New Zealand bowl first on well-grassed surface

New Zealand bowl first on well-grassed surface

New Zealand bowl first on well-grassed surface

Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) had earlier hit centuries as England posted 335-9, only a staggering collapse preventing them pushing up towards 400.

The Black Caps beat England by five wickets in Dunedin to level the ODI series at 2-2.

Admittedly the odds are not overwhelmingly in their favour - England are 8/13 for victory, compared to New Zealand's 13/10 - but the manner in which England got across the line at Wellington no doubt aids the impression that they've got the measure of this series.

"It was a brilliant game, very tight in the end, but it was a brilliant last few overs by us", Ali said. The New Zealand captain played carefully while Taylor was more aggressive, hitting Wood for consecutive leg side boundaries, before Williamson edged a tame long hop from Ben Stokes through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Taylor's century was his 19th in one day internationals and his highest in 203 matches.

Taylor came to the crease with New Zealand having lost openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, both without scoring. Taylor hobbled during the second half of his unbeaten 181-run knock that came off just 147 deliveries with 17 fours and six sixes. His first four balls were smashed for 15 runs to leave the Black Caps needing a run a ball from the final six overs.

The veteran right-hander - who turns 34 on Thursday - missed the third match of the series with a left leg strain and aggravated the existing problem when he dived during his innings Wednesday to avoid a runout.

England seemed to have reached match point.

Bairstow has struggled to establish himself in England's one-day squad - in 41 matches since making his debut in 2011, he has batted in every position from one to six - but he has been preferred at the top of the order over the past six months, batting 11 times at two since September 2017.

This was the highest of his 19 one-day worldwide centuries and his second in this series to follow the one at Hamilton that gave New Zealand victory in the opening game.

He had a life on 74 when Mitchell Santner dropped him at cover.

68- Runs scored by England's last eight wickets.

By the end of the knock, he could barely run between wickets.

This former New Zealand captain used to be a six-hitting machine for almost half of his career before he changed his game.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first in warm and sunny conditions. This was also the second hundred of the series for Ross Taylor. An outstanding performance from him.

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