Ross Taylor, Rain Help NZ Square ODI Series against England

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 | 0


It turned out to be a lucky ‘R’-Day for New Zealand. Once Ross Taylor’s belligerent century guided them to a massive total, the rain gods opened up, and with that came their good fortune, as the kiwis went on the win the second One-Day International (ODI) against England by 13 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method).

Having opted to bat first, New Zealand got off to a strong start. Opener Martin Guptill (50) smashed a clinical half-century, before Kane Williamson (93) joined him in their quest to rip through the English bowling line-up. Later, a 96-ball 119 from Ross Taylor and cameos from Grant Elliot (32) and Luke Ronchi (33) took them through to a colossal total of 398-5 in 50 overs.

In response, England did start well but lost a few wickets in the middle soon after. Subsequently, skipper Eoin Morgan came all guns blazing, taking New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners with an aggressive 88 (47 balls). With crucial contributions from Jos Buttler (41), Adil Rashid (34) and Liam Plunkett (44), the hosts were well on their way to pull off a stunner.

However, the clouds opened up thereafter as England fell 13 runs short of the reduced target, eventually being restricted to 365-9 in 46 overs. With the series now tied at 1-1, the two teams now gear up to take a lead in the third ODI which is scheduled to be held on Sunday.




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