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England overcome Kane Williamson century to go 2-1 up

Kane Williamson was a lone warrior for New Zealand in the third ODI
Kane Williamson was a lone warrior for New Zealand in the third ODI

England 234 (Morgan 48) beat
New Zealand 230-8 (Williamson 112no) by four runs
Third One-Day International in Wellington

England managed to overcome a classic unbeaten century from New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to win the third One-Day International in Wellington by four runs and claim a 2-1 lead in the series.

Chasing 235 for a win, New Zealand lost Martin Guptill (3) early to Chirs Woakes (2-40) when he was caught at mid-on but his opening partner Colin Munro (49) looked good at the other while Williamson (112 not out) hit a couple of boundaries in the eighth over to become the fifth fastest batsman to reach 5,000 runs.

The duo added 68 runs between them and laid a solid foundation in the chase before the spinners came into operation. Adil Rashid (2-34) and Moeen Ali (3-36) teamed up to remove Munro, Mark Chapman (3), Tom Latham (0), Henry Nicholls (0) and Colin de Grandhomme (3) as New Zealand slipped from being 80 for one to 103 for six in no time.

Williamson remained calm and went on to complete a 69-ball fifty amid the chaos at the other end and his partnership of 86 runs with Mitchell Santner (41) reignited the hopes of New Zealand.

New Zealand were left with 66 runs to get in the final 10 overs and 35 in the last five. An unfortunate dismissal of Santner when Williamson hit one down the ground but the ball had flicked Woakes' hand on to the stumps at non striker end reopened the floodgates.

New Zealand were left with 25 to get off the final three and also lost Tim Southee (7). All hopes were pinned on Williamson as the final two overs kicked off and he managed seven in the penultimate over.

With 15 needed off the final over, the New Zealand skipper, who went past his century struck a six in the third delivery and needed another maximum in the final delivery but Woakes bowled it full and wide only for Williamson to let it untouched as England completed a four-run victory.

Earlier, Joe Root (20), Eoin Morgan (48), Ben Stokes (39), Jos Buttler (29) and Moeen (23) all got starts but failed to carry on big as England were bowled out for 234 with Ish Sodhi (3-53) and Trent Boult (2-47) being the major wicket-takers for the Black Caps.

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