New Zealand beat England by 51 runs

Daniel Vettori destroyed England's middle order as New Zealand won the fifth one-day international by 51 runs at Lord's to clinch the series 3-1.

updated: July 02, 2008 17:40 IST
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London:Daniel Vettori destroyed England's middle order on Saturday as New Zealand won the fifth one-day international by 51 runs at Lord's to clinch the series 3-1.

Chasing New Zealand's 266-5, England was dismissed for 215 in 47.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Vettori took 3-32 in 10 overs and Tim Southee, the man of the series, claimed 3-49.

"It's very pleasing to win a series 3-1 overseas against quality opposition," Vettori said.

The second one-day international at Edgbaston ended in a tie.

New Zealand's winning total was dominated by Scott Styris' undefeated 87 from 91 balls. Styris had shared in a run-a-ball stand of 77 with Jacob Oram to rescue New Zealand's faltering innings.

Oram, who made a century in the first test at the same ground, smashed 52 runs from 40 balls. Off-spinner Graeme Swann was the pick of the English bowlers, taking 2-33 in his 10 overs.

Styris started quietly without his normally combative batting style before cutting loose at the end of the innings. He hit five fours and three sixes - including an enormous six over midwicket off Ryan Sidebottom.

New Zealand had made a slow start with its first boundary coming as late as the 10th over. Jamie How hit a six over backward square but in the next ball was caught at backward point off Stuart Broad for 22.

Broad also dismissed Ross Taylor (4) and when Brendon McCullum was out for a subdued 23, New Zealand was struggling at 71-3 after 19 overs.

Styris set about rebuilding the innings, initially with the lefthanded Daniel Flynn, who dominated the fourth wicket stand of 53 by making 35.

New Zealand, however, was still batting at less than four runs to the over before Oram went on the attack. Needing 14 to move to his ninth ODI 50, Oram smashed Shah's first ball over wide mid-on for six, drove the second down the ground for two runs and then sent a six into the top tier. Shah - who bowled because allrounder Paul Collingwood was suspended - cost 30 runs from his three overs.

After Oram holed out at long-off, Grant Elliott made an unbeaten 23 from 17 balls in putting on 65 with Styris.

New Zealand scored 96 runs off the final 10 overs.

"It was difficult initially," Vettori said. "(The ball) was nipping about quite a bit out there. But in those last 10 overs, Scott and Jacob took the game away a bit from England with some tremendous hitting."

England made a decent start to the run chase, moving to 53 after 11 overs before Mark Gillespie trapped Ian Bell leg before wicket for 27. Teenage Southee then dismissed Alastair Cook for 24 and stand-in captain Kevin Pietersen for 6.

Owais Shah topscored for England with 69 from 75 balls.

The home side continued to lose wickets as the middle order struggled to cope with Vettori's flight and spin. Vettori claimed Ravi Bopara (30), Luke Wright (6) and Tim Ambrose (2).

"We didn't bat well throughout the series," Pietersen said. "There has been no consistency. I really don't have a clue why that is but it is something we have to look at very carefully."