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New Zealand v England ODI Series 2013
Eden Park, Auckland
ENGLAND WIN! By five wickets in the end, and with the small matter of 75 balls to spare. Root hits the winning run, tucking a Mills short ball through mid-wicket with a calm pull shot. After his whirlwind knock in Napier the Yorkshireman showed a cool head to see the tourists over the line and clinch a 2-1 series victory.
Over 37 - England 185/5 (Root 27, Woakes 3) The scores are now level. Woakes gets them there with a flick through mid-wicket for a couple, Root having picked up four at the start of the Franklin over by driving a real long half volley to the cover boundary. He would, though, have probably been run out by a direct hit when sneaking a single to Brendon McCullum. Good idea to pick the wicketkeeper out in the field.
Over 36 - England 178/5 (Root 22, Woakes 1) Just a solitary single from the Mills over - England now need eight more from a further 84 deliveries. Remember their attention shifts to Test cricket after this, with the first match of the series getting underway in Dunedin on March 6. Both these two at the crease now for the tourists could be playing in that game.
Over 35 - England 177/5 (Root 21, Woakes 1) Five runs push England into single figures - nine needed as the batting powerplay has to be taken. Root on strike and again impressing, showing his maturity with another solid knock. If England need to move across to the other island for their next game, I suggest Root could probably walk across the water to get there.
Over 34 - England 172/5 (Root 17, Woakes 0) Southee finishes his spell, taking 3-48 from his 10. Good effort from him, always seems to pick up wickets in one-day cricket. England, meanwhile, are labouring a little in getting over the finishing line here. Still another 14 runs required.
WICKET! The Buttler won't be there at the end, splicing a bouncer from Southee high enough into the air for wicketkeeper Watling to run in and take a superb diving catch. Woakes is now in at seven to try and see this game through to a conclusion.
Over 33 - England 171/4 (Root 16, Buttler 3) Buttler gets off the mark from the second delivery he faces, whipping Ellis through mid-wicket for three runs. The slow outfield denies him a boundary. England now need a further 15 for victory.
WICKET! Morgan is stunned when Mills hangs on to a beauty at fine leg. The left-hander nailed a hook shot right out of the meat of the bat, but somehow Mills takes a step or two bat and then sticks his hands above his head to reel in the ball. All this from a man who a few overs ago couldn't get down low enough to stop a drive from the same batsman. Morgan looks stunned, so to some degree do Mills' team-mates. Bring out the Buttler!
Over 32 - England 167/3 (Root 15, Morgan 39) England haven't beaten New Zealand in a one-day series in New Zealand since 1992. Morgan is trying to end the wait in a hurry now, advancing to Southee and slapping the seamer straight down the ground for a crunching four. He then cashes in on the extra delivery following a dubious wide, slapping the miffed seamer over long-on for six more. Just 19 needed now by England, only the 32 overs to get them in...
Over 31 - England 153/3 (Root 14, Morgan 28) Root nicks the strike with a single off the last ball of the Ellis over. He's going along at a strike-rate in the 30's, Morgan, meanwhile, is at 155.55. Anyway, time for a DRINK at Eden Park - at least they did have to turn the lights on at the ground.
Over 30 - England 151/3 (Root 13, Morgan 27) Maiden from Southee to Root. Does that six balls show England are panicking as this run-chase draws to a close? Is there a chance they could falter at the last? No. No there isn't. It just a matter of when, not if, they win this match.
Over 29 - England 151/3 (Root 13, Morgan 27 Morgan manages to put Ellis over the top of mid-on for four with just one hand on the bat, then miss-times a pull so badly to finish the over that he nearly cue-ends it to cover. Root, meanwhile, just goes about his work with the minimum of fuss, picking off the singles to take England closer to a series victory.
Over 28 - England 144/3 (Root 11, Morgan 23) Yep, as expected Morgan is going to open his shoulders. He plants Nathan McCullum's off-spin about 10 rows back at long-off for a six, then picks up a four from the next ball with an ugly swipe that Mills fails to stop at mid-on - it was like he was going down in stages to try and get something behind the ball.
