England keep ticking along. Cook and Trott are picking off singles at will, quite content with just rolling the scoreboard over knowing that they have a power play and nine wickets up their sleeves.
Southee gets the breakthrough! In an almost surreal moment Southee bowls Cook a low full toss and he gently lifts it back into the bowlers hand. McCullum's bowling change has worked and the Black Caps need to keep the pressure on new batsmen Joe Root now.
Williamson is in to bowl his sixth consecutive over now. The English batsmen have struggled to get him away and he's been absolutely zipping through his overs.
Power play time, and boundary time. With New Zealand only allowed three fielders outside the inner circle for the next five overs, this could be the decisive period of the game. Trott begins by hitting Southee for four.
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Root dances down the wicket to slap Mills back over his head for four. Great shot.
Dropped! Root fires one up in the air and McCullum goes charging after it from behind the stumps. It looked like he lost the flight of the ball under the lights and it just evaded his gloves on the way back down. A missed chance which could prove costly.
So 69 needed from 60 balls with eight wickets in hand. It was a very effective powerplay from England which has put them in a great position to win this.
Joe Root's looking to put the hammer down now. He slogs a Southee delivery out past midwicket for four. It's nearly run-a-ball now.
Root goes again. This time off McCullum, this time for six. This is painful for the Black Caps, especially after he was dropped moments earlier.
50 from 48 now, Southee back into the attack.
Root smashes a cut-shot through the offside field to bring up his 50 off 37 balls. A great knock.
James Franklin back at the crease now with England needing a run-a-ball.
Jonathan Trott brings up his 50 now. He only scored one boundary off his 62 balls and has put on a masterclass in nudging singles.
Franklin has become McCullum's go-to-guy and desperately needs some wickets or magic from him it is now. Come on James!
Six off the over. Boult back into the attack now and he gets hit for four off his first ball.
Dropped again. And it's Taylor this time. Root pulls one straight to Taylor at square leg who puts him down. The ball was travelling at some speed, but was still a regulation catch. Catches win matches and unfortunately New Zealand have slippery hands tonight.
England are coasting now. Two dropped catches have hurt when New Zealand so desperately needed a wicket.
England require 28 runs to win from 30 balls now.
Expensive over from Franklin 14 runs coming from it. Three boundaries have surely killed this game off now.
14 needed from 23 for England, easy pickings.
Root has been outstanding tonight. He hits Southee back over his head for another boundary. Nine needed from 19 now.
Five from the over, 261/2.
Joe Root hits Mills for six off his first ball, it could end this over.
And that's it. Joe Root punches the ball through the covers for four. It's been a comprehensive run chase fom England and a well deserved win. They produced a good solid base to work from and ended up chasing down the Black Caps target with ease.
We now have the series decider on Saturday night in Auckland to look forward to.
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