By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Jos Buttler makes 79 and Joe Root 71 as England post 284-8
- Chris Woakes and David Willey restrict New Zealand to 27-3
- But Ross Taylor (113), Tom Latham (79) and Mitchell Santner (45) propel the hosts to victory
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – England lose a closely-fought clash by three wickets despite Jos Buttler’s 79 after Ross Taylor makes 113 to help New Zealand chase 285.
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Jason Roy – 6/10 – The opener’s innings of 49 from 66 balls was not his most fluent, but it still contained some trademark powerful strikes to the boundary and got England off to a good start.
Jonny Bairstow – 1/10 – Airily wafted at a ball outside off-stump and was caught at slip for just 4.
Joe Root – 8/10 – Scored all around the wicket and timed the ball well during a typically busy innings of 71 from 75 balls that set England up for a big score. Should have gone on to a hundred though.
Eoin Morgan – 2/10 – Clubbed long-hop from Ish Sodhi for six, then misread the flight of the leg-spinner’s next delivery and chipped the ball to mid-off to be dismissed for only 8.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – Removed Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme with clever changes of pace during encouraging spell of 2-43 in 8 overs. Neat reverse-sweep for four reminded everyone of his batting talent, but New Zealand’s spinners tied him down and he miscued a ball to third-man when on 12.
Jos Buttler – 8/10 – Hit five fours and five sixes during an explosive innings of 79 from 65 balls that propelled England towards 300. Unavoidably run out as England pushed for more in the final over.
Moeen Ali – 5/10 – Ruined his good cameo of 28 from 26 balls by swiping a googly from Sodhi straight up in the air for Martin Guptill to catch. Did not threaten with the ball and went for 30 runs in 5 overs.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Dismissed both openers during a superb new-ball spell, but struggled to trouble Ross Taylor or restrict his scoring options when he came back into the attack. Scored 11 off 15 with the bat.
Adil Rashid – 5/10 – Failed to take the wickets England needed to seal the win and was eventually punished by Santner in his final over. Deceived Ross Taylor with well-flighted delivery to end with 1-55 in 10 overs.
David Willey – 7/10 – Took 1-26 in 6 overs during good opening spell. Added useful 11 not out with the bat.
Tom Curran – 4/10 – Removed Henry Nicholls but figures of 1-65 in 10 overs meant he was the most expensive front-line bowler in the match.
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Martin Guptill – 2/10 – Looked out of sorts as he hit a couple of streaky boundaries before slapping the ball straight to Stokes at mid-wicket.
Colin Munro – 4/10 – Nonchalantly flicked Woakes over fine-leg for six to get off the mark and then, next ball, flashed at a delivery a long way outside off-stump and was caught. Produced a deadly accurate delivery to knock out Root’s off-stump.
Kane Williamson – 1/10 – On 8, he tried to run the ball down to the third-man boundary and only managed to edge the ball straight into Buttler’s hands.
Ross Taylor – 10/10 – Played the situation superbly during classy 113 off 116 balls. When the required run rate climbed, he responded with calculated aggression to hit boundaries off Woakes and Rashid.
Tom Latham – 8/10 – Demonstrated excellent timing throughout his carefully accumulated 79 off 84 balls. Shared crucial partnership of 178 with Taylor. Got out to a tame chip to mid-on off Stokes.
Henry Nicholls – 0/10 – Out for a duck after slicing his second ball to Roy at point.
Colin de Grandhomme – 3/10 – Failed to pick a slower ball from Stokes and was caught behind for 2. Conceded just 20 runs during five tidy overs.
Mitchell Santner – 9/10 – Smacked two fours and four sixes as he blazed 45 off 27 balls to take his team to victory. Got hit to the boundary plenty of times but bowled pretty well overall and got the important wickets of Roy and Stokes.
Tim Southee – 6/10 – His consistency of line and length enabled him to be tidy (0-47 in 10 overs) without taking a wicket.
Ish Sodhi – 6/10 – Very mixed bowling display (2-63 in 10 overs) as he got slammed to the boundary on plenty of occasions but dismissed Morgan and Moeen and would have had Woakes too if Nicholls had not dropped a catch.
Trent Boult – 6/10 – Expensive but threatening as he took 2-64 in 10 overs. Found the edge of Bairstow’s bat, got whacked around by Roy and then took a sharp caught-and-bowled chance to remove Woakes.
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The 2nd ODI between England and New Zealand begins at 1am GMT on Wednesday 28th February 2018.
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