Match Over - New Zealand won by 12 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 13 Feb 2018, 08:00 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: KS Williamson


  • Umpire1: WR Knights
  • Umpire2: SB Haig
  • Third Umpire: P Wilson



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

New Zealand



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


10.35pm: That's about it from Wellington, where New Zealand have broken their three-match losing streak but England remain in their rut. Gnasher's report should be your next stop, then stick around for more news on the site, including updates from Ben Stokes' court appearance in Bristol. From us, it's cheerio for now. Bye!

10.30pm: Here's New Zealand captain and Man of the Match Kane Williamson: [Important win?] Obviously very important in the context of the series, in some ways a must-win against a very strong England side. We had to play good cricket today. It was important we assessed the wicket, played a lot better than it looked and we got off to a good start. [Personal performance] You always want more runs, you always train hard, that's the focus. There's been occasions recently when you want to contribute but it wasn't be. There were enough partnerships today and the two debutants played nice cameos. [Bowling?] Thought the guys stuck at it really well, Trent was outstanding at the death, but we knew it would be a challenge and the guys stepped up to the mark today."

England captain Jos Buttler: [Performance with the ball?] "Maybe 10-15 too many, that proved to be the difference, the wicket played a lot better and it was a good game. [Guptill and Williamson] They put us under pressure and we tried to find way to break that partnership... We dragged it back pretty well but they got too many. [Good start?] When Hales is in that sort of form he's as good as anyone in the world and Malan impressed again as well. We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference. [Need a favour from Australia?] That's what we need now, so we'll wait and see what happens."

10.25pm: New Zealand rose to the occasion at the Cake Tin. A chase of 197 is always going to be tough and, although England gave it a good crack, they were just too leaky with the ball. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson provided the base and then the two debutants, Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert, ensured there would be no soggy bottom to the innings. They dropped rather too many catches but that aside, it was a pretty good show from New Zealand, who can make the final game against England irrelevant if they beat Australia on Friday.

19.6TA Boult to AU Rashid, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, pitched up and Rashid swishes an inside edge off his pads... it trickles away but that won't bother the men in black, New Zealand win by 12 runs and give themselves an excellent shot of reaching the tri-series final.
19.5TA Boult to MA Wood, 1 run, pitched full outside off, clouted through cover.
19.4TA Boult to MA Wood, No run, dot ball from Boult, all but seals it... cool as you like, full and wide and he fails to connect.

Three sixes needed... What's that in Geordie?

19.3TA Boult to MA Wood, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short outside off and Wood top-edges four over the keeper! Didn't know much about it but England remain (just) in the hunt!.
19.2TA Boult to AU Rashid, 1 run, fired full outside off, sliced away through backward point for just a single.
19.1TA Boult to AU Rashid, 2 runs, no, swung to the leg side, they hurry back for two.
End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 172/8 after 113 balls.
DJ Willey 21 (10b 0x4 2x6 ) TG Southee 4-0-30-1
AU Rashid 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 8 runs this over. 168/8 after 108 balls.
LE Plunkett 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-34-2
DJ Willey 19 (7b 0x4 2x6 ) more

Boult will be on a hat-trick next over... if England survive

Anthony: "Crazy! If there was anyone I'd want under a skyscraper it would be Southee! Goes to show what pressure can do."

End of over 17. 10 runs this over. 159/6 after 101 balls.
CJ Jordan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 4-0-28-2
DJ Willey 18 (6b 0x4 2x6 ) more

Jiten Chandaran: "16.2 - Carrom ball?" Yep, could well have been. Though Malan munched it

End of over 16. 18 runs this over. 149/5 after 96 balls.
DJ Willey 17 (5b 0x4 2x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-49-2
DJ Malan 51 (37b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 131/5 after 90 balls.
DJ Malan 50 (36b 6x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 3-0-18-1
DJ Willey 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Next two overs surely critical for England as RRR keeps climbing," pipes Geoff in Canada

Here's James: "Not convinced Buttler needed to do that. England had taken 12 off the over, he's hitting into the wind, and he's England's best finisher." Two good reasons why that was perhaps an ill-considered shot

End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 125/4 after 84 balls.
SW Billings 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 3-0-26-1
DJ Malan 47 (34b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"After this pair it's a long tail," proclaims Kishore. "Seems it is NZ's game."

"Would Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali make this chase easier?" Hmmm, tough question, Mihir Nargundka. But given their all first-choice players, England would probably rather have them

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 117/4 after 78 balls.
DJ Malan 46 (32b 6x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 2-0-15-0
SW Billings 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"After both team score are same Eng 109 for 4 but NZ 109 for 1," yelps Babbu. NZ know they need to keep chipping away, the scales beginning to tip in their favour

"The run rate is sneaking up to 2 a ball," notes Bob. "Too much methinks."

End of over 12. 12 runs this over. 109/4 after 72 balls.
JC Buttler 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-31-2
DJ Malan 40 (29b 5x4 1x6 ) more

"England miss Williamson and Williamson hits. Maybe the difference? " This could be it, Tim Pate

"100 off 54 is a big ask! Will be great to watch if it comes off," wheezes kiwikeith. Make that 93 off 51...

End of over 11. 7 runs this over. 97/3 after 66 balls.
JC Buttler 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 1-0-7-0
DJ Malan 29 (26b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 8 runs this over. 90/2 after 60 balls.
DJ Malan 23 (22b 3x4 0x6 ) C Munro 2-0-11-0
JM Vince 10 (6b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Pranay: "Munro is classified by Cricinfo as Right Arm Medium Fast. Bumrah on the other hand is Right Arm Medium. Anomaly much?" Can't see much difference, myself

End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 82/2 after 54 balls.
JM Vince 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-19-1
DJ Malan 22 (19b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 3 runs this over. 74/1 after 48 balls.
DJ Malan 17 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) C Munro 1-0-3-0
AD Hales 47 (23b 6x4 3x6 ) more

"'now Ish Sodhi and his legspin is the challenge'. Hmm. legspin is a challenge England too often flunk." Full marks, James

End of over 7. 11 runs this over. 71/1 after 42 balls.
AD Hales 46 (20b 6x4 3x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-11-0
DJ Malan 15 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 60/1 after 36 balls.
DJ Malan 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 2-0-18-1
AD Hales 40 (18b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 5. 20 runs this over. 51/1 after 30 balls.
AD Hales 39 (17b 6x4 2x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-28-0
DJ Malan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 31/1 after 24 balls.
DJ Malan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 2-0-12-0
AD Hales 19 (11b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Fahim Ahmed: "Jason Roy is such a frustratingly inconsistent player. I know the way he plays and the way ENG want him to play, inconsistency from him is not a surprise. But still he has got all the shots just rein it a bit and try to read situations. When he scores he gets big ones but there are far too many low scores and by low I mean very very low"

End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 23/1 after 18 balls.
AD Hales 13 (7b 3x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 1-0-9-1
DJ Malan 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 14/0 after 12 balls.
AD Hales 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 1-0-5-0
JJ Roy 8 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more

"Will Santner bowl the carrom ball today?" We'll be keeping our eyes open for "the Claw", Jiten Chandaran. Feel free to let me know if you spot it...

End of over 1. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 6 balls.
JJ Roy 8 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-8-0
AD Hales 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
JJ RoyC TA Boult B TG Southee88820100
AD HalesC C de Grandhomme B IS Sodhi47342463195.83
DJ MalanC TA Boult B MJ Santner59654062147.5
JM VinceRun out KS Williamson 109701142.86
JC ButtlerC TG Southee B IS Sodhi2740050
SW BillingsC IS Sodhi B MJ Santner12131110109.09
DJ WilleyRun out TL Seifert 21241002210
CJ JordanB TA Boult66610100
LE PlunkettB TA Boult01100-
AU Rashidnot out 811610133.33
MA Woodnot out 55310166.67
Total 184/9
TA Boult4.0046211.5
MJ Santner4.002927.25
TG Southee4.003017.5
IS Sodhi4.0049212.25
C Munro2.001105.5
C de Grandhomme2.001507.5