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Phil Dawkes and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    Here endeth England's 2015 World Cup. It won't be the last you hear about it, though. The knives are already out and you would think the cuts will be deep and ruthless. How will the ECB react? Watch this space.

    Meanwhile, the tournament continues without a backward glance at Morgan's men. Join us again at around 00:30 GMT for India v Zimbabwe, followed by Australia v Scotland.

  2. Final scorecard

    England 101-1 (18.1 overs), won by 9 wickets on Duckworth-Lewis method.

    Not out batsmen: Bell 52*, Taylor 8*

    Fall of wicket: 83-1 (Hales 37)

    Bowling figures: Shapoor 4-0-25-0, Dawlat 3-0-23-0, Hassan 5-0-17-1, Nabi 4.1-0-14-0, Shenwari 2-0-19-0.

    Afghanistan 111-7 (36.2 overs): Shafiqullah 30, Jordan 2-13, Bopara 2-31

    England won toss

    Full scorecard

  3. Post update

    Eoin Morgan on his future as England captain: "My experience as captain has made me a better player and better person and I've learnt a lot about the team and my own performance.

    "There will be a review from here so, with regards the captaincy, the decision is out of my hands."

  4. Central contracts for ODI players?

    England captain Eoin Morgan on central contracts for England one-day players: "They have probably improved us as a Test nation, so if they did the same for one-day cricket, it would be well received."

    On introducing franchises for T20 domestic cricket: "I'm a huge fans of the IPL and the Big Bash. One thing it does do is take you out of your comfort zone - you play under huge pressure, in front of huge crowds and against international quality bowling."

  5. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan tells Sky Sports: "There have been some difficult lessons - things like building innings, building pressure with the ball - things like that have let us down.

    "We made the same mistakes we have been doing for quite a while now. We haven't had a run of form as a team.

    "Throughout this tournament we haven't gelled as a side. We have got on well together but we haven't managed to string tow performances together."

    "There has to be a change in direction. Test match cricket has to remain a priority. But there has to be ca change because we haven't had success at World Cups."

  6. Email

    Yvonne: England should employ Gary Kirsten as head coach (look how he lifted the Proteas and India) and also a motivational speaker as the Black Caps did. That should put the Aussies in their place.

  7. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "We need the Stokes, Billings and Hales of this world to come into the team. I like the look of Moeen Ali, but there's not many spinners either. To become a really good team, England need to find some high-class bowlers. If James Anderson falls over and gets injured, I worry for England in the Ashes. Who is going to hold up an end, never mind roll over the Aussies?"

    Peter Moores
  8. Email

    Nigel in Leeds: England need to be slightly careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water at the end of the World Cup. It's the end of the road for Anderson, Bell, Bopara, Tredwell, Ballance and Morgan, with others such as Finn and Woakes having huge question marks over their future but fans should look at each player individually, not as a whole. Let's not forget Root was nearly dropped from all formats last summer. He's my captain for 2019 at the minute.

  9. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We have learnt a lot from this tournament but it's nice to finish on a win. We've got a good squad of players here and it's important to realise we haven't clicked in this tournament. It's been challenging, I've learnt a lot about myself, the other players and I've learnt from Peter Moores. I've spent more time with him, and I've enjoyed that. The hunger is still there to be captain."

    Eoin Morgan
  10. Post update

    Much of this post-mortem is picking over the shell that is the England side. However, we must all take time to say a fond farewell to Afghanistan, who brought plenty of spirit and joy to this tournament. Their win over Scotland was one of the reasons why this is shaping up to be one of the finest of World Cups. So farewell Rambo, Shapoor, Andy Moles and the rest of his men, you've been a fine advert for the associate nations.

  11. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The bowling stock worries me. Look at Australia, they look to have more than us. We have 18 counties, we have academies, but where is our bowling stock? Where is the pace? Why aren't we producing fast bowlers? You can only win a certain amount of games without pace bowlers.

    "I'd go with a younger set of players now. We have to somehow try and catch up with the rest of the world and how they play the game. It might have to get worse before it gets better. Look at Ian Bell, he's averaged 52 in this tournament at a strike-rate of 77 but I don't think he's influenced games."

