New Zealand beat England in first ODI after a dramatic finale.

New Zealand won a brilliant match in the final over thanks to the brilliant bowling of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, and the brilliant batting of Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. Read more on The Guardian Post.

Cricbuzz says that a thunderous ton from Jonny Bairstow (138) and a well compiled 101-ball 102 from Joe Root gave England bid for a series win a major boost as they posted 335 for 9 in the fourth One-Day International against New Zealand in Dunedin on Wednesday (March 7).

However, a late collapse did dent England’s chances of posting a much bigger score but the visitors will certainly take the total considering New Zealand’s middle-order fragility.

A high bar has been set for the competitiveness of this series as England won by 6 wickets

The opening match was a humdinger, seized at the last by Mitchell Santner. It kept New Zealand unbeaten in ODIs this season – nine in a row, ten is their best sequence – and put England in the unusual position of being behind in a series, although the home side may have to do without their captain Kane Williamson, who has a hamstring strain. Williamson doubt as NZ seek to equal best run as reported by ESPN

New Zealand vs England, 3rd ODI in Wellington, Highlights: As It Happened

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 favor of England now and the first of two do-or-die games for New Zealand start in Dunedin according to Cricketnext

Ross Taylor desperate to play decider against England, after 181 in 4th ODI

Injured Ross Taylor said on Thursday he was desperate to play in the one-day series decider against England, as pundits declared his unbeaten 181 the greatest ever limited-overs innings by a Kiwi batsman. Taylor overcame cramps and a severe thigh strain to bludgeon New Zealand to victory with a career-best performance in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday. Read more on this article on Times Now News

Espn Cric Info says New Zealand took a gripping series to a decider as Ross Taylor produced one of the greatest one-day innings in staging a magnificent chase in Dunedin to hunt down an imposing 336. What made Taylor’s career-best unbeaten 181 from 147 balls even more remarkable was that the latter part was played after he injured himself diving to make a second run shortly after reaching three figures.

Incredibly, New Zealand got home with three balls to spare when Henry Nicholls swung Tom Curran over the leg side after Colin de Grandhomme hammered 23 off 11 balls to help take the pressure off a limping Taylor.

New Zealand’s run chase in this game is their 4th successful run-chase of 330+ in the ODI cricket. Only India (5 times) won more often while chasing 330+ in ODIs. This was also the 3rd time when England failed to defend 330+ in this format. Only Australia (8 times) lost on more occasions while defending 330+ ODIs according to Crictracker. Click here to read more.

England vs New Zealand 5th ODI

England v New Zealand 5th One-Day International (ODI) match on March 06 at Hagley Oval cricket ground located in Hagley Park in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand; the match starts at 01:00 AM GMT. England and New Zealand both have a good head to head record in ODI cricket, New Zealand won 43, while England won 39 games out of 88 games, four match end up without result and two match tied.

New Zealand level five-match ODI series 2-2 as Ross Taylor 181-runs ton in Dunedin led his side to a five-wicket victory against England, this one is his personal highest in the one-day cricket, he faced 147 deliveries. Now both team aims to win the fifth and final match to clinch ODI series. Read more about this on Cricketzine

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