England dominant in series decider

New Zealand's Henry Nicholls celebrates his half-century with teammate Mitchell Santner during the fifth and final ODI between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval in Christchurch

A clinical effort from England helped them beat New Zealand by seven wickets with 104 balls to spare in the fifth One-Day International at Christchurch to win the series 3-2 on Saturday (March 10). New Zealand had been dismissed for 223 after England never allowed the hosts to develop any momentum with the bat.

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Our bowlers really did set the tone after winning the toss, probably with a little more bounce than we saw throughout the whole game".

Ross Taylor, whose unbeaten 181 was pivotal in Wednesday's win, had earlier been ruled out with a quad injury and his calm head was sorely missed. Mark Chapman replaced him for the crucial encounter in Christchurch.

Having been put into bat, New Zealand suffered a huge early blow when Munro went for a duck with the third ball of the match.

The wicket meant that New Zealand finished their innings at 223 all out - a score that was always going to be tricky to defend.

"We've got three guys who average over 40 in ODI cricket (Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor) and others, like Tom Latham, making good contributions". Things were looking bleak for the home side at 93/6 as Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls came together and saved them the blushes. But exemplary new ball work from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - named man of the series for his 10 wickets at 20.30 - reduced the Blackcaps to 26 for two, before Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined, bowling their full allocations through unhindered, to inflict a collapse of four wickets for 33 runs.

England coach Trevor Bayliss told reporters on Friday that, while the streak of series wins wasn't top of mind, victory over the Black Caps would give them plenty of satisfaction.

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Bairstow had reached 50 in 38 balls but he chose to go for Sodhi, England's destroyer in Dunedin, in the 18th over of the innings, taking the leg-spinner for 22 runs as he smashed three sixes in four balls. Especially Bairstow who struck form at the fag end of the series and made merry of the small boundaries.

Bairstow led the charge with his fourth ODI century, his 60-ball 104 including nine fours and six sixes, Bizarrely, he was out hit-wicket to Trent Boult in the 21st over.

Bairstow, who scored 138 in the fourth game in Dunedin, smashed a 58-ball century with eight boundaries and six sixes as he combined with Alex Hales (61) in a 155-run opening stand in flawless batting conditions.

Hales was the second wicket to fall when England were on 177 and just 47 runs short of victory.

England chased the target in the 33rd over with Stokes and Joe Root in the middle as New Zealand were left pondering over their batting failures in the decider.

Munro amassed just 56 runs from five innings against England with the 49 he notched on a tricky surface in Wellington in game three, forming the bulk.

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