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England, New Zealand in thrilling tie
February 20, 2008 12:58 IST
Both teams finished on 340 runs, leaving New Zealand with a 2-1 lead in the series with one match to play.
England batted first and made 340-6, with four players scoring half-centuries.
New Zealand lost seven wickets in their run chase, with Jamie How top-scoring with a superb 139 and Brendon McCullum making 58.
How was run-out off the penultimate ball of the match, leaving the Kiwis requiring two runs off the final ball to win. However, they could only manage a single.
Phil Mustard (83) and Alastair Cook [Images] (69) had given England the perfect start by putting on 158 for the opening wicket before they were dismissed in successive balls by Jesse Ryder.
Kevin Pietersen [Images] and England captain Paul Collingwood [Images] continued the attack. Pietersen's 50 came off 47 balls and Collingwood smashed six sixes to finish unbeaten on 54 from 30 deliveries.
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori [Images], who had sent England into bat after winning the toss, captured two wickets but it was a day when bowlers were very expensive.
New Zealand are one of only two teams to have chased more than 240 runs to win a one-day international, achieving that feat against Australia a year ago.
How struck 10 fours and three sixes in his 139, the highest score by a New Zealander in a one-day international against England, while McCullum smacked six fours and a six to lay the foundations for an epic encounter.
The final match of the series will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.