Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Wellington, Mar 3 2018, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
234
(50 ov, target 235)
230/8
England won by 4 runs
Player Of The Match
England
2y
• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Brilliant Williamson thwarted at the death by nerveless England

England battled their way to a 2-1 series lead with a thrilling four-run win, achieved in spite of a superb hundred from Kane Williamson

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Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
England234(50 overs)
Eoin Morgan48 (71)
Ben Stokes39 (73)
Ish Sodhi3/53(10)
Trent Boult2/47(10)
New Zealand230/8(50 overs)
Colin Munro49 (62)
Moeen Ali3/36(10)
Adil Rashid2/34(10)
end of over 5010 runs
NZ: 230/8CRR: 4.6 
Kane Williamson112 (143)
Ish Sodhi2 (3)
Chris Woakes10-1-40-2
Tom Curran7-0-49-0

9:57pm Thanks for joining us for this epic. We loved bringing it to you - hope you had fun. England are 2-1 up. Good night!

Eoin Morgan: Brilliant game of cricket, again. We're very fortunate that the fans came out to support us. Great atmosphere. We took a huge amount of commitment and overthinking to assess this pitch. We just couldn't get going. The sun was out and it was a hot day. We knew we would've been in the game if we got somewhere between 220-240. Our spin twins did a fantastic job on a wicket that offered some turn. The pressure shifted a little bit with the Williamson-Santner partnership. It was a very tight game, could've gone either way. I think it's important for the game. It can't be crash bang wallop. when there's something on offer for everybody, it rejuvenates everyone. Woakes is Mr. Reliable, he's defended 13 against Dhoni for us. He's a bit of an unsung hero for us with bat and ball.

Kane Williamson: Very frustrating. Credit to England, they had to assess and get a good total at the halfway stage. They deserved the win. We stumbled a bit in the middle and it hit us, meant we had to get deeper in the game. This is kind of why we chose to bowl - we weren't sure how the wicket would play. The bowling unit did a good job. But it was a competitive total from them. We started well and stumbled. Santner did well. We sort of knew hitting would be difficult. Our plans kept changing as we lost wickets. Credit to their how the spinners in the middle. They deserved to win, just a shame we got so close. There's a few deliveries you have in your mind, but when they're executed well, you can't hit them. No concern about the middle order, no.

Moeen Ali: Brilliant game, very tight. Fantastic last few overs by us. When I went in I tried to have a whack. It was a difficult wicket. A good one for spinners. My plan was to bowl tight and the wickets came. They weren't great balls or anything. Wanted to build pressure and hopefully get wickets because of it, that's my plan in ODIs as an offspinner. It was nice to bowl my ten overs through. In the end it takes only one over each way and we knew we could win the game.

Moeen Ali is the Man of the Match.


9:41pm Oh what an innings from Williamson. Floundering, flailing, fighting, carrying - couldn't pull it off. Heartbreak in the end. Should never have come to this for New Zealand, he was the sole reason. But it just didn't work out. Woakes had a clear plan for the last over, as did Curran in the 49th. England have done superbly to pull out a victory tonight. It's their first ever victory at this venue. They engineered a stunning collapse after that Munro-Williamson alliance to tug this back. It wasn't easy batting after they'd lost the toss, but the collective might of their allrounders ensured they managed a decent total after Morgan and Stokes had done the setting up.

49.6
Woakes to Williamson, no run
Woakes seals it with a wide yorker! Williamson walks into the off side yet again. Looks to dab it to third man to find the tie. The ball is past the marker, but that's because Woakes knows what Williamson's about to do. Won't get bat on it

Third man is in. Backward point is in. Extra cover and fine leg are in.

49.5
Woakes to Williamson, no run
walks at the full toss and taps it straight to mid-off! Oh that's anti-climactic and how! Right in the slot, there for the tap over mid-off or extra cover - even over midwicket! But it's a feeble push straight to Root on the bounce. Sends Sodhi back
49.4
2
Woakes to Williamson, 2 runs
and he continues to go leg side! This time he gambles for the second and he manages to get it! Or has he? It's a run out appeal. He has comfortably made it. Taps this full toss between long-on and deep midwicket to come back for the second. It was full and wide outside off, yet again

Third man goes back. Mid-off comes back in.

