Ali, Rashid spin England to dramatic win over New Zealand

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner. Black Caps v England second international cricket ODI Bay Oval Tauranga New Zealand. Wednesday 28 February 2018

A devastating spell by spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, and a freakish run out yesterday saw England pull off a dramatic four-run victory in the third one-day worldwide (ODI) against New Zealand in Wellington.

Morgan top scored for the tourists with 48 off 71 while Stokes, the England hero when they won the second ODI three days ago, contributed 39 off 73.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who scored his 11th one-day century, however, combined with Mitchell Santner to halt the slide and then gave the hosts hopes of achieving a remarkable win with a 96-run partnership.

Willamson (112no off 143) was unable to hit Chris Woakes' final ball of the match for six as New Zealand ended on 230-8 chasing England's 234 all out on a hard pitch.

England, having lost the toss, took to the crease and knocked up a score of 234, with Eoin Morgan's 48 the highest any of the players could muster.

Williamson welcomed an 11th century and 5000 runs in the intermediate format of the worldwide game en route to a commanding 112 not out from 143 deliveries, six fours and two sixes included, but it was not enough.

Belief surged back through England as Moeen Ali took two wickets in two balls - one with the help of a review after Ruchira Palliyaguruge had turned down his lbw shout off Tom Latham - Rashid struck again and then his spin partner Moeen took his third wicket.

He also saw a chunk of his now unsponsored bat broken off by a ball from the strictly medium-paced Colin de Grandhomme, who returned old-fashioned miserly figures of one for 24 off his 10 overs. Ish Sodhi stood out for the hosts with 3 for 53.

Whereas victory in the second ODI in Tauranga was an all-round demolition of the Black Caps, this was a streetwise and intelligent adaptation in tricky conditions, even if they were nearly denied by the brilliant Williamson. The England innings never really kicked off in the game.

Ben Stokes took a stunning dive to his left to catch Colin Munro (49) off Rashid to ignite the slump as New Zealand went from a comfortable 80 for one to 103 for six. We felt in a bit of form [after the second ODI] but it Ben and myself a while to find the middle of the bat.

The loss of opener Martin Guptill for 12 after 2.1 overs allowed Williamson to enter the fold, and alongside the big-hitting Munro the pair looked to take the game to the England attack.

The fourth ODI, which will be a deciding one, will be held at University Oval in Dunedin on March 7.



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