England struggle as Kiwi bowlers find rhythm

Published: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 11:09 [IST]
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Wellington: New Zealand bowlers showed no signs of fragility as they bounced back from two Twenty20 hidings to restrict England to 130 in their opening one-day international here.

England captain Paul Collingwood had no hesitation in choosing to bat when he won the toss, but the tourists never found the wicket to their liking and were all out with two balls remaining.

They were unable to get on top of the bowling and also suffered from some poor running against classy fielding which resulted in three runouts.

Chris Martin, Scott Styris and Jeetan Patel bowled economically and finished with two wickets apiece, while Jacob Oram, who was not keen on bowling as he recuperates from a hamstring strain, clean bowled danger man Kevin Pietersen.

Martin and Kyle Mills pinned down openers Alastair Cook and Phil Mustard through the first 10 overs, restricting England to 34 runs before the wickets started to tumble.

Cook was bowled by Martin for 11 and his replacement Ian Bell went for five, Oram then bowled Pietersen for six and Scott Styris bowled Mustard for 31 to have England four for 67 in the 22nd over.

With England in desperate need of a solid partnership, Collingwood and Owais Shah set about picking off the singles but Collingwood became too impatient.

He set off after straight driving Styris, only to find Shah not moving as the ball travelled direct to Ross Taylor, whose snappy return saw wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum whip the bails off before Collingwood could regain his ground.

Ravi Bopara, a surprise inclusion ahead of big-hitting Dimitri Mascarenhas, gifted a catch to Peter Fulton at square leg, and Graeme Swann and Shah were run out as England lost three more wickets in five overs for only 13 runs.

Off-spinner Patel then cleaned up the tail, taking the wickets of Sidebottom and Anderson.

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