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New Zealand vs England - 4th ODI

Series: England tour of New Zealand, 2018
Venue: University Oval, Dunedin
Date & Time: 07 March 2018

New Zealand 339/5 (49.3 Ovs) CRR: 6.85 | New Zealand won by 5 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c Stokes & b C Woakesc Stokes & b C Woakes01000
Colin Munro lbw Mark Woodlbw Mark Wood0100
Kane Williamson c Jos Buttler & b Stokesc Jos Buttler & b Stokes454831
Ross Taylor Not OutNot Out181147176
Tom Latham c Moeen & b Tom Curranc Moeen & b Tom Curran716723
Colin de Grandhomme c C Woakes & b Tom Curranc C Woakes & b Tom Curran231222
Henry Nicholls Not OutNot Out131201
Mitchell Santner dnbdnb0000
Tim Southee dnbdnb0000
Ish Sodhi dnbdnb0000
Trent Boult dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 4, w 2, nb 0)
Total 339 (5 Wkts, 49.3 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Chris Woakes8 2 42 1 5.25
Mark Wood8 0 65 1 8.13
Adil Rashid10 0 74 0 7.4
Tom Curran8.3 0 57 2 7.13
Ben Stokes7 0 45 1 6.43
Moeen Ali8 0 52 0 6.5
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow0 0 0 0 0
Joe Root0 0 0 0 0
Eoin Morgan0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0


Something happens to Taylor around his birthday! Almost 7 years to the day he wreaked havoc on Shoaib Akhtar and co. in the 2011 WC on his 27th birthday, he has powered through the pain and absolutely ravaged through the England bowling line-up to play an even more impressive innings in context. England don't know what has hit them, but as it stands, they will have to play the decider of this five-ODI series on Saturday at the Hagley Oval. Until then, it's Rishi Roy, still unable to believe what I have just seen (could be due to sleep deprivation too), signing off on behalf of Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Nikhil Jadhav and Venky. If you wish to express your awe or convey your dropped jaws in words, do tweet away @_rrroy_ and I shall get back to you ASAP. Alright then, we're off! Tada!

An ode to Taylor: "This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name!" A Fort Minor song dedicated to Ross Taylor, on the occasion of one of the most enthralling individual innings I have ever witnessed in the ODI game. An exhibition of unerring grit, resolve and concentration. There was some poor bowling by England to complement Taylor's innings. New Zealand maintain their winning streak at Dunedin, and extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches. No one can complain about this knock. Easy conditions? Hardly. Turn and some seam movement too. No pressure? Both openers and one of the world's best batsmen back in the hut. Extreme pressure. No-context match? A do-or-die match.

Ross Taylor, Man of the Match (Duh!): "It was nice to be there at the end. I batted okay in Hamilton but I got out. I had some cramps. A lot of guys came in and there were a lot of little partnerships - with Latham and Williamson. de Grandhomme scored quickly and took a lot of pressure off me. While chasing such a total, you just want to set yourself small goals and give yourself a chance. Just had to take it as deep as possible even though we were at a disadvantage in the beginning of our innings. Even our bowlers struggled and England looked like they'd get to 360-380 so it was great that they brought it back. Tom (Latham) and I complement each other very well and we stitched together a good partnership. When I got injured, I was on a 110/120. The physio asked me if I wanted to get out of there. I just had it firmly in my mind that I'd stay out there and swing at it. Hopefully it'll get better over the next few days. I think the injury helped because I really couldn't run any twos. So I just started swinging at it. I was hoping to get a few out of the screws and thankfully it came off. I think we were ahead when Tom got out too. Nicholls came out and finished it off. You don't want to panic at that stage. It's my birthday tomorrow, and I had some red wine stored, so I can't drink that if I am to play tomorrow (laughs)."

Kane Williamson: New Zealand captain: "Great game of cricket. We were put under pressure in the first half. They got 260 for 2 but we pulled back well to restrict them to 330 by picking wickets regularly. Ross played his best one day knock, in fact one of the best knocks in a chasing cause. Outstanding effort by him. To be honest we were not at our best in the first half as our intensity was not up to the mark. After a tough start, like we had in the first innings, it was great to see our batting take us over the line. Chasing 330 on this track is a good effort, indeed. The guys stuck to their plan and Ross was sensational in the run chase. Hopefully his injury is a minor one and we get to see him in action soon."

Eoin Morgan, England captain: "Beauty of a game that was. There was great support from the crowd and they were thoroughly entertained. I thought there was a bit of moisture early on but our openers gave us a good start. There was a bit of collapse after the kind of start. 335 was a competitive score, but we would have liked more. New Zealand bowled well at the death and pull things back. While fielding, creating those chances early was important and our bowlers did manage to do that. But Ross fought hard and took the game away from us. Losing 4 for 20 is not ideal. But we played a lot of good cricket today and it's unfortunate to end on the losing side."

19:04 Local Time, 06:04 GMT, 11:34 IST: New Zealand, oh New Zealand! How do you do this? England started off their innings like champions and posted a massive 335, which could have been more if not for some careless shots by the Englishmen towards the end. The New Zealand innings got off to as inauspicious a start as it could have, as the openers lost their wickets for blobs. After Williamson was wrongly adjudged caught behind, it just didn't look like it was New Zealand's day. And then it began: Ross Taylor and Latham began a partnership for the ages.

Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, SIX, THAT'S IT! What an extraordinary match this has been! Full ball on the pads, Henry Nicholls whiplashes that over backward square leg for six and Nicholls heaves a sigh of relief! The NZ dressing room explodes with joy, Taylor looks like he's in a trance and about to faint. Someone give this man a hand, and a leg, and whatever else he needs. Carry him off if you will! What a phenomenal match we have witnessed here in Dunedin!
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, no run, half-voley just outside off, Henry Nicholls drills it straight to mid-off. Panic mode ON!
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, no run, drama! Length ball, Henry Nicholls tries to sweep, it lobs away towards backward point and the batsman tries to run across. Stumbles while trying to get back to the crease. Falls over, and Woakes misses with the throw. Curran collects and he misses with the throw as well.

