Runs galore in the ongoing 5 match ODI series between England and New Zealand as the visitors registered a 3 wicket win over England in the third ODI at The Rose Bowl, Southampton to go 2-1 up in the series. Yet again, both the teams managed to score 300+ after England scored 365 in reply to New Zealand’s 398-5 a couple of days in the second ODI at The Oval. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were the heroes for the Kiwis, who registered their 300th win in ODIs, the eight team to do so.
Chasing 303 to win, New Zealand were pushed back as pacers David Willey and Mark Wood dismissed both the openers cleanly with the scorecard reading 36.It was when Ross Taylor joined Kane Williamson in the crease. Both the batsmen looked at ease and continued from where they left in the last match. Both the batsmen had luck favouring them as the English fielders put down some easy chances. Williamson reached his 7th ODI hundred at a brisk pace before Rossco made it two tons in two matches. Everything was in place for the Kiwis as just 61 runs were needed off the last 12 overs.
It was when the New Zealand middle order faced a mini collapse. First it was Kane Williamson who was caught by Wood off Willey for 118 and was followed by Grant Elliott and Mitchell Santner. Willey also accounted for Ross Taylor for 110 and gave England some hope of a victory, But England’s hopes were dashed as Tim Southee’s boundary sealed the win for the Kiwis. Willey was the pick of the England bowlers with a spell of 3-69 in 10 overs.
Earlier, choosing to bat, England scored 302 in just 45.2 overs before they were dismissed. Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes scored half centuries before New Zealand bowlers bounced back and restricted the hosts. Tim Southee and Ben Wheeler are he pick of New Zealand bowlers as they took three wickets apiece.
Kane Williamson was named the Man of the Match for his match winning innings. The fourth ODI will take place in Nottingham on June 17.
Brief Scores: England 302 in 45.2 overs (Eoin Morgan 71, Ben Stokes 68, Joe Root 54, Tim Southee 3-44, Ben Wheeler 3-63) lost to New Zealand 306 for 7 (Kane Williamson 118, Ross Taylor 110, Willey 3-69) by three wickets