Jonny Bairstow blasts England to ODI series triumph in New Zealand

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They came for a classic but Jonny Bairstow gave them a blowout. England made it six ODI series wins in a row with an emphatic seven-wicket triumph at a rammed Hagley Oval thanks to Bairstow’s remarkable 58-ball hundred. His fourth in the format and second in four days secured a 3-2 win, also putting him on the podium as third fastest scored by an Englishman in ODIs.

Not for the first time, it was the bowlers who put England in contention, restricting New Zealand to 223 all out. The absence of Ross Taylor, who aggravated his quadriceps injury during his match-winning, unbeaten 180 in the fourth ODI, took the punch out of their middle order. But exemplary new ball work from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes – named man of the series for his 10 wickets at 20.30 – reduced the Blackcaps to 26 for two, before Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined, bowling their full allocations through unhindered, to inflict a collapse of four wickets for 33 runs.

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