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|Colin de Grandhomme||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Colin de Grandhomme||10.0||1||24||1||2.40|
England drew level 1-1 in the ongoing ODI series against hosts New Zealand by winning the second ODI by 6 wickets in a convincing way; the two teams will now lock horns in the 3rd ODI at Wellington on 3rd March. The hosts had started out with a thumping win in the first match, handing a 3-wicket defeat to England but failed to repeat the performance on Wednesday. England will now look to dominate and take a lead in the 5-match series with a victory again here. It needs to be seen if the visitors can outwit the Kiwis or succumb to another loss on Saturday.
The Kiwis lost quick wickets batting first in the 2nd ODI and were able to muster only 223 runs getting all-out against the English pace. Martin Guptill posted a well-made half-century while spinner all-rounder Mitchell Santner tried to revive the innings by scoring a heroic 63 off 52. Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Latham pitched in with good knocks, but they couldn’t get a challenging total on board. The bowlers put up a disciplined attack with speedster Trent Boult taking 2-46 while Munro and Lockie Ferguson claimed a wicket each to contain the opponents but they lost the match by 6 wickets.
Earlier, in the first match the bowlers restricted the English batsmen to 284 runs and then Ross Taylor posted a superb 113 off 116 to bolster the chase.
Tom Latham pitched in with 79 while Santner showcased his all-rounder skills, posting 45 off 27 to steer the team across to victory by 3 wickets. Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner took 2 wickets each while pacer Boult also dismissed 2 batsmen. Munro also claimed 1 wicket and brings variety to the attack along with others like Grandhomme.
The Kiwis will look to bounce back with a win on Saturday; they have strong batsmen like Williamson, Taylor, Guptill, Latham and Santner who add depth to the batting line-up.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Mark Chapman, TWM Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult.
Spinner Moeen Ali put up an extraordinary performance, taking 2-33 in 10 overs in the last match to stifle the hosts to 223 runs all-out. Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes contained the Kiwis with their stunning pace attack as they claimed 2 wickets each. The target of 224 was easily chased down by the batsmen thanks to a powerful knock by captain Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, who scored 60+ runs each to build the chase. Jonny Bairstow and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler contributed with 30+ runs each and they won the match by 6 wickets comfortably.
In the first match, the bowlers failed to defend 284 runs despite a good show by Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, who took 2 wickets each. Spinner Adil Rashid, pacer David Willey and Tom Curran dismissed one opponent each, but they couldn’t stop the hosts from hitting the winning runs. Earlier, Buttler and Joe Root did well to score 70+ runs each batting first while Jason Roy scored 49.
England has a good mix of batsmen and bowlers, who have previously dominated the Aussies to win the ODI series on this tour. With Eoin Morgan back in form and in-form batsmen like Root, Buttler, Roy and Stokes doing well, England could well prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here.
JJ Roy, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, Tom Curran, M Wood.
Both teams are tough units and can challenge each other well; however, we feel that the strong mix of pace and spin attack by the English could give them the advantage here again to emerge victorious.