New Zealand v England, second Twenty20 international as it happened

New Zealand beat England by 55 runs in Hamilton to level their three-match Twenty20 international series at 1-1.

12 February 2013 Last updated at 11:49 GMT

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  1. 0927: 

    On that note, it's time for me to sign off until tomorrow - when I will be back in the chair to bring you live text commentary of England's must-win game against New Zealand in the Women's World Cup. Victory gives them a great chance of reaching the final against Australia - who England are relying on to beat West Indies in their final Super Six match. It should be good, so be sure to join us from around 0830 GMT. Until then, take care.

  2. 0922: 

    New Zealand's Ian Butler, who took 2-9 from four overs: "The opening bowlers gave us a platform and I just came on to bowl knowing the batsman couldn't take too many risks. Scoreboard pressure helped us, just like it helped England the other night. We changed our lengths tonight and we asked the batsman to play the toughest shots possible. We thought 175 was par and great batting from Brendon took us beyond that at the end."

  3. 0920: 

    Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: "It was good. The other night was disappointing for us but today we played extremely well. The top of the order set us off very well. Tonight was a much better performance.

    "Had we won the toss I would have bowled first as well, but we knew early wickets would be crucial and thankfully we managed to get them. The boys are very happy and we go into the third game one-all and it's going to be a great spectacle in Wellington.

    "I'm happy we've bounced back after the other day - today was a really good performance. But we'll have to make sure we go up another gear in the next one."


    Brian Fox: "Come on the Blackcaps!"

    Matt Hayes: "Lumb out, KP to open. Swann in for Patel. Otherwise the team is very good."

  5. 0919: 

    Incidentally, England's defeat has seen them drop down to sixth in the ICC's world T20 rankings. New Zealand are eighth.

  6. 0917: 

    England captain Stuart Broad: "We didn't play well and credit to New Zealand. Losing early wickets cost us. We probably should have batted first when we won the toss, so I got that wrong. It was a disappointing performance throughout but T20 cricket is like that - one day you are on top and the next you can struggle. Jos Buttler has hit an outstanding run of form. He stands still and hits the ball cleanly."

  7. 0914: 

    Let's focus on the positives tonight. In Jos Buttler, England have one of the most promising power-hitters in world cricket. He scored his maiden international half-century in this match and is quickly becoming a crucial part of the team.


    LShip: "Heros to zeros in three days. Very disappointing. but well played Jos Buttler."

    Matt Hayes: "Can't win every game guys! No team has 100% record. You win some you lose some. Can still win 2-1! Come on boys!"

  9. 0911: 

    That match was about as one-sided as you will see in T20 cricket. England were well and truly outclassed - but at least it's set up a series-decider in Wellington on Friday...


    Graham H: "Jos Buttler, take a bow son. The rest of the England cricket team take a good hard look at yourselves."

    Tom Edwards: "Re Buttler moving to open. No. Absolutely not. Leave him alone. Bring an opener in. Do not move Buttler."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "England were as flat as a pancake on Pancake Day. New Zealand received a thumping in Auckland, England have received a thumping here and we head to Wellington with the series all square."

  12. 19.3 overs: 
    NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 55 RUNS- Dernbach c Butler b Franklin 0 (Eng 137 all out)

    That's it, all over. Jade Dernbach goes for a big shot first up and succeeds only in picking out Ian Butler.

  13. 19.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Tredwell b Franklin 22 (Eng 137-9)

    James Tredwell's entertaining knock is brought to an end when he plays all around a James Franklin delivery and is bowled for 22.

  14. 19 overs: 
    Eng 136-8

    The England tail-enders are going to swing the bat now and James Tredwell is happy to boost his average with four down to backward point. Steven Finn drills one back at the bowler, Trent Boult, and looks on in astonishment when it only brings a single. The look on his face suggests he wanted more than six for that effort. Tredwell scores another four, meaning England need 57 to win from the final over. I'll settle for 56 for the tie.


