Taylor’s epic ton floors England in Dunedin
Ross Taylor scored an epic unbeaten 181 to help New Zealand to a five-wicket win over England in the fourth ODI against England in Dunedin on Wednesday.
Taylor limped through much of his innings after aggravating a thigh injury, but batted on to compile a career-best score and make it 2-2 in the series with one match left to play.
The Black Caps chased down a target of 336 after England had posted 335/9 on in the first innings with Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) scoring centuries.
Taylor hit 17 fours and six sixes as the Kiwis reached the target, 339/5, with three balls to spare.
The right-handed Taylor’s heroics in scoring his 19th ODI century overshadowed a fine batting performance from England, marred by a late collapse that cost them dearly.
Bairstow blazed his way to 138 off 106 balls and Joe Root grafted out a hard-fought 102 before England self-destructed late in their innings.
The home side’s chase then started disastrously when openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro both went for ducks.
Captain Kane Williamson and Taylor rebuilt with an 84-run partnership before England allrounder Ben Stokes dismissed the New Zealand skipper at 45 in the 17th over.
Taylor and Tom Latham then combined for a 187-run partnership, with Latham contributing 71.
Taylor’s injury came when he was on 109 and had to dive to avoid a run-out, inflaming the thigh strain that forced him out of the previous match in the series.
Unable to run freely, he concentrated on hitting boundaries, taking New Zealand to the position where they needed 80 off the final 10 overs.
England slowed New Zealand’s momentum with Latham’s dismissal and Colin de Grandhomme’s departure on 23.
Henry Nicholls looked nervy when he came to the crease but worked well to give Taylor most of the strike.
With three runs needed off the final over, Nicholls faced twodot balls then smashed Tom Curran for six as a tearful Taylor left the field to a standing ovation.
England should have put the match beyond reach after Bairstow and Root had them at 267 for 1 in the 38th over.
But Bairstow’s departure sparked a collapse that saw six wickets go for 21 runs, endingeir hopes of setting a monster total on the small University Oval ground.
A late cameo of 22 off 10 balls from Curran added a degree of difficulty to the target but also showed New Zealand’s batsmen that there were runs in the pitch.
Ish Sodhi led the Black Caps’ fightback with the ball, taking four for 58, while Colin Munro and Trent Boult took two wickets apiece
Dom Bess determined to prove England worth after India struggles
Bess says he knows what he has ‘got to do now to have a successful international career’.
Jake Libby earns draw as Somerset, Hampshire and Gloucestershire open with wins
Worcestershire opener Libby made the second-longest Championship innings ever and was on the field for every ball of the match.
Jofra Archer to find out whether he could feature in IPL next week
Archer has already been ruled out of the initial stages of the tournament after undergoing surgery to remove glass from his finger last month.
Stuart Broad would support social media boycott as racist abuse continues online
Some football teams and players have taken a break from social media.
Snow hits Glamorgan hopes as Rory Burns and Ben Foakes shine for Surrey
Burns made 74 and England team-mate Foakes an unbeaten 81 for Surrey against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
ICC Player of the Month nominations for March announced
Winners of the player of the month awards will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels.
Billy Root overshadows brother Joe as England captain suffers against Glamorgan
The visitors closed the second day with the upper hand at Headingley.
Sadiq Khan hoping to attract future IPL matches to London
London has staged NFL, MLB and NBA matches in London in the past and the London Mayor hopes IPL matches can also be staged in the capital.
Dan Lawrence shows early touch as Essex start strongly in Championship
There were big hundreds for Sam Robson, Tom Haines and James Vince.
Sachin Tendulkar thanks medical staff after returning home from hospital
Tendulkar was admitted to hospital last week after revealing he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been in quarantine at home.