NZ fall just short in third England ODI

  • NZ fall just short in third England ODI

NZ fall just short in third England ODI

England came out on top in the tense third ODI with New Zealand, winning by 4 runs in a game that went to the final ball of the match.

New Zealand had been strongly placed at 97-2 in the 21st over, chasing England's 234 all out in 50 overs which was grafted on a slow pitch offering extreme turn and frustrating big hitters.

Overcoming a miserable middle-order effort in which five wickets fell for 23 runs, New Zealand - guided mainly by Williamson and the in-form Mitch Santner - gradually recovered, requiring 15 runs from the final over.

There are positive vibes coming from the New Zealand camp over Taylor, who missed the Wellington match with a quad injury sustained being run out in Mount Maunganui, and having their two finest batsmen back together - and both in form - is much-needed for the Dunedin match on Wednesday. Moeen Ali took three wickets for England team highest.

It had looked certain that the "curse of the Cake Tin" would strike again and England would lose their fifth one-day global in five they have played at this rugby stadium that doubles up as a cricket ground. The skipper played cuts and swatted a Moeen full toss for six but, in the main, accumulated with dabs behind point and nudges off the pads.He found an ally in left-hander Santner, who made 41 before being run out backing up off the fingertips of Woakes, departing with 36 required from 28 deliveries.Although Williamson hit Curran's first ball of the penultimate over for four to bring up his century, the Surrey seamer conceded only three more singles. The tournament was staged in Australia and New Zealand. They added 71 runs for the 4th wicket before Morgan fell two runs short of a fifty. We stumbled a bit in the middle and it hit us, it meant we had to get deeper in the game.

In reply, New Zealand lost Martin Guptill early but Colin Munro's 49 kept them afloat.

Morgan also praised the late role played by Tom Curran who was preferred at the death ahead of either Mark Wood or Ben Stokes despite being England's most expensive bowler (barring Joe Root's solitary over).

Within six overs, the Caps were on the precipice - a place from which even the on-song Williamson, who hit 112 from 143, couldn't save them.

The English contingent was struggling at 68/3 after 17 overs with the skipper Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes in the middle. Colin de Grandhomme surprised everyone with a brilliant performance, picking up one wicket and giving away just 24 runs in his 10 overs.

"It was a great wicket for spinners to bowl on...and the wickets just came really".

Sodhi stood out with the ball, tweaking his way to 3-53 from his 10 overs and claiming the scalps of Bairstow, Stokes and Jos Buttler.

'My plan was to bowl tight and the wickets just came, we built pressure through dot balls.