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Last Updated: 15/02/13 8:52am
And with a mere 44 deliveries to spare. A cake walk at the Cake Tin. Those of us who described the first two games as one-sided or convincing victories have been shown the folly of our limited imagination. An absolutely crushing victory for England here, with Lumb's six to win it the most incredible hit I've seen from an England batsman since Eoin Morgan walloped Dale Steyn out of the Wanderers a few years back.
Cricket. What a game it is. Butler bowled four overs and took 2/9 in the last game. He's now gone for 41 in 2.4 here as Hales dispatches him for two more legside boundaries before Lumb picks up his half-century and wins the game in EXTRAORDINARY style by pulling Butler high, high, high over square-leg and over the huge stands at the Cake Tin. That is a heck of a roof to clear, and Lumb did it easily.It was Lumb who actually got this innings up and running for England before being so comprehensively overshadowed by Hales, but he's back front and centre now with a couple of twos before a glorious inside-out drive over cover for six. Tough shot to play against a spinner like McCullum, who then misses the chance to run Lumb out as he misses the stumps after collecting Guptill's throw.Hales' 50 comes up in fine style as he advances at McClenaghan and swivel-pulls the resulting short ball into the stands behind square-leg for six before the next ball is clubbed down the ground for four more. McClenaghan goes back to the bouncer, and Hales absolutely hammers it way, way back over the square-leg fence. Almost a tennis smash rather than a hook shot. Outrageous hitting. The next shot is aimed down the ground and slightly mistimed but still has enough on it to carry the boundary. Impossible to believe this is the same batsman who so cluelessly shambled his way through McClenaghan's first over.Hales here providing a textbook example of how quickly form can return. For three overs he looked like he'd never held a cricket bat before. Now he's the master of all he surveys as he smacks Nathan McCullum down the ground for four to move closer towards his half-century.Franklin picked up some cheap wickets as England shambled towards defeat in Hamilton. Different story today. All he can try and do is stem the flow of runs. He succeeds to some extent, with only seven runs coming form it. The most interesting part of the over is a Lumb straight drive that cannons into the stumps at the non-striker's end but doesn't dislodge the bails. Must be using the heavy bails in windy Wellington.Lumb has played some glorious shots today. The two sixes he hit off McClenaghan were magnificent, and now he's deposited Nathan McCullum over the legside boundary for six more.New Zealand have first missed chances to remove Hales early, and then pumped him up to such an extent that he's angered himself back into form. Well done, Kiwis. Boult back into the attack, Boult smashed over midwicket for a huge six.Good over from Nathan McCullum to restore some sanity, but the fact is England can afford a quiet over or two now. The treatment being meted out to the short balls from New Zealand's quicks shows you just how well the England pacemen bowled theirs.That sound you can hear is New Zealand's wheels falling off. Twenty-three runs in the end from a horror show of an over from Butler as Hales takes advantage of poor lines and worse lengths to pick up three legside boundaries to go with five bonus runs for a ludicrous bouncer that flies way over his head and clears McCullum as well. Butler pumped up after his previous over, but lost all control there. Hard to see England messing up from here.Eventful. Lumb starts the over with two sweet swings of the bat for back-to-back sixes, the first a full delivery eased over long-off before the left-hander correctly anticipates a short ball to follow up and swats it over midwicket. Hales then gets a huge top edge that sails high towards square-leg, and Brendon McCullum decides it's his catch even though he has 30 yards to cover and Ross Taylor had about five from square-leg. McCullum doesn't get there, and Hales gets another life. Taylor in a strong position to complete the job, before McCullum comes charging in from a weaker position and makes a mess of it. Where have we seen that before?Drop! Hales' charmed life continues as he top-edges an attempted pull shot off Butler and sends the ball looping to slip where Taylor mistimes his leap and is on the way back down as he tries to take the catch one-handed. He can't hold on. Hales struggling here, and attempts an ugly, desperate slog to leg that achieves nothing other than collecting a bruise on the thigh and some words of encouragement from the bowler. This is better, though, as Hales holds his shape to thump the last ball of the over straight back past the bowler for four.Mitch McClenaghan, probably New Zealand's best bowler in this series so far, shares the new ball and starts well. First Lumb