Ross Taylor sets up New Zealand win against England to level ODI series
Ross Taylor’s century laid the platform for New Zealand’s 13-run win under the Duckworth/Lewis method against England in the second one-day international at The Oval on Friday as the Black Caps levelled the five-match series at 1-1.
Taylor’s 119 not out and Kane Williamson’s 93 were the cornerstone of a total of 398 for five. It was the highest total England had conceded in all one-day internationals, surpassing the 387 for five posted against them by India at Rajkot in 2008. Chris Jordan’s return of one for 97 in nine overs equalled the England record for the most expensive in an ODI innings, with former fast bowler Stephen Harmison also conceding 97 runs, but in 10 wicketless overs, against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2006.
The most England had made batting second to win an ODI was 306 for five against Pakistan at Karachi in 2000.
England, who had themselves compiled a national record 408 for nine in a 210-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston on Tuesday by 210 runs, saw skipper Eoin Morgan make a quickfire 88. But with England 345 for seven, rain stopped play. When the match resumed, England needed 34 to win off 13 balls to reach a revised target of 379 in 46 overs and this proved beyond them as they finished on 365 for nine. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said: “Four hundred should be plenty but England are playing a completely different brand of cricket now.