A day-five thriller between New Zealand and England proved to be a Test match for the ages as the Black Caps scripted a dramatic 1-run victory after a poor first innings display that led to a follow-on. As a result, New Zealand became only the fourth team to win a Test after following on.
Ian Smith's riveting commentary piece during the 2019 World Cup Final, "By the barest of margin," echoed at Wellington as New Zealand became only the second team to win a Test by a 1 run margin.
Neil Wagner's bouncer-infused second-session spell paved the way for New Zealand's dramatic comeback. After losing four wickets in the first hour of the morning session, Joe Root put England on course for a series sweep. Then the pendulum swung in New Zealand's favor, with Neil Wagner entering a rhythmic zone of unleashing shot balls. He first bounced out a struggling Ben Stokes and then dismissed Root to expose the tail and leave them to chase the remaining 56 runs.
Wagner who leaked runs in the first Test and went at nearly 5 runs an over, showcased his best spell of the series as the Kiwis rioted to stage a brilliant comeback that ended up being a nail biting finish.
Cricket enthusiasts reacted to the spectacle that breathes and reiterates the constant chatter that the longest format of the game is here to stay, especially when the proceedings swing like a pendulum. Former and current cricketers took to Twitter to react to the all time Test classic.
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