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England win Auckland ODI
February 15, 2008 15:35 IST
Last Updated: February 15, 2008 15:39 IST
The visitors, chasing an adjusted victory target, cruised to victory with three overs to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
New Zealand hit 234 for nine in 50 overs but England were set 229 off 47 overs to win after rain interrupted their innings.
England's seamers enjoyed their best day of the series when they ripped through the New Zealand top-order in quick fashion only to come unstuck against Jacob Oram [Images].
The big all-rounder belted four fours and four sixes to crack 88 off 91 balls and help the hosts recover from 95 for six.
Oram, who did not even get a chance to bat in the first two matches, started cautiously but exploded into life after reaching his half-century off 65 balls.
Daniel Vettori [Images] chipped in with a valuable 42 off 35 deliveries, featuring four fours and a six, as he and Oram added 74 for the seventh wicket at better than a run a ball.
England made a nervous start in reply when the openers went cheaply before Bell and Kevin Pietersen [Images] (41) steadied the ship with a third-wicket partnership of 107.
Both were eventually trapped lbw by Vettori, leaving Collingwood and Owais Shah (18 not out) to steer England home.