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Feb 16

Australia make 245 to beat New Zealand in record-breaking chase

• 244 is the highest score ever chased in a T20 match• New Zealand will meet England for a place in tri-series finalAustralia chased down a world-record 244 to beat New Zealand by five wickets at Auckland, reaching their target with seven balls to spar…

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Feb 11

England prepare for new challenge in New Zealand after Australian long haul

• Two tri-series games follow five months in Australia• Captain Eoin Morgan expected to be fit for Tuesday’s ODI“Is the Test tour still going on?” asked a passenger buckling into his seat on a flight from Melbourne to Hobart, having seen the flood of E…

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Feb 03

England’s Eoin Morgan fears flight schedule will hit Tri‑series campaign

England T20 captain says ‘we could have done with more time’ as Trans‑Tasman tournament starts with matches in Hobart and Melbourne against AustraliaA quick game is a good game, and never is that club cricket adage more appropriate than when applied to…

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Feb 03

Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets: T20 tri-series game one – as it happened

Billy Stanlake named man of the match for three early wicketsRain delay reduces Australian response to 15 overs 11.59am GMT A much-needed T20 win for Australia, and thoroughly deserved too. They were clinical pretty much from the second over when Stanl…

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Jan 18

Ben Stokes’ court date clashes with England Twenty20 comeback match

• Stokes must attend affray charge hearing on day of NZ game• Trevor Bayliss says Stokes not guaranteed to regain place in sideThe England all-rounder Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he was supposed to be making…

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Jan 10

England call up Liam Livingstone for two-Test tour to New Zealand

• Lancashire batsman rewarded for strong county and Lions form• Mark Wood returns but Jake Ball, Tom Curran and Gary Ballance left outLiam Livingstone is the one new face in the 16-man England squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand starting …

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Sep 25

Four Tests in 18 months: New Zealand’s schedule a harbinger of what is to come | Tim Wigmore

The Black Caps’ fixture list is best understood as a glimpse of the future – not just for the country, but for the wider cricketing world

Meet New Zealand, the ghost Test cricket team. From March 2017 to October 2018, the side will play a paltry four Tests in 18 months. In the same period Joe Root, one of Kane Williamson’s biggest rivals for the mantle of the best Test batsman in the world, will play 21 Tests for England.

Understandably, senior players are privately bemoaning the paucity of five-day action. The little Test cricket that is being played is also being pushed to the margins of early December and the end of March, a soft flatbread to the 13 ODIs and 10 T20s that fill the meaty chunk of New Zealand’s summer.

Related: England strive to solve Ashes puzzle with key pieces still missing | Vic Marks

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Jun 09

Bangladesh humble New Zealand to keep Champions Trophy hopes alive

• New Zealand 265-8, Bangladesh 268-5
• Bangladesh will make the semi-finals if Australia lose to England at Edgbaston

Bangladesh will be the side in Group A keeping an anxious eye on proceedings at Edgbaston on Saturday. Their spectacular defeat of New Zealand by five wickets means they will play in the semi-final in Birmingham on 15 June if England beat Australia or – and let no one wish for this – the rain ruins that game, bringing about another no result.

The architects of a scintillating victory were two of the old stalwarts of Bangladesh cricket, Shakib al-Hasan and Mahmudullah, both of whom hit brilliant centuries from a seemingly hopeless situation. They conjured a record stand for Bangladesh against any side anywhere: 224 precious runs from 219 balls. Theirs was a stunning, characterful union that had Bangladesh’s supporters finding their voice as victory became a possibility and becoming hoarse when it was almost a formality as Shakib cut loose like D’Artagnan with the finishing line in sight.

Related: Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets at Champions Trophy – as it happened

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Jun 09

Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets at Champions Trophy – as it happened

Fabulous centuries from Mahmadullah and Shakib al Hasan help Bangladesh recover from 33-4 and knock New Zealand out of the Champions Trophy

7.35pm BST

That’s all from me. Bangladesh are doing a lap of honour around a ground that was never very full, but however many fans remain, these cricketers deserve to milk their acclaim. Now they need England to do them a favour tomorrow by beating Australia and helping them through to the semi-finals. There will, of course, be full coverage of that tomorrow. For now, though, bye!

7.33pm BST

Incredible scenes! From 33-4, Mahmadullah and Shakib al Hasan produced two innings of fabulous pacing, concentration, judgement and quality to gradually and remorselessly drain all hope from New Zealand. Wonderful cricket.

7.29pm BST

47.2 overs: Bangladesh 268-5 (Mahmadullah 106, Mosaddek 7) Milne’s second ball is edged hard, fast and safe, racing away for four, and the game is won!

7.28pm BST

47th over: Bangladesh 264-5 (Mahmadullah 106, Mosaddek 3) Shakib backs away, Boult aims at his backtracking legs, and the ball gets pushed down the ground for four anyway. The batsman gives himself some space again from the next, and heaves it away for four more! These are killer blows, surely, even if the following delivery ends Shakib’s knock. Mosaddek comes in and sends his first two balls down to third man. Mahmadullah faces the last, and with six needed it might be his only chance to complete his century. So he doesn’t hold back: he swings hard, the ball flies high, and it lands a foot short of the rope and bounces over! Bangladesh need two runs, from 18 balls.

7.24pm BST

Shakib wants to end this in a hurry, but he heaves at a straight one, misses it completely and the bails light up. He deserved to finish this, but is nevertheless roared from the field, a hero.

7.21pm BST

46th over: Bangladesh 249-4 (Shakib 106, Mahmadullah 98) With two centuries just a few steps away, these are nervous times. The over starts slow: dot, single, dot, leg bye. Then Shakib pulls the ball high and fine – in all senses – down the leg side for six, to reach his century! Bangladesh need 17 runs from 24 balls!

7.15pm BST

45th over: Bangladesh 240-4 (Shakib 98, Mahmadullah 98) For a while it looks like Bangladesh will be content to milk Boult’s ninth over for singles. But then Shakib violently hammers the ball over long off for four, which puts paid to that. He swings at the next one as well, less – or rather, not at all – successfully. And the one after that, again without making contact. More haste, less speed and all that. A single off the last and the two batsmen are tied on 98 runs apiece, and their team need 26 from 30 deliveries.

7.11pm BST

44th over: Bangladesh 232-4 (Shakib 92, Mahmadullah 97) Neesham returns, Williamson shuffles his field so as to reveal an imminent bumper, and Mahmadullah is ready for it, and brilliantly nudge/scoops it over Ronchi and away for four. That aside, it’s all singles. They need 34 from 36 balls.

7.05pm BST

43rd over: Bangladesh 225-4 (Shakib 90, Mahmadullah 92) If the wheels aren’t yet coming off this New Zealand Champions Trophy victory wagon, the radar is certainly wobbling. Southee starts his ninth over with a wide, and then continues with another one. Then Shakib gets a single with the latest of late cut, a cut that if it were a fraction of a moment later would have come after the ball had already clattered into the stumps, causing all sorts of frustration/relief, depending. The next is a fabulous yorker, which Mahmadullah just survives, killing the ball, stealing a sharp single and giving Shakib the chance to clobber Southee’s fifth/seventh delivery of the over through the covers for four. Bangladesh need 41 from 42 balls.

6.59pm BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 215-4 (Shakib 84, Mahmadullah 90) This is now Bangladesh’s highest-ever ODI partnership. The first ball of Santner’s over is brutally dismissed down the ground by Mahmadullah for four. A wide later, he turns the ball gently to an giant gap in midwicket and runs two, and is so pleased with himself he does it again. Then, a moment of weakness, cutting the ball in the air straight to backward point, but it bounces a foot before the fielder. What a fabulous partnership this has already been for Bangladesh, and at the most crucial of times.

6.54pm BST

41st over: Bangladesh 205-4 (Shakib 84, Mahmadullah 81) Can the returning Southee do with the old ball what he did so spectacularly with its younger self? Not on this evidence: Shakib shuffles forward, leans backwards and slaps the ball wide of cover for four, and then tries to smash the next for six, doesn’t get enough on it and is fortunate to see it land well short of the fielder. Then Mahmadullah absolutely clobbers the last, but sends it straight to a fielder and gets only a single for his pains.

6.48pm BST

40th over: Bangladesh 196-4 (Shakib 79, Mahmadullah 77) Santner bowls a ninth over, and Bangladesh largely restrict themselves to prods, nudges and nurdles for ones and twos. Six from the over.

6.45pm BST

39th over: Bangladesh 190-4 (Shakib 76, Mahmadullah 74) Milne’s over yields but three runs. Bangladesh need 76 from 66 at 6.90 an over. New Zealand were 201-4 at this point with calamity yet to strike.

6.43pm BST

38th over: Bangladesh 186-4 (Shakib 75, Mahmadullah 73) There’s a tiny crowd in Cardiff, but the tension they’re feeling is starting to transmit itself across the miniature excuse for a TV that’s lurking in the top corner of my computer screen.

6.38pm BST

37th over: Bangladesh 183-4 (Shakib 73, Mahmadullah 71) Mahmadullah swings a little wildly, top-edges way into the air but also, handily, quite a bit behind him, and it bounces once before vaulting the rope. Milne’s next delivery cuts into the batsman, zips through the gate and high of the stumps, a fine comeback, and then the next is steered skywards past point, where Guptill dives, grasps and comes back with fresh air. The win predictor, which once rated New Zealand’s chances of victory at 84%, now suggests they’re on the right side of a 51-49 split.

6.32pm BST

36th over: Bangladesh 173-4 (Shakib 71, Mahmadullah 64) Shakib doesn’t look happy about life. He seems to be tired, and is conveying this by frequent sad looks at balconies, occasionally while stretching, feeling or rubbing some ailing body part. Still, he battles on bravely.

6.29pm BST

35th over: Bangladesh 169-4 (Shakib 68, Mahmadullah 63) Fifteen overs to go, and this game is now very finely poised. Bangladesh score six runs from Boult’s eighth over, and need just keep going at a similar pace, while not really losing any wickets if they can help it. Simple.

6.25pm BST

34th over: Bangladesh 163-4 (Shakib 65, Mahmadullah 61) That was indeed the last we’ll see of Williamson. Santner comes back with three dots, followed by three ones.

6.22pm BST

33rd over: Bangladesh 160-4 (Shakib 64, Mahmadullah 59) And Boult slams the brakes back on again. Two singles, and a lovely yorker to finish with, which Shakib just about jams his bat down in the way of.

Related: Steve Smith calls England ‘predictable’ ahead of Champions Trophy showdown

6.19pm BST

32nd over: Bangladesh 158-4 (Shakib 63, Mahmadullah 58) Blammo! Mahmadullah relocates the accelerator pedal, heaving the ball down the ground for six, and then Shakib straight down the ground for four. That may be Williamson’s last over for a while, and the required run rate is back to a precise and round six.

6.12pm BST

31st over: Bangladesh 145-4 (Shakib 57, Mahmadullah 51) Boult is back, and Mahmadullah guides the ball down to third man for a couple to bring up his half-century. It’s been a really fine knock, though it’s slowed down a bit after a speedy start. New Zealand are now huddling, and trying to work out how to get rid of one or both of this pair.

6.06pm BST

30th over: Bangladesh 139-4 (Shakib 55, Mahmadullah 47) There’s a delay in the middle of Kane Williamson’s first over while Shakib gets some finger-cramp dealt with, and then when he finally does heave his gloves back on, he guides the very next ball expertly wide of extra cover for a couple.

6.01pm BST

29th over: Bangladesh 133-4 (Shakib 50, Mahmadullah 46) These batsmen have successfully turned 33-4 into 133-4. New Zealand were 148-2 at this point, but their batting calamities were still to come. Shakib reaches his half-century, and celebrates it in the manner of someone who realises his previous celebration was a bit premature.

5.56pm BST

28th over: Bangladesh 130-4 (Shakib 49, Mahmadullah 45) Santner concedes a couple of singles before bowling one down the leg side that beats Ronchi and trundles off for five wides. Than Shakib scores a single that takes him to 49, an achievement he celebrates in the manner of someone who thinks he scored another run that nobody else is counting at some point.

5.52pm BST

27th over: Bangladesh 120-4 (Shakib 47, Mahmadullah 42) That’s nice from Mahmadullah, whose drive is so perfectly placed that it has one fielder diving to his right to stop it, and another one diving to his left, and neither gets so much as a touch. The Bangladesh fans in the Cardiff crowd, silenced by New Zealand’s opening wicket-capturing burst, are in full voice again now.

5.48pm BST

26th over: Bangladesh 111-4 (Shakib 47, Mahmadullah 41) Santner bowls. Two singles are scored.

5.46pm BST

25th over: Bangladesh 109-4 (Shakib 45, Mahmadullah 33) A short ball from Anderson, and Shakib slaps it down into the ground and away for four wider of long on. The next is edged, but safe. I’m not sure if I’m finding this game’s longueurs testing because I was up until muchtoolate o’clock watching election results and would find anything testing as a result, or if they’re authentically testing. For now, they get the benefit of the doubt.

5.41pm BST

24th over: Bangladesh 104-4 (Shakib 40, Mahmadullah 33) Mahmadullah tries to flick the ball over his left shoulder but instead top-edges it into his own face, thankfully helmet-protected. Shakib’s single off the first was the only run Santner conceded.

5.39pm BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 103-4 (Shakib 39, Mahmadullah 33) Mahmadullah pulls Anderson fine for four, and then the next goes square for a couple to tick Bangladesh’s tally into triple figures.

Bangladesh 100-4 in the 23rd over.

First 50 runs = 94 balls

Second 50 runs = 46 balls#NZvBAN #CT17 ^WN

5.35pm BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 94-4 (Shakib 36, Mahmadullah 27) Santner continues, vocally encouraged by Ronchi behind the stumps. “BOWLING SLINKY!” “NICE ONE SLINKY”

5.32pm BST

21st over: Bangladesh 90-4 (Shakib 34, Mahmadullah 25) Corey Anderson gets in on the bowling act. The game is in an interesting stage, interesting mainly because this stage is temporary, could end at any time and because the stage before it and (presumably) the stage after it were and will be more interesting still.

