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Taylor turns tables on Eng

Taylor turns tables on Eng
Ross Taylor’s century helped New Zealand turn the tables on England as the World Cup finalists piled up 398 for five in the second one-day international at The Oval on Friday.

Taylor’s 119 not out and Kane Williamson’s 93 did the bulk of the damage as England conceded their highest total 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.

Remarkably, in view of what followed, the innings started with a maiden from fast bowler Steven Finn, but from then on New Zealand were on top with England rarely making use of the yorker as the runs kept coming.

The most England have made batting second to win a one-day international is 306 for five, needing 305, against Pakistan at Karachi in 2000.

Tuesday’s series opener at Edgbaston had seen England pile up a national record 408 for nine as they won by 210 runs.

But Brendon McCullum didn’t make the same mistake twice, the New Zealand captain opting to bat first this time after winning the toss.

An equally good batting pitch, once more allied to a lack of swing, again worked in favour of the team batting first and this time it was England who dropped several tough chances -- with Taylor missed twice. McCullum took 21 off all-rounder Jordan’s third over, the sixth of the innings, including two successive sixes, in the course of a typically quickfire 39. 



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