  12. Text 81111

    Paul H from London: "It's very frustrating reading all the positive comments about Bell when he is prodding the ball around for ones and twos. It's that mind-set that will prevent England from ever making the changes necessary to reform their style of play. We need to give big hitters like Hales and Ali the freedom to express themselves. Going at six an over will never win the World Cup."

  13. Post update

    Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi: "England bowled brilliantly, in the right areas and swinging it both ways.

    "We have learned a lot - we have played against full members and seen how can they play, how can they build pressure."

    On beating Scotland earlier in the tournament: "That was a great memory for us, our first victory in the World Cup."

  14. Text 81111

    Mark: At least England will win their last World Cup game. Only one other country will probably be able to say that come the end of the tournament...

  15. Post update

    Afghanistan coach Andy Moles: "We are disappointed with the loss today but overall we've won some friends across the world by the way we have played our cricket. We are happy to put a different face on Afghanistan to the war-torn country.

    "We need to show more character. We will review the tournament. Our next games are in Scotland and before then we will go through the footage and prepare to bat for longer periods. At the moment we live on a diet of Twenty20 games and we are struggling with the longer game.

    "We will only get better by playing more full members. We are all clamouring to get a chair at the table. Hopefully we will be given a chance and will keep learning from these opportunities. We live in hope that somebody might hear our pleas."

  16. Post update

    Man of the match Chris Jordan, who took 2-13 for England: "It's nice to pick up this award. It swung around and Jimmy and Broady set the tone, so I'm grateful.

    "I've not got the best memories of this World Cup. But any time you put on an England shirt you've got to enjoy it. Hopefully we can come back stronger next time."

    Chris Jordan
  17. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The banana skin was always a worry today but there's a bigger picture and structurally the game needs to change at home. We need a blank piece of paper: how can we get better moving forward? Are we producing enough high-quality players? Is our system allowing that? I'd say no."

  18. Email

    Darren in south Wales: Why is it that England always take the maximum amount of time to chase a score? If this was one of the big teams (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) the teams would already be back in the changing rooms by now. It doesn't count for much now but surely coming out and blasting that total away in 10-12 overs would make the future look so much better.

  19. Post update

    So, England finish with four points from their six Pool A fixtures. They beat the two teams that finished below them (both associate nations: Scotland and Afghanistan) and lost to the four teams above them: Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I'll leave you to apply your own descriptive summary to that. I imagine we'll be unable to repeat most of them.

  20. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England were always going to do the job. The conditions today summed up England's one-day cricket. When the ball swings and nips around, England look good. But it doesn't happen that often abroad and you need more mystery, pace and invention."

    Ian Bell and James Taylor

    Bell claims the winning run. The celebrations are very muted. This has been a resounding win, but it is the thinnest silver lining attached to the biggest, darkest cloud.

  22. 100-1 (Bell 51, Taylor 8)

    Dawlat Zadran is back. Bell claims a single before Taylor slices one to third man to take England to within one run of victory.

  23. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Allan S Schoenherr: For once Geoffrey I disagree, we cannot drop Ballance he was magnificent at three last year, and has Trott done enough?

  24. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jonathan Trott should bat at number three in the Test team, he's played better over a longer period than Gary Ballance. He needs to get back into the team in his own position. It will be a big thing for him."

  25. 50 for Bell

    Eng 97-1

    Shapoor comes running in from Brisbane and Taylor is fooled by the pace of the delivery with a swing way before the ball reaches him. He was so early he could have had another go. Another single gives strike to Bell, who purposefully slices a ball over the slips for four. A single brings Bell his 50. Four more for victory.

    Ian Bell
  26. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think James Taylor might get a trip to the West Indies for the three-Test series over there. We've got to have a look at him. There's a lot of good judges saying they like the look of him and he's scored a lot of runs in the county cricket. I'd take Jonathan Trott too. If he's OK, he's got to play."

