England v New Zealand, 2nd NatWest ODI, Ageas Bowl June 2, 2013

Guptill's blazing 189 sees New Zealand clinch series


New Zealand 359 for 3 (Guptill 189*, Taylor 60, Williamson 55) beat England 273 (Trott 109*) by 86 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A record-breaking day from Martin Guptill earned New Zealand another one-day trophy on English soil with an 86-run victory at the Ageas Bowl. Less than 48 hours after leading his side home at Lord's, Guptill plundered New Zealand's highest individual one-day innings with a monumental, unbeaten 189 which left England shell-shocked and reflecting on their first home ODI series loss since 2009.

Guptill, who went past the previous individual mark of 172 by Lou Vincent against Zimbabwe during the penultimate over of the innings, provided more than half of New Zealand's overwhelming total of 359 for 3 - the second-highest conceded by England after the 387 for 5 in Rajkot in 2006. Agonisingly for England, like at Lord's, they offered him a life on 13, when Jonathan Trott - who later scored a 98-ball hundred - spilled a relatively straightforward catch at midwicket, although it proved more costly than anyone could have imagined.

The final 10 overs of New Zealand's innings were carnage, costing 132 runs, as Guptill and Brendon McCullum brought up their hundred stand - the third of the innings - in just 45 deliveries as England's bowling was scattered to all corners. Guptill's hundred had come off 111 deliveries; the final 44 balls of his stay brought 89 runs and six of the last seven deliveries he faced went for four.

He equalled Viv Richards' 189 at Old Trafford in 1984 as the highest innings against England in an ODI and Guptill's two hundreds in three days was also a repeat of the feat achieved by Mark Greatbatch, the only other New Zealand batsman to score a one-day ton in England, when he notched back-to-back landmarks in 1990.

Two partnerships formed the bedrock of the New Zealand innings which allowed the later onslaught: Guptill and Kane Williamson added 120 for the second wicket, then Ross Taylor joined in a third-wicket alliance worth 109 in 17 overs as the innings accelerated. Not that Taylor's departure slowed things down as Guptill and McCullum ensured mayhem in the closing overs.

Apart from James Anderson first spell, England's bowling was disappointing throughout, occasionally verging on woeful, albeit on the best batting surface of the international season so far, coupled with a lightning fast outfield. Jade Dernbach's 10-over spell for 87 was the fourth-most expensive return by an England bowler in an ODI.

Anderson, whose two scalps put him level with Darren Gough as England's leading ODI wicket-taker, made a deceptive early breakthrough for England by knocking back Luke Ronchi's middle stump to continue his lean start with the bat. Tim Bresnan, who is waiting on news of his heavily pregnant wife, was also economical with the new ball as England kept control during the first Powerplay; New Zealand were 36 for 1. It added further heady context to what happened during the rest of the innings.

Woakes, after suffering the dropped catch off his bowling for the second time in three days, sent down another expensive opening spell which cost 29 as New Zealand's second-wicket pair increased the tempo. Both Guptill and Williamson timed the ball beautifully square of the wicket particularly off the back foot.

Joe Root was the first spin option used by England and when Graeme Swann was introduced his first ball was crunched through cover by Guptill. They continued to milk him for a run-a-ball.

Williamson, who fell for a duck two days ago, completed an unfussy half-century off 59 balls, his tally of three fours highlighting the efficient running which kept the pressure firmly on England - a point hammered home when Guptill dismissively pulled Woakes for six off the front foot - before Williamson bottom-edged a pull off Swann into his stumps.

Taylor took time to play himself in; he used 28 balls to reach 21, then clubbed 39 off his next 26 deliveries which included two sixes, one from a full toss by Bresnan, then a second with a trademark bottom-hand flick against Anderson. He fell next ball attempting a repeat but the damage had only just started for England's bowlers.

With the quality of the pitch, speed of the outfield and new fielding restrictions it was not beyond the realms of possibility that England could have made a decent stab at creating history themselves. But, with the exception of Trott who made his fourth one-day hundred 13 balls quicker than it took Guptill, the top order continued in the wasteful vain they had shown at Lord's with four of the top five falling between 21 and 34.

