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New Zealand vs England, 1st Test Match Summary

NZ vs ENG, 2018 - Test Summary

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Match Ended   
58&320 (126.1)
New Zealand beat England by an innings and 49 runs
  • Player of the Match
    Trent Boult
ENG 58/10
Bat Top Batsmen
Craig Overton
Craig Overton
33 (25)
  • 5x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 132SR
Mark Stoneman
Mark Stoneman
11 (20)
  • 2x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 55SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
10.4
OVERS
32/6
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.5
10
OVERS
25/4
R/W
NZ 427/8
Bat Top Batsmen
145 (268)
  • 18x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 54.10SR
102 (220)
  • 11x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 46.36SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.29
34
OVERS
78/3
R/W
29
OVERS
87/3
R/W
ENG 320/10
Bat Top Batsmen
66 (188)
  • 6x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 35.10SR
Mark Stoneman
Mark Stoneman
55 (91)
  • 6x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 60.43SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.41
16.1
OVERS
39/3
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.48
27
OVERS
67/3
R/W
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Yet another pink-ball Test match has yielded result. The cricketing world is yet to see a drawn day-night Test. England were thoroughly outplayed in this one by the Kiwis. But they need not be dejected. They have another chance to make a comeback in the series. The second Test begins on 30th March, 2018 at 1100 local (2200 GMT, the previous day). See ya then! Ta-ta! Take care, aficionados!
Kane Williamson, the victorious Kiwi skipper, is happy with the win and credits the first innings efforts with the ball for the same. Adds that they did well to face the opposition bowling which is full of quality. States that they always look to execute their plans and feel good that they came off in this game. Feels proud about the partnerships in this innings. Mentions about England's bowling being good which reflects in the slow pace of their stands. Opines that their plan in the game was to always focus on the present and not to look far too ahead. About Todd Astle, he says that the bowling was good from him. Adds that he had to bide his time and came good when he was summoned. Agrees that it is tough to snatch the ball away from an energetic cricketer like Neil Wagner. Ends looking forward to keeping up this good work in the following Test.
Joe Root, the English skipper, says that this was a bad game for them. Admits to it being difficult to get back in the game after a poor start like they had. States that they couldn't generate much swing with the ball. Says that the fight that they showed today was something he wishes to see more. Reckons that his finger is good and he should be fit for the next Test. Ends saying that he needs to improve on his own game going forward.
Trent Boult is the Man of the Match for his 9-99 in this game. He reckons that the way they achieved the win was terrific. States the importance of picking up 20 wickets in a Test match. Opines that today they needed some hard work to skittle out the opposition. Mentions about the night session being the best one for the bowlers in the day-night Tests.
For the home side, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Todd Astle picked up 3 wickets each, with Tim Southee picking one. The way Wagner was charging in on this final day would have made any pacer proud. The venom in his spell just HAD TO translate into wickets and rightly so, he was the one with the decisive wickets of Stokes and Woakes in this innings. Presentation follows in a bit...
The final day began with an early wicket (Dawid Malan). But then, Ben Stokes spent some time in the middle along with Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. The English keeper couldn't make use of a couple of lives to string a big one. Stokes then stuck in their with Chris Woakes for 83 runs. Although both of them got past their half centuries, it wasn't enough to avert an innings defeat.
With a mountain of runs in front, the English batters, basically had to see off some four and a half sessions to salvage a draw. Often, the game tests you psychologically. Although Alastair Cook departed soon, Mark Stoneman and Joe Root kept them in the game with an 88-run stand. But then both of them departed. The skipper fell on what turned out to be the last delivery of the penultimate day to swing the balance decisively in the hosts' favour.
About Test matches, it is often said that if you bat once and bat big, often you are in a safe position. New Zealand did just that. First Kane Williamson and then Henry Nicholls struck magnificent tons to deflate the English bowlers. Although they didn't have any triple-figure stand, the contributions of the duo apart from some more useful ones helped them post a big score. For the tourists, James Anderson and Stuart Broad picked up three apiece but couldn't do much to prevent a 369-run lead.
The seeds of this terrific win was sown on the first day when Trent Boult and Tim Southee combined to bowl England out for 58. The left-arm pacer's six-fer absolutely destroyed the visitors. In helpful conditions after winning the toss, the Kiwis didn't have to look for any other option than the two seamers. The final wicket stand of 31 runs for England helped them at least cross the 50-run mark.
