NZ 223 (49.4 Ovs)
ENG 225/4 (37.5 Ovs)
England won by 6 wkts
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Morgan: We certainly raised our level of intensity. Particularly in the first ten overs and the chances that we created, the run-outs and fielding, probably the difference today. I think it is a really good surface to field on, we just have to do the basics right. We dropped a few chances in the first game and wanted to set that right. The guys are very experienced and the intention is very clear with the bat which is to go out and score runs and not hold back. Ben is a big character. He lifts everyone in the side and it is great to see him back in form.
Southee: Never easy when you hand the opposition 4 run-outs. We tried to put pressure on England, but they were too good. As I said earlier, the run-outs didn’t help. England were excellent with the ball, the mindset was to create chances with the ball, but didn’t work for us. The surface was decent. Nothing changes in our preparation. Don’t want to catch up too much on the past. Not sure how bad it is (speaking of Ross Taylor’s injury) at the moment. We will assess it in the next two days.
Stokes, [2/42 with the ball and 63*] Man of the Match: We wanted to comeback strong. We let ourselves down in the field in the first game. We restricted them to a below par total on a good batting track. I have been training a lot and working on my strengths. You don’t want to be doing too much training before the game. We came here and showed how good a fielding side we are. I think the wickets are quite similar to what we get back in the county. We made good use of the conditions today.