Mitchell Santner remained unbeaten on 45 © Getty Images
Mitchell Santner remained unbeaten on 45 © Getty Images

Mitchell Santner scripted a remarkable comeback for New Zealand in the first One-Day International against England. Santner along with Tim Southee added 43 runs for eighth wicket to help the home side take 1-0 lead, beating visitors’ by 3 wickets.

New Zealand’s chase started in poor fashion, losing 3 wickets for just 27 runs. Chris Woakes claiming both openers. Kane Williamson suffered another flop. Ross Taylor along with Tom Latham stood tall against Woakes and co. The pair added 178 runs for the fourth wicket. Latham scored his 9 ODI fifty, only to fall to Ben Stokes for 79.

Taylor carried on and converted his fifty into a hundred, his 18th. Soon a flurry of wickets fell, Tom Curran claimed Henry Nicholls for 0. Stokes picked his second in the form of Colin de Grandhomme for 2.

Santner took charge and kept Southee at bay against the likes of Curran and Adil Rashid. Santner, in particular milked Rashid for 16 runs in the 48th. He again smoked Woakes in the last over for 10 runs. He remained unbeaten on 45 off 27 balls that included 2 fours and 4 sixes.

Batting first, England were lifted to a commendable total after Jos Buttler and Joe Root’s quick-fire fifties. Root secured a 75-ball 71, while Buttler was run out for 79 off just 65 deliveries. It was Jason Roy, who slammed 49 on top of the order. Coming back into the side, after a five-month hiatus, Stokes made just 12 runs.

For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi picked 2 wickets apiece.

Brief Scores

England 284 for 8 (Jos Buttler, Joe Root ; Mitchell Santner 2 for 54) lost to New Zealand 287 for 7 in 49.2 overs (Ross Taylor , Tom Latham ; Chris Woakes 2 for 36) by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Ross Taylor