England’s tour of New Zealand comprised two Tests. The first Test match ended in favour of the visitors as they won the game by a humongous margin of 267 runs at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The second Test between England and New Zealand took place at Basin Reserve, Wellington. Judging by England’s performance in the first innings, it gave us a hint that they were going to win the second Test to inflict a 2-0 whitewash on New Zealand.
Needless to say, the tables turned upside down as the cricket fraternity witnessed probably one of the biggest twists in the history of Test cricket. The New Zealand cricket team pulled off a heist as they beat England by 1 run in Wellington.
Neil Wagner stuns England by dismissing James Anderson
Batting first, the England cricket team were in a commanding position after posting 435/8 in the first innings. New Zealand were skittled out for 209 runs in the first innings and were enforced a follow-on.
New Zealand cricket team responded pretty well with 483 runs in the second innings (following on). The game was stretched to the final day as the fans witnessed one of the best matches in the history of the sport.
England were determined in the run-chase but at the same time, they were losing wickets at regular intervals. During the second ball of the 75th over, England required only two runs to win the thriller.
James Anderson and Jack Leach were at the crease at that time. New Zealand’s Neil Wagner deceived James Anderson by bowling a tricky delivery and to which Anderson got a slight edge off his willow.
Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper Tom Blundell took a stupendous catch at the slip as New Zealand pulled off a win out of nowhere. The series ended at 1-1 as both teams won a game apiece.
WHAT A GAME OF CRICKET
New Zealand have won it by the barest of margins…
This is test cricket at its finest ❤️
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) February 28, 2023