  27. Eng 91-1 (Target 101)

    A single to Bell, two scurried runs from Taylor and a wide down leg from Hassan moves England to within two big hits of victory.

  28. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a protracted match which has limped to its inevitable conclusion. There's 9,000 inside the SCG for this one, which I find quite surprising."

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Everything Sport: England's treatment of Finn has been poor. Why not play him in a game where he could get a few wickets and confidence?

  30. Eng 87-1

    Bell and Taylor show some nice invention with a couple of paddles to fine leg to collect a run apiece off Nabi. Looks like England are going to ease gently to victory.

  31. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I was chatting to Jim Maxwell at tea. He asked who I thought would win the tournament, wanting me to say Australia. His face crumpled when I mentioned every other nation but."

  32. Email

    Dave in Birmingham: Even if Bell does well today then it will be qualified with "it's only Afghanistan" and "there was no pressure as England were already out of the WC". The many times he has done the business in pressure situations is just forgotten and the old stuff trotted out! All good players have changing fortunes.

  33. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian White: Aus/NZ/SA would knock this total off in 10 overs max. England poodling along at 6 an over.

  34. Eng 84-1 (Target 101)

    Hassan finishes his over well, conceding just one run, which gets Taylor off the mark. I think I speak for everyone when I say I just want this game to be over now.

  35. WICKET

    Hales c Zazai b Hassan 37 (Eng 83-1)

    Hales goes, and it is a tame dismissal. he looks to be trying to guide a length ball from Hassan down to third man but instead feathers an edge to the keeper. In comes James Taylor.

    Alex Hales
  36. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Ian Bell

    "If Bell and Hales add 100 it will be the first time that England have had two opening partnerships of 100 or more in the same World Cup."

  37. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm into magic at the moment... watch out for Mickey's magic. I bought loads of tricks off a trader this morning. It's early days yet, I'm very much an apprentice magician but watch out for me in the next couple of weeks. I'll be making coins disappear, all sorts..."

  38. Eng 78-0 (Target 101)

    Having done so much damage in the previous over, England's openers take a calmer approach to this one from Nabi, prodding the ball around for four more runs.

  39. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That lap slog shot for six by Alex Hales... not once did England try that with the short boundary at Adelaide when they were chasing that total against Bangladesh."

    Alex Hales
  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richard Higgins: Ian Bell is just the man you want when chasing a low total, needing about 4-4.5 an over! Can you be a specialist in that sense?

  41. Eng 74-0 (Bell 40, Hales 32)

    The mis-fields continue for Afghanistan. This time it is Hassan who slides to stop a Bell flick to the leg reaching the boundary but his block has more holes in it than a block of swiss cheese and a boundary is the result. Hales is then given strike and ends the over with a big lap slog six. This game is all but over. Nothing to see here. Not that there ever was, really.

  42. Eng 61-0

    Nabi rattles through his second over, which goes for just two runs. England need 39 runs and have 84 balls in which to get them, with 10 wickets at their disposal.

  43. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Peter Moores came out in Sri Lanka and said Alex Hales had a weakness against the ball coming back into him and didn't play spin very well. That was a sure sign the coach didn't fancy him. I've never seen that before, with the coach going public with one of his players' weaknesses."

  44. Eng 59-0

    We're going double spin as Samiullah Shenwari joins the attack. The Afghanistan fielding doesn't get any better, though. A fumble lets Bell get two through mid-on before another on the mid-wicket boundary gifts him four. There is a nervy moment for the England opener, though, as he goes back and is hit on the pads. The umpire turns down the appeal and replays show it was umpire's call, with the ball clipping leg stump.

    Ian Bell
  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Small Man Peaky: Bell consistently gets off to a flying start, 30 odd off 20. Then gets bogged down and eventually gets out for 40 off 50.

  46. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I really wish Alex Hales had been given 20 matches at the top of the order in one-day cricket before this World Cup. That would have given him confidence, security and, like he has done in T20 cricket, I'm sure he would have come through with flying colours. I think he'll get that chance now, alongside Moeen Ali at the top of the order."

