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By Marc Higginson and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    So then, on to Durham on Saturday. Who knows what will await us there. Probably another 700 runs in the day.

    It's been another cracking match. Thanks for your superb company and contributions. Until the weekend... goodbye.

    Trent Bridge
  2. Text 81111

    Julian F: Love the way these Kiwis play cricket - their close neighbours could learn a bit about sportsmanship from them.

    Tim the barmy army: Thank you New Zealand, your good-humoured sportsmanship has rejuvenated my love of cricket and restored my hope. You are great.

  3. Thanks and good luck, Steve

    Umpire Steve Davis, who stood in his final match today: "I thought I was going OK until Brendon asked me to lead the players off. Then I got emotional. It's been great to have the respect of the players - I get on well with them and love watching them. It's been a great life and there's no regrets."

    Steve Davis
  4. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brendon McCullum spoke beautifully there, as he didn't just dive into one-day cricket by saying there's a big disparity between bat and ball, which is pretty obvious - they've been presented with some pitches which are good to bat on, but the bowlers haven't hit their straps. Eoin Morgan looked finished after the World Cup, but Andrew Strauss gave him a huge vote of confidence which has been repaid."

  5. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    DanThwaite: Really pleased the England team waited for just after a major tournament to play great cricket.

    Alex Cochrane: How this new England ODI side have turned it around from dross of World Cup is sensational. Credit to NZ as well.

  6. Captain's view

    More from Brendon McCullum on TMS: "I thought 350 was a really good score, a bit of rain made it skid on and with those outstanding hundreds from Morgan and Root, England deserved to win the game. Our plan was to hit the top of off stump but we didn't managed to do it, I think we were hit for 35 boundaries overpitching or bowling short. There's a bit of disparity between bat and ball in this series but there's been some outstanding batting in this series. The message is we've got a good opportunity in a couple of days to win a series - take a few lessons from today but don't get too down about it."

  7. Man of the match

    England captain Eoin Morgan, who was also named man of the match: "We set the tone pretty early. Alex Hales and Jason Roy played some unbelievable cricket. We bowled reasonably well but we felt we struggled to take wickets in the middle. We tried to be flexible but they bat a long way down. We knew if we could restrict them to 340, we could chase them down.

    "Mark Wood has been outstanding since he played international cricket, he's loving it. And Steven Finn bowled well in the batting powerplay."

    Eoin Morgan
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    Paul, Cardiff: I thought Cook wasn't too bad, but looking at what a change in attitude installed by Morgan has done to our young players I was sooo wrong!

    Will, Perth: Does anyone else recall Geoffrey saying that if Strauss gets the job nothing will change?

  9. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "To be honest, England look a better batting line-up than New Zealand at the moment. New Zealand can't match Root, Morgan, Stokes and Buttler. But the openers set it all up by getting ahead of the rate. It's a very good-looking batting line-up, shifting Root and Morgan up after the World Cup has made a difference."

  10. Captain's view

    More from England captain Eoin Morgan on TMS: "When me and Rooty were out there, we talked about how good the wicket was and joked at how if we were still there at the end we'd win with five overs to go. He's a big asset to English cricket, and the support we've had throughout the series has been outstanding. It's great to see the turnaround we've had. According to the Durham boys the wickets there have been good, but we'll have to play with the same mentality up in Durham on Saturday."

  11. Captain's view

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It was incredible. At halfway, with 350 on the board we knew they would have to play well to beat us but they blew us off the park. We need to be better than that but credit where it's due, they were better than us today. It sets it up beautifully for us at Durham on Saturday."

    Brendon McCullum
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    Richard in Sheffield: If this gives England the confidence to do well in the Ashes, they'll owe NZ an even greater debt.

  13. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan on TMS: "It's certainly up there with one of the best games of cricket I've ever played in. The boys showed that aggressive intent right from the get-go, we had a chat around the second drinks break and thought if we could restrict them to 330-340 we'd be in with a chance. Alex Hales and Jason Roy set the tone, Alex was outstanding on his home ground and the rain actually worked for us, just as it went against us at The Oval."

  14. Trending

    When Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are trending and One Direction aren't, you're doing something good. But I suppose knocking off 350 in 44 overs is pretty good. Isn't it?

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    Alex Hardy: Absolutely love this new England ODI side. Didn't even need Jos Buttler today. Sensational stuff.

    Naveed Afzal: England simply magnificent. Credit to NZ who always show class in clapping off Morgan and then umpire Steve Davis. Bring on Sat.

  16. Post update

    England 350-3 - win by seven wickets

    This England team are pioneers in this country. They are a bunch of hugely-talented, boundary-hitting young men who all seem to be good-looking, have tattoos, muscles and trendy haircuts. A marketing person's dream, I suspect.

    Finally, English cricket has a chance to turn back the clock to that wonderful summer of 2005.

  17. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't believe I've just seen that. Even the staunchest England fans wouldn't have given them much hope there. Eoin Morgan has gone through hell in the last year with the bat, and bounced back incredibly well. Joe Root has been overshadowed by him, yet he's scored an unbeaten century at more than a run a ball. England haven't been ahead of the game in one-day cricket for a long time, but they've taken stock and aped New Zealand completely."

  18. Final scorecard

    England 350-3 (44 overs) - win by seven wickets

    Batsmen: Root 106*, Stokes 19*

    Fall of wickets: 100-1 (Hales 67), 111-2 (Roy 38), 309-3 (Morgan 113)

    Bowling: Wheeler 8-1-75-0, Southee 10-0-70-1, McClenaghan 8-0-64-0, Henry 10-0-77-2, Williamson 4-0-28-0, Santner 4-0-32-0.

