3rd ODI (D/N), Auckland, Feb 23 2013, England tour of New Zealand
(37.3/50 ov, target 186)
England won by 5 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
• The Report by Alex Winter

Finn leads England to series win

Steven Finn took three wickets as England comfortably won the deciding ODI to claim the series against New Zealand 2-1

Match centre 
Scorer: Ajit Mohan
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
New Zealand185(43.5 overs)
England186/5(37.3 overs)

That, then, is a wrap for the coloured-clothing shenanigans on this tour. Alex Winter's report will be up on the site shortly and we'll all be back in a couple of weeks to bring you the Tests (aka. proper cricket). Thanks for your comments... Cheerio.

9.15pm: Out we go for the presentations. Slightly weirdly, there are no interviews with the captains but they each stand in front of a mic and give a monologue, full of Oscars-style thank yous to sponsors and the like. Anyway... New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum praises his team-mates and the fans and also has a few words for the England players: "Congratulations on a fantastic series, you guys showed us how to win the clutch moments."

Alastair Cook, England's captain, then gets collared by Sky for a proper feather-dustering: "Very pleased. These last two must-win games, we showed a lot of character and we can take a lot from them. The way we started the game was crucial, they were 20 for 3, that set the tone. When Brendon got going that was a bit frustrating but we bowled well. We handled the chase, probably lost a couple too many wickets but we got there. [Joe Root] can take a lot from his innings and it certainly gives us a headache going into the summer. Jimmy and Steve have been world-class. Finny's pace is up, he's been hitting the gloves hard and I think his shortened run-up is here to stay."

9pm: Well, that was a little bit more difficult than might have been expected. Four of England's top five got in and then out but that man (boy?) Joe Root was there at the end to notch the winning runs and push his fledgling ODI average up to 81.50. Having gone behind in Hamilton, this is a decent victory for Alastair Cook's side, and England's first in bilateral ODI series against New Zealand in almost 20 years. Brendon McCullum was at his pugnacious best but the rest of his side were all too domitable - though they were up against a pair of high-class operators in Steven Finn and James Anderson. Like a soft, furry fruit, the kiwis were easily squished today.

Mills to Root, 1 run
short and wide of the off stump, Root pulls through midwicket, keeping it down and they jog through for the required single, meaning England win by five wickets and take the series 2-1
Mills to Root, no run
pitched up, slightly wide of off, goes across and clips firmly to midwicket, where the fielder makes a sprawling stop
Mills to Root, no run
length ball, outside the line of off, steered towards point

Joe Root needs to hit a four to maintain his record of having reached thirty in each of his ODI innings so far...

end of over 377 runs
ENG: 185/5CRR: 5 • RRR: 0.07 • Need 1 from 12.3ov
Chris Woakes3 (8)
Joe Root27 (53)
James Franklin4-0-20-0
Kyle Mills7-0-33-0
Franklin to Woakes, 2 runs
gets across in front of the stumps and nudges through midwicket, they get back for two and the scores are tied
Franklin to Root, 1 run
slightly short of a length and played on the up towards mid-off, Root calls for the run immediately and Brendon McCullum has to collect and spin to throw with his right hand but it's not all that far away as Root slides in on his shirt front
Franklin to Root, no run
pushed across on a length, steered towards point on the back foot
Franklin to Root, no run
goes back and across to clip a length ball from outside off towards mid-on
Franklin to Root, no run
on the stumps, defended from the crease
Franklin to Root, FOUR runs
full and slightly wide, plays it from under his nose and fizzes a cover drive away to the rope

Franklin replaces Ellis...

end of over 361 runs
ENG: 178/5CRR: 4.94 • RRR: 0.57 • Need 8 from 12.3ov
Chris Woakes1 (7)
Joe Root22 (48)
Kyle Mills7-0-33-0
Andrew Ellis8-0-35-2

"There's been a lot of criticism of NZ cricket over the last week or so but it's worth remembering there are just six semi-professional teams to select from. We've often punched above our weight in the past, but realistically there are going to be frequent bad patches. Hang in there and enjoy the occassional win." Grandad has given up on this one...

England need 8 (eight) from 84

Mills to Woakes, no run
slightly wider on the crease and angled back in, Woakes covers up in front of the stumps
Mills to Woakes, no run
gets on the front foot to block a good length ball in the corridor outside off
Mills to Woakes, no run
length ball, defended into the off side
Mills to Root, 1 run
short, takes the pace off as well, Root pulls the man at deep backward square leg for one more
Mills to Root, no run
back of a length outside off, chops into the covers but again can't beat the infield
Mills to Root, no run
clattered into the covers of the back foot

The batting Powerplay arrives - if it brings five wickets with it, I'll eat my tricorn. Mills back into the attack

end of over 355 runs
ENG: 177/5CRR: 5.05 • RRR: 0.60 • Need 9 from 12.3ov
Joe Root22 (45)
Chris Woakes1 (4)
Andrew Ellis8-0-35-2
Tim Southee10-1-49-3
Ellis to Root, 1 run
another bumper and Root roundhouses a hook shot through square leg for another single
Ellis to Woakes, 1 run
length ball outside off, prods into a gap square of the wicket, 10 required now
Ellis to Woakes, no run
stays back and steers into the off side
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3338
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 days23 February 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Chris Gaffaney
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Gary Baxter
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama