Martin Guptill fired an unbeaten hundred as New Zealand claimed victory by five-wickets in the first one-day international against England at Lord’s.
The opening batsmen scored 103 not out, as Ross Taylor also contributed with a brilliant 54 in a match-winning partnership of 119 for the third wicket after the Kiwis were 1-2 in the first over.
Earlier in the day, England put 227-9 on the board from their 50 overs, Jonathan Trott was the only notable run scorer with 37 and Tim Southee finished with figures of 3-37.
In their new red kit the England team was rather off-colour as the entire top-order batsman came and went very cheaply.
After being put into bat first under cloud cover on a good pitch, both openers’ dismissals came in successive overs edging behind to debutant wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi off Southee.
Joe Root joined Trott in the middle as early as the 13th over, the pair put on 67 before Niall McCullum had Root (30) bowled off an attempted reverse sweep and Trott fell soon after.
Eoin Morgan’s wicket left the hosts in trouble on 126-5, before a late partnership from Chris Woakes and Tim Bresnan helped England get to a fighting score. Woakes struck two boundaries on his way to 36 and then hit out to Guptill to cover sweeper off Kyle Mills.
Southee claimed his third wicket cleaning bowling Bresnan for 25 with the score 216-8, two fours in the final over from Graeme Swann and James Anderson gave the hosts some respectability.
A good day in the field for Brendon McCullum was justified by the healthy bowling figures of his brother Niall McCullum and Southee only James Franklin proved to be expensive (0-29 from 4 overs).
In reply, the Black Caps were stuttering on 1-2 after only the opening over Anderson’s (3-31) two sharp in swingers removed Ronchi and Kane Williamson for nought.
It was Taylor and Guptill who came to the rescue for the away side, Taylor quickly reached double figures latching onto Jade Dernbach’s loose width deliveries.
The pair hammered Woakes to all areas of the park, as the young pacer conceded 45 runs in his six overs, although may have been different had Bresnan taken a catch from Guptill’s top edge instead he could only palm it over the rope for a six.
New Zealand’s third wicket of the innings fell on 121 after a 119 run stand, Anderson had Taylor caught behind by Jos Butler for 54.
Grant Elliot came out and hit 27 before Swann bowled him out and skipper Brendon McCullum came and went skying Dernach to Morgan for just five leaving New Zealand 185-5 giving England some hope of getting back into the game.
But Franklin fired an unbeaten 16 to help Guptill who struck four meaty blows off Woakes, Dernbach (0-55), Root and the best came off Swann as he drove him straight over the head of long-on.
Fittingly, Guptill hit the winning runs hammering Bresnan to the leg-side boundary to ensure that he would not be left stranded on 99 not out.
The win was a fantastic response from New Zealand after losing the Test series 2-0 and the teams will now go head-to-head in the Second ODI at Southampton on Sunday.