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Morgan, Root orchestrate record England chase

Tons from duo help home side overhaul 350-run target with six overs to spare to level series against New Zealand

Morgan, Root orchestrate record England chase - Cricket News
Morgan smacked 113 off 82 balls while Joe Root was unbeaten on 106 off 97 balls as the home side finished on 350 for 3 with six overs to spare.
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root carved centuries in a record chase as England blew New Zealand away by seven wickets in the fourth One-Day International at Trent Bridge on Wednesday (June 17) to square the five-match series at 2-2. 

Morgan smacked 113 off 82 balls while Joe Root was unbeaten on 106 off 97 balls as the home side finished on 350 for 3 with six overs to spare, the fourth-highest successful chase in an ODI.

The 198-run partnership between Morgan and Root was also the highest third-wicket ODI stand against New Zealand.

When New Zealand reached 349 for 7, courtesy a fine knock by Kane Williamson (90), the momentum was firmly with the visiting side. England had successfully overhauled a 305-run target against Pakistan at Karachi in 2000, but this was an even taller ask.

Yet England's whirlwind approach at the start seemed to suggest that a win wasn’t in the realms of the impossible.

It pummeled 97 runs in the first 10 overs despite Ben Wheeler starting with a maiden over. The left-arm paceman's next three overs went for 41 runs as Alex Hales and Jason Roy made merry against an attack that was quite clearly missing its spearhead Trent Boult, who was ruled out of the series after the second ODI with a back injury.

A brief rain break did little to disrupt England's rhythm as Hales blasted 22 runs off Mitchell McClenagan's first over when the players returned to the field.

Matt Henry then dismissed Hales (67) and Roy (38) in consecutive overs, but England was well on its way at 111 for 2, with Morgan joining Root at the crease. 

New Zealand didn't do itself any favours, Ross Taylor dropping Root on 9 in the slip cordon. But at the other end, Morgan chugged along at a rapid pace, reaching his half-century off just 39 balls.

Lady Luck also smiled on Morgan while he was on 66 as he skied a delivery from Henry towards deep midwicket. Grant Elliott and Wheeler both made a dash, nearly colliding with each other, but neither managed to get a hand to the ball.

Morgan brought up his century with a six over long-on off Henry. He fell to Southee soon after, but the damage was done, the England captain hitting five sixes and 11 fours during his knock.

Root eventually took England across the line in the 44th over, reaching his second century of the series in the process.

Earlier, opener Martin Guptill (53) and allrounder Grant Elliott (55 not out) played their part alongside Williamson to steer New Zealand past 300.

New Zealand, at one stage, was cruising at 187 for 2 in 30 overs, but Mark Wood (1 for 49) and Steven Finn (1 for 51) helped England fight back.

Williamson and Taylor, who made 110 in the previous ODI at the Rose Bowl, had shared a stand of 206 on Sunday. This time, they only managed 101 between them with Taylor lbw to Finn for 42.

Williamson the holed out to a leaping Adil Rashid at mid-on off David Willey, with 12 fours and a six in his knock.

The fourth ODI was memorable not only for England, but also Australia umpire Steve Davis as it was his last in the middle before retirement -- although he will be the replay official for Saturday's series-decider in Durham.

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