Right then! What a finish. Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the ones who could not win. Sometimes, it is better if such matches end in a tie so that both teams get a fair share of the result. Anyways, it is 2-1 in favour of England now and the first of two do-or-die games for New Zealand start in Dunedin. Do join us for the 4th ODI on Wednesday, 7th March, 2018, at 1100 local time (2200 GMT, previous day). We take your leave. You can enjoy some Test cricket between South Africa and Australia by browsing our tabs. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious England skipper Eoin Morgan feels it was a brilliant game and thanks English supporters for coming out in large numbers. On the batting performance, he reckons it was hard to score and get going. But felt that some score around 250 would keep them in the game but even 235 felt competitive. Feels the run chase was like a cat and mouse with England starting well, then being pegged back, then again forcing a collapse, only to see a fightback before finally holding its nerves in the death. Praises Tom Curran and Chris Woakes for exhibiting their death over skills once again. On the confidence in the last over, Morgan says he was reasonably confident and remembers a T20I against India where his side defended 13 in the last over. (Nice memory).
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admits that it is frustrating to hit a century and yet finish on the losing side. Credits England for batting well in the first place. On his own team's innings, he admits that the stumble in the middle overs cost them. Feels that it was a difficult pitch to bat on and score runs and praises his bowlers for doing a commendable job. Has lots of praise for the English spinners as they did not allow the Kiwi batsmen to play freely. On his scoring shots in the last over, Williamson says that one can have plenty of plans in the mind but the execution is what matters. Hopes to have Ross Taylor back in the next game.
Moeen Ali is the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it was a brilliant game, pretty tight but a fantastic last-over finish. On his batting, Moeen says that he took a couple of overs and then decided to have a hit. But feels that his team was a few runs light. On his bowling, he adds that the aim was to keep it tight and build pressure. As long as he goes under 4-5 an over, he is happy. Feels nice to bowl 10 overs, he says. On the pressure in the last 3 overs, Moeen says that it takes just one good over to change the game and Woakes and Curran were superb.
England were indifferent with the ball tonight. After getting the early wicket in Powerplay 1, their seamers lost their line and length and it was the spin twins of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who brought them back in the game. The duo forged a collapse, with combined figures of 5/23 in 7 overs at one stage. Adil Rashid eventually had figures of 2/34 after his 10 while Moeen Ali picked up 3/36 in his 10. And do not forget the last few overs with the ball. With 36 runs needed from 28 balls, your money is usually on the batting side. But England's superb bowling pulled off a win. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Spare a thought for Kane Williamson. The only man to score a century. Forget triple figures, he was the only individual to cross 50. 3 of the top 4 scorers in the match were from New Zealand. Still, England won the game. Such is cricket.
The visitors knew they were a wicket away from getting right back in the contest and they did break the Williamson-Santner partnership, albeit in a lucky manner. Chris Woakes ran Mitchell Santner out at the non-striker's end via a straight drive from Kane Williamson and the game swung again. The home side could not quite get out the big hits on a sluggish surface and some excellent death-overs bowling saw them fall 4 runs short.
In-form all-rounder Mitchell Santner walked in at number 8 and gave solid support to his captain. The duo added 96 for the 7th wicket and with the runs needed less than 40, the pressure was back on England. But if they say fightback is a close friend of New Zealand, then do not give up hope is England's mantra.
Ben Stokes took a blinder to dismiss Colin Munro and the in the blink of an eye, the hosts slipped from 80/1 to 103/6. All of a sudden, England were all over New Zealand like a rash, with a chance of win now very remote for the home side. But fightback is something we always associate with New Zealand. And fightback is what the Black Caps did.
A topsy-turvy run chase. New Zealand lost Martin Guptill early, then recovered beautifully through the Munro-Williamson stand. The duo added 68 runs in 92 balls with the hosts well on path to reach home. But there was drama.
Second nail-biter in 3 ODIs. It was Mitchell Santner taking New Zealand home in the first ODI, tonight, it was the pair of Chris Woakes and Tom Curran to do it for their team. Kane Williamson nearly got his side over the line... but for a boundary...
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson
ENGLAND GO 2-1 UP! A superb exhibition of death over bowling. Yorker outside off, Williamson can do nothing, reaches out desperately, only to miss. Buttler and Woakes are all smiles. A close win by 4 runs, but a win nevertheless!
A dot ball! Mid off was inside the circle and Williamson has hit a full toss straight to him! Understandably does not take the single but he now needs a six to win this...
A full toss outside off, Williamson gets across and heaves it wide of long on. Races back for the second. 5 needed from 2 balls now...
SIX! WHACK! A short ball outside off, Williamson goes back and hacks it over mid-wicket. Flat hit! 7 needed from 3!
Gets well across his stumps again and paddles it through fine leg for a couple. 13 from 4 now...
A dot ball to start. Williamson walks across and heaves at a leg cutter, only to miss.
Tom Curran to Kane Williamson
Gets bat on this one and drags it through mid-wicket for a single. Excellent over from Curran, what a finish. 15 needed from the final over.
Another dot! Outside off, Kane looks to swing hard but misses again!