Thursday 7 March 2013

Mini-session Analysis, 1st test, NZ Eng, University Oval, Dunedin 2012/3

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the first test between New Zealand and England at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

2-1aEngland 35/3 off 17New Zealand
2-1bEngland 46/2 off 14New Zealand
2-2aEngland 54/3 off 17New Zealand
2-2bEngland 32/2 off 7Draw
2-3aNew Zealand 45/0 off 14New Zealand
2-3bNew Zealand 45/0 off 13New Zealand
2-3cNew Zealand 41/0 off 15New Zealand
3-1aNew Zealand 49/1 off 17Draw
3-1bNew Zealand 75/1 off 18New Zealand
3-2aNew Zealand 64/2 off 15England
3-2bNew Zealand 83/3 off 16Draw
4-1aNew Zealand 58/2 off 8.4New Zealand
4-1bEngland 29/0 off 11England
4-1cEngland 29/0 off 11England
4-2aEngland 50/0 off 17England
4-2bEngland 31/0 off 15England
4-3aEngland 49/0 off 16England
4-3bEngland 46/1 off 17New Zealand
5-1aEngland 41/1 off 18Draw
5-1bEngland 54/0 off 18England
5-2aEngland 32/1 off 13New Zealand
5-2bEngland 21/1 off 15New Zealand
5-3aEngland 39/2 off 19New Zealand

Final update, click here
New Zealand win the mini-session count 12 - 7, but the match is a draw

First drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 1-0

A commanding start by New Zealand. Cook was dropped on 9 off Boult, but it only cost 1 run, as Wagner did to England's batsmen what he's been doing to NZ domestic batsmen at this ground for 4 years now. Trott and Bell are going to have to bat well to get the initiative back. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 2-0

England started off the hour well, but a couple of breakthroughs and it was advantage New Zealand again. Boult has now bowled 9 overs for 14 runs, and had a wicket and a catch dropped. And he's probably been the least impressive of the bowlers. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 3-0

Bruce Martin didn't have a great start to his international career dropping the English Captain, but he's made up for it by dismissing Trott, Prior and Broad. It was a typical spell from Martin: some fantastic deliveries and some awful ones, but the result of it was that he's put England in more trouble. If he's causing this much trouble on a pitch like this, he might be a real handful if it starts to break up. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 3-0

The English tail scored their runs quickly, but New Zealand wrapped it up before they did too much damage. - Mykuhl

Drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 4-0

New Zealand continue their good start. Rutherford hasn't really been worked over like I was expecting, but Fulton has looked a little suspect to the ball coming back at him. However he's countered that by hitting a lot of balls on to the leg side, to encourage the bowlers to bowl outside off. It will be interesting to see when he decides to start unleashing his cover drive. At the moment he hasn't played one. - Mykuhl

Final Drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 5-0

More runs from New Zealand. They looked like they were taking it easier, but they scored faster. Rutherford brought up 50 on debut. His father got his 5oth run in his 9th innings. Quite different starts to their careers really. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 6-0

That brings to the end one of the best days in recent memory for New Zealand. England were poor all day. The wickets were often to loose shots, the bowlers struggled to hit the right lengths and they put down Rutherford twice.

Tomorrow will be interesting, as England will look to strike back. The big question will be how New Zealand respond to the increased intensity. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 3: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 6-0

A steady start to the day's play. New Zealand started off scoring quite freely, but once Fulton's wicket fell, Williamson made sure he didn't throw his away. The highlight was Hamish Rutherford bringing up his hundred with a drive through extra cover. There are not many better ways to do it really. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 3: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7-0

It felt almost like there were two different games being played this hour. At one end the English bowlers had Williamson and then Taylor under some pressure. At the other end Rutherford was plundering the bowling. Rutherford scored 52 of New Zealand's 75 runs in that hour. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 3: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7-1

England finally had the better of New Zealand in an hour. The new ball did it's job, and removed Rutherford first ball, and then Taylor departed a couple of overs before drinks. New Zealand have a lead of 152. They will want to extend that lead to be at least 250 by the end of the day. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 3: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7-1

I combined the 5 overs after tea with this mini-session to make it long enough to be meaningful. New Zealand have pushed the lead up to 235 England took quite a few wickets, but Southee and McCullum hit their runs quite quickly and as a result tied up the hour. It feels like the race is on for this match between New Zealand and the rain. If England manage to score 400 in their second innings, New Zealand are still only going to have to chase 150. - Mykuhl

Change of innings, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 8-1

An absolute whirlwind start by New Zealand. McCullum and Martin left no doubt as to what their intentions were. McCullum hit three of his first ten deliveries for six. Once he got out, Martin carried on swinging at almost everything. - Mykuhl

Drinks, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 8-2

A solid start for England. Boult in particular has bowled some challenging deliveries, but so far no chances have been created. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 8-3

More good progress from the English openers. Their first objective would have been to make it to lunch. They can tick that off the list. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 8-5

Slow going this hour from England, but they still haven't lost a wicket. It's hardly T20 style cricket, but it's a test of character for both teams. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 8-6

49 runs in the hour, it's good cricket from England. Martin has asked a couple of questions, particularly of Compton, and Boult has keep the batsmen under some pressure, but these two have been very solid. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 9-6

Boult got a well deserved reward for his bowling. He's taken 1/34 off 19, and 9 of those runs have been off edges. It's been England's day without a doubt. However they are still slightly behind overall. New Zealand will need to take 4 or 5 wickets before lunch tomorrow to have a realistic chance to win the game. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 5: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 9-6

The formula gave that hour to New Zealand, but I honestly think that the draw was a lot more likely after that hour than before. New Zealand's bowlers managed to ask a couple of questions, but they didn't bowl enough deliveries on the stumps really. On a pitch that keeps low, you need to make the batsmen pay if they miss. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 5: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 9-7

A great hour for England. They have almost worked themselves into a position where they have a sniff at winning this match. If they were to score 150 in this session, and then declare, New Zealand would be chasing 180 at 6 an over. They would certainly try it on, which might mean the England could have a chance to win the match. However that's a remote possibility, just like the chance of New Zealand winning has become almost non-existent. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 5: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 10-7

The slight glimmer of hope for England that had appeared has now dried up. New Zealand also has almost no hope of a win anymore either. The only chance for a New Zealand victory now is for 3 wickets to fall before the new ball, and then Boult and Southee to clean up the tail with the new ball. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 5: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 11-7

Steven Finn's epic resistance has finally ended, but he has well and truly done his job. He batted for longer in this test than in the rest of his career combined. It was a fantastic effort. Without him there frustrating the New Zealand bowlers, his team may have fallen over, but that's something that we'll never know. - Mykuhl

End of match, Day 5: New Zealand take the mini-session count 12-7

The English batsmen did sufficient to hold on for the draw. Prior and Bell survived the new ball, and in the process denied the New Zealand bowlers the wickets they needed to have a chance to win the game. Trent Boult had the scarcely believable figures of 1/49 off 35 overs. He doesn't really have a reputation as a particularly difficult bowler to score off, but the English batsmen were not in a mood to take risks. - Mykuhl

1 comment:

  1. I can't remember a better day of cricket in my lifetime from the Black Caps. I'm sure it has happened, but this comes as close to perfection as is possible.