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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 16:16 GMT
England hit back to tie thriller
Fourth one-day international, Napier: New Zealand 340-7 tie with England 340-6

By Jonathan Stevenson

Luke Wright celebrates with James Anderson
Luke Wright and James Anderson celebrate the wicket of Jesse Ryder

England hit back with some late wickets to earn a dramatic tie against New Zealand in Napier and keep the one-day series alive going into the final game.

Daniel Vettori needed two off the last ball to win the game and the series but could only manage one off Luke Wright.

New Zealand had looked set to reach their target of 341 but Jamie How was run out for 139 in the last over.

England's 340-6 was partly due to Paul Collingwood hitting England's fastest one-day fifty off just 24 balls.

The incredible ending means England can still level the five-match series by winning at Christchurch on Saturday.

New Zealand gave England the opportunity to bat first on a perfect pitch and the tourists responded by rattling up their third highest score in one-day internationals.

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The out-of-form Alastair Cook was handed an early lifeline when wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum unbelievably dropped the most straightforward of chances.

England capitalised on their good fortune and while Phil Mustard blazed a trail of runs, Cook began to show his own class with some effective pulls and drives.

Mustard brought up his maiden one-day fifty with a typically risky chip over the vacant slip area for four and Cook followed soon after with a sumptuous extra-cover drive.

They both looked completely in control - until Vettori turned to the wildcard wiles of medium pacer Jesse Ryder.

After an opening stand of 158, he tempted Mustard to hit to Jacob Oram on the long-on boundary and next ball, after the batsmen had crossed, he sneaked one through Cook's defences.

Phil Mustard
Mustard celebrates his maiden one-day international half-century

Suddenly England had to rebuild and Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen did just that, the former finding the gaps expertly with some gorgeous square drives.

Bell looked in prime touch before he perished in the deep for 43, leaving Pietersen and skipper Collingwood to continue the assault.

Collingwood was simply brutal, stepping across to the offside and lashing anything he could get his bat on into the stands for six - even hammering debutant Iain O'Brien against the roof.

Pietersen (50) fell to Vettori and Shah was caught in the deep off the same bowler, but Collingwood and then Wright continued to plunder runs as the Kiwis toiled.

Collingwood finished with six sixes to his name after a violent display of hitting and the pressure was on New Zealand from the start of their innings to keep up with the massive run rate of 6.82.

Their cause was not helped when the wayward James Anderson rapped McCullum on the right hand and the Kiwi opener required treatment for a painful blow.

Ryder eased the pain by launching Anderson way into the crowd over long-on and then beautifully coaxing him through the covers for four next ball.

Anderson was plundered for 44 from his opening four-over spell, but partly made amends with a brilliant running catch to get rid of Ryder for 39 in the deep off Stuart Broad.

Having looked at one stage as though he would have to retire, McCullum proceeded to step up the tempo, hammering Anderson to all parts of the ground and passing fifty soon after.

Jamie How
How's maiden one-day hundred was not quite enough for victory

How had joined him and immediately looked at ease on the wicket, reaching his half-century by clubbing Collingwood into the legside crowd for two huge sixes.

Collingwood turned to the part-time off-spin of Shah - and he immediately came up trumps, seducing McCullum out of his crease and Mustard completed the stumping.

But How was in magnificent form and he continued on his merry way, capitalising on anything remotely short or wide with stunning efficiency as the Kiwis careered towards their unlikely target.

Ross Taylor joined the party to put on 92 in 13 overs with How, before the returning Anderson caught his outside edge to give England a late glimmer.

How blitzed his way to a maiden one-day hundred, before England cranked up the tempo and got rid of Scott Styris, Peter Fulton and Oram in a quickfire spell as tension got to the hosts.

Wright was bizarrely picked to bowl the last over - his first in the match - and with seven needed for the Kiwis, How was run out and they could only manage six as the game was sensationally tied.

England captain Paul Collingwood was fined 20% of his match fee and the rest of the team 10% for a slow over-rate.

Alan Hurst, part of the elite panel of International Cricket Council match referees, said England were two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

He said: "Although this was an exceptional game of cricket, it does not negate the responsibility of the captain to ensure prescribed minimum over rates are adhered to."



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