February 18, 2013
First one-day international, Hamilton
New Zealand 259-7 (48.5 overs) beat England 258 (49.3 overs) by three wickets
New Zealand beat England in the first ODI in Hamilton by three wickets and have claimed an early advantage in the best of three match series.
New Zealand won the toss and asked England to bat first, which was a decision based around the due factor in Hamilton. England posted a competitive 258 from their 50 overs, but would have been disappointed by only scoring 68 runs from their last 10 overs, having had seven wickets in hand.
The returning Jonathan Trott top scored for the visitors with 68 from 90 balls, and he was well supported by Ian Bell who made 64 opening the innings. There was also a half century from the promising Joe Root (56).
In repy, New Zealand achieved their target with seven balls to spare and by three wickets. Kane Williamson played in the same mode as Jonathan Trott by making 74 from 99 balls as he anchored the innings. The difference in the Kiwi innings was the knock of Brendan McCullum. McCullum made 69 not out from just 61 balls as he took full advantage of the England’s bowlers dropping short.
England will have to come out on top in the next two ODI matches if they are to win the series.
The Scoop 18/02/13