England vs New Zealand
9.05pm: The umpires have come out onto the field and finally declared what I think we all knew - there's no chance of getting a game in tonight, not even five overs each. That's it then, match abandoned and New Zealand win the series 1-0.
The conditions are now getting worse - the covers are poised to go back on and the players are poised to head for the warmth of the dressing rooms. Either we play in this or we give up and go home.
8.55pm: And now the covers are completely off - some talk that they need to do this to get the stump cameras in, but perhaps we might see some more cricket yet. Either way, a decision needs to be made in the next couple of minutes. Crowd must be a little confused - they see a square ready to go and players on the balcony dressed for action, only it's still drizzling.
8.50pm: The New Zealanders are out warming up and the covers are off the square bar the main one keeping the pitch dry. We are scheduled to get back underway at 9.03pm for a shortened match, but that isn't likely to happen yet as it is STILL RAINING!
8.20pm: Now Sky Sports are showing the first T20 from Tuesday, as if to rub it in how nice it was on that day. As for today, it's not looking good at all. We cross our fingers and wait for another update.
Drizzle has returned - officials are concerned about the state of the outfield and have cancelled that planned inspection at 8.05pm. We go back to waiting...and waiting. Time is starting to tick away now, too. Remember we have to be back out playing by 9.11pm to get a five overs-a-side game in.
Umpires have announced they are going to have a look at conditions at 8.05pm. Perhaps we might get a game after all...
7.45pm: Groundstaff seem to be a little more active all of a sudden. Still seems to be raining judging by the fact Rob Bailey still has his umbrella up at the moment. Not a lot of wind around to help the drying process, either.
We have to be underway again by 9.11pm for a 10-over game. It's a case of sitting, waiting and hoping now.
Shortest match we can do is five overs apiece - we're going to have a bit of waiting and watching as we could go until as late as 10pm I believe.
A further worrying move - Sky Sports have now started showing highlights of the ICC Champions Trophy final from Sunday. Just seen Tim Bresnan's four overthrows - doubt they'll prove costly in the end though...
Extra sheets coming on now, which is never a good sign. Rob Bailey is out there with his umbrella monitoring the situation, but all the fourth umpire can do for now is look up and try to find a clear patch in the skies.
And now, after losing Lumb to the second ball of the match, the rain has become too heavy and the covers are being called for. Let's hope this is only a short shower.
McClenaghan just can't stop taking wickets in England - after the first ball is thick-edged through square leg for a couple by Lumb, the next one is pitched up outside off. The left-hander can't resist having a go, but only nicks an away swinger straight to second slip where Brendon McCullum takes the catch comfortably.
Little bit of light drizzle falling - we should be able to play through this, but the forecast is for the odd shower in the capital this evening.
Time for a handshake and an anthem before play gets underway. A little colder tonight than it was on Tuesday, but the pitch still looks flat, the outfield fast and we have a short boundary to one side. Expect plenty more runs over the next three hours or so.
England have called up someone called Pietersen to replace the injured Morgan. Oh wait, it's THAT Pietersen. There's also a change to the bowling attack - Chris Woakes drops out and Danny Briggs, who played last night for Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, comes in as the hosts pick two spinners. New Zealand, unsurprisingly, are unchanged from Tuesday night.
Morgan confirms to Sky Sports that he has suffered a broken finger in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy and will undergo surgery on the injury in the near future.
James Tredwell is the man leading England tonight - Eoin Morgan was forced out of the match earlier today with a hand injury. "This is something you dream of as a child," says Tredwell, though the tone of his voice would suggest he's hardly ecstatic at the opportunity.
Brendon McCullum calls head and a head it is, New Zealand are goin to have a bowl first. "It's a bit overcast," he says. Have the teams come to an agreement that both sides can set a total in a game each?
In the balance
The Black Caps took the first match on Tuesday at the same venue, so England need a win here to level things up. The hosts will make changes for tonight, though more on those to come shortly.
And welcome to over-by-over coverage of the second T20 International between England and New Zealand. After what seems like a never-ending battle between these two nations, we finally come to the last chapter.
- 27th Jun 2013
- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Kia Oval
- R K Richard, R T Robert
- TV Umpire
- M A Michael
- Match Referee
- J Javagal
- Reserve Umpire
- R J Robert