If you are a cricketing enthusiast and have been following the England versus New Zealand ODI, certainly you too would have shared a moment of awe at Jonny Bairstow’s third fastest century that led to New Zealand’s demolition in the series at Hagley Oval. His second successive century in mere 58 balls drove the team to a tumultuous winning position.
Bairstow’s standout performance with nine fours and six sixes in a 60-ball knock had viewers hooked to the match. Indeed, this has been recorded as the fastest century in one-day cricket by England opener so far. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali from England have also stolen shows with their quickest runs for their country in ODIs. The finale saw Morgan’s team throw away the 4th ODI in Dunedin.
The team’s preparedness
Coach Trevor Bayliss has been gearing the team towards the upcoming World Cup and mentioned in his statements that “we are looking for those performances in one-off matches.” He praised the team’s consistent performance. Bairstow also called the series’ win a big game comparing it to a possible knockout in the World Cup planned for the next year.
Since England’s defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff at the Champion’s Trophy last year, where Bairstow started as a full-time opener, he has been in an extraordinary form. He has four centuries on record, averaging 63.41. Bairstow had reached a score of 50 in 38 balls and in the 18th over of the innings; he hit three sixes in four balls knocking off the leg-spinner.
Bairstow departed in the 21st over, yet England was in complete control requiring just 68 runs to emerge victoriously. Hales touched his half-century in 67 balls and lost his wicket to Santner when England was at 177 for 2. They just needed 32 runs for a win when Morgan lost his wicket to De Grandhomme. Joe Root and Ben Stokes clubbed the winning runs, calling it a day at just 32.4 overs.
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