2nd ODI, Kennington Oval

England v New Zealand, 2015

Andrew Alderson

At The Oval, June 12 (day/night). New Zealand won by 13 runs (D/L). Toss: New Zealand.New Zealand levelled the series thanks to another mammoth first-innings total, but they were grateful for a little meteorological help. Rain struck with England on 345 for seven, needing 54 runs from 37 balls, and an enterprising stand between Rashid and Plunkett already worth 70. But whenplay resumed the equation became an even more testing 34 from 13. Both batsmen fell in the same over, bowled by Nathan McCullum - a remarkable relay catch between Southee and Boult to dismiss Rashid on the long-on boundary sealed the game.

England's highest total batting second (despite facing only 46 overs) was little consolation. New Zealand's top seven had all contributed to a daunting 398 on a pitch that offered all the seam movement of a tennis ball on tarmac. The upshot was 40 fours, 13 sixes and their second-highest one-day total, behind 402 for two against Ireland at Aberdeen in 2008. Williamson, with 93 from 88 balls, and Taylor, who made an unbeaten 119 from 96 after being dropped by Roy at backward point on seven, stood out. England chased competitively after Roy and Hales began with 85 inside 13 overs and, at 259 for four after 32, might even have been favourites. But Buttler was caught behind off Boult, later ruled out of the tour with a backinjury. Then Morgan - who looked set for England's fastest one-day century - scythed McClenaghan to deep point to depart for a swashbuckling 88 from 47 balls. Billings followed quickly, beforeRashid and Plunkett threatened to turn the game. New Zealand closed it out for their 300th ODI win;it had taken 684 matches, more than the seven other sides to have reached the mark.
Man of the Match:L. R. P. L. Taylor

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