    New Zealand: 349-7 (Williamson 90, Elliott 55*, Guptill 53, Stokes 2-73).

    Full scorecard

  19. Post update

    England 350-3 - win by seven wickets

    Joe Root finished on 106 not out off 97 balls and Ben Stokes 19 off 19. Captain Eoin Morgan struck 113 off 82 and Alex Hales set it all up with 67 off 38. New Zealand's bowlers have been marmalised.

  20. Post update

    England 350-3 - win by seven wickets

    England have recorded the joint-fourth highest successful run chase in ODI cricket today. These boys are sensational.

  21. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A nice moment as umpire Steve Davis, standing in his last one-day international, is being invited to walk off first. He will be up in Durham on Saturday as third umpire."

  22. Eng 350-3 - win by seven wickets

    The two teams shake hands, most of the New Zealanders smiling as they congratulate their English counterparts. All except Mitchell McClenaghan who looks like he's seen a ghost. A boundary-hitting ghost.

    Mitchell McClenaghan
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    Sam Rosser: Surely Morgan could adapt to Test cricket? Ridiculously talented!

    Stuart Carruthers: Can we make this our Test team? Cook for Roy - bring Anderson and Broad back, and replace Billings.

  24. Post update

    Joe Root picks up a stump, raises his bat and then walks off with the series levelled at 2-2 with one to go. Who knew one-day cricket could be this good?

  25. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The momentum is with England now - when you think of how they could have threatened that 399 at The Oval, that could have gone to them too. I think they have a stronger batting compartment than New Zealand, who now have to do some thinking."

  26. England win by seven wickets

    Joe Root effortlessly cracks four through mid-wicket and England chase down 350 with 24 balls to spare and with seven wickets in hand. A record run chase made to look easy. The sky is the limit for this team.

    Root & Stokes
  27. Eng 346-3

    Another four. England need five to win. A single reduces that to four. Over to you, Joe.

  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jason Jones: Is this ODI series the equivalent of the 2005 Ashes series?!

    Philip Wiseman: This has to be one of the most entertaining ODI series ever. Never a dull moment. Top work boys!

  29. Eng 341-3

    Ben Stokes doesn't like to be left out - swiping four through the leg side and then muscling a maximum over mid-wicket. Joe's got his century, now let's get out of here. Or something like that.

  30. Eng 330-3 (20 to win from 42 balls)

    The Trent Bridge crowd sings "Joe Root" to the tune of "Hey Jude". Party time in Nottingham.

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    Tim J Baxter: These perfomances have been proof that spreadsheets and stats can't play cricket.

    Phil Coulson: To say this series has been a batsman's paradise is an understatement. Bowlers haven't been good enough & have been punished.

  32. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A difficult chance for the fielder running back, but Root has put the ball in the air, come back for the second and scored his second century of the series."

  33. 100 for Joe Root (Eng 329-3)

    There it is... a sixth one-day international hundred for Joe Root. Off 94 balls. He keeps the fielder interested with a lofted shot into the leg side, but it drops safely and the crowd erupts. English cricket has a new darling. A poster boy. A future great?

  34. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I do like Morgan one place up the order. He's not finishing at five or six, he's setting up victories at four. For England, that 97 in 10 overs at the start created the momentum, while the dropping of Root at first slip by Ross Taylor was important."

  35. Eng 327-3 (Root 98, Stokes 4)

    Just one run in the 42nd over. Same old England...

  36. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dan Knight: After all these 'new dawns' in one-day cricket, something good might just finally come out of the huge talent pool.

    Chris Harvey: It's a shame England are batting second. On this form with a full compliment of overs we'd surely smash our highest innings.

  37. Eng 326-3 (Root 97 off 87 balls)

    Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out For A Hero' is belted out by the huge speakers dotted around Trent Bridge when Joe Root nudges four more down to long leg. England have a hero. To give him his full name, it's Joseph Edward Root. He scores runs against international bowlers with assuring regularity now. The game is too easy for him - emphasised by a gorgeous cover drive for four.

    Can I be Joseph Edward Root when I grow up, please?

  38. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks as though England are going to win this match by four or five overs, having dropped five catches. That's a fairly emphatic margin, and they've never looked hurried chasing a fairly big target. It's not been easy for any bowler in this series, let alone young Ben Wheeler in his first series, bowling in the powerplay at the start with very little cover."

  39. Scorecard update

    England 315-3 (40 overs, target 350)

    Batsmen: Root 87*, Stokes 3*

    Fall of wickets: 100-1 (Hales 67), 111-2 (Roy 38), 309-3 (Morgan 113)

    Bowling: Wheeler 7-1-64-0, Southee 9-0-67-1, McClenaghan 8-0-64-0, Henry 10-0-77-2, Williamson 4-0-28-0, Santner 2-0-11-0.

    New Zealand: 349-7 (Williamson 90, Elliott 55*, Guptill 53, Stokes 2-73).

    Full scorecard

  40. Eng 315-3 (target 350)

    Ben Stokes is the new man to the crease. But how do you follow an innings like that? The Durham all-rounder knows how - by walloping a few boundaries. He's quiet to begin with, ducking beneath a bouncer and keeping the ball on the ground for the two he hits into the off side.

  41. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan has played absolutely magnificently - it doesn't always correlate that you have, even if you've made a century. He's looked a completely different player this series to how he was in the World Cup."