  47. Eng 51-0 (Target 101)

    Mohammad Nabi brings himself on at the Paddington End but his gentle off-spin poses no problems for the England pair, who patiently take England six runs closer to their target.

  48. Text 81111

    David Jacobs in London: Perhaps England, Scotland and Afghanistan could play a tri-series...

  49. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Afghanistan have enjoyed testing England with the short ball, but whenever they've tried it the ball has ended up going to the boundary. They've not got the ball to swing around like England did."

  50. 47-0 (Bell 25, Hales 22)

    As he has been for much of this tournament, Hassan is the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers. Like Shapoor he is being let down by poor fielding as an inadequate dive allows England to get two when they should only have had one from a Bell push down the ground. Bell steers the last ball to third man for another single. England are walking this.

  51. Post update

    Trent Copeland

    Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "When I was 18 or 19, I played in Yorkshire. The cricket was really good but perhaps my personal highlight was watching the intensity of a Leeds v Huddersfield football match. My best Yorkshire accent involves the phrase: 'Are we off to the pub now, lad?'"

    As a Yorkshireman myself, I can testify that Trent's accent was a pretty decent effort.

  52. Eng 44-0 (Target 101)

    The mandatory powerplay ends and Afghanistan recall Dawlat to the attack. He had a shocker of a first over and his second doesn't start much better as Hales pulls a short second ball for four. Hales then gets a bit lucky as he top-edges another short one over the keeper and down to the boundary for another four. The last ball hits Hales' pad prompting a brief meeting to consider a review but it isn't taken.

  53. Post update

    Trent Copeland

    Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "When Ian Bell plays his cover drive, you feel so helpless as a bowler. He has so much time and that's what England have missed. He just hasn't kicked on. When he plays his cover drives, it's almost like an extension of a forward defence."

  54. Eng 36-0 (Bell 22, Hales 14)

    Hassan is bowling some good stuff here. Good line, good length. Bell pushes one to off and then one to leg, claiming two runs for each. Those four runs leave England needing 65 to win.

  55. Eng 32-0 (Target 101)

    Poor Shapoor, he is giving his all for his side but is being let down by his fielders, Najib in particular. After that drop, Hales and Bell claim a single apiece to keep the scoreboard ticking.

  56. Dropped catch

    Eng 30-0

    Shapoor continues to bend his back for his side but Hales initially treats him with contempt by smashing a square drive for four and then repeats his trick from the first over by lofting another drive straight to Najib at backward point, who again drops a sitter. It would be fair to say Shapoor is not impressed.

  57. Post update

    Trent Copeland

    Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is aggressive captaincy from Nabi. Dawlat bowled too short and he wasn't happy so he brought on Hamid after one over. It's good because Dawlat won't be happy and will be fired up later and it shows the rest of the team that they need to be on it."

  58. Eng 25-0

    Dawlat lasts just the one over as Rambo, aka Hamid Hassan, is brought into the attack. He starts well with one that nips back into Bell and draws an appeal from every Afghanistan player. Replays show the batsman got a big inside edge. Bell then flashes and misses at a tempting ball outside off. A sloppy mis-field from Shapoor down at third man from the last ball gives England a single and denies Hassan a maiden.

  59. Post update

    Trent Copeland

    Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The impression we have of Alex Hales in Australia is that he is one of the most dominant short-form batsmen in the world. He set the World T20 alight and he had some big games in the Big Bash for Hobart Hurricanes."

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Everything Sport: Would like to see Bell continue at top order of ODI team. Yes he is slow scorer but consistent. Can provide backbone to innings.

  61. Eng 24-0 (Bell 16, Hales 8)

    England certainly aren't looking to do this in singles. Bell throws the bat at a decent length ball from Shapoor and miscues it over the outstretched hand of cover for a couple of runs. Shapoor trots back and strides in again and is smashed square for four by the same batsman. 77 to win off 22 overs.