5.28pm BST

20th over: Bangladesh 85-4 (Shakib 30, Mahmadullah 24) Mitchell Santner has a go at the bowling, and concedes three runs in a one and a two. These batsmen are looking settled now. Comfortable, even.

5.25pm BST

19th over: Bangladesh 82-4 (Shakib 29, Mahmadullah 23) Fireworks, you say? There’s a rocket – Mahmadullah advances to Neesham and clubs the ball over square leg for a big old six, and then he top-edges a pull, safe as houses, for four.

5.21pm BST

18th over: Bangladesh 69-4 (Shakib 27, Mahmadullah 12) A fine, unshowy drive from Shakib sends the ball trundling away for four, as the rebuilding continues in firework-free style.

5.17pm BST

17th over: Bangladesh 63-4 (Shakib 22, Mahmadullah 11) It’s all about stability now for Bangladesh. Not exactly strong, but stable will do for now. The run rate is rising slowly, but still a manageable 6.15.

5.13pm BST

16th over: Bangladesh 59-4 (Shakib 19, Mahmadullah 10) The sense of constant peril has dissipated somewhat, a bit like the post-Spielberg Jurassic Park movies. Shakib pulls Milne through midwicket for a handsome four.

5.09pm BST

15th over: Bangladesh 53-4 (Shakib 14, Mahmadullah 9) James Neesham comes on second change, and Shakib wins the race to double figures with a single, and then celebrates with a fine four through the covers.

5.00pm BST

14th over: Bangladesh 47-4 (Shakib 9, Mahmadullah 8) After three dots Shakib goes for a risky single and gets it only because Williamson’s shy at the stumps – just one of them, really, from where he was standing – slides just wide.

4.57pm BST

13th over: Bangladesh 44-4 (Shakib 8, Mahmadullah 6) Southee keeps going, and for the first time since over one he concedes a boundary, smacked through cover by Shakib. And another! Mahmadullah thumps the last over midwicket. The race to be the second Bangladeshi batsman to double figures is well and truly on.

4.51pm BST

12th over: Bangladesh 35-4 (Shakib 3, Mahmadullah 2) A bowling change, with Adam Milne coming on, and Mushfiqur clubbing a shortish delivery over the bowler’s head for four. Maybe he’s expecting another short one next up, but instead it goes full and the batsman is profoundly beaten by the change of length, and on his way.

4.48pm BST

That’s a fine, full delivery from Milne, which cuts back through the gate and clobbers middle stump!

4.46pm BST

11th over: Bangladesh 28-3 (Mushfiqur 10, Shakib 3) The last 10 overs of New Zealand’s innings and the first 10 of Bangladesh’s brought 86 runs and seven wickets, the conditions transformed from the morning. This is the (joint) second most expensive over of the innings, though, Bangladesh plundering four off it.

STAT: 48 dot balls out of the 60 balls bowled in the opening power play by Southee and Boult. Swing, seam & accuracy #NZvBAN #CT17 ^WN

4.40pm BST

10th over: Bangladesh 24-3 (Mushfiqur 8, Shakib 2) Dropped! Mushfiqur edges, and Ross Taylor at second slip dives to his left – where first slip really should have been, in the circumstances, but wasn’t – gets both hands to it but only deflects it away for four. That aside, five dots. After 10 overs New Zealand were 60-1.

4.37pm BST

9th over: Bangladesh 20-3 (Mushfiqur 4, Shakib 2) Southee continues, and Bangladesh still can’t score off him. Two singles, and the required run rate climbs to six. Not impossible, but so far away right now.

4.33pm BST

8th over: Bangladesh 18-3 (Mushfiqur 3, Shakib 1) Boult, whose four overs have brought seven runs but no wickets. Both batsmen take on shortish deliveries here, but they both pick out fielders and are restricted to singles.

4.29pm BST

7th over: Bangladesh 15-3 (Mushfiqur 2, Shakib 0) Two fours, two singles and a wide represents the sum total of the encouragement Bangladesh have taken from Southee, while he has taken three wickets. That’s 16 dot balls and three wickets out of 24 deliveries. There are five of those dots here, including a final delivery to Shakib that tempts the batsman into a drive and then whizzes just past the bat. One off the over.

4.24pm BST

6th over: Bangladesh 14-3 (Mushfiqur 1, Shakib 0) Broom performs another excellent stop at point to save four runs, and then Mushfiqur scoops the last ball into the air in a similar direction, but it lands safe.

4.21pm BST

5th over: Bangladesh 12-3 (Mushfiqur 0, Shakib 0) Cardiff’s a seam bowler’s playground sometimes, and they’re having a ball at the moment. Southee’s third over is a wicket maiden, and the pressure on the batsmen just isn’t letting up.

The previous time a bowler dismissed two batsmen inside three overs in an ODI the batsmen were… Tamim and Sabbir (by Kulasekara, in April)

4.19pm BST

5th over: Bangladesh 12-3 (Mushfiqur 0, Shakib 0) It turns out a review would have saved Soumya, the ball being on its way just over the stumps, but Bangladesh chucked theirs away in the first over and so have to roll with the punches. Of which there are many at the moment, well aimed and reliably vicious.

4.16pm BST

This one cuts back in a long way, and Soumya is bemused, beaten and on his bike!

4.13pm BST

4th over: Bangladesh 12-2 (Soumya 3, Mushfiqur 0) More drama! Boult’s first ball is fine but missed the edge, but the second doesn’t – it flies off Soumya’s bat but doesn’t carry to second slip, though an excellent catch, diving forward and to his right, from Guptill gives the umpires a decision to make, which they do with the help of their TV-watching chum. One run off the over, and New Zealand’s bowling has been fabulous so far.

4.08pm BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 11-2 (Soumya 2, Mushfiqur 0) Southee is causing all sorts of problems, getting a bit of movement, a lot of bounce, and a great deal of batsman-squirm. 266 seems very distant at the moment.

4.04pm BST

Another Southee stonker! Sabbir gets the gentlest of edges, Ronchi claims the catch and the second innings has started just splendidly for the Kiwis!

4.01pm BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 9-1 (Soumya 1, Sabbir 8) Trent Boult starts with a stonker, angled into the left-handed Soumya and then straightening just past the bat. Soumya then lashes the final ball of the over to point, where it’s excellently stopped one-handed by a diving Broom.

3.57pm BST

1st over: Bangladesh 8-1 (Soumya 0, Sabbir 8) A lovely delivery for the wicket, straightening past the bat and into the pad on its way to off stump. Sabbir comes in, and his second ball is flicked down leg side for four – New Zealand’s leg slip leaping and whirling in frustration in its wake – and then his second is driven nicely wide of cover.

3.52pm BST

That is plummer than a small plum enveloped in a bigger plum on a giant plum tree. Bangladesh have lost Tamim Iqbal – and their review.

3.51pm BST

New Zealand think so, the umpire thinks so, but Bangladesh want a second opinion …

3.49pm BST

Hello world!

The players are on their way back out, and in a few hours some of them will be out for good, at least as far as the Champions Trophy is concerned. Some excellent death bowling from Bangladesh has left them with an achievable, if not exactly straightforward target. It’s all set up very tastily indeed.

3.24pm BST

Well, they have made a mess of that. 152-2 at 30 overs isn’t anything to get excited about, but it is a foundation that has to generate 300 in the modern game. But at that moment Williamson was ran out for 57, changing the trajectory of this innings.

Taylor remained, but was never fluent, his 63 ultimately more noteworthy for the 82 balls it took to get there. Broom and Neesham made starts sown the list, as did Guptill early, but none significant enough or quickly enough to bother Mashrafe’s men.

3.19pm BST

50th over: New Zealand 265-8 (Santner 14, Milne 10). Bangladesh are 15 minutes behind the over rate, but they won’t mind. Southee premeditates a lap to begin the final set. Gets one. Rubel is straight back to the block hole. His figures don’t reflect how well he has gone today. Santner gets another in the hole, digging it to midwicket, leaving Southee the final ball. It’s a shocker, full toss on Southee’s hip that he spin-kicks to fine leg. 4-62 in the final ten overs the final analysis, including eight from the final over. Not ideal. Back in a tic to wrap it up.

3.15pm BST

49th over: New Zealand 257-8 (Santner 11, Milne 5). Seven from the over, principally due to a Tim Southee clip off his pads, to the rope past square leg. Shot. He retains the strike for the final over of the innings, which will go to Rubel. Class over from Mustafizur, slower balls and quicker balls interchanged, McCullum on TV noting how similar his action is in delivery of them. Good trick to have.

3.13pm BST

NOT OUT. Santner is back with a full dive. Very good throw. Carry on.

3.11pm BST

RUN OUT? We’ll see. They’re upstairs. Direct hit. Stand by.

3.11pm BST

Superb death bowling from Mustafizur, who the TV commentators feel compelled to call “The Fizz” over and over. Fair enough, as he fizzes this yorker through Milne after setting him up with a slower one the ball before it. Middle stump dealt with. “The Fizz is big in The Desh!” adds Nas. Gotta just roll with that one, I guess.

3.07pm BST

48th over: New Zealand 250-7 (Santner 11, Milne 5). Rubel is brought back for the final two overs from the River Taff End. Mosaddek did nothing wrong of course, but Rubel has been on the mark and quick today. As he is here, beating Santner with a full toss that’s a yard too quick then a yorker that misses by the proverbial coat of paint. Another yorker is speared in at middle and missed as well, but an inside edge saves him. A throw to the Santner end would have done him in too, but it misses. Rubel absolutely brilliant with the penultimate delivery, a yorker tailing away perfectly from the left-hander, giving him very little chance to make contact. One from the over, one ball to come. The all-rounder moves across his stumps and times it well to midwicket for a couple. The 250 is up with the stroke, but only three came from the over. They’re going to be well short what is typically considered par in ODI cricket these days. 21 from the last five overs.

3.02pm BST

47th over: New Zealand 247-7 (Santner 9, Milne 4). Mashrafe knows the drill here. Keep Milne down there, whatever it takes. A wide begins it, not quite landing the bouncer. And they score off every ball bar one, making seven from the over. But no boundaries, and Milne retains the strike. So that’s a win for Bangladesh.Surely Mosaddek to continue?

Nick Wilson on the email sees a similarity in Ross Taylor’s battle. “A bit like Ian Bell towards the end of his one day career,” he says. “Always seemed to get around 50 but at a rate that didn’t really do his team any favours.”

Related: Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrinka: French Open semi-final – live!

2.56pm BST

Brilliant! Neesham, in an effort to take the initiative, comes down the track before the ball is bowled. Not so fast, buster. Mosaddek, high on life, spits it down quickly and with the arm, beating Neesham, with Rahim doing the rest behind the stumps. Three wickets in three overs. What a cameo. They’ve lost 4-for-39 and we’re into the NZ bowlers.

2.54pm BST

45th over: New Zealand 235-6 (Neesham 22, Santner 3). Only four from Mashrafe’s over, the captain back into the attack at a time where NZ have to delay any final assault as Santner plays himself in a bit. Pace way off the ball too, showing all his experience. Superb cricket.

2.52pm BST

44th over: New Zealand 231-6 (Neesham 20, Santner 1). You can tell from the urgency in the field that Bangladesh realise they are very close to breaking this open. They will know what Australia did late, and England too. One more, two more. Santner is the new man, a combined young player who is yet to impose himself in this tournament.

Few minutes have elapsed since this – they are 52% now, the Tigers.

#WinViz as Bangladesh keep chipping away. #NZvBAN

2.46pm BST

Corey, cory, story, allegory, montessori! First ball Mosaddek has him too! Umpire Llong has him given lbw when he misses a straight one around the wicket. There’s a review but only because you have to in order to keep up appearances in that situation, don’t you? Blimey. What a bowling change!

2.42pm BST

Mosaddek first ball of a new over, Broom can’t help himself and goes for a frolic down the strip. But gets very little of it, straight into the air it goes, no mistake made. Brilliant bowling change.

2.40pm BST

43rd over: New Zealand 228-4 (Broom 36, Neesham 18). That’s the over they have been crying out for. Neesham shows sound composure after missing a short ball to begin the over, the ball looking briefly like it would end up back on his stumps. It isn’t a sustainable long-term strategy for Neesham to absorb these short balls so he slaps them instead. Excellent pulled boundary. Ten another down the ground next ball when he goes for the yorker and misses. 12 from it. Neesham in, at least.

2.37pm BST

42nd over: New Zealand 216-4 (Broom 34, Neesham 8). Michael Clarke-style Funky Captaincy from Mashrafe bringing on offie Mosaddek – back into the XI today – for his first trundle of the day with nine overs remaining. And he immediately beats Neesham’s edge. That has taken off and spat. He’s raced through it too, five from the over. The crowd know how important that is. The last ball is knocked into the deep and two should have probably come if for the full commitment by the deep mid wicket. The way to do it.

2.32pm BST

41st over: New Zealand 211-4 (Broom 32, Neesham 5). Rubel Hossain. Can I just say again how much I love that little squat he does before exploding at the batsman? Like a pro wrestler about to race at an opponent to spear them to the mat. An improvement for the Kiwis, finding eight from the first of the final ten. Coming after Broom nearly fell to a leading Edge, Neesham cleverly used the pace of the ball to deflect fine for a boundary. Perhaps not in complete control, but you can’t win them all.

2.30pm BST

40th over: New Zealand 203-4 (Broom 29, Neesham 0). Last over before an extra man can go outside the circle. Bangladesh, it would be reasonable to say, are favourites at this very moment. And England certainly will be tomorrow. In turn, after being 15 minutes from elimination to start the week, well, who knows. Neesham again the recipient of a short ball into, deflecting off his thick pad. Next comes the yorker, at a perfect length but just down the legside. A familar, but effective, routine. Another dot ends the set – just two from it! Neesham not yet off the mark. Well. Ten to go.

Taylor, if you were wondering, finishes the group take with 148 runs at a SR of 74. Not very Rainbow Rhythms.

2.24pm BST

39th over: New Zealand 201-4 (Broom 28, Neesham 0). Predictably, the short ball immediately deployed to Neesham. A perception around the place that he doesn’t like it much. Perhaps a tad unfair given in Australia last year he copped a ball flush on the arm from Pat Cummins and kept batting for a half-century. But he isn’t able to get yet off the mark, the run rate down at an anemic 5.1 an over.

2.22pm BST

Big moment! Taylor, who has been there for a long time but never got motoring, tries to innovate by getting inside the line. But he doesn’t pick the change of pace, well deployed, and can’t make sufficient contact with the scoop. Only suceeds in picking out the man on the 45 inside the circle. Well. Bangladesh are really in this game of cricket, make no mistake. And in turn, the tournament.

2.19pm BST

38th over: New Zealand 198-3 (Taylor 61, Broom 27). Back to relatively regular programming here, Broom then Taylor happy enough picking the gaps and hitting the sweepers, as they say in the jargon. They’re all slower balls at this stage of the innings, Mustafizur highlighting that he really is a quick of the new generation.

2.16pm BST

37th over: New Zealand 192-3 (Taylor 58, Broom 25). 11 from it! WILD! Two boundaries! Party on! First, to begin the over, Broom cuts with authority. Don’t bowl there, Taskin. He’s short again to Taylor later in the over, who does as Williamson did earlier in going straight past the bowler. Okay. Now we’re getting somewhere.

Apartment block at Lord’s. I know we’ve seen this before, but… yeah? Thoughts?

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2.11pm BST

36th over: New Zealand 181-3 (Taylor 53, Broom 19). Mustafizur replaces Shakib. And the sun is out! First time we’ve seen that for the better part of a week. It doesn’t help NZ though, three more added and Taylor nearly chopping on. It’s broadly under control for the Black Caps still, but they’d want to get a move on soon with wickets in the shed and happy hour nearing. Only four boundaries in 15 overs. I know; hard work. Stick with me.

2.04pm BST

35th over: New Zealand 178-3 (Taylor 51, Broom 18). Ross Taylor to a half century from the first ball of the over, he 67th he has faced. Easy as so many of the runs he’s taken, to third man. Has a responsibility to go on with it now, though. It’s all a bit stop-start at the moment though, another over short of a run a ball, four singles their fill.

2.02pm BST

34th over: New Zealand 174-3 (Taylor 49, Broom 16). Not many people in that big grandstand they have at Sophia Gardens. During the Test in 2015 the road of Bread of Heaven really was something, especially when running through Australia in the second dig. Watto’s final stand in Test Cricket. If you’re reading, Big Rig, we miss you. It’s Shakib’s last over, and it gives up a rare boundary when Broom plays late and plays well behind point. Singles elsewhere to take eight from it, finishing his work with the analysis of 10-0-0-52. Won’t be featuring in any highlights packages, but absolutely done the job racing through those overs with a minimum of fuss.

1.55pm BST

33rd over: New Zealand 166-3 (Taylor 47, Broom 10). Mashrafe wins the leading edge of Broom out to cover but doesn’t go to hand. I know I said he was taking off from Williamson finished, but Mashrafe has him looking unfortable here and unable to get the board ticked over until the last ball, which is in the air through straight mid-wicket. Don’t reckon he had much control over that. We saw them lose 7-37 last week and something similar against England on Tuesday. Two from it.

They’re off for a drink, ending a middle session where Bangladesh have consistently prevented NZ from getting away. Nothing special, just attritional cricket. In a world of razzle dazzle, there’s something to be said for that. Latest in the pay dispute in Australia: a summit! Well, wouldn’t that be the event of the year?

1.50pm BST

32nd over: New Zealand 164-3 (Taylor 46, Broom 9). A legside wide gets the over off to a fine start for NZ before scoring from all but one delivery, Broom starting from where Williamson finished up.

1.47pm BST

31st over: New Zealand 157-3 (Taylor 44, Broom 5). Broom off the mark with a staight drive from the top drawer off Mashrafe. He times nicely to point as well to put Taylor back down the business end to see out the over. When will he take it up a gear or two?

Williamson has been run out in three of his last four ODIs. #NZvBAN

1.42pm BST

Another run out between these twoin international cricket! Williamson tries to call Taylor through but he wants none of it, he’s short by four metres. Came close to the same outcome to begin the over. Oh that’s inexcusable at this stage, with so much care taken through this quiet period to now take a risk. The captain will know that was his fault too; no way Taylor could have made it. Brilliant from Shakib at the bowlers’ end to pick up the Mossadek throw and move in one transition to the stumps. Exactly the same point of the innings that Williamson fell against England too. Two in three Champs Trophy innings run out.

1.39pm BST

29th over: New Zealand 148-2 (Williamson 57, Taylor 40). The skipper Mashrafe brings himself back and it is a very tidy over, five dots within. The best of those, rolling his fingers down the seam and beating Williamson who is well through his stroke, a fan inside edge spilling out.

1.35pm BST

28th over: New Zealand 147-2 (Williamson 57, Taylor 39). Shakib gets through another of these 75 second wonders, shedding only three runs. That’s 33 from his seven. At the end of the set, a commentator (Nasser, I think) informs us that you can “double your score at 30” if wickets are in hand to work out the final score in an ODI. Who knew? (Sorry).

1.33pm BST

27th over: New Zealand 144-2 (Williamson 56, Taylor 37). Rubel again. He does this yoga-style squad before charging in to bowl each delivery, a run up no longer than Mark Wood. Slingy, slippery, joyous. But not overly threatening to either of these experience campaigners here. Milking, using his pace to take six more.

1.29pm BST

26th over: New Zealand 134-2 (Williamson 52, Taylor 35). Shakib races through another quick set where four are taken through the field to the sweepers. Nine hundreds and seven 90s for Williamson in his 100-odd ODIs, TV reminds me. Gotta go the whole way here.

Huuuuge game tomorrow for my countrymen. Win, they stick around. Lose, on QF2 at dinner time Sunday. Plenty going on off the field as well as England try to knock them out. My preview.

1.25pm BST

25th over: New Zealand 134-2 (Williamson 50, Taylor 33). Rubel, comfortably the best of the Bangladesh bowlers so far, back into the attack. An eventful over proceeds. He gets one to spit at Williamson, the NZ captain able to keep it down in steering to third man. Have another half-century, Kane. A combination of beautiful strokes and less convincing moments, beaten far more often than we are accustomed with him. Later in the over, Taylor plays a flat-batted pull shot that you can imagine seeing Steve Smith play when chasing second innings declaration runs. Finds the gap though, and into the 30s he goes. To conclude, a mix-up! Heads literally clash between the batsmen, but they have enough awareness to scamper back to where they need to be to avoid any run out. That’s how Williamson went in Birmingham a week ago – albeit on 100 at the time. Eight from it. And we’re half way there!

1.22pm BST

24th over: New Zealand 126-2 (Williamson 48, Taylor 27). Carbon copy of the Shakib over that he’s been rolling out from when he came into the attack, prompting Taylor to come down the track to take the initiative. No freebies here. Four from it. Few brower issues by the way, back to more verbose updates in a tic.

1.19pm BST

23rd over: New Zealand 122-2 (Williamson 45, Taylor 26). Mustafizur gives Williamson a chance to pounce, width and time he doesn’t miss out on, straight past the bowler too. Much harder to do than it looks.

1.18pm BST

22nd over: New Zealand 116-2 (Williamson 40, Taylor 25). Excellent bowling from Shakib, mixing accurate darts with hard-spun variety. Both men use their feet to turn the strike over early in the over, with two more singles to end the over on the legside. The last five overs worth only 18, no boundaries to speak of.

1.14pm BST

21st over: New Zealand 112-2 (Williamson 38, Taylor 23). Absolutely belt and braces here. Three singles from Mustafizur. NZ happy to lay the base, nothing more. Bangladesh happy to go at fewer than a run a ball. Everyone wins.

1.10pm BST

20th over: New Zealand 109-2 (Williamson 37, Taylor 21). Shakib al Hasan. The sort of name you just feel the need to say in full rather each time it appears. He has an important role here keeping Williamson on the leash. Singles to long off, midwicket, fine leg and cover. Quiet, patient accumulation.

The PM is formally the PM after a trip to Buckingham Palace, if the cricket is your one and only focus at the moment. Not the most enthusiastic speech, if twitter is to be believed.

1.06pm BST

19th over: New Zealand 105-2 (Williamson 35, Taylor 19). Mustafizur is back. Battled earlier for consistency, but his numbers don’t lie, he can be a matchwinner. Williamson has his measure right away though, his best stroke for some time, a beautiful cover drive. The 100 up in the process. Taylor more circumspect, happy absorb four dots on the trot.

1.02pm BST

18th over: New Zealand 99-2 (Williamson 30, Taylor 19). Two HUGE shouts for lbw from Shakib. He’s absolutely leading with Umpire Llong, who isn’t interested on either occasion. The first of those actually went to the rope, a sweep shot that the replay shows hit the full face of the bat. Eight come from it.

John Starbuck on the email wants to confirmation that the game is 50 overs apiece. That it is. You only start to lose time after 75 minutes has been lost, if I recall correctly.

12.57pm BST

17th over: New Zealand 91-2 (Williamson 28, Taylor 13). Rubel’s fourth over here. Four more singles, ranging from the thrid man dab to the push through midwicket. Both players too experienced here to do anything either than knock it around for now. Essential that New Zealand don’t expose their faltering lower-order quite yet.

Fantastic sign in the crowd. “Mashrafe Mortaza: The Man Never Gives Up.” As the commentary goes onto say on TV, he has plates in both knees and is bandaged and strapped up just to get through a game. Simon Doull it is. “It’s amazing what players will go through to get themselves through a game.”

12.53pm BST

16th over: New Zealand 87-2 (Williamson 26, Taylor 11). Spin for the first time today, courtesy of Shakib al Hasan, the world no. 1 all-rounder. You see, I’m obliged to say that every time he enters the game. It’s a rule. Every commentator, every forum, every time he plays. The left arm ortho has six risk-free runs taken from his opening set as we enter the accumulation phase.

12.51pm BST

15th over: New Zealand 81-2 (Williamson 21, Taylor 8). Rubel gets the last over before they have a little drink. Singles past point for both to begin. Calm. Length back, Williamson joins deeper in the crease but then cops one in the thigh pad. Oh and some superb bowling to finish the session, beating the outside edge now. Rubel with that feisty little run up has got it darting around both ways. Kane far from his most fluent, but still there. Proper battle.

12.45pm BST

14th over: New Zealand 79-2 (Williamson 21, Taylor 8). Taskin to Taylor. Neither giving an inch, the former bending his back, the latter leaving then defending as he gets in. But to the last two balls, he’s ready to roll. First, a graceful drive down the ground. Lovely way to get off the mark. Then he repeats it! Down the ground again, a half-volley, but you’ve still gotta put them away. Beautiful.

Vampire Weekend on the Cricket Ground PA system between overs. Lovely areas, Sophia Gardens DJ. No second invitation required for me to do the same. Make sure next time Vish is on the OBO you all pester him to tell you his Vampire Weekend story. I won’t steal his yarn. Specifically: ask him why he has an mix-tape that Ezra Koenig compiled in his house. Not a CD, a tape.

12.38pm BST

13th over: New Zealand 70-2 (Williamson 20, Taylor 0). Was going pretty well earlier in the over when Williamson leapt on an overpitched Rubel delivery on his pads, down to long-on for a boundary. Doesn’t miss out there, the Kiwi captain. Ross Taylor the new man in, getting a wide bouncer first up, getting underneath it. These two for the briefest time had the Black Caps in the chase against England, requiring 155 with 20 overs to go.

I’ve already directed you to a second tab for our election coverage as the results continue to trickle in and firm up. Now I’ll send you to Will Macpherson over on the county OBO. New round starting today, games across the country. No better place to stay across it day in, day out than with the CMJ Young Cricket Writer for 2016. (How’s that for a plug, Will?)

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12.32pm BST

Oh yes! That’s what fast bowlers dream of late at night, Rubel getting that to career back into the pads of Guptill, who is late on it and hit adjacent. He considers a review, but that wouldn’t be a good idea as it looks to be crashing into middle stump. Reward for an excellent period for Bangladesh. The crowd are up and about as well.

12.30pm BST

12th over: New Zealand 62-1 (Guptill 33, Williamson 13). Very tidy little period for Bangladesh’s change seamers. Taskin, already in the book, is bending his back and getting ample reward. This over that includes beaten Williamson’s outside edge – again. To be fair, it has done plenty. Also crashing into his pad. The lbw shout is quickly turned down but the pace is what matters there. The final ball Williamson retains the strike, but from an inside edge as well.

12.28pm BST

11th over: New Zealand 61-1 (Guptill 33, Williamson 13). Rubel Hossain, who you may remember as the man who had England eliminated from the 2015 World Cup with a bag in Adelaide, is into the attack. And he wins Williamson’s edge! The only run of the over. Twice beaten out there and now a legitimate snick to second slip, but no man in there. It’s a feisty over too, getting up in Guptill’s grill by the end of it. Good contest, here.

A note from Andrew Benton on the twitter. “Adam, that’s one great hairdo – did you come straight out of the ‘60s?” Thanks for noticing, Andrew. As I don’t mind telling people, it’s the best Barnet in London. “I say B’desh will blooter NZ today.” Blooter. I’m thieving that. Productive correspondence. Thank you.

12.20pm BST

10th over: New Zealand 60-1 (Guptill 33, Williamson 11). Williamson beaten for a second time! You don’t see this very often. Almost identical to the over before, on the back foot. It comes the ball after he drives with typical class down the ground to the rope, taking advantage of the field restrictions that come to an end with this over, the power play netting the Black Caps an even run a ball. Sound.

Oh! Anyone else hear that on the TV? Sky accidentally cut to the producer’s mic between overs rather than the commentators. I have fellow OBO-er Nick Miller sitting opposite me who asks: “Did he call any of the commentators dicks?” Sadly not. As he says: “Missed opportunity, then.” That it is.

