Twitter Reaction: Jonny Bairstow slams quickfire ton as England secure a series win

The Brits have won yet another ODI series overseas.

Jonny Bairstow
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 10: England batsman Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century during the 5th ODI between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval on March 10, 2018 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow played an impressive and uncharacteristic inning of 104 from just 60 deliveries to ensure that the Englishmen continued their impressive run of form and clinched victory in yet another ODI series. This is also one of the rare feats for Kane Williamson and his band of merry men, especially given the fact that they are losing only their second ODI series at home from the 10 played in the country thus far.

Ross Taylor missed out on the fifth and final ODI at Christchurch following a bevy of injuries he had sustained in the previous encounter that saw him smash a mammoth century. His absence was felt by the Kiwis when they had yet another top-order collapse at the hands of Chris Woakes and company. While Martin Guptill provided the glue to the innings, the batsmen at the other end fell like nine pins before being reduced to 6/93 when Guptill’s uncharacteristic innings eventually came to a conclusion.

It came down to the left-handed batting pair of Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls that would eventually stitch a partnership that would help the hosts claw away from the predicament they had dug themselves into. Santner once again exhibited the form he had with the bat in previous matches as the Kiwis scampered to 223.

Nobody, least of all Tim Southee and Trent Boult would have anticipated the batting exuberance that Jonny Bairstow would unleash on them. Not known for his explosive batting nature, the 28-year old smashed the ball to all parts and brought up his century in just 60-odd deliveries – an interesting feat for a batsman who is generally associated with Test cricket. He was well supported on the other end by Alex Hales who also brought up his half-century.

The partnership eventually concluded when Bout dismissed Bairstow, but it seemed too late as the Brits ensured victory in the 32nd over.

Here are a few tweets from the match