Match Over - England won by 4 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
  • Referee: RS Madugalle
  • When: 03 Mar 2018, 03:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: MM Ali


  • Umpire1: RSA Palliyaguruge
  • Umpire2: WR Knights
  • Third Umpire: RJ Tucker



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New Zealand



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9:57pm Thanks for joining us for this epic. We loved bringing it to you - hope you had fun. England are 2-1 up. Good night!

Eoin Morgan: Brilliant game of cricket, again. We're very fortunate that the fans came out to support us. Great atmosphere. We took a huge amount of commitment and overthinking to assess this pitch. We just couldn't get going. The sun was out and it was a hot day. We knew we would've been in the game if we got somewhere between 220-240. Our spin twins did a fantastic job on a wicket that offered some turn. The pressure shifted a little bit with the Williamson-Santner partnership. It was a very tight game, could've gone either way. I think it's important for the game. It can't be crash bang wallop. when there's something on offer for everybody, it rejuvenates everyone. Woakes is Mr. Reliable, he's defended 13 against Dhoni for us. He's a bit of an unsung hero for us with bat and ball.

Kane Williamson: Very frustrating. Credit to England, they had to assess and get a good total at the halfway stage. They deserved the win. We stumbled a bit in the middle and it hit us, meant we had to get deeper in the game. This is kind of why we chose to bowl - we weren't sure how the wicket would play. The bowling unit did a good job. But it was a competitive total from them. We started well and stumbled. Santner did well. We sort of knew hitting would be difficult. Our plans kept changing as we lost wickets. Credit to their how the spinners in the middle. They deserved to win, just a shame we got so close. There's a few deliveries you have in your mind, but when they're executed well, you can't hit them. No concern about the middle order, no.

Moeen Ali: Brilliant game, very tight. Fantastic last few overs by us. When I went in I tried to have a whack. It was a difficult wicket. A good one for spinners. My plan was to bowl tight and the wickets came. They weren't great balls or anything. Wanted to build pressure and hopefully get wickets because of it, that's my plan in ODIs as an offspinner. It was nice to bowl my ten overs through. In the end it takes only one over each way and we knew we could win the game.

Moeen Ali is the Man of the Match.

9:41pm Oh what an innings from Williamson. Floundering, flailing, fighting, carrying - couldn't pull it off. Heartbreak in the end. Should never have come to this for New Zealand, he was the sole reason. But it just didn't work out. Woakes had a clear plan for the last over, as did Curran in the 49th. England have done superbly to pull out a victory tonight. It's their first ever victory at this venue. They engineered a stunning collapse after that Munro-Williamson alliance to tug this back. It wasn't easy batting after they'd lost the toss, but the collective might of their allrounders ensured they managed a decent total after Morgan and Stokes had done the setting up.

49.6CR Woakes to KS Williamson, No run, Woakes seals it with a wide yorker! Williamson walks into the off side yet again. Looks to dab it to third man to find the tie. The ball is past the marker, but that's because Woakes knows what Williamson's about to do. Won't get bat on it.

Third man is in. Backward point is in. Extra cover and fine leg are in.

49.5CR Woakes to KS Williamson, No run, walks at the full toss and taps it straight to mid-off! Oh that's anti-climactic and how! Right in the slot, there for the tap over mid-off or extra cover - even over midwicket! But it's a feeble push straight to Root on the bounce. Sends Sodhi back.
49.4CR Woakes to KS Williamson, 2 runs, and he continues to go leg side! This time he gambles for the second and he manages to get it! Or has he? It's a run out appeal. He has comfortably made it. Taps this full toss between long-on and deep midwicket to come back for the second. It was full and wide outside off, yet again.

Third man goes back. Mid-off comes back in.

49.3CR Woakes to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, swats it wide to deep square's left! Persists with the leg side, gets a short ball that sits nicely in the pitch and he absolutely wallops this! Flat, dipping over the fence as Stokes signals to the umpires that it's a six. There is life in this still!.
49.2CR Woakes to KS Williamson, 2 runs, goes leg side again with the attempted scoop. It's a length ball wide outside off. He barely gets bat on this to get it to deep square's right.

