New Zealand’s second-highest ODI score on record earned the Black Caps victory at the Oval, while England’s valiant efforts to chase down 398/5, showcased what a stark turnaround in style has occurred under new leadership early in this thrilling series now squared at 1-1.
Rain ended up spoiling what promised to be a nail-biting finale in south London as a 50-minute delay saw England fall short of a revised Duckworth-Lewis method total, to end up marooned on 365/9 off 46 overs.
While both sets of bowling coaches were left wincing after a game which saw the highest match aggregate in an ODI in England, for everyone else it was entertainment in its purest, boundary hurdling form.
Where next for this run-filled series then? The short answer is the Rose Bowl, just 48 hours later and Ladbrokes place the World Cup finalists back in the slight favourites position, priced up at 4/6 to go 2-1 in front, while England are tempting at 6/5.
Thw Kiwis will have fond memories of the Rose Bowl, clocking up the highest team ODI total of 359/3 in 2013 and the star of that innings looks in good shape heading into this one.
Martin Guptill’s 189* remains the top 50-over international score in Hampshire and having scored 50 exactly in London odds of 7/4 to grab another half-century look ripe.
Meanwhile, for the hosts one of the most encouraging elements of his new-look side, other than the explosive hitting typified by the likes of Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid, is the return to form of captain Eoin Morgan.
The left hander smashed 88 off just 47 balls to take him onto 138 runs for the series and with the handbrake now off, those trademark sixes over mid-on make him a fine 9/2 chance to finish as England’s highest scorer.
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