February 20, 2013
Second ODI, Napier
England 270-2 (47.4 overs) beat New Zealand 269 (48.5 overs) by 8 wickets
England eased to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand this morning to the level the one-day international series at 1-1.
On what was an excellent batting surface, England did well to restrict the home side to 269 from their allotted 50 overs. Ross Taylor top scored with an excellent hundred, and Brendan McCullum gave the innings some real impetus with a blistering 74 from 36 balls but there was little other support from the Kiwi batsmen.
England had started extremely well with the ball as the New Zealand batsman found James Anderson and Steven Finn hard to get away. Anderson finished with figures of 5-34 proving he’s capable of match winning spells with both red and white ball.
In reply, England always looked in charge of the run chase. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell put on 89 for the first wicket, before Jonathan Trott (65 not out) and Joe Root (79 not out) took the visitors to victory.
Root was particularly impressive with his 79 coming from just 56 balls, as the 22 year-old took the game away from the Kiwi’s. Root’s performances in all forms of the game for England have been a breath of fresh air and have given the selectors a headache when Kevin Pietersen returns in this form of the game.
The series decider will take place in Auckland on Saturday with England hoping to back up the success they had in the Twenty20 form of the game before the Test series starts on 5th March in Dunedin.
The Scoop 20/02/13