New Zealand v England ODIs
Bairstow century seals ODI series
England batsman helps tourists claim fifth ODI, and series, with century-stand in Wellington
10 March 2018, 04:52 PM AEST
Jonny Bairstow's barnstorming form has continued with a series-winning century for England in their seven-wicket win over New Zealand in their fifth one-day international.
Bairstow and Alex Hales, a late replacement for the injured Jason Roy, set up the win on Saturday with an imperious 155-run opening stand in Christchurch.
The win secures a 3-2 win for England in the five-match series, and gives the visitors added momentum to take into the first Test against the Black Caps from March 22 in Auckland.
England always looked in control after skittling the Kiwis for 223 in 49.5 overs, and were untroubled in reaching 3-229 with more than 17 overs to spare.
Bairstow led the charge with his fourth ODI century, his 60-ball 104 including nine fours and six sixes, Bizarrely, he was out hit-wicket to Trent Boult in the 21st over.
Hales and Joe Root added another 37 runs, their partnership ending when Hales (61) smashed Mitch Santner to mid-wicket where Kane Williamson took a screamer of a catch.
England skipper Eoin Morgan (8) lasted only seven balls, before Ish Sodhi tempted him into a pull shot which a sprinting Colin de Grandhomme caught on the boundary to leave England 3-192 in the 27th over.
Root (23) and Ben Stokes (26) eased England home with 27 runs off the next 36 balls to complete the most comfortable of victories.
The Black Caps, who had levelled the series with a dramatic five-wicket win three days ago, were on the back foot on Saturday as soon as they lost the toss.
Ross Taylor, whose unbeaten 181 was pivotal in Wednesday's win, had earlier been ruled out with a quad injury and his calm head was sorely missed.
After Colin Munro's third-ball dismissal, only opener Martin Guptill (47) managed an innings of note as the hosts folded to 6-93 early in the 27th over.
It took an 84-run seventh-wicket stand between Santner and Henry Nicholls to add some respectability to the New Zealand tally.
Nicholls struck an intelligent 55 from 81 balls, while Santner top-scored with a crucial 67 off 71 before he was dismissed early in the second-last over.
Legspinner Adil Rashid (3-42) and Chris Woakes (3-32) spearheaded a disciplined all-round England bowling performance, Tom Curran (2-46), Moeen Ali and Mark Wood also contributing.