England pip New Zealand in absolute thriller despite Williamson's ton — Twitter Reactions

Chris Woakes held his nerve for England

Captain Williamson hit a brilliant century as New Zealand attempted to chase down England's 234 but, despite taking it to the final ball, the tourists earned a four-run win to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Williamson, however, got a couple, running quickly between the wickets.

In reply, New Zealand lost Martin Guptill early but Colin Munro's 49 kept them afloat.

Rashid sparked the collapse by having Colin Munro acrobatically caught by a leaping Ben Stokes at extra cover and then nailing Henry Nicholls lbw.

New Zealand won the toss and not surprisingly opted to bowl.

"The pressure shifted a little bit with the Williamson-Santner partnership".

He survived a tight catch to Jason Roy diving forward at mid wicket, getting the benefit of the doubt from the umpires, and edging a catch to the midriff of slip off Ali, had there been a slip fielder.

Mitchell Santner then added 96 with Williamson before departing in an unfortunate manner.

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But England hung on in there and it came down to 15 needed off the last over with Williamson and No10 Ish Sodhi at the crease.

Fortunes swung one way then the next until Tom Curran bowled a decisive penultimate over that only saw him concede seven.

From then on it was a challenge to eke out the runs on a pitch which had erratic pace and bounce, sometimes puffing up dust or grass clippings, other deliveries ripping up chunks of turf. Kane Williamson looked to go all guns blazing.

In variable conditions Eoin Morgan's men battled hard to set 235 as the target for victory, and when their hosts fell to 103-6 in the 25th over they must have been confident of success. New Zealand's batting line-up - barring Latham and Taylor - has struggled to make its presence felt and that would worry the think-tank. His unbroken spell of 10-1-24-1 was outstanding, doing enough to keep the batsmen watchful. The next delivery was a slow one as well.

It had looked certain that the "curse of the Cake Tin" would strike again and England would lose their fifth one-day worldwide in five they have played at this rugby stadium that doubles up as a cricket ground.

Ish Sodhi was more expensive with his leg breaks, but still claimed three wickets for 53, while there were three late run outs as England pushed for runs at the end of their innings.

The fourth match in the series is in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Wednesday.

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