Man of the Match: The fast bowler from New Zealand was awarded the Man of the Match award for picking six wickets in the match.
During the fourth day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England in Birmingham, New Zealand beat England by 8 wickets to win the two-match series 1-0.
Seeds of New Zealand’s victory were sown yesterday when their bowlers reduced the hosts to 122/9 at Stumps after taking an 85-run first innings lead.
When fast bowler Trent Boult dismissed Olly Stone (15) on only the first delivery of the fourth day, it meant that all the Black Caps needed to win the match was 38 runs on a fairly decent pitch to bat on.
And there it is 👏👏
New Zealand have their first Test series win in England after 22 years! Oh, and perhaps a bit of CWC19 Finals payback 😉
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) June 13, 2021
Despite England vice-captain Stuart Broad and Stone dismissing Devon Conway (3) and Will Young (8) cheaply, the visitors didn’t face significant hiccups as they went on to win their third Test series in England.
Man of the Match England vs New Zealand
Playing his 14th Test and third in England, New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry was awarded with the ‘Man of the Match’ award in Birmingham. It is worth mentioning that this is 29-year old Henry’s first match award in this format.
After England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat on Day 1, it was Henry who dismissed Dom Sibley to break a 72-run opening partnership. In addition to sending back Root and Mark Wood in the first innings, Henry also dismissed England’s top three comprising of Rory Burns, Sibley and Zac Crawley to initiate a batting collapse yesterday.
All in all, Henry registered match figures of 38-9-114-6 to press a string case for himself playing in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship against India from June 18.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 12, 2021
“Yeah it’s great, what a way to finish the series. Special shout out to the crowd, lot of Kiwi support out there as well, special to get a win like that. Incredible, they’ve come out in numbers, great energy and everyone embraced it,” Henry told Sky Sports Cricket during the post-match presentation ceremony.