Over 27 - England 132/3 (Root 10, Morgan 12) Four easy singles for England - get the feeling, though, that Morgan doesn't want to win this with a series of ones. Attention in the commentary box is already turning to the Test series - Simon Doull has heard that Peter Fulton - or Two Metre Peter as he's also known - could be picked to open the batting for the hosts, who will of course be without the injured Martin Guptill.
Over 26 - England 128/3 (Root 8, Morgan 9) Southee is bowling to a plan against Morgan - there's a packed off-side field and he's pitching it up looking for a drive to feed the two slips. Morgan duly obliges with the shot not once but twice, both times sending the ball to the boundary. Worth a go from New Zealand, but the two fours means the fat lady needs to start warming up.
Over 25 - England 120/3 (Root 8, Morgan 1) Root cuts gloriously for four - sign of a good player when you've got time to pick your spot perfectly in a packed field. England need another 66 as they reach the halfway stage of their innings.
Over 24 - England 116/3 (Root 4, Morgan 1) Morgan is off the mark immediately, albeit in streaky fashion with a thick edge straight to where a second slip would have been stationed. Root looks a bit more certain when he drives, getting a pair of runs with a shot that goes square of the wicket. He also nicks the strike with a run to third man off the final ball. Still, a good over from Southee, who has now picked up two in two.
WICKET! Captain Cook is sunk by a delivery from around the wicket, Southee getting the England skipper to nick off three runs shy of a half-century. At least Eoin Morgan won't hang about in pursuit of this total.
Over 23 - England 112/2 (Cook 47, Root 1) Just a single off the Mills over. England need a further 74 runs. Little more to add, really. Did I tell you I once met Sir Trevor Brooking at a table tennis match? No? Well, now you know.
Over 22 - England 111/2 (Cook 46, Root 1) Root - England's new bright young thing - is in at no 4 and presented with two men catching in at mid-wicket. Southee bowls full and straight until he can't help but have a go with a bouncer, allowing the Yorkshireman to pull impressively out to the man at deep square leg to get off the mark. Cook, though, keeps the strike with a single off the final ball of the over with a tickle to fine leg.
WICKET! So much for Trott taking his time and seeing England over the line. An ambitious cover drive sees him get a thin nick on Southee's first delivery back, providing Watling with a low catch behind the stumps.
Over 21 - England 108/1 (Cook 44, Trott 38) This is perfect for Cook and Trott, two men who won't accelerate despite England seemingly cruising to victory. Of course, for those of us who want to finish work early they're a complete nightmare. Mills was summoned back into the attack for over no.21, and now Southee too is going to be given a second spell.
Over 20 - England 106/1 (Cook 43, Trott 36) England's century comes up at the start of the 20th over - this is the fastest they've reached three figures during the series. Trott celebrates the milestone with a well-timed back-foot drive to the cover fence, then nearly runs himself out when Cook rejects what would have been a suicidal single to the man inside the circle.
Over 19 - England 99/1 (Cook 42, Trott 30) Just a solitary single - coming via a late cut from Trott's New Balance bat - from the Franklin over. No real need for England to worry about the required rate, though. They only need another 87 from the remaining 31 overs.
Over 18 - England 97/1 (Cook 41, Trott 29) Can we just speed this up to the end now? It seems New Zealand's slim hopes have now left town, meaning England just need to work their way up to their required total. Can't we just make up the scores and save everyone about 90 minutes?
Over 17 - England 93/1 (Cook 38, Trott 28) Cook gets a streaky boundary when a thick edge that would have been swallowed up by a second slip races away to the fence. New Zealand don't have any catchers in at all for Franklin, who always strikes me as a bit of a reluctant bowler. He looks capable of bowling half-a-yard quicker, but just seems more keen on batting these days.
Over 16 - England 87/1 (Cook 33, Trott 27) Cook produces a late back-cut that beats backward point and goes for four more. Nathan McCullum looks to the heavens in disgust, showing us all that he could well have to follow compatriot Martin Crowe in making a trip to Advance Hair Studios. Time for a DRINK in Auckland - New Zealand need some inspiration...and fast. England, in contrast, need just 99 more runs to clinch the series.
Over 15 - England 80/1 (Cook 27, Trott 26) Franklin spoils a decent over when the last ball, bowled from around the wicket, drifts onto Trott's pads, allowing him to deflect it away for four down to fine leg. At this stage New Zealand were 35-3 in their innings, reeling after a stunning opening burst from new-ball pair Anderson and Finn.
Over 14 - England 75/1 (Cook 26, Trott 22) More easy singles for England, despite New Zealand having six men inside the circle. There's a slip in place, too, but nothing looks likely of coming his way right now. Williamson's one and done - James Franklin is being drafted into the attack in his place.
Over 13 - England 71/1 (Cook 23, Trott 19) Trott welcomes Williamson into the attack with a cheeky reverse sweep that beats the diving Rutherford and goes for four. The next ball is wider and shorter, allowing the right-hander to rock back and cut for three more. Three singles to follow make it nine from Kane's first over - will he be able to bowl another?
Over 12 - England 62/1 (Cook 22, Trott 11) Easy work for England, this pair milking four singles off Nathan McCullum's second over. New Zealand need wickets, and fast. Problem is they don't really have a bowler they can turn to to get them. Kane Williamson is the next cab off the rank.
Over 11 - England 58/1 (Cook 21, Trott 8) Trott brings up England's half-century with a classical cover drive that neither extra cover nor mid-off can get near to stopping. The tourists are cruising along here in their run-chase - they need a further 128 runs to win with nine wickets in hand. Their run-rate is above five - it only needs to be 3.28.
Over 10 - England 49/1 (Cook 20, Trott 3) New Zealand end the mandatory powerplay with an over of spin from Nathan McCullum. They've cut off mid-wicket and also have a man for the sweep at short fine leg, though that doesn't stop the Warwickshire batsman from getting the shot out to pinch the strike.
Over 9 - England 49/1 (Cook 20, Trott 2) Good over from Ellis, who is no more than medium-fast but has been the most consistent of the Kiwi bowlers so far. McCullum has also introduced some inventive fields, including packing the point and cover regions for Trott, cutting off one of his favourite areas. Having said that, he still manages to glide a single down to third man.
Over 8 - England 48/1 (Cook 20, Trott 1) Southee attempts two yorkers to Cook, who digs them both out. Sadly the New Zealand seamer also tries to get rid of the England skipper with something short and wide outside off stump. That's money for old jam for Cook, allowing him to get out his favourite cut shot to get his third boundary of the innings.
Over 7 - England 44/1 (Cook 16, Trott 1) Trott gets off the mark from the first ball he faces with a flick for one towards mid-wicket, though it might have been tight if the throw had been on target at the bowler's end. Ellis makes a breakthrough for the hosts, then, but England are 44-1 after seven. At the same stage New Zealand were 11-2.
WICKET! Bell gives his wicket away to a rank long hop. With the chance to hit it wherever he wants, he decides to pop it straight down the throat of Rutherford out at deep square leg. Ellis just about has enough of his boot behind the line to avoid seeing the wicket wiped off by a no ball.
Over 6 - England 40/0 (Cook 16, Bell 22) Southee too full this time to Bell, who drives emphatically down the ground for four more - these two England openers are matching each other stroke-for-stroke. England have raced to 40 without loss from six overs without taking any real risks. New Zealand are going to make a change - Ellis is taking over from Mills.
Over 5 - England 33/0 (Cook 16, Bell 15) Cook overtakes Bell in the scoring race thanks to 11 runs from the Mills over. There's a flicked pull backward of square for four, then another boundary comes courtesy of a well-placed aerial drive over the top of the cover fielder. Three to finish through mid-wicket makes it 11 runs from the over. England coasting along here. McCullum - complete with side strain - dives out in the deep to prevent his opposite number finding the fence for a third time in the over.
