All-round Stokes levelled the ODI series against New Zealand
By Sandy - Mar 1, 2018 8:57 am
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The comeback man Ben Stokes’ all-round performances helped England to win the second ODI of the five-match ODI series against the hosts New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday. With this victory, England levelled the series by 1-1 at the end of the second game.

England won the second ODI by 6 wickets with 73 balls to spare

England decided to bowl first after winning the toss. England bowlers were dominating over the hosts from the beginning as New Zealand was bundled out for just 223 runs. Stokes took two wickets and also involved in two run-out dismissals.

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In reply, Stokes and skipper Eoin Morgan majorly helped England to clinch the victory. The duo put an important 88-runs partnership for the fourth wicket which secured the match for their side. While Morgan was dismissed on 62 runs, Stokes remained unbeaten on 63 runs as England won the game by 6 wickets with 73 balls to spare.

For his all-round performance, Stokes was awarded the Player of the Match award.

After the match, Stokes revealed their mindset for the second game. He said, “We wanted to come back strong after the defeat in the first game. We thought we let ourselves down in the first game and the lads showed that with the intensity in the field. It’s good to get out here and train and implement it in the games. I wanted to make sure I was in the end and it was a good stepping stone for the games coming up.”

Ben Stokes

On the other hand, English skipper Morgan was pleased with team’s effort in the second game. He said, “We raised our level of intensity, especially with the first 10 overs with the ball and that was backed up in the field. It was as good a performance we could have hoped for in the field.”

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Due to Kane Williamson’s hamstring injury, Tim Southee led the New Zealand side on Wednesday. In their innings, only the opener Martin Guptill and the lower-order Mitchell Santner looked positive with the bat. While Guptill was dismissed on 50 runs, Santner was unbeaten on 63 runs. However, those knocks were not enough for his team to produce a winning total.

Here are some Twitter reactions of the match