  62. Eng 17-0 (Target 101)

    Dawlat is all over the shop here. He persists with digging in short, which almost does for Hales, who fails to connect with a pull and chips the ball over mid-on before Bell then hammers a subsequent ball for four. That is the cue for some sawdust. Dawlat is slipping. Apparently. To be fair, once the crease is covered he deliveries a slightly better trio of balls.

  63. Six - Eng 11-0

    Dawlat Zadran starts from the other end and Hales doesn't even bother with a sighter as he rocks back to pull a six over mid-wicket.

  64. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Shapoor must have the longest run-up in the tournament. Geoffrey will tell you he doesn't go that far on his holidays. There's no subtlety about it - he's a powerfully built man who just thunders in. It's brutal."

  65. Eng 5-0 (Hales 1, Bell 4)

    In comes Shapoor again from miles out. As a batsman, it must be like being Peter O'Toole watching Omar Sharif emerge out of the desert in Lawrence of Arabia. Ian Bell waits and then hammers a drive through cover for four.

  66. Dropped catch

    Eng 0-0

    Shapoor Zadran comes steaming in from his lengthy run up, his hair flailing in the breeze. Hales leaves one, taps one back and then gifts a sitter of a catch to backward point, who drops it. Hales should be back in the tent.

  67. Post update

    We've got some cricketers out on the field as the Afghanistan players emerge from the stand. And soon after come Ian Bell and Alex Hales. There is the answer - England are sticking with the script...

  68. #askboycott

    Just a little heads-up... you can ask Geoffrey Boycott a question on Twitter today, using #askboycott. A video with a selection of his answers will be on the BBC Sport website later...

  69. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm sticking with Australia as my tips to win it. New Zealand and South Africa could also be in the final. South Africa have talent - AB de Villiers is the best batsman in the world. Then there's Pakistan, who have struggled for runs but their bowling is decent."

  70. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Gutteridge: England sending out players who can score quickly? That sounds far too sensible for Moores.

  71. Post update

    It will be interesting to see if England adapt their batting order to the task at hand. So far this tournament they have shown a defiant, foolhardy stubborn refusal to do so, so you'd think they'd stick to their guns again. For better of worse.

  72. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mike Gardner: Lets get Hales and Butler out first. Go out in a blaze of 6 hitting glory.

  73. Post update

    Cheers Marc, top work sir. So, 101 off 25 overs. In theory, England should get those. But then, in theory, England should have qualified from their pool. Surely there is not going to be one final humiliation in this tournament for Eoin Morgan and his men? Surely?

  74. Post update

    Good news, folks. We're going to start play again at 09:45 GMT. England will need 101 to win from 25 overs. Easy, right?!

    Here's Phil Dawkes to talk you through it all. I'm sure nothing at all can go wrong...

  75. Post update

    Remember, we have to start by 10:06 GMT to get a game in.

  76. Post update

    Nowt wrong with a bit of Belinda Carlisle, Stephan. It looks like we might get some cricket as the umpires have a chat with the coaches and the tractor is fired up to drag a rope around the outfield.

  77. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "Some more excellent work by the Sydney DJ, who now puts Metallica's Enter Sandman on the speakers. He's also dabbled with a bit of Belinda Carlisle, Neil Diamond and Bon Jovi. Eclectic. Afghanistan are on the outfield, limbering up."

  78. Post update

    The umpires are currently inspecting the SCG pitch and the Afghan fielders are warming up pitch-side. Fingers crossed.

  79. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Wilson: Honestly, I don't care. Just send Buttler and Hales out to whack every single ball. Whatever.

  80. Post update

    Over on Test Match Special, they are going to air their interview with Australia legend Glenn McGrath. Have a guess what his Ashes prediction is? Yep, you guessed it. 5-0. Has he factored in the great British rain?

  81. Post update

    Where was this Sydney rain last winter? It's a typically soggy end to a torrid tournament for England. Our full report on the New Zealand versus Bangladesh game is now online. Have a gander.

  82. Post update

    If we do get a T20-style game, will England change their batting order? Should Ian Bell open? Or should they send out Jos Buttler?

  83. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stephen Fawcett: England can play it like a T20 innings. We're ok at that format...