Over 4 - England 22/0 (Cook 5, Bell 15) Another glorious boundary from Bell, a pull shot off the front foot emphatically telling Southee that he's not quick enough to worry the England right-hander with any short stuff. FYI - McCullum has apparently suffered a side injury, so that is why he's stood at mid-off rather than behind the stumps with the gloves on.
Over 3 - England 17/0 (Cook 4, Bell 11) Bell is not going to try and win this in singles; a thick-edged flick through mid-wicket has enough on it for four before he then gets his next attempt right out of the screws, meaning the shot carries all the way over the rope. It took New Zealand 32 overs to hit their first maximum - it's taken England 17 deliveries.
Over 2 - England 7/0 (Cook 4, Bell 1) Tim Southee helps out England's cause with a couple of wides, while a delivery just about inside the markings is driven away by Cook backward of point for a couple of runs. No way should 185 be enough to bother England, that is about 100 runs shy of a decent score on this flat pitch and with the short straight boundaries.
Over 1 - England 3/0 (Cook 2, Bell 1) Both of England's openers get off the mark in the opening over of their reply, bowled by Kyle Mills. Just a point of note - New Zealand have BJ Watling behind the stumps, not Brendon McCullum. No word as to whether that is due to an injury or not.
Run chase So England are about to set out in pursuit of a target of 186 to not only win this match but also the series.
Halfway stage So New Zealand fail to use 37 deliveries in their innings. Dominic Cork's thoughts on England's bowling performance - "Fantastic again. Finn was exceptional backed up by Anderson. Even Woakes, we talk about England having injuries, but he bowled very well there."
WICKET! After hitting a six and a four off Swann, McCullum picks the wrong man to try and clear at deep mid-wicket. A pull shot is hit hard, but Anderson does superbly to leap up, take the catch and then remain in the field of play, ending New Zealand's innings at 185. It would have been a lot less had it not been for McCullum, who was the last man out for 79 from just 68 deliveries.
Over 43 - NZ 174/9 (B McCullum 69, Southee 5) McCullum cuts away backward of point for four, then when Woakes pitches up to him he smashes a flat six down the ground that never gets above the height of the sightscreen. Trying to keep the strike, he calls Southee through for what looks to be a suicidal single. However, Woakes can't gather the ball and the diving No.11 is safe.
Over 42 - NZ 163/9 (B McCullum 58, Southee 5) McCullum latches onto a short ball from Broad, depositing it several rows back at square leg for his third maximum of the innings. Southee, too, shows he can deal with a bumper, getting the pull shot out to the final ball of the over to pick up four valuable runs for his side. He's no mug with the bat for a No.11 - in his last two first-class games he's hit a century and an 80-odd.
Over 41 - NZ 150/9 (B McCullum 50, Southee 0) A half-century for Brendan McCullum, his 25th in one-day cricket for his country. He's actually averaged over 50 in the 50-over format since taking over the captaincy from Ross Taylor. Sadly, though, he's now only got Tim Southee left for company.
WICKET! Woakes gets in on the act now, trapping Mills lbw right in front of middle with one that was full and straight. That, people, was plummer than plum jam in the middle of plum season. The umpire looked almost sorry to raise his finger, considering the tail-ender should have really walked for that.
Over 40 - NZ 148/8 (B McCullum 49, Mills 1) Good over from Broad to finish the batting powerplay, pegging things back after Finn and Anderson had let McCullum find the boundary on several occasions.
WICKET! Broad bangs one in to Ellis, who can't help but have a go at it. However, the tail-ender top edges the hook down towards fine leg, where Woakes takes an excellent catch low to his left, rolling forward after pouching the ball.
Over 39 - NZ 145/7 (B McCullum 47, Ellis 8) Anderson is now losing the plot a little, sending down two successive wides. There's also a boundary from McCullum's bat, a rank bad short ball being dispatched away backward of square leg. He had nine off 30 balls - he's now on 47 off 50.
Over 38 - NZ 133/7 (B McCullum 40, Ellis 7) McCullum's response to facing Finn? Go on the attack. A bumper is pulled away off the back foot for four, then the very next ball is dispatched off the front foot to the same mid-wicket region. Expecting the next one to be pitched up, he leans back and rockets the paceman down the ground for a six. In total 17 come from the over - Finn's previous eight had cost just 10.
Over 37 - NZ 116/7 (B McCullum 25, Ellis 6) Ellis shows he can bat a bit, giving himself a little more room by moving away to leg and then driving Anderson away through the covers from the final ball of the Anderson over. Perhaps McCullum doesn't have to put his foot quite to the floor just yet. For now, though, he has to deal with the rampaging Finn.
Over 36 - NZ 109/7 (B McCullum 23, Ellis 0) The batting powerplay didn't quite start as New Zealand would have wanted - Finn's comeback over gave up just two runs and also saw the wicket of Nathan McCullum. Brother Brendan must now put the foot to the floor or he's in danger of being stranded.
WICKET! Finn has just been too good for whichever New Zealand batsman has been in front of him. Nathan McCullum had tried walking across his stumps, resulting in him almost being bowled behind his legs, but foolishly pushes at one outside off, providing captain Cook with a catch at slip.
Over 35 - NZ 107/6 (B McCullum 23, N McCullum 2) Lovely shot from B McCullum, driving the returning Anderson to the right of mid-off for a welcome New Zealand boundary. Time now for the batting powerplay - got to fancy both McCullums will want to chance their arm during the fielding restrictions - what have they really got to lose, you know, apart from the series?
Over 34 - NZ 100/6 (B McCullum 18, N McCullum 1) McCullum and McCullum - sounds like a good name for a law firm. Anyways, these two are probably New Zealand's last real hope to post a decent total. Seems little point poking and prodding around in the hope of lasting 50 overs. They need to double their score at the very least.
WICKET! Franklin stabs back a short ball too close to Swann, who dives to his right to take a fine return catch. That's the off-spinner's 100th one-day wicket for England. He looks pleased, perhaps even a little surprised to have got himself down in time to take the chance.
Over 33 - NZ 95/5 (McCullum 18, Franklin 10) As we approach the batting powerplay, we're going to have some DRINKS in Auckland. Phil has got in touch via email (Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com), telling me he's checked the score having just got off the incredible ski slopes of Mammoth, California. It's alright for some, isn't it? New Zealand, meanwhile, have a mountain to climb at Eden Park.
Over 32 - NZ 92/5 (McCullum 17, Franklin 9) You knew it was only a matter of time. After playing patiently, McCullum can't resist having a go at the short boundary. He connects sweetly with a drive, sending the ball way over the rope at long-on for the first maximum of the match. To be fair, that six would have gone the distance at most grounds in world cricket. Better over for the Kiwis - nine from it.
Over 31 - NZ 83/5 (McCullum 9, Franklin 9) Woakes returns in place of Broad, who has pegged back his figures superbly after his first two overs cost 10 runs. Franklin drives nicely on the up through extra cover, but the outfield is so slow the ball still doesn't manage to reach the rope. Instead it's three more to the New Zealand score and there are five from the over in total.
Over 30 - NZ 78/5 (McCullum 6, Franklin 6) Singles, singles, singles. It's like signing up to Plenty of Fish. New Zealand need boundaries, yet they can't afford to lose wickets. Tough situation for messrs McCullum and Franklin to find themselves in, but limping along to 200 doesn't seem like it's going to be enough for the hosts to win this series.
Over 29 - NZ 74/5 (McCullum 4, Franklin 4) Cook does well to chase down a McCullum drive - not many times you reel in a shot that goes back beyond the bowler at this ground. Of course this is also a rugby venue - it has been known for a one-dayer to be played on a Friday before a Super Rugby contest is staged the following day. The wonders of a drop-in pitch.
Over 28 - NZ 70/5 (McCullum 2, Franklin 2) With New Zealand going nowhere and Finn now through seven overs (albeit at a cost of just six runs), Cook brings Swann back into the attack to try and work through a few cheap overs. The plan works first up, the off-spinner conceding just two runs in his comeback.
