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So, that is it from this game. New Zealand's 9-match winning streak comes to an end today. Also to make matters worse, along with Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor has also been added to the injury list. The hosts would probably hope that's it's not very serious and would be itching to have them both fit for the next game. The visitors, on the other hand, have surely recovered from the loss in the first game. They now have the momentum on their side and they would look to take it forward. Wellington is the place where it is going to be happen on the 3rd of March at 1400 local (0100 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye. Cheers!

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Winning captain, Eoin Morgan, says they raised their intensity in this game. Reckons Willey and Woakes were very good at the start. Is elated with the way they fielded as a unit. Admits they tried to use the wind to their advantage as they have done before in the Windies. Further adds they tried doing the basics right in the field, something they could not do in Hamilton. Ends by saying if they imposed themselves on the crease, they knew that the runs would come.

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Losing captain, Tim Southee, says it is always difficult after giving 4 run outs to the oppositions. Informs their plan was to keep creating chances and building pressure on the opposition and credits his bowlers for doing it. Feels it was a decent surface and they did not quite play well on it. Reckons the preparation for the next game will remain the same. About Ross Taylor, he says they will assess his injury and know about it in the next two days.

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Man of the Match, Ben Stokes, says they wanted to comeback strong after the defeat in the first game. Credits the bowlers for their effort in the first half. He is happy with the way he played and says all the efforts in practice paid off. Adds they were quite equal with bat and ball in the first game but admits that their fielding was really poor which cost them the match.

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It's not that New Zealand gave it away, they fought, firstly towards the end of the first innings and then in the second, they gave it their all on the field just like England. Both the sides didn't let the intensity drop which just lifted the bowlers to pick wickets. However, it was a dismal show with the bat which has cost the hosts this game. They recovered a bit through Santner's heroics but 224 was always going to be a tough job to defend. Hang in as we bring you the presentation...

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So a dominant display here by England to make it 1-1. To be honest, it was all set up by their bowlers after they restricted the hosts to a modest total. Chasing 224 was never going to be a tough ask for their star-studded batting line-up. They did lose wickets at regular intervals but one good partnership was all they needed. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes decided to get one as the duo added 88 for the 4th wicket, with both scoring half tons. The English skipper did fall when his side was at the door step to victory but Jos Buttler, then through his lusty blows made sure there were no further hiccups.

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Mitchell Santner to Jos Buttler

SIX! Finishes it off in style! A short ball on middle, Buttler rocks back and pulls it all the way to level the series. ENGLAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS!

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Mitchell Santner to Ben Stokes

Floats it up on middle, nudged away on the leg side for a run.

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Mitchell Santner to Jos Buttler

The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.

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Mitchell Santner to Jos Buttler

Down the leg side, Buttler tries to work it on the leg side but it goes off something to the keeper who catches and puts in a stifled appeal but the umpire shakes his head.

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Mitchell Santner to Ben Stokes

Tosses it up on middle, eased down to long on for a run.

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Mitchell Santner is back on.

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Colin Munro to Jos Buttler

Pushed to covers off the back foot.

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Colin Munro to Ben Stokes

The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.

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Colin Munro to Ben Stokes

Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.

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Colin Munro to Ben Stokes

FOUR! The runs required now are into single digits! Makes room and hits it hard through covers for a boundary.

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Colin Munro to Ben Stokes

Shorter on the body, pulled towards short fine leg.

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Colin Munro to Ben Stokes

On a length around off, slapped to mid off.

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Tim Southee to Jos Buttler

FOUR! 14 from the last three deliveries! Only 13 needed now! Third short ball in a row and Jos pulls it with disdain through square leg.

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Tim Southee to Jos Buttler

SIX! It has been taken, in the crowd though! Once again Southee bangs it in short! Buttler goes for the pull but the ball takes the top edge and flies over the fine leg fence for a biggie.

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