@collinsadam Bozza

12.15pm BST

9th over: New Zealand 54-1 (Guptill 32, Williamson 6). Hiiiii Kane. Mashrafe, into his fifth over, hits that fourth stump line. Williamson, deep in the crease and on the balls of his feet, times it to the rope. Not the swing of a cut, nor the jolt of a punch. Have it. Proving he is human though, tries it on again to end the over and beaten outside the off-stump with one that swings away. Good bowling. The 50 up in that over as well.

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12.10pm BST

8th over: New Zealand 48-1 (Guptill 31, Williamson 1). Welcome, Kane. Hi Kane. You little gem. You prince. You gorgeous thing. Stay a while? Off the mark with a little dab to third man. All the time in the world. I’ll end up saying that a fair bit.

More from Simon. It’s the man of the hour, Jezza. What’s he about to roll out there? A little ortho? Out the back of the hand? Some frog-in-blenders? I do hope his next stanza as Opposition Leader allows us to find out.

@collinsadam Jezza

12.06pm BST

Ronchi has completely mishit that, beaten by the extra yarn Taskin has I suspect. Instead of clobbering over midwicket, it is high off the splice and into the hands of mid-on. I know it’s early, but the Tigers needed that.

12.04pm BST

7th over: New Zealand 46-0 (Guptill 30, Ronchi 16). Mashrafe again taken over cover by Guptill to start the over. Only for four this time, mind. He started well but has lost his line now, four of the six balls scored off. NZ away here, I reckon.

12.03pm BST

6th over: New Zealand 38-0 (Guptill 25, Ronchi 13). The quick man Taskin into the attack replacing Mustafizur. Into the XI today for the spinner Mehedi. He’s good, then bad. Ronchi is the other way, swinging without footwork, then smashing a drive on the up in glorious fashion.

More Hawkey? His 1984 re-election was seriously effected by hooking a bouncer onto his glasses in the annual Policians v Press game. A lot of damage and bruising and the like. Great fixture, that. Managed to stitch together quick half-centuries in my first two years in the Policians XI. Did more for my rep around the parliament than anything I did at work.

11.56am BST

5th over: New Zealand 31-0 (Guptill 24, Ronchi 7). Boom, boom! No, Boris Becker isn’t here, it’s the other red head Marty Guptill. Through the line to the first delivery he literally pops Mashrafe into the bloody river! As you do. Once they fetch a new one from the box of balls, he sits back and crunches him to the rope along the carpet through cover. That’s one way to break up a bowler’s momentum after picking up a maiden in the previous set. Things calm down a bit thereafter, only a further single down the ground.

The first of Simon Bogli’s cricket/politics series below. Featuring non other than Robert James Lee Hawke!

@collinsadam Major and Hawke.

11.51am BST

4th over: New Zealand 20-0 (Guptill 13, Ronchi 7). Singles to each of them to begin the over, Ronchi off the mark in the process. Mustafizur then sends one racing past the ‘keeper/bat’s outside edge. Superb bowling. “He’s learned from his mistake,” says Nas. “After the first couple of deliveries he’s pulled his length back.” An false-kinda stroke from Ronchi follows, shovelling over midwicket. Then again, he’s never been conventional and won’t be changing now deep into his 30s. But just as we’ve talked him up, Mustafizur gives Ronchi some help-yourself stuff well wide off off-stump and short, the batsman lashing it over gully for his first boundary of the day.

Richard the Skiver has written me on the tweet – you can too, yer know. “Martin Guptill is, without doubt, the finest seven-toed cricketer the world has ever seen.”

11.46am BST

3rd over: New Zealand 12-0 (Guptill 12, Ronchi 0). Mashrafe has Guptill neither forward nor back a couple of times here. He picks out a fielder with a forceful punch last ball of the set, which secures him a maiden. Very good start from the veteran. Some footage from the last time he played here? Why not.

11.41am BST

2nd over: New Zealand 12-0 (Guptill 12, Ronchi 0). Mustafizur begins from the River Taff End. Not 100% sure what end he’s bowling from to be honest, but I know there’s a River Taff End at Sophia Gardens, so we’ll go with that. Guptill strikes consecutive boundaries to begin the over. The first isn’t that convincing, squirted through point. The next is struck better. Mashrafe takes out his slip. The bowler comes straighter, worked for three through midwicket. So that’s 11 in half an hour. Not ideal for the 21-year-old left-arm whippet. Ronchi happy to watch the rest.

Shorter boundary to the pavilion today as the pitch is four strips across from the one used for the England game #NZvBAN #CT17

11.36am BST

1st over: New Zealand 1-0 (Guptill 1, Ronchi 0). Mashrafe the skipper opening the attack. Twitter suggests a small crowd, but the Bangladesh fans are making plenty of noise. They were magnificent at The Oval the other night. Down the legside to begin, but they appeal anyway. Marty G is peeved that he didn’t get a legside wide for it. Mashrafe is on the mark shortly thereafter. Good start. Wins an edge that probably wouldn’t have carried to third slip, but encouraging. Actually, cancel that: second slip, and it would have carried. No one to blame but himself for not having a more aggressive field in place.

He’s due, Marty. I spoke to him before the tourney about averaging 50 and striking at 100 since Baz McCullum retired. Quite the purple patch. But yet to really fire a shot here. Lovely man, and gives it a wallop. Entertain us.

11.30am BST

An excellent email. If you’re new to these wondrous parts, the OBO works best when you talk to me, then I talk to you via my posts. Simon Bogli has come correct with an epic email titled “cricket and politics.” Tons to pick through.

“Politicians as cricketers in the Anglosphere shares a bit with neo-liberalism,” he writes. “Had its last great peak in the late 80s and since then it has been shuffling downwards. Let me explain in pictures.”

11.26am BST

Anthems! Bangladesh’s is up there with Sri Lanka’s and American Pie for length. Admire that. Builds the anticipation for God Defend New Zealand, which is objectively the best, surely? Anyone care to suggest an alternative? If so, please include evidence via youtube link, preferably with rugby players crying as they belt it out.

11.06am BST

The teams, in picture form.

Mehedi is the second man out for Bangladesh. Barely got a jam roll the other night – stiff! Mosaddek in for him.

Here are the @BLACKCAPS and @BCBtigers team sheets for today! #NZvBAN #CT17

11.05am BST

Nasser talking to the skippers. Kane Williamson says they “learned a little bit” from the other day. And despite the grass on top, it remains dry. They’re going in with the same XI as Tuesday when they were well beaten by England. “It’s been a pretty amazing tournament,” Kane adds. Easy to please, then.

Mashrafe says they would have bowled anyway. They’re dropped Imrul for Taskin; a bat for a quick. As for the other change, when asked, he said “someone else” is in. Love this bloke. Both teams as named as soon as we get the sheets.

10.57am BST

Good news! Toss in five minutes! Play to begin at 11:30am. No overs lost. Get in.

10.54am BST

If you’re mesmerised by the Sky highlights. And haven’t switched back over to the election during the rain. Sources reporting to The Guardian that the DUP will join a minority government with the Tories, PM May to see the Queen at lunchtime to confirm the tryst.

Having been involved in one of those bad boys in Australia between 2010-2013, all I can say is g’luck with that! Let us know how you get on! Keep a tab open for both blogs.

Related: Election 2017: Theresa May strikes deal with DUP following shock result – live

10.40am BST

Our OBO colleague, and the man I spend rougly 15 hours a day talking absolute trash at, Vithushan Ehantharajah, did a series of tip top election/cricket funnies last night. Indulge. Do one yourself. Go wild.

I’m done #GeneralElection

10.38am BST

Reminded of this article. When chatting to All Out Cricket’s Phil Walker who’s commentating today’s game over at TalkSport. Every batting verb the great man Jim Maxwell has ever used in his 43 year career behind the mic on the ABC.

10.34am BST

It’s sunny in Cardiff. So twitter tells me. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit sick of having all the expensive drainage under control, but cannot cover enough of the playing area to prevent lengthy delays after rain has stopped.

I had a bit of a rant about this the other night in relation to the fact that we can’t get back on when it is drizzling; the playing condition still that it has to come to a complete stop. I don’t want to start this on a negative note, but you know what I’m saying.

10.09am BST

Good morning to you all from Guardian HQ in London. Not sure about you, but I’m operating off the minimum hours sleep required to function as a proper human after the election night that was. Those who recall my OBO from last year’s Australian election day will anticipate a healthy dollop of that as we progress through the morning. Oh, neglected to mention, it’s Adam Collins here on the OBO ones and twos. Hello.

Righto. The game ahead of is New Zealand and Bangladesh, the ninth of Champions Trophy 2017 and the final pool rubber for both of these teams. The equation is simple: the winner stays alive. For 24 hours at least. If Australia win tomorrow, this will have been a retrospective dead rubber. But seeing as we haven’t found a way to travel through time yet (AND WHY NOT?), neither side know that now.

12.02am BST

Adam will be here shortly. Here’s Ali Martin’s interview with Australia’s David Warner, who faces Joe Root in tomorrow’s match at Edgbaston:

The Reverend David Warner, as he is now known by his Australia team-mates, has pointed to his late-night swing at Joe Root in Birmingham’s Walkabout bar four years ago as the turning point in his career, one that has led to him becoming the most feared of openers on the field while transforming him into a mild family man off it.

The meeting on Saturday between Australia and England at Edgbaston – a match Steve Smith’s side likely need to win to join their opponents in the Champions Trophy semi-finals – was always going to lead to Warner’s infamous punch being revisited. It came after the corresponding fixture in 2013, resulting in his banishment from the start of the Ashes series that summer.

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May 25

Doug Bracewell blames killing of pet cockatoo by dogs for drink-driving

Fast bowler drunk drove from function after panicked call from girlfriendFast bowler sentenced to 100 hours after failing breath test in MarchThe New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drin…

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Feb 05

Australia fall to series defeat after 24-run loss to New Zealand in third ODI

  • New Zealand 281-9; Australia 257 (from 47 overs) in Hamilton
  • Defeat puts Australia’s No 1 ODI ranking at risk

Australia relinquished the Chappell-Hadlee trophy and potentially the No1 ODI ranking, with Mitchell Starc unable to save his batsmen’s blushes in a dramatic 24-run defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton.

Starc finished 29 not out as Australia were rolled for 257, suffering a 2-0 series loss after Trent Boult claimed career-best figures of 6-33 in front of a sold-out crowd at Seddon Park.

Related: New Zealand v Australia: third one-day international – as it happened

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Feb 05

New Zealand beat Australia in third one-day international –as it happened

  • New Zealand win by 24 runs to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy
  • Man-of-the-match Trent Boult records career-best figures of 6-33
  • Ross Taylor scores a New Zealand record-equalling 16th ODI century

6.14am GMT

Related: Australia fall to series defeat after 24-run loss to New Zealand in third ODI

6.02am GMT

It’s a shame this is only a three match series because either side of the wash out we’ve enjoyed two crackers.

These are evenly matched sides and that makes for nail-biting cricket. At times today New Zealand threatened to post in excess of 300 and looked incapable of making 200. Australia looked like they might win inside 30 overs but required a stirring tail-end bash just to take the game into its 47th.

5.49am GMT

It was a match that swung from one side to the other throughout the day but the Chappell-Hadlee trophy belongs to New Zealand.

5.48am GMT

Both teams have tried their hardest to hand victory to the opposition but this late intervention from Boult has been the most telling.

The dismissal of Zampa was superb and it was followed up by three dot balls to number 11 Hazlewood.

5.44am GMT

You will never see a more inspired piece of captaincy in a pressure situation. Williamson dared to place Taylor at fly slip for Boult’s first delivery at Zampa and it pays off to perfection. An angled length delivery edged straight to the veteran’s safe hands. Brilliant execution from New Zealand.

5.42am GMT

46th over: Australia 253-8 (Starc 29, Zampa 1)

Southee given responsibility to back up Boult’s breakthrough.

5.37am GMT

45th over: Australia 250-8 (Starc 28, Zampa 0)

Terrific over from Trent Boult. His country needed it and he delivered. On the mark early, then the wicket, then some serious sandshoe crushing yorkers to close it out.

5.35am GMT

Williamson has done what he had to and gone to his best bowler, Trent Boult, but the run rate is now below six r.p.o. so these batsmen don’t need to force the issue any more.

And Boult gets the breakthrough! Three line and length deliveries are followed by a quicker short ball that Cummins tries to pull but gets it high up the splice and lobs an easy catch to midwicket.

5.31am GMT

44th over: Australia 247-7 (Cummins 26, Starc 26)

For reasons best known to Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner remains in the firing line and the first delivery of the 44th over is long-ironed over the umpire’s head by Cummins for six more!

5.27am GMT

43rd over: Australia 236-7 (Cummins 17, Starc 24)

Ferguson back on and his extra pace works for Starc who gets bat on ball and pierces the gap behind point and then works him in front of square on the leg-side for another boundary.

5.24am GMT

42nd over: Australia 227-7 (Cummins 16, Starc 16)

Oof! Huge over for Australia. Starc and Cummins have decided now’s the time. They long-handled some monster hits off Santner, who for some reason decider to toss up some loopy length deliveries. Three sixes, two straight, one over square leg have set pulses racing around Seddon Park.

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41st over: Australia 207-7 (Cummins 9, Starc 3)

Neesham is given another over and he gets away with a poor one. Most deliveries are angled down the leg-side to the right-handed Cummins but a leg-bye four is the worst of the damage.

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40th over: Australia 199-7 (Cummins 8, Starc 1)

Santner, now with figures of 2/19 from eight overs, was the wrong bowler to target. Stoinis was slogging to the longest boundary on the ground, against the spin, and he joins Finch, Marsh and Head as batsmen who had opportunities to win this game for their country but couldn’t see the job through.

5.10am GMT

Yet another set batsman out caught in the deep. The pressure on Stoinis finally tells and he tries to slog Santner out of the country only to pick out Neesham on the long-on boundary. It will take something miraculous for Australia to recover from here.

5.08am GMT

39th over: Australia 198-6 (Stoinis 42, Cummins 8)

Williamson dares not give Ferguson another over, opting for the experience of Southee instead, and it pays dividends.

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38th over: Australia 196-6 (Stoinis 41, Cummins 7)

Big moment in the game as Santner returns to complete his spell. The left-arm spinner has been excellent so far but with the chase nearing its conclusion the pressure will be on.

5.01am GMT

37th over: Australia 195-6 (Stoinis 41, Cummins 6)

Big over for Australia.

NZ crowd here needs to get behind their team, should be baying for blood here… #nzvaus

4.55am GMT

36th over: Australia 180-6 (Stoinis 32, Cummins 1)

Stoinis is keeping his powder dry for now, watchful at the crease and taking the single where it’s available. Cummins is struggling to get bat to ball, eventually getting off the mark on his ninth delivery.

4.51am GMT

35th over: Australia 177-6 (Stoinis 30, Cummins 0)

The final passage of the day begins after drinks with left-armer Boult continuing over the wicket to the two right-handed batsmen. A beauty almost does for Cummins, short of a length rearing up to the batsman’s throat and it flies off the handle but safely in front of the waiting fielders.

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34th over: Australia 175-6 (Stoinis 29, Cummins 0)

Williamson going for the jugular, bringing Southee on. Both batsmen are watchful to an over of off-pace mixed seam deliveries.

BANG-BANG! Faulkner out for a duck as he edges Boult to a diving Taylor in the gully. Great plan & execution! Aus 174-6, 33 overs #NZvAUS

4.39am GMT

33rd over: Australia 174-6 (Stoinis 28, Cummins 0)

If Australia don’t win today they will only have themselves to blame. Three set batsmen have each left a lot of runs out on Seddon Park. It’s all down to Stoinis again.

4.38am GMT

You can’t believe it! For the third time this innings New Zealand go Bang! Bang! Faulkner this time the latest batsman unable to adjust to this pitch early in his innings. His hands followed a Boult delivery slanting across him and the recently placed Ross Taylor at fly slip made no mistake diving low to his right.

There’s a third-umpire review to make sure Taylor caught that cleanly, which he did, but – you know – cricket.

4.33am GMT

Right on cue! Head, like Marsh and Finch before him, throws his wicket away when set. Boult sends down a short ball, Head gets under a pull but can’t clear the short boundary and Brownlie takes a smart catch above his head in the shadow of the rope.

4.30am GMT

32nd over: Australia 172-4 (Head 53, Stoinis 26)

New Zealand taking things much more deliberately in the field now as this partnership for Australia passes 50. Ferguson is bending his back but both batsmen are now set and as we’ve seen all match runs are on offer once a batsman has adjusted to the pace of the pitch.

4.25am GMT

31st over: Australia 167-4 (Head 51, Stoinis 23)

The rub of the green again goes Australia’s way as Trent Boult is brought back into the attack.

FIFTY! Travis Head finds the boundary to bring up his fifth ODI half-century. Can he guide the Aussies to victory? #NZvAUS

4.21am GMT

30th over: Australia 159-4 (Head 47, Stoinis 23)

Noticeable increase in energy from Australia at the crease in the past two overs. Head now working runs in front of square before just about surviving a nasty Ferguson bouncer. The speedster’s follow up to Stoinis is tidy also, beating the batsman for pace but just missing the edge.

4.16am GMT

29th over: Australia 145-4 (Head 44, Stoinis 17)

Williamson continues with his bonus overs but Stoinis has had enough, after 20 balls at the crease his eye is in and the allrounder skips down the pitch and drives smartly through the covers for a boundary – the first in ages. And like Australian wickets one brings two, Stoinis taking to the sky to despatch Williamson over the sight-screen for six.

4.13am GMT

28th over: Australia 133-4 (Head 42, Stoinis 7)

A return to pace, and serious pace, with Lockie Ferguson. Can he land the sucker punch after the groundwork laid by the spinners?

4.07am GMT

27th over: Australia 130-4 (Head 41, Stoinis 5)

Another brisk, economical over from Williamson. New Zealand are really dictating terms now, strangling the life out of Australia’s middle order.

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26th over: Australia 127-4 (Head 40, Stoinis 3)

Tight from Santner again as the run-rate creeps up towards 6.5 rpo. These middle overs of spin have rocked Australia.

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25th over: Australia 125-4 (Head 39, Stoinis 2)

Williamson also getting through his overs rapidly, buying his team some cheap overs against a batsmen yet to get settled and Head who’s lost his timing in recent minutes.

4.00am GMT

24th over: Australia 123-4 (Head 38, Stoinis 1)

Santner’s into his groove now, rattling through his work bowling dot after dot, refusing to allow the batsmen to rotate the strike. NZ’s premier spinner with 1/15 from his five overs so far.

Finch brain fade and Maxwell whatever-it-was mean Stoinis has to do it again #NZvAUS

3.57am GMT

23rd over: Australia 121-4 (Head 37, Stoinis 0)

A potentially game changing few overs from Santner and WIlliamson. Like Marsh before him, Finch has to take responsibility for a poor dismissal that’s allowed New Zealand back into the contest.

3.54am GMT

Bang! Bang! Just like earlier in the afternoon one brings two. Short and wide from Santner to Maxwell who gets a tiny edge that’s taken smartly by Latham standing to the stumps. The batsman uses up his team’s solitary review thinking he hadn’t touched it but snicko reveals the faintest noise and he has to go.

3.49am GMT

Aaron Finch, what are you doing? Headless chicken stuff from Australia’s captain (what was I saying about a captain’s knock?). There are runs on offer all over the place against Williamson but Finch is determined to knock his opposite number into Antarctica. He offers a half-chance to a diving Santner before holing out to Trent Boult at cow corner. So unnecessary.

3.44am GMT

20th over: Australia 110-2 (Finch 50, Head 33)

Santner looks innocuous but he’s been hard to get away. Finch eventually picks off the single he requires to reach his half-century, from 60 deliveries. *CLICHE KLAXON* – Captain’s knock in the making for Australia’s eleventeenth choice skipper.

3.41am GMT

19th over: Australia 107-2 (Finch 49, Head 31)

Finch is showing Williamson no respect at all, slapping another disdainful four through midwicket. Australia have noticeably gone after the first ball of the over in this run chase, enabling them to control the pace from the remaining deliveries. Smart tactics.

3.39am GMT

18th over: Australia 100-2 (Finch 43, Head 30)

Santner to continue after drinks, mixing up his lengths to keep Head on his toes. He slogs his way off strike but almost offers a chance to long on in the process.

3.33am GMT

17th over: Australia 97-2 (Finch 41, Head 29)

Williamson brings himself on to lob down his off-spinners and it’s an eventful over!

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16th over: Australia 86-2 (Finch 30, Head 29)

Mitchell Santner’s left-arm around the wicket spin is greeted by Travis Head with a crunching straight drive for four. Some good fielding limits further damage in an over that fails to offer any encouragement to the slower bowlers.

3.25am GMT

15th over: Australia 80-2 (Finch 29, Head 24)

Just three from Ferguson’s over as he aims for a slightly shorter length. It’s a troubling length for the batsmen because when a bowler really digs in the ball seems to hold up fractionally in the surface making back foot shots difficult to time.

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14th over: Australia 77-2 (Finch 28, Head 22)

Neesham’s second over begins badly with sweeper Brownlie fumbling on the cover boundary conceding an ugly four. It doesn’t get much better when he drops short to Finch and the Victorian slaps him like a line drive or an Andre Agassi return of serve, through mid-off with a horizontal bat. Brute force.

3.17am GMT

13th over: Australia 66-2 (Finch 22, Head 17)

Ferguson continuing to steam in but Finch is picking the pace well now and the line to the left-hander Head is awry. Head gobbles up one on his pads for a leg-side four in an over worth nine. It doesn’t matter if it’s 152kph if it’s a half-volley on leg stump.

3.13am GMT

12th over: Australia 57-2 (Finch 21, Head 9)

Full-time Twitter star occasional Black Cap @JimmyNeesh into the attack with his heavy right-arm seamers. Two singles from it as everyone concerned settles into things.

3.08am GMT

11th over: Australia 55-2 (Finch 20, Head 8)

Another over from Ferguson that’s fast and on the money. Australia work three singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

3.06am GMT

10th over: Australia 52-2 (Finch 18, Head 7)

Loose over from Boult, eight from it, with Head the main beneficiary. There’s something village about how hard Head goes at some deliveries, often overbalancing. Sometimes he looks like he tries to hit the ball so hard in order to lift his feet from the ground, turn his bat into a broomstick and fly away into the Bay of Islands.

3.01am GMT

9th over: Australia 44-2 (Finch 17, Head 0)

Lockie Ferguson’s searing pace comes into the attack for the first time and anything short has Finch hopping about uncomfortably. He hits 150kph with his fifth delivery which precedes a sixth that sticks in the pitch and has Finch cutting too early, almost spooning a catch to cover.

Oh dear. S.Marsh run out for 22. He hit four boundaries off his six previous balls #NZvAUS

2.58am GMT

8th over: Australia 44-2 (Finch 17, Head 0)

Huge over for New Zealand. Shaun Marsh has to take a lot of the blame, turning slowly for a second that was only just there and curtailing an innings that was building momentum.

2.55am GMT

Bang! Bang! New Zealand roaring back into this contest. Boult just short of a length outside off, Handscomb hangs his angled bat out without moving his feet and gets a thick inside edge onto his pegs.

2.53am GMT

Runs flowing freely for Marsh and Australia now, even off Boult. He’s measured the pace of the pitch and from the crease he waits for Boult to over-pitch and punches him down the ground for four.

But hang on – is that a run out? Yes! Marsh, bit off more than he could chew with a second to the arm of Santner and a good throw and take from the keeper sees Marsh a couple of inches short of his ground.

2.50am GMT

7th over: Australia 39-0 (Finch 17, Marsh 17)

That’ll do wonders for Marsh’s confidence. Wide half-volley from Southee and the West Australian just leans into a cover drive that skips over the outfield for four.

2.46am GMT

6th over: Australia 24-0 (Finch 17, Marsh 2)

Marsh – just two from 14 deliveries – is getting bogged down out there against Boult. He’s unable to work anything from the tight top of fourth stump line and length. New Zealand recovering well from Finch’s early assault.

This venue #NZvAUS

2.42am GMT

5th over: Australia 22-0 (Finch 16, Marsh 1)

Chance! Well, a half-chance really. Finch goes for the hat-trick of lofted drives but he whacks it straight at the bowler in his follow-through. Southee jabs out a paw but the ball ricochets out before his fingers can secure the dismissal.

2.36am GMT

4th over: Australia 20-0 (Finch 15, Marsh 1)

Boult sends down the first challenging passage, testing Marsh with a hint of swing – some shaping in, mostly curving away. Marsh plays and misses outside off, gets beaten for pace on his inside edge and then almost gets trapped in front playing across the line.

2.33am GMT

3rd over: Australia 20-0 (Finch 15, Marsh 1)

The first delivery of Southee’s second over is smited with dreamy technique for six by Finch. Similar to his lofted drive over mid-off in the first over, Finch goes aerially again, but times this one much more sweetly and with barely a flourish sends the ball arcing just wide of the sight-screen. Clearly Finch knows he doesn’t need to overhit boundaries on this tight ground.

Warm day in Hamilton… #NZvAUS

2.29am GMT

2nd over: Australia 12-0 (Finch 7, Marsh 1)

Boult will share the new ball with his left-arm over the wicket deliveries. Finch nudges a single early which gives Shaun Marsh his first view from the striker’s end, and he gets off the mark in quick time courtesy of some smart running from his partner.

2.25am GMT

1st over: Australia 9-0 (Finch 5, Marsh 0)

Southee opens for the Black Caps, bowling to Australian skipper Finch. It’s a loose start with four leg-byes worked down to fine leg from the opening delivery. Three balls later and the first delivery pitched up is driven aerially through a vacant straight mid-off for a four full of intent.

2.21am GMT

Just to remind you of the match situation. The Chappell-Hadlee trophy is on the line in this, the third of a three-match series. New Zealand racked up 281 in their innings, led by Ross Taylor’s 16th ODI century, to equal Nathan Astle’s national record. James Faulkner’s intervention of 3/59 was decisive, limiting what loomed as a 300-plus score.

Seddon Park in Hamilton is a picture, it’s warm, the skies are blue and there’s a good crowd in. The pitch is true and the consensus seems to be that Australia have their noses just in front at this stage.

2.16am GMT

And who doesn’t enjoy a swarm of bees disrupting play?

Related: South Africa defy swarm of bees to beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets

2.14am GMT

Plenty of other cricket news to keep you occupied during the innings break. Not least the ICC’s emerging plans for a Test championship.

Related: ICC agrees plan for nine-team Test championship spread over two years

2.13am GMT

Thanks Sam, you had me at the Velvets and my loyalty to your updates never wavered.

What a fascinating afternoon we have in store. 281 is in the sweet spot for hard to predict run chases. Australia, without Steve Smith or David Warner to anchor their assault, will be up against it, but there’s plenty of power in that batting order if they can only make starts. New Zealand’s attack with Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson promises plenty of entertainment too.

2.04am GMT

An ebbing, flowing, topsy, turvy, roller-coastery innings there by all measures. Some wonderful early batting by Brownlie, Williamson and most significantly Ross Taylor laid the foundations for what looked like an imposing total, before Australia embarked on a major tightening exercise of their own. New Zealand owned the first 35 overs and Australia the next 14, before Santner finished with a flourish.

At the halfway point a rollicking scoring rate, a small ground and a true wicket left most thinking that 320-350 runs represented par here, and I’m inclined to retain that view. Once Broom departed, New Zealand’s middle-lower order looked bereft of ideas for ways to get off strike, and that profligacy showed. They leave about 50 runs behind, but they do so in the knowledge that they bowl to an Australian batting unit so far unproven without their major talismen. Credit must go to Ross Taylor, who played the conditions masterfully – primarily operating in boundaries and singles. Never was a soft hand seen.

