277dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

B McCullum seals thrilling New Zealand win

Martin Guptill, batting on one leg after a hamstring injury, helped his captain Brendon McCullum seal a tight chase in the opening ODI in Hamilton as New Zealand squeezed home by three wickets with seven balls to spare

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Scorer: Avi Singh | Commentator: Avi Singh

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
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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