Kiwis 209 (Southee 73, Broad 4-61, Anderson 3-37) and 483 (Williamson 132, Blundell 90, Latham 81, Leach 5-157) beat England 435 for 8 dec (Brook 186, Root 153*, Henry 4-100) and 256 (Root 95, Wagner 4-62, Southee 3-45) by one run. New Zealand was successful with a Win by One Run against Bazball champions England after the latter enforced a follow-on.
New Zealand became only the fourth team in history to win a Test Match after following on, and the second to win by a one-run margin, as they took the game away from England on a dramatic final day in Wellington. Neil Wagner was the main bowler with a short-ball assault during the afternoon session.
Wagner finished with 4 for 62 as the home side battled back after a century stand between Joe Root and Ben Stokes to inflict England’s first defeat in seven Tests and ensure a drawn series.
Root Shows Some Resistance
Four wickets fell during a chaotic first hour on Tuesday but Root produced an assured response and the game appeared to be slipping away from New Zealand when Wagner was called back into the attack. He had immediate success in targeting the limping Stokes, who had been struggling with his long-standing knee issue, and when Root also miscued a pull in his next over, to depart for 95, the pendulum had swung again.
The bouncer ploy also saw off Stuart Broad, who ramped Matt Henry to deep third, but Ben Foakes played unflappably in the company of Jack Leach – who knows a bit about fourth-innings heroics with the bat – to whittle the requirement down to single figures. Foakes then fell hooking at Tim Southee and although James Anderson struck Wagner for four to take England to within two runs of victory, he was caught down the leg side to spark jubilant celebrations among the New Zealanders.
England, who declared their first innings eight down and then made New Zealand follow on 226 runs behind, were ultimately victims of their own positive intent, at no point looking to make the game safe despite sitting on a 1-0 lead. But New Zealand were deserving winners after dredging a response with the bat, led by Kane Williamson’s hundred in the third innings, and then finding a way to take ten wickets on a surface that had few fifth-day demons.
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