Napier: Alastair Cook’s patient knock of 78 anchored a well-executed England run chase of 270 to beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second one-day International at McLean Park, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 on Wednesday.
England's bowlers, particularly James Anderson, had done a superb job to dismiss New Zealand for 269 in 48.5 overs at a small venue with short square boundaries, where a score of at least 300 was needed to set a competitive total.
Joe Root (79 not out) then picked up from where Cook left off when the captain was dismissed by Tim Southee, while Jonathan Trott finished on 65 not out as England easily chased down the total for the loss of two wickets in 47.4 overs.
“I thought the way we bowled up front was outstanding,” Cook said. “Steve Finn and James Anderson bowled really well and we gave them nothing, took some wickets and put them under pressure.
“We knew that 270 was below par on that wicket and that if we kept our heads while batting, and kept wickets in hand then, as it proved, it was quite an easy chase.”