In the first Test of the two-match series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday New Zealand beat England.
Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner along with all-rounder Mitchell Santner picked up eight wickets between them in the visitors’ second innings scripting a comfortable victory for the hosts.
Chasing New Zealand’s lead of 262 runs, England were pulled out for a paltry 197 in their second innings with none of the batsmen managing to stage a fight against a stern Kiwi bowling attack. The openers Rory Burns (31) and Dominic Sibley (12) adding 48 runs for the first wicket.
The duo was bundled back by Santner, who picked up a three-wicket haul to reduce the visitors to 55/3 in 27.4 overs. Captain Joe Root was then dismissed cheaply on 11 followed by Ben Stokes, who could only manage 28 off 84 balls.
Wagner, who finished with excellent figures of 5/44 in his 19.2 overs. While Santner has notched up his maiden Test hundred enroute to a brilliant knock of 126 runs in New Zeland’s first innings. He along with double centurion BJ Watling added a 261-run stand for the seventh wicket. Watling slammed a magnificent 205 becoming the first New Zealand wicket-keeper to notch up a double century in Tests.
Rescuing the post crucial partnerships with Colin de Grandhomme and Santner to take the hosts to a big total in reply to England’s first-innings total of 353 runs Watling turned out to be the hero for New Zealand
Chasing a hefty target of 262 in their final innings, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually fall short and suffer an innings defeat.
The duo’s efforts Earlier, Burns (52) and Stokes (91) were outshone by Watling and Santner who slammed crucial half-centuries to help England post a formidable total of 353 runs in the first innings
The Test series will not affect England’s standings in the competition but the visitors will be eager to make a comeback and salvage a win in the final encounter to end the tour on a high.