    Charlie Taylor: "Very disappointing collapse by England. Batsmen nowhere near their potential, NZ bowling nothing special."

    Jack Eaton: "Samit once again making no contribution. He has become the Bopara of the team, giving his wicket away cheaply, consistently."

    Laurie Armitt: "Didn't Stuart Broad say England were 'complete' the other day? Will he add a missing adjective to the end of that today?"

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a fun T20 innings from Jos Buttler. Just like in Auckland, despite the heavy margin of victory, we are seeing some entertainment right to the end."

  17. 18 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Taylor b Franklin 54 (Eng 124-8)

    Jos Buttler's innings is perhaps the only positive for England to take from today's match, but the youngster's knock is brought to an end when he picks out Ross Taylor at extra cover. James Tredwell is having a bit of fun now and he hammers James Franklin into the leg-side stand. The beaming smile which followed the shot tells me he was pretty chuffed with that one.

  18. 17 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR JOS BUTTLER- Eng 115-7 (Target 193)

    Surely Joe Root is the next man in line at the top of the order, and England should keep the devastating hitting power of Jos Buttler in the middle order? The Somserset batsman continues to tuck into the Kiwi bowlers and brings up his half-century off 28 balls with a boundary off Trent Boult. James Tredwell also manages a four through the covers to complete a good over for England.

  19. 16 overs: 
    Eng 101-7 (Target 193)

    Jos Buttler is a spirited cricketer and he is not going to miss out on a few runs here - the ramp shot making its first appearance against the military medium pace of Grant Elliott. It brings four runs, and the Somerset batsman follows it up with another couple of boundaries before a six sails into the stands from the final ball of the over. TMS pundits are wondering whether Buttler should be moved up to open the batting, in place of Lumb. What do you think?

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I still think Tredwell should come in before Broad. He's the more accomplished batsman. I don't think the other day was a thumping. This is a thumping."

  21. 15 overs: 
    WICKET- Broad c Guptill b Franklin 1 (Eng 80-7)

    Another one bites the dust, and this time it's the skipper. Stuart Broad skies one straight into the safe hands of Martin Guptill at mid-on. England limping towards defeat here.

  22. 14 overs: 
    Eng 79-6 (Target 193)

    Finally some fight from England as Jos Buttler hammers a couple of fours off Nathan McCullum. He almost takes out his skipper with another boundary straight down the ground before helping himself to a single into the off side.


    Marc Sepetowski: "Don't worry, as long as Samit Patel is still there England will win! Oh no hang on..."

    Hary Manoharan: "If England aren't going to bother just declare and save everyone the hassle."

    David Smith: "England, this is dreadful..."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are staring down the barrel of a thumping here, the way this is going."

  25. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- Patel run out 6 (Eng 63-6)

    Oh no, this dismissal sums up England's day. Samit Patel skies one down to mid off and is run out because he spent more time ball-watching to see if the catch carried, rather than running. Terrible. The end can't come quick enough for England now.


    Timothy Revell: "Just need to go at 16 an over then. Should be easy. Not sure the early morning was worth it..."

  27. 12 overs: 
    Eng 60-5 (Target 193)

    New Zealand scent blood now and are coming in for the kill, bringing impressive opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan back into the attack. I suspect we will be hearing a lot more about this young man on England's tour. It's a lost cause for England now, but nobody has told Samit Patel and Jos Buttler - 10 from the over, including a couple of boundaries.


    Jonathan Hornby, TMS inbox: "No doubt you will receive a whole dawn chorus of similar messages but surely it is time to dispense with the Lumb experiment? I cannot remember too many significant contributions (even in the successful world T20 win) and as the old man of the team he represents the past rather than the future."

  29. 11 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 50-5 (Target 193)

    Samit Patel is the new man at the crease, while we have Butler bowling to Buttler at the other end. The New Zealander almost wins the battle of the But(t)lers when he raps one into the pads of the England batsman but the ball was going down leg and the umpire turns down the loud appeals.

