3rd ODI: England hold nerve to beat New Zealand by four runs

Tanya SimonMar 05, 2018

Chris Woakes held his nerve to bowl England to a sensational last ball win against New Zealand here today to take a 2-1 lead in this one-day series. "If the umpire's unsure he has every right to go upstairs and on TV it just doesn't look out".

The game came down to the final ball, when Williamson, who needed to hit a six, was unable to muster a response to Woakes' final delivery the hosts finished on 230, granting England a series advantage for the first time.

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Stokes had all failed to get their strike rate above a run a ball.

Jonny Bairstow - 3/10 - Like his opening partner, Bairstow struggled to find the boundary at the top of the innings, and was undone by a attractive wrong-un from Ish Sodhi.

Kane Williamson: A man who makes New Zealand tick, with a mind for the tactical side that makes him such a great captain. We felt in a bit of form [after the second ODI] but it Ben and myself a while to find the middle of the bat.

"This is kind of why we chose to bowl - we weren't sure how the wicket would play". He also took a stunning diving catch to dismiss Colin Munro.

It was a low-scoring game, on a poor pitch and a slow outfield, featuring two captain's innings.

With the ball in hand, Woakes was magnificent, finishing with 2-40 from his 10 overs including a brilliant last over, holding his nerve to stop Kane Williamson chasing down the total. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson are injury concerns for New Zealand and given their ability to turn matches around, it is a big worry.

Despite a nervy start Munro soon began to accelerate, crashing seven fours in his knock of 49 as he took advantage of the lack of movement in the pitch - something in complete contrast to the opening 50 overs.

Kane Williamson - 10/10 - An unbelievable, almost game-winning innings from Williamson. It is located in New Zealand. Williamson, however, got a couple, running quickly between the wickets.

A Colin de Grandhomme delivery chipped off a piece of Ben Stokes' bat!

Hesson hailed an "outstanding" fielding effort and a quality bowling performance on a patchy, variable surface that aided de Grandhomme (1-24 off 10). He made 41 and was incredibly unlucky to be run-out from the slightest touch from Woakes.

Similarly, Bairstow did the hard work in chieseling his way to 19 off fully 39 balls before being completely deceived by a googly from Ish Sodhi and being bowled through the gate attempting to drive the leg-spinner.

Rashid then had Henry Nicholls (0) lbw and Colin De Grandhomme (3) hoicked Moeen to long on to leave New Zealand reeling.

His skill was impressive, it was a fine innings in demanding circumstances, including one mighty blow into the crowd at mid-wicket off legspinner Ish Sodhi, but which ended at 48 when the admirable Southee struck his off stump. "We were in a position of strength at one stage but lost a lot of wickets that hurt us and we had to take the game even deeper", Williamson said.

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