England secures a convincing 100-run win over New Zealand in the final ODI, sealing the series 3-1. Dawid Malan’s century shines, while Moeen Ali’s 4-wicket haul anchors the hosts’ victory.
England clinched the four-match ODI series against New Zealand with a resounding 100-run victory in the final game at Lord’s today. After an impressive century by Dawid Malan, who scored 127 off 114 balls, England posted a competitive total of 311/9. In response, New Zealand struggled to chase down the target on a challenging Lord’s surface and was bowled out for 211 in 38.2 overs.
England’s triumph marked a remarkable turnaround in the series, as they had initially been 0-1 down. Moeen Ali was the star for the hosts with the ball, picking up 4 wickets for 50 runs, while Rachin Ravindra was the standout performer for New Zealand, taking 4 wickets for 60 runs.
The target of 312 was always going to be challenging for New Zealand, and they needed a strong start in the first PowerPlay. Unfortunately, Devon Conway’s poor form continued as he was run out, and Will Young couldn’t convert his start. England’s bowlers maintained discipline, consistently hitting good lines and lengths.
Henry Nicholls was the only top-order batsman to show some form for New Zealand, but he lacked support from his partners, and the pressure kept mounting. As the ball got older, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone tightened the screws on the scoring rate. Moeen dismissed New Zealand’s captain Tom Latham and Nicholls, while Glenn Phillips fell soon after, further denting the Kiwis’ hopes of a successful chase.
Throughout the chase, New Zealand never looked like they had control, and as wickets kept tumbling, the result appeared inevitable. Rachin Ravindra’s valiant fifty only served to reduce the margin of defeat.
In England’s innings, Dawid Malan’s century was the standout performance. He looked comfortable on the challenging pitch, holding the innings together as his partners struggled to capitalize on their starts. Joe Root and Jos Buttler provided valuable support, but neither was in their fluent best form.
England faced early setbacks as New Zealand’s Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell, and Ben Lister suffered injuries during the opening hour of play. Southee, in particular, was a big loss for the Kiwis, and the slowing pitch allowed Mitchell to exploit the conditions effectively.
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, England couldn’t accelerate in the final stages of their innings. New Zealand’s bowlers, including Ravindra, maintained their focus and limited England to 311/9. The score proved to be more than enough as New Zealand’s batting lineup struggled to cope with the conditions.
Rachin Ravindra’s brilliant all-round performance, including his four-wicket haul and fifty with the bat, was a silver lining for New Zealand, but it wasn’t enough to prevent England from sealing the series 3-1.
In the end, England’s balanced performance with both bat and ball secured a comfortable victory, capping off an impressive comeback in the series.
- England: 311/9 in 50 overs (Dawid Malan 127; Rachin Ravindra 4-60)
- New Zealand: 211 in 38.2 overs (Rachin Ravindra 61, Henry Nicholls 41; Moeen Ali 4-50)
England wins by 100 runs.