    Philip Pugh: Despite the criticism of England, I admire the efforts of Bangladesh who are a major cricket nation, at least for the 1 day game.

  84. England v Afghanistan

    Rain stopped play

    Afghanistan 111-7 (36.2 overs)

    Batsmen: Najibullah 12*, Hassan 0*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Mangal 4), 20-2 (Ahmadi 7), 25-3 (Zazai 6), 34-4 (Shenwari 7), 65-5 (Jamal 17), 93-6 (Nabi 16), 101-7 (Shafiqullah 30)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 7-0-18-1, Broad 8-1-18-1, Jordan 6.2-2-13-2, Bopara 8-1-31-2, Tredwell 7-0-25-1

    England won toss

    Full scorecard

  85. England v Afghanistan latest

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "The covers are coming off to applause inside the SCG. If and when we get play, England will be batting."

  86. Player reaction

    More from Shakib Al Hasan on TMS: "It was a tough day. We batted, bowled and fielded well. They bowled well in the first 10 overs when it was swinging, but we adjusted to the conditions and put a decent total on. These games will help us to improve our confidence and I hope we have a very good game in the quarter-finals."

  87. Man of the match

    More from Martin Guptill on TMS: "Everything's going along quite nicely at the moment, I'm holding my shape well. It's always nice to get a couple out of the middle early doors - hopefully the cramp will subside in the next couple of hours before I go to bed."

  88. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bangladesh did a very good job keeping themselves in the game, picking up those two wickets early doors opened the game up. But Guptill kept the momentum going, playing risk-free cricket, and there were only small margins in it but New Zealand made it look very comfortable."

  89. Captain's view

    Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan: "I thought we played really well, the way we batted was good. We bowled well too and kept it tight. We can take a lot of positives from the game and hopefully we can take that into the quarter-finals. Mahmudullah needs to continue his form, he is in great touch so hopefully he can contribute with bat and ball and let's see what happens."

  90. Post update

    Just imagine for one moment if England needed to win today to go through. We'd be on pins.

  91. England v Afghanistan latest

    Just to bring you up-to-date with what's happening in Sydney. It's very wet still and the latest we can resume is 10:06 GMT. Afghanistan were 111-7 after 36.2 overs when the players were forced from the field. England would need to bat 20 overs for us to have a result.

  92. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jay: Bangladesh have done their reputation no harm whatsoever in this World Cup, unlike one other team.

  93. Man of the match

    Man of the match Martin Guptill, who scored 105 in 100 balls for New Zealand: "It feels good. It has been a long time between drinks. I felt pretty good most of the summer but in Napier and then today it is getting better. We have a lot of belief and the way we are executing our skills is pleasing. We just need to keep that up over the next few weeks."

  94. Player reaction

    More from Corey Anderson on TMS: "It's quarter-finals now, we've got another break for a week but we still don't know who we're playing yet, so we'll see how those games go over the next couple of weeks."

    Corey Anderson
  95. Player reaction

    New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson on TMS: "We've got in the habit of losing too many wickets near the end, one of us needed to see it through, but it was good to see Timmy chipping in with those runs at the end. Gup played brilliantly with a run-a-ball hundred and it all paid off.

    "Trent and Tim bowled outstandingly at the start, then we let it slip a little - I dropped Mahmadullah who batted unbelievably, and they probably feel they got 30 or 40 more than they expected to. We'll have to be harder on ourselves and execute our plans better."

  96. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "New Zealand's win is their eighth consecutive victory in ODIs. This is their second longest streak behind the nine that they won in a row in 2007."

  97. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rob Gibson: Not bowling Rubel cost Shakib and Bangladesh the chance to win the game, simple as that.

  98. Post update

    Allen McLaughlin

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Bangladesh will be disappointed with the loss, but they can hold their heads up high for a pretty good effort. They played some excellent cricket."

  99. Post update

    New Zealand look a little relieved as the squad members come down to the pitch to shake hands with the Bangladesh team. The Tigers have done themselves proud again.

