At Southampton, June 2. New Zealand won by 86 runs. Toss: New Zealand.
A majestic unbeaten 189 from Guptill, the highest score for New Zealand in one-day internationals (previously Lou Vincent's 172 against Zimbabwe in 2005-06), condemned England to their first home series defeat in the format for four years. His 155-ball innings, studded with 19 fours and two sixes, equalled the highest against England, set by Viv Richards at Old Trafford in 1984. New Zealand's highest total against England - indeed their highest against any major nation - was also the most conceded by England at home, surpassing 329 for seven by India at Bristol in 2007; and only once before, when India made 387 for five at Rajkot in 2008-09, had England leaked more in any one-day game. But Guptill, who became the second New Zealander to score back-to-back hundreds in the same one-day series, after Greatbatch 23 years earlier, deserved better than to be lost under a pile of stats. Dropped on 13 for the second match running - this time pulling Woakes hard to Trott at short midwicket - he made England pay in style, not least Dernbach, whose 28 deliveries to him yielded 45. As the bowling fell to pieces, Guptill put on 120 with Williamson, 109 with Taylor and an unbroken 118 with Brendon McCullum - only the second time, after South Africaagainst the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup, that a one-day international innings had contained three century partnerships. After the final ten overs produced 132 runs, Guptill walked off to a standing ovation, and England were left needing a miracle. Trott made an unbeaten 109 from 104 balls, his fourth one-day hundred, but no one else managed more than 34, as McClenaghan, the pick of the bowlers on either side throughout the series, wrapped things up. The Jaws theme that echoed around the ground awaiting decisions by the third umpire doubled as a comment on England's plight.
Man of the Match: M. J. Guptill. Attendance: 11,903.