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a strange innings by Eoin Morgan, who never looked at peace at the crease."

  31. 10.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Munro b Butler 13 (Eng 47-5)

    It's not often that you see Eoin Morgan so out of nick, and his torturous knock is finally over when he slices high into the air and Colin Munro takes a good catch at deep backward point.

  32. 10 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb b N McCullum 17 (Eng 47-4)

    England's day gets a whole lot worse when Michael Lumb comes down the track to Nathan McCullum and the ball deflects off his pads and he is bowled. Jos Buttler marches to the crease but, even with his big hitting, you suspect the game is up for England now. Four from the over.

  33. 9 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 43-3 (Target 193)

    Another play and miss by Morgan, who is looking really uncomfortable out in the middle - Ian Butler twice deceiving him with standard deliveries which go straight through to the keeper. The Kiwis are backing up their bowlers with some good fielding, Martin Guptill making a good stop at point to deny Morgan much-needed runs. Finally Morgan opens his shoulders and creams one into cow corner, only for the simple catch to be shelled by Hamish Rutherford. That's two lives for Morgan now.


    Adam Davies: "Quick. England are losing. Time for <name> to be dropped. <name> is far better. It's incredibly boring."

  35. 8 overs: 
    MISSED STUMPING- England 41-3 (Target 193)

    Eoin Morgan is feeling the pressure now and makes a complete hash of a turning Nathan McCullum delivery. Luckily for the Irishman, keeper Brendan McCullum also makes a mess of the stumping opportunity. Morgan finally gets the ball to the boundary and ends the over with a single.


    From Dave Wallworth in Stockport, TMS inbox: "Eoin Morgan can walk out to Stevie Wonder's 'Light my Fire' with all the flame throwers going off."

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan has got to bat like Brendon McCullum did for New Zealand. He also started slowly, but Morgan has the shots and the power. He doesn't like to come in too early in Twenty20, he seems to prefer the situation where he has to come in, be positive and go for it."

  38. 7 overs: 
    Eng 35-3 (Target 193)

    Eoin Morgan appears to be England's only real hope of winning this match, and he hits the first ball of Ian Butler's latest over for four. He is still watchful though - playing out five dot balls - knowing he can build an innings and unleash the big shots a bit later on.


    Jordan King: "I wouldn't count your chickens just yet New Zealand... Here's Eoin!"

  40. 6 overs: 
    Eng 31-3 (Target 193)

    Michael Lumb looks to be struggling to find his form out there and he is fortunate to get a thick outside edge to Mitchell McClenaghan which runs away for four. That was the cricketing equivalent of scoring a goal with a deflection off your backside. Just six runs from another good over for NZ.


    From Neil Haines, TMS inbox: "On an optimistic note, maybe England's batsmen could walk in to Iron Maiden's 6 6 6?"

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Ian Butler is another player returning to the fold after a long international absence. It's more than two years since he last appeared for New Zealand in any form of international cricket, a Twenty20 international against Pakistan on this very ground in December 2010."

  43. 5 overs: 
    WICKET- Bairstow c McClenaghan b Butler 8 (Eng 25-3)

    Ian Butler has something to prove today, on his return to the side, and he gets off to a dream start with the ball when Jonny Bairstow swivels on one which is quicker than expected and chips to Mitchell McClenaghan at short fine-leg. That wickets brings Eoin Morgan to the crease, who gets off the mark with a quick single. England in a bit of trouble.


    Alastair Smith: "Did England think they just have to turn up to win this?"

  45. 4 overs: 
    Eng 23-2 (Target 193)

    Good stuff from Michael Lumb, who hits the first ball of the over for four. McClenaghan looks a decent bowler though, and has a decent leg-before shout against the opener turned down. It was probably going down leg, but he is certainly giving the batsmen something to think about. He finishes with a yorker which Jonny Bairstow has to dig out. Well bowled.


