Exciting run-fest at The Oval goes New Zealand way
New Zealand 398-5 (Taylor 119 no) beat
England 365-9 (Morgan 88) by 13 runs (D/L)
Second One-Day International in London
Ross Taylor clobbered a scintillating unbeaten century to help New Zealand pile 398 and stave off a record-breaking chase from England partially hampered by rain, helping New Zealand take the game by 13 runs (D/L) at The Oval in the second One-Day International to level the series 1-1.
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first on a hard, batting surface.
After four relatively quiet overs during which New Zealand trudged along to 19 for no loss, Martin Guptill (50) broke the shackles with a four and six off Steven Finn (1-69).
The next over, Brendon McCullum (39) ripped Chris Jordan’s (1-97) bowling apart smashing two fours and two sixes in a 21 run over, one of them a pull that went flying out of The Oval to force a new ball being brought out.
However, Liam Plunkett (1-71) nipped the gem in the bud by taking McCullum out in his second ball with a short delivery that was pulled to Ben Stokes (2-66) who pulled off an excellent catch.
Eoin Morgan took a leaf out of McCullum’s book at that time with five catchers. Guptill marched well with two fours off Adil Rashid (0-72) in the 17th over before bringing up his fifty in 51 balls with a couple off Stokes.
However, Stokes eventually got Guptill pulling straight to midwicket with New Zealand on 114 for two after 18 overs.
Kane Williamson (93) kept up the momentum with three fours off Stokes to take New Zealand to 127 for two after 20 overs.
Plunkett went for couple of fours in the 22nd too and was unlucky as a tough chance from Taylor (119 not out) was shelled by Jason Roy at point. Taylor was on seven at that point.
Williamson reached his 50 hitting a four and then taking a single off Plunkett, reaching there in 52 balls.
New Zealand entered the batting power-play at 232 for two after 35 overs. The very first ball of the power-play, Taylor was dropped again by Joe Root (0-20) on 40.
Couple of balls later, Williamson fell mishitting a high full toss which was initially ruled no-ball,only for the call to be ruled out by the third umpire.
Taylor brought up his 50 too in 52 balls with a clean slog sweep for a six. The next over, Grant Elliott (32) and Taylor took Stokes for 15 as the carnage continued.
Elliott’s lovely 15 ball cameo ended when after hitting two sixes and a four taking England over 300 in the 41st over, he missed one to be given out lbw.
New Zealand managed 109 in the last 10 overs with Luke Ronchi (33) scoring at a strike-rate of 206, including two sixes off Jordan and a six and two fours off Plunkett.
Taylor brought up his century in just 87 balls in the 48th over as New Zealand piled on 398 for five after 50 overs.
England started the chase in great spirits, with Roy (39) pulling Tim Southee (0-68) for a four the first over and Alex Hales (54) hitting consecutive fours off Trent Boult (2-53) the next over.
Roy was dropped on 12 by Nathan McCullum (3-86) at second slip in the third over. Hales hit Mitchell McClenaghan (2-61) for a four and two sixes to take England to 65 for no loss after 10 overs.
McCullum though got Roy’s wicket with the latter reverse sweeping one to Taylor at short third man.
On the other end, Hales brought up his maiden One-Day International half-century with a four off Mitchell Santner (2-73) in just 43 balls.
However, Santner turned things around in his second over with a double strike. He first got Root (6) who mistimed a slog sweep to midwicket. Couple of balls later, Hales hit one down the throat of deep midwicket.
England reached 100 for three at that point after 16 overs.
Morgan (88) and Stokes (28) brought England back on its feet with a 63 run partnership in just 34 balls, both stroking at over 150.
However, McClenaghan brought into the attack got Stokes to edge one to the wicket-keeper.
The chase received a boost in the 25th over when Morgan hit a six and Jos Buttler (41) hammered a four and six in a 19 run over to take England to 191 for four, needing 208 more off the next 25 overs. Buttler was dropped on 26 by Taylor at slip off Southee’s bowling.
To rub salt on the wounds, Morgan hit Southee in the next over for three fours. Morgan was on fire, hitting Santner for two sixes and a four in an 18 run over to put England on target, reaching 241 for four after 30 overs.
It was Boult brought back into the attack who ended Buttler’s 38 ball knock, getting an edge to the wicket-keeper. It also ended a 96 run partnership that came in just 63 balls.
Morgan’s 47 ball knock ended as he came down the pitch and hit one straight to deep point to miss out on probably England’s fastest ODI ton.
Sam Billings (12) cut one straight to backward point the next over from Boult, England descending to 275 for seven after 36.1 overs.
However, Plunkett (44) and Rashid (34) played excellent, positive cricket to bring England right back into the game.
Rashid was dropped on seven by Taylor while Plunkett was dropped by Guptill on 16 although both were tough chances.
England were on 345 for seven after 43.5 overs when rain interrupted play. At that point, Plunkett and Rashid had added 70 off just 46 balls taking England over their highest second-innings ODI total crossing 338 scored in the 2011 World Cup.
Half hour was lost to rain before England were handed a revised target of 379 in 46 overs. That left them 13 balls to get 34 runs.
McCullum bowled the first of the two overs left and Plunkett dispatched the second ball for a six over deep square leg.
Plunkett mistimed one couple of balls later to mid-off almost ending the chase. Rashid though hit a four to bring England back.
Though, the last ball of McCullum’s over, Boult and Southee pulled off an amazing piece of fielding, Southee leaping to take a catch at long on and throwing it in the air before stepping out of the boundary and Boult leaping to take it one-handed, ending Rashid’s 26 ball cameo.
England needed 24 off the last six ball from Elliott (0-9) to win. They could only manage 365 for nine in the end. New Zealand won by 13 runs (D/L) and levelled the series 1-1.
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