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Last Updated: Friday, 15 February 2008, 08:53 GMT
England seal morale-boosting win
Third ODI, Auckland: England 229-4 (44 overs) bt New Zealand 234-9 (50 overs) by six wickets (Duckworth-Lewis method)

By Jamie Lillywhite

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood settled England's nerves with some superb hitting

Captain Paul Collingwood led England to a six-wicket win to keep the one-day series against New Zealand alive.

Opting to field, England had the Kiwis 95-6 but Jacob Oram smashed 88 off 91 balls to help the home side to 234-9.

Chasing a revised 229 in 47 overs after rain, Ian Bell (73) and Kevin Pietersen (41) shared 107 but fell in three overs to an economical Daniel Vettori.

Collingwood hit three sixes in 70 from 50 balls to secure victory with three overs left, leaving the series at 2-1.

It was an important victory for England, who were comprehensively beaten after making low scores batting first in the opening matches of the five-game series.

With Dimitri Mascarenhas and Luke Wright recalled at the expense of Graeme Swann and Ravi Bopara, the tourists looked a different team during the day-night match in Auckland.

Anderson, who followed 0-35 from five overs in the first match with an even more calamitous 0-43 from four in the second game, struck in the second over and England were dominant.

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He surprised Brendon McCullum with a short one that nipped back at the right-hander and forced him to fend to second slip.

Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad also found the right areas consistently - and reaped the benefits.

The next wicket came when Jamie How drove Broad low to backward point.

Then Jesse Ryder, having flicked Anderson effortlessly many rows back for six at square-leg, miscued another attempt and was caught in the deep, while Scott Styris was smartly snaffled by Mascarenhas at short mid-wicket.

Although it might have been better for England had Peter Fulton remained at the crease, Collingwood ended his painfully slow innings by uprooting his off-stump with his sixth delivery.

After seeing the dangerous Oram get an inside edge past the stumps for four, the first boundary for 10 overs, Sidebottom then saw Asad Rauf turn down what looked like a cast-iron lbw appeal.

Jacob Oram
Oram survived a vehement early lbw appeal to hit his eighth ODI fifty

Oram himself was the victim of bad luck in a bizarre situation when he thumped a six over long-on, but umpire Rauf was still scribbling in his notebook and not at his mark so the delivery had to be bowled again.

For all the improvements in the seam department, England allowed run-out chances to go begging when shies from close to the stumps failed to hit the target.

And Mascarenhas, though sharp in the field, proved ineffective and expensive with the ball, and was hit for four sixes.

Oram found the perfect foil in Vettori, who played in calm fashion as the fifty stand came up in 51 balls, before picking out the solitary fielder at deep mid-wicket.

Broad returned to have Kyle Mills well caught at deep mid-wicket but was pulled away for successive sixes by Oram, who fell to a brilliant catch by Bell running backwards and diving full length in the penultimate over.

Initially chasing 235, England needed a sound start, and nearly got the complete opposite with the very first delivery when Phil Mustard got halfway down the pitch before being sent back, just managing to beat How's direct hit.

Mustard thumped two fours and top-edged a six before taking a badly judged run to Vettori's left hand and falling short as another throw rattled into the stumps, England's seventh run-out of the series.

Ian Bell
Bell played some stylish strokes in his fluent 73 from 89 balls

After a short rain delay, Alastair Cook got into difficulties and, attempting to force the pace, dragged in ungainly fashion to mid-on.

Bell pulled his opening delivery imperiously to the boundary and was in such commanding form that Pietersen had made only 13 when the partnership reached fifty.

But though never at his electrifying best, Pietersen battled through the briefly returning rain and struck three successive boundaries off Paul Hitchcock.

Rauf's unfortunate day continued when he gave Bell out despite an apparent inside edge into the pad when Vettori's arm ball pinned him, with England needing 91 from 101 balls.

In Vettori's next over, another arm ball accounted for Pietersen - though his anger when leaving the field was at himself rather than the umpire.

Collingwood was joined by Owais Shah and the pair played sensibly to keep the rate around a run a ball, recording a fifty stand in 51 balls.

The skipper calmly flicked two waist-high full tosses for six and ensured he was there at the end of an important run chase.

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