  100. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "An excellent game, it had a bit of everything for the fans. Vettori and Southee were under pressure - we said the middle order and lower order hadn't been tested, well, they were today. New Zealand go unbeaten into the next round."

  101. New Zealand win by three wickets

    NZ 290-7

    Tim Southee finishes the match in style, belting four through the off side. The Black Caps make it six wins out of six in Pool A.

    New Zealand
  102. Post update

    Allen McLaughlin

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Lovely shot from Southee, he can't keep the ball on the ground - he just had to open his shoulders."

  103. NZ 286-7

    Southee steps back and plants a big, high ball into the stands. It is a major blow for New Zealand. They only three more from eight balls.

  104. NZ 279-7 (need 9 off 9 balls)

    Tim Southee clobbers the ball straight to the cover fielder. No run.

  105. Post update

    Allen McLaughlin

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Two vastly experienced cricketers, Vettori and Shakib. Only once before has somebody scored more than 289 to win an ODI on this ground."

  106. NZ 280-7

    Vettori comes down the wicket and drives for another single. Back to you Tim.

  107. NZ 279-7 (need 10 off 11 balls)

    Shakib to bowl the penultimate over. He is driven down the ground for a single by Tim Southee.

  108. NZ 278-7

    Tim Southee joins the drama. He fails to score from his first ball but picks up a single with a pull to leg from his second. Vettori goes big through cover but the fielder dives to stop it and throws back in just too late for a run out chance at the non-striker's end. Vettori finishes the over in superb fashion to launch a huge six over cover. What a shot! It has put the co-hosts back in the box seat!

    Sabbir Rahman
  109. Post update

    Allen McLaughlin

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Southee, we know, can hit the ball out of the park - but his shot selection worries the hell out of New Zealand supporters, to put it mildly."

  110. WICKET

    Anderson b Nasir 39 (NZ 269-7)

    Another sting in the tail. Nasir, going round the wicket, deceives Corey Anderson who is bowled going for another leg-side heave.

    Corey Anderson
  111. Six - NZ 269-6

    Nasir is still in the attack as Bangladesh ignore calling up their front line bowlers. They suffer as Anderson rocks back and hammers a six into the stand, where a man in an orange shirt takes it one-handed! He's in with a shout of a share of a million NZ dollars. The catch from the fan gets a bigger roar than the shot!

  112. NZ 263-6 (need 26 off 18 balls)

    Seven from the over but, crucially, Corey Anderson retains the strike.

  113. Dropped catch

    Can you believe it? Daniel Vettori gets a top edge into the leg side and the fielder, Nasir Hossain, races in from the boundary but the balls slips from his grasp just outside the circle. Drama.

  114. NZ 261-6

    Mahmudullah is on to bowl. It is an interesting choice. Can he prove as successful with the ball as he has been with the bat? No, is the answer as Anderson smashes the first ball straight down the ground. He nearly took the umpire out with that. A single to mid-on follows but Vettori hits straight to point with a cut. "Wait, wait, wait" is the anguished cry.

  115. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "Heavy rain again in Sydney sees the entire press box crowd round to watch the New Zealand - Bangladesh game. It's cricketing royalty with all eyes on one TV - Vaughan, Boycott, Atherton and Hussain. They're getting excited too."

  116. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Vettori did well there with that sweep, rolled the wrists. He needed that. Nasir's done an excellent job, picked up a wicket, and if they could have got Anderson - the man who can clear the ropes - out, they really would have caused some problems."

  117. NZ 256-6 (need 33 off 24 balls)

    Vettori alleviates the pressure when he drags the ball from off and sweeps it through the leg side for four. Cue whoops of delight in the crowd. A single follows, then Corey Anderson gets a top edge over the keeper's head, running a single. He's lucky he wasn't out there. Nervy stuff.

    Corey Anderson
  118. NZ 250-6

    40 runs from 30 balls. Simple, right? Maybe not. Anderson carves one into off for a single off Nasir but Vettori is unable to keep the scoreboard ticking as the bowler traps him at the striker's end.

  119. NZ 249-6 (need 40 off 30 balls)

    So, Daniel Vettori joins Corey Anderson at the crease. If ever there was a man for a crisis.

