Guptill leads Kiwis to series victory

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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill carried on where he left off in the first ODI by scoring another century in the second, leading the Black Caps to an 86-run win over England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill carried on where he left off in the first ODI by scoring another century in the second, leading the Black Caps to an 86-run win over England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Guptill ended the Black Caps innings on 189 not out, the best score by a Kiwi in ODIs and his best international score, smashing the England bowlers to all parts of the ground as Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson added half centuries.

The visitors recorded 359 for three, which was a very tough ask, and had England made it, it would have been the second highest successful ODI chase in history. As it was, the hosts were all out for 273, with Jonathan Trott making 109 not out.

New Zealand batted first after winning the toss and despite the early loss of Luke Ronchi with the score on 12, England at no point looked like curbing the runs. Their fielding was dire, with more than one catch dropped, and they leaked runs.

Guptill's first big partnership was with Williamson, as they put on 120 together, the first of three century stands in the knock. They went at 5.53 to the over, the slowest of the three partnerships, but did a great job to build the base.

Williamson was eventually out for 55, bowled by Graeme Swann, but the respite didn't last long as Taylor came in and took up the sword. He made his 60 runs off 54 balls, including two sixes, and allowed Guptill to free his arms.

James Anderson accounted for the former skipper's wicket, with Taylor skying it off a top edge and Chris Woakes taking the catch in the deep. This brought Brendon McCullum to the middle and he proceeded to smash 40 runs off 19 balls.

McCullum and Guptill's century came off just 45 balls, and in the end they put on 118 not out together at a rate of 14 to the over. Of the bowlers that used up their 10 overs, none went at less that six to the over, with Jade Dernbach the most expensive at 8.70.

England's innings saw wickets fall at regular intervals, and aside from Trott's century, no other batsman managed to take advantage of the good batting wicket. The Black Caps bowling was energised and controlled, and their fielding was on point.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both managed to get set, with 34 and 25 respectively, but both fell before 11 overs were gone, and left Trott to watch as his partners tumbled at the other end.

Mitchell McClenaghan took three wickets for the Kiwis, dismissing Jos Buttler, James Anderson and Jade Dernbach for minimal scores, while Williamson bagged the scalps of Woakes and Swann.

The victory ensured the Black Caps won the series, with the final game to be played on Wednesday, and made sure their confidence going into the Champions Trophy would be sky high.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach

New Zealand: Luke Ronchi (wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (capt), James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan

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