Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

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Kane Williamson's unbeaten century went in vain as England held on their nerves to defeat New Zealand by four runs in the third ODI of the five-match series here at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

The Kiwis had moved to 80-1 when England began to tighten their grip on the match - spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were both excellent, conceding 70 runs from their combined 20 overs.

New Zealand got off to a decent start, but those five wickets for 23 runs in the middle overs did it for them."I feel for Kane Williamson, what a knock - he played smart, intelligent cricket and batted beautifully."Ex-England spinner Graeme Swann on TMS: "The discrepancy in bounce made this a below-standard one-day pitch". An unfortunate dismissal of Santner when Williamson hit one down the ground but the ball had flicked Woakes' hand on to the stumps at non striker end reopened the floodgates.

Tom Curran and Woakes then bowled brilliantly at the death, with the latter restricting Williamson from scoring the 15 runs needed to win in the last over.

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Williamson rebuilt the innings in a determined partnership of 96 for the seventh wicket with Mitchell Santner. Williamson, however, got a couple, running quickly between the wickets.

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted the wicket was a match-turning fluke, but he was also adamant Santner should have been given out 87 runs earlier when Jason Roy took a ground-level catch with New Zealand already in dire straits at 112 for six in reply to England's 234.

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With the series level at 1-1, New Zealand and England will head into the third ODI at Wellington with a plan to deliver the ideal counter-punch and get the all-desired series win.

Morgan (48) and Ben Stokes (39) had been England's two main run-getters.

Having brought up his eleventh ODI century off the first ball of the penultimate over with a four off Tom Curran (0-49), the Surrey right-armer showed good composure to respond well and give away only three more singles from his over. But English bowlers did their job quite well and tied Black Caps innings. Credit to England - they played very well to assess conditions and get a competitive total at the halfway stage and they deserved to win. Excluding Sodhi, Boult took two wickets and Southee and Grandhomme took one wicket each.

Moeen, who was named man of the match, told Sky Sports: 'It was very tight in the end but a fantastic finish by us.

"They weren't great balls or anything".

On his side's fantastic performance, captain Morgan said: 'It was a brilliant game of cricket and hopefully entertaining for everyone.

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