Over 27 - NZ 68/5 (McCullum 1, Franklin 1) Franklin is the new man in at seven, and he's off the mark with a single from the final ball of the over, denying Broad a maiden. Replays show Taylor asked the on-field umpire if 'Hot Spot' had showed up a nick on his bat from that 'catch' behind. Thing is, he's asking the wrong official! He needs to go into the pavilion and have a word with Mr Tucker instead.
Over 26 - NZ 67/5 (McCullum 1, Franklin 0) Finn fires down a maiden to McCullum, including one delivery that the New Zealand skipper tries to thrash past point but fails to make any contact with. The projected total for the hosts at the moment is 174 - even eight-an-over from here on in only gets them 259.
Over 25 - NZ 67/5 (McCullum 1, Franklin 0) So the Black Caps are now five down in rather controversial circumstances. Skipper McCullum has a long chat with the umpires after the decision to give Taylor out. That a run out and a possible non-edge that have cost the Kiwis their last two batsmen. Broad's head may well have exploded if that wasn't given out.
WICKET! Controversy here! Taylor is given out caught behind trying to cut Broad away, except he's not sure if he's got any bat on the delivery. The review is called for and, of course, Hot Spot doesn't show a mark on the bat. However, the slow-mo replays suggest there was a clear noise and with no clear evidence to say it's a wrong decision, third umpire Rod Tucker backs up his on-field companion and gives Taylor out.
Over 24 - NZ 65/4 (Taylor 26, McCullum 0) Scenting a chance to get a big scalp at such a crucial stage, Cook calls Finn back into the attack. He slowly works the speed gun before sending one down at 144kmh to McCullum, who now has to decide whether to stick or twist with his side going nowhere at the moment.
Over 23 - NZ 64/4 (Taylor 25, McCullum 0) McCullum nearly does to Taylor what Taylor did to Elliott, shouting for a run before then sending his team-mate back. Thankfully for the Kiwis, this time there's no chance of a wicket falling. England have placed a slip in for Broad now - had there been one at the start of the over, Elliott would have been caught two balls before he was dismissed.
WICKET! New Zealand shoot themselves in the foot with a run out, Taylor giving batting partner Elliott a yes...no...sorry call after contemplating coming back for a second run. Superb throw from the deep by Finn left Buttler with the simple task of whipping off the bails with Elliott well short of his ground.
Over 22 - NZ 62/3 (Taylor 24, Elliott 23) Another pair of singles from the over, meaning the 50 stand has now come up between Taylor and Elliott for the fourth wicket. This is a good attempt at a recovery from the duo, but there's still some way to go yet to get to a competitive total. Once again, the Black Caps are going to need skipper McCullum to come good.
Over 21 - NZ 59/3 (Taylor 23, Elliott 22) Good comeback over from Broad, leaking just a pair of singles after a rather expensive start to his day previously. He's actually been expensive throughout this series so far, and taken just two wickets in the process.
Over 20 - NZ 57/3 (Taylor 22, Elliott 21) After three times finding Woakes at short fine leg with well-timed shots, Elliott ends the over with a lovely lofted drive over the top of cover that brings him four runs. New Zealand need a few more shots like that to lift their run-rate - it currently stands at 2.85 an over. At the toss 300 was thought to be a par score, considering the excellent nature of the surface and the short boundaries.
Over 19 - NZ 51/3 (Taylor 21, Elliott 16) New Zealand's half-century comes up with a well-judged single to mid-on. There are further ironic cheers from the home crowd, which is now growing in number. Woakes gets away with a wide long hop when Morgan pulls of a superb diving stop at backward point to prevent what was a certain boundary for Elliott.
Over 18 - NZ 49/3 (Taylor 20, Elliott 15) Four singles from Swann's second over. Steady enough you might say, but England don't want to let New Zealand off the hook after such a fantastic start. Cook isn't the most aggressive of captains either - he's already posted a long-off and long-on for his premier spinner, despite the fact neither batsman has yet to threaten to launch him over the top.
