New Zealand bowl first on well-grassed surface

New Zealand bowl first on well-grassed surface

England now lead the 5-ODI series, 2-1 and will look to seal the series at Dunedin.

Talking about his achievement, Taylor said, "It was nice to be there at the end".

On Wednesday, Taylor not just reached his 19th century but also surpassed his highest score of 131 and scored unbeaten 181 runs.

From that moment on the former New Zealand captain, who this week talked about how an eye operation previous year has given him a new lease of life at 33, could barely run between the wickets but it did not stop him. Henry Nicholls has scored a total of one run in three matches, while Tom Latham, who helped Taylor to New Zealand's three-wicket victory in the first game in Hamilton with 79, scored just 22 and a golden duck in the next two matches. He hit Chris Woakes for a six and a four in the next over and the game was as good as done. Since then, he has averaged 65.50 in one-day cricket, with four centuries and nine half-centuries to his name. England then exerted itself and shut down the run flow for more than an over, tipping the balance of the match in its favour.

His new highest ODI score included 17 fours and six sixes - two of them departed the ground - and had the 5442-strong crowd in raptures.

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Bairstow offered a chance on 74 as he chased a Sodhi delivery but Santner, fielding at cover, couldn't hold on to a regulation catch.

Root himself was dismissed the over after going through to his 11th ODI century, and England were thankful for a flurry of boundaries from Tom Curran (22no) in the final over to take their total up to 335. Not after leaking a whopping 87 runs and notching a sole wicket from his 10 overs, the last of which No 10 Curran slapped for 18 runs. However, it heralded an epic England collapse, with the next seven wickets falling for 38 runs. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes were caught attempting big shots, Buttler was caught and bowled by Sodhi and the slow bowler's flight deceived Moeen as he returned figures of 4-58.

Ex-England spinner Graeme Swann on BBC Test Match Special: "You've got to take your hat off to Ross Taylor".

The tone for the England innings had been set by a superb opening partnership of 77 in 10.2 overs between Roy and Bairstow and after Kane Williamson, captaining New Zealand for the 100th time, made a blunder and sent England in to bat.

This former New Zealand captain used to be a six-hitting machine for almost half of his career before he changed his game. It was an outstanding performance from him.

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