1st Test: New Zealand beat England by innings and 49 runs

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 27, 2018, 02:26 PM(IST)

Trent Boult was declared the Man of the Match for claiming nine wickets in the match. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

New Zealand on Monday defeated England by an innings and 49 runs in the first Test of the two-match series at the Eden Park in Auckland. 

England suffered a major blow when it lost its captain Joe Root on the last ball of the fourth day, as it strove to save the Test, trailing New Zealand by 237 runs at the end of the day.  

With seven wickets in hand heading into the final day, the visitors lost Dawid Malan (23), Jonny Bairstow (26) and Moeen Ali (28) in the first session before Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes battled through the middle session.

Stokes, 66 off 264 balls, and Woakes, 52 off 164 balls, kept England's chances alive of drawing the match.

However, Neil Wagner dismissed them both to take his side to a comfortable victory.

Boult, Wagner, and Astle took three wickets each in the second innings. 

Boult was declared the Man of the Match for claiming nine wickets in the match.

The second Test will be played from March 30 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

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