Taylor makes career-best 181 to level ODI series


7 March, 2018 13:20 PM

Taylor makes career-best 181 to level ODI series

Ross Taylor brings out the trademark hundred celebration. Photo: Getty Images

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Ross Taylor's stunning 181 not out helped New Zealand beat England by five wickets and level the one-day series at 2-2 with a game remaining.

Jonny Bairstow's 138 and Joe Root's 102 helped England post 335-9, despite a collapse of 21-6 in Dunedin.

However Taylor, struggling to run with a thigh injury, played superbly to guide the hosts through the chase.

With three runs needed from the final over, Henry Nicholls struck a six to secure an impressive win.

After a strong start with the ball by England's seamers, Taylor and Tom Latham's 187-run fourth-wicket partnership brought New Zealand back into the game but almost faltered at the crucial moment.

Latham was finally out for 71 and Colin de Grandhomme fell for a 12-ball 23 but Taylor, despite being in visible pain, struck 13 runs off Chris Woakes in the 47th over to swing things back in New Zealand's favour.

Taylor could only watch from the non-striker's end as Nicholls faced two dot balls, before finally clipping a leg-stump half volley over the square leg boundary to ensure victory for New Zealand.

The final ODI takes place in Christchurch on Friday.