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James Gheerbrant and Phil Dawkes

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  1. Goodbye

    Well, what an extraordinary match. Time for me to have a lie-down. Want to relive the drama? Have a gander at the match report.

    You're not going to want to miss the next match in this pulsating series. And you only have to wait two days for these sides to meet again at the Rose Bowl. Join us at 10:00 BST for that. Until then, goodbye.

  2. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Fenners: D/L not fit for purpose. Needs changing. Why not play last 4 overs? And how does 9 an over become 15 an over?

    Ben Fox: Respect to NZ for not celebrating - they were gifted the win in the end. Not undeserved, however.

    Rob Meech: How outdated a coach does Peter Moores look now? He got the tactics at the World Cup horribly wrong.

  3. Man of the match

    New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is named man of the match.

    He says: "It was probably a par of 360/370, it was a very good surface. It was a good game and hopefully it's another good game at the Rose Bowl. I think I was probably trying a bit too hard at the Oval to find some form, so I've just tried to express myself and hit a few out of the middle."

  4. Captain's reaction

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It was terrifying at times. This England team are playing a completely different brand of cricket to what they've played in recent times.

    "Also credit to our boys, we held our nerve there under pressure at the end. Both teams put up a hell of a fight.

    "There are no guarantees in this day and age. Neither team probably deserved to lose but it was a great day for us. Ross Taylor was outstanding. We were probably looking at about 250 until he stepped it up."

  5. Captain's reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan on Sky Sports: "It was epic. These are the game of cricket that we want to play in, The style of cricket we emulated today was fantastic and I'm really proud of the way we went about the chase.

    "I'm a bit disappointed with our fielding and the way we executed our bowling but credit to New Zealand. When you're chasing a total like that, the scoreboard is irrelevant - it's the manner in which you play that is important. It's not a bad day for us and it's a continuation of the way we want to play our cricket.

    "I'm close to my best, I struck it quite well today. Personally I think the Duckworth-Lewis method will change."

    England players leave the field after loss
  6. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "What a match - brilliant run scoring, strange way for it to finish and shame the rain came. But 365/9 plays 398/5? Wow."

  7. Email

    Roger Williams: As well as attacking cricket we need attacking umpires who say let's get out there and play. Duckworth-Lewis should be dumped - match abandoned, match drawn, anything is better than this.

  8. Match review

    It was another extraordinary match in what has so far been an utterly memorable tour. New Zealand looked to have put the game well beyond England's reach with a brilliant batting display, one in which Ross Taylor - who made a belligerent century - and Kane Williamson starred as they posted 398-5.

    What followed was a magnificent effort by England that really underlined their dramatic transformation into a powerful, aggressive one-day side. Jason Roy and Alex Hales got them off to a fast start and then Eoin Morgan took over with a magnificent innings, hitting a sparkling 88 off just 47 balls.

    When he was out shortly after Jos Buttler, it seemed the game was up for England. But some thrilling lower-order tap from Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett took England within sight of the finish line - before rain intervened...

  9. Champagne moment

    New Zealand beat England by 13 runs (D/L)

    So New Zealand have completed a victory by 13 runs. They were under siege at the end, but ultimately that superb bating effort was - just - enough to see them home.

    New Zealand celebrate
  10. Eng 365-9

    A thrilling game ends with a play and a miss from Finn, and New Zealand have squared the series.

  11. Eng 365-9

    Finn thrashes for two through midwicket. It's as good as gone...

  12. Eng 363-9

    Finn flogs a waist-high full-toss to the boundary. But it's all in vain.

  13. Eng 359-9

    It's all petering out a bit as Jordan flogs to long-off and they can only run a single.

  14. Eng 358-9

    Jordan smashes it into the off side for two. 21 needed off four balls. Not looking good for England...

  15. Eng 356-9

    Finn swings and misses and they run a quick bye. Jordan on strike with 23 needed from five balls.

  16. WICKET

    Rashid c Boult b N McCullum 34 (Eng 355-9)

    Well, that is extraordinary. Rashid hammers McCullum down the ground, it looks like a six, but Tim Southee reels it in and lobs it back infield as his momentum takes him over the rope, for Trent Boult to complete the catch. Stunning teamwork.

    England now need 24 off six balls.

    Adil Rashid slips
  17. Umpire review

    I think New Zealand have pulled off the most amazing piece of fielding here. Is Rashid out?

  18. Eng 355-8

    Rashid hammers it through the covers for four.

  19. WICKET

    Plunkett c B McCullum b N McCullum 44 (Eng 351-8)

    That could be curtains. The dangerous Plunkett spoons a catch to Brendon McCullum at mid-off.

  20. Eng 351-7

    Plunkett down the pitch, but once again McCullum fields off his own bowling.

  21. Eng 351-7

    Plunkett smashes McCullum for a huge six over midwicket! England are back in it!

    Liam Plunkett hits a shot
  22. Eng 345-7

    No Southee, no Boult, so it's Nathan McCullum to bowl. Plunkett is down the pitch, but it's straight to McCullum. Dot ball.

  23. Eng 345-7

    Here we go. Rashid plays and misses at Southee's last delivery. No run.

  24. Post update

    So, 13 balls left, and we're going to go ball by ball. First up, Rashid on strike to Southee...

  25. Post update

    The revised bowling conditions mean that Tim Southee can only bowl one more delivery. Mitchell McClenaghan can't bowl any more. So I guess that's why New Zealand are turning to Grant Elliott. And as I type, he's getting some good-luck handshakes from his team-mates, like a plucky Tommy about to be sent over the top.

  26. Post update

    By the way, this is the third most runs ever scored in any one-day international, and it's beaten the previous record for an ODI in England by 92. And we're not done yet!

  27. Post update

    Interestingly, Grant Elliott is doing a few warm-up deliveries on the outfield. He could be the man to deliver one of those overs.

  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    David: This is ridiculous makes cricket look stupid just play the rest of the game floodlights who cares about the nonsense regulations.

    Jane Wilson: Messrs Duckworth & Lewis should be ashamed of themselves.

    Paul Lewis: Why do they need to reduce the number of overs when they have floodlights?

  29. Post update

    Err, so we've got to wait another 10 minutes before we restart. Why, I know not. But if you want to make a cup of tea, now is the time. Whack on some toast too if you like. Heck, you've still got time for a boiled egg.

  30. Post update

    Well, you have to say Messrs Duckworth and Lewis have rather helped New Zealand there. England needed nine an over before we came off - now they need 13 an over. There were loud boos from the crowd when those revised playing conditions were announced.

  31. Play to restart at 21.10 BST

    Right, we've got a revised 46-over game, restarting at 21.10 BST. England's revised target is 379. So, England need 34 runs off 13 balls. On telly, Ian Botham looks absolutely apoplectic.

  32. Post update

    It has stopped raining again and it looks like the covers are off. I'm wary of making any promises though. 'Delilah' ringing out around the Oval...

  33. Post update

    Hold tight, we think it might be raining again. This is tortuous.

    Groundsmen pull on covers
  34. Good news

    The covers are coming off! Or at least, the outer covers are. But the umpires have still got their umbrellas up. Argh!

  35. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Cricket journalist Lawrence Booth on Twitter: It's stopped raining here at The Oval. If they restart by 8.51pm they won't lose any overs.

  36. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If nothing else, this is a disappointing outcome for England, because they were on a roll. These two players looked like they could do it. If New Zealand win on D/L, at least it will take it to the next game at 1-1."

  37. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Justin: The rain lasted about half an hour here in Crystal Palace.

    Lev Parikian: It is no longer raining in West Norwood. Lasted about 15 mins here.

  38. Post update

    Just by the by, if England were six wickets down rather than seven, they would be one run ahead on Duckworth-Lewis and in all probability, we would be praying the rain holds on. Eoin Morgan looks pretty gloomy on the England balcony...

  39. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    England bowler Stuart Broad on Twitter: Don't rain, don't don't rain!

    Too late Stuart, too late...

    Fans in the rain
  40. Post update

    Here's the important info. England are behind on the Duckworth-Lewis par score. They need 354, so if there's no resumption New Zealand will win. However, we have an extra half-hour built in for just such eventualities, so we don't start losing time until 20:51 BST.

  41. Rain stops play

    Can you believe it? Brendon McCullum glances beseechingly at Steve Davis, and it works. The covers are coming on, with the rain falling steadily. The game doesn't deserve this...

    Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid leave the field during the rain
  42. Eng 345-7

    England need a boundary, and Adil Rashid provides it with a terrifically cheeky bit of improvisation! He gets over to the off side and scoops Southee to the midwicket boundary for four. But then...

  43. Eng 340-7

    Oh dear, you don't want to be doing that Liam. He leaves a legal delivery from Southee's first ball, then scampers a single off the second. Rashid wants two when he hits Southee into the off side, but slips on the wet surface as he turns. This is now England's highest ever ODI total batting second, and the rain is falling...

  44. Eng 338-7 (target 399)

    Now Rashid gets in on the act, lofting Santner over extra-cover for a one-bounce four. The young offie is under pressure, but recovers well with a good last two balls.

    Adil Rashid plays a shot
  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Bonser: Yes Liam!! Win or lose great effort this from England showing no fear and always on the attack what we have wanted to see!

  46. Eng 333-7

    Plunkett creams Santner over the ropes for six! They're bouncing in the stands again...

  47. Eng 327-7 (Rashid 21, Plunkett 29)

    A sprinted two brings up an unlikely 50 partnership between Plunkett and Rashid off just 34 balls. We're in for a heck of a finish...

  48. Dropped catch

    Eng 322-7

    Another one down in the field for New Zealand. Guptill drops a skier from Plunkett, who responds by launching Southee into the stands for six! It's not over.

  49. Eng 313-7 (need 86 off 54 balls)

    So, 90 needed off the final 10 overs. Can England make an unlikely stab at this? Will the weather gods intervene? Plunkett is charging like a frisky bull at Pamplona - he's itching to get down the track and give Boult the heave-ho, but he can't quite muscle him away. Four runs only make it a frustrating over for England, but here's the good news - Boult's done for the day.

  50. Eng 309-7 (target 399)

    Well, these two still believe. Plunkett welcomes Mitchell Santner back into the attack by clubbing him down the ground for four to bring up England's 300 - and that's with 64 balls left. Taken in isolation, this has been another terrific batting effort. Rashid then reaches to sweep Santner powerfully for four. But I think England's fun could be about to be ended...they're scurrying for umbrellas in the stands.

    Adil Rashid plays a shot
  51. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jonathan Horrocks: Fabulous effort by England to be in this chase for so long. Just not quite going to be our day.

  52. Dropped catch

    Eng 296-7 (Rashid 13, Plunkett 7)

    Goodness me, Ross Taylor's shelling them like peas in the slips - he puts down another chance when Rashid edges a cut-shot behind. Tough chance, but certainly grabbable. Rashid then clubs four down the ground.

  53. Eng 289-7 (need 110 off 72 balls)

    Rashid gets down on one knee and gives it some humpty, smacking McClenaghan through the covers. Seven off the over, England need more, and suddenly the stormclouds are looming. That's not a metaphor by the way - I think the rain's a-coming.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    SteveK: Even if England lose this by 100 runs I'll still be happy because of the way they've attacked the chase.

    Ayelet H Lushkov: This England innings is like the hokey-cokey: right hand in, right hand out, and now shaken all about.

  55. Eng 282-7 (target 399)

    Liam Plunkett comes out ahead of Chris Jordan, who we think may be struggling with a side strain. The tail-ender thumps a four over mid-off, but suddenly the mood at the Oval feels very, very flat.

  56. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "He'll be really disappointed with that. He was trying to keep the game going there, but you can tell from his body language that he knows game has slipped away from England now."

    New Zealand celebrate
  57. WICKET

    Billings c Guptill b Boult 12 (Eng 275-7)

    And just like that, it's game over. Sam Billings tries to flash one past point but ends up picking out the reliable mitts of Martin Guptill. The odds are stacked against England now.

    Sam Billings plays a shot
  58. Powerplay

    Eng 275-6

    Adil Rashid is the new man - England need him to get going quickly, but he plays out three dots.

  59. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "He has batted in an excellent manner and has been positive throughout. He will be disappointed but it is great to see the England captain being so attacking."

  60. WICKET

    Morgan c Elliott b McClenaghan 88 (Eng 274-6)

    The batting powerplay was always a reliable harbinger of doom for England Mk 1, and I'm afraid it might have done for New Look England as well here. After just two balls with the fielding restrictions, Morgan goes down the pitch to McClenaghan, mistimes an attempted lofted drive and skews it to Grant Elliott on the rope. Big, big wicket.

