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Ross Taylor's heroic 181 helps New Zealand defeat England

Ross Taylor's heroic 181 helps New Zealand defeat England Ross Taylor's heroic 181 helps New Zealand defeat England
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 14:21

Taylor's inning of 181 off just 147 balls was studded with 17 fours and six sixes.

England posted a stiff 335/9 in 50 overs courtesy of Bairstow and Root's dual tons.

The tourists appeared sure to prevail in Dunedin when Jonny Bairstow's wonderfully clean striking and Joe Root's ideal foil took them to 267 for one with twin hundreds in an all-Yorkshire stand of 190. Apart from Taylor's century in the first game and Kane Williamson's 112 not out in the third, New Zealand's middle order and all-rounders have struggled to produce consistently during the series.

While Latham eventually departed attempting to tonk seamer Tom Curran out of the park, big-hitter Colin de Grandhomme (23) and Henry Nicholls (13 not out), who won the match by flicking a ball off his pads for six, chipped in.

Bowling the same two bowlers for the last seven overs of a white-ball innings, as Morgan did with Tom Curran and Woakes, is the equivalent of a barman putting seven glasses of beer in a row: it's lining them up.

An effectively one legged Ross Taylor has guided the Black Caps to victory in the fourth one day cricket global against England to keep the five match series alive - but it came down to the last over.

"We needed him to be out there".

Ross Taylor celebrates his 19th ODI century.

England will wonder how they have not wrapped up the series.

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

Jason Roy (42 off 41) and Bairstow helped England race off the blocks and gave the team the much-needed start to put the pressure on the hosts. Roy and Bairstow scored 77 for the first wickets before the former fell in the 11th over to Ish Sodhi.

New Zealand had the opportunity to cut short Bairstow's innings when he was on 74 but Mitchell Santner's run of poor catching continued as he dropped a dolly at cover off Trent Boult. Watson rewrote history books by making the highest score by an Australian batsman, beating Matthew Hayden's previous record of 181 against New Zealand and overtaking West Indies' Xavier Marshall's record number of sixes in an innings. Kohli's 183 off 148 balls delivered India their highest successful run-chase in ODIs, and was the highest score by an Indian batsman in a chase.

Earlier, Bairstow and Root were on target for a record score when the pair were together at 267-1 in the 38th over. For Root, it was his first century in 26 worldwide innings - in which time he has passed fifty on 12 occasions - while for Bairstow it broke a sequence against Australia and New Zealand where had missed the chance to convert a few starts. Had Root not registered his 11th ODI hundred, England might have ended up in the gutter.