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    Barnstorming Bairstow sets up England win

    A 155-run opening stand between Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales sets up England's comprehensive seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI.

    Jonny Bairstow's barnstorming form has continued with a series-winning century for England in their seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the fifth one-day cricket international.

    Bairstow and Alex Hales, a late replacement for the injured Jason Roy, set up the win with an imperious 155-run opening stand at Christchurch's Hagley Oval on Saturday.

    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 in Auckland from March 22.

    England had always looked in control after they skittled the Black Caps for 223 in 49.5 overs, and were untroubled in reaching 229-3 in just 32.4 overs.

    Bairstow led the charge with his fourth ODI century, his 60-ball 104 including nine fours and six sixes until he was out hit wicket to Trent Boult, two balls into the 21st over.

    Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson was left rueing his team's inconsistencies, particularly with the bat.

    "We lost the toss and they bowled very, very well," he said afterwards.

    "We had to make good decisions, but we lacked discipline with the bat.

    "There were too many soft dismissals throughout our innings which certainly stunted the momentum we hoped to get.

    "Credit to the way England bowled - they put us under pressure for long periods but at the same time, the wicket was a good surface and we did want a lot more from the bat."

    The Black Caps, who had levelled the series with a dramatic five-wicket win in Dunedin three days ago, were on the back foot as soon as they lost the toss on Saturday.

    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.

    Following Colin Munro's third-ball dismissal, only opener Martin Guptill (47) managed an innings of note as the hosts folded to 93-6 early in the 27th over.

    It took an 84-run seventh-wicket stand between Mitch Santner and Henry Nicholls to introduce a semblance of respectability to the New Zealand tally.

    Nicholls struck an intelligent 55 from 81 while Santner top-scored with a crucial 67 off 71 balls before he was dismissed early in the penultimate over.

    England skipper Eoin Morgan paid tribute to his hard-working opening bowlers, Mark Wood and player-of-the-series Chris Woakes, and twin spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

    "We really did create opportunities by building pressure, and our two spinners really did take advantage of a little bit of turn," he said.

    "Chris Woakes has been outstanding. He contributes a huge amount down the order for us, and leads our attack with the ball."

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