    Morgan leaves the field
  61. Smith out for 199

    Jerome Taylor removes Steve Smith

    Meanwhile in a different match, in a different format, Steve Smith was out for 199 as Australia made 399 all out in their first innings against West Indies in the second Test in Jamaica. Jerome Taylor took a brilliant 6-47 off 25 overs for the hosts, including Smith (above). The scorecard is here.

  62. Drinks break

    Eng 273-5 (Morgan 88, Billings 10)

    Next man in Adil Rashid is amusing himself in a swivel chair on the England balcony. Whatever soothes your nerves in this situation, I guess. Trent Boult is proving probably the hardest of the New Zealand bowlers to time, but Morgan and Billings manage to swat and smear four ugly singles. In the outfield, Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum is giving that chewing gum a real working over. He'll have to spit it out now though - it's drinks.

  63. Email

    Bar Nash-Williams, up on the Pennines: I must be getting old: I remember a time when 250 was a good score for the first batting side in an ODI. Getting it on the chase, still hoping for another 150 ... what is this new game?

  64. Eng 269-5 (run rate 7.91)

    So England need to get another partnership up and running quickly. There's no time to play yourself in in this situation. Billings shows the appropriate urgency with a brutish drive down the ground.

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    BBC presenter Dan Walker: Any chance we could do that #cricket World Cup thing again? I think we've got the hang of it! #ENGvNZ

  66. Eng 261-5 (target 399)

    Sam Billings, playing his second ODI, is the new man. England are still 140 runs from the finish line. What a test for the young man. He shows a few nerves, chasing a wide one from Boult, but gets away with a single tucked to square leg.

  67. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand will be delighted with that. Trent Boult has got away with this a bit. It was wide and there to be hit. It just starts to bring this game back into balance."

  68. WICKET

    Buttler c Ronchi b Boult 41 (Eng 259-5)

    Ah, drat. Just when it was going so well. Trent Boult pushes a clever cross-seam delivery across Jos Buttler, and Luke Ronchi, who has been a virtual spectator for much of this slogathon, shows great concentration to pocket the skinny edge.

    Jos Buttler hits a shot
  69. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan's game looks so organised right now. He is getting in the right positions and hitting it so cleanly."

  70. Eng 259-4 (Morgan 85, Buttler 41)

    Santner continues, and Morgan smokes him over mid-off for another big six. He's threatening Jos Buttler's record for the fastest England century here. That came of 61 balls, Morgan has 85 off 42. Even better, the required rate is down below eight.

  71. Eng 249-4 (Boult 5-1-29-0)

    Boult is back. Can he keep a lid on this? Buttler times him through the off side for two and then nudges him fine to the fine-leg boundary. So extraordinary has Morgan's innings been, Buttler hasn't even been required to get out of it second gear yet, but he's just beginning to motor.

  72. Eng 241-4 (target 399)

    Danger has a name. That name is Mitchell Santner. He spun the England runaway train off its tracks earlier today and now Brendon McCullum has called on the young spinner to do it again. But Eoin Morgan is on the rampage. He doesn't care for caution. He smashes Santner into the sightscreen, sweeps him fine down the leg side and then bops him back over his head again for another six. He's seeing it like a football at the moment!

  73. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan looks to be back to his best, going out there and hitting the ball hard. That is when you know he is at the very top of his game."

    Eoin Morgan plays a shot
  74. 50 for Morgan

    Eng 223-4 (Morgan 60, Buttler 31)

    England, so miserably abject, so prehistorically slow at the World Cup, are rocketing along at 7.5 an over and it doesn't look odd on them. They've dispensed with that fusty old straitjacket, slipped into this funky, modern new suit and decided that they quite like the cut of it. Morgan brings up his fifty in 28 balls with a crashed four through cover, then adds a couple more belligerent boundaries with a slap through mid-off and a crisp lofted drive in the same region.

  75. Eng 209-4 (run rate 7.46)

    The big shots keep coming, and luckily for England they keep evading the fielder. McClenaghan's over invites three big heaves, none of them reaching the boundary, but England's charmed batsmen scamper their way through for another seven runs.

  76. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think he has picked that up Ross Taylor. he has gone for it, and then gone for it again. You can see in his reaction. It is sometimes a difficult ground to pick it up. That is a lifeline for Jos Buttler."

