In the final day of the England New Zealand Test, the home team managed to escape a defeat locking the match for a draw. However, this result was enough to nick a historic win over England as the first International Test Series victory against the team at home since 1983-84. England scored 307 and 252 runs, while New Zealand chased to 278 and 256 runs.
In the final day play, New Zealand started with a weary morning session. The team lost Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson cheaply in consecutive deliveries off Stuart Broad in the first over of the day. After the strike, the team build up slowly but the wicket spree did not end. New Zealand lost four wickets before reaching the 100-run mark in the inning. The Test series ended with brilliant numbers from especially bowlers.
New Zealand had opener Tom Latham as the prime striker. He scored 83 runs playing until the 68th overs of the Test inning. There were impressive partnerships down the line that steadied the inning. Colin de Grandhomme scored 45 runs pulling up the score to a competitive 219. The inning had a strong contribution from Ish Sodhi, who remained unbeaten with the score of 56. The strike off these two players were crucial for the result. Additionally, Neil Wagner played for a rather important stretch of 7 runs off 103 balls. The inning ended with his wickets in 125 overs.
In England’s first inning, Jonny Bairstow scored 101 to bolster the score. Tim Southee and Trent Boult attacked the team bowling for 6 and 4 wickets respectively. New Zealand faced James Anderson and Stuart Board in the next inning. Colin de Grandhomme had a consistent form in both the innings. Tim Southee also scored a half century, while BJ Watling knocked 85 runs. In the second inning, England players were stronger on the top order. Tim Southee was awarded the Player of the Match, while Trent Boult won Player of the Series award for his consistent form in both the matches.
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