England defeated in Dunedin

07 March 2018 03:53:16 EST

The five-match one-day series between England and New Zealand will be decided in Christchurch after the Black Caps won the fourth game by five wickets.

A brilliant innings of 181 not out by Ross Taylor swung the encounter in the Black Caps' favour as they powered past England's 50-over total of 335-9.

England had been struggling on 21-6 at one stage in Dunedin before the Yorkshire duo of Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) guided the tourists to an impressive total.

However, Taylor, despite struggling to run because of a thigh injury, played superbly as New Zealand secured a stunning victory.

A 187-run fourth-wicket partnership between Taylor and Tom Latham (71) was crucial in New Zealand's run-chase while Tom Curran was the pick of the England bowlers, taking 2-57.

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted after the match: "Our skill level wasn't up to scratch, which is disappointing because we have scored 400 before and if one of us had got ourselves in with Joe Root then we'd have scored a lot more. But 335 is still a defendable score."

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said: "Ross played his best one-day knock - one of the best one-day knocks we've seen. Ross' knock was just sensational. He has been batting like this all year.

"We needed him to be out there. He had a few niggles. It was an outstanding partnership between him and Tom Latham."

England are 4/7 to win the fifth ODI while New Zealand can be backed at 7/5 to come out on top.

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