Match Over - New Zealand won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: University Oval, Dunedin
  • Referee: RS Madugalle
  • When: 07 Mar 2018, 00:00 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: LRPL Taylor


  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: SB Haig
  • Third Umpire: RSA Palliyaguruge



Overs: 49.3 / 50.0

New Zealand



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


7.20pm Phew. I might have mentioned this before, but in case I didn't - what a game. What. A. Game. The perfect finish too, New Zealand drawing level to 2-2, which leaves all to play for for both teams in the fifth and final ODI in Christchurch on Saturday. Do join us for that, and keep sending in your feedback. Until then, it's goodbye from Chandan, Varun and me.

Ross Taylor: "[This innings is] right up there [among my best], I think. It was nice to be there at the end. I thought I batted quite well in Hamilton, but I wasn't there at the end. Got a bit of cramp. It was good to have all those partnerships. You've just got to give yourself a chance, set those little goals along the way. You can't win it in the first 10 overs, but you certainly can lose it. It looked like England would get 360-380 at one stage, so our bowlers did well to keep them down. I was about a 110 or 120, physio came out and asked if I wanted to stay in or come out. I'm glad I stayed in. I couldn't run any twos, so I didn't want to put any pressure on the other guy. So I had a go, and hit a couple out of the screws. The way Nicholls batted and finished it off - you don't want to panic in that situation. It's my birthday tomorrow, and I was like, "damn it, I can't drink tomorrow." I've got a nice bottle of red, but if I have any chance of playing [the fifth ODI], I can't drink any of it tomorrow."

Kane Williamson: "Great game of cricket. With the ball we were put under pressure and didn't execute well in the first half. It was a wicket where, once you got in, you could really score quickly, which they showed by getting to 260 so quickly. Ross - after a tough start, he got himself in and played his best one-day knock. One of the best of all time. A few niggles, hopefully nothing serious."

Eoin Morgan: "A beauty of a game. I'm sure everyone was thoroughly entertained. A high-scoring game, and a magnificent wicket. I thought there was more moisture at the toss. I would have done exactly what Kane did. We got into a really commanding position. We lost 4 for 20 or 25 which we cannot afford to do. 335 was a good score, but we would certainly have liked more. We're lucky enough to bat quite deep, and we usually go hard in that situation. We didn't manage to do it today. New Zealand bowled well. We thought the period between the end of our innings and the start of New Zealand's innings was the best time to bat, and we did well to create chances then. Usually, when someone gets injured, they go hard earlier, and offer more chances. Ross didn't do that. He went hard earlier, and took the game away from us."

Ben: "Wow... this is why I love cricket. So many things can happen. England sets huge total..*groan* NZ lose 2 quick wickets..*groan* then after a slow start thing got real exciting. Great job guys."

Farooq: "Great match and great innings from Taylor. But please, the greatest ODI inning belong to Gibbs for that infamous chase of 443." -- That's a debate for later - let's celebrate LRPL Taylor now.

Usman Khan: "It's Taylor's birthday tomorrow. He just gifted himself an advance birthday gift"

7.03pm Ross Taylor has just played one of the great ODI knocks to win one of the great ODI chases. The University Oval is up on its feet as he walks towards the rope, and his teammates spill into the ground to embrace him. What a player. He walked in, remember, with the score 2 for 2 in the third over. He finishes unbeaten on 181 off 147 balls, and the last third of his innings was made on one leg.

Don't forget New Zealand's other contributors too: Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls right at the end. And what about that man Ish Sodhi and his career-best 4 for 58? England seemed on course to get 400, at one point. They ended up with 335.

49.3TK Curran to HM Nicholls, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, full, on the pads, and Nicholls finishes with a six! He's done it! A flick, and it sails flat over the square leg boundary. What a hit. It was in his slot, but he had to put all the nerves of the last few balls out of his mind. He does it, and there's barely a smile on his face at the end of it as Taylor hobbles across to hug him.
49.2TK Curran to HM Nicholls, No run, full outside off, and he drives it hard, along the ground, and straight to mid-off. Oh man..
49.1TK Curran to HM Nicholls, No run, swings across the line at a full one, misses, there's a huge lbw appeal, that's not given (pitched outside leg, I think), he scrambles out of his crease, he's sent back, he slips. The throw from backward point misses the stumps. Everything is happening, and Henry Nicholls is the bundle of nerves in the middle of it all.
End of over 49. 10 runs this over. 333/5 after 294 balls.
HM Nicholls 7 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 8-2-42-1
LRPL Taylor 181 (147b 17x4 6x6 ) more

What's happened here? Taylor's holding his right forearm now!

End of over 48. 4 runs this over. 323/5 after 288 balls.
HM Nicholls 5 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 8-0-51-2
LRPL Taylor 173 (143b 17x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 47. 15 runs this over. 319/5 after 282 balls.
LRPL Taylor 171 (141b 17x4 5x6 ) CR Woakes 7-2-32-1
HM Nicholls 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 46. 2 runs this over. 304/5 after 276 balls.
LRPL Taylor 158 (137b 16x4 4x6 ) TK Curran 7-0-47-2
HM Nicholls 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 45. 3 runs this over. 302/4 after 270 balls.
C de Grandhomme 23 (10b 2x4 2x6 ) CR Woakes 6-2-17-1
LRPL Taylor 157 (134b 16x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 44. 14 runs this over. 299/4 after 264 balls.
C de Grandhomme 22 (8b 2x4 2x6 ) TK Curran 6-0-45-1
LRPL Taylor 155 (130b 16x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 43. 12 runs this over. 285/4 after 258 balls.
LRPL Taylor 154 (129b 16x4 4x6 ) AU Rashid 10-0-74-0
C de Grandhomme 9 (3b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 42. 7 runs this over. 273/4 after 252 balls.
TWM Latham 71 (67b 2x4 3x6 ) TK Curran 5-0-31-1
LRPL Taylor 151 (126b 16x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 41. 10 runs this over. 266/3 after 246 balls.
TWM Latham 70 (65b 2x4 3x6 ) AU Rashid 9-0-62-0
LRPL Taylor 145 (122b 15x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 40. 14 runs this over. 255/3 after 239 balls.
LRPL Taylor 137 (119b 15x4 3x6 ) MA Wood 8-0-64-1
TWM Latham 67 (61b 2x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 39. 13 runs this over. 240/3 after 233 balls.
LRPL Taylor 123 (113b 12x4 3x6 ) BA Stokes 7-0-44-1
TWM Latham 67 (61b 2x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 38. 7 runs this over. 227/3 after 228 balls.
TWM Latham 66 (60b 2x4 3x6 ) MA Wood 7-0-50-1
LRPL Taylor 112 (109b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 37. 11 runs this over. 220/3 after 222 balls.
TWM Latham 61 (56b 1x4 3x6 ) BA Stokes 6-0-31-1
LRPL Taylor 110 (107b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 36. 14 runs this over. 209/3 after 216 balls.
TWM Latham 54 (53b 1x4 2x6 ) MA Wood 6-0-43-1
LRPL Taylor 106 (104b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 195/3 after 210 balls.
LRPL Taylor 100 (101b 10x4 2x6 ) AU Rashid 8-0-52-0
TWM Latham 46 (50b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 34. 10 runs this over. 192/3 after 204 balls.
LRPL Taylor 98 (96b 10x4 2x6 ) MM Ali 8-0-52-0
TWM Latham 45 (49b 1x4 1x6 ) more

New Zealand need exactly nine runs per over now. Seven wickets in hand. Karthik will bring you what looks like another tight finish in the making.

End of over 33. 7 runs this over. 182/3 after 198 balls.
LRPL Taylor 89 (91b 8x4 2x6 ) AU Rashid 7-0-49-0
TWM Latham 44 (48b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 32. 7 runs this over. 175/3 after 192 balls.
TWM Latham 44 (47b 1x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 7-0-42-0
LRPL Taylor 83 (86b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Darryl : "If NZ do look like getting close how pivotible will Southee's last over be?"

End of over 31. 5 runs this over. 168/3 after 186 balls.
TWM Latham 39 (44b 1x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 6-0-43-0
LRPL Taylor 81 (83b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Dan: "I think barring rain, these two don't need to look to accelerate yet, with wickets in hand a rr of 10-11 is doable in the final 10 overs" --- Perhaps that's what England thought earlier...

