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Williamson: Middle-order wickets cost New Zealand

Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin
Jay Anderson | 13 March, 2018, 11:22

They came for a classic but Jonny Bairstow gave them a blowout.

Bairstow scored back-to-back tons, his whirlwind century on Saturday inspiring England to a crushing seven-wicket victory in the fifth and final ODI against the Black Caps. His fourth in the format and second in four days secured a 3-2 win, also putting him on the podium as third fastest scored by an Englishman in ODIs. They even did not able to play full 50 overs but finished their innings in 49.5 overs so far.

"It was great fun", Bairstow said.

We look at 5 other big hundreds (150+ scores) that were crucial for their team to overhaul huge totals. "That's your job, to make chases like that - ones that shouldn't be hard but can be very tricky".

Williamson gets underway next ball, dabbing a wide ball down to third man for a single.

However, Bairstow and Alex Hales (61) - the latter playing his first game of the series due to Jason Roy suffering a back spasm - shared an opening partnership of 155 in 20.2 overs to extinguish New Zealand's hopes. Dropped at the start of the series, with head coach Trevor Bayliss anxious a lack of red ball cricket could be detrimental to his game, his measured 61 offers others reassurance and him credit in the bank.

Ben Stokes (26no off 18) wrapped up victory with a six off the expensive Sodhi as England condemned the hosts to their first ODI defeat on the ground in nine games and ensured skipper Eoin Morgan (8) celebrated a series victory in his 200th ODI.

England's domination began at the start of the day when Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl.




The Three Lions take on the Black Caps in Christchurch with the series level at 2-2 ahead of the final match of a thrilling ODI series.

New Zealand now turn its attention to two Tests against England, starting on March 22.

With just 15 months left for the World cup, New Zealand find themselves in a tricky situation to set things right especially with their next ODI assignment being six months away.

Kane Williamson's side tumbled to 93-6 in Taylor's absence, before Mitchell Santner (67) and Henry Nicholls (55) revived the innings with a stand of 84 for the seventh wicket. They were scheduled to play a five matches ODI series against the local team and prior to the series, they played no warm up matches.

In the last ODI chasing a 300 plus score, Latham scored 65 runs to nearly taking his side close to victory. Bairstow's brilliance not only scuppered bowling plans, but social ones, too.

Against the power-packed England, New Zealand will look forward to their key players to stand up and make it count. A winner-takes-all tie was not to go the same way. "We still see him as a good prospect".

"We know we needed to get better in certain areas and put in a clinical and ruthless performance here, and that's exactly what we did", added Bairstow, who reflected as well on his own achievement at the top of the order.

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