Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

It was straitjacket time for New Zealand's batsmen with no room to free their arms and attack width. The closely contested series 2-2 after a Ross Taylor produced one of the finest ODI knocks.

He has been named in a New Zealand XI side to face England in a two-day red ball match in Hamilton on Friday and Saturday, but Hesson said he was "unlikely" to play in that. So, they did not have to worry about any warm up matches. They are a far cry from the team that arrived in New Zealand for the World Cup three years ago. Add to that the absence of talismanic opener Brendon McCullum who was responsible for giving New Zealand blazing starts, particularly in ODI cricket.

"If you only have five options that means you've got to drop another bowler and in the one-day game, almost every game, there is always someone for who it doesn't go as well as they'd like so it is always good to have that sixth option". But at the end, before the last match, New Zealand and England won two matches each and so, last match was nearly final no doubt. Martin Guptill was the only batsman in the top five to provide any resistance with 47, before Nicholls and Santner ensured New Zealand had a total to bowl at but it was never going to be enough against the powerful England batting lineup. He nearly turned the opening match with two wickets and was Man of the Match in Mount Maunganui.

England chased the target in the 33rd over with Stokes and Joe Root in the middle as New Zealand were left pondering over their batting failures in the decider. So, 5th match was important for both teams to win the series.

A rather weird series for Colin Munro summed up in his final outing as he bagged yet another duck as Woakes snaffled him in the very first over.

The 5th match between Black Caps and England was taken place in 10th March, 2018 which was a day competition staged at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

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After two not out scores and a run out at the non-striker's end, Santner was finally dismissed by a bowler, falling in Woakes's final over to the first of two stunning catches.

The bowling all-rounder compiled 67 from 71 balls, his highest score in the format, eclipsing the 63 not out in the loss at Mt Maunganui.

Mark Wood bowled Kane Williamson for 14 before spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali stepped up to decimate the middle of the New Zealand innings. He checked runs in his bowling spell.

Chris Woakes excelled with the ball for England, finishing with figures of 3-32 without conceding a boundary from his opening 10 overs, and his sharpness was backed up by the spinners. But Bairstow's dismissal by part-time medium-pacer Colin Munro, from whom he had just previously hit a six over the gabled grandstand at the University Oval, precipitated a collapse which saw England lose 6-19 in 6.1 overs.

"Let's hope he doesn't get an injury, because he plays pretty well when he gets injured".

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