Martin Guptill (27*) and Brendon McCullum (69*) took New Zealand home with 7 balls to spare. (Getty Images)
Riding on half-centuries by Kane Williamson (74) and Brendon McCullum (69*), New Zealand beat England by three wickets and seven balls to spare in the 1st ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
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New Zealand innings
48.5 overs: 259 for 7 Andrew Ellis got out and a hobbling Martin Guptill, who walked in after being retired hurt, hit a four and six off Finn in the 47th over. With 26 needed off 18, Brendon McCullum and Guptill got 13 off Chris Woakes over narrowing down the equation to 13 runs from 12 balls. McCullum got a six of the first ball of the 49th over bowled by Stuart Board and Guptill sealed the match in the 4th ball taking a single behind point .
End of 45 overs: 213 for 6 Nathan McCullum hit a six off Swann but the spinner got him out lbw to leave New Zealand six wickets down in chase of 258. Brendon McCullum though kept the hosts in hunt with a fifty of 48 balls. He was dropped at square leg by Jonathan Trott is the 45th over. NZ now need 46 more runs from 30 balls.
End of 40 overs: 178 for 5 Brendon McCullum took the maximum from the powerplay overs as he clobbered one James Anderson over for 17 runs to give New Zealand the momentum going into the last ten overs of the chase. The hosts though lost James Franklin as Finn bounced out the lanky all-rounder. New Zealand require 81 runs from 60 balls with Brendon McCullum on 35 and Nathan McCullum on 7.
End of 34 overs: 144 for 4 Kane Williamson departed as Chris Woakes ran him out after McCullum sent back the well set batsman calling for a single. Woakes whipped the bails in a flash with Williamson inches short of the crease. Williamson scored 75 off 99 balls.
End of 30 overs: 126 for 3 After compiling a partnership of 49 runs for the third wicket, Grant Elliot perished slicing an outside-off delivery straight to point. Elliot scored 22 as Woakes took his second wicket of the match. New Zealand require 133 runs more to win from 20 overs with Kane Williamson batting on 67 and Captain Brendon McCullum joining him in the middle.
End of 25 overs: 99 for 2 Kane Williamson got to his 4th ODI fifty in 70 balls as he held on end tight with Grant Elliot opening up with a boundary off Graeme Swann. Williamson is not out on 52 and Elliot on 15.
End of 20 overs: 75 for 2 When it looked like Ross Taylor was getting back to his menacing form, Chris Woakes got rid of the former skipper for 22. Taylor went for a pull and top-edged the ball to Steven Finn at fine leg. Grant Elliot has joined Kane Williamson batting on 44 in the middle.
End of 16 overs: 53 for 1 Ross Taylor got the ball rolling square cutting Chris Woakes for a boundary as New Zealand went past the 50-run mark. Kane Williamson is batting on 33 and Taylor on 10.
End of 12 overs: 36 for 1 Kane Williamson led the New Zealand recovery cracking four boundaries scoring 24 off 31 balls with Ross Taylor taking his time settling in with 4 runs off 18 balls.
End of 6 overs: 18 for 1 Martin Guptill walked back to the pavilion, hobbling, as he retired hurt due to a hamstring pull. Ross Taylor joined Kane Williamson in the middle as the England pacers -James Anderson and Steven Finn - kept things tight from both ends.
End of 1 over: New Zealand 2 for 1 James Anderson struck in the last ball of the first over cleaning up BJ Watling for two runs. The opener went to drive the full delivery but a sharp in-swing took the ball through Watling's defences crashing on to the stumps. With this wicket James Anderson has surpassed Ian Botham as the highest wicket taker for England in international cricket with 529 scalps.
After being put into bat in the first ODI by New Zealand, England were all out for 258 in 49.3 overs despite half centuries from Ian Bell (64), Jonathan Trott (68) and Joe Root (56). England slipped from a position of strength of 190 for 4 in 40 overs to 258 all out as New Zealand bowlers crawled back into the game late in the innings. Mitchell McClenaghan finished with 4 for 56 ably supported by James Franklin, who took three wickets, and Kyle Mills who got two.
England 258 all out : England lost their last four wickets for 36 runs as New Zealand bowlers restricted the visitors for 258 after a good start. Mitchell McClenaghan got two wickets in the form of Stuart Broad and Steve Finn as Chris Woakes hit a couple of boundaries before perishing to Andrew Ellis. Graeme Swann was the last batsman out but not before hitting two consecutive fours to take England total past 250.
End of over 45: England 222 for 6: Jos Buttler who looked menacing hit two sixes was sent packing by Mitchell McClenaghan in the 44th over for 21 followed by the big wicket of Joe Root in the very next over for 56. Roe charged down the track to James Franklin and missed the line of the ball to see his stumps rattled.
End of over 42: England 206 for 4: Kyle Mills got rid of Eoin Morgan for just one run with Martin Guptill taking a sharp catch at backward point but Joe Root reached his second ODI in 58 deliveries glancing one down the legisde for a single in the 42nd over.
End of over 40: England 190 for 3 : Jonathan Trott departed after scoring 68 off 90 balls as he played on a Kyle Mills delivery. Earlier, Joe Root got a reprieve courtesy DRS after he was given out caught behind. Root has also got a move on and is inching closer to his second ODI fifty with a strike rate of over 90. Eoin Morgan has joined the Yorkshire batsman in the middle.
End of over 35: England 163 for 2: Jonathan Trott has reached his 19th ODI fifty as he, along with Joe Root got quick runs to push England total past the 150-run mark. The duo have also stitched 50-run partnership in quick time. Trott is batting on 61 and Root on 28.
End of over 30: England 132 for 2: Jonathan Trott and Joe Root struggled to get some runs early on but have upped the tempo with Trott cracking two back-to-back boundaries off James Frnaklin. Trott has reached 46 from 69 deliveries with Root on 11.
End of over 25: England 101 for 2: Bell departed in the 24th over after scoring 54 as he charged down the track top edging the ball from James Franklin to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum. Joe Root joins an uncomfortable looking Trott in the middle and he has started off with a boundary to help England cross the 100-run mark.
End of over 20: England 77 for 1 : Ian Bell reaches his fifty with a big six over long-off after he had pulled a short ball for a boundary down the leg side. Trott and Bell also compiled their fifty-run stand as England recover well after the early exit of Alastair Cook.
End of over 15: England 52 for 1 : Ian Bell is combining aggression with patience and a bit of luck as well. After a couple of tight overs from Kyle Mills, Bell top edged a Nathan McCullum delivery but he was dropped by BJ Watling. He then stuck a big six off Andrew Ellis backward of square. Trott is at the other end batting on 11.
End of over 10: England 33 for 1 : Ian Bell is looking in good touch as he gets four boundaries scoring 23 off 29 balls. England started off slow but are looking steady after the early wicket of Alastair Cook.
End of over 5: England 18 for 1 : Mitchell McClenaghan got the first breakthrough of New Zealand in the thirds over in the form of England captain Alastair Cook for four runs as England reach 18 for 1 after five overs with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell getting a boundary each.
Toss: New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bowl in the first ODI against England. The hosts brought in left-arm seamer Trent Boult and allrounder Colin Munro in the playing XI, while England included seamer Chris Woakes to their side.
England: Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn
New Zealand: BJ Watling, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum(w/c), Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Andrew Ellis, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan