The star right-hander made a match-winning 181 not out off 147 balls – featuring 17 fours and six sixes – and was ably supported by Tom Latham (71) in a 187-run partnership for the fourth wicket in the fourth ODI at University Oval.
CRICKET Updated: Mar 07, 2018 12:18 IST
A hobbling Ross Taylor helped New Zealand keep their one-day international series against England alive with an incredible innings in Dunedin on Wednesday.
Taylor, who missed the third ODI due to a quad injury, hurt himself again late in his brilliant innings, but he managed to see the Black Caps to a five-wicket victory.
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Taylor – who made his highest score in the 50-over format and his 19th ODI century – struggled to run late in his innings as New Zealand reached 339-5 with three balls to spare, going past England’s 335-9 to level the five-match series at 2-2.
England were left to lament a huge collapse as they were beaten despite centuries from Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102).
However, they lost 21-6 during their innings as Ish Sodhi (4-58) did most of the damage for New ZealandIncredibly, the Black Caps lost openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to ducks to bring Taylor to the crease at 2-2.
Ben Stokes (1-45) removed Kane Williamson (45) before Taylor and Latham took over.
Victory still appeared improbable for New Zealand as they were left needing more than nine runs per over off the final 12.
But Taylor, by this stage clearly battling, got aggressive, including smashing Mark Wood (1-65) for three fours in the 40th over.
While Latham and Colin de Grandhomme (23 off 12) fell, Taylor saw his team to a huge win.