Alastair Cook had collected five crisp boundaries before losing his middle stump to Kyle Mills; Ian Bell's frustrating season continued when he spliced a drive to mid-off; Root picked out long-on and Eoin Morgan, a player capable of matching the pyrotechnics of Guptill and McCullum, swiped across the line in Grant Elliott's first over to feather an edge to Ronchi.

Although the match was always under New Zealand's control during the chase, McCullum's proactive captaincy was again to be admired. Elliott taking a wicket in his first over owed plenty to good fortune, but it also needed the captain to delve into the options he had available and pace off the ball is rarely a bad ploy to England's middle order. Neither did he let the game drift, immediately recalling the sharp Mitchell McClenaghan when Morgan and Jos Buttler came to the crease; at Lord's the reward was Morgan's wicket, here Buttler drove McClenaghan's first ball back to short cover.

Trott, who received a huge cheer when he straight-drove James Franklin for his third six in ODIs, played the anchor role that he is made for but it was a forlorn effort as the strokemakers departed around him. Although this is their first home series defeat under Cook, with the Champions Trophy just days away there is much to ponder for England who are struggling to cover for the absence of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn and whose strengths appear somewhat nullified on flat pitches when the sun comes out. New Zealand, on the other hand, have looked a world away from the No. 8-ranked ODI side.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Anupam on June 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @JG2704 on (June 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT) Yes Fella I agree to you.L.Wright is good option in ODI than Woakes. IMO Dernbach will do good in tests. Tremlett, Anderson, Finn are good choice in CT and in Ashes too. Cook, Root, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan, Wright/Bresnan, Swann, Finn, Tremlett, Jimmy.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @wombats and Meety - the games I was talking about were ones played in India, I thought I made this clear by mentioning "home". Sorry for lack of clarity. I probably shouldn't be talking about India or Sachin in an England Vs NZ page, but sorry I just got sick of kiwirocker randomly bringing up Sachin on every comment he makes, and was rebuting him. It seems I got replies from almost every one else apart from him. Where is he hiding now.

  • John on June 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @AKS286 on (June 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT) Not at all re Woakes. Some players are suited to shorter formats , some are suited to tests and some are suited to both. Woakes is not suited to the shorter formats but that does not mean he can't do well in tests

  • Anupam on June 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I think now JG2704 will understand why i'm not in favour of Woakes (batting & bowling all are not good enough for international level). Still DERNBACH this time no comments about HIM. no matter every new game has new start. POMS will bounce back. No problem this win boost kiwis & Poms will perform better in CT.

  • Bob on June 4, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    What more does jade Dernbach have to do to convince the England selectors that he is not up to playing international cricket? If they persist in selecting him, might someone with a suspicious nature suspect corruption? Who knows, perhaps the selectors might be tempted to lay bets with sporting index as to which team can concede the most runs in the final 5 overs of each innings. Stranger things have happened....

  • Andrew on June 4, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    @wonderstar1 on (June 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT) - no, Gupta actually said "at home" - yes he probably meant in India - but it is easily mistaken.

  • omkar on June 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    5wombats you need to tidy up your reading skills. Forget partisanship and put more thought in your blogs. You seem to be easily irritated and lose your thought process.

  • omkar on June 3, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    England crushed despite Trott being given two lives - twice he was mis-stumped yet no mention of this in the article but the one chance to Guptil by Trott harped upon.

    However, not surprising since is never beaten England they only lose.

  • roket on June 3, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    @wonderstar1: "India never lost a ODI in india like this like eng even when australia were at their prime." Minor correction: India lost to Australia 4-2 on both series prior to the most recent one, in 2007 and 2009. In 2007 India lost by 84 runs in Kochi, followed by 9 wickets loss in Vadodara. I think losing by 84 runs and 9 wickets in the same series in pretty bad considering India was playing at home!:-)

  • Craig on June 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Small technical error in the article. Mark Greatbatch and Martin Guptill are not the only NZers to score 2 ODI 100s in England - but they are the only ones to do so against England. Glenn Turner also scored 2 ODI 100s in England - in World Cups against East Africa and India.