Neil Wagner is caught up on the sidelines by Simon Doull. He states that his side stuck it out to end up victorious in this game. He reckons that the practice sessions helped them and hence the result isn't a surprise. Iterates that the pink ball shaped up well and the track also assisted it. Says that they will savor this win and celebrate in the dressing room.
Clinical! That's one word to describe the Kiwis' performance. They had to pick 7 wickets coming into the last day and although nobody would have had a doubt, they set about with their task in right earnest. Yes, there was a phase when wickets weren't coming. But that's when their resolve was steely and it showed in the end result.
126.1
W
Todd Astle To James Anderson OUT!
OUT! It's all over! Astle floats it full outside off. Anderson, for some reason best known to him, goes after it. Looks to hit it over mid off but ends up doing so straight to Trent Boult there. And yes, this time, he doesn't drop it. NEW ZEALAND END UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RESULT BY AN INNINGS AND 49 RUNS!
Over 126 : 320/9
1 Runs
    J. Anderson
    1 (4)
    S. Broad
    1 (19)
    N. Wagner
    32-11-77-3
    125.6
    1
    Neil Wagner To James Anderson
    Anderson gets it off the inner half past short leg for a single to retain strike.
    125.5
    0
    Neil Wagner To James Anderson
    On a length outside off, Anderson pushes it towards point.
    125.4
    0
    Neil Wagner To James Anderson
    This ball is defended from within the crease.
    125.3
    0
    Neil Wagner To James Anderson
    On a length down the leg side, Anderson wants to flick it away but is unable to do so.
    James Anderson is the final man for England.
    125.2
    W
    Neil Wagner To Chris Woakes OUT!
    OUT! That's it probably! Neil Wagner's short-ball tactics do it for the Kiwis yet again. Bangs it short in line of the stumps, it comes at him quickly. Woakes hops to keep it out but is unable to do anything apart from getting it off the splice. It lobs up in the air and Nicholls does the rest at short leg. Wagner runs screaming in celebration. We know how he must be feeling after bowling long spells and giving it all. Just reward for all his efforts. Woakes departs after a valiant innings filled with quality. Only a wicket more needed for a Kiwi 1-0 lead.
    125.1
    0
    Neil Wagner To Chris Woakes
    Banged short on the stumps, Woakes gets out of the way.
    Over 125 : 319/8
    1 Runs
      S. Broad
      1 (19)
      C. Woakes
      52 (116)
      T. Astle
      16-5-39-2
      124.6
      0
      Todd Astle To Stuart Broad
      Another wrong 'un around middle and leg, Stuart lunges forward but misses his defense. Passes the outside edge by not much.
      124.5
      0
      Todd Astle To Stuart Broad
      Quicker wrong 'un around leg, Broad gets pinged on the front pad. An appeal follows, turned down. Perhaps pitching outside leg.
      124.4
      0
      Todd Astle To Stuart Broad
      Loopy ball outside off, Broad gets forward to block. But the ball doesn't spin in as much and he gets beaten on the outside edge.
      124.3
      1
      Todd Astle To Chris Woakes
      Flighted delivery on a fuller length, Woakes pushes it towards mid on and runs in quickly for one.
      124.2
      0
      Todd Astle To Chris Woakes
      Flatter outside off, CW leaves it alone.
      124.1
      0
      Todd Astle To Chris Woakes
      Floats it around middle and leg, defended with a slight lunge.
      Over 124 : 318/8
      1 Runs
        S. Broad
        1 (16)
        C. Woakes
        51 (113)
        N. Wagner
        31-11-76-2
        123.6
        0
        Neil Wagner To Stuart Broad
        Hurled down the leg side, Stuart moves in and points his bat skywards.
        123.5
        0
        Neil Wagner To Stuart Broad
        On a length from round the wicket, Broad keeps it out towards backward point from the crease.
        123.4
        1
        Neil Wagner To Chris Woakes
        Short length ball, Woakes pulls it through backward square leg for one. Broad wanted a second but is sent back.
        123.3
        0
        Neil Wagner To Chris Woakes
        This is well outside off, left alone by Chris.
        123.2
        0
        Neil Wagner To Chris Woakes
        Banged short on the stumps, Woakes crouches low to let it pass.