William S: "Normally you double the score at 30 overs so we need to be 165 ish - 10 runs off with an over to go before 30 is up.. Not to much pressure yet "

End of over 30. 8 runs this over. 163/3 after 180 balls.
LRPL Taylor 79 (79b 7x4 2x6 ) MM Ali 6-0-35-0
TWM Latham 36 (42b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Sean: "@rob there is a series at stake here. I'll take a monster innings from Taylor."

Alex: "@Rob, while I'd like to see more black caps share the spotlight, they first need to show that they aren't just going to capitulate against good attacks. So Taylor still needs to have a monster score.

End of over 29. 9 runs this over. 155/3 after 174 balls.
TWM Latham 31 (38b 0x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 5-0-38-0
LRPL Taylor 77 (77b 7x4 2x6 ) more

rob: "Hope for development of this NZ team that Taylor doesn't have a monster innings, but instead, Nichols and CDG prove they deserve to be there."

Dwarak: "27.3 That four was from back of the bat. In my childhood gully cricket, we use to call it as wrong bat and it was declared out. Fun days"

End of over 28. 13 runs this over. 146/3 after 168 balls.
TWM Latham 25 (34b 0x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 5-0-28-0
LRPL Taylor 74 (75b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Rossco: "I know there is plenty of overs to go, but I get the feeling these two need to pick up the pace pretty soon so they don't have too much to do."

End of over 27. 5 runs this over. 133/3 after 162 balls.
TWM Latham 23 (32b 0x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-29-0
LRPL Taylor 63 (71b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Plenty of rain talk around. It's overcast in the ground. New Zealand are 42 behind par at the moment.

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 128/3 after 156 balls.
LRPL Taylor 60 (68b 6x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 4-0-15-0
TWM Latham 21 (29b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 25. 6 runs this over. 125/3 after 150 balls.
TWM Latham 19 (27b 0x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 5-0-20-1
LRPL Taylor 59 (64b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 24. 1 runs this over. 119/3 after 144 balls.
LRPL Taylor 57 (61b 6x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 3-0-12-0
TWM Latham 15 (24b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Leroy : "I hope he isn't required to bat, but if he is Nicholls's must be feeling a little pressure to perform, hasn't had a very good run of late "

Aman: "Why would an umpire jeopardise his career for a team? Every decsion of them is noticed and rated, they would like to get everything 100%. The reason why DRS exists is they can't get 100% right. Teams have unlimited review option as long as they use it correctly, use it like a Dhoni, not like Watson."

End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 118/3 after 138 balls.
LRPL Taylor 56 (55b 6x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 4-0-14-1
TWM Latham 15 (24b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Ramchander McSe: "Well I don't say umpires 'should' play. They can however be a bit more smart and proactive in progressing a game in a way that the review system envisages - ie make the players and fans feel a bit more secure that the wrong decision will not come in the way of a good game. Here if we reverse the sequence of events and the umpire would have given it not out and none of us would be wondering how despite review system the game is going to be decided unfairly. " --- It is not the umpire's job to think about the quality of the cricket and the players. Or about the spectators.

End of over 22. 3 runs this over. 115/3 after 132 balls.
LRPL Taylor 54 (52b 6x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 2-0-11-0
TWM Latham 14 (21b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 21. 5 runs this over. 112/3 after 126 balls.
TWM Latham 13 (17b 0x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 3-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor 52 (50b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Jeremy: "@Jezza I think you'll find it takes a while to build the ball tracking software - often you can hear the director talking to the umpire to tell them that ball tracking isnt ready."

Hugh: "@Rachamandra That's nonsense. Umpires should try to give the right decision every time. If you err on the side of the team with reviews remaining, that's still erring away from the decision most likely to be correct. What player - or fan - in their right mind wants that?"

End of over 20. 8 runs this over. 107/3 after 120 balls.
TWM Latham 11 (14b 0x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor 49 (47b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Jezza: "Is there a proscribed order in which the third umpire must review the LBW shout on 18.3. The first view pretty much looked like the ball pitched outside leg but the third umpire insisted on going through HotSpot and Snicko before resorting to ball-tracking, which immediately proved it was not out. Maybe the Thirdie could have asked for ball-tracking first and we could have got on with the game." ---- Yes, this seems like a very logical workflow, doesn't it?

End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 99/3 after 114 balls.
TWM Latham 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-6-1
LRPL Taylor 48 (46b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Graeme Clark: "Dan, Munro owes every NZ supporter a beer. Might cost him a bit..."