1.53am GMT

50th over: New Zealand 281-9 (Boult 1, Santner 38)

Last over to be bowled by Starc, and he devastates the stumps of both Southee and Ferguson in succession. He then delivers a waist-high no ball on his hat trick delivery to Boult. They grab a single meaning Santner has a free hit. He misses a length ball completely, no run. Santner doesn’t miss next ball though, striking one crisply over extra cover for four. Important runs. Two balls to go. And another four! Santner takes a full toss – a missed yorker – and lifts him over mid wicket to the vacant boundary out there. Last ball, and Santner finishes with a six! He backs away, Starc follows him, and he splits long on and cow corner. What an excellent final three balls for Santner and New Zealand finish with 281. Some summarising thoughts to follow.

1.47am GMT

Another! Starc on a hat trick! Almost exactly the same delivery from Starc. Around the wicket, base of the stumps. Ferguson defending, couldn’t stop it. Boult to the crease.

1.46am GMT

Southee is clean bowled with a round the wicket yorker hitting the base of middle stump. Pace. Execution. Tail.

1.45am GMT

49th over: New Zealand 265-7 (Southee 10, Santner 24)

Faulkner to bowl the innings’ penultimate over. Ball two and Southee slogs one to cow corner – he gets a good hold of it and it’s going all the way until Stoinis takes the ball brilliantly well over his head running backwards…his weight is taking him over the rope so he throws the ball back in the field of play. Replays confirm outstanding fielding, but it looks like his foot hit the rope, so it’s six. A single later to Southee and Santner then finds two to deep square. He then hits a boundary between point and backward point to finish a good over for New Zealand.

1.40am GMT

48th over: New Zealand 251-7 (Southee 3, Santner 16)

Southee facing Starc and Australia appeal and review after Southee appears to play and miss. The umpire was correct, and everyone’s bemused. He then drives one wide of extra cover and gets one to long off. A yorker follows to Santner – Starc is surely the best exponent of it in the game. He can only get one. Southee mistimes one to long on for a single, and Starc repeats his earlier yorker dosage to Santner. One squeezed run to square leg. They just can’t buy a boundary.

1.36am GMT

47th over: New Zealand 247-7 (Southee 1, Santner 15)

Faulkner is in and it’s a barrage of back-of-hand slower balls. Santner gets the first away to deep cover, bringing Taylor on strike. He gets inside the line of one and it strikes his thigh pad, snaking away down fine leg for four! There’s a muted appeal that’s ignored. He tries to hit the next into Larnach Castle but only succeeds in inside edging for one. He’s eventually dismissed playing the same shot, and Southee takes one to finish the over.

1.34am GMT

Taylor, trying to accelerate proceedings, hoicks one directly to Stoinis on the square leg boundary. It would have gone for six without the sweeper there, but it was a comfortable catch. An excellent innings from the former skipper, who bludgeoned his way to a total that’s held his team’s innings together.

1.30am GMT

46th over: New Zealand 239-6 (Taylor 106, Santner 13)

Taylor got the all-important early boundary to bring up his ton, and his ensuing single brings Santner on strike. Again, he can’t get off it. Starc is bowling full yorkers just outside off and Santner has no answer. He eventually heaves one to the leg side but long on cuts it off, only one. Taylor shows him how it’s done with a sublime drive over cover for four to complete the set of six. A little better from NZ there.

1.27am GMT

Taylor’s hundred finally arrives with a welcome boundary. He slices Starc to the third man boundary and it’s too quick for the sweeper to reel in. A mainly brutal innings from Taylor who has creamed a number of balls here. He’s been slowed down as his team mates have crumbled around him, but he’s been imperious himself. A great innings to watch

1.25am GMT

45th over: New Zealand 229-6 (Taylor 97, Santner 12)

Cummins to Taylor, and it’s a single to the mid on man on the ring. He moves to 96. Santner reciprocates with another to third man – I think he wanted to slap it but was too cramped. Taylor misses a back cut that goes through to Handscomb. He’s only one hit away. He does hit the next one, but it’s a mistimed under edge to Maxwell at point – he’s deep so they take one. Cummins is mixing up slower balls and cutters here, and Santner can’t get him away on ball five. Same goes ball six. Only three from it. That’s Cummins’ spell. 1-47 from 10.

Mitchell Santner hits New Zealand’s first boundary in 12.1 overs – a six off Mitchell Starc #NZvAUS

1.21am GMT

44th over: New Zealand 226-6 (Taylor 95, Santner 11)

As with most other overs, Taylor starts with a single to third man. What can Santner do? One wonders whether the Stoinis approach of farming the strike may be a better option. Santner defends the first, no run. He then hits a textbook on drive for six! Where did that come from? Whatever the case, that’s more like it. Santner gets out of the road of the stumps and hits a Starc full toss to mid wicket for two. The next one is a very quick in-swinging yorker that Santner jams out square for one, to bring Taylor on strike. He gets a single and will start the next over on strike. A better one from New Zealand, eleven from it.

1.16am GMT

43rd over: New Zealand 215-6 (Taylor 93, Santner 2)

Taylor gets to the other end straight away, leaving Santner to negotiate Hazlewood. He’s cramped with balls just outside his chest and he’s jumping to play them. He can’t find singles from them either. He then misses a pull shot, making it three dots and a Taylor single. Hazlewood makes it four dots as Santner pushes again to backward point. Will some further pressure tell? Not here, just another dot. One run only.

1.12am GMT

42nd over: New Zealand 214-6 (Taylor 92, Santner 2)

Cummins keeps his lid-man to Santner, and pursues a short length. After three balls he guides one to third man, bringing Taylor on strike. What does he do? Takes a single to third man. They’ve been going at around three an over for a while now – a stunning overhaul from Australia. Santner drives the last ball handsomely but Stoinis is able to stop it at short cover by flinging himself down to the ball. Three from the over.

1.08am GMT

41st over: New Zealand 211-6 (Taylor 90, Santner 1)

It’s interesting – New Zealand pursued a strategy of consolidation through singles at three down, but they lost wickets through that period anyway. Taylor starts this over on strike to Hazlewood, and takes the single. Australia will be glad for it. Neesham (1 from 6) takes strike and he’s bowled! Santner makes his way to the centre. Two singles finish the over as Taylor enters the nineties (the score, not the era).

1.05am GMT

Another goes! Neesham is hopping at a Hazlewood ball and trying to run it down to third man. He instead gets a bottom edge into the ground, and as the ball hit the base the off-bail wobbled, and then takes a significant amount of time to dislodge. In the end it’s all that’s needed, Neesham goes for a disappointing 1 – he really struggled to find a way to score. The Black Caps are somewhat sinking here.

1.01am GMT

40th over: New Zealand 208-5 (Taylor 88, Neesham 1)

New Zealand have lost 3-29, and it’s Cummins to continue. He has a man under the lid to Neesham, who’s wafting at air outside off stump. They have a slip to him as well, so it’s a reasonably aggressive field for the 40th over of an ODI. I wonder how Taylor will play this situation – he would have been eyeing off some party time about now but will probably have to consolidate. Neesham awkwardly fends Cummins and the ball drops just in front of the man under the helmet. I think they’ve found a weakness, Australia. He tries to hook a bouncer but misses, only one from it.

12.57am GMT

39th over: New Zealand 207-5 (Taylor 87, Neesham 1)

Taylor still dropping and running, this time from the bowling of Hazlewood. Munro’s then caught by Starc, bringing Jimmy Neesham to the crease. Are New Zealand behind now? It was looking very promising for them about thirty minutes ago, but the pressure is swelling now. Taylor becomes critical.

12.55am GMT

That’s a great catch from Starc, who’s diving forward to a ball driven in the air to mid-off from Hazlewood’s bowling. The Black Caps just can’t get going in the final overs it seems, as Hazlewood picks up his first for the match. A reward for pressure there.

12.52am GMT

38th over: New Zealand 204-4 (Taylor 85, Munro 3)

Faulkner’s been Australia’s best today, and he’s doing well to continue the stemming of boundaries. New Zealand bring up 200 this over via another Taylor single. The continual fall of wickets has stopped his onslaught, though he’s still striking at better than a run a ball. Still singles only.

12.48am GMT

37th over: New Zealand 199-4 (Taylor 83, Munro 0)

Taylor gets off strike early and then Hazlewood keeps Munro on strike for the remainder of the over. He does so without conceding a run too, which momentarily halts New Zealand’s march. Hazlewood will be thankful for the respite as he’d been going at six an over up until that point.

12.44am GMT

36th over: New Zealand 198-4 (Taylor 82, Munro 0)

Broom’s warming to the task here, he flicks one behind square and gets two for it. It’s still a singles convention otherwise, which Faulkner should get credit for. There’s too much dabbing going on though, and Broom is removed on the last ball of the over. Munro now joins Taylor.

12.43am GMT

Faulkner gets his second now, as the dab undoes Broom. He’s looking to run the ball down the third man but the open face hurts him. He succeeds only in nicking it through to the stand-in keeper Handscomb, and so a new partnership must begin.

12.39am GMT

35th over: New Zealand 185-3 (Taylor 77, Broom 3)

While I’m pontificating a par score, it occurs to me that this Australian batting line up is anything but steady. Bar a major outlier of an innings from Stoinis, the rest of the top order offered very little at last start. Perhaps New Zealand believe that a solid score of 300+ will exert enough pressure to do the job here? How the Smithless, Warnerless, and Khawajaless batting group manages the chase will be pretty interesting. Cummins keeps it tight early here, at one stage trying to effect a run out via a sweeping left foot caress of the ball to the stumps. Taylor had dropped and run and there was no danger. There was another bouncer-wide from Cummins earlier, and later on he follows it with a more traditional wide down leg side. He’s around the wicket to Taylor though, which doesn’t seem to be a bad option – he’s gone a fair few balls without a boundary. Broom continues the dab-athon, before Cummins bowls another bouncer-wide, this time it was extraordinarily high over the batsman’s head (a three metre high bouncer, says TV). There’s a single to finish.

12.31am GMT

34th over: New Zealand 185-3 (Taylor 77, Broom 3)

The players return from drinks, and New Zealand will consider themselves pretty well placed heading into the final stanza of the innings. Having said that, it will only take a mistake or two to leave the Black Caps floundering, as this wicket looks an absolute beauty and anything under 310 pretty insubstantial. Faulkner takes the reins and is glided the third man to start things off, bringing the new batsman Broom in strike. He in-turn brings Taylor back on strike. We’ve not seen anything too agricultural from New Zealand yet – I wonder if there’s any reserve of power to come. I think they’ll be looking to get to forty overs, then – if there’s wickets in hand – to truly go wild in the remaining sixty balls. It’s a festival of singles here, five in total.

Not a bad day for it! @BLACKCAPS #nzvaus

12.25am GMT

33rd over: New Zealand 180-3 (Taylor 74, Broom 1)

Cummins continues and starts with a bouncer-wide, not his first today. Taylor continues his own penchant for playing with hard hands, belting one to deep cover but only for a single. Broom’s off the mark to the same region, albeit with softer hands. Taylor ticks it over and leaves Broom with the strike for the final ball, but he can’t find a run. Not the worst result for New Zealand, who will start the over with Taylor on strike.

12.21am GMT

32nd over: New Zealand 176-3 (Taylor 72, Broom 0)

The first leg is cleared here, as Brownlie delivers on my earlier, convenient prediction. It goes straight over the bowler’s head for four, as you sense the runs are about to flow. I’m going to call 340-350 as par here, the going looks very good for batsmen, without even having to do much. A good sign of a great batting wicket is the needlessness for foot movement. A single later and Australia are reviewing a caught behind! It looked like a bat-on-ground situation but snicko suggests otherwise, there is a faint edge and he’s gone! You’ll see the description below but that might hold New Zealand up a fraction. It’s Broom to the crease. A good over from Faulkner.

12.20am GMT

So Brownlie goes for a well-made 63. He was caught behind from a full Faulkner delivery, which found his bottom edge. It looked like a bat-on-ground situation but snicko suggested otherwise. A good catch from Handscomb diving forward.

12.13am GMT

31st over: New Zealand 169-2 (Taylor 70, Brownlie 58)

120 balls left for NZ and it’s Cummins first up. Taylor outside edges one early that flies to the third man boundary to set up the over well. After a single, Cummins replies with a bouncer to Brownlie that almost has him hitting the deck to evade it. He finds a single to deep square immediately afterward. Taylor gets one himself. I wonder if Brownlie will be looking to accelerate soon.

12.10am GMT

30th over: New Zealand 162-2 (Taylor 64, Brownlie 57)

They’re hitting the stumps, Australia. This time it’s Stoinis trying to take Taylor down (the best chance they’ve got, it seems) but the NZ man makes his ground after cutting one to point. Brownlie is trying to up the ante but edges another one after being beaten in flight. He gets one. He does better next time though, this time giving himself room outside leg and lofting the ball over extra cover for four to finish the over well.

12.06am GMT

29th over: New Zealand 155-2 (Taylor 62, Brownlie 55)

Starc commences his sixth over with the requisite in-out field and it’s fairly non eventful early on. Both batsmen grab a single each, Brownlie through mid wicket and Taylor – searching for a boundary – is cramped and gets one to point. Brownlie sends Taylor back to the non strikers after driving one and Finch throws down the stumps, but Taylor is well safe. Starc finishes without conceding.

12.01am GMT

28th over: New Zealand 153-2 (Taylor 61, Brownlie 51)

Taylor finds the boundary from Zampa’s first ball via a late cut, and later on Brownlie’s dropped by Stoinis – he was beaten in flight by Zampa, lunging forward and driving uppishly. The ball skewed off his bat and just over Stoinis at point, who jumped like Larry Bird to get a hand on it, but no more. He’s lucky to survive.

11.58pm GMT

27th over: New Zealand 147-2 (Taylor 56, Brownlie 50)

It’s Starc now, as Finch continues to ring the changes. He starts well – ‘well’ being defined as no boundaries conceded. There are four singles to the offside, one of which brings up Brownlie’s first ODI fifty. It comes from 65 balls – he’s anchored the innings so far.

