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England set 259-run target against New Zealand in first ODI at Hamilton

England set 259-run target against New Zealand in first ODI at Hamilton

Joe Root struck four boundaries to score 56 off 64 balls © Getty Images

Hamilton: Feb 17, 2013

England set a daunting target of 259 against New Zealand after Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root struck half-centuries in the first One-Day International at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

England produced a good batting performance with their middle-order flourishing against the Kiwis bowling attack, after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

The tourists were bowled out for 258 from 49.3 overs.

For New Zealand, Mitchell McClenaghan bagged four for 56 off his 9.4 overs, whereas all-rounder James Franklin claimed three for 38 from his 6.3 overs.

England batsmen Bell, Trott and Root’s knock helped their side put up a strong first innings total, as the others failed to make a mark.

Brief Scores: England 258 all-out in 49.3 overs (Jonathan Trott 68, Ian Bell 64, Joe Root 56; Mitchell McClenaghan 4 for 56, James Franklin 3 for 38) vs New Zealand.

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