Twitter Reaction: Ish Sodhi slams fifty as New Zealand battles for a draw
The Kiwis clinch the series 1-0.
Published - Apr 3, 2018 12:05 pm | Updated - Apr 3, 2018 12:05 pm
Joe Root exalted in joy when he picked the important wicket of solid New Zealand batsman Neil Wagner. With eight wickets down, it seemed as though the few minutes left in the day’s play could ensure an England victory. However, once the DRS decision had been taken and Wagner had been adjudged as ‘out’, it was too late as the stipulated time and the overs had been concluded, and with that the series as well.
However, things were not as bad as they seemed since the visitors were on the ascendency for the most part of the encounter. On the final day, it was a case of the Kiwis battling for survival, something they are well-versed in. Instead of James Anderson and Stuart Broad doing a bulk of the wrecking, it was Broad and Jack Leach who formed a formidable partnership that removed a portion of the top order. Broad removed Williamson for a first-ball duck before Taylor, Nicholls and BJ Watling were sent back to the pavilion.
However, with the Kiwis staring down the barrel, it was a case of fighting for survival. Ish Sodhi and Colin de Grandhomme began to stitch a partnership, something that was unlikely. New Zealand in response was defiant as they began blocking with intent. The short-ball ploy employed by Mark Wood ensured that Grandhomme was sent back to the dressing room.
To his credit, Neil Wagner began blocking deliveries, something that he has done in the past in domestic cricket. This continued for 25 odd overs as the duo of Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner began blocking deliveries as skipper Root was forced to move his fielders around the bat. The Barmy Army, who had been singing all the while of the Test match eventually could do little to help the visitors gain a victory.
The Twitterati speaks:
Test cricket at its best. What a series! #NZvENG
— Jordan Oppert (@jordanoppert) April 3, 2018
Will Ish Sodhi play a more important innings than this? #NZvEng
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) April 3, 2018
That 50 by Sodhi is one of the best 50's you'll witness. There's no game like Test cricket is there. #NZvENG
— Matthew Beggs (@MatthewBeggs) April 3, 2018
— Jordan Ng (@JordanFNg) April 3, 2018
— Sai Veer (@SaiVeer07) April 3, 2018
— Kris Swales (@KrisSwales) April 3, 2018
— Auckland Cricket (@aucklandcricket) April 3, 2018
— CamMc (@Cam_Mcilveen) April 3, 2018
What a great series between New Zealand and England down there #NZvEng and this 2nd test a fabulous and riveting way to round off the Antipodean cricket season.
— Liam (@DayNightTrader) April 3, 2018
— Ameya Sahasrabudhe (@astronautameya) April 3, 2018
Swarming bees around the bat…Test cricket at its absolute best. Ish Sodhi dogged as hell.#NZvENG
— Karan Dewan (@karan13dewan) April 3, 2018
— MK (@mken_) April 3, 2018
Tremendous fair play by New Zealand. Every team that I can think of will look to bide away the time specially considering the quota has been bowled. Gotta give it to them. No one plays cricket better. Already won the match according to me #NZvENG
— Praveen Reddy (@pra_v) April 3, 2018
Credit to Latham and Grandhomme the way they got out otherwise this game wouldn't have excited as of now!#NZvENG
— Choda Writes ✒ (@ImoRoflme) April 3, 2018
— Srikanth Adiga (@sri_adiga) April 3, 2018
This is so absorbing. Test cricket is the absolute best. History on the line. #NZvENG
— Sam Smith (@sgowsmith1988) April 3, 2018