Livingstone-inspired England beat New Zealand to level ODI series-ZoomTech News

England 226-7 (34 overs): Livingstone 95* (78); Boult 3-37
New Zealand 147 (26.5 overs): Mitchell 57 (52); Topley 3-27
England received by 79 runs; collection degree 1-1

England comfortably beat New Zealand by 79 runs to degree the one-day worldwide collection in a rain-affected encounter at Southampton.

The sport was lowered to 34 overs per aspect and England slipped to 55-5 having been put in to bat.

However Liam Livingstone’s unbeaten 95 from 78 balls, in a seventh-wicket stand of 112 with Sam Curran, helped them get better to 226-7.

Reece Topley then took 3-27 as New Zealand fell to 147 all out.

Seamer Trent Boult made a direct impression upon his return to the aspect, having not performed an ODI for nearly a 12 months, decreasing England to 8-3 as Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes added simply seven runs between them.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali led a quick middle-order restoration earlier than Livingstone and Curran, who made 42, batted sensibly earlier than an explosive end to set a formidable complete.

England’s bowlers then began brilliantly, David Willey bowling the dynamic Finn Allen with the second ball of the Black Caps’ innings.

Mitchell’s resistance saved them within the sport all through a measured begin to the chase however England saved the strain on all through and New Zealand misplaced their final six wickets for simply 36 runs.

The four-match collection continues at The Kia Oval on Wednesday.

Livingstone’s versatility rescues England

As New Zealand put England in to bat in bowler-friendly circumstances, Boult was able to pounce, having missed the collection opener at Cardiff on Friday.

And it took him simply seven balls to strike, eradicating Bairstow in his second over with some assist from a leaping Mitchell Santner at cowl, earlier than pinning Root lbw two balls later after which having a annoyed Stokes caught at mid-off within the fifth over.

Boult bowled fantastically, well-supported by the economical Matt Henry who dismissed Harry Brook for 2, however Livingstone adopted his entertaining 39-ball half-century at Cardiff with a extra measured efficiency.

England rejigged the batting order after the early wickets, shifting Livingstone a few locations all the way down to seven having been initially down at 5, and he performed sensibly so as to add 48 for the sixth wicket with Moeen earlier than capitalising late within the innings alongside Curran.

Curran additionally confirmed his invaluable batting means at quantity eight, finally departing for 42 from 35 balls, as New Zealand struggled to match England’s depth of their line-up.

Mitchell and Devon Conway made elegant tons within the first ODI, which means their center order wasn’t examined.

And whereas the previous batted serenely for one more half-century, he was put below strain by an absence of companions on the different finish and finally holed out off Moeen, having to attempt to drive a stalling run-rate.

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