New Zealand defeat England for series victory

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Record Breaker Martin Guptill lead New Zealand to a series win over England at Southampton.

The 2nd ODI was played at The Rose Bowl and England after defeat in the first ODI were looking for a series leveler, but were beaten by a confident Kiwi side in a game which saw Martin Guptill score highest number of runs by a New Zealand batsman in a One Day International. They took an unbeatable lead of 2-0 in the series against England on Sunday.

Guptill's knock of 189 was not the only record created on sunday, The Black Caps managed to score a massive 359 which is the largest total conceded by England in a home ODI.

The series defeat will surely dent English side's confidence with Champions Trophy just around the corner and there were will be a lot of questions raised on their ability to win the trophy being the hosts of the tournament.

New Zealand's star performer for the ODI Series - Guptill, had already scored a century in the opening game of the series at Lord's on Friday which his side won with five wickets.

His record on Sunday surpassed Lou Vincent's previous record of 172 against Zimbabwe in 2005 and was the equal fifth highest score in ODI history. It was Mark Greatbatch in 1990 who scored an ODI century for The Black Caps in England and he too scored back-to-back hundreds.

New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum, won the toss on a good batting surface and without doubts opted to bat first. Unfortunately, Luke Ronchi on his debut was bowled out for 0 by James Anderson and from this point on Guptill together with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor shared partnerships of 120 and 109 respectively. Captain McCullum played a cameo towards the end of their innings with an unbeaten 40 of just 19 balls adding a 118 in just 50 balls for fourth wicket.

English bowling side lacked the extra edge and were clearly missing Stuart Broad and Steven Finn who are injured and out of the squad. Anderson took two for 65 and rest of the bowling attack was far from impressive with Jade Dernbach leaking a 87 runs in his 10 overs and Bresnan managed to give away 73 in his 10 overs.

Jonathan Trott's Unbeaten knock of 109 did not help his English side as they missed injured Kevin Peterson in the batting line and they were bundled out for 273 in reply as they lost by 86 runs and with 35 balls of their innings left.

It was a quite a tough task for England to win the game chasing 359, the most they have made batting second to win an ODI was 306 for five against Pakistan at Karachi in 2000, although they did score 338 for eight in a tie with India in Bangalore at the 2011 World Cup.

The third and final match of this series takes place in Nottingham on Wednesday.


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