England holds its nerve to win

England holds its nerve to win

England kept their cool to win a nail-biting third one-day global by four runs against New Zealand.

Eoin Morgan thought the match had got away from England at the Westpac Stadium when Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner were together only for a bit of "luck" to turn it back their way, but he was delighted with his side for winning a match in conditions where they have often been found wanting.

All of England's batsmen had got starts, but only Morgan looked comfortable on the drop-in pitch that appeared to be two-paced and providing inconsistent bounce as he top-scored with 48 and shared a 71-run partnership with Stokes.

New Zealand won the first game in the five-match series by three wickets while England took the second by six wickets.

When time was up New Zealand were 230 for eight in reply to England's 234 after Chris Woakes bowled two dot balls to Williamson to end the match.

Williamson came in following Guptill's dismissal, and he was lucky to escape England's ruthless spin attack, which saw Mark Chapman (8), Thomas Latham (0), Henry Nicholls (0) and Colin de Grandhomme all dismissed in quick succession as Moeen Ali took three of the wickets while Adil Rashid chipped in with the fourth.

The five-match ODI series is tied at one apiece.

De Grandhomme was New Zealand's bowling ace.

Needing a four to draw or six to win off the last ball, Williamson was unable to make clean contact with a Chris Woakes yorker as the tourists celebrated a gritty win on a hard Wellington pitch.

Munro was close to being run out by Root as he made a skittish start to his knock but chanced his arm to club seven fours before he chipped a Rashid googly to short cover where Stokes took a superb catch diving to his left. He could only score 39 runs during his stay at the crease that lasted as many as 73 deliveries. "We weren't at our smartest but credit to the English spinners for the way they bowled".

The blame for the defeat falls squarely on the Kiwi middle order. Ish Sodhi stood out for the hosts with 3 for 53.

It was clear from the moment the first ball Jonny Bairstow received from Trent Boult leapt up at him, taking a piece of the pitch out on its way, and lobbed up off his bat to safety that this was not going to be a run-laden surface.

Williamson finished unbeaten on 112 but it was England who were celebrating, after a few deep breaths.

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