Ben Stokes and Mitchell Santner © Getty Images
Ben Stokes and Mitchell Santner © Getty Images

Ben Stokes might not have a sponsor for his willow, but he stamped his authority in the side once again guiding England to 6-wicket win against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui. Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan repaid the selectors faith notching up his fifty after 11 innings. England were were all around the field inflicting four run-outs, bundling New Zealand for 223. Although England stumbled with early wickets of Jason Roy and Joe Root, the middle order came around and went on to chase the target with 79 balls to spare.

Boult made early inroads as New Zealand tried to defend their modest total, dislodging Roy for 8 and Root for 9. Jonny Bairstow made a rapid-fire 37, then Morgan and Stokes dug in for an 88-run partnership that had England at 144 for three after 25 overs.

Earlier, Santner scored his maiden limited overs half-century as New Zealand’s tail rose to the occasion against a rampant England. Santner’s unbeaten 63 off 52 balls helped New Zealand set a modest but potentially defendable target of 224 after they lost the toss. Colin de Grandhomme also provided some resistance to the New Zealand innings with his 40-ball 38. Initially, Guptill also scored 50 but runs were hard to come by as England halted New Zealand’s momentum at regular intervals with a superb display in the field.

For England, Chris Woakes, Stokes and Moeen Ali scalped two wickets each. England pulled off a string of sharply taken catches and ran out four batsman, ensuring that every chance their bowlers created resulted in a wicket.

From Mount Maunganui, the action will move to Wellington for the 3rd ODI on March 3.

Brief scores: 

New Zealand 223 all out in 49.4 overs (Martin Guptill 50, Mitchell Santner 63; Moeen Ali 2 for 33) lose to England 225 for 4 in 37.5 overs (Eoin Morgan 62, Ben Stokes 63*; Trent Boult 2 for 46) by 6 wickets

Man of the Match: Ben Stokes