  77. Dropped catch

    Eng 202-4 (target 399)

    Look, England might not chase this total down, they might yet fold for 250, but how refreshing is it to see the positive, have-a-go spirit that they've brought to this stiffest of challenges. Really positive signs. And just as I say that, Buttler should be back in the hutch. He fences at a wide one from Southee and edges a simple chance to Ross Taylor at second slip, but the fielder puts it down. On such moments...

  78. Eng 196-4 (Morgan 42, Buttler 22)

    Buttler pounces on short balls like a cheetah pounces on its lunch. McClenaghan digs one in and the England keeper dispatches it to the midwicket fence with a glorious crack. What a noise that made.

    Mitchell McClenaghan bowls
  79. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a big hit. He almost does it effortlessly Jos Buttler. I'm not sure how? It is almost a flick of the wrist. It is the longest boundary and it has sailed past the rope. I think he may even hit it harder than AB de Villiers."

  80. Eng 191-4 (N McCullum 8-0-76-1)

    Morgan gets one right out of the screws, stepping down the track and marmalising McCulum over long-on for six. And then it's Buttler's turn to tee off, pulling for four and then absolutely hammering one into the stands at midwicket. Wowzers. 19 off the over.

    Morgan hits a shot
  81. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Mitchell: I'm not disappointed by this because we are playing it in the right manner, go down trying rather than tamely. Come on Buttler!!

    Henry Ellison: After Buttler and Morgan not so much?! Great disservice to Sam Billings who is arguably the most destructive of them all!

  82. Eng 172-4 (target 399)

    Mitchell McClenaghan has a touch of the suave Hollywood villain about him with his slick, floppy fringe and piercing blue eyes. Jos Buttler, his softly-spoken demeanour belying immense brawn, is a very English sort of action hero. And like many action heroes, there's a serious bounty on his head. If New Zealand can get him, they win this match. Good over from McClenaghan, just a two and a wide.

  83. Eng 169-4 (Morgan 34, Buttler 4)

    So, we reach a crucial stage of this match. England are well ahead of New Zealand at this stage and have two of their most destructive batsman at the crease, but after them...not so much. Nathan McCullum, who I think has bowled very well, produces another tight over, just five from it.

  84. Post update

    Jos Buttler
  85. Eng 164-4 (run rate 7.45)

    England's white knight, Jos Buttler, strides to the crease. If he's there at the end, it will be...interesting. Very interesting.

  86. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Again, it is a ball that is just a little fuller than McClenaghan has been bowling so far in his spell. Stokes gave himself room and got a little edge. That brings Jos Buttler to the crease, who is of course in fantastic form."

  87. WICKET

    Stokes c Ronchi b McClenaghan 28 (Eng 163-4)

    McCullum's next captaincy hunch is an inspired one. The return of Mitchell McClenaghan does for Ben Stokes, who charges down the crease and gets a little snick behind.

    Ben Stokes plays a shot
  88. Eng 158-3 (target 399)

    Morgan's got his eye in here. He bludgeons the previously parsimonious McCullum for a big six over the top and a four through mid-on. Whisper it, but England are going nicely again.

  89. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam Wheeler: Judging the way Stokes is batting he has a train to catch in 20 minutes. Not complaining though.

    Andy McClelland: This is about believing and executing the right shots England. These 2 must bat to 35 overs then game is on.

  90. Eng 145-3 (Morgan 15, Stokes 27)

    England are 18 runs ahead of New Zealand at this stage. 18 whole runs! They could wrap this up with time to spare! McCullum goes to the Random Part-Time Bowler Generator and comes up with Martin Guptill's off-spin. It's a rather chastening over for the occasional twirler, who sends down an appetising melange of half-trackers and wide balls, and is taken for 12 runs by England's delighted batsmen. Wry smirk on Brendon McCullum's face. That's one weird experiment that cricket captaincy's mad scientist might not be repeating.

  91. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "They played a few shots in that over. It went from the sublime to the ridiculous. There were some lovely shots, though, a bit of a mixture. That is always going to be the case when you are chasing a total like this."

  92. Eng 133-3 (N McCullum 5-0-39-1)

    With spin in operation from both ends, Morgan removes his helmet. As anyone who works on a building site will tell you though, that can spell danger. The skipper gets very lucky when he gets a loopy edge that just eludes slip, and then Stokes gets a bit of good fortune when he mistimes that evades Brendon McCullum's sprawling dive at extra-cover. Stokes makes the most of it by nailing a big maximum over midwicket. And that'll be drinks.

    Eoin Morgan removes helmet
  93. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I played a lot with Eoin Morgan and he has always had an array of inventive shots, even as a young man. He was something of a pioneer in English cricket."

  94. Eng 119-3 (target 399)

    On the balcony, ominously, Jason Roy is staring disconsolately at a laptop. Step away from the data, Jase - that way madness lies. Morgan deflects the surprisingly deadly Santner off his pads for three to get up and running, and then smears an enormous six over the ropes at mid-on. Better.

  95. Eng 107-3 (Morgan 0, Stokes 5)

    Goodness me, what a devastating double blow for England's hopes of pulling off a miracle chase. Ben Stokes is quickly off the mark with a reverse sweep and seven runs off McCullum's over at least keep the scoreboard ticking over.

    Nathan McCullum bowls
  96. WICKET

    Hales c Boult b Santner 54 (Eng 100-3)

    Santner is delivering, and suddenly all New Zealand's Christmases have come at once. Scarcely has Joe Root exited stage left than Alex Hales is following him back to the shed, and it's the exact same dismissal: slog sweep, top edge, easy catch in the outfield. England's chase is unravelling like a hand-knitted sweater caught on a rusty nail.

    Alex Hales reacts
  97. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is an important wicket from New Zealand. Root is an important player with a wide array of shots. If he gets into the rhythm of his game he can score quickly. New Zealand's bowling has not been of the accuracy they would like."

  98. WICKET

    Root c N McCullum b Santner 6 (Eng 100-2)

    Now, I wasn't too bothered about the first wicket. Roy had done his task. This one though, this could be a killer. It's the key man, Joe Root, and it's callow tweaker Mitchell Santner who has done for him, enticing him into an ill-judged slog-sweep which goes more up than away and is pouched by Nathan McCullum. Big wicket.

    Joe Root loses his wicket
  99. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going along OK. Slightly behind the rate but they have plenty of batting to come. Hales will want to keep attacking. He'll be looking at options to try and create some angles for the boundaries."

  100. Eng 98-1 (run rate 6.53)

    Nathan McCullum has just wrested a measure of control for New Zealand - he coughs up just four singles from his latest canny over.

  101. 50 for Hales

    Eng 94-1 (target 399)

    Spin from both ends as Brendon McCullum introduces the latest inductee to international cricket's ever-growing band of Mitchells, Mr Santner. There's a bit of turn for Santner, but Hales exploits it nicely, playing the ball late and just ladling it down to third man to move to his fifty.

  102. Eng 87-1 (Hales 46, Root 1)

    Joe Root is the new man. He's off the mark with a single down the ground.

  103. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "He'll be disappointed with that. He executed the shot well but New Zealand had seen him playing the shot and moved the man there. He got a good start and, at 85-1, the have given England a good base."

    Jason Roy is caught out
  104. WICKET

    Roy c Taylor b N McCullum 39 (Eng 85-1)

    All good things have to come to an end and you can add that England opening partnership to the list. This time, the reverse sweep does for Roy, getting underneath the ball fatally and lobbing a tame catch to Ross Taylor at backward point. Handy little knock though.

    Jason Roy plays a shot
  105. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going along very nicely. They are behind where the Kiwis were but they have not lost a wicket."

  106. Eng 81-0 (McClenaghan 2-0-23-0)

    A superb piece of fielding from Mitchell Santner helps to haul in a slightly mistimed lofted drive from Roy just short of the rope and save two runs. Call it Santner's little helper. Then, a bizarre shot from Alex Hales, he's not quite sure whether to play or leave a short ball from McClenaghan and ends up leaving the periscope up and diverting it off the back of the bat to the fine-leg fence. Jammy.

  107. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dan Stephens: Why didn't England make this one-day revolution BEFORE the World Cup!!!

    Ryan Watson: Imagine if Test cricket was played with a T20/ODI mentality... The scores would be unreal

    Les Shire: No need to worry about run rate yet. NZ made that mistake last time, keep the scoreboard ticking but get a base to push on from!