    From Mark Poyner in Harborne, via text on 81111: "Re: song suggestions for batsmen - 'You're so Vain' for the one and only KP."

    From Keith in Lauder, via text on 81111: "Graeme Swann would walk out to 'There Once Was an Ugly Duckling'."

    From Giz in Wiltshire, via text on 81111: "After that bowling performance, Stuart Broad could enter to 'Send in the clowns'."

  47. 3 overs: 
    Eng 18-2 (Target 193)

    The ball seems to be swinging around corners now, with Michael Lumb offering up a few air shots to Trent Boult. Like most people named Bo(u)lt, Trent can shift. Finally something for England to cheer when Jonny Bairstow crashes a juicy half-volley through the covers for four. He repeats the trick next ball up to lift a bit of pressure.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "An enjoyable over by McClenaghan from a New Zealand perspective, after it was a tough old evening in Auckland."


    From Ian Salisbury, TMS inbox: "I would hope that all England's batsmen would arrive at the crease to the strains of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run"…though maybe the tail-enders would prefer Gloria Gaynor's "I will Survive"?"


    Si Lomas: "This wicket is flat as a pancake, Broad is stupid to change from winning formula on such a deck, ball swinging far more now too."

  51. 2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright c Guptill b McClenaghan 0 (Eng 9-2)

    England are in trouble now and Mitchell McClenaghan is on a hat-trick after Luke Wright punches the ball into the hands of Martin Guptill at backward point. Jonny Bairstow survives the hat-trick ball, which goes harmlessly over the top of the stumps. Dream start for the Kiwis.

  52. 1.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales b McClenaghan 5 (Eng 9-1)

    Mitchell McClenaghan has the type of name which can catch out live text commentators. He also gets one over on Alex Hales - ending the batsman's day by clipping the top of his off stump.

  53. 1 overs: 
    Eng 5-0 (Target 193)

    Michael Lumb and Alex Hales open up for England against Trent Boult. Lumb is a big lad these days - the muscular, pigeon-chested left-hander reminds me a little of Matthew Hayden. He gets off the mark with a chipped shot for two into the leg side. On Twitter, Matthew Harvey suggests another lookalike - Trent Boult and Jay from the Inbetweeners. Good shout. Alex Hales also gets off the mark, as England score five from the opening over.

  54. 0740: 

    Right then, we've had a quick turnaround in Hamilton and the players are back out in the middle. England need 193 to win. Game on.

  55. 0739: 

    Over on TMS, they are talking about the Women's World Cup in India. England play New Zealand tomorrow, knowing a victory is likely to be enough to see them qualify for the final against Australia. TMS will be covering that match from 0845 GMT, and there will also be a live text commentary on this website. We're all looking forward to it.


    From Nicholas Barnett, TMS inbox: "When commentating on Dernbach, would you please say 'I think that was his quicker ball', instead of 'I think that was his slower ball'?"


    Steve Cohen: "And that's why Stuart Broad is not a death bowler. 22 runs conceded. 0-53 is very poor."

    Mathew Phillips: "Dernbach looks a far better bowler when he sticks to bowling quick with the odd slower ball, instead of constant slower balls."

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "England would have been pretty happy for the first 17 overs, but they've given away 46 runs in the last three. The fielding let them down there, it probably cost them eight or nine runs."

  59. 0734: 

    Incidentally, Nathan McCullum replaced his sibling Brendan McCullum at the crease for the final delivery of New Zealand's innings. He walked out to the Hollies song 'He ain't heavy, he's my brother.' Let's have a bit of fun and have some of your suggestions for songs which other cricketers could walk to the crease to.

