Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.6 edged and gone! Another one that bursts through the top of the pitch, takes the splice and loops to Guptill in the cordon. Aggressive wicket-seeking bowling from New Zealand, and they at last have their reward 25/1
    16.4 oh, you beauty! Sensational delivery from Sodhi. Goodness, is there a better sight than a googly sneaking through the defences? Bairstow has the forward press for a drive through the covers, but he has a massive passage between bat and pad too. Hasn't picked this and Sodhi tonks middle stump 68/3
    13.5 down the wicket, and Root has thrown it away! A stunning low grab at mid-off, but Root completely scuffed his attempted lofted drive, dragging across the ball and picking out Sodhi, diving to his right! 53/2
    35.6 tremendous bowling! Another quicker delivery, perfect stump to stump line, Morgan tried to make room to glide through third man, but the ball is through him too fast and smashes the off stump! 139/4
    40.3 holes out to long-off! Stokes sized up the stroke, gave himself room to free the arms, but didn't quite time it, ended up reaching for the stroke as Sodhi hung it out wide, and toe-ended to the man a metre in from the rope! 168/5
    42.5 dragged out of the crease and beaten by big turn! They go upstairs for the stumping, but Buttler has already given himself out. Well flighted, big bite, and the keeper grabs well to smash the bails. In fact, he's been given out caught behind. His foot was actually behind the line 184/6
    48.4 low full toss, straight as a die, Moeen set off for the single to midwicket but it was never remotely on. Rashid sends him back, and he's not even in the frame as Southee gathers the shy and whips off the bails 222/8
    47.1 low full toss does the trick! Williamson kept his close catchers in position, and he himself intercepts an urgent slap at short cover. Another timely breakthrough to put a dent in England's progress 215/7
    49.2 wears a bouncer on the lid, sets off for a disorientated single, and Boult's casual over-arm pings off the bails at the non-striker's end. England floundering to the end of their 50 overs now... 231/9
    not out
    49.6 follows him down the leg-side, another eager pump into the leg side, and yet another run-out, this time a why-the-hell-not sprint for the line. You never know, Boult might have fumbled it... 234/10
    11 (b 2, lb 2, w 7)
    234 all out (50 Overs, RR: 4.68)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Jason Roy, 7.6 ov), 2-53 (Joe Root, 13.5 ov), 3-68 (Jonny Bairstow, 16.4 ov), 4-139 (Eoin Morgan, 35.6 ov), 5-168 (Ben Stokes, 40.3 ov), 6-184 (Jos Buttler, 42.5 ov), 7-215 (Chris Woakes, 47.1 ov), 8-222 (Moeen Ali, 48.4 ov), 9-231 (Adil Rashid, 49.2 ov), 10-234 (Mark Wood, 49.6 ov)
    TG Southee1004814.80336010
    TA Boult1014724.70335000
    MJ Santner201206.0062000
    C de Grandhomme1012412.40401010
    IS Sodhi1005335.30293200
    C Munro804605.75203010
    2.1 chips to Curran at mid-on. This pitch is decidedly anti-Guptill, not suited at all for his punchy, on-the-up style. It's a length ball on leg stump. He offers the full face as he usually does, but it's accompanied by the trademark jab. On this pitch, where the ball stops, he can only manage a meek lob to the fielder there 12/1
    17.3 a salmon leap at short cover from Stokes! And that is the breakthrough that England so desperately needed! The ball seemed to stick in the pitch as Munro hurled his hands through the line, but what a snaffle, diving to his left, one for the cameras, and is that the moment that England come to the party? 80/2
    not out
    20.5 down the track again, and holes out to point! Oh dear, that's terrible. Galloping out of his crease, but horribly skewing his shot on impact, losing his shape in his eagerness to batter it senseless, and New Zealand have shipped another relatively quick wicket... 97/3
    20.6 huge appeal, and England are reviewing! Tossed right up into the toes, and that looked to have struck him very flush indeed. No bat involved, it would seem... a suspicion that it was sliding down leg, but did it turn enough? Ball tracker will tell us... yes indeed, it is taking out leg stump! Latham is gone first ball, and now we've got a contest! 97/4
    21.6 big legbreak, clips something and flies to slip! Up goes the finger, but Nicholls reviews. Was there an inside edge? He clearly thinks not, but it's adjacent for the lbw either way. And yes, that is stone dead! He hedged his bets, utterly unable to read Rashid's variations, and suddenly the New Zealand innings is gurgling down the plughole! 98/5
    24.2 hoisted down the throat of long on! Suicidal cricket, slogging by numbers, merely backing his long levers to clear the rope, but the fielder barely has to flinch to get into position. New Zealand have tossed this contest into the Cook Strait! 103/6
    45.2 drops Williamson but it looks like he's got Santner with a fingertip! Surely. They've sent it upstairs but Santner isn't waiting. Oh what a terrible way to go. Santner has his bat high up, probably because it's a firm drive that he expects to come towards him. This means he has a longer distance down towards the crease. Woakes gets half a finger. Santner whacks himself on the pad after getting into the dressing room. That's the first time he's been dismissed in the series. Is that it for England? 199/7
    47.2 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 210/8
    not out
    5 (lb 1, w 4)
    230/8 (50 Overs, RR: 4.6)
    Did not bat: TA Boult
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Martin Guptill, 2.1 ov), 2-80 (Colin Munro, 17.3 ov), 3-97 (Mark Chapman, 20.5 ov), 4-97 (Tom Latham, 20.6 ov), 5-98 (Henry Nicholls, 21.6 ov), 6-103 (Colin de Grandhomme, 24.2 ov), 7-199 (Mitchell Santner, 45.2 ov), 8-210 (Tim Southee, 47.2 ov)
    CR Woakes1014024.00391130
    MA Wood603606.00175000
    TK Curran704907.00147000
    BA Stokes602704.50202010
    AU Rashid1013423.40331000
    MM Ali1013633.60351100
    JE Root10707.0021000

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

England led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number


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 days

03 March 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12MJ GuptillC Munro
2nd68C MunroKS Williamson
3rd17KS WilliamsonMS Chapman
4th0KS WilliamsonTWM Latham
5th1KS WilliamsonHM Nicholls
6th5C de GrandhommeKS Williamson
7th96KS WilliamsonMJ Santner
8th11TG SoutheeKS Williamson
9th20KS WilliamsonIS Sodhi