England have claimed an impressive 3-2 victory in the GJ Gardner Homes ODI Series. The visitors dominated the series decider from start to finish at Hagley Oval. England carried early momentum from picking up quick wickets after winning the toss into a powerful chase.
Man of the Series Chris Woakes continued his form at both ends of England's bowling innings as the BLACKCAPS consistently lost wickets. Woakes was joined by Rashid and Ali in turning the screws on New Zealand's batting order. Not for the first time this series Rashid and Ali were able to stop any BLACKCAPS momentum through the middle.
A partnership between Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner offered the chief resistance for the BLACKCAPS and helped push the side towards a total to bowl to. Santner would finish on 67, his new highest ODI score.
After scraping through to 223 the BLACKCAPS needed to fire back with the ball however they met an England opening pair intent on taking the game to them. Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales who was in for an injured Jason Roy mixed a watchful approach with controlled aggression. Bairstow racing along to score the fastest ODI hundred by an England opener in just 58 balls.
Social Media Stream
A Stokes six finishes things off for England. 3-2 in the ODI series. 229/3 in the 33rd over. Jonny Bairstow leading the way with 104. Live scoring | https://t.co/72J7YqoUGZ #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/Q93LTscLOt— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 10, 2018
48/2 after the opening 15 overs at Hagley Oval. Guptill 26* Latham 6* just looking to push things around after early wickets for England. Live scoring | https://t.co/72J7YqoUGZ #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/nLQm6jgFwh— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 9, 2018
Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the 5th ODI. After a fitness examination this morning and discussion with medical staff it was decided he wouldn't be able to play today and would be at high risk of significantly aggravating the injury ahead of the Test series. #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/DpehqzYzGa— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 9, 2018