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England romp home, claim series on Bairstow ton

AFP  |  Christchurch 

A masterful century by saw England cruise to a seven-wicket win in the deciding one-day international against to wrap up the series 3-2 in Christchurch on Saturday.

Bairstow's 104 off 60 deliveries, backed by 61 from fellow opener transformed the winner-takes-all showdown from an expected tight contest into a one-way event.

New Zealand, sent in to bat, struggled to 223 with the last wicket falling on the penultimate ball and England knocked off their target in 32.4 overs with finishing the match with a six.

Both sides were hit with late replacements but with marked differences.

New Zealand's batting maestro failed a late fitness test and was replaced by who made a three-ball duck.

England lost to a and his replacement Hales opened with Bairstow in a 155-run stand for the first wicket.

Hales was the second wicket to fall when England were on 177 and just 47 runs short of victory.

had a short stay for eight while was 26 not out at the end with on 23.

England's domination began at the start of the day when Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl.

Midway through the 26th over, were 93 for six while England were 192 for two at the same stage.

Bairstow toyed with the best of New Zealand's stocks as he smacked nine fours and six sixes.

He eventually brought about his own downfall by belting the stumps as he stepped back to cut a wide delivery.

Hales was at the crease for 74 deliveries for his 61 which included nine boundaries.

After the first four ODIs, which had the series level at 2-2, the England attack had the batsmen well worked out.

went on the second ball he faced, caught behind off for the third time in five innings and for his second consecutive duck.

bowled for 14 before spinners and stepped up to decimate the middle of the New Zealand innings.

Rashid, who finished with three for 42, accounted for (10), (47) and (six).

and put on 84 for the seventh wicket to give the innings some substance.

Santner, who rescued New Zealand in the first match, hit a personal-best 67 while Nicholls was out for 55.

Woakes, who claimed Santner's wicket, was the most economical of the England bowlers taking three for 32 off his 10 overs.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 11:10 IST