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Jonny Bairstow crushed Kiwis, England won the series
Jonny Bairstow crushed Kiwis, England won the series

 

England surged to a seven-wicket victory in 17.2 overs to spare to secure their sixth one-day series win a row. Jonny Bairstow made mincemeat of the chase with a 58-ball century, England's third-fastest and his second in consecutive innings, adding 155 in 20.2 overs for the first wicket alongside the recalled Alex Hales. The absence of Ross Taylor, who was ruled out on the morning of the game with the quad injury he sustained during his unbeaten innings of 181 runs, was too much for New Zealand to compensate for, especially with their captain Kane Williamson failing.

England's new ball pair, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, set a superb tone and it was backed up by the spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. At 93 for 6 it looked as though New Zealand could fold completely, but Mitchell Santner's outstanding series with the bat continued and a stand of 84 runs with Henry Nicholls at least took them over 200.

They have been tested more in this series than many of late, and have slipped occasionally, but such a comprehensive win in a decider is a feather in their cap. Bairstow moved to 99 with a pull behind square then dabbed a single to third man to sit behind Jos Buttler (46 balls) and Moeen Ali (53 balls) in England's quickest centuries before smashing his own stumps trying to manufacture some width against Trent Boult.

England 229 for 3 (Bairstow 104, Hales 61) beat New Zealand 223 (Santner 67, Nicholls 55, Woakes 3-32, Rashid 3-42) by seven wickets

 

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