  42. WICKET

    Morgan c Henry b Southee 113 (Eng 309-3)

    All good things have to come to an end - Eoin Morgan hooking a short ball down the throat of long leg. Rather like the Aussies did to KP at the end of his knock at The Oval on the final day of the 2005 Ashes, Morgan is given a few pats on the back by the fielding side. Huge respect.

  43. Eng 309-2 (Root 85 off 80)

    England are making a chase of 350 appear ridiculously easy - Eoin Morgan hitting another four. Dreamy stuff. But will Joe Root be left with enough runs to get his ton? Yes, we're in that territory now. Even England can't lose this one now...

  44. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think there's a bit of experience missing from New Zealand's bowling, and they've dropped some catches as England did, but England have come out and thrashed it from the beginning."

  45. Eng 304-2 (need 46 from 72)

    As Eoin Morgan cuts a gentle single down to third man, it's almost like in a football match when the winning team just knocks the ball about between themselves towards the end of a pleasing and comfortable victory.

    Joe Root does likewise. They'll toy with New Zealand and then they'll end it. But when they want to end it. Not a second before.

    Saying that, Joe Root almost falls back onto his own stumps when given the hurry-up by Tim Southee. A Morgan single brings up the 300 - the fourth time they have done so in a row. The record is six, held by Australia.

  46. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a brave call for Andrew Strauss - the World Cup is the end of a cycle, and he surprised a lot of people by saying that Eoin Morgan would continue as one-day captain."

    Graeme Swann adds: "Strauss knows Morgan better than anyone, back to their Middlesex days - he knows what an unflappable character Morgan is."

  47. Drinks break

    Eng 295-2 (Morgan 106*, Root 78*)

    Time for drinks. Make it a stiff one for the beleaguered Black Caps.

  48. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "What a way to bring up your three figures! It's been caught this time by someone 20 rows back. What a stunning century."

  49. 100 for Morgan

    Captain Morgan, you little beauty. He brings up his eighth one-day international century in supreme fashion - by smiting a fast bowler over mid-wicket for a massive, massive six.

    New Zealand can hunt down the ball while the rest of the ground applauds this incredible, 73-ball knock.

    Eoin Morgan
  50. Eng 282-2 (Morgan 93 off 70)

    This is now the highest third-wicket partnership in ODIs at Trent Bridge. All in a day's work for these two.

    Eoin Morgan wants to get to the pub before last orders. He creams a mighty six over extra cover.

  51. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are in a little race to see who can get to their hundred first. That's what that little nod was for. That's what I'd be doing - but then again, that's probably why I used to bat at nine or 10."

  52. Eng 275-2 (need 75 off 84)

    England are in total control now. It's like they've got Neil Fairbrother at the wicket, nudging and nurdling them to victory. Except they're not chasing 240, it's 350.

    And it's Eoin Morgan leading the charge, the skipper breaking the shackles with a powerful punt down the ground for four. He then belts another ball down the ground, this time it goes for a towering six. Morgan just nods and laughs in the direction of his partner.

    "Did you like that, Joe?"

  53. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    George Bennett: I wonder how close Morgan is to making the England Test team? If Bell's poor form continues he could be in with a shout.

    Matt Trevithick: Who was the last English batsman to score four ODI 50s in a row? Got everything crossed for Morgan. Had a great series so far.

  54. Eng 262-2 (Morgan 75, Root 76)

    With a swish of Eoin Morgan's trusty bat - well, strictly speaking it's a leg bye - this partnership is now worth 150. From 133 balls. These England boys don't mess around these days. Three more chipped from the target, and it's all gone a little quiet. Momentarily, I'm sure.

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    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: The silence in the crowd is deafening. Are they getting blase about England's new-found ability to score big runs? Or are they freezing cold?

  56. Powerplay

    England take the powerplay - the time when only three fielders are allowed outside the circle - one over early.

  57. Eng 259-2 (target 350)

    "Ben, warm up." "It's OK, skip." "Come on Ben, you've got another six to bowl." "Do I have to?" "Yes."

    Maybe the conversation between Brendon McCullum and Ben Wheeler didn't pan out exactly like that, but after conceding 41 runs in his first four overs, the left-armer can't have relished another spell.

    The moment the returning bowler gets too full, Joe Root, with the flourish of his blade, drives four back down the ground. Easy-peasy, required run-rate-squeezy.

  58. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It would be interesting to see Joe Root's wagon wheel today, as he has hit nearly everything perfectly straight. What do you do if you're a bowler here?"

  59. Eng 253-2 (Root 69, Morgan 75)

    Come on Eoin, get on with it. Dot, dot, dot, one. Not good enough. That run-rate will be below 7.5 before we know it.

    Joking aside, good over from Matt Henry who has taken both wickets to fall and has kept a decent grip on the run-rate. By the standards of this innings at least.

  60. Text 81111

    Dave Simmons, Bristol: This has been the most exciting series of five-day and one-day cricket in my 40+ years of watching England. NZ have been brilliant as expected matched by a resurgent England. The Ashes may well be an anti-climax.

  61. Eng 252-2 (need 98 from 108)

    Mitchell McClenaghan is giving everything. He charges in, grunts as he delivers the ball and Eoin Morgan takes one step forward, shows him the full face of the bat and drives four back down the ground. It's no fun being a bowler. At least he doesn't have to field it himself like when you're on the park with just your mate for company.

    Another four through point continues the assault.

    Mitchell McClenaghan
  62. How's stat?!

    Malcolm Ashton

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is now the highest third-wicket ODI partnership by England on this ground against anyone, beating the 129 by Robin Smith and Neil Fairbrother against Pakistan in 1992."

  63. Eng 242-2 (required run-rate: 5.68)

    Right, New Zealand might as well call this one a day now. Eoin Morgan smashes one high into the Nottingham night sky and it lands between two fielders, one running past it and the other lying prostrate in frustration as the ball lands next to him. Matt Henry is round the wicket now, not that it makes a jot of difference.

  64. Email

    Julian, Surrey: It's good to see the real Morgan back. A lot can be said, rightly, about how poor the tactics and selections were at the World Cup, but let's also not forget Morgan had a shocking time with the bat. When your best one-day batsman, who is world class on his day, barely scores a run, then you're going to struggle.

  65. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "As a batting unit, England are unrecognisable from the World Cup. Morgan, Root and Buttler are all still there, but Hales has been superb today and these two are in great form."

  66. Scorecard update

    England 238-2 (30 overs, target 350)

    Batsmen: Root 63*, Morgan 66*

    Fall of wickets: 100-1 (Hales 67), 111-2 (Roy 38).

    Bowling: Wheeler 4-1-41-0, Southee 7-0-52-0, McClenaghan 7-0-54-0, Henry 6-0-50-2, Williamson 4-0-28-0, Santner 2-0-11-0.

    New Zealand: 349-7 (Williamson 90, Elliott 55*, Guptill 53, Stokes 2-73).

    Full scorecard

  67. Eng 238-2 (target 350)

    Eoin Morgan has a touch of the Rafa Nadals about him as he dances towards the ball and grunts before heaving it over the leg side for a one-bounce four. Bowling to the Irishman in this mood is about as much fun as a Bank Holiday trip to a furniture shop.

  68. Text 81111

    Al from Brum: New Zealand have forced England to bat like this in this series. We finally look to be catching up with the mentality of the top ODI sides. We'll need to send them a rather nice thank you card in 12 months I reckon.

  69. Eng 233-2 (target 350)

    Brendon McCullum - the man who never takes a backward step - has gone all Roy Hodgson now and reverted to 4-4-2. Or seven men inside the circle, in cricket parlance. He invites the England batsmen to take risks and Joe Root just carries on where he left off by carving four through the off side with surgical precision. Risk-free shots bringing rich reward.

  70. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "After all these games which have seen the teams scoring from 300 to 400, I think the bowlers are a little shell-shocked. Your mind can get shredded when the ball's flying everywhere, I remember that. The difference between now and the World Cup is that the white ball seemed to swing a lot more in New Zealand. Most of the bowlers are the same, apart from Boult, and the ball's the same, but it's not swinging."

  71. Eng 227-2 (Root 58, Morgan 60)

    Our football colleagues have just asked why England are suddenly good at one-day cricket. Is it as simple as deciding to hit the ball, they ask.

    I'm sure it's more than that, but this is an incredible turnaround in fortunes. Joe Root swivels to plunder another four off Mitchell McClenaghan, who is losing his boy band good looks with the grimace which accompanies every boundary he concedes.

  72. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This is not a contest between bat and ball. This is a contest between bat and bat - the bowlers are having no effect on either side, it's just a succession of half-volleys."

  73. Eng 222-2 (target 350)

    England will knock these off in 40. Two more straight drives bring four for Eoin Morgan.

    It's just a shame the next World Cup is 1,444 days away.

  74. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    MixItNFixItMan: Every fibre of me is on the edge of my seat. Sensational batting, positive, free, confident. No collapse please!

    Question Everything: Can Eng and NZ play each other every week forever. Some of best ODI games I've ever seen.

  75. 50 for Eoin Morgan (off 38 balls)

    Eng 213-2

    A fourth half-century in a row, and the 26th of his career, for captain Eoin Morgan as he dismissively pulls Tim Southee through the leg side for four. The same Tim Southee who decimated England with 7-33 in the Cricket World Cup.

  76. Eng 208-2 (Root 52, Morgan 48)

    Thanks Mark.

    How is everyone? England will have this wrapped up before the watershed at this rate. Eoin Morgan clatters Kane Williamson for a couple of boundaries through the off side. The left-hander is averaging almost 90 in this series. Back to his best? You better believe it.

  77. Root 50

    Eng 198-2

    Such is England's comfort against the spinners, Eoin Morgan has forsaken his helmet and donned a dark blue England cap (this being one-day cricket, it's of the modern baseball variety rather than the traditional baggy cricket cap). Joe Root, though still helmeted, is equally comfortable as he reaches his 10th ODI fifty from 45 balls.

    And with England sitting pretty, it's time to hand you over to Marc Higginson to see if they can break their own record for the highest England ODI run chase.

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michelle Garland: No it's not a dream. England are continuing to play offensive one-day cricket!

    Anthony Slack: Best cricket in years!

  79. Eng 190-2 (Root 48*, Morgan 38*)

    Spin will get New Zealand through the overs quicker, but it's caused England no dramas so far as the singles continue to flow, while Root gets down on one knee and fluently sweeps Williamson for four, he's within sight of another fifty. Morgan shows he's a dab hand with the sweep shot too, another boundary swept past the keeper means this stand is worth 83 from 11.1 overs.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Evan Samuel: Impressive so far, England. Very impressive.

    Paul Wilson: Don't think I've ever seen England bat like this in a series in 20 yrs of watching cricket. Even if they lose I'm proud.

  81. Eng 183-2 (target 350)

    We have spin from both ends as it's slow left-armer Mitchell Santner replacing Henry. Root and Morgan milk him for ones and twos - England need 167 more from 27 overs, or 162 balls if you prefer.

