Result
4th ODI, England tour of Australia and New Zealand at Dunedin, Mar 7 2018
335/9
49.3/50 ov, target 336
339/5
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
England335/9(50 overs)
Jonny Bairstow138 (106)
Joe Root102 (101)
Ish Sodhi4/58(10)
New Zealand339/5(49.3 overs)
Ross Taylor*181 (147)
Tom Latham71 (67)
Tom Curran2/57(8.3)
end of over 506 runs
NZ: 339/5CRR: 6.84 
Henry Nicholls13 (12)
Ross Taylor181 (147)
Tom Curran8.3-0-57-2
Chris Woakes8-2-42-1

7.20pm Phew. I might have mentioned this before, but in case I didn't - what a game. What. A. Game. The perfect finish too, New Zealand drawing level to 2-2, which leaves all to play for for both teams in the fifth and final ODI in Christchurch on Saturday. Do join us for that, and keep sending in your feedback. Until then, it's goodbye from Chandan, Varun and me.

Ross Taylor: "[This innings is] right up there [among my best], I think. It was nice to be there at the end. I thought I batted quite well in Hamilton, but I wasn't there at the end. Got a bit of cramp. It was good to have all those partnerships. You've just got to give yourself a chance, set those little goals along the way. You can't win it in the first 10 overs, but you certainly can lose it. It looked like England would get 360-380 at one stage, so our bowlers did well to keep them down. I was about a 110 or 120, physio came out and asked if I wanted to stay in or come out. I'm glad I stayed in. I couldn't run any twos, so I didn't want to put any pressure on the other guy. So I had a go, and hit a couple out of the screws. The way Nicholls batted and finished it off - you don't want to panic in that situation. It's my birthday tomorrow, and I was like, "damn it, I can't drink tomorrow." I've got a nice bottle of red, but if I have any chance of playing [the fifth ODI], I can't drink any of it tomorrow."

Kane Williamson: "Great game of cricket. With the ball we were put under pressure and didn't execute well in the first half. It was a wicket where, once you got in, you could really score quickly, which they showed by getting to 260 so quickly. Ross - after a tough start, he got himself in and played his best one-day knock. One of the best of all time. A few niggles, hopefully nothing serious."

Eoin Morgan: "A beauty of a game. I'm sure everyone was thoroughly entertained. A high-scoring game, and a magnificent wicket. I thought there was more moisture at the toss. I would have done exactly what Kane did. We got into a really commanding position. We lost 4 for 20 or 25 which we cannot afford to do. 335 was a good score, but we would certainly have liked more. We're lucky enough to bat quite deep, and we usually go hard in that situation. We didn't manage to do it today. New Zealand bowled well. We thought the period between the end of our innings and the start of New Zealand's innings was the best time to bat, and we did well to create chances then. Usually, when someone gets injured, they go hard earlier, and offer more chances. Ross didn't do that. He went hard earlier, and took the game away from us."

Ben: "Wow... this is why I love cricket. So many things can happen. England sets huge total..*groan* NZ lose 2 quick wickets..*groan* then after a slow start thing got real exciting. Great job guys."

Farooq: "Great match and great innings from Taylor. But please, the greatest ODI inning belong to Gibbs for that infamous chase of 443." -- That's a debate for later - let's celebrate LRPL Taylor now.

Usman Khan: "It's Taylor's birthday tomorrow. He just gifted himself an advance birthday gift"

7.03pm Ross Taylor has just played one of the great ODI knocks to win one of the great ODI chases. The University Oval is up on its feet as he walks towards the rope, and his teammates spill into the ground to embrace him. What a player. He walked in, remember, with the score 2 for 2 in the third over. He finishes unbeaten on 181 off 147 balls, and the last third of his innings was made on one leg.

Don't forget New Zealand's other contributors too: Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls right at the end. And what about that man Ish Sodhi and his career-best 4 for 58? England seemed on course to get 400, at one point. They ended up with 335.

49.3
6
Curran to Nicholls, SIX runs
full, on the pads, and Nicholls finishes with a six! He's done it! A flick, and it sails flat over the square leg boundary. What a hit. It was in his slot, but he had to put all the nerves of the last few balls out of his mind. He does it, and there's barely a smile on his face at the end of it as Taylor hobbles across to hug him

Four balls to go. Three runs to get. Ross Taylor is off strike. What a match.

