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New Zealand 223 all out in 5th ODI vs. England

New Zealand 223 all out in 5th ODI vs. England

Jonny Bairstow belted his second successive century as England completely outplayed New Zealand in a seven-wicket victory in their final One-day International (ODI) at Hagley Oval on Saturday to clinch the five-match series 3-2. Five months after the incident in Bristol that led to a not-guilty plea to a charge of affray, Ben Stokes returned to global cricket.

Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the fifth ODI between the BLACKCAPS and England in Christchurch today. The result underlined their status as bona fide contenders to win next year's pinnacle 50-over event.

England lost Jason Roy to a back spasm and his replacement Hales opened with Bairstow in a 155-run stand for the first wicket.

Bairstow plundered his way to three figures from just 58 balls - the third-fastest century of all time by an England batsman. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.

Bairstow eventually reached 104 from 60 balls, his fourth ton in the format and second in succession.

Bairstow toyed with the best of New Zealand's bowling stocks as he smacked nine fours and six sixes.

After New Zealand got victory in the first match, England won number two and number three matches consecutively and so, guest team went ahead than New Zealand by 2 - 1 games.

England's ODI specialists will now splinter away to prepare for their home season and IPL while the Test guns come to the fore for two matches against the Black Caps. This was also his highest scoring in ODIs and the highest ever for New Zealand in a chase. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10.

His 84-run seventh-wicket partnership with Henry Nicholls (55 from 81 balls) offered spine across 17.2 overs.

Taking into consideration this batting conundrum, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson played his masterstroke.

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid shared six wickets to restrict the hosts to an under-par 223 all out after Eoin Morgan won the toss in his 200th ODI. Rashid finished with three for 42 and Ali one for 39. Taylor's marathon 181* helped New Zealand square it even at the University Oval, Dunedin.

England presented tight line-and-length bowling and committed fielding. In the third match at Wellington, Kane Williamson scored a fine hundred and fought a lone battle to bring New Zealand close.

So, the first ODI between England and New Zealand started in 25th February, 2018 where as the local team New Zealand got the honour. It was touch-and-go between them and Colin Munro as to who disappeared fastest.

An excellent opening six-over spell of one for 13 from Chris Woakes set the tone, the all-rounder having Colin Munro caught behind off just the third ball of the match. The ball found a resting place in Jos Buttler's gloves.

Man of the match Bairstow was eager to give the bowlers the plaudits as well praising their effort throughout the series. Realising that Tom Latham's success against quality spin in New Zealand's tour of India, Hesson pushed Latham down the order to No. 4 where he would straightway be up against spin.


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