Over 17 - NZ 45/3 (Taylor 18, Elliott 13) Woakes knocks over the stumps...but Taylor had already stepped back towards square leg due to someone moving behind the bowler's arm. THROW THE CULPRIT OUT! Nick Knight reveals Woakes had to make a choice in his teens between cricket and football. Well, I say football, Walsall were the club he was connected with.
Over 16 - NZ 41/3 (Taylor 18, Elliott 10) Swann comes on, giving us a change of pace. Elliott greets his arrival by lifting a drive over the head of cover for three runs, Finn doing well to pull the ball in just shy of the rope. Taylor nets two from a thick edge - this is a ground that is known as a bit of a graveyard for slow bowlers, and there's no sign of any turn. Anyways, time for DRINKS in Auckland. England still firmly on top.
Over 15 - NZ 35/3 (Taylor 14, Elliott 6) After going for three from the first two deliveries, Woakes comes fighting back with four dots to finish the over. With England not keen on picking Prior to bat at six instead of seven in their Test line-up, Woakes is in competition with Broad and Onions to be the third seamer in the attack for five-day cricket. May just be a little too early for him to be thrust into that role yet.
Over 14 - NZ 32/3 (Taylor 11, Elliott 6) Broad is punished for bowling too full and too straight at Taylor, who pushes the delivery straight in between the stumps and mid-on for a glorious boundary. Mark Richardson on commentary for Sky Sports points out that it's always a good sign for Taylor when he's playing with the full face of the bat, rather than falling over and looking to work to leg. Despite having their opponents three down, England have also now done away with any catchers behind the stumps.
Over 13 - NZ 26/3 (Taylor 7, Elliott 6) Another decent over from Woakes, Taylor taking him for two off his pads from the first ball but then proving unable to find a gap in the rest of it. Could Woakes be a Test option on this tour? Could he put Stuart Broad under pressure for his place? Send in your thoughts.
Over 12 - NZ 24/3 (Taylor 5, Elliott 6) Double change for England - Broad on now in place of Finn. Elliott eases a full delivery past backward point to get his first four of the afternoon. An embarrassed Kiwi in Dublin wants to know if his side are that bad, or England that good. A little from column A, a little from column B. Anderson and Finn bowled superbly, but New Zealand's top order looks a little weak. They do, however, have strength in the middle.
Over 11 - NZ 20/3 (Taylor 5, Elliott 2) Woakes replaces Anderson but doesn't give the batsmen anything to break the shackles. Taylor is twice beaten outside off stump, the second of them resulting in a half-hearted appeal for a catch behind the stumps - the ball had clearly clipped pad, not bat. There are a pair of singles to finish the over, drawing ironic cheers from the home crowd.
Over 10 - NZ 18/3 (Taylor 4, Elliott 1) A wide, a single to get Elliott off the mark and a leg bye off Taylor's thigh pad in the latest Finn over. So ends the first mandatory powerplay of the innings - New Zealand managed two boundaries, yes TWO boundaries, from their first 10 overs. By the way, the groundsman seems to have had one of those moments with the mower, apparently cutting a series of circles into the outfield to represent the planets. Someone should take his keys off him.
Over 9 - NZ 15/3 (Taylor 5, Elliott 0) Just as we appear set to have five maidens on the trot, Taylor goes on the hook to almost flat-bat a short ball from Anderson to the square leg fence. Not the most attractive of shots, but New Zealand will take the runs any way they can get them right now.
Over 8 - NZ 11/3 (Taylor 0, Elliott 0) Whatever Anderson can do, Finn can do better. That's a wicket maiden for the Middlesex man and he now has superb figures of 2/3 so far from four overs, including two maidens. Such is England's position of strength that they now have a short leg in place for new man Grant Elliott. Sambenjo has tweeted in to suggest he may yet be in bed earlier than he thought. Long way to go yet, Sam.
WICKET! And another one bites the dust! After failing to get out of the blocks, Rutherford's eyes light up when he gets something a little short and wide. Yet in trying to flay it towards Dunedin, he only gets a thick edge through to Buttler behind the stumps.
