Monday, 23 July, 2018

Sodhi survives to guide Kiwis to historic win over England

The pick of the action from day four of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval Christchurch The pick of the action from day four of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval Christchurch
Delia Stanley | 05 April, 2018, 01:49

"You get used to long tours as a Test cricketer and you want to play in big series like this and the Ashes but it's not gone as well as we would've liked", he said.

"It was an wonderful day of Test cricket", he said.

England had New Zealand six for 182 when the second new ball was taken before tea, but the series-defining final session belonged to New Zealand.

On the plus side for England, Dawid Malan's graduation from promising to the real deal looks complete despite a quiet series in Auckland and Christchurch. "I'm very proud of the lads and the way we went about it and continued to ask questions, " Root said.

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.

However, it was Ish Sodhi, who batted for more than three hours for his unbeaten 56, along with Neil Wagner's 103-ball stay, to draw the match.

BJ Watling scored a battling 19 before getting across the crease to flick Mark Wood to Anderson at backward square before Leach got his second wicket when Latham top-edged a sweep.

Henry Nicholls also made 13 before he became paceman James Anderson's 531st Test victim, miscuing a drive that took an edge into the hands of Cook in the slip cordon.

Mark Stoneman put down a tough chance at silly point before Sodhi had scored, and the batsman took full advantage of that reprieve as he and Colin de Grandhomme ate up nearly 26 overs in a stand of 57.

"We'll take a lot of confidence from how it's worked this week I hope we can build on it and have a very successful summer".

Tailender Neil Wagner batted for almost two hours for his seven with Sodhi in tow. We let ourselves down in the first innings of the first Test, but apart from that we played some good cricket.

"For it to come down to a day like this, was really special for the format".

Only 23 further overs were possible before bad autumnal light brought first spin at both ends and then an early close in mid-evening at Hagley Park, with the Kiwis on 42 for none.

Southee was named Man of the Match for his 6-62 in England's first innings in Christchurch and clearly enjoyed the five days, despite the viral illness which limited his bowling in the second innings. It's come out nicely, good to get the whites on and see the ball move around a bit, good way to hose down the summer.

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