England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 4th ODI chasing a massive 350 at Trent Bridge last night. It has been a fantastic series with both teams scoring big runs in 4 matches so far. The series has been levelled at 2-2 and now the final match promises to be a thrilling match. England has been so aggressive in this series so far, which is so refreshing so to see after such a disappointing World Cup 2015.
While chasing a massive 350 England openers began off to a slow start scoring 26 off first 4.3 overs before Hales and Roy put pressure on New Zealand bowling. At the end of 8 overs New Zealand were 69 for 0. Both Hales and Roy made the batting looked easy as they put on 100 runs for the first in just 10.4 overs. Hales was the first man to get out for 67. 11 runs later Roy got out for 37 as England were 111-2. Morgan and Joe Root started to put pressure on the New Zealand bowling. Morgan hit 50 off 39 balls while Root hit 50 off 45. Morgan and Root just were brilliant as both of them scored centuries. Both of them put up a 198 runs third wicket stand. Morgan was the third wicket to go as he was out for 113 runs. Stokes and Root completed the formalities as England won the 4th ODI by 7 wickets with 36 balls to spare. Matt Henry picked 2 wickets while Tim Southee picked 1 wicket.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting pitch. Both Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill began the innings slowly. After 5.1 overs they were 26 runs. McCullum and Guptill took the attack to the England bowlers putting pressure on the England bowling. McCullum was at his best hitting a six of Finn. McCullum was the first man to get out. The score at that time was 88 in 13.1 overs. McCullum was dismissed for 35 off 31 balls. After that Kane Williamson came to bat. Guptill made the batting looked very easy scoring boundaries at will. Guptill scored 53 and was the second man out. Both Williamson and Guptill put 28 runs. At the end of 20 overs New Zealand were 122 for 2. Kane Williamson and Taylor put pressure on the England by playing positive cricket. Both Taylor and Williamson started to play some attacking cricket.
Williamson continued his form and Taylor are looking dangerous for England. Williamson and Taylor combined again. At the end of 30 overs New Zealand were 187 for 2. Taylor was on 31 and Williamson 57. Williamson just put the pressure on the England bowling attack. New Zealand took the batting power play in 34th over and lost the wicket of Ross Taylor quickly for 42 leaving the team at 217 for 3. Williamson was in great form and played some good strokes. After the loss of Taylor, New Zealand lost little momentum as Grant Elliot scored 6 off 16 balls but Williamson was solid on the other side. At the end of 40 overs, New Zealand were 241 for 3. Williamson played a great knock of 90 before being dismissed in the 42nd over. After that Luke Ronchi got out for 8. Elliot and Mitchell Santer smashed the England bowlers. Santer took 28 runs of Rashid over in the 48th over. Santer played a quick fire knock of 44 off 19 balls. Elliot scored 55 off 52 helping New Zealand make a massive 349 for 7. Ben Stokes and David Willey picked 2 wickets each with Steven Finn, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid picking a wicket apiece.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 349 for 7 (Kane Williamson 90, Grant Elliott 55*, Martin Guptill 53) lost to England 350 for 3 (MEoin organ 113, Joe Root 106*, Alex Hales 67) by seven wickets.