  108. Eng 74-0 (target 399)

    Nathan McCullum with that over. A cheeky reverse sweep from Roy keeps England ticking along, nine off the over, another good one.

  109. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a close one. I think Ronchi has taken an age to get the bails off. He took it and then moved to the stumps and wasted a vital second."

  110. Post update

    The Superman dive saves Roy by a matter of millimetres. Phew...

  111. Umpire review

    We've got a run-out review. Is Roy OK? It's oh-so-close...

  112. Eng 65-0 (Roy 24, Hales 40)

    Enter Mitchell McClenaghan. Hales takes an immediate liking to the new bowler, mowing him over mid-on for four and then getting the full value with a handsome flick into the stands at midwicket. He's not done there though. Oh no. He brutalises another six with a pull that makes a sound like a rifle shot as it whistles off the bat. 16 off the over. It. Is. On.

    Alex Hales hits a 4
  113. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is plenty of opportunity to exploit some of these bowlers for the England batsmen. Once you get through Boult and Southee, there are some less experienced players and you can look to attack Nathan McCullum."

  114. Eng 49-0 (run rate 5.44)

    Item number one on England's to-do list: put away the loose balls. Jason Roy ticks that one off the agenda by splatting a full toss from Southee to the cover boundary. It's swinging for the New Zealand bowlers, but they haven't made that early breakthrough.

  115. Eng 42-0 (target 399)

    That's better! Alex Hales eyes up a good-length ball from Trent Boult and wallops it into the stands at cow corner, where - good Lord, it's nearly hit New Zealand rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick on the noggin. A smile for the cameras from Fitz. Hales then smacks an overpitched ball from Boult to the mid-off boundary, and England's powerplay is suddenly looking a lot rosier.

    Alex Hales
  116. Eng 31-0 (Roy 19, Hales 11)

    The New Zealand bowlers have moved away from the pads and suddenly the England openers are wondering where the boundaries are going to come from. A vice-tight line from Southee keeps England under the pump.

  117. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Boult is an experienced campaigner for New Zealand, mixing up his lines and lengths and bowling plenty of dot balls. The England pair are inexperienced so they will be feeling a little bit of pressure to get on with it."

  118. Eng 29-0 (Boult 3-1-11-0)

    The intent is there for all to see from Jason Roy, but the timing continues to elude him. A mistimed pull balloons into the air and lands safe. Trent Boult has an idea and goes to consult with Brendon McCullum. Permission granted. He's going around the wicket to Hales, trying to get a better look at the timbers. You miss, I hit. No mistake from Hales but it's another frustrating over for England, just a single from it. That required run rate is climbing, up to 8.4 now.

  119. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Small Man Peaky: If there are two players in England who will be able to ignore the scoreboard pressure it is Root and Buttler. Come on boys.

  120. Eng 28-0 (target 399)

    Suddenly, the pressure is on, the lasso just tightening palpably around the neck of Roy and Hales. Nine dot balls become 10, 11, 12, and the frozen scoreboard feels oppressive as Brendon McCullum cannily tinkers with his fieldsmen. Finally, Roy releases the chokehold, flicking a Southee delivery down to the fine-leg fence. Phew.

    Jason Roy hits a shot
  121. Email

    Ben in Windsor: Loving all the optimistic noises about potentially chasing down 400. If you had being saying that last week people would've called for the men in white coats with the big nets. Today it seems plausible, if wildy optimistic. Not many teams chase down 400, however good they are. Bring it on though!

  122. Eng 23-0 (Roy 12, Hales 10)

    A very fine comeback from the high-class Trent Boult after a wayward opening over. Alex Hales can't lay a glove on his six deliveries, ending the over with an ugly air-swipe. A maiden.

    Trent Boult bowls
  123. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's your life young man. A decent delivery from Southee, bowling at the stumps. It went quickly to second slip, but it was a nice height and he should have caught it."

  124. Dropped catch

    Eng 23-0

    Jason Roy isn't letting Tim Southee settle here. He gets a bit lucky when he pops up a leading edge that lands just short of cover, but his second shot is more deliberate, reaching well outside the off stump to scoop the ball down to the third-man boundary. Then Roy gets a huge life, offering a simple chance to Nathan McCullum at second slip, which the fielder somehow shells after an agonising juggle. Reprieve.

