New Zealand, who won the opener by five wickets, look to keep the momentum going ahead of the penultimate match of the series on Sunday. (AP Photo)
Southampton: New Zealand are one win away from an ODI series triumph against England when they take the field in the second match here on Sunday. The Black Caps went into the series as rank outsiders but surprised the hosts with a five-wicket win in the first ODI on Friday.
The New Zealand bowlers, led by Tim Southee, continued their good work from the Test series, combining well to restrict the hosts to a modest total of 227 for 9. New Zealand's batsmen, who were terrible in their Test series whitewash, finally showed some spine - especially Martin Guptill, whose unbeaten 103 made it an easy chase for the visitors.
Injury concerns continue to haunt the English team with Stuart Broad and Steven Finn again unlikely to feature due to injury. Warwickshire pacer Boyd Rankin has been called up as cover for the injured duo.
When all is said and done, it has to be said that this a great chance for New Zealand to get some boost ahead of the eight-team Champions Trophy. Of late their performance has been way off the mark and they can change it all on Sunday.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wkt), Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes, Jade Dernbach, Boyd Rankin
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt/wkt), Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson