The score leaves New Zealand needing 5.72 runs an over to claim a whitewash in the series.

Cook, who never looked like he’d settled, was trapped plum in the second over by Mitchell McClenaghan. The England captain inexplicably reviewed the decision, which Hawk Eye revealed was hitting halfway up off stump.

Trott also went lbw to McClenaghan, before Bell ran out root. Opener Bell looked in good form and played well for 82 of 92 balls before chipping tamely to mid on at exactly the wrong time with a new batsman Eoin Morgan at the other end.

However Morgan, who was under some pressure coming into the match, batted soundly for 49 off 40, and while it sounds daft, made the right decision to call for the run which ended with him heading back to the pavillion.

With just two overs left in the game and the imperious Joss Buttler at the other end, Morgan called for a run, after he squirted a scuffed leg drive out to Martin Guptill at mid-wicket, the hero of the series so far gathered it and unleashed a perfect throw at the only wicket visible to him. Guptill’s direct hit left Morgan walking before the 3rd Umpire had even got his glasses on.

Joss Butler’s smashed a six and four fours off his first over and rattled the Black Caps attack: In his next over McClenaghan bowled a no ball, which he compounded by bowling the resulting free hit wide, twice.

Buttler ended up with 47 off 16 balls and would have got the fastest ever ODI half century if his final hit had been three feet longer.

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