Cricket is known for its unpredictability, and fans in Wellington witnessed a thrilling match that ended with the victory of New Zealand by one run, becoming the second team to achieve this feat. The visitors dominated the match most of the time at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, but it ended in favour of the hosts.
Such a Test is exemplary, and it is the best advertisement for the promotion of the longest format of the game. The Kiwis were down the barrel and almost on the verge of losing the series 2-0. But Wagner turned the tables and got the wicket of Anderson, ending the match in favour of the home side.
The one-run win for the hosts means the series has been tied at 1-1, and both teams shared the honour.
England declared 435/8 in the first innings and then bowled out the Kiwis for 209. After the follow-on, the hosts left no stone unturned in the do-or-die situation and batted sensibly. Kane Williamson proved his worth and scored a masterful century.
In the second innings, England scored 256 runs and lost the match by the narrowest of margins. Williamson was named player of the match for his brilliant knock at the crucial moment.
Currently, England has been playing a new brand of cricket, which has changed the complexion of red ball cricket. The new concept has given lots of victories to the English side. Ben Stokes, the captain, has transformed the Test cricket concept. The boring period of Test cricket is over. The crowd would like to go to the stadium and watch cricket from the stands.
Test cricket is on the right track, with England leading the march. Other nations would also walk away as well.