Ben Stokes, Woakes' resistance couldn't save England in Auckland Test

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NZ vs Eng: Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes’ resistance couldn’t save England in Auckland Test 

NZ vs Eng: Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes’ resistance couldn’t save England in Auckland Test
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In what could be termed as a riveting Test match as England was heading towards a draw, but the hosts New Zealand had always a strong case to make it big in the pink-ball Test in Auckland.

In the first Test of the two-match Test series on Monday (March 26), the Black Caps registered a 49-run win over the Three Lions to lead the series 1-0. England was restricted to 320 in 126.1 overs.

However, an innings from Chris Woakes was a treat to watch after England completely faltered in the first innings. The visitors were rattled on 58 as Boult claimed six wickets with Southee settling with four.

Earlier, visitors started their second innings on day five with 132 for three in 46.5 overs when they were trailing by 237 runs.

The Test witnessed day three was washed with 17 balls were made possible for the day.

Earlier, day-two also saw most half-of-the-game was ruined by the obstinate rain.

England, New Zealand, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson
Dawid Malan of England in utter disbelief. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Dawid Malan was the first to be dismissed on the final day after adding just nine runs to the team’s total alongside Jonny Bairstow.

Malan scored 23 off 62 balls before being caught by Tom Latham on the bowling of Tim Southee.

After adding 39 runs for the fifth wicket, wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow (26 off 72) was caught by skipper Kane Williamson on the bowling of Todd Astle.

Moeen Ali was trapped in front of the stumps by first innings star Boult.

The 29-year-old right-handed batsman Woakes struck a fine half-century to keep English hopes alive to seldom a draw.

England, New Zealand, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson
Neil Wagner claims big fish Chris Woakes to dash hopes of England after Ben Stokes. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, Neil Wagner had some different plans to work on. Woakes was caught by centurion Henry Nicholls at 52 off 118 balls. His innings included four boundaries.

James Anderson was the last man-to-go when he was caught by Boult on the bowling of Astle.

Moreover, the first innings top-scorer for England was dismissed on three off 18 balls.

England, New Zealand, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson
Ben Stokes in business. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, English star-all-rounder Ben Stokes was the top-scorer with 188-ball 66.

Subsequently, the top-order batsmen Mark Stoneman and Joe Root struck the fifties each. Former skipper and senior batsman Alastair Cook continued his wretched run with the bat.

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