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Jonny Bairstow's rapid century helps England to ODI series win

Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin
Deanna Wagner | 11 March, 2018, 01:23

Having forced his way into the England side for last summer's Champions Trophy semi-final, Bairstow scored his maiden ODI hundred in September but even after reaching three figures four times in his last 15 ODI innings, he says there is more to come.

New Zealand won't play in another ODI series until October when they face Pakistan. Colin Munro went on the second ball he faced, caught behind off Chris Woakes for the third time in five innings. Colin de Grandhomme then picked out Tom Curran at long on to reduce New Zealand to 93 for six.

Bairstow led the charge with his fourth ODI century, his 60-ball 104 including nine fours and six sixes until he was out hit wicket to Trent Boult, two balls into the 21st over.

England welcome Alex Hales back into the XI for the series-deciding match after Jason Roy was ruled out due to back spasms.

"I'm absolutely delighted to score the hundred off 58 balls". New Zealand had been dismissed for 223 after England never allowed the hosts to develop any momentum with the bat. Theirs was a simple seven-wicket victory that sealed their ninth series win in 10, and sixth on the spin. They lost three wickets where their player Jonny Bairstow scored a century in the match and got player of the match award.

The opener role has been something Bairstow needed to adjust to considering he has been used in the middle or lower order for much of his career especially when taking the gloves.

Indeed, this was the fastest ODI century by an England opener and overall only Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have got their quicker for their country in one-day cricket than the Yorkshireman, who accelerated from 50 to 100 in just 20 balls.

Santner, who rescued New Zealand in the first match, hit a personal-best 67 while Nicholls was out for 55 to give the innings some substance.

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"They set the platform as they have done first up all the way though the series".

The pitch at Hagley Oval looked good for batting at Morgan's decision to bowl on winning the toss was predicated on England's preference to chase a known total rather than to set a target.

"The disappointing thing was too many soft dismissals through that middle order".

At the end, England cricket team got the glorious victory.

"I thought the execution of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, in particular, was outstanding and we really did create opportunities by building pressure".

Williamson tried to run one from Mark Wood down to third man, but only succeeded in chopping onto his leg stump. Tom Latham, promoted at 4 in the absence of Taylor, followed his skipper soon as Chapman also failed to add any runs to the score with Moeen Ali scalping him to leave the Blackcaps reeling at 61/4 in the 18th over.

Limping and often grimacing in pain, with his troubles made worse at times by cramping, Taylor reached the 19th century of his one-day global career, surpassed his highest score of 131 and steered New Zealand to 339-5 with three balls to spare.

"Obviously opening the batting is a bit different to batting in the middle order so my job is now to go out, try and score big hundreds and contribute to match-winning scores", he said. He fell to another smart diving catch from Stokes at cover giving England all the ascendancy with the Black Caps 79-5.