Twitter Reactions: Neil Wagner’s fifer fires New Zealand to innings win
England face innings defeat against Kiwis.
Updated - Nov 25, 2019 10:17 am
Bouncing back in style after losing the T20Is, New Zealand thrashed England by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. With Trent Boult walking off the field due to pain in ribs, Neil Wagner stepped up and picked up a five-wicket haul to propel his side to a deserving win in the final session of the game.
As far as England are concerned, they have been left to rue the chances that came their way in the game. They were a little more than 20 overs away from securing a draw and would have done it had their batsmen showed some resistance. Previously in the game, their bowlers had also failed to make the chances count after reducing the home side to 127 for 4.
England had no answer to BJ Watling as the New Zealand wicketkeeper went on to score his maiden double ton. He was well supported by Mitchell Santner as the spinner scored his first Test ton as the due shared a record stand of 261 runs. That big partnership firmly put New Zealand in the driver’s seat and unlike the visitors, they went on to make their chances count.
Poor batting display from England
It was all about survival for England when they started the day on 55 for 3, still trailing New Zealand’s first innings total of 615 for 9 (declared) by 262 runs. Joe Denly and skipper Joe Root had to take the onus on themselves and negate the tricky opening moments. The two did show resistance as they began England’s quest of stonewalling the hosts.
But their resistance did not last long as things changed when Kane Williamson introduced Colin de Grandhomme in the attack. The medium-pacer went on to dismiss Root to leave England reeling at 69 for 4. But Denly and Ben Stokes made sure that the home side does not make further inroads as the tourists did not lose any other wicket in the first session.
Denly and Stokes had to dig deep in the second session to brighten up their team’s chances. Stokes started well by hitting the first ball of the session from Mitchell Santner for a four. But the England pair had no answer to a superb spell with the old ball from Tim Southee. The New Zealand veteran went on to break the stand by castling Stokes and put the visitors on the back foot once again.
England then lost Denly, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler inside 17 runs to find themselves reeling at 138 for 8 from 121 for 4. Sam Curran and Jofra Archer saw off the remaining overs in the second session to take the game to the final one. But their resistance did not lose long as Wagner dismissed Archer and Stuart Broad on successive deliveries to bowl out England for 197.
Here are the best tweets:
NZ has got fantastic Match winners at home conditions.
Neil Wagner & BJ Watling smashed ENG
— Aqeel (@AqeelSays_) November 25, 2019
Neil Wagner is a freaking superstar. What he lacks in speed he makes up for eith a lion-sized heart, a will to bend his back and pound the ball in all day. #NZvENG
— Rishad D'souza (@RD_Wisden) November 25, 2019
Neil Wagner 51,2 over – 13 maidens- 134 runs – 8 wickets #ENGvsNZ
— Athar Khan (@Athar_r) November 25, 2019
Once again Neil Wagner does what he has been doing for quite a bit of time in New Zealand.
8 wickets in the match.
Deserved win for Kane & his boys! #NZvENG
— Sai Veer (@SaiVeer07) November 25, 2019
— LordVoldeMort (@rangasummit) November 25, 2019
Neil Wagner and BJ Watling are NZ's unsung heroes. ✌ #NZvENG
— ThorThunderstorm #TeamIndia🇮🇳 (@tomnjerry2) November 25, 2019
Kiwis beat Pomms n 1st Test w/plenty to spare..& sans all frills (read noise!) in good Old fashioned matured manner..’twas lovely to see a game o Crkt in its original glory o quiet piousness..Thx to #NZ Capt’s cool head boorish behaviour is kept at bay well and truly..!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) November 25, 2019
Why would you want to win a Test that isn’t part of the Test championship …… !!! 😜😜😜😜😜 #NZvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 25, 2019
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 25, 2019
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
— Ethan (@ethan_meldrum) November 25, 2019
England 353 in 1st innings and New Zealand were 4/127 at one stage with Kane dismissed and NZ win by an innings and 65 runs from that possition, incredible comeback. Watling's inns outstanding, Kane Williamson the best captain at present. Played @BLACKCAPS 👏 #NZvENG
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) November 25, 2019