    Joe Root and Eoin Morgan run
  82. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Steven F Galloway: Can this series be an Ashes-like regular thing? What can we burn at the end to play for? Rhubarb? A Peter Moores spreadsheet?

  83. Drinks break

    Eng 176-2

    Williamson, with a rather dainty run-up, spins the ball down to Root who twice gets down on one knee to try the "frying-pan" scoop over his left shoulder. The first time he doesn't connect, the second time he hits it straight to short fine leg and there is no run. Just three singles from the over, and the players have earned some drinks, with England sitting pretty.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Thapa: If England bat anything like 50 overs here, they'll get these. Even if they don't, I'm back watching again and am proud again.

  85. Eng 172-2 (Root 35*, Morgan 30*)

    Root shows Henry the full face, guiding a four back past the bowler, while a wristy cut shot from the young Yorkshireman takes him to 34 - and that's 2,000 ODI runs for Root, in his 58th appearance. At the other end, it's more swashbuckling hitting from Morgan, skipping forward to wallop his second six over long-off. Two more singles mean it's 13 from the over. What can McCullum do here?

    England's Eoin Morgan
  86. Text 81111

    Derek: If ODIs continue in this vain it's the T20 format that will soon be the poor relation of the short form game.

  87. Scorecard update

    England 160-2 (20 overs, target 350)

    Batsmen: Root 29*, Morgan 23*

    Fall of wickets: 100-1 (Hales 67), 111-2 (Roy 38).

    Bowling: Wheeler 4-1-41-0, Southee 5-0-32-0, McClenaghan 5-0-44-0, Henry 5-0-37-2, Williamson 1-0-4-0.

    New Zealand: 349-7 (Williamson 90, Elliott 55*, Guptill 53, Stokes 2-73).

  88. Eng 160-2 (target 350)

    New Zealand turn to spin - but it's not the slow left-arm of front-line spinner Mitchell Santner, it's the part-time off-spin of Kane Williamson, who lit up Trent Bridge earlier with his 90 from 70 balls. Morgan and Root continue to compile ones and twos, but with the outfield still damp, Williamson has to borrow a flannel from umpire Davis to dry the ball between deliveries. And with 20 overs gone, even if it rains again... we have a game.

  89. Eng 156-2 (Root 27*, Morgan 21*)

    It's still Matt Henry bowling, no sign yet of any spin from the Kiwis. Steady progress from Root and Morgan, while Tim Southee gets some cheers from the Trent Bridge crowd as he lets the ball through his legs on the mid-wicket boundary - thankfully for him, there's not enough pace on it to go for four. A firm on-drive by Root keeps England in the hunt - their required rate is now 6.25.

    England's Joe Root
  90. Text 81111

    Olly: Would anyone be overly upset if we paid Australia's air fair home and had another few series against New Zealand?

  91. Eng 146-2 (target 350)

    McClenaghan's bowling today has often been as wild as his beard and floppy dark hair, this time the Kiwis manage to clamp down on the boundaries but Root and Morgan help themselves to five singles. Once more, the Kiwis benefit from some umpiring leniency as a bouncer well over head height is not deemed to be wide - I was under the impression that anything that high or down the leg side was a wide in limited-overs cricket. But clearly not this week?

  92. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was an effortless shot. It bounced near some stewards and I think maybe hit a lady on the leg. She's OK. Wonderful batting."

  93. Eng 141-2 (Root 15*, Morgan 18*)

    Cavalier from Morgan as he skips down the pitch and lifts Henry into the stand at long-off for six - there's then an appeal for a catch down the leg side, umpire Rob Bailey indicates it had flicked the batsman's pad. A single takes him to 18, and England are now ahead on Duckworth/Lewis again.

    England captain Eoin Morgan
  94. Text 81111

    Neil: The beauty of the new England style when it comes off is that this start has given England the chance to consolidate when a new partnership comes in, as oppose to Cook and Bell getting us to 100-0 after 25 overs, and piling the pressure on the middle order to come in and start throwing the bat from ball one.

  95. Root dropped on 9

    Eng 133-2

    There have been a few dropped catches today - now it's New Zealand's turn as Root edges McClenaghan and the ball flies to the right of Ross Taylor at slip, he gets his right hand to it but can't hold on and the ball disappears for four. A hard chance, but a chance. Three singles mean it's seven from the over.

  96. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Grant Dommen: Does anyone know how often 'Nelson' actually strikes? Is it more or less common than the Aussie '87'?

  97. Scorecard update

    England 126-2 (15 overs, target 350)

    Batsmen: Root 9*, Morgan 9*

    Fall of wickets: 100-1 (Hales 67), 111-2 (Roy 38).

    Bowling: Wheeler 4-1-41-0, Southee 5-0-32-0, McClenaghan 3-0-32-0, Henry 3-0-19-2.

    New Zealand: 349-7 (Williamson 90, Elliott 55*, Guptill 53, Stokes 2-73).

  98. Eng 126-2 (Root 9*, Morgan 9*)

    The ball brushed Root's right trouser pocket, a bit of a surprise that NZ were so keen to review that decision, but the batsman (rightly) survives.

    Earlier in the over, Martin Guptill had made a characteristically acrobatic stop at backward point to deny Root a single, while his captain Brendon McCullum dropped an uncharacteristic ricket at mid-off, failing to cut out an off-drive which disappears under his dive and away for four. Having shed the wicketkeeping gauntlets a few years ago, McCullum is so agile in the field that any blemish is a surprise.

    Brendon McCullum fields
  99. Umpire review

    Eng 126-2

    New Zealand appeal for a catch behind against Root, the umpire's not convinced and the Kiwis go for the review.

