New Zealand vs England ODI Series: Injured Ross Taylor Scripts Win With Epic 181 Not Out
New Delhi, March 8: Ross Taylor produced one of the greatest innings in One-Day cricket to help New Zealand level the 5-match series 2-2 stunning England by 5 wickets in the fourth ODI at Dunedin. Chasing an improbable target target of 336, the Black Caps started on a disastrous note as both the openers (Martin Guptill and Colin Munro) were back in the pavilion without a single run on the board.
When Ross Taylor walked out in the middle, the scorecard read 0/2. The veteran right-hand batsman used all his experience to lift his side and registered an epic victory against England. Taylor’s career-best inning of 181 off just 147 balls was studded with 17 fours and six sixes. Taylor walked into bat in the third over and stayed in the middle till the last delivery despite hurting himself while taking a tight run. He stitched a decent partnership with captain Kane Williamson (45 off 64 balls) but it was Tom Latham’s 71 off 67 which took Zealand closer to their target. In the end it was Grandhomme (23) and Nicholls (13) who helped and an injured Taylor, who was declared man of the match, to take their side home.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. “The wicket looks a good one, it’s been under covers for a few days, so hopefully we can get a bit out of it first up,” Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson said. (Also Read: Taylor, Santner heroics get New Zealand home over England)
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However, Williamson’s decision proved costly as England posted a mammoth 335 on the scoreboard. Both Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) hit superb centuries. For New Zealand, Ish Sodhi was pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 58 in his quota of 10 overs. The fifth and final match will be played on Saturday, March 10 at Christchurch.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood