Tail-ender Ish Sodhi hit a gutsy half-century as New Zealand fought a defiant rearguard action on a tense final day to hold on for a draw in the second Test on Tuesday and secure a first series win over England since 1999. "The way he played the bumpers was incredible and showed his character we got a bit of luck along the way but you have to ride it".
England skipper Joe Root during his 54 against New Zealand yesterday.
"I was trying to figure out which balls to play and which balls to get under", Sodhi said.
England made the flawless start to the final day when Stuart Broad claimed wickets with the first two deliveries but the tourists were unable to winkle out the final few batsmen as the fading light cast long shadows over Hagley Oval.
Mark Stoneman put down a tough chance at silly point before Sodhi had scored, and the batsman took full advantage of that reprieve as he and Colin de Grandhomme ate up nearly 26 overs in a stand of 57.
England, with dark clouds on the horizon at Hagley Oval, had earlier declared their second innings closed on 352 for nine to ensure they gave themselves enough time to dismiss the home side and level up the series at 1-1.
It ended an arduous and unsuccessful tour for England, who lost the Ashes series 4-0 before coming to New Zealand.
"I was pretty disappointed with the way I bowled, so to be able to come away with a contribution and go towards a series victory was great for me".More news: Immigrant Caravan Heading Toward US Claims Trump Is 'Bullying' Them
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"We tried a number of different things and we couldn't have tried much more", he said. There's no better pressure than from within and, if one or two of them are looking over their shoulder a little bit at the next guys, that's what we want.
De Grandhomme and Sodhi put on 57 for the seventh wicket and then Sodhi and Wagner saw New Zealand through to stumps. "As a Test team we are growing, and I think we've seen that in this series".
Graeme Swann thinks Jack Leach can spin England to victory here if given appropriately attacking fields by his captain, Root, and is, threfore, their most important bowler.
(G.N.S) DT.02 The 2nd Test between New Zealand and England is beautifully placed with both teams in with a chance.
After Broad's early breakthrough, which included the first golden duck for Williamson in his 65-Test career, wickets fell at regular intervals.
Henry Nicholls couldn't add more than 13 to the total as the home side was left reeling at 91/4 in the first hour of the day.
Anderson had Latham dropped at third slip by James Vince as the visitors searched for the breakthrough that would give them the edge heading into the final day but it was not to be.