England have been handed a three-wicket loss in the last over of the first ODI against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton. All-rounder Ben Stokes made his return to English side in this match. The Blackcaps are 1-0 ahead in the five-match series.
Tourists England were sent in to bat first by the hosts. Jonny Bairstow was dismissed early in the innings by Trent Boult. Jason Roy and Joe Root put on a 79-run partnership for the second-wicket. Roy fell a run short of his half-century, 49 off 66 balls.
Skipper Eoin Morgan and Stokes didn’t stay too long at the crease. Stokes made 12 from 22 with the bat.
Root played a splendid knock of 75-ball 71 runs including 5 fours and a six. Jos Buttler did his job in the death overs. The swashbuckling hitter slammed 79 runs form 65 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes.
England posted 284/8 in 50 overs. Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Boult took two wickets each.
Hosts New Zealand were in deep trouble with losing the wickets of Colin Munro, captain Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill in 27 runs. Veteran Ross Taylor took the charge of building-up the innings with Tom Latham. The pair put on 178 runs for the fourth-wicket.
Latham made 79 off 84 hitting 6 boundaries. Taylor brought up his 18th ODI hundred in 108 balls. With middle-order batsmen Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme failing to deliver, the pressure was back on the Blackcaps.
Adil Rashid got Taylor stumped in the 46th over. Taylor left scoring a match-winning 113 from 116 deliveries hitting 12 fours. Santner got New Zealand over the line after a slow start to his innings.
Needing 9 runs to win in the last over, a four, a wide and a six off Chris Woakes brought up Kiwis’ win. Santner remained not out on 27-ball 45 runs with 2 fours and 4 maximums.
England 284/8 in 50 overs (Buttler 79, Root 71; Santner 2/54, Boult 2/64))
New Zealand 287/7 in 49.2 overs (Taylor 113, Latham 79, Santner 45*; Stokes 2/43)
New Zealand won by 3 wickets
Man of the Match: Ross Taylor (113)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com