Steve Bowkett: "I can't figure out what Munro & Guptill were thinking. It looked plum, Munro must have known there was no edge on it. Maybe they both had an argument with Williamson this morning & it's part of a huge plan." --- My colleague Karthik noted that Guptill was standing quite wide at the other end and that may have made it appear like it could've missed leg. Because that ball was shaping in.

Dan: "Shane Watson used to do it, Alistair Cook does it. Openers have to be told, if you're given out LBW, unless you hit it, accept the decision. No opener in the history of cricket has believed they are out LBW. Munro owes Williamson a beer."

End of over 18. 6 runs this over. 96/3 after 108 balls.
LRPL Taylor 47 (44b 6x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 4-0-24-0
TWM Latham 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Rachamandra McS: "Poor umpiring really. I can't help but feel the umpire wasn't a 100% sure Williamson edged it - and having knkwn that England have a review he should have errred on the not out side. If there was an edge then he puts the ball back in England's court to ask for a review. It's the sort of cat and mouse game that the review system has brought into the game and umpire's shouldn't be shy to play the rules too. " --- You really think the way to fix this is to get umpires to "play"?

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 90/3 after 102 balls.
LRPL Taylor 42 (40b 5x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-4-1
TWM Latham 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

George: "Just ridiculous only being allowed 1 review per innings, do we want correct decisions or not?" --- Munro made an incorrect decision himself, didn't he?

Tim: "Im totally jinxed - I loaded up CricInfo to check the score and we almost instantly lost Munners and Guppy. Loaded up again just now, and guess what happened.... "

And on that note, it's time for a change in commentary. It's over to Varun.

End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 86/2 after 96 balls.
LRPL Taylor 40 (38b 5x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 3-0-18-0
KS Williamson 45 (47b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 81/2 after 90 balls.
LRPL Taylor 39 (35b 5x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-24-0
KS Williamson 41 (44b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 74/2 after 84 balls.
KS Williamson 39 (41b 3x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 2-0-13-0
LRPL Taylor 34 (32b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 13. 9 runs this over. 67/2 after 78 balls.
LRPL Taylor 32 (30b 4x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-17-0
KS Williamson 34 (37b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 58/2 after 72 balls.
KS Williamson 26 (33b 3x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 1-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor 31 (28b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 11. 8 runs this over. 52/2 after 66 balls.
LRPL Taylor 26 (24b 3x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-8-0
KS Williamson 25 (31b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 12 runs this over. 44/2 after 60 balls.
KS Williamson 23 (29b 3x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 5-0-29-1
LRPL Taylor 20 (20b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 32/2 after 54 balls.
KS Williamson 22 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-2-14-1
LRPL Taylor 9 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 8 runs this over. 26/2 after 48 balls.
KS Williamson 17 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-0-17-1
LRPL Taylor 9 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 5 runs this over. 18/2 after 42 balls.
KS Williamson 10 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 4-2-9-1
LRPL Taylor 8 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 13/2 after 36 balls.
KS Williamson 10 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-9-1
LRPL Taylor 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 4 runs this over. 7/2 after 30 balls.
KS Williamson 5 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 3-2-4-1
LRPL Taylor 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 1 runs this over. 3/2 after 24 balls.
LRPL Taylor 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-3-1
KS Williamson 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3.  A maiden over! 2/2 after 18 balls.
KS Williamson 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 2-2-0-1
LRPL Taylor 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 2/1 after 12 balls.
KS Williamson 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-2-1
MJ Guptill 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
MJ Guptill 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 1-1-0-0
C Munro 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ GuptillC BA Stokes B CR Woakes0131000-
C MunroLBW MA Wood04100-
KS WilliamsonC JC Buttler B BA Stokes4564483193.75
LRPL Taylornot out 181213147176123.13
TWM LathamC MM Ali B TK Curran711176723105.97
C de GrandhommeC CR Woakes B TK Curran23151222191.67
HM Nichollsnot out 13231201108.33
MJ Santner -
TG Southee -
IS Sodhi -
TA Boult -
Total 339/5
CR Woakes8.024215.25
MA Wood8.006518.13
AU Rashid10.007407.4
TK Curran8.305726.71
BA Stokes7.004516.43
MM Ali8.005206.5