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Who would have predicted that: Brilliant ton by Kiwi all-rounder Jamie How secures dramatic Tie against England

New Zealand's Jamie How
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New Zealand players celebrate a wicket
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In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Jamie How played international cricket for New Zealand between 2006 and 2011. The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler had some high points during his career, the most memorable one being in the fourth ODI against England at Napier in 2008. The match in focus sheds light on the only ODI century of the Kiwi.

 

Match Summary

 

England 340/6 (50 Overs) - Phil Mustard 83 (74), Alastair Cook 69 (88); Jesse Ryder 2/14 (3), Daniel Vettori 2/66 (9)

 

New Zealand 340/7 (50 Overs) - Jamie How 139 (116), Brendon Mccullum 58 (65); Stuart Broad 2/75(10), Ryan Sidebottom1/45 (10)

 

Result - Match tied

 

Batting first, England got the start they were looking for as Phil Mustard and Alastair Cook both scored fifties and added a 158-run opening partnership. Although Jesse Ryder removed both openers in successive balls, fifties from Kevin Pietersen and captain Paul Collingwood took England to a formidable 340/6.

 

But with a flat track at Napier, the Kiwi batsmen would have fancied themselves on running England close. Especially, with the likes of Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris, no target was out of reach.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-158 (Phil Mustard, 26.5 ov), 2-158 (Alastair Cook, 26.6 ov), 3-232 (Ian Bell, 39.1 ov), 4-277 (Kevin Pietersen, 43.5 ov), 5-291 (Owais Shah, 45.4 ov), 6-340 (Luke Wright, 49.6 ov)

 

In response, the Kiwis got off to a flyer thanks to the flamboyant Jesse Ryder and were looking on course for an unlikely win at the halfway mark. Even though wickets were falling at the other end at regular intervals, Jamie How was batting on a century and looked determined to take the team home.

 

When the centurion was dramatically run-out on the penultimate ball of the innings, they needed two more off the last ball. However, they could only manage one and what could have been a series-clinching victory turned into a hair-raising tie.

 

The match holds the record for the highest-scoring tied game as England and New Zealand combined to pile 680 runs in Napier that day.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Jesse Ryder, 10.1 ov), 2-161 (Brendon McCullum, 24.3 ov), 3-253 (Ross Taylor, 37.3 ov), 4-301 (Scott Styris, 43.4 ov), 5-304 (Peter Fulton, 44.4 ov), 6-315 (Jacob Oram, 45.5 ov), 7-339 (Jamie How, 49.5 ov)

 

Teams

 

New Zealand - Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum (wk), Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Peter Fulton, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (c), Kyle Mills, Iain O Brien, Chris Martin 

 

England - Alastair Cook, Phil Mustard (wk), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (c), Owais Shah, Luke Wright, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Stuart Broad, Ryan Jay Sidebottom, James Anderson 

 

Match Details

 

Match: NZ vs ENG, 4th ODI, England in New Zealand ODI Series 

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008 

Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: McLean Park, Napier 

Umpires: Asad Rauf, Billy Bowden 

Third Umpire: Evan Watkin 

Match Referee: Alan Hurst 

 

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