Mid-off drops back. Backward point and third man are in.

49.1CR Woakes to KS Williamson, No run, he looks to go leg side and is beaten. It's length, it's a slower ball wide outside off. He shuffles and swipes to be beaten.
End of over 49. 7 runs this over. 220/8 after 294 balls.
KS Williamson 102 (137b 6x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 7-0-49-0
IS Sodhi 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Chris Woakes, Morgan and Buttler are planning this last over. 15 off 6 balls required. Will they go with the same field? It appears so. Third man is in. Fine leg is in. Extra cover and mid-off in. He can't bow full outside off. Here we go...

End of over 48. 3 runs this over. 213/8 after 288 balls.
KS Williamson 96 (132b 5x4 1x6 ) CR Woakes 9-1-30-2
IS Sodhi 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

It will be Curran for the 49th over. Big call. Third man and backward point square, extra cover in. Mid-off is in. 22 off 12.

End of over 47. 9 runs this over. 210/7 after 282 balls.
TG Southee 7 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 6-0-42-0
KS Williamson 94 (130b 5x4 1x6 ) more

More conferences. Mid-off and extra cover right back on the circle. Fine leg is in. 25 from 18. Woakes to Southee. They'll be team-mates in about a month's time...

End of over 46. 2 runs this over. 201/7 after 276 balls.
TG Southee 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 8-1-27-1
KS Williamson 92 (128b 5x4 1x6 ) more

What an over. The required rate has gone to nearly nine from hovering just above seven. Not to mention, that wicket.

Chris: "Heartbreaking for Santner - first dismissal in three innings - that's 149/1 for him in this series"

That's 200 for New Zealand.

It's three dot balls in this over now too.

End of over 45. 9 runs this over. 199/6 after 270 balls.
KS Williamson 91 (124b 5x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 5-0-34-0
MJ Santner 41 (54b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Thirty-six off thirty. England are back where they were before the collapse - plenty of strategic conferences.

Sathish2888: "I'm just worried about one thing from here.. #runout"

End of over 44. 4 runs this over. 190/6 after 264 balls.
MJ Santner 39 (52b 3x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 10-1-34-2
KS Williamson 84 (120b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Dhaval : "Always thought with the growing popularity of T20s and with teams like England and NZ, and with smaller grounds in NZ, this series will be a run-fest but this is gripping stuff. "

Superb spell from Rashid comes to an end. Who can win it for England from here?

End of over 43. 7 runs this over. 186/6 after 258 balls.
MJ Santner 37 (49b 3x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 4-0-25-0
KS Williamson 82 (117b 4x4 1x6 ) more

They've got the required rate in that over. Will they look to play Rashid out now? His last over incoming...

End of over 42. 4 runs this over. 179/6 after 252 balls.
MJ Santner 31 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 9-1-30-2
KS Williamson 81 (116b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Exactly seven per over required now. Tom Curran from the other end. Around the wicket.

End of over 41. 7 runs this over. 175/6 after 245 balls.
KS Williamson 80 (113b 4x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 6-0-27-0
MJ Santner 28 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) more

lebigfella: "This is like going back 35 years... not the usual run fest but entertaining & compelling. Great to see the bowlers commanding the game. Result totally in the balance"

End of over 40. 4 runs this over. 168/6 after 240 balls.
KS Williamson 79 (111b 4x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 6-0-36-0
MJ Santner 23 (37b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sumith Poojari: "Rashid's 2 overs would be game changer"

Steve Bowkett: "@Mark - Chapman has been rash in all his NZ innings. No. 6 is a vital batting position; should it be filled by somebody who hasn't learned to be patient?"

Bob: "The England bowling seems to have been very disciplined. Very few wides and no-balls." --- Yep. In fact, their three wides are the only ones in the match.

End of over 39. 5 runs this over. 164/6 after 234 balls.
MJ Santner 21 (35b 1x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 5-0-20-0
KS Williamson 77 (107b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Mark: "Whatever the final result, this innings has shown how valuable Taylor is to NZ and the problems of their middle order. Chapman was rash but he does show promise. When Taylor comes back I'd be tempted to drop Nicholls and move Chapman to six."

End of over 38. 3 runs this over. 159/6 after 228 balls.
KS Williamson 72 (103b 3x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 5-0-32-0
MJ Santner 21 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Bob: "RRR over 6 now. NZ would kill for a few more wickets in hand I bet."

Matt: ""It has seemed a much easier surface throughout this innings in comparison to when England were batting." Tell that to 5 of the 6 'professionals' sitting in the sheds." --- Someone should have...

Steve Bowkett: "New Zealand will have to start going for a boundary an over at some stage ... at what point will that be?" --- They'll leave it for the last ten I'd imagine.

End of over 37. 3 runs this over. 156/6 after 222 balls.
KS Williamson 70 (99b 3x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 10-1-36-3
MJ Santner 20 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36. 4 runs this over. 153/6 after 215 balls.
KS Williamson 68 (94b 3x4 1x6 ) CR Woakes 7-1-25-1
MJ Santner 19 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) more

It has seemed a much easier surface throughout this innings in comparison to when England were batting.

That's the fifty stand

End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 149/6 after 210 balls.
MJ Santner 18 (27b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 9-1-33-3
KS Williamson 66 (91b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Thanks, Miller. It wasn't this chaotic when I was last here. New Zealand hanging on now. If these two bat seven overs together, would you back NZ to pull it off with Southee in the shed for the long hits? Here's Waokes...

So, that will be drinks, and this will be Varun Shetty, for what promises to be a grandstand finish to a low-scoring thriller

End of over 34. 6 runs this over. 144/6 after 202 balls.
MJ Santner 17 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-1-19-1
KS Williamson 62 (85b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Asim: "Ohh how badly i wanted to watch a Williamson masterclass. This bloke is best in the business when it comes to absorbing pressure and delivering goods!!"

End of over 33. 2 runs this over. 138/6 after 198 balls.
KS Williamson 61 (84b 3x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 8-1-30-3
MJ Santner 14 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more

sankar4787: "Latham's wicket was crucial for England. He would have easily overseen this chase with KW with some overs to spare" Santner is looking the part though, and he's in some fine form at the moment

End of over 32. 7 runs this over. 136/6 after 192 balls.
KS Williamson 60 (80b 3x4 1x6 ) JE Root 1-0-7-0
MJ Santner 13 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 5 runs this over. 129/6 after 186 balls.
MJ Santner 12 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 7-1-28-3
KS Williamson 54 (76b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Bob: "NZ still only need 5.7 p.o from here. Not impossible IF they bat sensibly." Quite so

End of over 30. 7 runs this over. 124/6 after 180 balls.
MJ Santner 9 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 8-1-26-2
KS Williamson 52 (73b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 117/6 after 174 balls.
MJ Santner 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 6-1-23-3
KS Williamson 50 (69b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Steve: "Sants needs to do what he done in the first game relax chill and rotate strike like with Taylor. 4 singles odd boundary be all good. But i think Rosco not there has hurt the batting stance." It's true. Taylor and Williamson would have munched this game in 41 overs.

End of over 28. 3 runs this over. 112/6 after 168 balls.
MJ Santner 2 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 7-1-19-2
KS Williamson 47 (66b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Roy did actually suggest to the umpires that they should review with a soft signal of out... But it's academic now

End of over 27. 2 runs this over. 109/6 after 162 balls.
MJ Santner 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 5-1-18-3
KS Williamson 45 (64b 2x4 1x6 ) more

TPain: "I think what we're seeing here is that on a pitch like this, the modern day player is clueless. NZ has far too many of those types of players. Williamson has technique to fall back on." Interesting, through, that it's not England coming a cropper this time. They actually grafted for once, instead of falling to 20 for 6 as they often do on greentops...

