New Zealand defeated England by 1 run in the second Test played in Wellington. England had got a target of 258 runs to win. But, the English team got all out for 256 runs. In this way, New Zealand made the series of 2 tests equal to 1-1. The English team led by Ben Stokes won the first Test at Mount Maunganui by 267 runs. Neil Wagner was the hero of New Zealand’s victory. He took 4 wickets in the second innings. Earlier, in 1993, West Indies defeated Australia by 1 run in Adelaide Test. After 30 years, New Zealand has done this charisma.
England has a target of 258 runs to win.
At one time England had lost 5 wickets for 80 runs. But Joe Root and captain Ben Stokes shared a 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket and brought England back into the match. After this, Ben Fox also played an important inning of 35 runs. But, England’s innings faltered as soon as Fox was out. The last pair of England could not score 7 runs. James Anderson definitely hit a boundary as soon as he came. But, the batter who got out last remained the same. Neil Wagner showed him the way to the pavilion.
Neil Wagner won
Chasing the target of 258 runs, the England team had scored 48 runs at the loss of 1 wicket till the end of the fourth day’s play. Today, on the 5th day, England needed 210 runs to win. But except for Joe Root (95), no batsman could play big innings. While Tim Southee took 3/45 for New Zealand, Neil Wagner took 4/62 to help his team win by just 1 run in a thrilling match.
Tim Southee and Kane Williamson broke records
Kane Williamson broke the record of former player Ross Taylor by scoring a century in the first innings of this match. Kane has now become the highest run scorer in Test cricket for New Zealand. At the same time, Tim Southee has become the highest wicket-taker for New Zealand with more than 700 wickets.
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