New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

by Steven Clarke March 12, 2018, 4:15
New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

Jonny Bairstow hit the third-fastest England ODI century to help Eoin Morgan's team wrap up a ruthless seven-wicket demolition of New Zealand in this series decider at Hagley Oval.

The hard-hitting Aucklander has proven a success opening at global level in Twenty20s, but there are question marks about his ability to balance the tempo of an ODI innings and poor decision making.

Earlier, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner made half centuries as New Zealand struggled to 223 in the absence of match-winning batsman Ross Taylor. Though a few wickets fell in the end, to be precise 3, England were on course for a series victory.

Though Taylor-Kane Williamson occupies the most runs scored in a partnership since the start of 2014 in the world with 2500 runs that includes ten century and ten half-century stand, Taylor-Latham is not far behind.

Coach Mike Hesson acknowledged the batsmen, barring a selection of individual performances, had not delivered as hoped.

They looked assured in their pursuit of New Zealand's total and played smartly, led by Bairstow as he registered his second century of the series.

New Zealand needed 37 from the last 36 balls, having finally knocked their target down to a run a ball.

"We're a long way out from the World Cup, though time is going by fairly quickly, but these one-off matches are where it counts", Bayliss said.

Tim Southee didn't have a great series with the ball against England, taking two wickets at an average of 128.

"We were disappointed with how we did in the last game when we could have potentially won the series - because we got ourselves into a position [to do that]".

"As a batting unit we didn't fire in terms of the balance we wanted to put out there", Hesson said. I think that's pretty clear. Colin [Munro] is a destructive player, but finding the tempo in one-day cricket is a work-on for him.

"If you only have five options that means you've got to drop another bowler and in the one-day game, almost every game, there is always someone for who it doesn't go as well as they'd like so it is always good to have that sixth option".

Former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney on Test Match Special: "New Zealand's middle order looked to me as though they didn't know how to defend spin bowling, let alone attack it. Chapman's dismissal was bad".

From the outset in Christchurch, though, they made no mistake.

"We didn't allow ourselves to use the power we have at the back end".

Nicholls struck an intelligent 55 from 81 while Santner top-scored with a crucial 67 off 71 balls before he was dismissed early in the penultimate over.

In the fourth ODI, New Zealand was two for two before Ross Taylor saved the day with his unbeaten 181.

Furthermore, when you have a player as good as Collin Munro batting as low as 5 or 6 that are bound to concern team management. "You never win a game like that in the first 10 overs but you certainly do lose it". "We created opportunities by building pressure".

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