DUNEDIN, March 7: Injury-hit Ross Taylor played through the pain to score a remarkable unbeaten 181 and seal a series-levelling win for New Zealand in the fourth One-day International against England today.
Taylor limped through much of his innings in Dunedin after aggravating a thigh injury, but batted on to compile a career-best innings and make it 2-2 in the series with one to play.
New Zealand ended on 339 for five in reply to England�s 335 for nine, winning by five wickets and taking the five-match series to a crunch decider in Christchurch on Saturday.
Taylor scored 17 fours and six sixes as New Zealand reached the target with three balls to spare, wincing with pain after every shot in the latter half of his innings.
�It�s still sinking in,� he said after tearfully leaving the field to a standing ovation, revealing team medics gave him the option of retiring hurt due to the pain.
�I was glad I made the decision to stay out there and swing.�
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson rated Taylor�s innings as �one of the great one-day knocks� and said he hoped the batsman would be fit for the decider.
�Ross�s knock was just sensational, he�s kind of been batting like that all year,� he said.
�Hopefully his injuries are minor and we can see him in the next game.�
England: J Roy c Santner b Sodhi 42, J Bairstow c Southee b Munro 138, J Root c Latham b Southee 102, J Buttler c and b Sodhi 0, E Morgan c Munro b Boult 5, B Stokes c Nicholls b Sodhi 1, M Ali c Southee b Sodhi 3, C Woakes c Boult b Munro 3, A Rashid b Boult 11, T Curran not out 22, M Wood not out 3. Extras: (lb1, w4) 5. Total: (For 9 wickets in 50 overs) 335. Fall of wickets: 1-77, 2-267, 3-267, 4-274, 5-276, 6-280, 7-288, 8-305, 9-313. Bowling: Southee 10-0-87-1, Boult 10-0-56-2, de Grandhomme 2-0-23-0, Santner 10-0-57-0, Sodhi 10-1-58-4, Munro 8-0-53-2.
New Zealand: M Guptill c Stokes b Woakes 0, C Munro lbw b Wood 0, K Williamson c Buttler b Stokes 45, R Taylor not out 181, T Latham c Ali b Curran 71, C de Grandhomme c Woakes b Curran 23, H Nicholls not out 13. Extras: (lb4, w2) 6. Total: (For 5 wickets in 49.3 overs) 339. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-86, 4-273, 5-303. Bowling: Woakes 8-2-42-1 , Wood 8-0-65-1, Rashid 10-0-74-0, Curran 8.3-0-57-2, Stokes 7-0-45-1, Ali 8-0-52-0. � AFP