Birmingham (UK), June 13 (MNN) New Zealand registered a commanding eight-wicket victory over England in the second Test at Edgbaston to win the series 1-0, their third Test series win in the country and first since 1999.
The series win helped the Blackcaps to claim the number one spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, the International Cricket Council said.
The hosts came into day four already dented at 122/9 with a lead of 37 runs.
All it took was a delivery from Trent Boult to wrap up England’s first innings and shattered any hopes of mounting a fightback.
Boult steamed in and dismissed Olly Stone for 15 who nicked the ball to the keeper.
Thereafter, New Zealand needed 38 runs to win the match and the series. The visitors chased down the target comprehensively in 10.5 overs but lost the wickets of Devon Conway (3) and Will Young (8) along the way; Conway edged a wide one off Stuart Broad while Young was dismissed by Stone.
Stand-in captain Tom Latham remained till the end to see New Zealand over the line with a 23 not out during which he completed 4000 Test runs, becoming only the ninth Kiwi batsman to achieve this feat.
Matt Henry was awarded the Player of the Match for picking three wickets in each innings while Devon Conway was handed the Player of the Series award for scoring 306 runs at an average of 76.50 which included a double ton on his debut.