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England vs New Zealand: 2nd Test Day 4: Kiwis beat England by 8 wickets

England go down to their first home series defeat since 2014, and New Zealand registers its First Test Series Victory on English soil in 22 years.

Match Summary:

England (1st innings) – 303/10 (101 overs)

New Zealand (1st innings) – 388/10 (119.1 overs), lead 85 runs

England (2nd innings) – 122/10 (41.1 overs)

New Zealand (2nd innings) – 41/2 (10.5 overs) Target- 38

Result: New Zealand won the Test Match by 8 wickets.


Session 1, Day 4:

England resumed their innings at 122 for 9 with Olly Stone and James Anderson at the crease. They had to put in a monumental to challenge the NZ bowlers on the 4th day. However, it took only one ball from Trent Boult to get the better of Olly Stone. It was a back of a length delivery that nipped away and took a feather edge from the bat of Stone to be pouched safely by Tom Blundell behind the stumps.

NZ now needed only 38 runs to complete a historic series win over England, their first since 1999.

Devon Conway and Tom Latham started off the NZ innings watchfully. They blocked out the first over from James Anderson. Stuart Broad at the other end came steaming in and picked up the first wicket in the form of Devon Conway. The ball was swinging in the shape of a banana and there was more space for drama in this Test Match as Will Young came in to bat at number 3.

Both Young and Latham batted very carefully and dealt only in singles and doubles. Once the pressure lowered, Latham played a brilliant shot off his legs towards the vacant mid-wicket region for a boundary. By this point, NZ’s belief about victory was stronger. On one occasion, Tom Latham risked taking a single when it was not available but survived due to an errand throw by Mark Wood. After it, both the batters played risk free cricket and kept moving the scoreboard gradually towards the target.

In the 10th over, Will Young played an authoritative cut shot through backward point for four. The sound that came off the bat was surreal and it almost sounded like a push notification for a series victory for NZ. However, Young failed to be the man to take NZ over the line as he chopped one on to the stumps 2 balls later and NZ were now 33 for 2, with 5 runs needed for victory.

Ross Taylor came in to bat at number 4. However, it was Tom Latham taking strike in the next over against Mark Wood. He smashed the 3rd and the 5th delivery of the 11th over to seal the match with 8 wickets in hand.

It was a phenomenal display of cricket by NZ over the last 4 days and they truly deserved to come out on top. This victory would only add to their confidence for the upcoming World Test Championship Final to be played against India.

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Devon Conway, 1.6 ov), 2-33 (Will Young, 9.6 ov)

Playing XIs

England - Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

New Zealand - Will Young, Tom Latham (c), Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Daryl Mitchell

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: England won toss and elected to bat first.

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Martin Saggers, Chris Broad

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