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Perfect marks for courageous Taylor as Blackcaps claim incredible win... PLAYER RATINGS

New Zealand had Ross Taylor to thank for an extraordinary five-wicket victory over England in Dunedin. The Cricketer rates the performances of both sets of players...

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New Zealand had Ross Taylor to thank for an extraordinary five-wicket victory over England in Dunedin. 

The Cricketer rates the performances of both sets of players...

NEW ZEALAND

Martin Guptill (0): Found himself pegged down by Woakes early on and, in trying to hit his way out of difficult, only managed to find Stokes in the covers. 2

Colin Munro (0 & 2-53): Excellent in the field, played a huge part with the ball but wasted his team’s batting review with a bizarre referral. 5

Kane Williamson (45): Seemingly unfortunate to given caught behind when well set and building an innings with Taylor. Off-colour in the field for 30 overs before finding a second wind from his team. 6

Ross Taylor (181*): Practically perfect. An incredible innings - brave, brutal and brilliant. 10

Tom Latham (71): A perfect foil for Taylor, mixing intelligent manipulation of the field with the ability to clear the ropes. 8

Henry Nicholls (13*): Saw his team home. Just. 5

Colin de Grandhomme (23 & 0-23): Expensive two overs with the ball but a massive, flash-bang contribution with the bat. 6.5

Mitchell Santner (0-57): Disciplined and economical in the middle overs without ever really looking like a wicket-taking option. Dropped a sitter at cover. 4.5

Tim Southee (1-87): Went for runs early and went for runs late. Safe hands in the field but won’t want to remember today in a hurry. 4

Ish Sodhi (4-58): Bowled New Zealand back into the game when the home side looked to be staring at a sheer cliff. The less said about his groundwork the better. 8

Trent Boult (1-69): Totally luckless in his first spell, took treatment in his second but returned to tried and trusted yorkers at the death and that worked a treat. 5.5

ENGLAND

Jason Roy (42): Totally in charge at the top of the innings, giving England all the momentum they needed early on, before sweeping to short fine leg. 7.5

Jonny Bairstow (138): A knock that had everything - graft, guile, incredible range-hitting and more than the occasional deft touch. Sensational. 9.5

Joe Root (102): A consummate hundred from England’s classiest batsman, who went past Kevin Pietersen’s ODI run total during this innings. 9

Jos Buttler (0): Lasted two balls as England tried to add fast runs late on. Tidy enough with the gloves. 4

Eoin Morgan (5): Dismissed cheaply but excusable given the circumstances. Lost control of the flow of runs in the field in the chase. 4

Ben Stokes (1 & 1-45): Another to fall in the pursuit of a mammoth total. Got rid of Williamson. 5

Moeen Ali (3 & 0-52): Poor shot to give his wicket away, not much luck with the ball. 4.5

Chris Woakes (3 & 1-42): Delivered catching practice to Southee at long-on. Economical first up with the ball and bowled reasonably at the death, only to come up against a batting phenomenon. 5

Adil Rashid (11 & 0-74): Some useful runs from No. 9 but couldn’t provide the same impact with the ball as Sodhi. 4.5

Tom Curran (22* & 2-57): Superb late hitting, taking 18 from the final over bowled by Southee. Mixed his variations pretty well. Shaping up to be a very useful part of this England team. 6.5

Mark Wood (3* & 1-65): Started superbly but offered too much width for Taylor to go at later on. 5

 

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