By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Mitchell Santner scores 63 not out and Martin Guptill 50 as New Zealand post 223 all out
- Four run-outs and two wickets apiece for Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes do the damage
- England chase down 224 with 12.1 overs to spare thanks to 63 not out from Stokes and 62 from Morgan
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, NEW ZEALAND – Ben Stokes scored 63 not out, took two wickets and earned two run-outs as England produced an excellent all-round display to beat New Zealand by 6 wickets.
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Jason Roy – 5/10 – Only made 8 with the bat but took a superb diving catch to remove the dangerous Martin Guptill and flew to his right to dismiss Henry Nicholls with a brilliant grab.
Jonny Bairstow – 6/10 – Got England’s innings off to a great start with an aggressive knock of 37 off 39 balls. Ran out Colin de Grandhomme.
Joe Root – 2/10 – Had an unusually quiet game and was dismissed for just 9 by a great catch from de Grandhomme.
Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – Timed the ball exquisitely during high-class innings of 62 off 63 balls that included three consecutive fours off Trent Boult and a thunderous pull for six off Lockie Ferguson.
Ben Stokes – 9/10 – Demonstrated trademark boundary-hitting ability as he took control of England’s chase and made 63 not out off 74 balls. Bowled well and looked threatening throughout as he took 2-42 in 8 overs and also pulled off two high-class run-outs.
Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Explosive innings of 36 off 20 balls to finish off the chase. Hit 2 fours and 3 sixes.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Hit good lines and extracted spin and bounce from the surface. Deserved his very good figures of 2-33 in 10 overs.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Removed Colin Munro and Mark Chapman during a high-class opening spell but was more expensive later on.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Backed up his fellow bowlers well and built pressure with a controlled, economical spell of 0-32 in 10 overs.
David Willey – 7/10 – Followed a fantastic catch running back to dismiss Chapman with an even better stop, pick-up and throw to run out Ross Taylor. Very economical during his five overs.
Tom Curran – 4/10 – Struggled for the second game in a row and finished as England’s most expensive bowler with 0-53 in 9 overs.
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Martin Guptill – 7/10 – Demonstrated superb timing and technique, as well as good judgement, to craft 50 off 87 balls against high-class English bowling.
Colin Munro – 1/10 – Did not move his feet at all as he flashed at a delivery way outside off-stump and was consequently caught behind for just 1.
Mark Chapman – 1/10 – Mistimed a pull shot to give a catch to Willey when on 1.
Ross Taylor – 2/10 – Struggled to get going as he made 10 off 26 balls before he was brilliantly run out by Willey.
Tom Latham – 4/10 – Scratched around for 22 off 36 balls before he hit a loose cut shot off Moeen and was caught by Curran.
Henry Nicholls – 1/10 – Dismissed for 1 by an outstanding catch from Roy.
Colin de Grandhomme – 8/10 – Scored 38 off 40 balls during an excellent counter-attack against the England onslaught. Blazed 4 fours and a huge six off Stokes. Run out after making a poor decision to take a second run. Stunning diving catch to get rid of Root.
Mitchell Santner – 8/10 – Clean striking off Curran, Stokes and Rashid carried his team to a respectable total. Finished with 63 not out from 52 balls (his highest ODI score). Ineffective with the ball for once but took a good catch to dismiss Roy.
Tim Southee – 1/10 – Had a game to forget as he was run out for 6 and then smashed all around the ground by England’s top order (0-55 in 7 overs).
Lockie Ferguson – 6/10 – Looked threatening at times during spell of 1-48 in 8 overs and deserved his wicket. Gave Santner good support with 19 off 38 balls.
Trent Boult – 7/10 – Dismissed Roy and Root during an excellent opening spell that gave New Zealand hope.
The 3rd ODI between England and New Zealand begins in Wellington at 1am GMT on Saturday 3rd March 2018.
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