New Zealand Vs England Live Score (ODI)
Date: Saturday, 10 March, 2018 10:10 IST Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch Match Status: Match Ended
England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets
England 229/3 (32.4 ov) R/R 7.07 | Match Ended
- Joe Root 11,
- Ben Stokes 26
this over :
|Joe Root||not out||23||37||1||0|
|Ben Stokes||not out||26||18||1||2|
- Okay then! A real one-way traffic in the final game to end what was a riveting series. Three matches went down to the wire, enough to generate good interest. England were expected to win the series, at least in my opinion and they were far better in terms of resource utilization and planning execution. We now shift our focus to the Tests. England are fresh from a drubbing in Australia while New Zealand have been terrific at home. Who are favourites for that series? Predict at your own risk!
- Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, feels that his bowlers set the tone after winning the toss. Reckons that probably there was more bounce than expected. Heaps praise on Mark Wood and Chris Woakes for their start with the new balls and later on the spinners. On Chris Woakes, he says that he has been having a wonderful winter and though he has primarily led with the ball, he can bat as well. Feels that the team work has been outstanding - not necessarily getting big hundreds but contributions from every individual. On his team's spinners, he feels there was a little bit on offer on most of the grounds while in games where there was nothing much on offer, they bowled tight lines. Credits New Zealand for producing a tight contest. On New Zealand as a tourist destination, Morgan says that the unit has enjoyed every minute of the tour and is looking forward to come here again.
- New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, praises the English team for bowling very well and rues the lack of discipline by his own team with the bat. Praises the effort by Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls but is disappointed with the end result. Admits that his side could not give a complete performance throughout the series. On the discussions in the dressing room, Williamson says that the only talk will be the chances his team missed. Once again praises his opposition for the way his side was outplayed. Feels that England have a great depth - with both bat and ball. Further says that the greatest challenge for New Zealand in this series was to stick to their plans and execute them. Stresses that there are a lot of puzzles the team management would want to work on. Is confident that there is plenty of good work done with the white ball but a lot of work is still pending.
- CHRIS WOAKES IS THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. Admits he is surprised to receive the award as there were a few better knocks with the bat than his bowling analysis. Agrees that wickets upfront in one-day cricket are crucial and important as there are players in the opposition who threaten to take the game away from you. Also, early wickets enable spinners to come into the game. On the wicket, he says the overnight rain had some say into it, as the seamers got some purchase. Feels that as an opening bowler, you need to expose the opposition openers' weaknesses but at the same time adjust to the conditions. Need to attack but need to defend as well. Looks back to the first ODI where he was unable to win it for his side in the final over and says that you learn from such mistakes and he certainly tried to improve every game.
- JONNY BAIRSTOW is the Man Of The Match. He says it is always a great moment to play for your country and that too out of your country. On his innings, he says that the platform was set by the bowlers with the Kiwi batsmen always playing catch up. Praises his team for performing as a unit. Coming to opening, he says that it is a massive difference as compared to batting in the middle order, so he is now targetting big scores. On the surface, he says there was some grip for his team's spinners, though he is not sure why, but is quick to say it was a decent toss to win. On his blinder of a catch, he just shrugs it off and says he was only concentrating on the ball. Cannot wait for the Test series to start, he says. Especially after the drubbing in Australia.
- The home side might rue losing the toss meant losing the game. It was very difficult to bat first on a wicket which looked a bit damp and which then eased towards the evening. Had they bowled first, perhaps, they might have had a different outcome. But again, what will hurt them is the soft dismissals. Only three batsmen crossed the 50-mark which cannot be blamed on the pitch. Grafting and patience were required which was lacking. For England, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were terrific, sharing 6 wickets while Moeen was economical as well. Time for the presentation...
- The Kiwis did pick up three wickets but that was more out of England throwing their wickets away in an attempt to finish the game off quickly. Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers once more, while Ish Sodhi got a real hiding.
- Nothing much New Zealand could have done with the ball. It was Jonny Bairstow's day and he was in a ferocious mood. 224 was not the most difficult of targets to chase down but even the slimmest of chances were cut short by the blistering 155-run opening stand of which, Bairstow made 104.
- An emphatic win for England. To enter this decider and perform the way they have done takes some doing. They started the game tremendously, getting rid of Colin Munro on the third ball of the match and never looked back. And then, with the bat, Jonny Bairstow gave the Kiwis a real hiding. Totally outplayed.
- 32.4 SIX! There is the game! Tossed up outside off, Stokes gets down and mows it over mid-wicket to seal the match and series! Victory with 7 wickets and 104 balls to spare!
- 32.3 FOUR! Short and outside off, crashed through the covers for a boundary!
- 32.2 Another opportunity. This time Ben looks to go down the ground but skews it high in the air. Mid off runs back but cannot get there in time. Two more runs taken.
- 32.1 DROPPED! Does it matter? The googly from Sodhi, outside off, Stokes backs away and looks to cut but is beaten by the wrong 'un. Gets a top edge which loops to Henry Nicholls at cover but he spills it.
- 31.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 217/3
- 31.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.