Cook and Root, square series for England

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Updated: February 20, 2013

England successfully chased down the 270 runs required at McLean Park to square the series against New Zealand in the second one-day international.

On a small playing surface the England attack led by James Anderson did a brilliant job to restrict the Black Caps to 269, a score that was probably 40 runs shy of a competitive total.

New Zealand’s innings was dominated by Ross Taylor’s 100, his seventh one day international century, and a brutal 74 from 36 deliveries by captain Brendon McCullum, the captain thrashing nine fours and four sixes in a 44-minute knock that included a 100-run partnership with Taylor, 77 of which came in 5.5 overs.

Anderson was in top form with the ball, leading the England attack with a superb 5/34.

In reply captain Alastair Cook scored a patient 79 with Joe Root 79 and Jonathon Trott 65 seeing England home.

England 270 for 2 (Root 79*, Cook 78, Trott 65*) beat New Zealand 269 (Taylor 100, McCullum 74, Anderson 5-34) by eight wickets