Bob: "I had a crack at the pitch earlier but this has nothing to do with the pitch methinks. Bone headed batting more likely." I agree. They are chasing 235. Where's the need for panic?

End of over 26. 4 runs this over. 107/6 after 156 balls.
KS Williamson 44 (60b 2x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 6-1-16-2
MJ Santner 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Mashhood: "Well this is interesting! A passenger with his mediocre spin toppling up NZ." Well quite [see earlier comment] ... funny how things turn around ...

End of over 25.  A maiden over! 103/6 after 150 balls.
MJ Santner 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 4-1-16-3
KS Williamson 40 (54b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Vinay bn: "As match can be won by just accumulating singles and twos with odd boundary, what is the need for going for glory shots? NZ missing a trick here" Well quite. A chaotic loss of composure all round. Williamson excepted, of course

End of over 24. 2 runs this over. 103/5 after 144 balls.
C de Grandhomme 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 5-1-12-2
KS Williamson 40 (54b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Mark: "That raises an interesting question. I'm sure Nicholls reviewed because he thought he'd been given out caught and he knew he hadn't hit it. Seems unfair to lose the review in those circumstances. Can they ask for clarification what they are being given out for?" He deserves to be stripped of all right of appeal for the shot alone

End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 101/5 after 138 balls.
C de Grandhomme 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 3-0-16-2
KS Williamson 39 (52b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 22. 1 runs this over. 98/5 after 132 balls.
HM Nicholls 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 4-1-10-2
KS Williamson 38 (48b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Shrey: "I have scrolled through the entire commentary but I have still not found the reason for which Ross Taylor was dropped. He was great in the last 2 games. Any reason he was dropped" Keep scrolling. He has a quad strain, as mentioned earlier

End of over 21. 4 runs this over. 97/4 after 126 balls.
TWM Latham 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 2-0-13-2
KS Williamson 37 (45b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 93/2 after 120 balls.
MS Chapman 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 3-1-9-1
KS Williamson 37 (45b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 19. 9 runs this over. 89/2 after 114 balls.
KS Williamson 36 (44b 2x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-9-0
MS Chapman 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18.  A maiden over! 80/2 after 108 balls.
MS Chapman 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 2-1-5-1
KS Williamson 28 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) more

They've taken drinks in between balls. Here's Chapman

End of over 17. 7 runs this over. 80/1 after 102 balls.
KS Williamson 28 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 4-0-15-0
C Munro 49 (59b 7x4 0x6 ) more

It is now time for Miller. Connoisseur of sharks. See you later!

Boss: "Bob, I like this as pitch rewards the bowling if it is straight. England didn't get to grips with the pace. NZ bowled well. "

Ants: "@Bob - so in your mind, a pitch that requires a batsman to play himself in is not good? Think we're losing sight of what makes cricket such a good game..."

End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 73/1 after 96 balls.
C Munro 43 (56b 7x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-5-0
KS Williamson 27 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Bob: "Drop-in pitches. Maybe one day someone will get it right."

End of over 15. 4 runs this over. 68/1 after 90 balls.
KS Williamson 25 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 3-0-8-0
C Munro 40 (53b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Michael: "Is the English field defensive or attacking? " --- They have four outside, for horizontal batted shots on either side of the stumps. There's going to be a lot of "tapped to midwicket" and "nudged to cover" today.

End of over 14. 3 runs this over. 64/1 after 84 balls.
C Munro 39 (52b 7x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 3-0-18-0
KS Williamson 22 (28b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 61/1 after 78 balls.
C Munro 38 (49b 7x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-4-0
KS Williamson 20 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Lance Young: "Big chance for Munro to show he has an adaptable game and is not just a one-dimensional bash-crash hitter. Needs to show he can occupy the crease for more than 20 overs."

