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Lower order power pack contribution helped Kiwis to draw the 2nd test match against England
All-rounder Colin De Grandhomme played vital knock in both the innings. He also took 4 wickets in 2nd innings.
England made a remarkable comeback after the 1st test match debacle. They push hard for the win in 2nd test. But New Zeland resistance held them to the draw
The nail-biter and hard fought test match witness between New Zeland and England. The visitors gave it back to the home side after 1st test loss. they rule the 2nd test until the day 5. But the gritty lower order and tale became a savior for their team. New Zealand Tale performed splendidly in both innings. They bring New Zealand back from the jaw of defeat to draw the test match.
Earlier New Zealand won the toss and asked England to bat first. New Zeland tried to repeat 1st test sting where the thrash England for just 58 runs in the 1st innings. Once again England top order and middle order failed to impress. At one stage England was tottering at 94-5. When the wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow played the best knock of his life. He scored a vital century to revive his team from the spot of bother.
Mark Wood (52) join wicketkeeper-batsman to add 95 runs partnership for the 8th wicket. He played counter-attacking knock to crack his maiden half-century. After Wood wicket, Bairstow took the charge by leading his team to 300 plus score. England post 307 runs in the 1st innings. Jonny was the last wicket to fall. The deadly duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee once aging done all damage. Bolt grabbed 4 wickets while Southee scalp 6 wickets.
New Zeland got the shocking start the 900 plus wicket takers of England Broad and Anderson showed their magic to left New Zeland at 36-5. New Zeland followed England as their wicketkeeper BJ Watling 85 and all-rounder Grandhomme 72 rescued their team. Kiwis tale also joined the hard work to take their side near to England score. Tim Southee scored quick 50 runs. New Zeland post 278 runs in their 1st innings.
England was so close to winning the test and level the series. But all credit goes to the way New Zeland fought till the last ball of the test match. New Zeland is known for playing competitive cricket. Their spirit of never gives up always float them higher in the international arena. It is not the first time they recover themselves from the stumble. Many time in the past they scored big despite losing more than 5 wickets under 100 runs.
Note: Trent Bolt declared player of the series|Tim Southee Adjudged Player of the match.