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England beat New Zealand by eight wickets

Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott brought up confident half centuries as England beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second ODI to level the three-match series at 1-1. New Zealand’s former captain Ross Taylor made 100 and present captain Brendon McCullum 74 as the home side was dismissed for 269 after being sent in to bat at McLean Park.

England skipper Cook scored with 78, Root made an unbeaten 79 and Jonathan Trott reached 65 not out as the tourists chased down the total with 14 balls to spare. The deciding match is in Auckland on Saturday. Cook, who was out for 4 in the opening match of the series last Friday, paced the first half of the innings in partnerships of 89 with Ian Bell (44) for the first wicket and 60 with Jonathan Trott for the second. He reached his half century from 68 balls and was out in the 32nd over.
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