Stokes Sinks Kiwis with Bat and Ball
Ben Stokes took a crucial three wickets for 38 runs as England bowled out New Zealand for 220 to claim the first Test by 124 runs.
This haul came after the 23 year old all-rounder hit the fastest ever century at Lord’s in Tests, just one day earlier.
Stuart Broad also took three wickets, as the bowling attack successfully defended the 345 target set by the hosts, with Corey Anderson top scoring for the Black Caps with 69.
England began the day at the crease on 429-6, looking to increase the 295 lead they had built themselves after day four.
Captain Alistair Cook was on 153 runs at the start of play and continued where he left off hitting a couple of boundaries to take him past the 160 mark.
Cook was caught by Tom Latham off the bowling of Trent Boult for 162 with the score now at 455-7.
England only managed to add 23 more runs as they were bowled out for 478, as Boult claimed the ball with an impressive five wickets for 85 runs, with the target for the tourists 345 runs.
The New Zealanders’ got off to the worst possible start, losing their two openers-Latham and Martin Guptil-for ducks, with James Anderson and Broad claiming the wickets.
After Broad trapped Ross Taylor LBW, the Kiwis found themselves reeling on 12-3.
Momentum was temporarily shifted as Kane Williamson and BJ Watling began to rebuild the innings getting the tourists over 50.
The partnership was thwarted soon after as Stokes delivered what proved to be the pivotal moment of the innings.
He firstly got Williamson out for 27 after a catch by Joe Root in gully, before bowling the New Zealand skipper, Brendan McCullum for a golden duck the very next ball.
With the score now at 69-5, the tourists had some major rebuilding to do.
Watling and Anderson led the fightback for the Kiwis building a partnership of 107 runs, before Watling was caught by Buttler off the bowling of debutant Mark Wood.
Anderson did not last much longer, getting caught LBW at the hands of Joe Root for a fluent 67 runs with the scoreboard at 174-7.
They lost yet another cluster of wickets for no damage as Stokes and Moeen Ali claimed Mark Craig and Tim Southee, as England were in sight of victory with New Zealand 198-9.
With just one wicket required, Boult and Matt Henry stayed firm, as the clock started to come into play.
With less than 10 overs remaining Broad got the deciding wicket, with Moeen Ali taking a spectacular catch at third man, as England won by 124 runs, taking a one nil lead in the two match series.
Stokes was awarded man of the match and will not forget this game in a hurry.
Without doubt, it's a career highlight. The whole match has been amazing.”
By Matthew Tilbury, Image Credit to Fox Sports News.