NZ v Eng second Test, day five commentary

Last updated: 16th March 2008  

ENGLAND WIN BY 126 RUNS AND LEVEL THE SERIES AT 1-1 Thanks for your company over the five days and join us again next Saturday for over-by-over commentary on the series decider in Napier.

Over 20 - Panesar - 0-0-W 311ao - Wicket! It's all over as McCullum holes out to Sidebottom at wide mid-on to miss out on a century by 15 runs.

Over 19 - Anderson 0-2-1-0-0-W 311-9 - Dropped! Strauss at first slip can only parry an edged drive from McCullum - it was just above head height and should have been taken. Paul Collingwood at second slip moved across and then stopped, perhaps just enough to put off Strauss. Wicket! It's not going to matter as Gillespie edges the last delivery of the over behind to Tim Ambrose behind the stumps. Only Martin - 'the worst batsman in the history of the game,' according to Martin Crowe - still to come.

Over 18 - Panesar 1-0-0-0-0-0 308-8 - Change of ends for Panesar. McCullum pushes the first delivery for a single and Gillespie is content to get well forward and block out the next five. McCullum will have his eye on a century, he requires another 18, while New Zealand need 130 for victory.

Over 17 - Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0 307-8 - Anderson is into the attack for his first over of the day and it's a good one with all six deliveries in the off-stump channel. Gillespie survives, not sure how.

Over 16 - Sidebottom 0-4-1-3-0-4 307-8 - Sidebottom continues into his eighth over, but it could be his last as 12 runs flow. McCullum clears the front leg and smashes a wide delivery one-bounce to the extra cover boundary, takes advantage of Panesar's comical fielding to turn two into three, and then finishes off the over by edging just out of the reach of a diving Cook at point for another four.

Over 15 - Panesar 0-2-1-0-0-0 295-8 - Michael Vaughan opts for a change of pace with the introduction of left-arm spinner Monty Panesar. There is a slip, silly point and short-leg in place as McCullum cuts for two and then drives a single down the ground.

Over 14 - Sidebottom 4-0-0-0-0-0 292-8 - Sidebottom continues in search of a potential seven-wicket haul. Gillespie drives square to pick up his first boundary in Tests and leave New Zealand requiring 146 runs to win.

Over 13 - Broad 0-0-1lb-2-6 288-8 - Broad is just starting to tire after a sterling effort this morning, perhaps time for a bowling change? Jimmy Anderson's ankle is very sore but he's loaded up on painkillers and is out in the field, so presumably can bowl if required. McCullum takes us to DRINKS by hooking a short delivery for six over square-leg.

Over 12 - Sidebottom 1-0-0-0-0-4 279-8 - McCullum is denied a boundary as Gillespie can't get out of the way of his drive at the non-striker's end. But he does get four from the final delivery of the over by swatting a short ball out to the square-leg fence.

Over 11 Broad 1-0-1-0-0-0 274-8 - Gillespie gets his first run in Tests by backing away and prodding a short delivery into the covers for a single. The Wellington fast bowler has a best score of 81 not out in first-class cricket and two other half-centuries, so not a complete rabbit.

Over 10 - Sidebottom 0-1lb-0-0-0-0 272-8 - McCullum is again happy to take a single from the second ball of the over. Gillespie peppered England's lower order with bouncers in both innings and Sidebottom looks keen to return the favour.

Over 9 - Broad 0-1-0-0-0-0 271-8 - McCullum obviously went to the Steve Waugh school of batting with the lower order - expose your tailend partner to as much as the strike as possible in order to secure yourself a red inker. Gillespie survives for the time being.

Over 8 - Sidebottom 1-1lb-4-0-W-0 270-8 - Wicket! Mills is trapped lbw by a delivery that swung back in and trapped him in front, even umpire Koertzen doesn't need to think long about that one. It had been on the cards throughout Mills' innings. That wicket completes Sidebottom's third five-wicket haul in Tests and brings Gillespie out to the middle for his third Test innings, he's yet to score his first run.

Over 7 - Broad 0-0-1-0-0-4 264-7 - Mills steals a single into the off-side due to some dozy fielding. McCullum collects four with another flick off his pads down to fine-leg, it split two fielders perfectly.

Over 6 - Sidebottom 0-0-0-0-3-0 259-7 - Another vociferous lbw appeal against Mills, that one was just shaping past the leg-stump. Mills glances down to fine-leg and scampers through for three to retain the strike.

Over 5 - Broad 0-0-0-0-0-4 256-7 - McCullum brings up his eighth Test half-century (80b 5x4 2x6) with a cut into the ground that bounces up over the slips and runs away to the vacant third-man boundary.

Over 4 - Sidebottom 1lb-4-0-0-0-0 252-7 - Mills gets off the mark and takes New Zealand past the 250 in the process with a square drive that races away to the point boundary. Umpire Rudi Koertzen is not interested in an lbw appeal against Mills from the next ball, Rudi reckons it was too high and he would be right.

Over 3 - Broad 0-1lb-0-0-0-0 247-7 - Kyle Mills has joined McCullum in the middle and is not a total mug with the bat, averaging 13.33 in Tests. He also has a first-class century to his name. After Mills come Mark Gillespie and Chris Martin, and they really can't bat at all.

Over 2 - Sidebottom 0-0-0-0-0-W 246-7 - Ryan Sidebottom beats Daniel Vettori outside off-stump with each of his first two deliveries. Sidebottom has got the new cherry swinging with three slips and a gully in place. Wicket! Vettori again feels for the ball outside his off-stump from the final delivery of the over, but this time gets an edge that is held by Cook moving to his right at third-slip.

Over 1 - Broad 0-0-0-4-0-0 246-6 - A further point in England's favour is that the second new ball is only one over old. Stuart Broad passes Brendon McCullum's outside edge with the first delivery of the day. McCullum is already swinging at everything, he misses with a couple of wild attempts to drive but then finds the boundary by moving across his stumps and flicking down to fine-leg.

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PITCH REPORTSky Sports' pitch expert Sir Ian Botham is confident that England can finish things off this morning, so confident that he's booked a spot of fishing for later in the day. Botham believes the pitch will continue to offer something for the bowlers as it has throughout the first four days.

WEATHER WATCH The sun is out and the wind is nothing like the gusting, gale-force strength of yesterday. Remember, you can get in touch throughout today's play by using the FEEDBACK icon on the scorecentre. Do you see England having any problems wrapping up the win?

WELCOME to over-by-over commentary on the final day of the second Test between New Zealand and England at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. New Zealand resume at 242-6 in their second innings, requiring a further 196 runs for victory, while England need four wickets. Play starts at 2130h (GMT), join us then.

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