By George Marrable
- England won third ODI by 4 runs in Wellington.
- Thrilling last ball victory for England gives them 2-1 lead in the series.
- Kane Williamson made 112* not out as New Zealand fell just short.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – England came out on top in the tense third ODI with New Zealand, winning by 4 runs in a game that went to the final ball of the match.
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Jason Roy – 3/10 – Roy struggled on a difficult batting pitch in Wellington, making 15 at just over one run every two balls.
Jonny Bairstow – 3/10 – Like his opening partner, Bairstow struggled to find the boundary at the top of the innings, and was undone by a beautiful wrong-un from Ish Sodhi.
Joe Root – 4/10 – Root came in and tried to up the tempo after a slow start by England, finding the boundary three times in his score of 20. After being dropped early on from a great diving effort, Root failed to kick on and make New Zealand pay for their mistake.
Eoin Morgan – 7/10 – England’s highest scorer of the innings, captain Morgan made 48 including a huge slog sweep for six off Sodhi’s bowling. Like the others above him, Morgan batted slowly on a tough wicket for batting, making his 48 from 71 balls.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – Stokes contributed a useful 39 in an innings that, uncharacteristically, lacked boundaries from the all-rounder. Despite not picking up a wicket with the ball, Stokes bowled tightly, finishing with an economy of 4.50. He also took a stunning diving catch to dismiss Colin Munro.
Jos Buttler – 6/10 – As he so often does, Buttler came in and looked to accelerate the innings, hitting three 4’s and one 6 in his innings, including two boundaries in his first five deliveries.
Moeen Ali – 8/10 – A very useful 23 at the end of the England innings, coupled with an incredible spell of bowling in the middle overs made for a great game for Ali. He finished with figures of 1-36 from his 10 overs as England made New Zealand work hard for their runs.
Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Whilst only adding a short cameo towards the end of the innings, Woakes looked to accelerate with Ali as England set their target. With the ball in hand, Woakes was magnificent, finishing with 2-40 from his 10 overs including a brilliant last over, holding his nerve to stop Kane Williamson chasing down the total.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Like Ali, Rashid bowled very well, restricting the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs and finishing with 2-34 from his 10 overs.
Mark Wood – 2/10 – Wood failed to make much of an impact in the game, finishing without a wicket.
Tom Curran – 2/10 – A disappointing game for young Curran, finishing wicketless and bowling too erratically to ever be threatening.
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Martin Guptill – 1/10 – Guptill rode his luck early on, nearly being caught at mid-off on the first ball of the innings, but could only make 3 before Woakes claimed his first wicket.
Colin Munro – 7/10 – As his opening partner departed early, Munro batted expansively to make 49, including seven 4’s in his innings.
Kane Williamson – 10/10 – An unbelievable, nearly game-winning innings from Williamson. The New Zealand captain made an unbeaten 112* which only included eight boundaries. Williamson rotated the strike well, grinding out his runs and leading the hosts as they just fell short.
Mark Chapman – 2/10 – Chapman could only make 8 before chipping one to the point fielder off Ali’s bowling.
Tom Latham – 1/10 – A first ball dismissal, after being reviewed by England, meant Latham had a game to forget.
Henry Nicholls – 1/10 – Nicholls also went without troubling the score as Rashid and Ali dominated the innings.
Colin de Grandhomme – 6/10 – An outstanding performance with the ball; an underwhelming performance with the bat. The all-rounder finished with mesmerising figures of 1-24 from 10 overs, but was ineffective with the bat.
Mitchell Santner – 7/10 – Santner showed some fight as the batsmen ahead of him collapsed. He made 41 and was incredibly unlucky to be run-out from the slightest touch from Woakes.
Tim Southee – 6/10 – Southee bowled well and picked up the vital wicket of Morgan, beating the England captain for pace as he looked to cut a straight ball.
Ish Sodhi – 7/10 – The New Zealand spinner showed why he is one of the best bowlers in one day cricket, picking up three wickets in his spell. Although he finished as one of the most expensive New Zealand bowlers, his wickets were invaluable in restricting England.
Trent Boult – 8/10 – With his opening partner, Southee, Boult went hunting for a wicket early on, and made the breakthrough with the wicket of Roy. Boult made it difficult for the batsmen on a bowler-friendly pitch, and finished with 2-47 from his 10 overs.
England take on New Zealand in the 4th ODI of the series in Dunedin on Tuesday 6th March.
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