Sunday, February 24, 2008
oooooops!A Last Moment Tie.......
The day since the England vs New Zealand ODI series started,there have been unexpectations throughout the series.There has been ups and downs for both the teams.Like the two T20 games were won by England.Then came the five match ODI series.As expected,New Zealand won the first two.But,all of a sudden, much to everyone's surprise,England sprang up by winning the third ODI at Auckland, to a captain's knock by Paul Collingwood.
And once again,England surprised everyone over there by putting a mammoth 340 runs on the board in the fourth ODI at Napier.This time the effort being dedicated to the entire English batsmen,viz Alister Cook(69,88b,8x4),Mustard(83,74b,11x4,2x6), Ian Bell(43,41b,5x4),Pietersen(50,47b,4x4,1x6)and captain himself who belted six sixes to reach 54 off only 30 balls.
But,after watching the New Zealand batting since the last world cup or so,and in the first three ODIs off late,especially Brendon McCullum,nothing was ruled out.And a New Zealand win was always thought to be on the cards.And much to the excitement, New Zealand batsmen showed just the same when it came to batting.
The openers Jesse Ryder(39,32b,3x4,2x6) and Brendon McCullum(58,65b,6x4,1x6) started the batting explosively by smashing the England bowlers all over the fence. Then came James How(139,116b,10x4,3x6) and Ross Taylor(48,47b,4x1,1x6) who added fuel to fire.The team's score was like,70/0 after 10 overs;128/1 after 20 overs; 196/2 after 30 overs.The team needed 36 runs off the last five overs.
But,this was the time when England came back harshly at the New Zealand batsmen, restricting victory only to their dreams and illusions.All New Zealand could manage was to lose wickets and along with it also the hope of their fourth 330+ score chase. Finally,the match was a thrilling draw.All cheers to England team,for their "Never Say Die" attitude.Keep it up England...
England Innings 1
New Zealand Innings