THIRD ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL, Bristol:
England 160 all out lost to New Zealand 182 all out by 22 runs
By Oliver Brett
Kyle Mills claimed the man of the match award
Tim Southee and Kyle Mills were the New Zealand heroes as they won a tense, low-scoring one-day international in Bristol to level the series 1-1.
Southee took 4-38 and Mills won the man of the match award after hitting 47 and taking 2-42 as England lost by 22 runs.
England let New Zealand off the hook, allowing them to make 182 after they had been in huge trouble at 75-6.
And they also collapsed horribly from 62-2 to 64-6 as Southee took three wickets in quick succession.
It may have been midsummer's day, but it was bitterly cold in the west country and with overcast conditions almost from start to finish it was always going to be a bowlers' day.
That said, both team's specialist batsmen had poor days, and were rescued by the lower order in each instance.
Paul Collingwood won the toss and soon after putting New Zealand in the England skipper would have been delighted with developments.
The tourists barely plodded along with the bat, from the moment Brendon McCullum speared James Anderson to wide mid-off at the end of the third over, to the end of the 48th, when the score was 150-7.
Anderson then allowed Kyle Mills and Grant Elliott to smash 18 off his final over and the Lancashire bowler's final analysis of 3-61 looked almost criminally expensive in the overall context of the match.
Mills added a second six and two fours in the final over, bowled by Luke Wright, before top-edging a catch off the final ball of the innings.
The most impressive of England's bowlers had been Stuart Broad, who bowled his 10 overs all in one spell, sent down four maidens, and picked up 2-14.
Mostly bowling just back of a length, and outside off-stump, he also sent down a number of well-directed boundaries.
Broad took 2-14 in his 10-over spell but it was not enough
New Zealand's second-wicket pair of Jamie How and Ross Taylor added just 18 runs in a 49-ball partnership before both lost their cool and were bowled by Broad: How bottom-edged a pull which tore out his middle stump, and Taylor played all around a fuller ball on off stump.
With Ryan Sidebottom still injured, England gave Chris Tremlett his first England appearance for more than a year as he took the place of Dimitri Mascarenhas.
The Hampshire giant followed the example of Broad, and finished with a commendable 1-24 in his 10 overs.
His wicket came from a short-pitched ball that flashed past Scott Styris's nostrils, and brushed his gloves, en route to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.
Elliott was lucky to survive an lbw appeal from Collingwood on 11, and with England not at their sharpest in the field in the latter half of the New Zealand innings, the South African-born all-rounder salvaged a defendable score.
In his first one-day international innings, Elliott (56) reached his half-century from his 99th ball faced before being caught at deep mid-wicket in the final dash for runs.
By then, he and Mills had added a vital 50 for the eighth wicket.
Mills needed just 40 balls to reach his best score in one-day internationals, and was immediately on the money with the ball, shaping one away from Wright to have the England opener caught at slip in the first over of their chase.
When Kevin Pietersen then lazily flicked Mills to short mid-wicket, the pressure was on the hosts for the first time.
Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell re-asserted England's strong position with a stand of 43 for the third wicket, before Bell stretched to reach a ball from Elliott that would have been called a wide had he left it, and gave extra cover a simple catch.
That hare-brained moment was the catalyst for a purple patch for New Zealand, and in particular Southee, who had Bopara well caught at backward-point from a flat-footed cut shot before striking twice more.
Owais Shah and Tim Ambrose meekly offered slip catches to fall for ducks in the same Southee over and suddenly New Zealand were strong favourites to win.
However, Collingwood and Graeme Swann had other ideas and put on 65 for the seventh wicket.
Building patiently at first, Collingwood was quick to pull anything short from the seamers, while Swann hit three boundaries off Daniel Vettori.
They stayed together for 17 enormously profitable overs before Swann chipped Styris to short mid-wicket, leaving 54 still wanted.
But after Swann departed, Collingwood was trapped lbw soon after by Southee - a marginal decision on a day when a number of other decent lbw appeals were rejected.
The pressure was squarely on Broad, who was brilliantly caught down the leg-side off Vettori for 17.
Finally, in the 47th over, Tremlett skied a catch off the bowling of Elliott which Vettori - and New Zealand - gratefully accepted.
There are two matches left, at The Oval on Wednesday and Lord's next Saturday.
Meanwhile Hampshire duo Tremlett and Mascarenhas will be temporarily released by England to play for their county in the Twenty20 Cup during the next 48 hours.
Paceman Tremlett is available for the game against Surrey at the Rose Bowl on Monday, while all-rounder Mascarenhas can play against Middlesex at Richmond on Sunday in addition to the Surrey game 24 hours later.
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