England and New Zealand faced each other in the 1st ODI of the series, after the Test series was a closely fought one. England looked a different side in the coloured clothing, after several senior players were dropped from the ODI squad, following the dismal performance in the World Cup 2015. The difference was clearly visible. England had a different attitude and the results proved it yesterday. Not sure about how long can England continue this. They won the 1st ODI by a margin of 210 runs, a record victory for them in terms of runs.
Sam Billings made his debut for England and Santer made his debut for New Zealand. New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first and reaped the reward in the first over after Jason Roy was dismissed for a duck in the first over itself. They have their 2nd wicket afer Hales was dismissed for 20, but it was then that the misey started for New Zealand. Root, along with captain Morgan started the counter attack and scored runs quickly and added 12i runs for the 3rd wicket, before Morgan got out. Root, soon made his century , and was soon dismissed for 104 runs of 78 deliveries.
England had a mini collapse, with the score being 171 for 3 to 202 runs for 6 wickets. Root, Stokes and Billings were dismissed in quick succession. But what happened then showed the depth England had in their batting. Jos Butler, arguably the most exciting batsman in current English side , stated the fireworks and smashed 129 of just 77 deliveries. He was well supported by Adil Rashid, who showed that he is more than capable with the bat. With the end over going England’s way, they managed to score 408 runs. None of the bowlers, apart from Trent Boult were spared. Boult picked up 4 wickets in his 10 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan and Grant Elliot also picked 2 wickets each, but by no means they were good.
New Zealand had a mountain to climb and Brendon McCullum decided to go bang from the word go. It wasn’t his day as he was bowled by Steve Finn in the very first over of the innings. Guptil, who looked good during his brief stay could not capitalise of the start and fell to Steve Finn. Williamson. Along with Ross Taylor too the score to 94 runs, before Williamson mis timed a shot of Adil Rashid, handing him his 1st ODI wicket. In came the hero of the practice match, Grant Elliot, and looked comfortable, before he was run out on 24, when New Zealand’s score was 160 runs.
This was when the innings collapsed. From 160 for 4, they were bundled out for just 198 runs. None of the lower or middle order player could do anything about it. Roos Taylor was the highest scorer and the only one to score a fifty in the innings. He scored 57 runs , before being dismissed by Finn.
Finn had a dream comeback to the English 11 and picked up 4 wickets in just 7 overs he bowled. His initial strikes ensured that New Zealand had no chance if coming back into the match. Adil Rashid was exceptional too, contibuuting with both bat and ball. He picked 4 wickets, after the half century he scored to bail out England. He deserved the ‘ Man of the Match ‘ award, but it went to Jos Butler, who counter attacked the New Zealand side, when there was a mini collapse in the English inning.