towards covers, where the fielder lets it through him. Once it clears the man, it has a boundary written all over it.
  • 9.2 Angling away outside off, cut away towards backward point.
  • 9.1 Full on middle and leg, pushed through mid on for one.
  • David Willey is back on.
  • 8.6 Turned through mid-wicket to take strike in the next over. 11 runs of this over, NZ getting a move on. 71/1
  • 8.5 SIX! WHACK! Tossed up delivery around middle, Guptill gets down on a knee and blasts it high and handsome over the deep mid-wicket fence. He moves to 8 short of a fifty here.
  • 8.4 A slight hesitation. This is an attempted wrong 'un outside off, the ball goes straight on. Williamson wrists it towards short fine leg. Guptill calls him through for a quick run. There is a slight hesitation from the skipper but eventually he responds and makes it to the other end.
  • 8.3 Darted on the pads, nudged through square leg for one.
  • 8.2 Eased down to long off for a single.
  • 8.1 Tossed up on middle and leg, driven to long on for a single.
  • 7.6 Short delivery at a slower pace, pulled through mid-wicket for one. 60/1
  • 7.5 Williamson takes a run after playing this through mid-wicket.
  • Mid off drops back, fine leg comes in.
  • 7.4 Angled in on the pads, worked away through square leg for one.
  • 7.3 Pushed to the cover region by MG.
  • 7.2 This delivery is glided to third man for another run.
  • 7.1 Full in length outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 6.6 Shortish in length, pulled through mid-wicket to retain strike. 56/1
  • 6.5 This ball is flicked through backward square leg for a single.
  • 6.4 Dropped short, pulled towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 6.3 Bowled on the pads, turned through square leg for a single.
  • 6.2 Driven through mid on by Kane. They pick up a single.
  • 6.1 Flatter on off, punched down to long off for one.
  • Spin time. Adil Rashid is into the attack now.
  • 5.6 FOUR! A good effort from Willey but the boundary isn't prevented. Fuller outside off, driven nicely through covers. David chases it down and puts in the dive. Hasn't done enough, as seen from the replays, as he is in contact with the ball and the ropes simultaneously. 50/1 at the end of the Powerplay, the Black Caps. 50/1
  • 5.5 Pushed towards point for a single.
  • 5.4 This ball is whipped to mid on for a single.
  • 5.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 5.2 Fuller outside off, pushed towards wide mid off for a single.
  • 5.1 This ball is outside off, hit straight to point.
  • Liam Plunkett to bowl the last over of the Powerplay.
  • 4.6 Suicidal running! This is full outside off, Williamson looks to play it through the off side. Gets it off the inner half towards the right of the bowler. He looks to get off the mark with a quick run but would have been cursing himself if Mark had hit the mark. Wood gets to his right and misses his shy at the non-striker's end. Perhaps, he would have been better off returning it to the man standing there. A run completed in the end. 42/1
  • 4.5 Guptill guides this to third man and gets to the other end.
  • 4.5 WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side, Martin misses his flick.
  • Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, is the next to walk in. His place in this side is questioned by some experts and this is a good time to shut the critics up.
  • 4.4 OUT! Wicket against the run of play. Wood was targetted and here he responds with a wicket. The three-T20I-ton fellow Colin Munro walks back cheaply yet again. Banged short on leg, Munro moves inside the line and plays the pull shot. Doesn't get it off the middle of the bat and finds Sam Billings at the fine leg fence to perfection. Elation on Wood's face. Fairly early strike for the visitors here.
  • 4.3 Fuller in length around off, pushed down the ground past the bowler for a quick run.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Wood seems to be the prime target today. This is hurled on a length around off, Guptill makes room and smashes it over the cover region for a boundary. He moves to 24 off just 14.
  • 4.1 Ouch! Short in length, Munro looks to pull it but the ball goes under his bat and hits him on the stomach. Post that it rolls to the off side and a leg bye is stolen.
  • Mark Wood is swung over to the other end.
  • 3.6 Slower delivery around middle and leg, hit aerially to deep backward square leg. The ball landed just short of the man there. A run taken. 33/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Nicely played. Short delivery around leg, Munro moves inside the line and just helps his pull over short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 3.4 Good stop by Jordan. He is an athletic guy and the way he got down quickly in his followthrough to prevent the ball from going away from runs just proves that. This is hurled fuller on the stumps, hit back towards him with full might. He gets low to his right and makes a half-stop. The ball rolls towards the stumps at the other end and no run is possible.
  • 3.3 Well bowled. Back of a length slanting across at 138.6 kph. Munro stands tall and looks to cut but misses due to the extra bounce.
  • 3.2 Length ball, just on the shorter side outside off. Guptill taps it to the off side and hares across to the other end.
  • 3.1 Wrong line to start with from Jordan. He lands it on the pads, Munro flicks it to deep square leg and hands the strike over to Guptill.
  • Chris Jordan replaces Wood after an expensive first from the latter.
  • 2.6 Outside off, cut away to backward point. Three dots to end the over. 26/0
  • 2.5 This ball is punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 2.4 Hurled outside off, this stays a touch low. MG cuts it to point.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Delectable! Fuller on off, Martin clears his front leg and drives it past mid off to collect yet another boundary. New Zealand move to 26 in the first two and a half overs.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Guptill is on the move here, goes to 15 off just 8. This is bowled around middle and leg, he just hoicks it over backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 2.1 Fuller on the pads, Munro fails to flick it away and collects a leg bye as the ball rolls to the on side.
  • 1.6 FOUR! Clever and effective! Back of a length ball on the stumps, Guptill arches back and just ramps it over the keeper for another boundary. Expensive start from Mark, 13 off it. 17/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Wood goes wide of the crease and angles this in on a fuller length. Guptill has an easy task. Just helps it away through mid-wicket with the angle and collects his first boundary. Beautiful.
  • 1.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 1.3 Length ball outside off, Martin looks to push it to the off side but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg.
  • 1.2 On the pads, Munro fails to flick it and the ball goes off his pads towards point. Even as there is a stifled appeal put up, Guptill hares to the other end and forces Munro to respond, who does so. The umpire turns down the appeal and a leg bye is signaled. That pitched outside leg. Also, a wild shy was had at the non-striker's end.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Awww! Timing. That's all the shot has. Wood begins with a full length delivery around off and middle, Munro just times his push down the ground. The ball rolls towards the fence, teases Vince, who chased it from mid off and just trickled away to the fence. James seemed to have held his hamstring as he just rushed to the fence, though he is good to continue.
  • Mark Wood to run in from the other end. He too, has a slip in position.
  • 0.6 This ball is driven through covers for a single to retain strike. Good start for the tourists here. 4/0
  • 0.5 Swing and a miss! Munro charges down and has a wild hoick only to miss. Luckily for him, the ball also swings a touch and just passes over the off stump. Nobody can quite fathom how it missed the sticks.
  • 0.4 Landed on a length around off, Munro stands back and presents a straight blade in defense.
  • Simon Doull says that due to some disease on the surface, the pitch has lost its ability to grow the grass. Hence it wears a barren look. He reckons that they will have to purchase new seeds and sow them in order for some green to come up there.
  • 0.3 Fuller and angling away, patted through mid off to get to the other end.
  • 0.2 This is hurled outside off on a length, Guptill shoulders arms.
  • 0.1 A little bit of shape in straightaway. Willey lands it on a length around middle and leg, it comes in a touch. Guptill flicks it away through backward square leg for a brace to get going right away.
  • The teams observe a moment of silence for the passing away of the former Kiwi cricketer Bevan Congdon. Post that, the sides jog their way out to the middle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro stride out with the bat in hand. David Willey has the new ball in hand. A slip in place. Here we go...
  • ENGLAND Playing XI - Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk/c), Sam Billings, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
  • NEW ZEALAND Playing XI - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
  • TEAM NEWS - For New Zealand, a couple of changes from their last game. The two Toms - Bruce and Blundell make way for a pair of newcomers. An international debut for Tim Seifert, who will don the gloves for them and Mark Chapman, having represented Hong Kong in international cricket, will turn out with the black outfit today for the first time. England have made a couple of changes as well. One Liam replaces the other - Plunkett, having recovered from his hamstring injury, comes in for Dawson, while Mark Wood replaces Tom Curran in the side, that is continued to led by Jos Buttler in Eoin Morgan's absence.
  • TOSS - Jos Buttler calls it right at the toss and ENGLAND WILL BOWL FIRST. Expected call? Maybe, with the smaller dimension of ground here.
  • England have been riddled with some problems of their own, after displaying fearless cricket in the ODIs. Eoin Morgan's groin injury kept him out of the previous game and even today, he's unlikely to take part. Jos Buttler will continue to deputise. It will be interesting to see the changes in his side. For the Black Caps, Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert are expected to make their Kiwi debuts. We'll get to know about it soon, as we hear Kane Williamson is good enough to play and lead the side. We shall get you the toss and the teams in a bit.
  • The Kiwi leg of the T20I tri-series between Australia-England-New Zealand gets underway with the hosts clashing with the Englishmen. Both these sides are yet to get going on the points table and hence would be competing to get the first number there. We are glad to have your company for this clash and would love you to hang out with us till the end. The weather is expected to be clear, as per the forecasts and that should keep you interested in the bat-ball proceedings.
  • That brings us to the close of this slam-bang game. England hang in the series just mathematically. Their hopes lie on the Aussies defeating the Kiwis with a good margin and then they themselves returning the hosts the favour to go through. A lots of ifs and buts are involved there. For now, we have the Trans-Tasman battle as the next one. That game starts at 1900 local time (0600 GMT) a couple of days after Valentine's Day. Hope to catch you for that game. Till then, ta ta, take care! Meanwhile, you can catch all the action of the 5th ODI between South Africa and India by switching tabs. More T20Is follow before we meet next, with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka clashing as well. Do tag along for that one as well.
  • Jos Buttler, the losing skipper laments that they leaked 10-15 runs too many with the ball. Admits to his bowlers being largely awry yet dragging it back towards the end. Says that when Alex Hales looks good like he did at the start, the fielders don't matter and at that stage they looked to go good. About hoping for Australia to beat New Zealand for England to qualify, he states that they won't WISH for anything and just LET the things take their own course.
  • The Player of the Match award is given to Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain says that it feels good to do well against an English side that has been a force to reckon with in limited overs cricket of late. Admits to having no great clue about the ideal score on this wicket and the start provided by his batters augured well for them. About his own form, he reckons that he was a knock away from getting back among the runs and he always looked to give it his all. Iterates that the conditions were tough for fielding yet his side did well to come out on the right side of the result.
  • Alex Hales began well in the pursuit of the tall target. He was timing the ball crisply and bashing it brilliantly till the time he was sent back. David Malan was the only other English batter who looked like posing a fight. The duo's association of 65 runs gave their side a realistic chance of gunning the score down. But then, the others failed to turn up and that turned out to be their undoing. Not sure if this is yet another batting failure for them or a bowling failure this time. For the Kiwis, Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowler, varying his flight and pace, in course of picking up a couple of wickets. They never let the tourists off the hook in the run chase. Let's wait to hear what the presentation has for us.
  • Pretty one-way traffic in the end. England have been steamrolled yet again in this tri-series. In the previous games, the talks revolved around their bowling not getting a chance to come good due to their batting failures. But here, when they did bowl first, they failed to exhibit much control, so much so that they ended up conceding a mountain full of runs. That proved a bit too much in the end for their batters, who yet again fell short.
  • 19.6 FOUR! Speared in on the pads, Rashid just tickles it fine down the leg side and the ball races away to the fence. Counts for nothing more than reducing the DEFEAT MARGIN TO 12 RUNS! First win for New Zealand in the series.
  • 19.5 Squeezed out through point for a single.
  • 19.4 Full and outside off, Mark misses it.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Streaky but that's what you get with tailenders in. Length ball angling away, Wood gives it his all but gets a thick outside edge past the keeper and into the third man fence.
  • 19.2 Outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 19.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • Mark Wood is the next man in. Boult is on a hat-trick and Rashid will face it.
  • 18.6 CURTAINS FOR WILLEY! Yorker on the stumps, Rashid digs it out. The ball rolls towards the keeper, who takes down the stumps at his end with a dive as Willey tries to get in with a dive of his own. Both the Tims seem pretty confident as the umpire takes it upstairs. First look by the TV umpire confirms the first line. 172/9
  • Another run out appeal taken upstairs. Seifert does well to fire a throw at the striker's end. Willey tries to get in with a dive. The end decision is to be made by the TV umpire.
  • 18.5 This is around off, David charges down and takes it on the full towards mid off. Just one possible.
  • 18.4 Very full on the stumps, a low full toss in fact. Hit back towards the bowler, whose leg stops the ball from going past him.
  • 18.3 This is hit down to long on for a single. 26 off 9 needed.
  • 18.2 Another yorker outside off, dug out well by Rashid for nothing.
  • 18.2 WIDE! Full and spearing down the leg side. Adil misses the flick.
  • 18.1 Yorker outside off, Willey squeezes it out through point on the off side for one.
  • Adil Rashid is the second last batter for the English. Since that was the end of the over, he won't be facing the hat-trick ball as of now.
  • 17.6 OUT! Boult is breathing fire. Two in two for him. Spears in another full and straight delivery in line of the stumps, Plunkett charges down the track in a bid to go big. Misses the ball completely to see a mess made of his stumps. The end is nigh for the visiting team. Numerically, 29 off 12 needed, with two wickets in hand. 168/8
  • Liam Plunkett walks in at 9.
  • 17.5 OUT! You miss, I hit! Boult spears this full aiming at the off stick. Jordan looks to go downtown but misses the ball. The ball doesn't miss the off stick. Boult is all charged up.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Swat! Banged short around middle and leg, Jordan hangs back and flat-bats it through square leg for a quadruple.
  • 17.3 Full and well outside off, would have been a wide if he would have let it be. Gets it off the toe end through covers for one.
  • 17.2 Gets it off the inner edge towards fine leg for one.
  • 17.1 Fuller in length, Jordan misses the flick. The ball goes past the leg stick and Seifert behind fails to collect that. Two byes.
  • Trent Boult is back on. 37 off 18 needed.
  • 16.6 Another skier goes down! Jordan launches it high into the night sky, there's enough time for Southee to settle under it and pouch it at the deep mid-wicket fence. Yet he fails to hang onto that and offers Chris a reprieve. A run taken. 160/6
  • 16.5 Tossed up on the stumps, Jordan can only manage to push it back to the bowler.
  • 16.4 Fired outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • Chris Jordan is the next man in.
  • 16.3 OUT! Easy peesy! Floated up on the stumps, Malan looks to help himself to another maximum but picks out Boult at long on to perfection. End of another good but futile knock from him. His side is still 39 runs away from the target.
  • 16.2 SIX! Kabooom! Malan gets to the pitch of the ball and blasts it over the deep mid-wicket fence for half a dozen.
  • 16.2 WIDE! The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 16.1 Fired on the pads, Malan gets it off the inner half towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 15.6 DROPPED and SIX! Santner the criminal! Googly outside off, not sure Willey picked that up. Slogs it towards wide long on where Santner is stationed. He times his jump to perfection yet fails to latch onto that. The ball ricochets off his hands and goes over the fence. Costly miss? 149/5
  • 15.5 It's been driven superbly through the covers. Two runs added to the total.
  • 15.4 SAFE! Willey pushes it towards mid off and sets off for a single. Williamson fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. The ball deflects towards long on and another one is taken. The TV umpire is referred to and he confirms in the first look that the batter is safe.
  • Direct hit at the bowler's end. Referred upstairs just to be safe. David Willey is the man in question.
  • 15.3 The batsman picked it early and slog swept it through the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.2 Punched through covers for one.
  • 15.1 SIX! Willey, you beauty! Gets a nice tossed up delivery which he banishes it over the mid-wicket fence for half a dozen.
  • Ish Sodhi is back on.
  • 14.6 3rd T20I fifty for Malan. Smashes it down the ground for a brace to get to the mark. 6 runs and a wicket off this one. 131/5
  • David Willey makes his way out to the center.
  • 14.5 OUT! Four flushed! That's what spin bowling is all about. At a time when batters would be expected to come at you, as a spinner, one would expect you to dart the deliveries quicker. But Santner is brave to flight it up generously. The line is outside off, forcing Billings to reach for it in order to sweep it. Sam does just that and gets a top edge towards short fine leg. Sodhi runs to his right and takes it with a dive forward. 68 off 31 needed for England.
  • 14.4 Santner sees Billings come down the track and fires this flatter. Sam adjusts his shot and slaps it through covers for a brace.
  • 14.3 Short in length, Malan looks to power it through mid-wicket but only manages to get it off the bottom half for one.
  • 14.2 Knocked down to long on for a single.
  • 14.1 Brave. Tossed up delivery around off, Billings blocks it from the crease.
  • Mitchell Santner to roll his arm.
  • 13.6 Back of a length ball on the stumps, Sam goes back to steer it to third man. Manages an inside edge onto the pads to the off side for one. 125/4
  • 13.5 FOUR! Shot! You can have as many men as you want in the deep, yet I will find the gap, says Billings. This is short in length, Billings nails the pull through backward square leg. Finds the gap to bring down the required runs to 73 off 37 balls.
  • Another man goes deep in the leg side.
  • 13.4 Play and miss. Full and well outside off, Sam gets across and looks to SWEEP this away. All he manages is a faint tickle onto his pads and through to the keeper.
  • 13.3 Good running. Billings glides this length ball towards third man and takes a couple.
  • 13.2 Now he charges down the track and pushes it through covers for one.
  • 13.1 Length ball outside off, Malan looks to pull it away but misses.
  • Tim Southee is back.
  • 12.6 On the pads, nudged down to fine leg for one. 117/4
  • 12.5 FOUR! Lovely. Full and slanting away, Malan has enough room to drive it through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 12.4 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 12.3 On the pads, Sam misses the flick. The ball hits him on the pads and an appeal is drawn. No says the umpire.
  • 12.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 12.1 Angling in on the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
  • Sam Billings comes in next, with his side needing 88 more off 8 overs.
  • 11.6 Goes the distance? NO! Jos Buttler is OUT of here! Nicely tossed up around off and middle, he charges down the track, gets to the pitch and belts it over mid off. Seems to have made a decent contact and we were admiring the not-yet-confirmed biggie. But lo! The ball fails to clear the ropes, enabling Southee to pouch that with ease. Mind you, this wasn't an easy catch. Perhaps the wind made the ball stay in rather than going over. The reason being, Southee first took a couple of steps back, anticipating the ball to either clear him or catch it at the end of the ropes but then had to come in a couple of steps and take that. Brilliant take. 109/4
  • 11.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Innovation at its best. Malan anticipates that he won't have a floated delivery after the previous ball. Gets a flatter one on a shorter length outside off, he gets down and reverse sweeps it over backward point for another boundary.
  • 11.3 SIX! BOOM! Bashed with disdain. Floated on middle, Malan gets down and slog sweeps it over deep mid-wicket for a mighty hit.
  • 11.2 Lofted down to long off for a single.
  • 11.1 Flatter on the pads, flicked round the corner for nothing.
  • Ish Sodhi is back on.
  • 10.6 Jos gets off the mark with a cover drive. 97/3
  • 10.5 Outside off, pushed through point for one.
  • Jos Buttler walks in next. Needs more than a skipper's knock here.
  • 10.4 OUT! Direct hits more often than not prove fatal and this one too, does the same. Vince's first outing in Australia ended in a run out and so does his first in New Zealand. He pushes this towards mid off and looks to pinch a run. Is a touch lazy in making it in. Williamson from extra cover cuts it off and nails down the stumps at the bowler's end. It is taken upstairs but that's just the formality. The replay finds James well short and that's that. The visitors are still 102 away.
  • Gone? Should be! James Vince and run out. Familiar words? Direct hit at the bowler's end is referred upstairs. The first four-letter word in this insert should stand true...
  • 10.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 10.2 DROPPED and FOUR! The first description is a harsh one but that's the truth. Malan lofts it over covers and thinks it to be a safe boundary. But Santner rushes to his right from long off. He flings himself with his arms outstretched and just manages to get a hand to it. That's all he can manage as the ball slips in to the fence post that. Would have been a screamer.
  • 10.1 The batsman has been hit on the glove or forearm.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is brought into the attack.
  • 9.6 Length ball outside off, Malan looks to force it through the off side. Gets it past the off stump from an inside edge towards short fine leg for one. 90/2
  • 9.5 Similar shot, Malan misses it yet again. Gets rapped on the front pad, that draws an LBW appeal. Turned down. Height could be a factor.
  • 9.4 OUCH! Malan gets down to sweep this but misses. The ball strikes him on the helmet grill and the rear protective gear falls off. No harm caused.
  • 9.3 This one is pulled through square leg for one.
  • 9.2 SIX! Sweet! Fuller in length outside off, perhaps the knuckle ball. Vince picks it up early and just chips it up over wide mid on. The timing is such that the ball sails over the fence.
  • 9.1 Full outside off, Vince misses his sweep.
  • 8.6 Quick, short and flat, pulled through square leg. One run to end the over. 82/2
  • 8.5 Flighted delivery outside off, driven through the covers for a double.
  • 8.4 Fuller on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • James Vince walks out next.
  • 8.3 OUT! ALEX HALES IS GONE! This is a huge wicket for New Zealand. Hales was looking good out there and he's walking back rather cheaply. His expression describes it all, disgusted with himself. Half tracker on middle, Hales pulls it straight to Colin de Grandhomme at deep mid-wicket. Simplest of catches for him, sends Alex back just short of a fifty.
  • 8.2 Floated on the stumps and it's swept through backward square leg for one run.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Premeditated shot and it's paid dividends. Dawid Malan kneels down to play the reverse sweep and places it in the gap between backward point and short third man. Boundary!
  • 7.6 This is what Williamson wanted. A tight over and he's got that. Just 3 off it. It's tucked to fine leg for a run. 74/1
  • 7.5 Malan has missed out. He knows that. Juicy full toss outside off, Malan makes room and smacks this hard, only to find the man at extra cover. Either side of the fielder and that was away.
  • 7.4 Fraction straight in line, it's worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 7.3 Slower in pace, Hales picks it up and hits it to the covers. But straight to the fielder again.
  • 7.2 Touch short outside off, pushed to extra cover. No run taken.
  • 7.1 Length ball angling in from around the wicket, it's worked square on the leg side for a single.
  • Colin Munro is brought into the attack.
  • 6.6 SIX! BOOM! Tossed up, Hales gets low to this and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum. That went a long way. Deep, deep into the stands. 71/1
  • 6.5 Spinning away from around off, Hales plays and misses.
  • 6.4 Where is the slip, Kane Williamson? That would have been out had there been one. Easy. Tossed up, Malan closes the face a bit too early and gets an edge which goes through the vacant slip cordon. Single taken.
  • 6.3 FOUR! Short ball outside off, Malan stays deep inside his crease and slaps it through the covers for a boundary. The 50-partnership is up too.
  • 6.2 Wrong 'un from Sodhi and it's turned a long way. Landed short around off, Malan doesn't pick it up as he reaches out to make connection.
  • 6.1 Tossed up leg break around off, Malan is well forward in defense.
  • Ish Sodhi is brought into the attack. His spell will be crucial in how this innings shapes out.
  • 5.6 Streaky but England will take it. Slower one, takes the inside edge of Dawid Malan's bat and goes towards fine leg. Boult chases it down and keeps the batsmen to three run. 60/1 at the end of the Powerplay for England, this is a good start for them. 60/1
  • 5.5 FOUR! Finally makes some sweet connection! Southee continues with the short stuff and Malan powers it with a pull over mid-wicket, beating the man in the deep.
  • 5.4 Takes some of the pace off this as it's landed on a length on middle and leg, Hales works it behind square leg for a single.
  • 5.3 Short again, pulled over mid-wicket for just a single.
  • 5.2 Another mistimed pull from Malan, on the bounce towards mid on. The surface is a bit sticky from the looks of things, which is making it difficult for the southpaw to connect cleanly.
  • 5.1 Just behind a length, quite close to off, Malan mistimes his pull towards mid on.
  • Tim Southee returns.
  • 4.6 FOUR! Hasn't exactly middled it, but it's runs all the same. 20 off the over as Alex Hales slices it over backward point for a boundary. 51/1
  • 4.5 SIX! BANG! Hales taking the attack to Boult here. Back of a length and it's pulled with aplomb over mid-wicket for a flat biggie. Went like a rocket, that.
