We'll leave you with this from Alex: "Just as well McCullum brought that home after running Williamson out. Good innings from both of them, and AWESOME from Guptill. Nice to see a close game for a change!"

Hope you enjoyed our coverage of what you could describe as an old-fashioned ODI tonight, thanks for all the feedback and hoping that you will join us on Wednesday for the 2nd ODI at McLean Park in Napier, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew 'Gnasher' McGlashan, whose match report will be up shortly. Cheerio!

Time for the post-match interviews. Here's England captain Alistair Cook: "We got off to an okay start, 260 was an okay score. I thought we did quite well, the way we bowled and defended the total. Credit to where New Zealand bowled, we lost 8 wickets in the last 15-16 overs. We didn't capitalise in the Powerplay and credit to Brendon who took the game away from us. I thought all [of the full-time bowlers] bowled pretty well, we didn't take all our catches though. We were surprised by the slow nature of the wicket."

Brendon McCullum:"We enjoy playing here, today was really important. Nice to show those fighting characteristics to restrict them to 260 [after they were 158 for 2]. Kyle Mills has been an outstanding bowler for a number of years and his record shows that, he led the attack well. We hope Mitch [McClenaghan] will be fit soon. James is experienced and offers us a lot with the ball so good to see him stepping up. Kane played well until I ran him out! I apologised to him but I thought his intent was outstanding and he controlled the game nicely. [Guptill] was disappointed to pull up with the injury but it was pleasing for him to come back and hit the winning runs."

Five years and eight days ago, these two sides had kicked off their last bilateral ODI series in New Zealand with the same result as tonight - a successful New Zealand chase, but that's where the similarities end.

Last time England were bowled out for 130, today they made almost double that (although it could have been more had they not been bowled out with three balls left unused). Similarly, New Zealand cruised to victory last time, but did it the hard way this time and appeared to have batted themselves out of the game by losing key wickets at regular intervals. Their skipper Brendon McCullum made amends for running out Kane Williamson, who had made a composed 74, and Martin Guptill triumphantly returned to the wicket, after retiring hurt early on due to a hamstring injury, to hit his side to victory.

England will rue not kicking on from the start provided to them by fifties from the returning Warwickshire pair of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, as well as whiz-kid Joe Root, but they were stifled by another aggressive effort with the ball from Mitchell McClenaghan, who nabbed four wickets before limping off with a side strain, and was well supported by Kyle Mills, who was miserly in claiming 2-32 from his 10, and James Franklin who snared 3-38.

Broad to Guptill, 1 run, New Zealand snatch a tight game by 3 wickets! Guptill squeezes a full ball outside off down past point to secure victory after he had retired hurt early before coming back in
Broad to Guptill, no run, hits it straight to cover and yells no, McCullum had already set off and turned back but would have been run out by yards had the throw hit
Broad to Guptill, FOUR runs, scores level as Guptill goes inside out over the in-fielders on the off side
Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, belts a full ball down to long-on
Broad to BB McCullum, 1 wide, England falling to pieces as Broad's bumper sails over the diminutive McCullum's head by a considerable margin
Broad to BB McCullum, SIX runs, Broad returns and is greeted with six! Surely New Zealand can't lose from here now, McCullum has absolutely smoked another trademark pull over the midwicket boundary

48 | 13 Runs | NZ: 246/7 (13 runs required from 7 balls, RR: 5.12, RRR: 6.50)

  • MJ Guptill22 (24b)
  • BB McCullum62 (59b)
  • CR Woakes10-0-52-2
  • ST Finn10-0-54-1

Mark: "The last few correspondents are missing the point. In both cases Root and McCullum were given out. There was no clear evidence in either case so either both original out decisions should have been upheld or they should both have been reversed. The inconsistency between the 2 decisions is the issue."

James: "@Bishop: The evidence for Root WAS conclusive. The front-on angle showed daylight between ball and glove. It couldnt get any more conclusive than that."

Rajesh: "DRS certainly has brought interaction from the readers. Once upon a time there was nothing to get people into a debate. Now all it takes is one decision and everyone's on the ball. DRS - take a bow!"

