Player of the Match
Player of the Match
168dThe Report by David Hopps

Morgan, Root inspire England's record chase

England entered what for them was uncharted territory when they successfully chased a target of 350 against New Zealand in the fourth Royal London ODI at Trent Bridge

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
EJG Morgan
113(82) 12x4 - 5x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 42 runs
  • 5x4 - 3x6
8 2 8 9 17 21 37 11
JE Root
JE Root
106(97) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 25 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
5 13 11 18 13 5 22 19

Best performances - Bowlers

BA Stokes
BA Stokes
O10
M0
R73
W2
Eco7.30
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
MJ Henry
MJ Henry
O10
M0
R77
W2
Eco7.70
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Alex Winter

END OF OVER:
44 | 20 Runs | ENG: 350/3 | RR: 7.95

  • Joe Root106 (97b)
  • Ben Stokes19 (12b)
  • Mitchell Santner4-0-32-0
  • Tim Southee10-0-70-1

Phew. Well, to sum up: Morgan brilliant. England record. Series level. See you at Durham, Saturday, 10am BST...

Presentation time, before we get to the captains a mention of Steve Davis who is retiring from umpiring and walks off having stood in his last game here Cheers Steve. Onto the skippers, what does Brendon McCullum make of all this: "Incredible run chase, I thought we had a whole lot of runs on the board but we have been blown off the park. We need to be a bit better. We lacked a bit of accuracy with the ball and against good players there is no room for error. Trent is a big loss but we're still confident with the attack we've got, we just weren't good enough. I was confident with 349 on the board, I didn't think the wicket would play as good as it did, they got off to a great start and we weren't able to drag them back. Throughout 50 overs you are always going to have a lull, we had that in the Powerplay but still, I thought we had enough runs up. Eoin is a champion bloke and in the form of his life, credit to him. We came here to try to win this series and I'm sure there's one more cliffhanger to come. Just thanks also to Steve Davis, he's been an outstanding custodian of the game."

The Man of the Match is, of course, Eoin Morgan: "Full credit to the boys, we set the tone early playing unbelievable cricket. We thought their score was 25 over par but we played out of our skins. I thought our bowling was reasonable, we tried to be flexible and change our plans and angles but we got together after drinks and said if we can keep them to around 340 we can chase that down. Woody and Finn were outstanding. The carefree attitude is helping my batting, concentrating on the process rather than the result and I've really enjoyed going up to No. 4. I still think the style is most important than the result now up at Durham. It's very encouraging at the moment."

There was almost nothing New Zealand could do. They are missing Trent Boult and Corey Anderson but could they actually have done much against batsmen in such form and conditions stacked in their favour? You have to simply say they didn't get enough runs and that poor second Powerplay - just 23 runs scored - has probably cost them here. 375 has to be considered a score to be confident with based on the evidence in this series. Once again we've had a cracking wicket and a truly memorable game.

This chase was given a rollicking start by Alex Hales and Jason Roy, their best alliance of this series so far and then Joe Root and Eoin Morgan took over with a wonderful partnership, continuing the superb attitude to batting England have taken in the series. This was their best effort. Root played with his usual dependency but Morgan has been a revelation this series, playing with such fluency and style, striking of the highest order, everything timed perfectly. It was a majestic hundred, surely he hasn't played better than this.

Mark: "Russell Crowe, Wilson Winnery, Glenn Turner, Jonah Lomu, Martin Crowe... Your lads took one hell of a beating!" haha we'll let you have that one tonight...

Utterly incredible, England have won by seven wickets and pulled off the highest chase in their history and the fourth-highest ODI chase ever. Quite unbelievable for an England team, so miserably awful just a few months ago, to come out and do something like this. I and everyone else I'm sure cannot believe this. Not only have England chased down 350, they have absolutely cruised home with six overs to spare. Just outrageous.

43.6
4
Santner to Root, FOUR runs, length ball, Root down on one knee pulls and that will do it, four through midwicket
43.5
1
Santner to Stokes, 1 run, fired in and this is just tapped out to deep cover
43.4
4
Santner to Stokes, FOUR runs, and another, this straighter and hammered in front of the deep midwicket this time, such power
43.3
6
Santner to Stokes, SIX runs, goes again and nails this properly, way back into the bleachers
43.2
4
Santner to Stokes, FOUR runs, slog sweep off the stumps, smeared leg side and finds the gap at midwicket
43.1
1
Santner to Root, 1 run, low full toss, this is clipped out to deep midwicket

At a canter

36

Balls to spare when England achieved victory, the second-most in ODIs where 350+ has been successfully chased down

Leading from the front

4

Number of 50+ scores for Eoin Morgan this series, the most by an England captain in any ODI series

Quick 100 runs

10.3

Number of overs (or 63 balls) in which England reached 100, their second-fastest in ODIs (since 2002). Fastest is 56 balls (v IND, 2011)

England to make history?

326

The biggest target successfully achieved during an ODI in England - India v England, 2002 (Natwest Series Final)

More Williamson Records

3

Number of times Kane Williamson has scored 300+ runs in a bilateral ODI series, more than any other NZ batsman

Williamson fastest to 3000

73

Innings in which Kane Williamson reached 3000 ODI runs, the fastest by an NZ batsman and the 5th-fastest ever

Enjoying batting together

2000+

Runs scored by Tayor and Williamson. The 2 other NZ pairs to post 2000+ runs together are Astle-Fleming and Guptill-McCullum

Racking them up

3.4

Number of innings per 50+ score for Martin Guptill, the best ratio for any New Zealand opener (min. 30 inns)

An upcoming First

48

Runs that Brendon McCullum needs in order to become the first NZ batsman to score 1000+ ODI runs against ENG