Dawid Malan smashed 127 off 114 deliveries to lead England to a 100-run win over New Zealand and win the four-match ODI series 3-1 at Lord’s.
The England opener came dangerously close to a century at The Kia Oval on Wednesday as he was dismissed on 96, but fate was on his side as he reached 1,000 ODI runs in just 21 innings after hitting Kyle Jamieson. For a huge six down the leg side.
Malan shared a 79-run partnership with Joe Root after teammate Jonny Bairstow fell victim to the New Zealand fast bowler. Henry died That left England 28-1.
However, Malan helped his team bounce back as he hit his fifth ODI ton off 96 balls before being removed by New Zealand star Rashin Ravindra (4-60) with the superiority of wicket-keeper Tom Latham.
In response, New Zealand were never in contention as they were bowled out for 211-9 with bowler Tim Southee sidelined with a dislocated thumb trying to catch Joe Root early in England’s innings.
Moeen Ali led the way with 4-50 from 10 overs, sealing the victory in over 11 overs.
More to follow.
Stream the best cricket and more of the best sports with NOW. Cancel at any time.