49.2
Curran to Nicholls, no run
full outside off, and he drives it hard, along the ground, and straight to mid-off. Oh man.
49.1
Curran to Nicholls, no run
swings across the line at a full one, misses, there's a huge lbw appeal, that's not given (pitched outside leg, I think), he scrambles out of his crease, he's sent back, he slips. The throw from backward point misses the stumps. Everything is happening, and Henry Nicholls is the bundle of nerves in the middle of it all

Three to win from the last over. Tom Curran to bowl. Over the wicket to Nicholls.

Abubakr Arshad: "Worth pointing out that we are witnessing one of the great one day innings of all time." -- Absolutely.

end of over 4910 runs
NZ: 333/5CRR: 6.79 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 3 from 6b
Henry Nicholls7 (9)
Ross Taylor181 (147)
Chris Woakes8-2-42-1
Tom Curran8-0-51-2
48.6
1
Woakes to Nicholls, 1 run
full, flicked off his legs to deep square leg, and he retains the strike
48.5
1
Woakes to Taylor, 1 run
in the blockhole close to off stump, flat-batted hard to mid-off and he hobbles through for one
48.4
Woakes to Taylor, no run
short outside off. He'd usually cut this, but he's thinking six now, and he goes for the big pull and misses

Just five to get. Taylor needs six to beat Shane Watson's record for the highest score in an ODI chase. Can he do it in one hit?

48.3
1
Woakes to Nicholls, 1 run
length ball wide of off, flat-batted to sweeper cover

What's happened here? Taylor's holding his right forearm now!

48.2
1
Woakes to Taylor, 1 run
length ball on off stump, makes a bit of room and carves it to deep point
48.1
6
Woakes to Taylor, SIX runs
full-toss on off stump, stump-high, and he opens up at the hips and just swats it away over the midwicket boundary. The bat speed was just astonishing

13 off 12. Can Woakes rediscover his accuracy?

Dickson: "This vein of form for Taylor is an absolute treat. He and Williamson are our Mahela and Sanga, and we have been dying for a pair like them since forever."

end of over 484 runs
NZ: 323/5CRR: 6.72 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 from 12b
Henry Nicholls5 (7)
Ross Taylor173 (143)
Tom Curran8-0-51-2
Chris Woakes7-2-32-1
47.6
Curran to Nicholls, no run
yorker outside off, jabbed to extra-cover
47.5
1
Curran to Taylor, 1 run
back of a length on middle and off. Makes a bit of room and dabs it down to third man
47.4
1
Curran to Nicholls, 1 run
and again, misses the pull. This one's a slower short ball, and it hits top edge, left shoulder, and then rolls down to third man
47.3
Curran to Nicholls, no run
skiddy short ball on off stump and Nicholls doesn't time the pull right. Bottom-edges into the pitch, down by his feet
47.2
1
Curran to Taylor, 1 run
slower ball on the pads, clipped away to the left of short fine leg. Deep backward square leg runs around to stop it
47.1
1
Curran to Nicholls, 1 run
slower ball, back of a length on middle stump, tucked away through square leg
end of over 4715 runs
NZ: 319/5CRR: 6.78 • RRR: 5.66 • Need 17 from 18b
Ross Taylor171 (141)
Henry Nicholls3 (3)
Chris Woakes7-2-32-1
Tom Curran7-0-47-2
46.6
4
Woakes to Taylor, FOUR runs
again he misses the yorker, and sends down a wide half-volley. Taylor flat-bats it to the cover boundary, and it's down to under a run a ball again. He's moved into the 170s too
46.5
2
Woakes to Taylor, 2 runs
lovely hands. Wide yorker, squeezed away to the right of third man, forcing him into a desperate dive, and they somehow scamper two as well
46.4
6
Woakes to Taylor, SIX runs
that's yuuuuge! He's been landing his yorker there or thereabouts for two overs now, but this one's underpitched, and it's a half-volley just outside off stump. Taylor swings freely through it and sends it flying over long-on and out of the ground
Best performances - batsmen
LRPL Taylor
181 runs (147)
17 fours
6 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
slog shot
35 runs
2 fours
4 sixes
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JM Bairstow
138 runs (106)
14 fours
7 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
slog shot
30 runs
1 fours
4 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
IS Sodhi
O
10
M
1
R
58
W
4
Eco
5.80
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
C Munro
O
8
M
0
R
53
W
2
Eco
6.62
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
University Oval, Dunedin
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand 2017/18
Player Of The Match
Ross Taylor
Series result5-match series level 2-2
Match numberODI no. 3989
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Match days07 March 2018 (50-over match)
Umpires
Rod Tucker
Shaun Haig
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Wayne Knights
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle