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Taylor special helps New Zealand level series

Number of records tumble at The Oval as England fall 13 short in a thrilling second ODI

Taylor special helps New Zealand level series - Cricket News
Ross Taylor celebrates his century.

More runs were scored in this match than had ever been scored in 40 years of One-Day Internationals in England, with New Zealand levelling the series 1-1 after another day of records and rollicking innings. The margin of victory was 13 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In front of a sell-out crowd, Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to have first use of a typically good Oval pitch. He swung and missed, swung and hit and, inevitably, swung and mishit, to be caught by Ben Stokes at midwicket off Liam Plunkett. McCullum had gone for 39 off 22 balls.

New Zealand drew breath - but not for long. Kane Williamson stroked an old-fashioned 93 off 88 and Ross Taylor smashed very modern 119 off 96. The engine room got excellent support from Martin Guptill with a well-judged 50, while Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi chipped in with cameos at strike rates above 200.

The England bowlers were shorter and a touch wider than ideal, allowing the New Zealand batsmen to swing through the line easily. The boundary count (53) was an ODI record in England, with Chris Jordan alone conceding 15 of them as he finished with figures of 9-0-97-1.

England’s batting aggression wasn’t enough for it to get above a run-a-ball until the very last of the mandatory Power Play deliveries. At 65 off 10 overs England was a notch or two behind on the D-L charts.

And it was to stay in the game despite losing wickets regularly,courtesy Eoin Morgan, the captain, whose dazzling 88 off 47 balls peppered the crowd with six sixes. But every time England edged towards the D-L par score, New Zealand forced a wicket, the bowling effort led by the excellent Trent Boult, who finished with figures of 2 for 53.

When rain intervened for 45 minutes or so, the game lost four overs and the adjusted target for England was 34 off 13 balls. While England could consider itself unlucky, it wasn’t ahead of the par score at any point in the chase despite challenging to do so at several points.

These two closely matched, ultra-positive sides will go to Southampton on Sunday (June 14) neck and neck with three to play. And anyone with a ticket will be keeping it somewhere very safe indeed.

To see the full scorecard of this match, please click here. 

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