  100. Text 81111

    Peter: I know I'm not the first to say something similar, but the people who selected the World Cup squad must cringe a little More at every boundary England boundary. It defies belief they thought they were steering the team in the right direction.

  101. Eng 119-2 (target 350)

    Single from Root, then a lovely cover drive brings Morgan four. The knives may be out for him (and his ODI captaincy) among certain cricket media pundits post-World Cup, despite his having scored 50, 88 and 71 in three innings so far during this series, and that was as handsome an orthodox stroke as we've seen today. Having gone for 22 off his first over, McClenaghan now has 0-32 from three.

    England's Joe Root and Eoin Morgan and Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand
  102. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Reshad Sergeant: I'm starting to think that Jason Roy is not a lucky cricketer.

  103. Eng 113-2 (Henry 2-0-12-2)

    Captain Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, forcing his first ball away for two.

    And after losing those two wickets, would you believe this, England are suddenly behind on Duckworth/Lewis. Watch the skies - and hope the rain stays away now.

  104. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He hit that like a bullet, right out of the middle, but straight at Williamson. I can't believe he caught it, it was hit that hard."

  105. WICKET

    Roy c Williamson b Henry 38 (Eng 111-2)

    England lose their other opener as Roy continues his aggressive approach and pummels the ball straight to cover where Kane Williamson takes a sharp catch. The Surrey man departs for 38 from 35 balls - having come down the track to the preceding ball and smacking it, cross-batted, through mid-wicket for four. So, England off to a flier - but Nelson has struck and they now have two new batsmen in.

    New Zealand celebrate
  106. Eng 104-1 (Roy 34*, Root 0*)

    Mitchell McClenaghan, after that savaging from Hales, comes back at the other end in place of Southee, but again he's bowling far too short as Roy helps himself to another four through mid-wicket. When he tightens his length a little, Roy is reined in - he has 34 from 32 balls.

    England's Jason Roy
  107. Eng 100-1 (target 350)

    Joe Root is the new batsman, seeing off the rest of Henry's over.

  108. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a big wicket, one that New Zealand really needed. It was short, but not short. He went for the leg-side heave and it doesn't look a great shot."

    Alex Hales loses his wicket
  109. WICKET

    Hales b Henry 67 (Eng 100-1)

    But it's all over for Hales as he eyes up the leg-side boundary again and drags the ball onto his stumps. A standing ovation from his home crowd for his 67 from 38 balls, as a sparkling innings comes to a close, which has given England an excellent platform on which to build.


  110. Eng 100-0

    McClenaghan has been hit out of the attack with his first over going for 22, and New Zealand turn instead to tall right-arm paceman Matt Henry as they seek to put a lid on England's opening pair. Three singles bring up the century stand, with the second fifty coming off only 22 balls.

  111. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Kagann: This is beautiful from Hales. First time I've seen him look this impressive for England.

    England's Alex Hales
  112. Eng 97-0 (target 350)

    Jason Roy (yes, he is still batting, though he's been overshadowed) and Hales exchange singles, while Southee over-optimistically appeals for a catch behind as Roy chases a wide one... and umpire Davis, in his last match, responds by signalling a wide! Roy then comes down the track and lofts one over the covers, not even the leaping McCullum can claim that one and they run two. Roy survives an lbw shout before nicking the strike with a single. You are reading this correctly - England have scored 97 without loss from the 10-over powerplay.

    And as Bryan Waddle reveals on TMS, the D/L par score at this stage is... 50. Should England just get through to 20 overs in this form, they can pray for rain.

  113. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd be disappointed if Alex Hales couldn't hit long hops and half-trackers like that. It's terrible bowling."

  114. Hales 50

    Eng 91-0

    The bearded Mitchell McClenaghan, a small white towel tucked into the back of his trousers with which to dry the ball, takes up the attack but just like his fellow left-arm seamer Wheeler did, he bangs the ball in too short to Alex Hales who helps himself to a four with a delicate pull shot - while a miscued edge over the solitary slip disappears for four more, and that's his fifty from 32 balls. After guiding a two off his legs, the Notts right-hander launches an absolutely enormous six over square leg, clearly the biggest of the day. Last ball, short again, and hooked for six more!

    Hales's last 12 balls received: 6, 6, 2, 4, 4, 1, dot, 4, 4, 2, 6, 6. Awesome. He has 65 from 35 balls. How long will it take New Zealand to realise that he's not vulnerable to leg-side half-volleys?

    England's Alex Hales
  115. Email

    Will T: Please tell Vic Marks that the groundsman's 'rope trick' does actually work. It throws the water up into the air and it vaporises. My father, a former physics teacher once explained the mechanics of this to me. At great length (he's a Yorkshireman).

  116. Post update

    Good news - New Zealand are in a huddle, a few stern words from captain McCullum and we're ready to resume play.

  117. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon Goodall: Cricket grounds with roofs is the way forward. Air conditioned and rain preventing. Also sound proofed for concerts. Commission?

    peter: About time they brought the reserve day back, with play to be continued from where it stopped.

  118. Post update

    Needless to say, we won't be losing any overs just yet. We can lose up to half-an-hour before they start chipping overs off England's reply (which would then require a D/L target recalculation).

  119. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I really felt sorry for Rashid - what we don't pick up from the commentary box is the wind, the fact there was a left-hander in with licence to hit into the wind and he was bowling the 48th over. I wasn't upset with Rashid, I was upset with the captain."

    Eoin Morgan
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    Andy Donley: Hales needs to go big here, he's obviously in great nick, it's time for him to replicate his T20 performances.

  121. Post update

    They start taking the hover cover off... and then the rain gets worse and they have to put it back on. It's lashing down now. You've probably got time to make a cup of tea.

  122. It's raining

    Before we all reach for the Duckworth-Lewis sheets, it should be noted that in this form of cricket, England will need to face 20 overs for it to constitute a match. Once we've passed that landmark, D/L can come into play. But fair to say, England will be well ahead of "par" at this stage.

  123. Post update

    It looked as though Mitchell McClenaghan was getting ready to bowl that next over, but this time the weather is worse than during that last stoppage - this time the hover cover makes it all the way onto the pitch as the players troop back to the pavilion.

  124. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's hard for the bowlers when the ball's wet. England are right to get ahead of the rate because there is weather around. Keeping wickets in hand is useful too."

    New Zealand's Tim Southee
  125. Rain stops play

    Eng 69-0

    It's still a little damp out there as Roy flashes another four through third man before moving to 24 with a single. Hales may have recently missed some county action for Notts in order to carry the drinks in the IPL, but the good folk of Trent Bridge will forgive him that if he steers England to a famous victory here. Two more fours, crashed through the covers and clipped off his legs have the crowd on their feet again as he moves to 42 from 28 balls. A single off the last ball... and after some deliberation they're going off for rain again.

  126. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A big over like that helps with the rate. Alex Hales is a big man with long levers and this is the ground where he scored 99 in a Twenty20 match a few summers ago."

  127. Eng 55-0 (target 350)

    A tennis-style cross-batted smash brings Roy four through point, before another wristy flick to fine leg rotates the strike. Wheeler then drops too short, twice, and Hales feasts, hooking him for back-to-back sixes to bring up the fifty stand. And a two means it's 19 from the over.

    If England are in the mood for breaking records, they will have welcomed a start like this. I wonder if Brendon McCullum is thinking of a bowling change.

    England's Alex Hales
  128. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Fox: I can feel that the Duckworth/Lewis might win this match, again.

  129. Eng 36-0 (Roy 14*, Hales 18*)

    The fleet-footed Roy guides Southee for a well-run three, there's some more leniency from the umpires in the wide department but Hales is moving along nicely here, helping himself to a couple of twos - the latter of which may count as a chance if you're being very, very harsh as it was whacked very low, and very hard, just past Santner at short mid-wicket.

  130. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are round about where they need to be at this stage. If they can get to 60 after 10 overs that will settle the side and settle the nerves. It's a large chase, but it's possible."

  131. Eng 29-0 (target 350)

    Wheeler bangs in a bouncer to Hales, which earns him some booing from the Notts crowd, even more so when it's not signalled as an aerial wide, despite being well out of his reach, even if he had raised a perpendicular bat. But Hales has the last laugh as there's a comedy moment on the square leg boundary.

    Mitchell McClenaghan runs round from fine leg and can only parry the ball, Mitchell Santner from deep mid-wicket over-runs it, and in diving to prevent McClenaghan's parry trickling onto the rope, can only push it onto the rope himself. If you get me. The crowd enjoyed it, anyway.

  132. Text 81111

    Ade: Day from hell at work, eta of daughters sleep around 7.10pm, all I want is for this game to be still alive when I come back to turn the radio on later. If England are more than two down, I'm holding the live text 100% responsible, just so you know.

  133. Eng 24-0 (Roy 10*, Hales 12*)

    Umpire Davis is having to shoo some ground staff away from where they're working behind the bowler's arm to put the advertising hoardings back in place. But when play does resume, Hales helps himself to his second four of the afternoon through cover point.

    Alex Hales of England
  134. Resumption

    But just as the Trent Bridge hover-cover makes it as far as the bowler's run-up, there's a big cheer as the rain has stopped and the players are back on! We've probably lost a minute or two.

  135. Rain stops play

    Southee's second over lasts just one dot ball before the rain gets strong enough for the umpires to wave the players off. Well, we had been warned...

  136. Eng 20-0 (target 350)

    Too short from Wheeler, and Hales gives him the treatment, pulling him for four and cutting a well-run three which is chased down by the fleet-footed (if seven-toed) Martin Guptill. Roy opens his account with a four through the covers and then lashes a straight six over the bowler's head. 17 from a profitable over. But there's rain in the air...

    England's Jason Roy
  137. Eng 3-0 (Roy 0*, Hales 1*)

    Right-armer Tim Southee has two slips stationed for Hales, and England are up and running as the local boy (born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, but very much a Notts man since his debut in 2008) edges one down to deep square leg for a single. Roy is beaten outside off stump, it's a tentative start from the Durban-born Surrey opener, as he's beaten again through a large gap between bat and pad. Two leg byes, off the thigh pad, means Roy is still scoreless after 10 deliveries.

  138. Email

    Matt: Just had to rush the washing off the line in Carrington, North Nottingham!

  139. Eng 0-0 (target 350)

    A good start from Wheeler, who's not as fast as his fellow left-armer Trent Boult (who has already headed home injured - presumably by plane rather than by boat) but keeps it tight as Roy plays out a maiden.

  140. Post update

    Jason Roy taking strike for England, accompanied by Alex Hales who knows this ground as well as anyone. Can the Notts man make a difference today? Left-arm seamer Ben Wheeler is going to open proceedings for the Kiwis.

  141. Text 81111

    Eddie F: England's death bowling is about as poor as India's of late. At least the batsmen are now starting to behave like their subcontinent counterparts...

  142. Post update

    Umpires about to come out for England's run chase. 350 needed to set a new record and keep the series alive. And the rain's stayed away so far...

  143. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Lewis: England's highest successful ODI run chase is 306. Huge test of how much they've improved for them to win here.

  144. "Battleships" - coming soon on BBC Radio 4

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Apparently on one of England's long overseas boat trips, British Olympic runner Gordon Pirie was enlisted to help the players maintain fitness during the long days and weeks at sea. FS Trueman was not most amused when it was suggested he needed to work on his leg muscles...

  145. End of innings scorecard

    New Zealand 349-7 (50 overs) - won toss

    Batsmen: Elliott 55*, Wheeler 3*

    Fall of wickets: 88-1 (McCullum 35), 116-2 (Guptill 53), 217-3 (Taylor 42), 250-4 (Williamson 90), 271-5 (Ronchi 8), 342-6 (Santner 44), 344-7 (Southee 1).

    Bowling figures: Willey 10-0-89-2, Finn 10-1-51-1, Wood 10-0-49-1, Stokes 10-0-73-1, Rashid 8-0-75-1, Root 2-0-10-0.

    Full scorecard

  146. Kiwis call on Mathieson

    New Zealand have called up medium-pacer Andrew Mathieson as cover for their limited-overs squad, with Trent Boult and Corey Anderson both having flown home because of injury.

    Mathieson, 25, has been in the UK playing club cricket as Sidmouth's overseas player. He is uncapped in international cricket.

  147. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    After checking in with Kevin Howells for the county scores, Test Match Special will be looking ahead to forthcoming BBC Radio 4 programme "Battleships", which will remember the days when an England tour to South Africa or the Antipodes meant a lengthy sea voyage of several weeks rather than a 24-hour flight. We expect play to resume at around 18:15 BST.

  148. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand really got away from England in the last couple of overs. England will have wanted to chase 320 or 330, but will be disappointed that they went for 111 in the last 10."

    Eoin Morgan
  149. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Football Fragmento: Rashid's last over was a lot better than his penultimate. England have to chase 350 to win. Tough but doable.

    Rob Zabrocky: I'd rather chase the dragon than this total.

    Simon Walsh: As a leggie who regularly gets tonked myself, it's great to see Rashid come back with a wicket.

  150. Text 81111

    Nick, Surbiton: When Twenty20 was first introduced there was a fear it would erode standards and just be an all out slog. In fact it has only improved both batting and bowling quality to the extent we have seen in recent games.

  151. Post update

    So, a big chase for England - but not as big as they may have feared. While New Zealand's top five - Guptill, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor and Elliott - all got off to good starts, only Williamson's 90 got past 55.

  152. NZ 349-7

    Wheeler miscues a single to backward point, Elliott to face the last ball. He steps across his stumps, setting up to swing over mid-wicket, but misses and they can only scamper a leg bye. So after going for 28 in his penultimate over, Rashid has gone for four - plus a leg bye - off his last, and England will need a round seven-an-over 350 to win and keep the series alive.

  153. NZ 347-7

    The new man is Ben Wheeler but it's Elliott on strike as they crossed on the catch. He can only hit a single to long-on. Wheeler guides a two through the covers where it's picked up by the sweeper. Two balls left.

  154. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well done, Adil Rashid, well done, Eoin Morgan. Southee was hitting into the wind. It was a tough catch, but Hales managed to grab it just above the turf."

    Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid
  155. WICKET

    Southee c Hales b Rashid 1 (NZ 344-7)

    First ball, on leg stump, Southee swings and it hits his pad. Second ball, Southee swings but he's hitting into the wind and is pouched by Alex Hales on the mid-wicket boundary. What were we worried about?

  156. Post update

    It's going to be Rashid to bowl. To Southee. Tin hats on.

  157. NZ 343-6

    Tim Southee, another very capable slogger, is elevated in the order to number eight as Elliott hammers a single to long-on. Southee smacks one to mid-off for the single which will ensure he faces the last over. And Stokes finishes with 2-73 from 10.

    Any volunteers to bowl the last over? Will Joe Root get the nod ahead of the expensive Rashid?

  158. WICKET

    Santner c Billings b Stokes 44 (NZ 342-6)

    Santner's entertaining cameo ends after 44 runs from 19 balls as after smashing another four, he holes out at deep point as a relieved Stokes applauds the fielder.

  159. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Daniel Jenkins: Is a 500+ total possible? Oh yes. Will it make cricket more exciting? Doubtful. Will cricket still be a bat v ball contest? No.

  160. 6-6-0-6-4-6

    NZ 335-5 (Rashid 7-0-71-0)

    Rashid bowls one down the leg side and Santner smears it to fine leg for four - and then he goes for another big heave over mid-wicket, that's six more! Santner has leapt to 40 from 17 balls.

    That over went 6, 6, dot, 6, 4, 6. So 28 off Rashid's over - England's second most expensive over they've ever bowled in an ODI, only beaten by Steven Finn's 29 in Wellington in the recent World Cup.

    Adil Rashid and umpire Steve Davis
  161. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Somebody's alarm is going off in the commentary box. Santner has gone to 40 off 17 balls now. I don't think Adil Rashid will be bowling the final over of the innings now. I think it'll be Joe Root."

    New Zealand's Mitchell Santner
  162. NZ 325-5

    Santner swings and misses, but then connects cleanly with the fourth ball of the over and lashes it over mid-wicket, Sam Billings leaps into the air on the boundary but can't prevent six more.

  163. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Rashid is standing with his hands on his hips as if he doesn't know what to do. That second six went a country mile, it made a lovely noise off the bat. He has to hold his nerve."

  164. Two sixes, two balls

    NZ 319-5