New Zealand host England at Eden Park in Auckland, on Saturday, in the final game of the three-match One Day International (ODI) series. The series is tied 1-1 after Alastair Cook and his men beat the Kiwis by eight wickets, at Napier, in the second match. New Zealand took the first match by three wickets.
Where to Watch
The match starts at 6am GMT, with Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.
New Zealand should have wrapped up the ODI series after posting a score of 269 at Napier. Ross Taylor (100) and an explosive Brendon McCullum (74 off 36 balls) set up a strong total for the Kiwis to bowl at but none of them found the line and length James Anderson did in the first innings.
The visitors' strike bowler was brilliant, picking up 5/34 from 9.5 overs and apart from Taylor, McCullum, Kane Williamson (33) and Grant Elliott (23) the home team's batsmen were at sixes and sevens. Unfortunately, none of Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, James Franklin or Tim Southee could do much with the ball when their turn came.
England began their chase with Cook and Ian Bell (44) recording 89 runs for the opening partnership. The joy at Bell's dismissal was short-lived though, for the captain joined with Jonathan Trott to add 60 for the second wicket. And when the former finally left (78), the score was 149/2 and the advantage was firmly with the visitors. There was no let-up thereafter as Trott (65 not out) and Root (79 not out) took England home, with 14 balls to spare.
Last Five Head-To-Head
2013, Napier: England won by 8 wickets
2013, Hamilton: New Zealand won by 3 wickets
2009, Johannesburg: New Zealand won by 4 wickets
2008, Lord's: New Zealand won by 51 runs
2008, The Oval: New Zealand won by 1 wicket
New Zealand: The Black Caps will be without opener Martin Guptill, meaning the inexperienced Hamish Rutherford is likely retain his position for the final ODI. Colin Munro could replace left-arm bowler Trent Boult for the Kiwis, in an attempt to add some batting depth. The trade-off will be the loss of a specialist bowler but given both Rutherford and Williamson are available as part-time bowlers, it should work out.
Probable Line-Up: BJ Watling, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), Colin Munro, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills
England: The visitors are likely to name an unchanged squad, with Anderson leading the bowling attack. Cook will be relying on his team to put on a similar performance in the final ODI to seal a series victory against the Black Caps
Probable Line-Up: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn
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