New Zealand vs England 5th ODI: Bairstow powers England to 3-2 series win

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Jonny Bairstow celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

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England opener Jonny Bairstow stole the spotlight in the series decider in Christchurch as he smashed a 60-ball 104 to lead his side to a convincing seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

Choosing to bowl first, England got their first breakthrough on the third ball of the match as New Zealand opener Colin Munro was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Woakes for a duck.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson only scored 14 before he was clean bowled by Mark Wood.

Just as the Black Caps were beginning to rebuild their innings, wicketkeeper Tom Latham was caught by Ben Stokes at mid-on off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 10 runs.

Mark Chapman fell shortly after, while opening batsman Martin Guptill, who had survived until this point, was dismissed by Rashid for 47.

Colin de Grandhomme only made six runs, but even though New Zealand were reduced to 93/6 in the 27th over, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner came to the rescue with an 84-run partnership, during which Nicholls brought up his half-century.

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Henry Nicholls made his sixth ODI fifty

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However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was removed by Tom Curran for 55, which came off 81 balls and included a boundary and a six.

Santner went on to make a career-best 67, which came off 71 deliveries and included four boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Alex Hales off the bowling of Woakes.

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Mitchell Santner struck his second half-century in ODI cricket

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With Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi falling soon after, New Zealand ended up being bowled out for 223.

Woakes and Rashid picked up three wickets apiece, while Curran took two. As for Wood and Moeen Ali, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 224 to win, England made a fantastic start to their innings as Bairstow and Hales amassed a 155-run partnership, during which Bairstow brought up his hundred.

With Bairstow in red-hot form and Hales looking in good touch as well, England were racing towards their target.

However, New Zealand finally got their first breakthrough in the 21st over as Bairstow hit his own wicket while attempting to play a delivery from Trent Boult.

Bairstow’s magnificent knock of 104 came off 60 balls and included nine boundaries and six sixes.

Hales went on to score 61 off 74 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught by Williamson at midwicket off the bowling of Santner.

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Alex Hales scored his 12th ODI fifty

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Even though England skipper Eoin Morgan was sent packing for eight runs, Joe Root and Stokes finished things off with an unbeaten 37-run partnership.

Boult, Santner and Sodhi claimed one wicket each.

Williamson was gutted to have lost, and said: “We lost the toss and they bowled very, very well. We lacked discipline with the bat today, a good showing from Mitch Santner and Henry Nicholls, but a really disappointing effort on our part.

“We didn’t get a complete performance all series, but England were outstanding, a very good one-day unit, and deserved to win the series. Too many soft dismissals throughout our innings. England have great depth, a number of all-rounders, and they play an aggressive brand of cricket for a lot longer.”

Morgan was delighted to have won the series, and said: “I thought our bowlers set the tone after winning the toss, took advantage of the bounce, good line and length, the execution was outstanding, and we created opportunities by building pressure.

“Woakes has been outstanding, he contributes a huge amount for us down the order, and leads the line with the ball. The aggressive nature that we play, we want to impart that on a game at any stage. But ultimately today the game was won by our bowling unit. We’ve had a good competitive series here, and we’ve loved every minute of the tour.”

Bairstow was named Man of the Match, and said: “The bowlers set the platform, and they have done first up all through the series, but obviously delighted to get the win. It’s massive for me, opening the batting is different, my job is to go out and score big hundreds, still a work in progress. A bit of grip for our spinners in the first innings, but a decent toss to win, and we learnt from the first innings, which shots were right or wrong.”

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