End of over 12. 10 runs this over. 58/1 after 72 balls.
C Munro 37 (46b 7x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 2-0-15-0
KS Williamson 18 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 1 runs this over. 48/1 after 66 balls.
KS Williamson 17 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-1-0
C Munro 28 (42b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Matt: "Kane only needs 400 runs (not out) to get his average up to 50. Don't think it'll happen today, but soon." --- Pfft, it won't happen today with that attitude.

End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 47/1 after 60 balls.
KS Williamson 17 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 1-0-5-0
C Munro 27 (38b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Rohan: "Why is everyone piling on Munro? He is not stupid, it seems like a plan to max the results from the new ball(s) before it gets soft and spinners come on. "

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 42/1 after 54 balls.
C Munro 22 (36b 4x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-1-13-1
KS Williamson 17 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Paul Gardner: "@anthony this pitch doesn't look like one anyone can "dash" on. Better to be patient and use controlled aggression when the opportunity shows itself"

End of over 8. 12 runs this over. 37/1 after 48 balls.
KS Williamson 17 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-0-29-0
C Munro 17 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Sooryanarayanan: "@Steve, I don't think he is batting himself out of the opening role as Mike Hesson mentioned last year that they wanted an aggressor at the top, which is why Latham was pushed to the middle-order. With a player as enigmatic as Munro, there will be a couple of blips in between."

End of over 7.  A maiden over! 25/1 after 42 balls.
C Munro 16 (29b 3x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 4-1-8-1
KS Williamson 6 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sam: "Munro seems to be attempting some sort of 'worst case' batting practice where he simulates every potential dismissal scenario. So far we've had: Outside edge past the slips, inside edge past the stumps, top edge just behind the keeper, lbw, lofted drive just past cover and near run out. I think about the only thing he could add to the list would be bowled but that is hard to simulate without actually getting out..." --- While Williamson shows how you survive. Reaching out to new audiences...

England have removed the slips and packed the infield now to stop him from getting a release

End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 25/1 after 36 balls.
KS Williamson 6 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-17-0
C Munro 16 (23b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Anthony : "Munro should just dash, he's on borrowed time. And he's best when he's going after it"

Steve: "I love the aggression Munro brings to the top of the order, just like McCullum used to do... but in this series it has just been plain ugly, and the unfortunate question has to be asked... is he batting himself out of the side, or at least out of the opening role?"

End of over 5. 1 runs this over. 20/1 after 30 balls.
C Munro 11 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 3-0-8-1
KS Williamson 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 19/1 after 24 balls.
KS Williamson 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-12-0
C Munro 10 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 3 runs this over. 15/1 after 18 balls.
C Munro 9 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 2-0-7-1
KS Williamson 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Artemis: "This is exactly the kind of match where Kane Williamson can display his value to the limited overs side. Low scoring chase, early wicket making for a potentially tricky especially coming off a game where the same opposition bowled you out for 221. A calm head like Williamson can help settle it down and keep one end ticking over. "

End of over 2. 8 runs this over. 12/0 after 12 balls.
C Munro 9 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-8-0
MJ Guptill 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 4 runs this over. 4/0 after 6 balls.
C Munro 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ GuptillC TK Curran B CR Woakes3940075
C MunroC BA Stokes B AU Rashid4970627079.03
KS Williamsonnot out 1122021436278.32
MS ChapmanC EJG Morgan B MM Ali813141057.14
TWM LathamLBW MM Ali04100-
HM NichollsLBW AU Rashid05300-
C de GrandhommeC CR Woakes B MM Ali3880037.5
MJ SantnerRun out CR Woakes 4184543075.93
TG SoutheeC BA Stokes B CR Woakes71081087.5
IS Sodhinot out 21630066.67
TA Boult -
Total 230/8
CR Woakes10.014024
MA Wood6.003606
TK Curran7.004907
BA Stokes6.002704.5
AU Rashid10.013423.4
MM Ali10.013633.6
JE Root1.00707