  • 4.4 FOUR! That is an excellent shot. Clever stuff from Alex Hales. Picked his spot and executed his spot to perfection. Quite full on off, Hales gets low and squeezes it between point and backward point to send it all the way for a boundary.
  • 4.3 Length ball hurled outside off, Hales looks to muscle this, pulls it down the ground but straight to Southee on the bounce.
  • 4.2 Full ball well outside off, Hales drives but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 4.1 SIX! And Trent Boult is taken for a ride! Big, big hit from Alex Hales. Short ball into the body, Alex swivels a touch and pulls it with a lot of power over square leg. Gets a lot of height and enough distance on it to clear the fence for a maximum.
  • Trent Boult is back on.
  • 3.6 Shout for a leg before! But nothing from the umpire. Maybe a slight inside edge? Pitching outside leg maybe? Full on the stumps, Malan kneels and misses the sweep. 31/1
  • 3.5 Sliding in on middle and leg, quite fast in pace. Catches Hales on the pads who misses his flick and goes away through the vacant slip cordon. Leg bye taken.
  • 3.4 Quicker again, on a bit of a shorter length, Hales punches it firmly down the ground from the back foot and takes two.
  • 3.3 Flatter and straighter on middle and off, Hales goes deep inside the crease and whips it through backward square leg for one.
  • 3.2 Pushed quicker through the air again, on the stumps, Hales stays back and quietly keeps it out.
  • 3.1 Flatter and straighter on middle and off, Malan goes deep inside the crease and whips it through backward square leg for one.
  • 2.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries to end the over! Excellent timing from Alex Hales. Full ball and it's driven straight back down. Boult tries chasing it down from mid on, almost gets there but can't keep it in in time. 23/1
  • 2.5 FOUR! Shot! Short and wide, room to work with and Alex Hales cashes in on it. Cracks it through the covers and finds the fence.
  • 2.4 Wrists this away into the gap on the leg side for a single.
  • 2.3 Wonderful fielding effort from Colin de Grandhomme. Malan nicely leans into cover drive and looks to pierce the gap, but the all-rounder dives quickly to his left to make the stop.
  • 2.2 Was there an edge? Seems not, but there was some sound. Not sure of what. Short of a good length zipping off the deck outside off, Dawid Malan looks to fiercely cut this through point but is beaten.
  • Dawid Malan walks in at No.3.
  • 2.1 OUT! Another failure for the usually dangerous Jason Roy! Just back of a length on off, some movement away and that probably does Roy in. Looks to clear mid on from within his crease but doesn't time it well at all. Towards Trent Boult who moves to his right and takes a simple catch. Early strike for New Zealand, exactly what they would have wanted.
  • Tim Southee to have a bowl now.
  • 1.6 Short in length, pulled to wide mid on. 14/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Brilliant. All wrists there. Tossed up outside off, the length is a touch short. Hales hangs back and directs it through the gap between covers and point for a boundary.
  • 1.4 Flatter outside off, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 1.3 Floated on the pads, Roy charges down but fails to get bat to that. The ball rolls to the on side and a leg bye is taken.
  • 1.2 Almost takes the square leg umpire! Served on a shorter length, Alex gets down and sweep-pulls it through square leg for one. Off the mark.
  • 1.1 Floated around off and middle, Hales stands back and presents a straight defensive bat.
  • Spin from the other end. Mitchell Santner has the white object in the hand. A slip in place.
  • 0.6 FOUR! Consecutive boundaries to end the over! That's absolutely spanked by Jason Roy. Bit ahead of a length outside off, Roy powerfully hits this through the covers and sends it across the boundary line. 8/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Shot! Short ball into the body, Jason Roy is onto this in a flash as he rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 0.4 Short of a good length outside off, pushed firmly to cover but straight to the fielder.
  • 0.3 This one is coming back in, on middle and off, Roy hangs back and presents a solid bat in defense.
  • 0.2 Length delivery angling across from around off, Roy comes half-forward and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 0.1 Banged in short right away by Trent Boult. Takes Jason Roy by surprise as he can only tamely drop it into the off side.
  • We are back for the chase. Trent Boult will bowl first up to Jason Roy who has a determined look on his face. He is partnered by Alex Hales. Two slips in pace. Let's roll!



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114