England 368 (48.1 overs): Stokes 182 (124), Malan 96 (95); Boult 5-51
New Zealand 187 (39 overs): Phillips 72 (76); Woakes 3-31, Livingstone 3-16
England won by 181 runs, lead series 2-1

Ben Stokes clobbered the highest score by an England batter in a one-day international in a 181-run trouncing of New Zealand at The Kia Oval.

Stokes’ brutal 182 beat the previous England best of 180, made by Jason Roy against Australia in Melbourne in 2018.

In only his third ODI since coming out of retirement to play in this year’s World Cup, Stokes hammered some wayward New Zealand bowling for nine sixes and 15 fours in his 124-ball stay.

Arriving at 13-2, Stokes added 199 for the third wicket with Dawid Malan, an England record partnership in an ODI against the Black Caps. Malan’s 96 did plenty to cement his place in the starting XI for the World Cup in India.

Despite losing their last six wickets for 32 runs, England piled up 368. Given the carnage caused by Stokes, Trent Boult’s figures of 5-51 were extraordinary.

Faced with pulling off the highest successful chase in an ODI in England, New Zealand were soon in disarray at 37-4, thanks chiefly to a three-wicket burst from Chris Woakes, who expertly used the movement on offer in an eight-over opening spell.

Glenn Phillips battled to 72 to prolong the match, but after he was lbw on review to Liam Livingstone, New Zealand were hustled out for 187.

England take a 2-1 lead in the series, which they can win with victory in the fourth and final match at Lord’s on Friday.

More to follow.

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