New Zealand has claimed a dramatic one-run victory over England in the first Test at Lord’s. It was a nail-biting finish that saw the Black Caps snatch the win in the final over of the match. Neil Wagner, the left-arm pacer, was the hero for the visitors as he took two crucial wickets in the last over to end England’s resistance.
New Zealand vs England: Neil Wagner the hero as Black Caps snatch dramatic one-run win over England
England had started the day on 111-2, chasing a target of 273, but they were soon in trouble as New Zealand’s bowlers struck early. However, a magnificent partnership between Joe Root and Ollie Pope brought England back into the game. The duo added 80 runs for the fourth wicket before Pope was dismissed for 23. Root continued to anchor the innings and was well supported by Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood, but he fell agonizingly short of victory as he was bowled by Wagner for 42.
New Zealand’s win was built on a solid batting performance in first innings, which saw them score 378 runs, thanks to Devon Conway’s superb double century. The Black Caps’ bowling attack was also excellent, with Tim Southee and Wagner picking up five wickets each in match.
The victory is significant one for New Zealand, who are ranked number one in Test cricket, as they continue their preparations for upcoming World Test Championship final against India. England, on the other hand, will be disappointed with result but will take heart from fight they showed in the match. The second Test between the two sides will take place at Edgbaston, starting on June 10.