Kane Williamson century goes in vain; England take 2-1 lead

England secured a thrilling four-run win over New Zealand in the third ODI in Wellington despite an unbeaten century for Kane Williamson.

But captain Eoin Morgan (48 off 71) and Ben Stokes (39 off 73) shared a battling fourth-wicket stand of 71 to lift England to a competitive score, before Ali and Rashid bossed proceedings with the ball and Woakes held his nerve, meaning the tourists will wrap up the series with victory in Dunedin on Wednesday. England's Moeen Ali was declared man of the match for taking three wickets.

Chasing England's total of 234 on a slow wicket in Wellington, the Black Caps batting slowly but carefully to reach 1-80 - until everything fell apart in the 18th over.

He faced 143 deliveries and was in the middle for most of the New Zealand innings after the early dismissal of Martin Guptill for three.

Buttler got his 29 off just 23 balls and in comparison with the run rate over the day, it was a furious pace.

Williamson welcomed an 11th century and 5000 runs in the intermediate format of the global game en route to a commanding 112 not out from 143 deliveries, six fours and two sixes included, but it was not enough.

He also saw a chunk of his now unsponsored bat broken off by a ball from the strictly medium-paced Colin de Grandhomme, who returned old-fashioned miserly figures of one for 24 off his 10 overs.

But Ben Stokes took a fine diving catch at short cover to oust Munro (49) off Adil Rashid's bowling, sparking a collapse as Moeen struck in consecutive balls to send Mark Chapman (8) and Tom Latham (0) packing.

When the teams met in a T20 on the same ground last month, that was the case, the pitch containing more runs, and producing a far better contest, than looked likely. "The way we were going we thought if we played really well we might get 250, but I thought we were always in the game".

"It was a brilliant game of cricket, again". We felt in a bit of form [after the second ODI] but it Ben and myself a while to find the middle of the bat.

England have played four previous ODIs at the Westpac, but are yet to win one - bowled out for 89, 130, and 123 respectively, and then making 309 for 6, before being beaten by nine wickets by Sri Lanka.

Victory in the match that begins at 22:00 GMT on Tuesday would give England their fifth successive ODI series success as they build towards the 2019 World Cup on home soil.