Taylor and Williamson help New Zealand chase down England's 302
New Zealand 306-7 (Williamson 118) beat
England 302 (Morgan 71) by three wickets
Third One-Day International in Southampton
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor posted tons in a record third wicket partnership to chase down England’s 302 albeit with some late-game drama, helping New Zealand win by three wickets with an over to spare in Southampton going 2-1 up in the series.
England won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a steady start but couldn’t quite rack up the big opening partnership.
Alex Hales (23) threw away yet another start in the sixth over edging one to second slip to give Ben Wheeler (3-63) his first international wicket.
Jason Roy (9) missed a fuller delivery from Tim Southee (3-44) couple of balls later to lose his woodwork with England stumbling to 34 for two after seven overs.
Eoin Morgan (71) and Joe Root (54), the form players, once again did the restoration job. Root got going with consecutive fours off Southee to take England to 49 for two after 10 overs
Matt Henry’s (2-64) first over in the 13th, helped England’s cause further, going for 15. Root later capitalised on Mitchell McClenghan’s (0-67) first two deliveries with two fours to take England to 82 for two after 14 overs.
Morgan hit his first six off Mitchell Santner (1-30) to take England to 117 for two after 20 overs, almost six per over after a slow start.
Morgan had a life on 33 when Luke Ronchi missed a stumping down the leg-side off Santner’s bowling.
While Root brought up his fifty in 52 balls in the 23rd over and in the next one, brought up the century stand.
Morgan was dropped subsequently by Santner off his own bowling, albeit a tough chance. However, Santner broke the partnership finally, Root’s stumps disturbed after the ball hit his pads and deflected on to them.
Morgan and Ben Stokes (68) played aggressive cricket. Morgan brought up his fifty in 67 balls adding 55 in 46 balls with Stokes.
But, he fell just before the batting power-play missing the slog sweep and getting out bowled off Kane Williamson’s (1-12) bowling.
England went into the power-play 209 for four and scored 14 runs in the first over with three fours.
However, Jos Buttler (13) fell to Southee edging one to the wicket-keeper. England still managed 58 off the power-play thanks to three consecutive fours from Sam Billings (34) in the 40th, reaching 267 for five after 40 overs.
Unfortunately, England managed just 35 in their last five overs getting dismissed in the 46th, 16 off which came in the 41st over with Billings hitting three more fours off Henry.
The 50 partnership also came in just 28 balls. However, England collapsed from thereon, once Billings’ 16 ball cameo ended.
Henry picked Adil Rashid (0) for a duck while Wheeler ended Stokes’ 47 ball gem the next over. England were all out for 302 in just 45.2 overs losing five wickets for 14 runs in just 22 balls.
New Zealand didn’t have a good start either losing their opener Martin Guptill (2) in the second over to David Willey (3-69).
Four quick fours from Brendon McCullum (11) and Williamson (118) ensued but New Zealand followed England’s curve. However McCullum was trapped lbw with score reading 37 for two after seven overs.
Williamson and Ross Taylor (110) put on an all-wicket record partnership for New Zealand against England of 206 runs to put the former on an easy course to victory.
New Zealand reached 64 for two after 10 overs with both batsmen going at run a ball.
Williamson brought up his fifty in just 46 balls with a lovely drive past mid-on off Rashid (1-72). He then went on to crack three successive fours off Rashid the same over.
New Zealand cruised to 158 for two after 25 overs with Taylor also bringing up his fifty in 56 balls.
Taylor had a stroke of luck when he was dropped by Buttler behind the stumps on 67 off Mark Wood’s (1-48) bowling.
Wood continued to be unlucky as Taylor was dropped again off his bowling on 75 by Stokes at short midwicket.
Williamson brought up his century in just 88 balls with a couple. It was then the turn of Williamson to be dropped, on 109, this time by Wood off Willey’s bowling.
Willey eventually got Williamson, Wood redeeming himself with an excellent catch at mid-off.
A few quick wickets saw New Zealand drop from 242 for two to 300 for seven, Santner (21) scoring a 16 ball cameo. Taylor brought up a second successive century in 105 balls with a couple.
But, things got interesting when Willey got the big wicket of Taylor, who inside edged one on to his stumps with New Zealand needing 13 more to win off 25 balls.
Wood bowled an excellent over giving away just two runs. But with 12 needed from 17 balls, Ronchi (13) hit a six off Root (0-21) to ease the pressure.
There was more suspense as Ronchi fell in the first ball of the penultimate over from Stokes (2-35), mistiming one to point.
New Zealand eventually reached the target in 49 overs, winning the game by three wickets and leading the five match series 2-1.
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