New Zealand vs England Series – 2nd Test: Day 5 Summary and Analysis
|2nd Test Match – Day 5: New Zealand Vs England|
|Date: 3rd April, 2018|
|Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Marais Erasmus
Toss won by: New Zealand elected to field first
|England’s 1st Innings: 307 all out (96.5 Overs, RR: 3.17, 412 minutes)|
|England’s 2nd Innings: 352/9d (106.4 Overs, RR: 3.3, 452 minutes)|
|New Zealand’s 1st Innings: 278 all out (93.3 Overs, RR: 2.97, 421 minutes)|
|New Zealand’s 2nd Innings: 256/8 (124.4 Overs, RR: 2.05, 481 minutes)|
|Performers (Day 5):|
|Batting: Tom Latham 83* off 207 balls, Ish Sodhi 56 off 168 balls, Colin de Grandhomme 45 off 97 balls.|
|Bowling: MJ Leach 2/61 in 32 overs, Mark Wood 2/45 in 22 overs, Stuart Broad 2/72 in 24 overs.|
|Result: Match Drawn
Man of the Match: Tim Southee
Man of the Series: Trent Boult
|Highlights & Analysis|
1. New Zealand started day 5 with 10 wickets in hand and England looked to take all of them on Day 5; a feat which seemed very unlikely as the day folded today.
2. Tom Latham stood firm today as he lost his partners one by one from the other end but not after they had shared significant partnerships to defy England from timely wickets.
3. After Tom Latham got out New Zealand were 162/6 with England only 4 wickets away from the win.
4. BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme showed some class as they resisted the English bowling attack. But after the pair got out England now had the Kiwi tail on their hands and they were pretty sure that they can wrap up New Zealand’s innings.
5. However, England were in for a surprise as Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner played a life time innings to defy England. The pair batted for more than 31 overs together to force a draw and win the series for their country.
6. Ish Sodhi reached his half century and remained unbeaten throughout the innings. England got Wagner but it was too late as umpires called off the day and the match ended in a draw.
7. So, New Zealand won this series by 1-0. Tim Southee was declared the Man of the Match for his exceptional performance whereas Trent Boult was named Man of the Series for his destructive bowling throughout the series.
8. After this series the Kiwis will be pretty satisfied as they have found potential all-rounders in the lower middle order that can be a vital difference in the future as they were today against England.
JE Root (c)
KS Williamson (c)
C de Grandhomme
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