England’s Jonny Bairstow leaves the pitch after he is dismissed by New Zealand’s Matt Henry
England are looking to seal the series and put on another impressive performance against New Zealand, before all eyes turn to India and the pinnacle of the sport – the Cricket World Cup.
Having been finalists in the previous edition four years ago, England will take on New Zealand again in Ahmedabad on October 5, but before that there is one more ODI left to play in this four-match series, at the Home of Cricket.
Ben Stokes was the star at the Oval on Wednesday, hitting a record-breaking 182 as England stormed to a dominant victory, but there were some other problems Jos Buttler’s side will want to address this time out. England slid to 13-2, and after an incredible partnership of 199 from Stokes and Dawid Malan, the wickets fell once the record-breaking Test captain was out, and the hosts were bowled out with 11 balls remaining.
There were also question marks over Jason Roy’s fitness. He did not play at the Oval due to a back spasm and once again misses out at Lord’s, which will be the final opportunity for the fringe players to push for a place in the World Cup squad, which has to be finalised by September 28. New Zealand will want to bounce back from their heavy defeat on Wednesday, but there was a boost as Kyle Jamieson is building up his recovery from injury.
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Malan 100! England 187-3 (32), Malan 101, Buttler 31, Henry 1-32 (7)
Malan moved on to 99 with a perfectly timed drive down the ground.
But he had to wait for his century, hitting the next ball straight to cover and the one after back towards the bowler.
The wait ended when he flicked off his pads to bring up his century from 96 balls.
It was Malan’s 5th ODI century in 21 matches.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:53
England 181-3 (31), Malan 95, Buttler 31, Lister 0-32 (6)
Buttler is finding his feet very well here, hitting a lovely four flicked off his pads and too straight for the wide fine leg.
Malan is closing in on his milestone, just keeping going at just over a run a ball strike rate.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:49
England 173-3 (30), Malan 93, Buttler 25, Henry 1-26 (6)
Henry returns to the attack, and with it comes a flow of runs. England looking more and more comfortable as this innings goes on.
There’s a brief pause as he pulls out of his run up before the fourth ball of the over, but otherwise a tidy start to his second spell.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:46
England 164-3 (29), Malan 88, Buttler 21, Lister 0-24 (5)
That was a bit of missed communication there! Malan was halfway down the track before being sent back by Buttler, but was able to make his ground relatively comfortably.
But England still ticking along nicely.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:41
England 162-3 (28), Malan 87, Buttler 20, Phillips 0-25 (3)
Buttler takes a step back and unleashes a six! It’s dragged down slightly short from Phillips and Buttler has capitalised with a big hit down the ground.
He follows it up with a four to almost the same place from the final ball of the over.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:37
England 146-3 (27), Malan 87, Buttler 4, Lister 0-22 (4)
Ravindra’s spin seems to have done what was asked of him, and Lister comes back into the attack to inject a bit of pace into proceedings here.
Buttler and Malan are just rotating the strike here, but without taking any risks, and they’re only just over half way through the innings so plenty of time with eight wickets in hand.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:33
England 144-3 (24), Malan 86, Buttler 3, Phillips 0-9 (2)
Phillips has continued to keep things tidy from the Nursery End, just the five from the over, as Buttler makes a start on his innings.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:31
139-3 (25), Malan 84, Buttler 0, Ravindra 2-35 (6)
Ravindra has not bowled exceptionally here, but now has the scalps of both Root and Brook to his name, despite being slightly expensive from his six overs from the Pavilion End.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:26
Wicket! Brook out for 10! England 139-3
Brook has looked comfortable out here but was out trying to push the score on, he opened up the leg side and smashed the ball straight to Phillips at midwicket.
The young batter has to go for just 10 runs and England are looking for another partnership here with Malan closing in on three figures.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:23
England 135-2 (24), Malan 83, Brook 7, Phillips 0-4 (1)
Glenn Phillips has been brought on after Jamieson’s expensive over at the Nursery End, so it will be spin from both ends for New Zealand.
Brook goes for a big one over the top but doesn’t quite get hold of it and it bounces just inside the rope, and concerning close to the fielder who had run around from long on.
Sonia Twigg15 September 2023 14:20