NZ wins toss, bowls in 3rd ODI vs England

A devastating spell by spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, and a freakish run out yesterday saw England pull off a dramatic four-run victory in the third one-day worldwide (ODI) against New Zealand in Wellington. Most of the England batsmen reached double figures but they were unable to dominate with captain Eoin Morgan top scoring with 48.

That World Cup ambition seemed particularly pertinent in Wellington, a ground where England suffered their must crushing defeat in the 2015 tournament, a nine-wicket loss to New Zealand.

Willamson (112no off 143) was unable to hit Chris Woakes' final ball of the match for six as New Zealand ended on 230-8 chasing England's 234 all out on a hard pitch.

"My plan was just to try and bowl tight, it doesn't really change game to game, and the wickets just came", said man of the match Ali, who finished with three for 36 while Rashid took two for 34.

De Grandhomme was New Zealand's bowling ace.

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Overcoming a miserable middle-order effort in which five wickets fell on Saturday for 23 runs, the Black Caps - guided mainly by Williamson and the in-form Mitch Santner - gradually recovered, requiring 15 runs from the final over. He could only score 39 runs during his stay at the crease that lasted as many as 73 deliveries.

Rashid sparked the collapse by having Colin Munro acrobatically caught by a leaping Ben Stokes at extra cover and then nailing Henry Nicholls lbw. I've got no concern about the middle order, no.

They were assisted by a stunning catch from Ben Stokes diving to his left to remove Colin Munro (49) to ignite the New Zealand slump from a comfortable 80 for one to 103 for six.

Whereas victory in the second ODI in Tauranga was an all-round demolition of the Black Caps, this was a streetwise and intelligent adaptation in tricky conditions, even if they were nearly denied by the brilliant Williamson. We were in a position of strength after 15 overs or so in our innings and then we stumbled a bit, lost wickets and couldn't play as positively as we would have liked. "We aren't known for that, we're known as a side aggressive with the bat". In the day/ night match England came to bat first and played whole fifty overs and lost all wickets so far.

Watch the fourth ODI between New Zealand and England, at University Oval in Dunedin, live from 9.30pm on Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Mix (channel 121).

  • Tabitha Byrd