Ross Taylor's blitzkrieg at Dunedin help New Zealand cruise to comfortable win

Ross Taylor's blitzkrieg at Dunedin help New Zealand cruise to comfortable win
Taylor smashed 6 sixes and a staggering 17 fours as the England bowlers had no answers to his onslaught.
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New Zealand 339-5 (Taylor 181*, Latham 71) beat
England 335-9 (Bairstow 138, Root 102) by five wickets
4th One-Day International, Dunedin
Scorecard

Ross Taylor's unbeaten 181 helped New Zealand to cruise comfortably to victory at the fourth One-Day International at Dunedin as New Zealand levelled the five-match series 2-2.

Jonny Bairstow's 106 balls 138 and Joe Root's 102-run knock proved ineffective against Taylor's blitzkrieg on Wednesday evening.

Despite losing the opening pair of Martin Guptill (0) and Colin Munro (0) cheaply while chasing down a target of 336 runs, New Zealand managed to win convincingly with five wickets in hands.

Skipper Kane Williamson (45) and Tom Latham (71) made useful contributions in the middle while Colin de Grandhomme's 23 of 12 balls provided some much needed fireworks at the conclusion.

Taylor smashed 6 sixes and a staggering 17 fours as the England bowlers had no answers to his onslaught.

Tom Curran (2-51) picked a couple of qickets but proved costly for his side. Chris Woakes (1-41), Mark Wood (1-65) and Ben Stokes (1-45) picked a wicket each.

Earlier in the match, after losing the toss and being asked to bat first, England's top three added 267 runs in 39 overs to set the stage for a big total.

However, a middle order collapse triggered by Ish Sodhi (4-58) halted England's juggernaut at 335 after 50 overs.

Trent Boult (2-56) and Munro (2-53) picked up a couple of wickets each while Tim Southee (1-87) picked a wicket as England managed to add just 59 runs in the final 10 overs.

With both teams winning two games each, the series will be decided at Christchurch on 10th of March

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