Very few would have thought that New Zealand would walk away with a win when both of their openers – Martin Guptill and Colin Munro- were dismissed for ducks while they were chasing 336 in the must-win fourth One-Day International against England. However, Ross Taylor came up with arguably his finest ODI knock to guide New Zealand to a miraculous 5-wicket win.
The right-handed batsman played an unbeaten knock of 181 as the hosts won the game to square the five-match series 2-2. The Black Caps were in a huge spot of bother after being reduced to 2 for 2. An 84-run stand between Kane Williamson and Taylor stopped the rot for a while. However, their chase looked derailed when their talismanic skipper was sent back by Ben Stokes for 45.
But just when it looked England would strengthen their grip on the game, Taylor and Tom Latham joined hands in the middle. The duo brought their team in the game by sharing a massive 187-run stand. The stand was broken when Tom Curran dismissed Latham for 71. But unlike Latham, Taylor remained till the end to ensure his side reach home. He was also well supported by Colin de Grandhomme who scored a quickfire 23 as New Zealand chased down the total with three balls remaining.
Earlier, centuries from Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) had propelled England to a massive 335 for 9 in the 50 overs. The visitors had looked well in control at 267 for in the 38th over but Ish Sodhi’ 4 for 58 quashed their hopes of scoring close to 400. England’s middle-order failed to get going which allowed New Zealand to restrict them to 335.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:
@RossLTaylor oh my word. One of the best. Hell of a knock and a tremendous win. Get the other eye checked mate just in case!!! Congratulations.
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) March 7, 2018
What a win! And to a man in his prime and one of our very best ever. Well done mate @RossLTaylor
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) March 7, 2018
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 7, 2018
Take a bow Ross Taylor
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) March 7, 2018
— Marc Hinton (@marchintonffx) March 7, 2018
This Ross Taylor innings – on one leg – could be one of the greatest innings we’ve seen from a Blackcaps in ODI… https://t.co/znynILDJ8g
— Veitchy on Sport (@veitchynz) March 7, 2018
— Kimberlee Downs (@KimberleeDowns) March 7, 2018
One of the greatest ODI run chases by New Zealand, chase England's 335/9 down after both openers fell for 0. one of the best ODI innings from Ross Taylor 181* in one leg. the most underrated senior cricketers today. Played @RossLTaylor. #NZvENG @BLACKCAPS
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) March 7, 2018
— Guy Heveldt (@GuyHeveldt) March 7, 2018
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) March 7, 2018
Ross Taylor take a bow….
— Paul Newman (@Paul_NewmanDM) March 7, 2018