After England's defeat to New Zealand at Southampton in the third one-day international of the series, captain Eoin Morgan was in defiant mood and stated that England would continue to attack New Zealand for the rest of the series and would most definitely not take a backward step.
At Trent Bridge yesterday, on a perfect batting track he was true to his word and helped guide England to a magnificent seven-wicket victory over the Kiwis, which levelled the five-match series at 2-2.
Helped in no small way by Joe Root, Morgan and Root both scored centuries and were instrumental in England chasing down an imposing New Zealand score of 349-7. England chased down the required total with some ease and won by seven wickets with six overs to spare.
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It was their highest ever run chase in one-day international cricket and is the joint fourth highest ever run chase in odi history. Morgan and Root shared a partnership of 198 for the third wicket after Alex Hales had set England off on the run chase with a quick-fire 68 from 37 balls.
This was also the fourth match in a row that England has scored over 300 runs in a one-day international. England's bowlers had kept New Zealand fairly well under control for most of the Kiwis innings, and with the Kiwis at 281-5, with just five of their fifty overs remaining, a score of 310-320 was looking as good as New Zealand would end up with.
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However the Kiwis scored 68 runs in the last five overs. The 48th over of the innings bowled by Adil Rashid resulted in 28 runs alone. England did miss two or three very presentable chances in the field and there is definitely room for improvement in that area along with their with death bowling.
However, once Alex Hales and Jason Roy got England's reply ticking along around eight runs an over, it became apparent that England were in with a very good chance of winning the game, providing they didn't have a batting collapse.
It was never going to happen and this new look England team stormed to a tremendous victory. With the series now level at 2-2, Saturday's game at Chester-le-Street, promises to be an exciting conclusion to a wonderful series, and both sides must take great credit for producing such superb entertainment and also for playing the game in true cricketing spirit.