  60. 0731: 

    So there we have it, England need 193 to win. Can they do it? Let me know - using #bbccricket on Twitter, by texting us on 81111 or emailing

  61. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- McCullum c Lumb b Dernbach 74 (NZ 192-6)

    Jade Dernbach is trusted with the final over and just three runs come from his first three deliveries. It proves to be a brief lull in the Brendan McCullum onslaught as the batsman latches on to a yorker and smashes four into the off-side. Dernbach responds by bowling a slower ball which is called wide and missed by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Five more runs. England finally get their man when the Kiwi skipper holes out to Michael Lumb to bring to an end his sparking 38-ball knock. The innings then comes to a close when James Franklin squeezes four past backward point.

  62. 19 overs: 
    NZ 176-5

    The flame-thrower which greets each boundary is being under-used now - after Eoin Morgan almost got burnt by it before. So it's left to Brendan McCullum to provide the fireworks - the Kiwi skipper smashing his opposite number, Stuart Broad, into the stands for a couple of sixes. The first one brought up BM's fifty. A costly over ends with McCullum carving another maximum over the cover boundary. 22 runs added from those six balls.


    Charlie Woodhouse: "NZ well short here."

    Kevin Howells, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dernbach thought for a moment there that the ball had beaten everything. He was the last man in the ground to notice Elliott had been bowled - a pleasant surprise for him."

  65. 18 overs: 
    WICKET- Elliott b Dernbach 4 (NZ 154-4)

    Between them, Jade Dernach and Brendan McCullum have spent a fair bit of time in the tattoo shop. BM is winning the battle between the two at the moment, crashing four over the bowler's head. The Surrey man gets his revenge by getting the Kiwi skipper's mate - Elliott being bowled by a slower ball. It's a bit of a comical moment as Dernbach has to be told he has got a wicket. Never seen that before.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "New batsman Grant Elliott has only played one previous Twenty20 international, nearly four years ago when he made 23 not out and took 1-11 from one over against Australia at Sydney in February 2009."

  67. 17 overs: 
    NZ 146-4

    England are clawing this one back nicely after New Zealand's fast start. Grant Elliott is the new man at the crease and he takes two off Steven Finn before a leg-bye puts McCullum on strike. There are smiles all round next up when Michael Lumb saves a certain four with some neat fielding on the boundary. McCullum then hammers one back down the ground, which uproots the stumps and is deflected towards the boundary for two runs. Seven from the over.


    Rob: "Thinking I'm not a fan of these tiny grounds, then see a low angle camera shot - much bigger than where I play every weekend."

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd say Jonny Bairstow is England's finest outfielder at the moment, he's a good athlete and he doesn't drop many."

  70. 16 overs: 
    WICKET- Munro c Bairstow b Dernbach 7 (NZ 139-4)

    Jade Dernbach continues to frustrate - bowling a wide with his first ball back into the attack before getting one to seam away from new batsman Colin Munro next up. More good stuff is sent down to McCullum, who can only work one from out of the back of the hand into the leg-side for a single. The runs begin to flow again when Munro scores six from two balls before holing out to Bairstow in the deep.


    Ross Lawson: "If we want T20 to be challenging to bowlers and batsmen alike, then pitches have to vary in length, pace etc. Variety the key."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I got my boots on and had a little bowl to a couple of the New Zealand boys in the nets yesterday, including Munro. He took me 'downtown' a couple of times, but then I'm bowling for him, not for me."

  73. 15 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Bairstow b Wright 4 (NZ 130-3)

    An important wicket for England as Ross Taylor aims a massive shot into the leg side and is caught on the edge of the boundary by old safe hands, Jonny Bairstow. It's another good, tight over by Luke Wright - the only blemish being a cute four down to third man from the final delivery, off the bat of McCullum.

  74. 14 overs: 
    NZ 124-2

    Brendon McCullum is pretty intimidating with a bat in hand - and he comes tearing down the track to Stuart Broad but can't get bat on ball. He certainly gets a connection the next three - hammering three fours - the final one a glorious shot through the covers. By the way, I have more news on the flame-thrower which nearly singed Eoin Morgan's eyebrows [8 overs]. Apparently, the person operating the industrial-sized bunsen burner was told off by England head of security Reg Dickason.