11.52pm GMT

26th over: New Zealand 143-2 (Taylor 54, Brownlie 48)

Zampa’s reintroduced, and Taylor is eclipsing Brownlie for runs. Zampa finally errs in length, with a short one pulled to the backward square boundary for four. The following one is inside edged through mid wicket and it brings up Taylor’s fifty. It comes from 44 balls, and it’s been notable for its raw power. It’s not been one of deft singles and fine touch. As if to underscore this, Taylor completes the over by blazing an overpitched ball through cover for four.

11.49pm GMT

25th over: New Zealand 133-2 (Taylor 45, Brownlie 47)

Taylor’s almost caught Brownlie here. Cricinfo reliably informs me that he was on four when Brownlie reached 40. All of his runs, even singles, are hit firmly. He’s crunching a pull shot from Stoinis to deep mid wicket and driving one to the edge of the circle on the off side. His power allows Brownlie to play second fiddle. Stoinis then hits Brownlie on the pad and they go up in unison! The umpire says not out, and the Australians agree. He was back in his crease, feet not moving, and trying to swat the ball wide of midwicket. Replays show it was missing.

11.44pm GMT

24th over: New Zealand 130-2 (Taylor 43, Brownlie 46)

As mentioned earlier, Taylor is hitting the ball hard here. He misses out with a midwicket flick on ball one, but smashes the next behind square off the front foot. Wasn’t that wide either. He goes very hard at the next and a thick outside edge just evades Handscomb and runs away for four. He may have got a hand to it but he wasn’t a genuine chance. Cover stops another one that’s flayed from Taylor, and he settles for a single to finish.

11.41pm GMT

23rd over: New Zealand 121-2 (Taylor 34, Brownlie 46)

Stoinis, who was hammered early, is back into the attack. With six bowlers already used, I wonder if Head has been relieved of his bowling duties. Much will depend on whether Stoinis can rebound from his early, leaky start. Like Faulkner before him, he’s not conceding anything too dramatic – his length is tight and there are only three singles from the over, heading into the final ball. Brownlie chops it into the off side but can’t get a run. Only three from it, given the state of the wicket I wonder if NZ feel the pressure building.

11.37pm GMT

22nd over: New Zealand 118-2 (Taylor 32, Brownlie 45)

Taylor looks in a hurry here. He can’t find the boundary from Faulkner, but his whip to deep square leg and even his dab to third man have a hardness of hands that suggest he wants to explode. Brownlie meanwhile continues solidly, flicking one and pulling one for singles of his own. Getting the sense that this is a wonderful day for batting, so Taylor’s urgency may be justified. A small ground and a good wicket means 320-350 may be par. Boundaryless overs are very welcome too, and Faulkner’s is one. Five off the over.

11.33pm GMT

21st over: New Zealand 113-2 (Taylor 29, Brownlie 43)

Hazlewood’s going at nearly six an over as his starts, which he won’t be comfortable with. He’s still fairly straight though, and concedes singles to deep square leg early on. He’s then short and wide and Taylor cuts him hard over backward point for four. Miserly he is not. It’s actually kind of refreshing. Another single to deep square makes it seven from the over.

11.29pm GMT

20th over: New Zealand 106-2 (Taylor 23, Brownlie 42)

Faulkner is the third-change bowler now, ready to effect his array of cutters, back-of-hand slower balls and angry faces. There’s a leg bye off the hip to start, then Faulkner finds an edge through the vacant slip region for four. That was Taylor, who did have softish hands through the shot to be fair to him. Faulkner is much straighter than his colleagues so far, and he gets worked to fine leg on ball number five. He’s around the wicket to Brownlie now, and a ball aimed right at the top of off earns him a dot. Six off the over, Ross Taylor looking ominous.

11.25pm GMT

19th over: New Zealand 100-2 (Taylor 18, Brownlie 42)

Some rare freedom is offered by Hazlewood and Taylor’s able to take full toll in the over here. Balls two and three are short and Taylor cuts the first hard through point and pulls the second ferociously in front of square leg – both for boundaries. He’s uncharacteristically off-length here is Hazlewood – he narrowly escapes from a half volley on middle and leg, before another bit of width is smashed through the off side for the third boundary of the over.

11.21pm GMT

18th over: New Zealand 88-2 (Taylor 6, Brownlie 42)

Zampa continues to push the ball through and has further success. Brownlie tries to cut his second ball but extra bounce and pace means it catches the top edge, falling just short of point. A few more to long off and long on completes the over. Zampa has been immense in putting the screws on here, both he and Cummins have crucially arrested NZs momentum. Hazlewood to continue now…

11.15pm GMT

17th over: New Zealand 84-2 (Taylor 4, Brownlie 40)

Hazlewood comes back and gets an edge that falls short of the keeper. Taylor was cutting a full one and luckily escapes. I hear the dulcet tones of colleague Geoff Lemon coming through the commentary airwaves on Radio Sport NZ too – cheerio, mate. More dots before a rising Hazlewood delivery is fended by Taylor for a single. An angled final ball is pushed to square leg by Brownlie for another single. The armwrestle is back on. That’s drinks. Honours even, in my view.

11.11pm GMT

16th over: New Zealand 81-2 (Taylor 3, Brownlie 38)

Zampa’s full and flat and outside off stump, and he’s tough to get away. Brownlie and Taylor are able to find two and one respectively before Zampa drops short to Taylor, who cuts him beyond the ring fielder at point for two. A good throw from the boundary has him diving but he was always safe.

11.08pm GMT

15th over: New Zealand 76-2 (Taylor 0, Brownlie 36)

Good pace from Cummins elicits a thick outside edge from Brownlie down to third man for one. Williamson has just entered a slight lull himself, defending one resolutely, then running one to third man. Cummins attempts a bouncer but it’s poorly directed – well over Brownlie’s head for a wide. He drives at the next and gets another thick outside edge as it flies down to third man for one. Boundaries have dried up here, I wonder if New Zealand will try to manufacture one? [I promise I wrote that before the following ball]. Cummins then beat Williamson with bounce and seam to grab the wicket, and Taylor saw out the last ball to bring it to a close.

11.06pm GMT

There’s the wicket! Just as the boundaries had dried up Cummins gets one to seam in markedly, taking the edge of Williamson who was trying to cut one that ended up way too close to his body to do so. He’s cramped and can only feather it through to Handscomb. Great reward for Cummins.

11.01pm GMT

14th over: New Zealand 72-1 (Williamson 36, Brownlie 34)

NZ content to work further singles here as Zampa gallops back to his mark in between balls. He deceives batsmen less through spin and more through pace, conceding only two heading into the last ball. Brownlie gives himself room on the final delivery but Zampa follows him. He can only slap it for one to long-off. Another good one from Australia.

10.58pm GMT

13th over: New Zealand 69-1 (Williamson 35, Brownlie 32)

12 overs in and Australia have reverted to three boundary riders. The batsmen seem set and we’ve probably entered mid-overs singles territory already. There’s one to deep cover and a dab to third man before Williamson does well to evade a sharp Cummins bouncer. He’s dried things up here, briefly stemming the flow of boundaries earlier in his spell, and he finishes with only two from his over.

10.54pm GMT

12th over: New Zealand 67-1 (Williamson 34, Brownlie 31)

Stoinis is hooked, Zampa is on. We briefly see a crowd-held sign with the words ‘Stoinis Is A One Match Wonder’. Cricket can be desperately unforgiving, can’t it? Zampa’s on the money straight away, finding a fullish length on that off stump line that we’ve become accustomed to. Williamson can’t put away a full toss later in the over, so it’s a smattering of singles down to longs off and on. A single from every ball, in fact. Six off, nothing dramatic.

10.50pm GMT

11th over: New Zealand 61-1 (Williamson 31, Brownlie 28)

There’s a little conference between captain Finch and Cummins before this over commences, and the Australian starts well. It’s a small ground here in Hamilton, with one pronounced ‘short’ boundary square of the wicket. Where the wicket appeared slow-ish at the games start, it seems true and hard now. Cummins angles one in to Williamson’s chest, and the Black Caps’ captain moves quickly to swivel the ball square of fine leg, but it’s only a single. Four balls in and it’s better from Cummins so far, but how will he finish? A slower ball is turned for one to the now-deep midwicket boundary, and there’s a dot to finish. We see Zampa warming up here too.

Marcus Stoinis taking his sweet time winning us this game. Hurry up, man. #NZvAUS

10.45pm GMT

10th over: New Zealand 59-1 (Williamson 30, Brownlie 27)

The carnage continues early in the piece here. Stoinis inexplicably offers further width – his full ball outside off stump is flayed to the square boundary. Stoinis briefly corrects his line before the next is flicked through mid wicket. His line remains on leg, so the following ball goes through there too – this time for two runs. Like Cummins, Stoinis is both sides of the wicket here. Their bowling partnership has been poor so far.

10.42pm GMT

9th over: New Zealand 52-1 (Williamson 25, Brownlie 25)

It’s Cummins from the other end, meaning a double-change for Australia. Listening to some commentary here – some people cannot help but pronounce his name ‘Cummings’, can they? Anyway, Williamson is able to drop-kick his first ball over wide mid-on for four, dab one to third man, and then Brownlie joins the act with a sumptuous drive down the ground, albeit with minimal foot movement. Cummins is struggling here, and Brownlie takes to him again – this time with a cut shot that sails over point to the boundary. New Zealand are racing now – Cummins was all over the place there.

10.37pm GMT

8th over: New Zealand 39-1 (Williamson 20, Brownlie 17)

So it’s Stoinis into the attack now and he starts dryly; his chesty, muscling-approach securing a few dots to kick things off. He then seems to come in wider of the crease and the ball is similarly so – it means Williamson can cut behind gully to the short boundary for four. The next ball is similar though Williamson hits squarer this time – another boundary. A glide down to third man for one and a dot conclude proceedings.

10.33pm GMT

7th over: New Zealand 30-1 (Williamson 11, Brownlie 17)

Starc’s first ball offers the most marginal width but it’s all Brownlie needs. His weight is slightly forward when he cuts hard into the ground, piercing cover and backward point for four. Could Hazlewood have cut that off? Probably not. Brownlie then grabs a single before Williamson finds two more, much in the same vein as Brownlie’s initial boundary. After a slow start and the initial loss of Latham New Zealand are moving along pretty well here – I wouldn’t be surprised if Australia seek a change soon. Starc finishes with another full toss that creates a leading edge. The ball ends up between cover and mid-off, meaning another single for the Black Caps.

10.28pm GMT

6th over: New Zealand 22-1 (Williamson 8, Brownlie 12)

Hazlewood starts with a yorker, and it’s probably the sixth or seventh already for the match. He draws a few more forward defensive strokes before he’s worked through mid wicket by Williamson for three. Brownlie then plays a consummate straight drive that would have likely gone to the boundary but for the mega hands of Hazlewood, who’s able to remove the sting from the ball, so there’s only a single.

10.23pm GMT

5th over: New Zealand 18-1 (Williamson 5, Brownlie 11)

Brownlie gets off strike on ball one to bring Williamson on strike for his first one. He leaves one before he jams down on a quick one from Starc – the open face beats second slip and Hazlewood at third man, giving the captain an early boundary. He tucks the next one fine off his hip – it too looks to be heading to the boundary but Zampa scampers around to cut it off. The Australian then beats a lead-footed Brownlie outside off to finish the over.

10.19pm GMT

4th over: New Zealand 12-1 (Williamson 0, Brownlie 10)

Meanwhile Brownlie looks in great touch here. He narrowly misses out on a boundary after a scintillating square drive early in Hazlewood’s over, but Maxwell makes the diving stop. He won’t be denied the following ball though, as he whips the New South Welshman through midwicket from one on off-stump. He gets a bouncer next for his troubles, but it’s a wide. Brownlie finishes with a single to complete a pretty good over for New Zealand.

10.16pm GMT

3rd over: New Zealand 6-1 (Williamson 0, Brownlie 5)

He’s moving it, is GI Joe Mitch. He swings two past the left-handed Latham to start the over, leaving the New Zealander with no runs from his first five deliveries. He then elicits some bounce through one that hares past Latham’s chest before it balloons slightly through to Handscomb, who’s behind the stumps. As you’ll see below, the pressure somewhat told as Latham flicked one straight to Hazlewood at fine leg, meaning Australia start on top.

10.15pm GMT

Latham’s out! After an over of strangulation from Starc, Latham receives the most perfect of gifts via a half volley on leg stump. He flicks the ball freely but uppishly behind square but right in the vicinity of Josh Hazlewood, who moves forward smartly to take the catch diving forward. Starc laughs because the ball was so poor, but he’d arguably done the work beforehand. Latham will be mightily disappointed with that.

10.09pm GMT

2nd over: New Zealand 6-0 (Latham 0, Brownlie 5)

It’s Hazlewood from the other end. He starts typically before Brownlie leans on one with a bit of width with a beautiful off-drive for the first boundary of the day. Everything else is tight and narrow well-directed, as you’d expect.

10.05pm GMT

1st over: New Zealand 2-0 (Latham 0, Brownlie 1)

Starc looks like GI Joe now with a closely shaved crew cut, and I like it. It screams “I’m going to be spending at least 20 days in the field in India”. He joins a long line of Australian crew cuts for India. Warne comes to mind, can you help me with anyone else? He starts with a full-toss that swings, then a wide, before settling into a better line and length. Australia starts with two slips, as you would, and they’re bowling on a wicket that looks fairly ripe for batting. Brownlie finds his first runs via an attempted drive that catches the toe of his blade, splaying in the direction of third man. Starc then hits Latham on the pad with a very full yorker and they appeal! The umpire says not out, and the Australians don’t review. Replays appear to reveal an Australian mistake – it looked pret-ty, pret-ty close.

9.56pm GMT

Let’s reflect

As we labour, lurch and crawl our way to the end of the traditional cricketing summer, I’d love to read your thoughts on how it’s all panned out. Is Australia moving forward? Is Big Bash now its prince? Is India cricket’s king? Is history being kind to Shane Watson?

9.49pm GMT

No Heazlett

So, interesting that Heazlett misses out today. After a week of sniping between experienced players and selectors about a growing sense that the Australian team is a ‘development squad’, I wonder if the Queenslander will join the worryingly lengthening line of one-match internationals in the annals of Australian cricket. There’s a lot of time left for him, of course, but it’s to ignore the possibility in the current climate.

9.43pm GMT


New Zealand: Tom Latham, Dean Brownlie, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

9.42pm GMT

New Zealand has won the toss and elected to bat

It will be Latham and Brownlie to start things off for the Black Caps this morning, with Guptill missing out today. For Australia, Zampa comes in for Heazlett. Full teams next.

9.38pm GMT

Morning, afternoon and evening all,

Welcome to our live commentary of… *checks*… the third and final ODI between New Zealand and Australia as they bring down the curtain on another Chappell-Hadlee series. While it’s technically the third fixture, really it’s the second as Wednesday’s game in Napier was declared abandoned due to an unsafe outfield. As I understand it there were some strange scenes as the umpires checked and re-checked then double-checked on the re-check before eventually calling the match. Those machinations always feel very convoluted.

12.02am GMT

Sam will be here shortly. While you wait, how about taking a slightly obscure detour through cricket history via the news of Test umpire Lou Rowan’s death at 91? Rowan was the man in charge when John Snow was accosted by a drunk fan during the 1971 Ashes Test at the SCG.

Related: Ex-Test umpire Lou Rowan, known for role in John Snow affair, dies at 91

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Feb 02

Australia and New Zealand ODI called off due to unsafe outfield in Napier

  • Second one-day international abandoned in farcical scenes at Napier
  • Fans kept in dark for hours as soggy outfield made pay unsafe

Australia’s ODI against New Zealand in Napier has ended in farcical fashion, with play abandoned because of a sodden field that both teams had deemed unsafe. The trans-Tasman match was listed to start at noon (AEDT) but that was when the covers, anchored at McLean Park throughout a dreary morning, came off for the first time.

Some five inspections of the wet field – and not a single drop of rain – followed before umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Brown eventually called the game off after having a final look at 4:30 pm. An ODI can be shortened to 20 overs per side and still constitute a game, hence why so many in the near-capacity crowd remained at the ground for the day. Some frustrated fans shouted abuse during the delays.

Related: Union hits back after Cameron White’s career labelled nothing ‘earth shattering’

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Feb 02

Australia and New Zealand washed out in Napier – as it didn’t happen

  • Australia and New Zealand washed out at McLean Park in Napier
  • Game abandoned without a ball being bowled as rain descends

8.00am GMT

Related: Australia and New Zealand ODI called off due to unsafe outfield in Napier

5.49am GMT

It’s all over at Napier. Thanks for coming, fans. But no thanks. See ya later. For close to six hours they’ve been patiently camped out on the hills around McLean Park, but now the umpires finally call it off. Finally the fans are told that the outfield will not dry out. Could that have been done earlier? Probably.

Anyway, that’s if from us. On we move to the final match at Hamilton on Sunday. Be sure to stop by and join us for that, and hopefully we’ll actually get some actual cricket to watch.

5.42am GMT

It’s starting to rain again

Brilliant. There has been none for hours, in which we’ve had no play, and now with umpires and players meeting behind closed doors in the sheds, it’s falling again. Anytime you fancy making a call, lads.

5.40am GMT

….yep, still waiting.

Totally token inspection by the umpires. Walked out for a glance. Surely it’s off, but there hasn’t been any communication. #NZvAus

It’s just remarkable that the people running cricket matches can treat the spectators with such pure contempt. #NZvAus

5.33am GMT

A decision is imminent

Fingers crossed.

Here. We. Go. Again #NZvAUS

5.22am GMT

A Sheffield Shield update while we wait

This via AAP:

Western Australia have built a 40-run lead over South Australia for the loss of just one second-innings’ wicket on day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide. The Warriors, after conceding a 46-run first-innings deficit, have advanced to 87-2 at Thursday’s tea break to continue an impressive turnaround at Gliderol Stadium.

Opener Cameron Bancroft has played watchfully for his 39 not out, while Hilton Cartwright was dismissed for 30, bringing Adam Vogs to the crease. The Redbacks dominated day one to end at 156-4, having cleaned up the Warriors for just 201.

Half-centuries from Ed Cowan and Kurtis Patterson have pushed NSW into a strong position at tea on day two of their Sheffield Shield match against leaders Victoria at the MCG. NSW are 219-3 in reply to Victoria’s 258.

The Blues were on the back foot early on Thursday at17-2 before Cowan and Patterson combined for a third-wicket stand of 141. Patterson was eventually bowled by Dan Christian for 61. Cowan remains at the crease on 95 in a patient 198-ball knock with Blues captain Moises Henriques on 36 not out.

An unbeaten century by captain Chris Hartley has helped Queensland post a formidable first-innings run chase for Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield clash at the Gabba. Hartley struck an unbeaten 102 before declaring their first dig at 405-9 just after lunch on on Thursday’s second day.

Queensland resumed at 251-6, with Hartley not out 31, after winning the toss. Hartley’s 200-ball knock lasted almost five hours and included nine fours and one six. It was his 10th first-class ton and first of the Shield season in his return from a broken finger that sidelined him for the entire Big Bash League.

5.07am GMT

Update: the next pitch inspection will take place in 25 minutes

This could be make-or-break time for this encounter. Umpires Brown and Dharmasena must deem that the outfit – sodden and unfit for play all day so far – is suddenly dryer and safer for play despite a total lack of sunshine in Napier. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Get ready for 5th inspection in Napier at 6:30pm. Crowd starting to get restless, umpires copped bit of abuse during 4th #NZvAUS #aapsport

4.56am GMT

They must be close to calling this

Players are still sitting around in their tracksuits and training gear, and little about the scene indicates we’ll actually have any play. It’s a real shame for the faithful fans who’ve stuck around but if a ground doesn’t dry out for play, it doesn’t dry out.

4.42am GMT

The umpires are out in the middle again

“Conditions have not improved as you would expect” says Simon Doull on the TV now, and that is the understatement of the day. Rain cleared 90 minutes ago in Napier and the players are itching to go, but their safety is the issue here. At present, it is too dangerous under foot for play to begin. No sun + bad drainage = no play

4.30am GMT

The rain has stopped in Napier

But we’ve still got no play. Frustrating? Yes. Avoidable? Who knows, but based on recent images from the ground, whatever work is being done to clear the moisture at the edge of the inner fielding ring is not working.

The umpires asking the groundsmen to work on a particular area #NZvAUS

Moment of truth? #NZvAUS

4.20am GMT

Thommo v Trump?

Reader Robert McLiam Wilson certainly thinks so. “Breaking News: Trump just dissed you guys on Twitter,” he says, talking of course about Australia’s Prime Minister suffering the phone call equivalent of being dunked on, then this tweet. “So I’m thinking it’s time for that exemplary carnivore, Thommo, to get off the TV and suit up for some political punditry. If ever there was the perfect meeting between subject and object. I wonder what the verb will be…”

Just met Ian Chappell for 1st time. ‘Hi, Mr Chappell, I’m Piers Morgan,’ I said. ‘Nah mate, you’re a dickhead,’ he replied. Meeting over!

4.08am GMT

We don’t have any live cricket but we do still have Thommo

While doing a Twitter search to find that last image I also found this one, which is too good not to share. I’m no car buff, but I believe this is a Ferrari Dino, right? And do I want to know what OTD stands for? I’m not sure if Thommo still owns it but it would surely be worth more than a holiday house on the Gold Coast by now.

Thommo and his Ferrari, 1976.

4.03am GMT

Hello all. It is indeed Russell Jackson here to take you through the rest of whatever kind of cricket match we get today. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t look good. Literally. Jeff Thomson is currently on my screen, wearing the kind of floral-print shirt even Richard Hammond would deem a bit much. I could live-blog Thommo’s episode of Fox Sports Cricket Legends, but I’m sure you’ve already suffered enough today.

Thommo’s shirt still the best thing about the Crash ‘cricket legends’ interview series on Fox.

3.56am GMT

It’s Russell Jackson to take over the rain watch. Thanks for your company over the last three and a half very frustrating hours. Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. In saying that, hopefully Russ has some cricket to bring you in the next 90 minutes or so. Or they put everyone out of their misery. Either way. Until next time. Be nice to one another.

3.53am GMT

“A lot more shaking of the head than nodding of the head,” says Ian Smith on the TV. Suggesting we’re still on hold. These aren’t good signs. In short: 40 minutes until they take another look.

Update: Another inspection at 5.30pm. Concern over player safety #NZvAUS

3.50am GMT

But what does it meeeean?

The skippers talk in front of the main grandstand as everyone waits to see what’s happening #NZvAUS

3.47am GMT

The time has come. To look at this pitch again. Or more to the point: the outfield. Reports elsewhere say that a pool of water emerged between the previous inspection and the proposed toss. How have the ground staff gone? We stand by to find out.

3.19am GMT

The ground is still unavailable for play. This is despite them setting up the game to begin a half-hour from now. That’s when the next inspection will occur.

2.53am GMT

That makes the toss 4:15pm local. That’s 22 minutes from now.

2.51am GMT

37 overs per side! Beginning at 4:45pm local time. So, that’s about 55 minutes from now. Hurrah!

2.48am GMT

They’re running out of NZ highlights now. We’re into… what even is this? A Chris Martin retrospective? At least it is the good one. Another pitch inspection shortly. Promise.

Read that Trump/Turnbull thing and feel a bit sick? See that disgusting Herald Sun front page this morning? Want to smile instead? I happened upon this today – some outtakes from Peep Show. This’ll make you smile.

2.19am GMT

Next inspection: half an hour from now. So, 3:45pm local time.

Have a song while you do the maths on what that may mean for over reductions and the like.

2.15am GMT

No news is… no news. The talk on the internet is that they wanted to get going about 30 minutes from now. But the surface water – the darned surface water – is going to be a handbrake on that. Still no formal information though, which is a bit slack given the inspection was a quarter hour ago. But there we have it.

Meanwhile, the TV has moved onto the end of the Chap-Had last year at Hamilton. What a brilliant venue, and day. Had the good fortune of calling the game for local radio there, and assure you it meant an awful lot to them. Especially with Baz’s final ODI. Excellent game of cricket too.

2.02am GMT

Looks like we’re much closer at Napier. Inspection as I type. But the track is ready. And shots coming in from the ground now, the sun is out at least in part. The TV broadcast is talking about 3:45pm – but they’re speculating. That would be 45 minutes from now. Deck looks brilliant. Standing by for official information as the umpires lap the ground, assessing the outfield.

The covers are off with an inspection in around 10 mins… #NZvAUS

1.50am GMT

If you haven’t had a look at this Neighbours recap…

Use your time wisely investing some time in it before play begins. Dee the bloody scammer.

1.41am GMT

Another take. In from Craig Mackie. Hi Craig.

“Isn’t the real issue the confusion and frustration caused to all by not having a transparent and consistently applied selection process?”

1.34am GMT

Interesting. The CA website have lobbed up a story on the White v Hohns stoush. And mentioned the ACA by name in the tweet.

Gary Naylor has popped his head in too. “They sound like blokes in the early stages of bar-room row. Unedifying, but hardly, er… earth shattering.”

ACA rally behind Cameron White after interim National Selector rebuffs selection policy criticism

1.21am GMT

Relevant to our topic.

An observation: Cameron White is younger now than Trevor Hohns was when he first got picked to play for Australia.

1.17am GMT

On the rain. The latest reports are that the mops are out. The blowers are out. The supersopper is out. Will still be a while, but progress at least while the rain stays away.

1.13am GMT

Let’s talk politics.

Not Trump’s circus. Not Turnbull’s wallet. Cricket politics.

1.03am GMT

“The rain looks to have stopped.” Okay then. It still looks pretty rough out in the middle, so we’re going to be waiting a while in any case.

This game, then. The Black Caps have the chance to win the Chap-Had at home, just as they did a year ago. That time it required three games, with a helluva finale at Hamilton, but they could do it in straight sets with a win today.

12.37am GMT

Welcome to Guardian Australia’s live coverage of the second Chappell-Hadlee Trophy hit out from McLean Park in Napier. Adam Collins here, and I’m relishing the chance to bring you this first innings.

But here’s the thing: it’s raining. The delightful Kiwi TV broadcasters are reporting “a lot of water” around the boundary line, at the very least. The covers are on in the middle. So we’re going to have a delayed start, this much is certain.

1.12am GMT

Adam will be here shortly. In the meantime, here are more details on the spat between Cricket Australia and the players’ union:

Related: Union hits back after Cameron White’s career labelled nothing ‘earth shattering’

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Jan 30

New Zealand beat Australia by six runs in first one-day international – as it happened

New Zealand 286-9; Australia 280 (47 overs); New Zealand win by six runsMarcus Stoinis’ 146 not out not enough as Australia’s run chase falls short 6.22am GMT New Zealand 286/9 def Australia 280 (47.0 ov) by six runsIt was a thriller at Eden Park that…

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Jan 30

Marcus Stoinis heroics not enough as Australia fall to New Zealand in first ODI

  • New Zealand 286-9; Australia 280 (47 overs); New Zealand win by six runs
  • Defiant Stoinis makes 146 not out but Australia fall agonisingly short

Marcus Stoinis belted a remarkable maiden ODI century in Auckland on Monday but could not stop Australia suffering a dramatic six-run loss to New Zealand.

The hosts, sent in by stand-in skipper Aaron Finch, recovered from 134-5 to post a total of 286-9 at Eden Park. Australia collapsed to 67-6 in response and victory proved elusive despite the best efforts of Stoinis, whose composed and brutal 146 not out – in which he hammered 10 sixes – ensured there would be a nail-biting finish.

Related: New Zealand beat Australia by six runs in first one-day international – as it happened

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