  120. It's raining again

    Bad news from Sydney, where the planned 08:30 GMT inspection has been curtailed after the rain returned. England and Afghanistan must keep waiting.

    TMS commentator Jim Maxwell has tweeted this picture of the SCG:

    Sydney Cricket Ground
  121. WICKET

    Ronchi c Nasir b Shakib 9 (247-6)

    Mmm... could Bangladesh cut another of the so-called bigger boys down to size? Luke Ronchi creams the ball over wide long-off but succeeds only in picking out Nasir Hossain.


    Nasir Hossain
  122. Six - NZ 246-5

    Don't bother chasing that one. Corey Anderson clears his front leg and hits the ball out of the ground. Can we have a new ball, please? The fourth umpire comes on with new nuts in the type of briefcase a Bond villain would use.

  123. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Mills: How about Laughing at the rain by The Stranglers?

    Asa Joseph: Love Rain O'er Me, by the Who (from the Quadrophenia soundtrack)? Not much love for England...

  124. NZ 240-5 (need 49 off 36 balls)

    Corey Anderson, rather like David Warner does, tightens the Velcro on his gloves between deliveries. It's as if it comes loose because of his bulging forearms. Luke Ronchi scurvies a leg-before shout because the ball was sliding down leg. Another tidy over from Nasir goes for just five.

  125. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Imagine tension (re: Hamilton) and frustration (re: Sydney) if England had beaten Bangladesh.

  126. Text 81111

    Brendan in London: Surely, Credence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain?" Mind you, as an Irishman, I wish we'd get rained off against Pakistan.

  127. NZ 235-5 (need 54 off 42 balls)

    Sonny Bill Williams likes to step into the boxing ring when not playing rugby, and I reckon Corey Anderson would give him a run for his money. The Black Caps all-rounder is a strapping bloke who pounces on a short ball from Taskin and pulls it to the boundary for four. This is a guy with an ODI century off 36 balls, remember. A full ball is then muscled straight down the ground for another four. Big over.

  128. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "One or two big overs will do this, but they don't want to take two many risks and lose any more wickets as there is not a lot of experience and depth there for New Zealand. It is important that these two do the bulk of the work."

  129. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Reaney: I assume Ja Rule's classics 'Rainy Days' & 'Murder Reigns' are too Hip-Hop for the SCG crowd?

    Steve Sommerville: What about 'Naked in the Rain ' by Blue Pearl?

  130. NZ 223-5 (need 66 off 48 balls)

    Scoreboard pressure, eh? It looks like it gets to the best of them. Even the rampant New Zealanders. Luke Ronchi is the new batsman and he pulls a half-tracker for four through mid-wicket to get off the mark.

  131. WICKET

    Taylor lbw Nasir 56 (NZ 219-5)

    Taylor is shuffling off, looking resigned to his fate, but that looked pretty straight - there's no edge on the Snickometer, and the ball-tracker says it's hitting the top of middle stump. Gone.


  132. Umpire review

    Taylor goes for a big sweep across the line, Nasir is down on his knees beseeching the umpire to give him out lbw, which he does - but Taylor calls for a review.

  133. NZ 219-4

    Taskin, another Bangladeshi quick, who has decent pace, beats Ross Taylor's wild swinging bat with a straight up and down delivery. The right-hander is beginning to feel the pressure having taken just four singles from his last 11 balls faced. Corey Anderson is having no such problems, getting off the mark with a meaty six back over the bowler's head.

  134. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dan Wellington: Rain related songs - anything by Wet Wet Wet or Kiss the Rain, It's raining Men, Why does it always rain on me?

    Chris Painter: Running out of songs already? Clearly he's not the Rain King. (Counting Crows)

  135. England v Afghanistan latest

    It is still looking very dull over in Sydney - that's both the cricket and the sky. England are well on top (with Afghanistan at 111-7 with just over 36 overs gone) but will they get the chance to hammer home their advantage? That will be decided by a pitch inspection at 08:30 GMT.