survives a close leg-before shout - probably a touch high - before a nip-backer beats Hales' inside edge and whistles over the bails. A swing and a miss outside the off stump from Hales is followed by a chipped drive that almost carries to Nathan McCullum at cover. Superb maiden over from McClenaghan, and he could very easily have had a wicket or two as well.Trent Boult takes the new ball, and his first ball is down the legside and flicks the pad on its way through to Brendon McCullum. He thinks there's bat involved. No-one else does. The next ball is legside again, and this time there is bat on it. Plenty of bat, as Lumb clips it away behind square-leg for four. A push down the ground brings a single before Hales carves to third-man for two and then repeats the shot, this time getting it finer and a bit more top-edgier to pick up four. Fast start for England. Boult not quite getting his line right to either left- or right-hander in that over.England need 140 to win. That's seven an over, to save you digging out the old calculators.Sky Bet certainly expect England to get the job done here. They make the tourists just 2/9 to chase this target, with the hosts 3/1. Head to skybet.com for a full range of in-play markets.The side batting second have won all four previous T20Is held here at the Cake Tin. England will be confident of making that five and taking out this series to start their NZ tour in good style.Ian Butler gets a single before Franklin collects a crucial pair of boundaries, the first driven impressively over mid-off and the second nicked streakily past Buttler's despairing dive. WICKET! Franklin c Tredwell b Dernbach 15 Franklin carves the last ball of the innings to cover where Tredwell takes a simple catch. England have bowled superbly well, and you'd have to think New Zealand are 15 or 20 short of par there.The batsmen scurry a bye from the first ball of Dernbach's closing over, but the second one is a quick short ball that Nathan McCullum tries to run down to third-man but can only nick through to Buttler.Drop! Really tough chance put down by Finn at mid-off, diving forward to just get his fingers underneath Franklin's drive but he can't quite hold on. Would've been spectacular, but he's saved three runs there. More significantly for England, Finn is off for treatment on his fingers. WICKET! Guptill c & b Broad 59 The short ball does the trick again for Broad as Guptill departs for 59, trying to help the ball on its way behind square and only managing to poke it back to the bowler. Sensational from Broad, who ends with 3/15 from his four overs. England's two big fast bowlers have done a near-perfect job here.Guptill drives Dernbach through cover for four, adds two through midwicket and a scampered single to reach his half-century. Not his most fluent innings - only a run a ball - and a knock the significance of which will only really become clear in a couple of hours' time. Franklin misses a Dernbach slower ball, but the batsmen are easily able to complete a bye as the ball bounces through to Jos Buttler to allow Guptill to get back on strike and smash a low full-toss over the ropes at midwicket.Guptill's frustration growing, kicking the turf as he once again manages to find only a single. Franklin lands a blow, though, thrashing Finn over cover for four. He adds a single to long-leg before Guptill gets lucky as a skied slog lands safely short of third-man. Finn bowled out now, giving up just 18 from his four overs and leaving the non-striker's stumps undisturbed. Two from Dernbach, one from Broad to finish.A wry smile from Guptill as he picks up a single. He knows he's in danger of falling between two stools here due to lack of support at the other end. He can't get out, but needs to cut loose having batted 16 overs for 40-odd. A rare England misfield - quite possibly the first of the series - from Michael Lumb at deep point allows Franklin to complete a second run, but another good over for the tourists.The short ball works again for Broad against the left-handers as Munro's painful attempt at a hook loops gently to Root at point. Broad too quick, too accurate for the rookie.Excellent over from Dernbach, fully justifying Broad's decision to whip Root out of the attack and go back to the specialist. Just three singles to go with the wicket of the dangerous Elliott. Colin Munro is the new batsman for New Zealand.Dernbach did Elliott with a slower ball in Hamilton. This time it's pace as Elliott looks to ramp a short ball and only manages to steer it straight into the hands of Finn at third-man.Good from Tredwell, allowing New Zealand to scamper only six runs from his final over. Bit of a ropey start for Tredwell, but he ends up 1/31 from his four which is a perfectly acceptable set of figures.A real bonus over for England as Root's second brings New Zealand just five singles.Looks like being another good over for Tredwell until the final ball, which Elliott deposits over the midwicket ropes. That's four slog-sweeps in