By George Marrable
- England beat New Zealand in 5th and final ODI match
- Victory means England win the series 3-2
- Superb Jonny Bairstow century led England to a comfortable victory
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – A 58 ball century from Jonny Bairstow powered England to a game and series victory over New Zealand, as England won by 7 wickets.
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Jonny Bairstow – 10/10 – Exquisite innings from Bairstow with a score of 104. The opening batsman showed he meant business from the start, finding the boundary with ease all around the ground, including a few huge 6’s down the ground against Sodhi.
Alex Hales – 7/10 – On his returm to the side, Hales batted well. Although he found the boundary with ease, including a glorious cut shot for 4, Hales could bat without pressure as Bairstow led the charge.
Joe Root – 5/10 – Root came in and saw the game home with a calm and collected 23* not out.
Eoin Morgan – 2/10 – Morgan will be disappointed he could not finish the game, making just 8.
Ben Stokes – 5/10 – Stokes saw the game home with Root with a quick cameo of 26 from 18 balls.
Jos Buttler – 5/10 – Not required with the bat, but did take one very easy catch off of Woakes’ bowling.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Although he didn’t get chance to perform with the bat, Ali had a good game. He bowled tightly, and produced a great delivery as he clean bowled Chapman.
Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Woakes led the attack in what was an excellent bowling performance from England. The vital wicket of Santner as he started to attack England was just one of the wickets he claimed in his spell of 3-32.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – A very confident performance from Rashid, backing himself to toss the ball up on a very big ground. He claimed the vital wicket of Guptill, as well as the dangerous de Grandhomme.
Tom Curran – 6/10 – Curran picked up the big wicket of Nicholls, but was much more expensive than the other England bowlers.
Mark Wood – 7/10 – Spearheading the attack with Woakes, Wood bowled sharply and found consistent areas, finishing with 1-26 from his eight overs.
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Martin Guptill – 6/10 – After losing his opening partner early, and subsequent partners tumbling around him, Guptill was the rock of the early overs, making 47 before being dismissed by Rashid.
Colin Munro – 1/10 – Munro went after facing just two balls, trying to work Woakes into the legside but only chipping the ball straight up for an easy catch.
Kane Williamson – 3/10 – Williamson could only make 14 before chopping a Wood delivery onto his stumps.
Mark Chapman – 1/10 – A game to forget for Chapman, failing to trouble the score.
Tom Latham – 3/10 – As Guptill started to find the boundary, Latham could only add 10 before chipping a ball straight to Stokes.
Henry Nicholls – 7/10 – Nicholls picked up where Guptill left off, steadying the innings. Whilst he only found the boundary twice on a big ground, Nicholls batted sensibly, rotating the strike as New Zealand rebuilt their innings.
Colin de Grandhomme – 3/10 – Only a short cameo with the bat; de Grandhomme made just 6, only to be dismissed going for a huge shot and being caught on the boundary. With the ball, he was just as ineffective, only bowling four overs and finishing with 0-33.
Mitchell Santner – 8/10 – Santner put in a great performance with both bat and ball. With bat in hand, he came in and batted aggressively to up the run rate, clearing the boundary twice. With the ball, he was one of the only bowlers to bowl tightly and economically, finishing with 1-44 from his ten overs.
Tim Southee – 6/10 – Although he finished wicketless, Southee was impressive, going for just 20 from his short five over spell.
Ish Sodhi – 3/10 – Despite picking up the wicket of Morgan, Sodhi was poor. Bairstow dismantled the spinner, dispatching him all over the ground, and he finished with disappointing figures of 1-78 from 7.4 overs.
Trent Boult – 5/10 – Like Southee, Boult did not complete all his overs as England romped home with wickets to spare. Boult did pick up the big wicket of Bairstow, but the game was already lost at that stage.
England and New Zealand begin the test series on Thursday 22nd March in Auckland.
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