New Zealand beat England by 90 runs
Jacob Oram makes 86 and picks an important wicket as the Kiwis post their first win in four matches in the ODI tri-series.Updated: Jan 23, 2007 18:53 IST
Jacob Oram made 86 and took an important wicket as New Zealand beat England by 90 runs on Tuesday to post its first win in four matches in the limited-overs tri-series tournament.
Oram rejoined the New Zealand team after recovering from a hamstring injury and reached his highest score in one-day internationals. It helped New Zealand to 210 as it batted first after winning the toss.
Daniel Vettori took four wickets, James Franklin three, Shane Bond two - including his 100th wicket in limited-overs matches - and Oram kicked in the wicket of Paul Nixon as New Zealand dismissed England for 120 to grab a bonus point.
That point lifted New Zealand into second place on the tri-series table with five points, behind unbeaten Australia with 18 and England, who beat New Zealand by three wickets at their last meeting, with four.
Franklin set England on the path to defeat by taking their first three wickets for 17 runs in an opening spell of seven overs. He dismissed Mal Loye for 8, Ian Bell for 2 and Andrew Strauss for 19 to leave England 31 for three, a perilous position from which they never fully recovered.
Ed Joyce made the innings' top score of 47 and attempted to revive England in partnerships with Andy Flintoff and Paul Collingwood but he was stuck on that score for 15 minutes before he eventually fell to Vettori, giving the left-armer his first wicket.
Vettori went on to dismiss Collingwood for 10, Flintoff for nine and Jamie Dalrymple for 0 to knock the heart and stuffing out of the England innings.
Its last six wickets fell for only 28 runs - three at 107 and two at 120 - before its final, meek submission.
"I guess it's just great to get the win and get back on the wagon," Vettori said.
"I hope the campaign starts here." Bond ended the England innings by dismissing Monty Panesar (6) and Jon Lewis (5) with successive balls. Panesar's wicket was his 100th in one-day internationals.
Oram had earlier guided New Zealand's recovery from another top-order collapse. He came to the crease when his team was 61 for four in the 21st over and left more than 26 overs later when it was 191 for seven.
In the interim, he shared a 120-run sixth-wicket partnership with Brendon McCullum (30) which gave new substance to the New Zealand innings.
New Zealand lost opener Nathan Astle for 1, captain Stephen Fleming for 20, promoted No. 3 Peter Fulton for 24, talented youngster Ross Taylor for 15 and Sunday's batting hero Craig McMillan for 2, slumping to 71-5 at the halfway point of their innings.
Oram gathered up the loose threads of the batting effort and made a competitive total, hitting six fours and two sixes and taking his 86 runs from only 89 balls.
Andrew Flintoff took four wickets for 21 runs from 10 overs for England, striking early to remove Fleming then returning to help wrap up the innings with the wickets of McCullum, Vettori (2) and Bond (2).
First Published: Jan 23, 2007 13:41 IST