Ish Sodhi Guides Hosts to Draw and Series Win: New Zealand v England

England bowled 101.4 overs as they attempted to secure their first Test win of the winter

Second Test, Christchurch (Hagley Oval), day five.

England 307 & 352-9 dec: Vince 76, Stoneman 60, De Grandhomme 4-94.

New Zealand 278 & 256-8: Latham 83, Sodhi 56 not out, Wood 2-45
Match drawn – NZ win series 1-0.


New Zealand held their nerve to secure a dramatic draw against England in the second Test and claim a 1-0 series victory in Christchurch.

Stuart Broad dismissed Jeet Raval (19) and Kane Williamson for a duck with the first two deliveries of the day.

England sensed an opportunity when Colin de Grandhomme (45) holed out with 27 overs remaining.

However Ish Sodhi’s unbeaten 56, along with Neil Wagner’s 103-ball stay, was enough to see the Black Caps home.

It means England end the winter without a win in Test cricket – they lost the Ashes 4-0, with a draw in Melbourne – and have not won away from home for 13 matches.

Despite the odd individual performance, it has been a poor winter for England, and questions still remain over their batting line-up and back-up bowlers to Broad and James Anderson.

New Zealand came close to defeat but Sodhi remained resilient, facing 168 balls in 197 minutes to keep England at bay, while Wagner offered solid support in the final hour.

The two held on to claim the first series victory at home over England since 1983-84 – before any of the current side were born – and ensure they end their season unbeaten in Tests.

NZ come close to throwing it away

England could not have asked for a better start to the morning as they searched for their first victory away from home since beating Bangladesh in 2016.

Jeet Raval, resuming on 19, clipped a half-volley from Broad straight to Mark Stoneman at mid-wicket, before Kane Williamson feathered an edge through to Jonny Bairstow to fall for a golden duck for the first time in 64 Tests.

Ross Taylor survived the hat-trick ball from Broad but he was ultimately the first of a series of poor dismissals, lap-sweeping left-armer Leach straight to Alastair Cook at slip for 13.

A loose drive to Anderson cost Henry Nicholls while BJ Watling was disbelieving when he guided a delivery from Mark Wood straight to the waiting leg slip.

The top order Tom Latham resisted the longest for 83, spending 283 minutes at the crease, but he top-edged a sweep to Leach and James Vince, running in from the deep, took a fine diving catch.

The evening session was a tussle, Leach and Root finding turn and bounce, De Grandhomme and Sodhi reigning themselves in for the majority of the afternoon and early evening, it felt as though things were drifting to a draw.

But De Grand homme was unable to resist a short ball from Wood, and he smashed his bat into the turf in dismay as Leach ran forward and took a fine catch to dismiss him and set up a tense evening at the Hagley Oval.

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