the last three overs. Total: 12/2.A deft late cut brings Guptill three runs from the final ball of an eventful Root over that brings New Zealand 10 runs and England a wicket.Short and sweet from Taylor, who slog-sweeps Joe Root over the midwicket ropes for six. The bowler's response is brave and rewarded as he takes 15km/h off the next one and invites Taylor to try again. He does, and this time gets only a top edge to give Bairstow a much easier catch at deep midwicket. YORKSHIRE.England needed that wicket, with New Zealand stringing together a few big overs with their two best T20 batsmen at the crease. Just three singles from the over to go with the wicket. That shot from McCullum went 27 yards in the air and carried 80 yards to Bairstow. Definite six in the first two games.The impact of the bigger ground here as McCullum skies a slog-sweep towards the longest boundary on the ground at deep midwicket where Jonny Bairstow takes a smartly-judged catch just inside the rope as the ball swirls around in the air. About 80 yards to that boundary, so that shot - mishit that it was - would've brought McCullum six runs in either of the first two games.Wright's had success in the first two games nibbling the ball around on a full length, but has been inexplicably shorter today and is hammered for another legside boundary by McCullum. His response is good - a leg-stump yorker - but McCullum squeezes it out into the legside and the lack of pace on the ball allows this pair of quick batsmen to scurry back for a second run. A thump down the ground brings two more, before McCullum fails to take full toll on a full-toss as he crunches it to long-off for a single. After making only 20 runs in the first five overs, New Zealand have added 40 in the last four.Another good over for New Zealand as James Tredwell starts with an uncharacteristically poor one. Some short balls allow both batsmen to cut before Guptill latches on to two half-volleys to drive through cover for four and down the ground for two.Enthusiasm's Luke Wright into the attack. He tries a short ball to McCullum, and it disappears through midwicket at a rare old pace. Despite hustle and bustle from Wright, some lusty swings of the bat and hard running of the first one, the rest of the over consists of only singles as New Zealand add another decent over.Jade Dernbach into the attack, and greeted instantly by a McCullum cover-drive that clatters into the fences after racing across the headache-inducing circles that have been mown into the outfield. It's like a crop circle. But not really. Couple of singles follow, before Joe Root does well at third-man to keep McCullum to two for a glide past point. Better over for New Zealand to end the powerplay.Fabulous over from Finn, conceding just two singles and almost trapping McCullum leg-before with a 144km/h nip-backer that was perhaps just slipping down the legside.Fair to say we won't be seeing totals like we have in the first two games for the side batting first. Very different conditions and boundaries here. Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum the new batsman.Effort ball from Broad brings the reward as a rapid bouncer has Rutherford unsure whether to hook or duck. In the end he attempts both and neither, and gloves the ball gently to short fine-leg where Jade Dernbach takes a simple catch.Guptill is beaten twice outside the off stump before carving Finn down to third-man for two. The next ball squirts to point via inside edge and pad, and the batsmen attempt a quick run that would have been about three-quarters of a run had Eoin Morgan's underarm throw hit the stumps rather than just missing. Rutherford got the full dive out but it was futile - he was still way, way short. Let off for the left-hander, who starts his bid to capitalise by uppercutting the last ball of the over to the third-man boundary.Classy first boundary of the day for Rutherford, driving Broad on the up through the covers, but only two further singles from the over as England's fast-bowling big guns both make decent starts.Steven Finn sees the first ball bounce a bit to go past Hamish Rutherford's face and carry through to Jos Buttler at head height, and promptly changes the field. Two slips in as Finn charges in. Three singles off the over for Rutherford and Martin Guptill. Good start from Finn, not least because the non-striker's stumps remained undisturbed.We're at another rugby ground today - the Westpac Stadium - but the boundaries are slightly less diddy than those at Eden and Seddon Parks.England have made one change in their middle-order, with Joe Root replacing Samit Patel in the batsman-who-can-bowl-a-bit role.Stuart Broad raises a few eyebrows by calling correctly and once again deciding to bowl first. That, it's fair to say, did not pan out well on Tuesday in game two.Good morning/afternoon/evening. After two surprisingly one-sided games in Auckland and Hamilton, we find ourselves with a Twenty20 series decider in Wellington. Should be good.