Over 7 - NZ 11/2 (Rutherford 2, Taylor 0) Wicket maiden from Anderson, New Zealand's run-rate is going lower than a snake's belly right now. The seamer gets away with a possible wide to finish, the ball clipping new-man Ross Taylor's thigh pad. David Lloyd's first words on England - "high class bowling". He's not wrong.
WICKET! Anderson gets one now, Williamson hanging his bat out at a good-length delivery and edging comfortably through to wicketkeeper Buttler. Early issues again for the Black Caps.
Over 6 - NZ 11/1 (Rutherford 2, Williamson 7) Maiden from Finn - he has Rutherford hopping around with one well-directed short ball, then beats the outside edge with the next. The response from the Kiwi opener is to have a wild swing, though the only thing he makes contact with is fresh air. This new, shortened run-up is doing wonders for Finn's radar, and there's no reduction in his pace either.
Over 5 - NZ 11/1 (Rutherford 2, Williamson 7) New Zealand finally get their first boundary of the innings, Williamson pushing an over-pitched delivery from Anderson straight down the ground. Still, England have made another excellent start with the ball. Crowd hoped to be around 20,000 for this match - still some way short at the moment, even if this is a huge venue that is normally used for rugby union.
Over 4 - NZ 6/1 (Rutherford 1, Williamson 3) Finn starts his second over with two bouncers to Williamson, who doesn't have to duck that low to get underneath them. Kane is able (geddit? If you think that's bad, we're only just getting started) to get a single to mid-wicket and Rutherford gets off the mark at the seventh ball he faces, a well-timed drive netting him only one due to a superb diving stop by Ian Bell in the covers.
Over 3 - NZ 4/1 (Rutherford 0, Williamson 2) Williamson gets a single down to short third man (Trott isn't actually fielding at short third man, but he's barely 50 metres from the bat) and then Rutherford sees out five dots from Anderson, one of which beats the outside edge as it's pushed across the left-hander.
Over 2 - NZ 3/1 (Rutherford 0, Williamson 1) Superb stuff from Finn, who concedes just a single when he's a tad too straight with his first delivery at new-man Willamson. So much for no help from the pitch - Finn got a couple of balls to jag back off the surface. Watling looked all at sea against the pace and movement - surely he won't open for the Kiwis in the Tests in the absence of Martin Guptill? England might well be hoping he does.
WICKET! Finn on fire! Watling had already played and missed at two balls before he nicks the fourth of the over straight to Graeme Swann at second slip. Superb start for England.
Over 1 - NZ 2/0 (Watling 1, Rutherford 0) After a wide to start with, Anderson is right on the money to Watling. There's a single off the bat to finish the first over, a controlled thick edge off Watling's blade running along the carpet to third man. Some swing for the Burnley Express, too. That'll please him, because he's going to get no help whatsoever from this surface.
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Scoreboard pressure Craig McMillan reckons the Black Caps need between 280 and 300 on this surface, then have to take early wickets to put England under pressure in their chase. The key to such a total is getting off to a good start, something they couldn't do in Napier against pacemen Anderson and Finn.
Postage stamp Is a perfect, short explanation of exactly what this ground in Auckland is like. These boundaries are so short, particularly straight, that Eden Park actually wouldn't be allowed to be an international venue if it was trying to gain such status nowadays. It's a graveyard for poor bowlers - England blasted no less than 15 sixes in the Twenty20 fixture.
Pitch report "We still have the right balance in our line-up and some exciting players at the top of the order," says New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum. He also suggests this pitch at Eden Park is a tad drier in comparision to the one used in the T20 between the two nations. The Kiwis, meanwhile, have made one alteration - Andrew Ellis replaces Trent Boult.
Toss Alastair Cook calls heads, and heads it is. The England skipper unsurprisingly decides to have a bowl, having seen his team successfully chase down a target in the last game. The tourists are also unchanged from the XI that levelled the series on Wednesday.
Hello and welcome to coverage of the third and final one-dayer of the series, Eden Park in Auckland being the venue for the decider. News on the toss, and the team line-ups, will be along shortly.
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