England edge New Zealand to take series lead

Black Caps all-rounder Mitchell Santner

But Curran made sure New Zealand still needed 15 off Woakes' final six balls and, despite lashing a six over deep square leg, Williamson could not get them over the line. Even Rashid's 11 from eight deliveries was most welcome.England took 68 runs from their final 10 overs.

New Zealand's batting in one-day cricket is reliant on its top order axis of Martin Guptill opening, Williamson at three and Ross Taylor at four. Catch live scores and updates from New Zealand vs England in the third ODI at Wellington.

New Zealand's middle order then failed to deal with England's spin duo - Ali having Mark Chapman (8) caught at backward point, pinning Tom Latham (0) lbw for a golden duck on review and then having De Grandhomme (3) pouched at long-on.

Mitchell Santner initially steadied the ship before then combining well with his leader, however when he was run-out backing up off the fingers of Woakes for 41, the required 36 from 28 deliveries - with only three wickets left in the pavillion - looked a tough ask. An unfortunate dismissal of Santner when Williamson hit one down the ground but the ball had flicked Woakes' hand on to the stumps at non striker end reopened the floodgates.

Tim Southee couldn't last and with 22 needed off the last two overs, 15 off the last by Woakes, it was just beyond New Zealand's, and Williamson's reach. Tom Curran and Woakes held their nerve at the death, though, to give England a 2-1 lead.

Earlier hopes that the Westpac Stadium pitch would play better than it looked, proved false - at least until halftime when it seemed a different pitch had been unveiled.

"And credit to the way the English spinners bowled through the middle".

England celebrate the Mitchell Santner runout- the moment the game swung back their way
SPORT England celebrate the Mitchell Santner runout- the moment the game swung back their way

Trent Boult - 8/10 - With his opening partner, Southee, Boult went hunting for a wicket early on, and made the breakthrough with the wicket of Roy. Boult made it hard for the batsmen on a bowler-friendly pitch, and finished with 2-47 from his 10 overs.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali chipped in with 29 and 23 runs, respectively. His first four took him 46 balls and he managed just two in his 73 balls, but he hung about which was important.

Adil Rashid - 7/10 - Like Ali, Rashid bowled very well, restricting the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs and finishing with 2-34 from his 10 overs. The all-rounder finished with mesmerising figures of 1-24 from 10 overs, but was ineffective with the bat. One delivery lifted sharply on Stokes; another stayed down and took a chunk out of the bottom corner of his bat.

"As the only player to pass fifty suggests it was an outstanding innings".

"We fought our way to a competitive total, (and it) was probably quite fortunate that Ben (Stokes) and I had the partnership the other day and were in a good head-space to compare wickets and make a call that it wasn't a 270 wicket".

Morgan - who passed 6,000 ODI runs during his time in the crease - hit two short of 50 to somewhat steady the ship, with New Zealand's best bowling performance coming from Ish Sodhi, who took three wickets.

New Zealand have suffered collapses in all three of the matches in this series so far.

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