    Nathan McCullum
  125. Eng 17-0 (target 399)

    Alex Hales is channelling a character in a 1990s American high-school programme, sporting mismatched black long sleeves under his short-sleeved blue England top. Just missing a backwards baseball cap and a skateboard under the arm. It's a fast start from Hales, clipping Boult fine for four off his first ball and then square-driving the second for another boundary.

  126. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the look of the England batting line-up. They can go hard - Hales and Roy can smash it to all parts if they get going - but if you lose a few wickets it's not the end of the world because you've got Rashid at eight, Billings at seven."

  127. Eng 7-0 (Roy 6, Hales 0)

    Jason Roy avoids the rather anticlimactic fate he suffered in the first ODI by shouldering arms to Southee's first ball, a leg-side wide. Then the Surrey man gets off the mark with a two into the leg side. And then Roy shows what he can really do, latching on to a short ball from Southee and whacking it to the square-leg boundary.

  128. Post update

    Phil, thank you. After the Brave New World of their batting display at Edgbaston, that was more of an old-school one-day bowling performance - and not in a good way. But can lightning strike twice? Can England score 400 again? The odds are against them, but with his batting line-up, who knows?

  129. Post update

    And with that hand you over to James Gheerbrant, who will see you through the England chase. And what a chase it promises to be...

  130. Matt Prior tribute

    Alec Stewart

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was disappointing. When Kevin Pietersen wrote the book everyone assumed his career was over. You don't want to read those things, especially about someone and from someone I have huge respect for. Kevin may say in the future that he regrets what he wrote. I wasn't around that Ashes trip when it all seemed to kick off, I've heard both sides and I'm sure the truth is somewhere in between. I hope in the future, whenever it may be, they can shake hands."

  131. Matt Prior tribute

    Alec Stewart

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The first time I saw him I thought this lad is going places. His wicketkeeping was a work in progress, as it is with all young wicketkeepers, but I liked everything about him. He seemed a good person and the relationship grew from there.

    "Bruce French took his keeping to another level. He made a 100 on debut, then had a little hiccup and was contemplating giving up the gloves. I told him he would be mad to do that. There are very few people the country who can do what you can do and he soon realised he was too good a keeper to take up the gloves. He turned himself into one of the best batsmen-keepers to take the gloves."

  132. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Matt Prior on the future: "I have cycling interests, which is going really well. It is good to be involved in a different sport. The one thing I know for sure is that I don't want to go far from cricket. It is a game I have loved from the age of eight. So if that is through the media or through Sussex, where I am going to be a club ambassador, or England. It would be sad to just walk away from the game. I have learned a lot and I hope to share that knowledge."

  133. Matt Prior on Kevin Pietersen

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Matt Prior on Kevin Pietersen's book: "It was a very tough time, to hear things said about you and hear yourself described a certain way which you didn't recognise and your team-mates didn't recognise was tough to deal with. But I'm not the kind of person to hold grudges. You can choose to hold grudges or choose to let it go and I've chosen to let it go. The most important thing is England winning games of cricket.

    "Kevin tweeted me yesterday, which was a very nice touch. Yesterday was potentially a very tough day, but it was made so much easier by all my team-mates. To get some of the messages I did was hugely humbling."

    Kevin Pietersen & Matt Prior
  134. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Matt Prior: "It was the beginning of last summer, I knew I had a bad injury that I was trying to overcome. I did a lot of work with doctors and physios to the point where I was with them more than training. I decided to carry on playing until I was no longer an asset. But eventually I became a liability and the pain got too much. It was a tough call to quit but it was one I had to make."

  135. Morning Everyone

    Richie Benaud

    Here's one not to be missed. This Saturday on BBC Radio 4, Rory Bremner will look back on the career of Richie Benaud - the Australian cricketer and commentator whose death earlier this year saw an extraordinary outpouring of love and affection from players, friends and fellow journalists and commentators.

    "Morning everyone" will air at 20:00 BST on Saturday.

  136. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Matt Prior: "I can sit here very satisfied in that I literally have no regrets. Every day a coach or captain would say leave it all on the pitch and I quite literally did that and that's the reason I'm sitting here now. As a wicketkeeper I had to do that, I had to create the energy and I took that responsibility."