By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Centuries from Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) enable England to post 335-9
- But it could have been 380 or more if the team had not collapsed from 267-1 to 288-7
- Ross Taylor guides New Zealand to victory with magnificent unbeaten 181
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND – Ross Taylor’s brilliant 181 helps New Zealand chase down England’s total of 335-9 after Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root score centuries for the visitors.
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Jason Roy – 6/10 – Batted superbly until he played a loose shot off the bowling of Ish Sodhi when on 42. Hit five fours and two sixes in his 41-ball knock.
Jonny Bairstow – 10/10 – Outstanding innings of 138 from 106 balls should have been the platform for England to make a huge score. Looked in complete control at the crease and hit several huge sixes.
Joe Root – 9/10 – Composed, classy innings of 102 from 101 balls, most of it during a 190-run partnership with Bairstow. Hyper-critically, he could have scored quicker and should have batted until the end of the innings.
Eoin Morgan – 2/10 – Hit one boundary before giving his wicket away. Gave all his bowlers plenty of opportunities to step up and make a match-winning contribution.
Ben Stokes – 4/10 – Went for a big shot too early in his innings and spooned an easy catch to Henry Nicholls off Sodhi. Bowled a decent spell (1-45 in 7 overs) and dismissed Kane Williamson.
Jos Buttler – 0/10 – Got out for a duck second ball playing a careless shot against Sodhi.
Moeen Ali – 1/10 – Played a poor shot to get out for 3. Dropped a simple return catch chance to dismiss Tom Latham cheaply. Eventually caught Latham for 71 off Tom Curran. Failed to take a wicket.
Chris Woakes – 7/10 – Bowled superbly early on and deservedly dismissed Martin Guptill, but the late-innings assault by Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme ruined his figures somewhat and he ended with 1-42 in 8 overs. Miscued a drive to be dismissed for 3.
Adil Rashid – 2/10 – Tried all his variations but he was ultimately ineffective and expensive and finished with 1-74 in 10 overs.
Tom Curran – 7/10 – Encouraging performance. Bowled well in the closing overs to dismiss Latham and de Grandhomme and almost helped England pull off an unlikely win. Impressed with the bat by hitting four consecutive boundaries in the 50th over.
Mark Wood – 3/10 – Produced a perfect inswinging yorker to trap Colin Munro lbw with his first ball, but it all went downhill after that as he conceded 65 runs in 8 overs.
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Martin Guptill – 0/10 – Had no answer to Woakes and Wood during a painfully out-of-touch ten-ball duck.
Colin Munro – 5/10 – Trapped lbw for a golden duck by Wood. Dismissed Bairstow and Woakes during a decent spell with the ball.
Kane Williamson – 5/10 – Provided good support for Ross Taylor as New Zealand set about rebuilding their innings from 2-2. Got out for 45 when well-set. Seemed to lose control of his team in the field at times.
Ross Taylor – 10/10 – Magnificent innings of 181 not out from 147 balls to win the match for his country. His knock was perfectly-paced and contained 17 fours and 6 sixes.
Tom Latham – 8/10 – Made the most of being dropped early on to compile a superb innings of 71 from 67 balls. His partnership of 187 with Taylor was vital.
Henry Nicholls – 6/10 – Stayed calm to help Taylor finish the chase and hit the six that clinched it.
Colin de Grandhomme – 6/10 – Hit 2 fours and 2 sixes during important, explosive late-innings cameo of 23 from 12 balls. Ironically, he also conceded 23 runs from the 12 balls he bowled.
Mitchell Santner – 6/10 – Did not take a wicket but only conceded 57 runs in 10 overs, which should rate as a good achievement in a high-scoring game. Took a sharp catch to dismiss Roy.
Tim Southee – 3/10 – Another game to forget for the opening bowler as he went for 87 runs in 10 overs. On the plus side, he dismissed Root and took two good catches in the deep.
Ish Sodhi – 9/10 – Boldly bowled high, loopy deliveries to England’s middle-order and three of them took the bait. Also removed Roy to end with excellent figures of 4-58 in 10 overs.
Trent Boult – 7/10 – Good display of pace bowling to take 2-56 in 10 overs during a run feast. Got the wicket of Morgan at a crucial time then bowled Rashid with an accurate yorker late on.
How do they compare to the previous ODI?
The 5th and final ODI between England and New Zealand begins in Christchurch at 10pm GMT on Friday 9th March 2018.
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