Taylor, Santner help New Zealand chase 285 and go 1-0 up
New Zealand 287-7 (Taylor 113) beat
England 284-8 (Buttler 79) by three wickets
First One-Day International in Hamilton
A fluent century from Ross Taylor followed by an unbeaten 45-run blitz from Mitchell Santner helped New Zealand chase down 285 in the last over with three wickets in hand against England in the first One-Day International in Hamilton and claim a 1-0 lead in the series.
Chasing the target, New Zealand were dealt early blows from Chris Woakes (2-47) and David Willey (1-26) as they lost Martin Guptill (13), Colin Munro (6) and Kane Williamson (8) early and were reduced to 27 for three.
It was the 178-run stand for the third wicket between Tom Latham (79) and Taylor (113) that proved to be the game changer as New Zealand kept the required run-rate in check for the most part of the partnership.
With 80 needed off the final 10 overs, Ben Stokes (2-43) on his comeback dismissed both Latham and Colin de Grandhomme (2) while Henry Nicholls (0) too fell cheaply.
Taylor went on to complete his 18th ODI century but could not quite take his team through and in the end it was Santner (45 not out) with his 27-ball blitz helped the Black Caps complete the chase with four deliveries and three balls to spare.
Earlier, England consolidated through Jason Roy (49) and Joe Root (71) after the early departure of Jonny Bairstow but the spinners Santner (2-54) and Ish Sodhi (2-63) got New Zealand back into the game dismissing both the set batsmen and also Stokes (12).
As England were desperate to find a partnership it was Jos Buttler (79), who got them into the game and during the course of his innings, he even smashed Sodhi for three consecutive sixes but Tim Southee (0-47) bowled one of the finest spells at the death to keep the visitors down to 284 for eight.
Taylor was adjudged the man of the match for setting up the chase with a century.
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