Sixth score over 50 straight Kane Williamson in ODIs lifted New Zealand to 273 for 6, but legspinner Graeme Cremer and offspinner John Nyumbu took 5 for 96 between them to prevent visitors to do more.
James Neesham some late hits, replacing an injured Ross Taylor in the XI, and Nathan McCullum, who raised 50 runs in 4.1 overs for unbroken seventh wicket stand, pushed the visitors score beyond 260, as New Zealand muscular 54 runs in the last five overs.
Williamson, however, was the fulcrum, shepherding the bulk of tickets from New Zealand as he pushed through important partnerships with Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott. Williamson had spoken in the draw for the difficulty of identifying a “good number”, and he says nothing was left to chance. Between 11th and 41st scales, the presence of Williamson was the only constant, even as the way he batted been changing throughout the episodes. cricinfo