Joe Root stepped up on the big stage in style scoring his third ODI fifty in quick time to see England home. (Getty Images)
Napier: Chasing a target of 269 to win the 2nd ODI at Napier against New Zealand, England overhauled the total in 47. 4 overs courtesy an unbeaten 121-run stand between Jonathan Trott (65) and Joe Root (79), after Alastair Cook (78) and Ian Bell (44) had got them off to a good start.
After being asked to bat, the hosts, New Zealand, were not off to a good start losing the openers cheaply, but Ross Taylor held the innings together with a 117-ball hundred and Captain Brendon McCullum's blazing 36-ball 74 run knock propelled New Zealand to a strong total of 269 at McLean Park. James Anderson had picked up a five-for for England.
The three-match ODI series is leveled 1-1 all with the decider to be played at Auckland on Saturday.
Read on for the updates of the match.
270 for 2: Jonathan Trott got three boundaries off James Franklin and Joe Root hit a six of Kyle Mills as the duo took their team home in cruise mode with 14 balls to spare chasing 269 in 47.4 overs. Jonathan Trott remained not out on 65 off 73 balls but it was Joe Root who got the ball rolling with 79 runs off just 56 balls.
End of 45 overs: 242 for 2: Joe Root has stepped up on the big stage in style. He scores his third ODI fifty off just 38 balls and Jonathan Trott too got a fifty of 63 balls. England now need 28 from 30 balls.
End of 40 overs: 202 for 2: Joe Root and Jonathan Trott added quick runs notching up a 50-run partnership. In the batting powerplay overs, England got 37 runs without losing any wickets. England now need 68 from 60 balls.
End of 35 overs: 165 for 2: Tim Southee got the big wicket of Alastair Cook as the England captain gave a return catch to the bowler surprised by a full-toss which he tried to work onto the leg side. Cook scored 78 off 78 off 92 deliveries. Joe Root has joined Jonathan Trott in the middle. England need 105 runs from 15 overs.
End of 30 overs: 140 for 1: With the required run-rate going over 6 rpo, New Zealand have made a game out of it after England's good start. 34 runs came in the last five overs with Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott getting few quick runs. Cook is on 72(84) and Trott on 22 (31).
End of 25 overs: 106 for 1: England went past the 100-run mark in the 23rd over and Alastair Cook reached his 16th ODI fifty with a single through covers. The visitors still need 164 runs from 25 overs to win. Jonathan Trott is at the other end on 10 and Cook on 50.
End of 20 overs: 89 for 1: Introduction of spin helped New Zealand's cause as Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson bowled a tight length and dried up the runs for Alastair Cook and Ian Bell. Just 17 runs came of the five overs and the wicket of Ian Bell for 44. Williamson induced a top-edge off a slog sweep from Bell and Hamish Rutherford took the catch at square leg.
End of 15 overs: 72 for 0: James Franklin and Tim Southee kept a check on the run-rate but failed to make the breakthrough as England openers scored 27 runs.
End of 10 overs: 45 for 0: England openers got into their groove with Ian Bell hitting back-to-back boundaries off Trent Boult and then off Tim Southee to up the ante. After playing out 22 deliveries for his 8 runs, Bell opened up in the 8th over lofting an outside-off delivery from Boult over covers for a boundary and in the next delivery, punching the ball off the backfoot through covers. In the 10th over, Bell walked down the track hoisting Tim Southee for a boundary over mid-wicket and then flicked a leg side delivery behind square for another four.
End of 5 overs: 17 for 0 Alastair Cook started off the run chase with three boundaries in two overs as England looked solid scoring 17 for no loss in chase of 269 to level the series. Cook is not out on 12 and Ian Bell is on 3 off 11 balls.
New Zealand innings
269 all out New Zealand lost their last five wickets for 26 runs as England managed to arrest the Kiwis' momentum bundling out the hosts for 269. Ross Taylor got to his 7th ODI hundred with boundary but got out edging the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Earlier Chris Woakes had removed James Franklin for 1 and Nathan McCullum got out after hitting a six to James Anderson. Anderson then completed a five-wicket haul taking the wicket of Taylor and the last batsman Trent Boult.
End of 45 overs: 243 for 5 77 runs were hit in the five overs as Brendon McCullum shifted gears of the New Zealand innings exponentially clobbering 74 off just 36 balls before getting holed out at long-on. 17, 21 and 20 runs came off the 40th, 41st and the 42nd over as Taylor hit two sixes off Graeme Swann's final over with McCullum hitting a four. The Kiwi captain then clobbered a six and three fours off Woakes and two fours and a six off Broad. Ross Taylor is still in the middle batting on 89.
End of 40 overs: 166 for 4 New Zealand got 26 runs from the batting powerplay but lost Grant Elliot for 23. Elliot went for a pull but top-edged the ball to deep deep fine leg. Brendon McCullum has joined Taylor in the middle and the captain has so far scored 18 off 17 balls with Taylor on 71 off 98.
End of 35 overs: 140 for 3 Ross Taylor got to his fifty pushing one to long-on for a single in 81 balls. Taylor then clobbered Stuart Broad for a six and a got a four of Graeme Swann.
End of 30 overs: 105 for 3 Kane Williamson departed for 33 as he tried to pull an outside-off delivery towards mid-wicket only managing to drag the ball on to his stumps. Chris Woakes got the wicket. Ross Taylor and Williamson stitched together 72-run stand off 98 balls. Grant Elliot has now joined Taylor in the middle who is batting on 43 off 70 balls.
End of 25 overs: 89 for 2 Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor compiled an unbeaten 72-run partnership as the hosts snailed their way to 89 for 2 in 25 overs. Williamson opened up a bit scoring a boundary off Woakes and playing aggressively against Graeme Swann. Taylor is not out on 36 off 56 while Williamson is batting on 32 off44.
End of 20 overs: 59 for 2 New Zealand picked up some pace as Williamson and Taylor started rotating the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. The duo targeted England first change bowler Chris Woakes to get some quick runs.
End of 15 overs: 37 for 2 Just 16 runs came of the five overs as Williamson and Taylor tried to rebuild the innings. Williamson was on 7 off 19 balls and Taylor on 11 off 23 balls.
End of 10 overs: 21 for 2 After a sluggish start, both the Kiwi openers - Hamish Rutherford and BJ Watling departed in quick succession to leave New Zealand reeling. Watling was the first to got as he got a thick outside edge off Anderson straight to first slip, Alastair Cook. Watling scored 7 off 23 balls. Anderson then picked up Rutherford with Cook taking his second catch, this time at short cover. Rutherford tried to lift the ball over covers but failed to clear as he departed after scoring 11 off 25 balls.
End of 5 overs: 11 for 0 With Hamish Rutherford debuting and young BJ Watling at the other end, England new ball bolwers, James Anderson and Steven Finn, stuck to their basics giving away nothing as New Zealand openers inched to 11 for no loss with one one boundary in the five overs.
Toss and Team news: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bowl first against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at McLean Park, Napier here on Wednesday.
England have gone in with the same playing XI that lost the first ODI on Sunday whereas New Zealand are forced to make changes with Hamish Rutherford set for an ODI debut replacing injured Martin Guptill and Tim Southee coming in for injured Mitchell McClenaghan. Fast bowler Trent Boult is also in the playing XI in place of Andrew Ellis.
In the first ODI, Brendon McCullum produced a match winning innings while a limping Martin Guptill had returned after retiring hurt to guide New Zealand to a three-wicket victory over England at Seddon Park on Sunday.
McCullum finished on 69 while Guptill, who retired hurt on three after he strained his left hamstring only to return when New Zealand were 218 for seven, was on 27 as the hosts scored 259-7 in 48.5 overs, having bowled England out for 258.
New Zealand: 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 6 Grant Elliott, 7 James Franklin, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Tim Southee
England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn