New Zealand vs England: Bad light hampers England's bid for Christchurch win

04 April, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Root compiled a fine fifty as England's lead crossed the 300-mark

Jeet Raval (17), having gutted it out so admirably the previous evening to help see New Zealand to 42-0 overnight, flicked nothing more than a half-volley loosener straight to Stoneman at midwicket.

The tourists were denied what would have been a first win in 13 away Tests and a squared series when the Black Caps' tail wagged defiantly on Tuesday to forge a draw in Christchurch.

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.

De Grandhomme backed up his 72 in the first innings with 45 in the second, but it was the partnership between Sodhi and Wagner which told the main story of the match.

England Monday sensed a chance to end their woeful winless run in overseas Tests even though New Zealand will start the final day of the second Test with all 10 wickets still intact.

Christchruch: Two thumping victories over the Caribbean islanders and another innings triumph over England in Auckland were followed by a gutsy draw on Tuesday which secured them a first series win over the English in almost two decades. There were tough periods when they bowled bouncers but it was a pretty true wicket.

When the New Zealand innings began with a minimum of 137 overs to reach the target, the required run rate was 2.78 per over.

England made the flawless start to the final day when Stuart Broad claimed wickets with the first two deliveries but the tourists were unable to winkle out the final few batsmen as the fading light cast long shadows over Hagley Oval.

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"It was an unbelievable day of Test cricket", the Black Caps skipper said.

England, humiliated when dismissed for 58 in the first innings in Auckland, had been in the driving seat in Christchurch after scoring 307 in their first innings and 352-9 declared in the second after New Zealand's first knock of 278.

"I'm very proud of the lads and the way we went about it and continued to ask questions, " Root said.

Worse followed soon after when Ross Taylor, who has had an ordinary series, gently swept debutant left arm spinner Jack Leach to backward square leg for the Somerset bowler's first test wicket.

First let me thank the England team, hard fought series and it was so close through these matches, for it to come down to a day like this, was really special for the format.

Problems in getting a full day's play at a ground without floodlights might have been expected this far into the year, especially after the official end of New Zealand's summer came with the changing of the clocks at the weekend.

New Zealand lost four wickets in the first session but as opener Tom Latham and wicketkeeper BJ Watling, two noted battlers, dug in hopes lifted that they could engineer a revival.



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