49.3
6
Woakes to Williamson, SIX runs
swats it wide to deep square's left! Persists with the leg side, gets a short ball that sits nicely in the pitch and he absolutely wallops this! Flat, dipping over the fence as Stokes signals to the umpires that it's a six. There is life in this still!
49.2
2
Woakes to Williamson, 2 runs
goes leg side again with the attempted scoop. It's a length ball wide outside off. He barely gets bat on this to get it to deep square's right

Mid-off drops back. Backward point and third man are in.

49.1
Woakes to Williamson, no run
he looks to go leg side and is beaten. It's length, it's a slower ball wide outside off. He shuffles and swipes to be beaten
end of over 497 runs
NZ: 220/8CRR: 4.48 • RRR: 15.00
Kane Williamson102 (137)
Ish Sodhi2 (3)
Tom Curran7-0-49-0
Chris Woakes9-1-30-2

Chris Woakes, Morgan and Buttler are planning this last over. 15 off 6 balls required. Will they go with the same field? It appears so. Third man is in. Fine leg is in. Extra cover and mid-off in. He can't bow full outside off. Here we go...

48.6
1
Curran to Williamson, 1 run
slower ball dropped short. Jumps into the off side and pulls to deep square
48.5
Curran to Williamson, no run
beats him with the legcutter. Ugly hoick from Williamson. This loops, lands, and lifts wide outside off. He swipes across the line and is well beaten
48.4
Curran to Williamson, no run
slower short ball outside off. Looks to nudge it through the open midwicket, possibly for the second. But it rolls back to the bowler. Should he have cut that with backward point and short third man in?
48.3
1
Curran to Sodhi, 1 run
and Sodhi takes it! Attempted yorker is met on the full with a plonked front foot across off stump. Nudges to deep midwicket

Field remains the same. Plenty of singles on offer. Everyone is still back in the ring.

48.2
1
Curran to Williamson, 1 run
slower ball, back of a length outside off. He looks to beat short third man but there isn't enough pace
48.1
4
Curran to Williamson, FOUR runs
shot! That's his 11th hundred! Complete control of the shot, picking the only region where an easy boundary is available. Curran overpitches, in towards leg stump. He backs away and is in perfect position. Brings out the full face and lifts it over Morgan. Masterful shot, masterful innings
end of over 483 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 213/8CRR: 4.43 • RRR: 11.00
Kane Williamson96 (132)
Ish Sodhi1 (2)
Chris Woakes9-1-30-2
Tom Curran6-0-42-0

It will be Curran for the 49th over. Big call. Third man and backward point square, extra cover in. Mid-off is in. 22 off 12.

47.6
1
Woakes to Williamson, 1 run
he does, but Root denies him at backward point. Overpitched and wide outside off. Looks to slice this past him with an open face but a dive to the right stops him. He keeps the strike though

Will he look for the boundary now?

47.5
1
Woakes to Sodhi, 1 run
full outside off, opens the face and taps it towards point with soft hands
47.4
Woakes to Sodhi, no run
slower ball, length and pushed down leg side. He's looking to tap it through the open midwicket area but he's closed the face too early. Leading edge lands short of the bowler

Here's Sodhi, averages 1.20. Midwicket goes back.

47.3
1
Woakes to Williamson, 1 run
yorker outside off. Shuffles and jams it into the leg side

Point, extra cover, mid-off, midwicket are in the circle.

47.2
w
Woakes to Southee, OUT
Stokes takes it at deep square. Top class from Woakes. Really good bowling. Seam-up slower ball on a length at off stump. He knows Southee is going to shuffle, and shuffle he does. Looks to go behind square but he's done by the variation. Launches it high and it's an easy catch
TG Southee c Stokes b Woakes 7 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50
47.1
Woakes to Southee, no run
yorker wide outside off. Southee shapes to show a scoop, but the bowler sticks to his guns and he's ended up beating himself
Best performances - batsmen
KS Williamson
112 runs (143)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
cover drive
19 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
2771626101133
C Munro
49 runs (62)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
cover drive
15 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
2512122817
Best performances - bowlers
MM Ali
O
10
M
1
R
36
W
3
Eco
3.60
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
IS Sodhi
O
10
M
0
R
53
W
3
Eco
5.30
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Moeen Ali
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3982
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days03 March 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Wayne Knights
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Shaun Haig
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle