Kiwis humble England

Ted Corbett

BRISTOL: Chris Tremlett, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen undermined New Zealand’s batsmen on a bouncy pitch here so that it required bold tail-end batting to bring a total of 182 and victory. Not even a long, patient innings from skipper Paul Collingwood could guide England home.

Half way through the England chase it seemed the teenager Tim Southee, who took three wickets for none in eight swift balls, had won the match. It was a remarkable turnaround by the Kiwis who had been 49 for five.

Brendon McCullum struck 16 in four balls of the third over before he was caught overhead by Pietersen.

Eventful over

McCullum had blasted a square cut for four, pulled a six 20 metres out of the ground towards central Bristol, hit a legside four and cantered a two when the final ball of Anderson’ over offered a long half volley outside the off stump. He must have thought great another four as the ball left his bat and as Pietersen leapt.

After three matches the scores are level 1-1 with one no-result.

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