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Joe Root (79*) and Jonathan Trott (65*) stitched together a brilliant unbeaten 121-run stand to hand England an easy win over New Zealand by 8 wickets after skipper Alastair Cook (78) and Ian Bell (44) built a solid opening foundation of 89 runs. Root played a magnificent knock of 79 off just 56 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes to make England’s chase an easy one.
Earlier, former captain Ross Taylor scored a century and skipper Brendon McCullum made a whirlwind 36-ball-74 to help New Zealand post 269 runs after being put into bat by opposition skipper Alastair Cook.
England, who lost the first ODI, leveled the three-match series 1-1 after today's win.
ENGLAND Overs: 47.4 II Score: 270/2 (Trott: 65*, Root: 79*)
England have beaten New Zealand in the second ODI by eight wickets and levelled the series 1-1. The partnership for the third wicket between Trott and Root was worth 121 and bothe of them cored a fifty apiece leading their team to victory. Root top scored for England with 79* while James Anderson took 5/34.
ENGLAND Overs:45 II Score: 242/2 (Trott: 56*, Root: 60*)
Joe Root played some attractive shots all around the park to take England close to New Zealand's total. Jonathan Trott remained as steady as possible as Root went for his shots and outscored his senior partner. Meanwhile, both the batsmen completed their fifties. England needed 28 runs from 30 balls with 8 wickets remaining.
ENGLAND Overs:40 II Score: 202/2 (Trott: 44*, Root: 32*)
37 runs have come in the batting powerplay for New Zealand. Off the 35th came just five runs while the next over fetched them six runs including a boundary through point region to Trott. 37th over again got them six while 39th brought them nine runs closer to the target. 40th proved to be the most fruitful over of the powerplay as 10 runs came off it. England need 68 runs from 60 deliveries.
ENGLAND Overs:35 II Score: 165/2 (Trott: 31*, Root: 9*)
England have lost thei wicket of their skipper Alastair Cook. He was out while attempting to negotiate a full toss from Southee. He ended up playing it back to Southee who accepted the catch. He scored 78 (92b, 4X7). Joe Root came in at no.4 and got off the mark with a single to midwicket off his first delivery. England need another 105 runs from 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.
ENGLAND Overs:30 II Score: 140/1 (Cook: 72*, Trott: 22*)
Skipper Alastair Cook (72*) was leading the England chase along with one down Jonathan Trott (22*). They were going steadily with ones and twos with occasional boundaries. England needed 130 runs from 20 overs with a required run-rate of 6.50.
ENGLAND Overs:25 II Score: 106/1 (Cook: 50*, Trott: 10*)
Skipper Alastair Cook completed a fine half-century from 67 balls with the help of 5 fours and a six. He brought up his fifty when he drove off-spinner Nathan McCullum to the cover region for a single. Trott, who came after the fall of Bell's wicket, was trying to lend good support to his captain who was anchoring the chase beautifully. England needed 164 runs from 25 overs with the required run rate of 6.56.
ENGLAND Overs:20 II Score: 89/1 (Cook: 43*, Trott: 0*)
Ken Williamson drew the first blood for New Zealand as he removed English opener Ian Bell for 44. Bell's 65-ball controlled innings was consisted of 5 hits to the fence. Bell tried to sweep the off-spinner but got a top edge which was caught by Hamish Rutherford at square-leg. Jonathan Trott came to join Alastair Cook (43*) in the middle with England going well on 89/1.
ENGLAND Overs:15 II Score: 72/0 (Cook: 32*, Bell: 38*)
Openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell continue to build a solid platform for the England chase as they took their team to 72 without any loss after 15 overs. Both the batsmen were looking comfortable in the middle and milking the New Zealand bowlers all around the park.
ENGLAND Overs:10 II Score: 45/0 (Cook: 18*, Bell: 26*)
The scoring rate has picked up. Four runs came in the sixth over, a boundary to Cook and three singles came in the next. Off the eight over, Bell hit Boult for two back-to-back boundaries through cover region. James Franklin was introduced into the attack in the ninth over and he conceded just a single. Bell, in the next over scored two more consecutive boundaries off Southee. England need another 225 runs from 40 overs with all ten wickets in hand.
ENGLAND Overs: 5 II Score: 17/0 (Cook: 12*, Bell: 4*)
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are in the middle to steer England’s chase while Kyle Mills and Trent Boult are sharing the new ball. The first over from Mills fetched them a boundary – a cut through point by Cook. Boult began with a maiden while the next over from Mills saw Cook collecting two boundaries – both scored employing cut. Off the fourth over came just four runs - a wide and a triple to Bell. The fifth over saw them add just a single to their total.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 48.5 II Score: 269/10
New Zealand have been bundled out for a total of 269. James Anderson with the wicket of Trent Boult has completed a five-wicket haul. Five wickets have fallen in the last 23 deliveries with Anderson claiming three of them. Ross Taylor reached his seventh ODI century with a boundary off Woakes. He fell to Anderson after edging his second delivery of the 49th over to wicketkeeper. New Zealand were looking to reach at least a total of 270+ but a flurry of wickets in the past four overs meant that they could manage only 269. However, it has been a fine recovery considering they had lost two wickets at 19.
NEW ZEALANDOvers: 45 II Score: 243/5 (Taylor: 89*, Franklin: 0*)
Brendon McCullum has done his job but New Zealand would be disappointed at not having him there till the end of the innings for he was mauling English bowler with disdain! He was caught by Woakes at long-on off Broad. He scored 74 (36b, 4X9, 6x4). End of a good innings as it has brought the home side back into the game. James Franklin is the new man in.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 40 II Score: 166/4 (Taylor: 71*, McCullum: 18*)
23 runs have come in the past four overs - 12 of them scored in boundaries. The score has crossed 150-run mark. New Zealand need to score big in these remaining 10 overs. They have got wickets in hand and two of their biggest hitters in the middle who look well set for the assault.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 36 II Score: 143/4 (Taylor: 68*, McCullum : 0*)
The hosts are four wickets down. Grant Elliott was the fourth wicket to fall after being caught by Bairstow off Steve Finn. He scored 23 (30b). Brendon McCullum is the new man in.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 30 II Score: 105/3 (Taylor: 43*, Elliott: 8*)
The third wicket partnership has been broken by Chirs Woakes. Kane Williamson attempted a pull but ended up playing it on to his leg stump. He scored 33 (47b, 4X3). The partnership was worth 72 guiding New Zealand out of a poor start after they had lost their opening pair early.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 25 II Score: 89/2 (Taylor: 37*, Williamson: 32*)
Williamson scored a boundary off the first ball registering his second boundary. Five more runs came in the over. This is turning out to be a good stand considering the first two were worth just 19. Both of them have avoided taking unnecessary risks as they rebuild the innings.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 20 II Score: 59/2 (Taylor: 26*, Williamson: 13*)
22 runs have come in the past five overs. In the 17th over, bowled by Woakes, Taylor added two boundaries to his total. The first came off the third delivery through mid-on while the second came off the last delivery to third man region.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 15 II Score: 37/2 (Taylor: 11*, Williamson: 7*)
16 runs scored in the past five overs including two boundaries – one each two Taylor and Williamson. The 11th over from Anderson was a maiden.
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 10 II Score: 21/2 (Taylor: 0*, Williamson: 2*)
New Zealand have lost both their openers after Hamish Rutherford was caught by Alastair Cook off James Anderson. He scored 11 (25b, 4X2). Ross Taylor is the new batsman in the middle. A shaky start to the innings! Earlier, Anderson induced an edge off Watling that was safely taken by Cook at first slip as New Zealand lost their first wicket. He scored 7 (23b).
NEW ZEALAND Overs: 5 II Score: 11/0 (Watling: 6*, Rutherford: 5*)
England won the toss and asked New Zealand to bat first in the second ODI being played at Napier. The home team is currently leading the series 1-0. Hamish Rutherford and Bradley-John Watling have opened the innings for New Zealand while James Anderson and Steve Finn are sharing the new ball for England. A cautious start this from the Kiwis.
First Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 09:13