Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes was adjudged the man of the series for his ten wickets.

With the series tied 2-2, thanks to some brilliant batting from Ross Taylor, the action moved to Hagley Oval, Christchurch for an enthralling series-decider between two top-class ODI sides.

However, it turned out to be an anti-climax, as a one-sided contest saw England clinch the five-match ODI series by 3-2. The visitors started out on the right foot, by winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.

They restricted the hosts to a moderate target of 223, as the Kiwis were one ball short of playing out their entire quota of overs.

The usual suspects for England with the ball struck gold again, as Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid claimed three wickets each.

NZ v ENG 2018, 5th ODI, Christchurch: England clinch the ODI series against New Zealand
Chris Woakes celebrating with the rest of the team. Credits: Getty

Woakes went for just an economy 3.2 for his ten overs while Rashid went for only one run higher than Woakes. Tom Curran continued his wicket-taking form, as he bagged a couple of wickets. Curran was on the expensive side, as he was taken to the cleaners by Santner at the back end.

The absence of New Zealand’s star from the Dunedin ODI, Ross Taylor, clearly hurt their chances of posting a competitive total. Colin Munro continued his horrible run this series as he was dismissed for a knot.

Shortly after, skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham joined Munro without adding much.

The Black Caps lost six of their top-order batsmen without even reaching the 100-run mark. Martin Guptill was the only one who provided some resistance for his 47 runs.

NZ v ENG 2018, 5th ODI, Christchurch: England clinch the ODI series against New Zealand
Mitchell Santner continued his red-hot form with the bat. Credits: Getty

It appeared as if the hosts would struggle to reach even the 180-run mark. The innings then saw a turnaround with the partnership between Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner which was instrumental in taking their team past 220.

Nicholls scored a watchful 55 while Santner was responsible for the fireworks at the backend. Black Caps’ premier all-rounder scored 71-ball 67, which consisted of four boundaries and a six, giving something for the bowlers to bowl at.

England, in reply, completed the chase quite comprehensively, in just 32.4 overs, going at a run rate of over seven throughout. Opener Jonny Bairstow smashed a 58-ball century. Alex Hales ably supported him at the other end.

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Bairstow slammed the third fastest century for England. Credits: Getty

Bairstow ended up with 104 off 60 balls, before his knock was curtailed by a freak hit wicket dismissal. But not before he entertained the crowd with nine boundaries and six hits over the ropes. Bairstow scored his second consecutive century in the series, striking at a rate of 174.

Hales at the other played second fiddle to Bairstow for the 155 runs opening stand. Hales scored a 74 ball 61, containing nine boundaries.

The finishing touch was provided by Root and Stokes, as they saw it through for the team with their respective cameos.

Chris Woakes was adjudged as the man of the series for his ten wickets while Jonny Bairstow pocketed the man of the match award for his third fastest century for England.

NZ v ENG 2018, 5th ODI, Christchurch: England clinch the ODI series against New Zealand
Jonny Bairstow being congratulated by NZ skipper. Credits: Getty

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