Jonny Bairstow powers England to 3-2 series win
England 229-3 (Bairstow 104) beat
New Zealand 223 (Santner 67) by seven wickets
Fifth One-Day International in Christchurch
Jonny Bairstow scored his second consecutive century as England completed a chase of 224 runs against New Zealand in the fifth One-Day International in Christchurch to complete a 3-2 series victory.
The victory though was set up by three-wicket hauls from Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid and the absence of Ross Taylor further dented the Blackcaps' chances as they were bowled out for 223 in 49.5 overs.
Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bowl first. Woakes (3-32) struck in the third delivery of the innings when he had Colin Munro (0) caught behind and his opening partner Mark Wood (1-26) castled Kane Williamson (14) as New Zealand ended the first powerplay with a score of 27 for two.
The introduction of spinners further dented the home side's chances as Rashid (3-42) deceived Martin Guptill (47), Tom Latham (10) and Colin de Grandhomme (6) while Moeen Ali (1-39) castled Mark Chapman (0), who had another failure as New Zealand were left reeling at 93 for six.
Henry Nicholls (55) and Mitchell Santner (67) arrested the slide with an 84-run stand for the seventh wicket with both the batsmen completing their respective half-centuries as they added some respectability to the total. New Zealand were bowled out for 223 in 49.5 overs.
In the chase, Alex Hales (61) and Bairstow (104) hit eight boundaries combined in the first eight overs to take them to 49 for naught.
In an eventful ninth over, Bairstow hit two boundaries and a six off de Grandhomme (0-33) as England reached 65 for naught in the first powerplay.
Bairstow went on to complete his 7th ODI fifty, reaching the milestone in 39 deliveries and he went severe on leg spinner Ish Sodhi (1-78) hitting him for five sixes in back to back overs and reached his century off 58 deliveries - second fastest for England after Jos Buttler.
In an uncharacteristic dismissal, Bairstow's onslaught was ended by a hitwicket dismissal while Hales with back to back boundaries completed his half-century. Even though, New Zealand managed to pick the wickets of Hales and Eoin Morgan (8), Joe Root (23 not out) and Ben Stokes (26 not out) helped them complete the chase in 32.4 overs with seven wickets in hand.
Bairstow was named the man of the match while Woakes claimed the player of the series award.
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