  75. 13 overs: 
    NZ 111-2

    Luke Wright is managing to keep the run-rate down at the moment with some disciplined line and length bowling. Ross Taylor, incidentally, is the new man at the crease - meaning New Zealand have their two best batsmen out in the middle. Just six from the over - good stuff Luke.


    Shane Levitt: "Is it wrong that I think all Twenty20 cricket should be played on these kind of wickets? Small boundaries and flat."

    Let us know via #bbccricket

  77. 12 overs: 
    WICKET- Guptill c Hales b Tredwell 47 (105-2)

    James Tredwell has a bit of a golden arm at the moment - it's very hard to keep him out of the wickets. At first, it appears he is going to take some punishment as Brendan McCullum smashes a six over deep midwicket before hammering three through the covers. The Kent man fights back, however, and gets the wicket of Guptill - whose lofted sweep-shot picks out Alex Hales on the boundary.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it may be risky bowling Patel from that end, as that breeze favours the two right-handers hitting him into that embankment, but he got out of the over really well with only a couple of singles after that six."

  79. 11 overs: 
    NZ 95-1

    It looks like they have borrowed the neighbours' emergency chairs in certain parts of the ground - each spectator perched on the grass or a piece of plastic garden furniture. The players need a hand from a spectator too, as Brendan McCullum hammers Samit Patel for six and the ball ends up in a hedge at the back of the ground. An England fan retrieves the ball, and play continues as NZ make it 11 from the over.

  80. 10 overs: 
    NZ 84-1

    Brendan McCullum has scored the third and fourth fastest T20 hundreds in international cricket - both inside 51 deliveries. Not what Steven Finn needs to hear as he comes steaming in and sees a short one slashed down to third man for six by Martin Guptill. McCullum is soon back on strike and Finn seems to have his number at the moment - a good sign ahead of the Test series - and the batsman almost edges a rising delivery behind.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've been talking about how Luke Wright is a nervous flier, but if you're a nervous flier, don't go to see the film 'Flight'. Watch the first quarter of an hour of that, you'll never want to fly again."

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the usual pattern in T20 - you get a wicket, and you get a little bit of respect for a few deliveries."

  83. 9 overs: 
    WICKET- Rutherford c Buttler b Wright 40 (NZ 76-1)

    England finally make a breakthrough when Hamish Rutherford aims an indifferent waft at Luke Wright and edges behind. Brendon McCullum marches to the crease and Wright manages to get one to nip back and cut the batsman in half first up. James Anderson would have enjoyed that one. The Kiwi skipper offers a firm defensive shot to the next delivery before finally getting down the other end via a leg bye. Good over.

  84. 8 overs: 
    NZ 71-0

    Morning Samit Patel. Have a bit of this, says Hamish Rutherford - who hammers the spinner back over his head for six. Eoin Morgan goes to retrieve the ball and is almost taken out by a flame-thrower which greets each boundary. The Irishman is not too impressed and fires some expletives at the worker operating the gimmick. Nine from the over in total.


    From Ben in Berkshire, via text on 81111: "Morning all. I predict that I will spend too much time checking updates and be late for work. Again. England to bludgeon their way to victory, boss to look sternly at me."

  86. 7 overs: 
    NZ 62-0

    So Luke Wright comes into the attack for England. He hates flying, apparently [0548], and watches the same film over and over again to take his mind off the flight. I just hope he never watches one of those air crash documentaries while in the air. His first delivery is hammered for four by Martin Guptill, but soon gets into his stride and concedes just four more from the rest of the over.

    Derek Pringle, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was the pattern of Dernbach's bowling in the warm-up games. First ball goes for a boundary. He is a brilliant proponent of slower balls but he doesn't always seem to know when to bowl them. If someone's trying to hit you out of the park, that's a good time to bowl them, but sometimes I think he bowls them just to show off."