Woakes to Guptill, FOUR runs, back to back boundaries for Guptill put New Zealand in the box seat heading into the final two overs. full outside off and Guptill slams it back past the bowler and the stumps to the straight boundary
Woakes to Guptill, FOUR runs, Guptill prevents a third dot ball by waiting on a slower ball outside off and cutting it behind point, ball rushes to the fence
Woakes to Guptill, no run, gives himself room and attempts an extravagant lofted drive over cover, but the swish meets with only thin air
Woakes to Guptill, no run, yorker in the blockhole outside off from Woakes, Guptill can only bottom edge it along the carpet through to Buttler

English brains trust converge to discuss tactics

Woakes to BB McCullum, 1 run, carved into the covers to make it five from the first two balls
Woakes to BB McCullum, FOUR runs, short on middle and McCullum murders the pull through backward square, Root runs around yet again but ca't even get a hand on it, if Root can't stop it, no one can

47 | 14 Runs | NZ: 233/7 (26 runs required from 7 balls, RR: 4.95, RRR: 8.66)

  • BB McCullum57 (57b)
  • MJ Guptill14 (20b)
  • ST Finn10-0-54-1
  • SCJ Broad9-0-43-1

John: "@Chris, absolutely not! There's no way that anyone can say conclusively that the ball did not hit the pad first from those replays. That means that there's no conclusive evidence that the on-field umpire was wrong and therefore the original decision stands. It is NOT for the third umpire to give the benefit of the doubt to the batsmen. He gives the benefit of the doubt to the on-field umpire."

Richard: "Can't have a go at DRS here - all the technology said the decision was marginal. If the umpire hadn't given it it wouldn't have been out! I've seen a lot of non-DRS matches and big difference is that the bad decisions are generally a long way away from marginal. Surely we can't still be arguing that DRS hasn't improved the game!"

Bishop: "re DRS if it was correct to uphold the Nathan McCullum decision, then the Root decision should have also been upheld. Seems evidence was inconclusive in both cases."

Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, tucks a full ball on leg out to the leg side sweeper at midwicket to retain the strike, 26 needed from the last 3
Finn to BB McCullum, 1 wide, Finn loses his nerve with a very average ball for a player of his quality, sends it well down the leg side
Finn to Guptill, 1 run, squeezed out for a single into the point region
Finn to Guptill, SIX runs, Guptill returns in style! Finn bangs it in short on off to test Guptill's mobility, he arches out of the way and ramps it over the head of third man for six, didn't go hard at it, just used the pace of the ball
Finn to Guptill, FOUR runs, just clears the head of wide mid-off after backing away and getting under a full ball on middle, boundary first up
Finn to BB McCullum, 1 run, rocks back and heaves out to deep midwicket, Guptill on strike
Finn to BB McCullum, no run, defends a full length ball on middle

46 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 219/7 (40 runs required from 7 balls, RR: 4.76, RRR: 10.00)

  • BB McCullum55 (54b)
  • MJ Guptill3 (17b)
  • SCJ Broad9-0-43-1
  • ST Finn9-0-40-1
Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, clipped through midwicket as the captain keeps the strike

Aditya: "@Mark - DRS changed the principle of 'benefit of doubt to batsman' to 'benefit of doubt to umpire'. It's just that spectators haven't been explicitly educated about such a change of principle."

RK: "Not sure why people are getting upset with the DRS. It can only reverse an umpire's decision if there's CLEAR evidence that the original decision was wrong. The ball was 'barely' in line (meaning it was in line), barely clipping the stumps (means it was hitting the stumps). There was a question as to whether it was bat first but that's all it is, a question. It was the correct decision to uphold the decision because there was nothing to prove that it wasn't out. Even the kiwi commentators thought so."

John: "Just a little reminder why it is correct that McCullum's decision was not reversed. There is always uncertainty, which is why we have umpires, and the field umpire has decided to give the batsman out. DRS provides an avenue to redress the batsman if the umpire is WRONG. Since, in this case, the umpire may definitely have been RIGHT, the decision stands, as it should"

Jacinth Gutla: "People are missing the point here - 'was there enough evidence that Nathan hit the ball first?'. Didnt seem so. Ball seems to have hit the bat after hitting the dad - if there was already an inside edge on the pad, then there should be two white spots on the hotspot. Seems like there was only one clear white spot on the hot spot (unless I missed it)."

Broad to Ellis, OUT, New Zealand lose their seventh as Ellis doesn't get enough bat on an attempted pull to a short ball on middle and off, Finn runs in from fine leg and appears to have it under control but has to use his arms to keep it in as it almost spills out

AM Ellis c Finn b Broad 13 (25m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

Broad to BB McCullum, 1 run, slapped to the left of cover where Anderson dives well to prevent further scoring
Broad to BB McCullum, 1 wide, completely misdirects an awayswinger outside off and sends it comfortably outside the wide markers
Broad to Ellis, 1 run, half-volley outside off and drilled to mid-off on the edge of the circle
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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st2BJ WatlingMJ Guptill
2nd16MJ GuptillKS Williamson
2nd57LRPL TaylorKS Williamson
3rd49GD ElliottKS Williamson
4th18BB McCullumKS Williamson
5th13JEC FranklinBB McCullum
6th31BB McCullumNL McCullum
7th32BB McCullumAM Ellis
8th41BB McCullumMJ Guptill