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England slip to defeat against New Zealand in third ODI

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Although England scored over 300 runs for the third ODI in succession, they ultimately slipped to a three-wicket defeat which left them trailing 2-1 to the Kiwis, and needing to win both the remaining games if they hope to win the five-match series.

Captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat on a greenish wicket, but one that would reward batsmen once they got set. England lost two early wickets, but Root and Morgan steadily built the innings towards a decent total and at 194-3 England were looking like building a challenging total somewhere in the region of 350 plus.

However, once Morgan was out the innings started to fold and from a decent position of 288-5 with some eight overs left, England's last five wickets fell for a paltry twelve runs, and they ended up 302 all out in 45.2 overs, which was somewhat disappointing, especially as there were still nearly five overs left to bat.

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The total was probably at least 50 runs short of what England were looking for, and they needed to bowl exceptionally well to restrict the World Cup runners-up. England got off to a good start by removing both openers Guptill and McCullum for 36 runs, but from then on Taylor and Williamson took charge and dominated the England bowlers as they both scored centuries in adding 206 for the third wicket.

Once Williamson was out there was a minor collapse in the Kiwis middle order, but they comfortably reached their target with one over to spare. England didn't help their cause in the field by putting down at least three presentable chances, which had they been taken, could have made a difference, but they weren't and England paid the ultimate price for missing them.

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However, the real difference between the two sides was New Zealand's experience, especially their middle-order batting. Whereas their numbers three and four converted promising innings in excellent centuries, the English middle-order all scored half centuries but couldn't convert them into the big centuries that could have won them the game.

A few harsh lessons for the new look England side, but hopefully they will learn from their errors, and improve their all-round performance at Trent Bridge on Wednesday and level the series with one game to play.

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