So it's down to this. 3 to win off 6. To extend their winning streak at this ground to 15. And this one will be special. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Stranger things have happened in cricket. Curran entrusted with the final over again. Five inside the circle... Here we go!

Woakes to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, just short of a yorker on leg stump, Henry Nicholls whips it down to deep mid-wicket for a single to retain the strike
Woakes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, yorker outside off, Ross Taylor jabs it away to mid-off and puts all his efforts into running across for 22 yards. True grit
Woakes to Ross Taylor, no run, short and wide outside off, Ross Taylor instinctively goes for the pull and misses
Woakes to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, length ball, wide outside off, driven down to sweeper cover for a single

Taylor seems to have hurt his arm now. Oh dear! This has gotta hurt... He's injured so many parts of his body, might need to be in a bodycast for the next month..

Woakes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Ross Taylor drills it down to sweeper cover for a single
Woakes to Ross Taylor, SIX, WHAM! Full-toss on the hips, Ross Taylor get his fore-arms into play and short-arm jabs it over the deep mid-wicket fence for six. In his arc, and away she sent it over the long-on fence. 2011 WC flashback!

The equation stands at 13 to win from 12. Taylor on strike. If he can pull this off, it may well be the greatest ODI innings ever played. As David Lloyd mentioned on air, "If Taylor wins this, the Kiwis should carry him off the field."

Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, no run, yorker length delivery fractionally wide outside off, Henry Nicholls digs it out off the toe to cover
Tom Curran to Ross Taylor, 1 run, short of length delivery on off, Ross Taylor backs away and steers it down to third man for one
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, slower bouncer just outside off, Henry Nicholls tries the pull again and is early into the shot, gets it off the toe-end to third man for a single
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, no run, short delivery on middle, aimed at the chest, Henry Nicholls mistimes the pull and chops it into the pitch off the under-edge. Dot ball
Tom Curran to Ross Taylor, 1 run, back of a length delivery and on the pads again, nurdled away to backward square leg off the back foot for a single
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked away off the back foot to backward square leg for a single

Equation: 17 off 18.

Woakes to Ross Taylor, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Ross Taylor doesn't get to the pitch of it and cracks that with a transfer-of-weight drive to sweeper cover for four. This is turning out to be one of the finest ODI innings of all-time
Woakes to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, full and wide outside off, Ross Taylor steers that away to third man for a couple as Taylor comes back for a second. Absorbing the pressure and finding pleasure in the pain, is Taylor
Woakes to Ross Taylor, SIX, half-volley outside off and in the slot, Ross Taylor drags that into the on-side and sends that soaring into orbit. Just an enormous batswing over long-on for six. No need to move his feet. The camera loses it as it disappears over the roof!
Woakes to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, yorker length delivery on middle and leg, dug out offthe toe-end to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Woakes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, low full-toss outside off, Ross Taylor gets low and runs his hands through it to steer it away to deep point for a single
Woakes to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, Henry Nicholls swats another bottom-hand drive to sweeper cover for a single
Tom Curran to Ross Taylor, no run, yorker length delivery on leg, Ross Taylor tries to flick it away and it lobs off his toe into the on-side. Huge appeal, but Taylor indicates that there was bat on it. To the naked eye, it also looked like it was going down leg-side. Taylor is down again, this time because he has hurt his toe I think.
Tom Curran to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, full delivery outside off, slower one, Henry Nicholls comes forward and whip-drives it to sweeper cover for a single

Henry Nicholls, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Tom Curran to de Grandhomme, out Caught by Woakes!! Another full-toss outside off, de Grandhomme square-drives that straight into the cups of Woakes at point! So many scoring opportunities, and most of them in the last 10 balls have been hit to the fielder, and this one finally resulted in a wicket. A foot either side of him and it was a boundary. The pressure mounts on NZ and, by extension, on Taylor. de Grandhomme c Woakes b Tom Curran 23(12) [4s-2 6s-2]

Tom Curran to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Tom Curran to de Grandhomme, no run, full toss again outside off, de Grandhomme whip-drives it straight to cover. A string of dot balls and NZ are under pressure again. Third man comes up
Tom Curran to Ross Taylor, 1 run, fuller length delivery on middle and off, Ross Taylor stands his ground and swat-drives it down to long-on for a single. That was an easy two for a fit Taylor...
Tom Curran to Ross Taylor, no run, full toss again on middle and off, Ross Taylor punches it to mid-off, fails to find the gap

Equation: 34 off 30.

Woakes to de Grandhomme, no run, short and wide outside off again, de Grandhomme flashes and misses. Another scoring opportunity missed. Good over from England's perspective.
Woakes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, fraction short, Ross Taylor short-arm-pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for another painful single
Woakes to Ross Taylor, no run, half-volley outside off, Ross Taylor drills it to mid-off, misses out on a scoring opportunity
Woakes to de Grandhomme, 1 run, full and wide outside off, sqeezed awat square of the wicket off a low stance for a single
Woakes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, low full-toss on middle and off, tapped away to long-on for a hobbled single. Taylor is playing the innings of his life here. Giving it his everything at the cost of injury
Woakes to Ross Taylor, no run, full and wide outside off, Ross Taylor stretches and tries to squirt that away, misses and it goes through to the keeper

Chris Woakes [5.0-2-14-1] is back into the attack

Wow! What a turnaround! 37 off 36 required. 58 off the last 5! What a game we are witnessing today!


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