New Zealand Wins NatWest Series 2-1

                            The performance of New Zealand was not up to the mark and that can be seen in the team score of 68 while chasing a target of 239. The way kiwis had played in their backyard against the same opponent and gave full fight for the money in last series against England.. It was expected from them to give good fight to English team at their home ground too as the conditions are pretty much same as in New Zealand.  But the New Zealand couldn’t repeat their performance and lost the test series 2-0. After the miserable performance of New Zealand team in test series, they were counted out by many in the ODI NatWest series. But the story changed completely in the ODI series and New Zealand  won the series 2-1 comprehensively. Martin Guptill came out as a hero for the team in Nat-West ODI Series.

New Zeland beat England to win the Nat West sereies 2-1
New Zealand Team with Nat West Trophy

1st ODI, Lords

                    England team was asked to bat first by Kiwi skipper after winning toss as the condition looked helpful for the bowlers. English team started cautiously with openers I bell and skipper A Cook put on 45 runs on the board in mandatory power play of 10 overs. At team score of 45 Southee removed Ian Bell and by score 50, captain Cook got out too by same bowler. With the help of 30s from the Root and Trott and the lower order batsman C Woakes England managed to put up a respectable score of 227 at the end of allotted 50 overs. England batsman couldn't manage to hit a single six in match. Joe Root top scored with 37 for England while T Southee picked up 3 wickets for 37 runs for New Zealand.

                    New Zealand started the chase of 228 drastically as they lost opener L Ronchi and K Williamson at the team score of 1. Both of them were picked up by J Anderson without scoring any run. Ross Taylor made his way to the pitch and put on a partnership of 120 with opener Martin Guptill. During this partnership both Guptill and Taylor scored half centuries. At the personal score of 54 Ross Taylor got out of Anderson, while Guptill continued his good work and scored 103* and also guided his team to 5 wicket win over English team. Jimmy Anderson picked up 3 for 31 while Guptill scored only century of the match which made him the Player of the match.

2nd ODI, Southampton

                In this match too, after winning the toss Kiwi skipper decided to bat first. New Zealand lost the opener Ronchi for 2 runs at the team score of 12 in 3rd over. After that Williamson and Guptill put on the partnership of 120 runs provided solid recoverly for team. During the partnership Guptill and Williamson scored their half centuries.  At the individual score of 55, Williamson got his stumps disturbed by the delivery of Swan. Next batsman R Taylor scored quick fire 60 and put up another century partnership for the team in the match, it was looking like as if Guptill and Taylor were carrying on their inning from the Lords. During this Guptill scored century in the series, he was accompanied well by the B McCullum after the departure of Taylor and they put on 118 runs from the last 8 overs for the team. New Zealand scored 359 runs in their allotted 50 overs out of which 145 runs came in last 10 over. Martin Guptill scored 189 runs which is his personal best as well as the highest score posted by any kiwi batsman.  It was tough day in the office for English bowlers as they went all around the park.

                  Chasing a target of 360, England started beautifully and scored 50 runs in 8th over. At the team score of 50 Cook got out scoring 34, and in came J Trott to accompany I bell. At the score of 64, Bell too got out scoring 25, and after that Root and Morgan got out soon after scoring 28 and 21 respectively. Morgan departed at the team score of 166, in no time England were 218 for 8. In between Trott completed his 50 and finally he got some support from Anderson with which he put up partnership of  47 runs for the 9th wicket, before England team got out at score of 273 in 45th over not only losing the match by 86 runs also first series loss after 2009 at home. Trott was lone fighter and he scored century for the team and put up fight against the kiwis. M McClenaghan bowled brilliantly and picked up 3 wickets for 31. For his record breaking inning of 189*, Martin Guptill was adjudged Man of the match 2nd time in a row.

3rd ODI, Nottingham

                 In 3rd and final ODI England rested Anderson and Swann giving chance to left arm spinner and all rounder Ravi Bopara. New Zealand won the toss again and chose to field. Alistair Cook got out without scoring in 3rd over.  Trott and Bell put on a fighting 50+ partnership in the condition more helpful for the bowlers. England batted very well in the batch but at very slow pace and they were 210/5 in 46th over. In final overs Eoin Morgan and Jose Butler added 62 runs of just 20 deliveries. It was the inning of Butler who helped England to post 287 in their allotted 50 overs scoring 47 runs in just 16 deliveries. I Bell top scored for the England with score of 82 while McClenaghan picked up 3 wickets for 54.

                Chasing a score of 288 New Zealand got a good start for first time in ODI series. Ronchi and Guptill added 39 runs before Ronchi got out scoring 22. Guptill was looking to continue his good form before getting out in 10th over scoring 36 runs. In no time the score became 122/6 Taylor was lone fighter for kiwis but running out of partners. He got some support from the lower order batsman N McCullum and Southee and Mills. With his wicket in 43rd over game was over and finally New Zealand got out at the score of 253 in 47th over. R Taylor top scored with his 3rd fifty in the series scoring 71 runs  while for England Bresnan and Tredwell bowled brilliantly to defend the total and register a win in last odi. For his quick fire 47, Butler was adjudged Player of the Match.

               New Zealand team won the NatWest series 2-1 under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum and they will try to keep the momentum going with them in the Champions Trophy starting from 6th June 2013. Martin Guptill who top scored with 328 runs in the series and helped New Zealand to clinch the series was declared Player of the Series.      

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