HAMILTON: A century by Ross Taylor and lusty late hitting by Mitch Santner delivered a last-over victory to New Zealand against England in their first one-day international in Hamilton.
In a match filled with twists and turns, the outcome hung in the balance until Santer smacked a six in the final over to get New Zealand home with four balls to spare. Rival captains Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan both said the initiative “ebbed and flowed” throughout the match. “There wasn’t much between the sides and I think that’s reflected in the result,” added England skipper Morgan.
Taylor with 113 and Latham (79) paved the way for the New Zealand win and when England produced a middle-order collapse Santner hit a match-winning 45 off 27 deliveries. Ben Stokes celebrated his return to international cricket with the crucial wicket of Latham to snap a 178-run stand with Taylor and have New Zealand at 205 for four in the 40th over. They slipped further to 244 for seven before Santner lashed out to chase down England’s 284 for eight. “When we broke the partnership we knew we were back in the game but taking it towards the end we just didn’t have enough in the tank,” said Morgan.