  88. 6 overs: 
    NZ 54-0

    I think we're on for a high-scoring game now, as Jade Dernbach comes into the attack and is greeted by Martin Guptill carving him into the off side for four. Three more singles follow, as the openers milk easy runs while the England fielders patrol the boundaries. Dernbach manages to outfox Rutherford with a slower ball - much to the amusement of both men. Eoin Morgan then saves a few runs with a nice diving stop at point, meaning it turns out to be a fairly decent first over from JD.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn and Guptill have had a few ding-dong battles when they've been playing for Middlesex and Derbyshire, and in the past, Finn has 'owned' Guptill. Finn also knows Rutherford from when he played for Otago last [southern hemisphere] summer."

  90. 5 overs: 
    NZ 47-0

    Steven Finn might be one of best young pace bowlers in world cricket, but he is getting little respect from Rutherford who latches on to a slower ball and hoists it over his shoulders and into the stands. That's got the fast bowler's back up - he's having words with his former Otago team-mate now. Martin Guptill is also getting in on the act too, as he gets a thick outside edge for four into the off side. That's 13 in total from a very expensive over.

    Kevin Howells, BBC Test Match Special

    "You can easily call this a small ground, but then you look at the floodlights and they're very impressive, certainly by the standards of back home."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Hamish Rutherford has been told to play his shots and be a bit of a bully, but he got lucky there when he mistimed that shot."

  93. 4 overs: 
    NZ 34-0

    Broad continues and concedes a couple of singles before Rutherford aims a bit of a slog and gets lucky as the ball drops safely between three fielders and the batsman takes two. He picks up another couple via a thick outside edge to third man as New Zealand manage eight from the over in total. England could do with a wicket here.

  94. 3 overs: 
    NZ 26-0

    There's nothing street cricket about Steven Finn. He'd struggle to knock a wheely-bin over with his knee at the non-striker's end, that's for sure. He's got wheels today, has Finny. Like against Tredwell and Broad, the NZ openers have a quick look and take a couple of singles before Guptill cuts loose from the final delivery and carves a four over point.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the risk of bowling short when the boundary behind the batsman is only about 65m."

  96. 2 overs: 
    NZ 20-0

    Stuart Broad was England's star man with the ball the other night and he shares the new ball with Tredders today. Rutherford manages to work a single, as does Guptill. It feels like the calm before the storm - and Rutherford whips two into the leg-side before aiming a wild swing and getting a top edge for six. I told you edges would fly for six here. I've played on longer streets than some of these boundaries.

  97. 1 over: 
    NZ 10-0

    I always like to see spinners opening the bowling in T20 cricket - it can be a good way of hustling through a couple of quick overs for the fielding side. Tredwell starts well and is worked for a couple of singles by Martin Guptill and Hamish Rutherford. The batsmen have had their sighters now and Guptill launches a six over the bowler's head. A couple more singles finish a very good first over for New Zealand.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "This ground is almost circular - the square boundaries are shorter than they were in Auckland, but the straight boundaries are longer. It's a quickish wicket, though it's not as quick as it was in the early 2000s."

  99. 0559: 

    It's one of those grounds where the batsman can edge it for six. The players are out in the middle and once the loud music stops playing, James Tredwell will open the bowling for England...

  100. 0556: 

    Stuart Broad said the Hamilton ground is "cosy" - which is cricketing-speak for "these are short boundaries and the bowlers might go for a few." It's a lovely-looking ground - grassy banks and picnic boxes are the order of the day. Idyllic.

  101. 0554: 

    Jonny Bairstow is another big-hitting England batsman with a great future. He took apart the Kiwi bowling attack the other night: "To spend some time in the middle was really pleasing and I was pleased with the way I struck the ball," said the 23-year-old, who helped Eoin Morgan put on 81 in seven overs at Eden Park.

