2nd ODI (D/N), Napier, Feb 20 2013, England tour of New Zealand
(47.4/50 ov, target 270)
England won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
• The Report by Alan Gardner

Anderson and Root deliver big win

England marched to a business-like eight-wicket win at Napier to square the series at 1-1

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Scorer: Avi Singh
Commentator: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
New Zealand269(48.5 overs)
England270/2(47.4 overs)

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Alistair Cook: "We bowled outstandingly upfront and we gave them nothing to get going, it was a fantastic knock by Brendon to get them up to a big score. Steven [Finn] seemed to generate more pace off his shorter run-up. We knew if we kept our heads batting, it was quite an easy chase. [Joe Root] has been excellent, has a lot of talent and is working very hard, but we need to keep his feet on the ground, you know what these Yorkshiremen are like! I thought we bowled okay and sometimes the batters are just too good. Nice to be back in the series."

And here's Brendon McCullum: "We were 20 runs under-par, 270 was defendable if we took wickets up front. England put pressure on us early on with the ball and played brilliantly with the bat. Credit to James Anderson pushing into the wind, but we gave ourselves some opportunities and if we'd got to 300, we might have had a better chance. Pleased for Ross to bounce back with a hundred and hit some form. The pace bowlers couldn't quite hit the lengths so I though Nathan and Kane did very well. It's a bizarre series where we're winning one and losing one so hopefully we'll win 2-1!"

There are no Man of the Match awards for this series but Jimmy Anderson is having a chat after his five-for today: "I'm delighted with how I bowled and how we went as a unit today. Obviously we wanted to bounce back after the disappointment of Hamilton and it was great for the guys to take us home. There was a bit of bounce in the pitch and we stuck at it, despite Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum who played very well. We knew the average score here was 300 so once we kept them below that, we were in with a chance."

That was a thoroughly professional performance today from England, who only lost control of the game during Taylor and McCullum's devastating partnership. Either side of that, the bowling was parsimonious at the beginning and recovered well after the onslaught to clean out the home side's tail, Anderson grabbing five wickets for only 34. Their run chase then progressed very smoothly, never looking in any real trouble after Cook and Bell had set them on their way before Cook and Trott carried on to a point where the precocious Joe Root could show off his range of skills with Trott quietly chugging away in the background. In terms of the series, this result sets up a tantalising decider on Saturday at Auckland's Eden Park - 1-1 it is!

Dan: "I think a lot of the problem around Trott is pure perception - this is a very good innings, but he's only scored three boundaries so people say he's useless. T20 has taught people that if a batsman isn't hitting three or four boundaries every over he's no good..."

Nathan took the big risk of mailing this prediction in with 1 run required for victory: "I'm willing to stick my neck out on this one: England to win."

RobNZ: "I hope people don't get too excited about Taylor's century. Batting at less than a run a ball on this ground is batting to lose! He didn't do NZ any favours, and left the tail to try and slog a few extra runs."

Guy: "The criticism of Trott baffles me. NZ set target of 5.4 an over, meaning strike rate of 90 required. Trott has scored with a strike rate of 90 and seen us through to victory."

Mills to Root, 1 run
there it is, Root hits the winning runs with another punch through cover as England comprehensively demolish New Zealand by 8 wickets with 14 balls to spare
Mills to Root, no run
teases the home side with a solid back foot defensive stroke to a tame delivery on off stump
Mills to Root, 2 runs
punched off the back foot through the covers and Root rushes back for the chance to hit the winning runs
Mills to Root, SIX runs
take a bow, Joe Root! Half-volley on leg stump and Root flicks it very aesthetically all the way over the rope at deep backward square!
end of over 475 runs
ENG: 261/2CRR: 5.55 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 9 from 18b
Jonathan Trott65 (73)
Joe Root70 (52)
Tim Southee9-0-54-1
James Franklin5-0-32-0
Southee to Trott, no run
comes forward and digs out a full ball to midwicket
Southee to Root, 1 run
pulled away out to deep square leg
Southee to Root, FOUR runs
goes back in the crease to counter Southee's round the wicket angle and lofts it over mid-off and down to the boundary

Is it worth noting that Trott's strike rate has inched above 90...?

Southee to Root, no run
Root again picks out square leg with a clip off the toes
Southee to Root, no run
flicked off the toes to square leg
Southee to Root, no run
picks out mid-off with a straight drive
end of over 4614 runs
ENG: 256/2CRR: 5.56 • RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 from 24b
Jonathan Trott65 (72)
Joe Root65 (47)
James Franklin5-0-32-0
Trent Boult9-1-55-0
Franklin to Trott, FOUR runs
Trott walks across to get inside the line and helps a poor short ball from Franklin down leg on its way to the fine leg rope
Franklin to Root, 1 run
worked off the pads fine
Franklin to Root, FOUR runs
once again finds the gap with a well-placed pull, effortless as he rolls the wrists on it and gives deep backward square no chance
Franklin to Root, no run
rare swing and a miss from Root to a short ball which sails over the top of the stumps

Zo: "The Trott discussion just confirms how we humans are never satisfied with what we have. He not only sees off the new ball, Trott can consolidate the innings by not allowing wickets to fall from one end while the other players attack. Plus, he has a strike rate of 70+. What are you guys complaining about? He's Trott, not Misbah-ul-tuk tuk!!!"

Franklin to Trott, 1 run
chops this down to third man
Franklin to Trott, FOUR runs
Trott shows off his aerial game with a firm clip over the infield and it makes it to the boundary with ease
end of over 458 runs
ENG: 242/2CRR: 5.37 • RRR: 5.60 • Need 28 from 30b
Joe Root60 (44)
Jonathan Trott56 (69)
Trent Boult9-1-55-0
James Franklin4-0-18-0
Boult to Root, no run
lbw appeal is turned down as Root misses one of the works to leg that have served England so well tonight, looked to be heading down and the umpire is quick to turn Boult's pleadings down
Boult to Trott, 1 run
cracks a cut off the back foot out to the cover sweeper
Match details
McLean Park, Napier
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 3336
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 days20 February 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Hamish Rutherford
Rod Tucker
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Gary Baxter
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama