Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ross Taylor's blitzkrieg at Dunedin help New Zealand cruise to comfortable win

Ross Taylor's blitzkrieg at Dunedin help New Zealand cruise to comfortable win

Both Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) hit superb centuries. Courtesy of his fantastic effort New Zealand have levelled the one-day series at 2-2 and the final ODI takes place in Christchurch on Friday.

That's not England's concern - they have ended New Zealand's unbeaten ODI run with two crafty, courageous wins in a row, and can get the job done today.

"It's right up there [as one of my best innings] and it was nice to be there at the end".

Ross Taylor is confident he will be fully fit to return to the Black Caps' side for tomorrow's fourth one-day global against England in Dunedin.

Taylor went through to his 19th ODI century, his second of the series, but appeared to aggravate the quad injury that had ruled him out of the third ODI in diving to make his ground soon afterwards, and struggled to run thereafter.

From that moment on the former New Zealand captain, who this week talked about how an eye operation previous year has given him a new lease of life at 33, could barely run between the wickets but it did not stop him.

Taylor scored 181 runs off 147 deliveries and during his innings he slammed 17 fours and 6 maximum. He hit Chris Woakes for a six and a four in the next over and the game was as good as done.

The veteran right-hander - who turns 34 on Thursday - missed the third match of the series with a left leg strain and aggravated the existing problem when he dived during his innings Wednesday to avoid a runout.

Later innings of 29 from 23 balls by Jos Buttler and 23 from 19 balls from man-of-the-match Ali helped England to a total which proved to be just sufficient.

England seemed to have reached match point.

Root brought up his century with the second-last ball of the 47th over but could add only another run to his total before he gloved a slow bouncer from Tim Southee to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

It came off 106 balls and included 14 fours and seven sixes. England lost six wickets for 21 runs.

England were on target for over 400 until Sodhi chimed in with figures of 4-58. Not after leaking a whopping 87 runs and notching a sole wicket from his 10 overs, the last of which No 10 Curran slapped for 18 runs.

He was unlucky to reach a double hundred but then he would be happy to have remained unbeaten and see his side home and survive in the series.

Former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney: "Taylor is a tough rooster, he really is".

"An outstanding performance from him and a great partnership with Tom".

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