        Match Info
        • Venue Eden Park, Auckland
        • Weather Clear
        • Toss New Zealandwon the toss and elected to field
        • Result New Zealand beat England by an innings and 49 runs
        • Player of the Match Trent Boult
        • Umpire Paul Reiffel (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
        • Referee Sir Richie Richardson (WI)
        Match Notes
        • Stumps: New Zealand 175/3 in 69.0 overs
        • 4th wkt Partnership 51 off 127 balls between K Williamson (23) and H Nicholls (23)
        • New Zealand 150/3 in 57.0 overs
        • Referral 2 (49.6 ovs):ENG against K Williamson (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 2, ENG: 0)
        • Drinks: New Zealand 128/3 in 49.0 overs
        • Change of ball: New Zealand 123/2 in 47.0 overs
        • New Zealand 100/2 in 41.3 overs
        • Dinner: New Zealand 88/1 in 37.0 overs
        • K Williamson 27th Test fifty 50 runs in 78 balls (8x4) (1x6)
        • 2nd wkt Partnership 50 off 130 balls between T Latham (17) and K Williamson (33)
        • New Zealand 50/1 in 24.2 overs
        • Referral 1 (19.4 ovs):ENG against T Latham (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 2, ENG: 1)
        • Drinks: New Zealand 27/1 in 19.0 overs
        • J Raval dropped on 2 by D Malan in 3.4 overs
        • Tea: England 58/10 in 20.4 overs
        • Innings Break: England 58/10 in 20.4 overs
        • England 51/9 in 18.3 overs
        • Drinks: England 23/7 in 13.0 overs
        • T Boult 6th Test 5-wicket haul: 5/9 (7.0)
        • Stumps: New Zealand 229/4 in 92.1 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: New Zealand 229/4 in 92.1 overs
        • Dinner: New Zealand 229/4 in 92.1 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: New Zealand 229/4 in 92.1 overs
        • Referral 3 (84.0 ovs): K Williamson against England (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 1, ENG: 0)
        • New Zealand 200/3 in 82.1 overs
        • Tea: New Zealand 197/3 in 79.0 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: New Zealand 197/3 in 79.0 overs
        • K Williamson 18th Test hundred: 100 runs in 196 balls (11x4) (1x6)
        • Stumps: New Zealand 233/4 in 95.0 overs
        • Dinner: New Zealand 233/4 in 95.0 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: New Zealand 233/4 in 95.0 overs
        • Tea: New Zealand 233/4 in 95.0 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: New Zealand 233/4 in 95.0 overs
        • H Nicholls 6th Test fifty: 51 runs in 149 balls (3x4) (0x6)
        • Stumps: England 132/3 in 46.5 overs
        • Drinks: England 94/2 in 29.4 overs
        • M Stoneman 4th Test fifty: 55 runs in 90 balls (6x4) (1x6)
        • 2nd wkt Partnership: 50 off 89 balls between M Stoneman (26) and J Root (20)
        • Dinner: England 38/1 in 12.0 overs
        • Innings Break: New Zealand 427/8 dec in 141.0 overs
        • 8th wkt Partnership: 52 off 65 balls between H Nicholls (32) and T Southee (20)
        • New Zealand 403/7 in 137.1 overs
        • New Zealand 352/7 in 128.5 overs
        • Tea: New Zealand 347/7 in 128.0 overs
        • H Nicholls 2nd Test hundred: 100 runs in 228 balls (11x4) (0x6)
        • New Zealand 303/5 in 114.3 overs
        • Drinks: New Zealand 292/5 in 113.0 overs
        • 5th wkt Partnership: 53 off 130 balls between H Nicholls (18) and BJ Watling (31)
        • New Zealand 251/4 in 102.0 overs
        • Referral 3 (118.5 ovs): C Overton against New Zealand (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 1, ENG: 2) (Retained)
        • Dinner: England 300/7 in 113.3 overs
        • England 300/6 in 113.2 overs
        • Referral 2 (106.6 ovs): New Zealand against C Woakes (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 1, ENG: 2)
        • Drinks: England 253/6 in 97.0 overs
        • B Stokes 13th Test fifty: 50 runs in 128 balls (4x4) (0x6)
        • England 250/6 in 93.5 overs
        • Tea: England 217/6 in 82.4 overs
        • England 217/6: M Ali lbw b Trent Boult 28(43)
        • Referral 1 (82.4 ovs): New Zealand against M Ali (LBW) Successful (NZ: 2, ENG: 2)
        • New ball taken: England 204/5 in 80.1 overs
        • J Bairstow dropped on 21 by T Boult in 70.2 overs
        • Drinks: England 166/4 in 66.0 overs
        • England 152/4 in 55.3 overs
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