England captain Eoin Morgan supported the changes to the Duckworth-Lewis system after rains and a revised target shattered England’s hope of defeating New Zealand in the second ODI of the series at Kennington.
At the point where England needed just 54 runs from 37 balls, rain started pouring and the match had to be temporarily stopped. Post the rain break, England were given a revised target of 34 runs from 13 deliveries but they managed only 21 runs falling short of the target by 13 runs.
Morgan said that he thinks Duckworth-Lewis would change as the game evolves, adding it was something that could potentially be looked at.
The skipper was very proud of the efforts that his side put in while chasing the mammoth target of 399. He said that the way they went about the chase, all credit goes to the guys.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand posted a mammoth 398 on the board after Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to bat. A blitz from McCullum 39(22), a steady fifty from Guptill 50(50), an 88-ball 93 from Williamson and most importantly Taylor’s 13th ODI century saw New Zealand score a mammoth 398 for the loss od 5 wickets in their full 50 overs. They were also helped by some late cameos from Elliott 32(15), Ronchi 33(16) and Santner 15*(11).
Taylor scored 119 runs of 96 runs, hitting 10 boundaries and 4 over-boundaries and was declared the man of the match.
Amongst English bowlers Steve Finn, Chris Jordan, Liam Plankett getting 1 wicket each while Ben Stokes scalped 2 wickets. Jordan proved to be a very costly one as he leaked 97 runs in his 9 overs.
Talking about England’s batting, the openers Jason Roy 39(37)and Alex Hales 54(49) gave the home team a steady start. Joe Root could not contribute much in this match but skipper Morgan played a fiery knock of 88 of only 47 balls hitting 6 boundaries and 6 over-boundaries.
After he got out, the all-rounder Ben Stokes 28(17) and wicket keeper and hero of the last match Jos Buttler 41(38) took forward the innings as England was chasing a huge total. Towards the end, when leg-spinner Adil Rashid 34(26)and fast bowler Liam Plunkett 44(30) were looking to take the match in England’s favour, rain came down and played the spoilsport as England fell short by 13 runs of the revised target.
Amongst the Kiwi bowlers, Nathan McCullum was the pick of the bowlers by taking 3 wickets whereas Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and Mitchell Santner took 2 wickets each.
Now both the teams will face each other on 14th June for the 3rd ODI of the series, in The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Following are the match excerpts:
Eoin Morgan: ‘It was epic. These are the games of cricket we want to play. The style of cricket we played today was exceptional. Credit to New Zealand as well the way they structured their innings. Till the 35th over, the rate didn’t really move for us, we kept going at it. We were batting deep, it is our strength as a side. Again, Rashid and Plunkett were outstanding. When you’re chasing in a game like this, the scoreboard is irrelevant. It is not a bad day for us, especially when we want to play our cricket this way. I was striking the ball well today, it is always good to get some runs under your belt. We know we have to play at our best to beat a side like New Zealand. Personally, Duckworth-Lewis could have changed with time. It is the only thing that hasn’t evolved in the game in the last 15 years or so. When the guys are willing to take 398 on, it is very exciting for us as a team.’
Brendon McCullum: ‘It was terrifying at times. England are playing a completely different brand of cricket to what they have played in recent times. You think 400 should be plenty, but it wasn’t. The wicket was excellent. Credit to England, the way they are playing their cricket, it’s great to see. Credit to our boys as well, they held their nerves under pressure towards the end. I thought 400 was a good start, but there is no guarantee in this game. The outfield was fast and they had some great strikers. The bowlers had a tough day out and at the same time, they stood up to the challenge. Tremendous entertainment and it is good that we ended up as winners. Ross (Taylor) was brilliant, another outstanding innings by him. We knew we needed a big score from our batters, he stepped up today. I said it at the end of the last game that we are going to see some cliffhangers and we might see a few one-sided games as well in this series. It’s great to level the series 1-1 and turn our attention to the next game.’
Ross Taylor(Man of the Match): ‘760 runs being scored, it must have been a pretty exciting game. Obviously, Duckworth-Lewis played a part and it’s good to win. The par score was 360-370 and it was good to see everyone play well. I got permission from the mentor to play those slog sweeps, it was good to get a couple right off the middle. It was a great game and hopefully, we will have another great game at the Rose Bowl. It was nice to score those runs.’