Low-scoring games can be fascinating
One-day cricket doesn't have to be all about fours and sixes. Low-scoring games have a fascination all of their own as every run is painstakingly eked out, and 50-over matches allow teams to recover from potentially dire positions - something Twenty20 rarely permits.
Both teams battled hard in this game - the batsmen all finding it awkward to cope with a ball that bounced just a fraction more than they are used to.
In truth, the majority of the dismissals were the result of poor technique, but the bowlers deserve credit for squeezing the run rate.
This, in New Zealand's innings, barely registered at all until Kyle Mills injected some much-needed urgency towards the end with an excellent 47.
The two youngsters, Stuart Broad and Tim Southee, were the bowlers of the day. Southee would really benefit from a season of county cricket - he bowls with a high seam and would relish English conditions. He kept nipping out wickets when they were needed to finish with 4-38.
Broad, meanwhile, delivered his 10 overs straight through from the start, and conceding only 14 runs. He even managed to bowl four maidens as New Zealand's top order froze after the dismissal of Brendon McCullum.
Having already taken 16 off a James Anderson over, he became unnecessarily greedy and smashed a catch high to mid-off where Kevin Pietersen clung on magnificently. Whenever McCullum goes early, you can sense the pressure immediately grips the New Zealanders, and only 14 runs were scored for the loss of four wickets between overs 10 and 20.
Broad was mighty impressive - but he always has been. For such a young man, he does have a remarkably cool temperament. I have never seen him uncertain of what to do, or fazed under pressure. I have never seen him lose his temper, either.
183 was a target New Zealand could not have dreamed about when they were 75-6 in the 30th over, but they knew that they only way they could win was to bowl England out. Luke Wright immediately edged to slip, and Pietersen flicked rather lazily to midwicket, but it was Ian Bell's dismissal that heralded an unbelievable collapse of four wickets for two runs in 19 balls.
He dragged a catch to cover, Ravi Bopara - who missed a great opportunity to show us what he is made of at this level - wristily sliced to point for 27 and Owais Shah and Tim Ambrose both fell to poor, firm-footed shots for ducks.
Paul Collingwood was the prized wicket and after a stand of 65 with Graeme Swann was ended by Scott Styris, Southee returned to trap the captain lbw for 34 and New Zealand held their nerve to keep the series alive.