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Who would have predicted that: Ross Taylor 181* leads New Zealand in brilliant chase against England on eve of his birthday

New Zealand's Ross Taylor
New Zealand's Ross Taylor

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


England, New Zealand, and close finishes. Another such gem was played between the two teams in 2018 when Ross Taylor made his career best of 181* to see the Kiwis home in the last over.


Match Summary

England 335/9 (50 overs) - Jonny Bairstow 138 (106), Joe Root 102 (101); Ish Sodhi 4/58 (10), Colin Munro 2/53 (8)

New Zealand 339/5 (49.3 overs) - Ross Taylor* 181 (147), Tom Latham 71 (67); Tom Curran 2/57 (8.3), Chris Woakes 1/42 (8)

Result- New Zealand won by 5 wickets 


With England leading the five-match ODI series 2-1, it was do or die for New Zealand in the 4th ODI at Dunedin. When England batted first and posted a massive total of 335 on the board, it appeared to be too much for New Zealand to chase.

The visitors got a good start with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow adding 77 runs for the first wicket. Bairstow went on to hit a scintillating 138 off 106 deliveries at a strike rate of over 130. Joe Root scored another ODI century at run a ball.

At 267/2 in the 39th over, England were all set for 360-370 but the New Zealand bowlers did well to pull things back. Ish Sodhi was their top wicket-taker with 4/58.


Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Jason Roy, 10.2 ov), 2-267 (Jonny Bairstow, 37.4 ov), 3-267 (Jos Buttler, 38.2 ov), 4-274 (Eoin Morgan, 39.4 ov), 5-276 (Ben Stokes, 40.2 ov), 6-280 (Moeen Ali, 42.1 ov), 7-288 (Chris Woakes, 43.5 ov), 8-305 (Joe Root, 47.1 ov), 9-313 (Adil Rashid, 48.1 ov)



New Zealand's start was as bad as it could have been. Both openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro were dismissed for ducks. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor then added 84 runs.

Williamson's dismissal brought Tom Latham to the crease who had a 187-run partnership with Ross Taylor. Taylor cramped badly when he was around 110-120 but decided to carry on.

Cramps actually helped him as it ruled out twos and the batsman did not have any option but to swing for the hills, which he did quite successfully. Taylor remained unbeaten on 181 as Henry Nichols hit Tom Curran for a six over square leg to take New Zealand to an exciting win on the third ball of the last over and keep the series alive.


Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Colin Munro, 1.1 ov), 2-2 (Martin Guptill, 2.4 ov), 3-86 (Kane Williamson, 16.1 ov), 4-273 (Tom Latham, 41.6 ov), 5-303 (Colin de Grandhomme, 45.4 ov)




New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult 

England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood


Match Details


Match: NZ v ENG, 4th ODI, England tour of New Zealand, 2018 

Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 

Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl  

Venue: University Oval, Dunedin 

Umpires: Shaun Haig, Rod Tucker 

Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge 

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle 


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