    "We were really pleased with the performance we put in. Everyone contributed, in all three disciplines."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Two changes for New Zealand, horses for courses we heard from Brendon McCullum, and that's right - more pace with Ian Butler, as the New Zealand swing bowlers McClenaghan and Boult were hit over their head a lot in Auckland. Grant Elliott is a bit like Luke Wright, can bowl a lot of variations but can also bat. It's good to see England have kept the same team, they bat deep although as a New Zealander, I'd have liked to have seen Joe Root play and put some pressure on him ahead of the Test series."

  103. 0551: 

    New Zealand were outclassed in the first match and middle-order batsman Colin Munro accepts they got their tactics wrong.

    "Obviously Saturday was disappointing - we weren't up to scratch," Munro said. "We had plans to drop the ball a little bit shorter and let them hit to the bigger boundary, but we were quite full and floaty - so we played into England's hands to hit the short, straight boundaries.

    "Our lengths weren't right and dropping five catches didn't help. That's not going to happen again."


    Aarron Samuel, TMS inbox: "Morning all, I think we should dominate again - especially knowing we've got Morgan fit. Think NZ will give it some with the bat though. Come on England."

  105. 0548: 

    Luke Wright was one of those sending the ball aerial on Saturday. He is quickly becoming one of the world's most-prized T20 guns for hire. He smashes it miles, is a more than handy bowler and his fielding is ever energetic. Riches await in the IPL, Big Bash etc - yet the all-rounder admitted yesterday that he hates flying.

    "I hate flying - I'm scared of it," he said. "I had 38 flights last winter. As a nervous flier it's not great. I'm not scared enough for it to make me stop flying - I just can't sleep or relax on flights as I get anxious."

    Think of the air miles, Luke...

  106. 0547: 

    Simon Mann and the boys are on air for Test Match Special. Tune in online, or listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

  107. 0543: 

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, speaking at the toss: "The wicket looks like it has more pace in it than normal and we have to make sure we play some good attacking cricket. Catching is one of our strong suits but it let us down the other night. I'm sure we will put in a much better performance today."

  108. 0541: 

    England captain Stuart Broad, speaking at the toss: "We think chasing is our best way to win the game. Eoin Morgan is fit to play and is a key player for us, so that's good news. This is another cosy ground but that means it's up to the bowlers to stick to their plans and try and find wickets."

  109. 0538: 

    England name an unchanged team, with star batsman Eoin Morgan passing a late fitness test. New Zealand have dropped Andrew Ellis and Ronnie Hira, with Ian Butler and Grant Elliott coming into the team.

  110. 0536: 

    Fancy seeing your name in lights this morning? No bother, I can sort that. All you have to do is let me know your thoughts on today's action. Let's start by having a few of your predictions. You can tweet me, using #bbccricket, or text on 81111. Our email is always open too - Just remember to put your name on both texts and emails. Lovely.

  111. 0534: 

    England win the toss and will field first.

  112. 0530: 

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to our coverage of the second T20 international in Hamilton. We've at least got some history on our side as we hope for another run-fest. South African opener Richard Levi hammered 13 sixes in a 51-ball 117 not out at the same ground last year. Take cover, spectators.

  113. 0527: 

    It was raining fours and sixes in Auckland on Saturday as England hammered New Zealand in record-breaking fashion. Between them, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Luke Wright and Jos Buttler left the Kiwi bowlers running for cover. Can we expect more fireworks today? We'll soon find out...

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Live Scores - N Zealand v England


  • New Zealand beat England by 55 runs
  • N Zealand: 192-6 (20.0 overs)
  • England: 137 (19.3 overs)
  • Venue: Hamilton

England Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 137
Lumb b N McCullum 17
Hales b McClenaghan 5
Wright c Guptill b McClenaghan 0
Bairstow c McClenaghan b Butler 8
Morgan c Munro b Butler 13
Buttler c Taylor b Franklin 54
Patel run out (Boult) 6
Broad c Guptill b Franklin 1
Tredwell b Franklin 22
Finn not out 5
Dernbach c Butler b Franklin 0
Extras 3w 3lb 6

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