13 Jun 2015

Black Caps edge England in thriller

11:36 am on 13 June 2015

The Black Caps are counting their good fortune after edging England by 13 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a thrilling second one day cricket match at The Oval.

That's levelled the five-match series against England at a game apiece, but the New Zealanders are well aware they can thank the elements for some help.

The tourists set a big total of 398 for five after winning the toss, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 119, backed up by half centuries from Kane Williamson (93) and Martin Guptill (50).

See how the match unfolded here

Ross Taylor during his century at The Oval.

Ross Taylor during his century at The Oval. Photo: Photosport

England made a real go of the run chase before rain stopped play in the 44th over - Eoin Morgan hit a quickfire 88 runs off just 47 balls to lead the hosts to 345 for seven when the heavens opened.

That left them needing a very gettable 45 runs off 37 balls.

But when play resumed, the English needed an adjusted 34 runs off just 13 balls - and the penultimate over, bowled by spinner Nathan McCullum, did the damage as two wickets fell for 10 runs.

That included a stunning two-man catch on the boundary of bowler Adil Rashid, who made 34, by Trent Boult, after Tim Southee caught the ball just inside the rope and then hurled it to his fellow fast bowler just before he stepped out of bounds.

England needed a four off every ball in the final over, and 24 runs was too much. But New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will know he had a bit of luck with the weather.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson. Photo: Photosport

The total runs scored is the most for an ODI in England.

The Black Caps now head to the Rose Bowl in Southampton for the third match on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Corey Anderson's tour is over, Anderson's been ruled out with a stress related back injury, and he's returning home.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson had challenged his bowlers to up their game after their 210-run loss to England in the first ODI at Edgbaston.

That was England's biggest victory, in terms of runs, in all one-day internationals, beating their 202-run margin against India during the inaugural 1975 World Cup - when India batting great Sunil Gavaskar bizarrely blocked his way to 36 not out off 174 balls at Lord's.

England's performance was in stunning contrast to their lacklustre World Cup, where a first-round exit included an eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in Wellington in February.

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