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England defeated host New Zeland by 6 wickets in 2nd ODI.
The 5 match ODI series is currently balanced with 1-1
Ben Stokes gave balanced to England team by playing a crucial role in both matches.
England roar back after the 1st ODI defeat against New Zeland. Visitors played according to their capability and outplayed their opponent in all their departments. England came with great intensity and determination. They overcome their 1st ODI errors and mistakes in the field. kiwis batting suffer due to poor misjudgment in the running between the wicket. Which cost them 4 run-outs in the match. England bowlers bowled exceptionally well to restrict New Zeland to below par score. Chris Woakes was the 1st to dent Kiwis top order. He sent back opener Colin Munro and Mark Chapman in his two consecutive overs. The later experienced duo of Martin Guptill 50 and Ross Taylor 10 tried to stitch a partnership. But the run-out of Ross Tylor once again stumble New Zeland batting. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. However, Allrounder Mitchell Santner steps up to score unbeaten 63 runs in just 52 balls to take his side to a respectable total of 223 runs. Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes took 2 wickets each.
New Zeland bowlers were started well by picking wicket of opener Jason Roy cheaply in the chase. England lost their few wickets in the regular interval but they continued to propel their run rate. The 4th wicket partnership between captain Eoin Morgan 62 and Ben Stokes 63* took the game away from the host. England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler 36 off 20 balls played good finisher role for his team to end game in just 37.5 overs with 12.1 overs to spare.
Trent bolt was the most successful bowler for New Zeland team with his 2 scalps. But he did not help his side to win the match
Brief Score: NZ 223 (49.4 Ovs)ENG 225/4 (37.5 Ovs)
Note: Ben Stokes won man of the match for his all-round performance with bat and ball