England thrashes Kiwis in Auckland ODI to win series

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 11:40 hrs

England has thrashed New Zealand by five wickets in the Auckland one-day on Saturday to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Steven Finn claimed 3-27 as the hosts were bundled out for 185 in 43.5 overs, despite Brendon McCullum's defiant 80 off 67 balls, BBC reports.

Alastair Cook made 46, Eoin Morgan a rapid 39 and Jonathan Trott 38 in England's largely untroubled chase.

Victory, completed with 12.3 overs to spare, secured a first ODI series triumph over the Kiwis for 19 years.

The result at Eden Park was rarely in doubt from the moment England, having won the toss, and reduced the Black Caps to 11-3, the paper said.

Steven Finn's opening spell of 2-6 off six overs was nigh on faultless - albeit on a pitch that suited his pace and bounce - and included the wickets of BJ Watling and Hamish Rutherford courtesy of outside edges, the paper added. (ANI)

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