New Zealand v England: fourth ODI

All-rounder Chris Woakes gets the plaudits after bowling two dot balls to Kane Williamson to close out a four-run win

One moment they should circle occurred when Taylor was on 84 and Jonny Bairstow's inability to catch him at the mid-wicket boundary kept the runs flowing. The middle order then crumbled to poor strokes around Joe Root, who also eventually made a hundred and had put on 190 with Bairstow.

Ross Taylor is confident he will be fully fit to return to the Black Caps' side for tomorrow's fourth one-day global against England in Dunedin.

The series is now locked 2-2, with the deciding match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

When New Zealand was desperate for a win to keep their hopes in the series alive, it was one of their most experienced men, Ross Taylor who rose to the occasion on the day it mattered the most.

Incredibly, the Black Caps lost openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to ducks to bring Taylor to the crease at 2-2.

Just 16 months ago, Taylor was struggling to see the way the ball moved, and underwent surgery to remove a small growth from his left eye in January 2017.

When Bairstow, who had been dropped on 74 by Tim Southee, and Root were in full flow an England score of 400 plus and a record total on this ground was on the cards.

Ross Taylor set the record books on fire with his 181-run knock by recording New Zealand's highest individual ODI score in a run-chase.

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England slowed New Zealand's momentum with Latham's dismissal and Colin de Grandhomme's departure on 23.

Taylor scored 181 runs off 147 deliveries and during his innings he slammed 17 fours and 6 maximum.

But as soon as Bairstow fell after a magnificent 138 off 106 balls with seven sixes the whole complexity of the match changed and New Zealand swept back in contention.

With three runs needed from the final over, Henry Nicholls struck a six to secure an impressive win.

Root compiled a classy 102 - his 11th century. England regained the upper hand with a piece of good fortune, when Santner (41) was run out at the non-striker's end in the 46th over.

England captain Eoin Morgan said after the match that he thought it might have actually helped Taylor as it meant he had to put the foot down earlier, helping propel New Zealand to their target and the 33 year-old, whose birthday is on Thursday, agreed saying that it "kick-started his momentum".

Root batted on, powerless as a series of partners departed, to reach his 11th ODI century from 99 balls before being dismissed in the 48th over, at which stage England had lost 7-28.

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