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NZ vs ENG 2nd Test: Records broken and interesting statistics

04 April, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Southee snapped two wickets in successive overs to leave England reeling at 94/5

New Zealand's Ish Sodhi, right, prepares to bat during play on the final day of the second cricket test against England at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Only at Rajkot when England declared late and gave themselves 49 overs to bowl India out and had them four down with 25 overs left did they have a sniff of victory, albeit a very unlikely one, but Zafar Ansari and Moeen Ali were no real help to Adil Rashid and Ravi Ashwin dug in with Virat Kohli to shepherd India to safety. New Zealand did it all themselves, from a position few would have given them a chance.

Having made his seventh half-century of the winter, Joe Root chased at a wide delivery from Neil Wagner and was caught behind for 54. Sodhi ended 56 not out from 168 balls, while Wagner contributed an incredibly resilient seven off 103, with Williamson saluting the pair for their efforts.

Ross Taylor blocked to prevent a hat-trick for the England seamer but soon became spinner Jack Leach's first test victim with a reverse sweep straight to Alastair Cook at short backward square, the former skipper departing for 13.

On a wearing fifth day wicket, that was never going to be an easy task and grew even more impossible when Stuart Broad took two early wickets, including the key dismissal of Kiwi captain Kane Williamson.

"The ball started turning out of the rough a little bit".

"There was a bit of luck".

Latham and wicketkeeper BJ Watling halted England's charge with a 44-run partnership before Watling was removed by Mark Wood for 19.

Sodhi, who feared he may have finished with a broken finger, said it was a hard period to bat through. His attempts to control the final day ended with the first-ball lifter from Broad, so all he could do was watch nervously through 100 overs. But Colin de Grandhomme followed his good job with the bat in the first innings and played patiently. "If it wasn't for them putting their hand up, weathering the storm bumps and bruises and all, this series result could have been so different". Just so satisfying to come away with the series win. But for it to come down to a day of cricket like today was pretty special.

"As a test team we are growing and improving but certainly there's still work to be done". There can be no sweeter feeling for a New Zealander than to be above the Australians in a sporting table.

"I was trying to figure out which balls to play and which balls to get under", Sodhi said.

However more of them wouldn't hurt as far as the test lovers see it.

"Is it because the selection panel now has too many county stalwarts, like Mick Newell, rewarding county pros who have "earned" their chance based on years of county graft whilst before Fletcher was more interested in whether he felt players had "it" - the indescribable quailities needed to make it at the highest level, spotted in the likes of Tresco". The team love playing Test cricket. It was highlighted to a lesser extent in this game because I think if catches had have been taken they would have taken 20 wickets.

With the next ball, Broad gave Williamson a sighter outside the off stump but the New Zealand skipper made a decision to have a crack and the ball was edged to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. For now they can bask in the glory of a significant series win, but they deserve not to be undersold.



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