Live cricket scores of New Zealand vs England, 3rd ODI in Wellington

NZ seek revival as Williamson, Taylor battle injuries

Ben Stokes' brilliant diving catch proved the catalyst for a spectacular middle-order collapse, while Chris Woakes bowled a superb final over as England beat New Zealand by four runs in their third One-Day International on Saturday.

Betting first, England were 234 all out in stipulated 50 overs.

England have taken a 2-1 lead in the ODI series against New Zealand after a thrilling four-run victory in Wellington. New Zealand's Ish Sodhi got three wickets.

When England badly needed a flash of inspiration to stop themselves going 2-1 down to New Zealand in what is an important five-match 50-over series on the road to next year's World Cup, then who should provide it but Ben Stokes. The team England is now travelling in New Zealand and as per the schedule, they are playing an ODI series against the Black Caps.

Their problem was no one could settle in long-term and New Zealand part-time medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme was allowed to bowl 10 overs in which he took one for 24. Ish Sodhi stood out for the hosts with 3 for 53. He scored 20 runs so far.

Then Munro, on 49, drove uppishly at quality legspinner Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes leapt to his left at short cover to pull in a spectacular catch.

A 96-run partnership between Williamson and Mitchell Santner brought New Zealand back into the match, but the skipper rued their blip.

New Zealand's middle order then failed to deal with England's spin duo - Ali having Mark Chapman (8) caught at backward point, pinning Tom Latham (0) lbw for a golden duck on review and then having De Grandhomme (3) pouched at long-on.

"It was a game where we didn't fire, we weren't at our smartest and we didn't adjust as well on a tough surface, so that's all it is".

New Zealand overcame the early loss of Martin Guptill and with Colin Munro and Williamson putting them in a good position at 80 for two, they had the whip hand, especially with the pitch appearing to have flattened out after its first innings behaviour. "We took a huge amount of commitment and overthinking to assess this pitch", he said. "He's a bit of an unsung hero for us with bat and ball".

Williamson, who had struggled for runs in recent innings and missed the second ODI, which England won, because of a hamstring strain, returned to the arena with an imperious performance for his 11th ODI century. It was a very tight game, could've gone either way.

The fourth ODI will take place on Tuesday evening.

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