5th ODI, Chester-le-Street

England v New Zealand, 2015

Andrew Alderson

At Chester-le-Street, June 20. England won by three wickets (D/L). Toss: England. One-day international debut: A. W. Mathieson. Bairstow's first international innings since the Sydney Test of January 2014 produced an exhilarating format-best 83 not out from 60 balls as England fought back to claim a rain-affected decider. Recalled after Jos Buttler split the webbing between his left thumb and forefinger in training, Bairstow marshalled their pursuit of a revised 192 in 26 overs after they had slipped to 45 for five.First he added 80 with the lively Billings, then - after Willey went cheaply - an unbroken 54 in 29 deliveries with Yorkshire team-mate Rashid.

Had Santner caught an easy chance at third man when Bairstow had 56, New Zealand might have won. His glove work left its mark too: when he caught Taylor, the scorebook recorded "c Bairstow b Willey" for the first time since December 1979, when their fathers - David, another wicket keeper, and Peter - combined to dismiss Rod Marsh in a one-day international at Melbourne. Earlier, the biggest surprise was that New Zealand failed to add to aseries tally of seven 300-plus totals - second only to the nine managed by India and Australia in late 2013. Rashid produced his tightest spell of the series, but Wheeler hit the last three balls of the innings, from Finn, for 16 to lift New Zealand's spirits. Rain held up play for more than two and a half hours and, when England finally batted, they almost unravelled against the left-arm spin ofSantner, opening with Southee. He struck three times in his first eight deliveries, including Morgan, caught at deep midwicket as he slog-swept his first ball. When seamer Andrew Mathieson's first delivery for New Zealand induced a toe-ended miscue from Roy, England were sinking fast. But Bairstow changed the momentum of the day, and they were soon celebrating their first one-day serieswin at home in six attempts.
Man of the Match:J. M. Bairstow. Attendance:13,788.Man of the Series:K. S. Williamson.

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