Taylor leads Black Caps in thriller

England spinners Adil Rashid left and Moeen Ali centre took five of the eight New Zealand wickets to fall including

Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) had earlier hit centuries as England posted 335-9, only a staggering collapse preventing them pushing up towards 400. Courtesy of his fantastic effort New Zealand have levelled the one-day series at 2-2 and the final ODI takes place in Christchurch on Friday.

As he walked from the field at the end of the match, Taylor was visibly emotional.

New Zealand made one switch, the fit-again Ross Taylor coming in for Mark Chapman, meaning they retain the twin-spin attack with Ish Sodhi alongside Mitchell Santner.

Ross Taylor struck his career best ODI score with an unbeaten 181. Since then, he has averaged 65.50 in one-day cricket, with four centuries and nine half-centuries to his name. Chasing an improbable target target of 336, the Black Caps started on a disastrous note as both the openers (Martin Guptill and Colin Munro) were back in the pavilion without a single run on the board. His first four balls were smashed for 15 runs to leave the Black Caps needing a run a ball from the final six overs.

England seemed to have reached match point.

Nicholls won the match with a six over square leg.

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Bairstow has struggled to establish himself in England's one-day squad - in 41 matches since making his debut in 2011, he has batted in every position from one to six - but he has been preferred at the top of the order over the past six months, batting 11 times at two since September 2017.

Root brought up his century with the second-last ball of the 47th over but could add only another run to his total before he gloved a slow bouncer from Tim Southee to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

It needed three from the last over: the first two balls bowled by Tom Curran yielded no run, but Nicholls hit the third for six into the midst of an excited crowd to end the game. However, Bairstow's wicket triggered a remarkable collapse that saw the tourists lose eight wickets for 46 runs. Not after leaking a whopping 87 runs and notching a sole wicket from his 10 overs, the last of which No 10 Curran slapped for 18 runs. Kane Williamson leads the way at 8/1, in the wake of his brilliant but futile hundred at Wellington, with Joe Root second favourite at 17/2. New Zealand was then 199-7 and its hopes of winning appeared over.

The matches can also be watched on SKY Sport NZ in New Zealand; all matches live streamed on the Sky Go.

"An outstanding performance from him and a great partnership with Tom".

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