The Blackcaps have slumped to a heavy first-test defeat against England, surviving just half a session to be bowled out on day four of the series opener at Bay Oval.
New Zealand resumed the day at 63/5 and were bowled out inside 22 overs for 126, to fall to a 267-run rout, with only overnight batter Daryl Mitchell offering any resolve.
Mitchell finished unbeaten on 57, but found little support from his Blackcaps teammates, as England fast bowler James Anderson claimed four of New Zealand’s last five wickets.
The Blackcaps were set a record target of 394 runs to win, as ‘Bazball’ devastated New Zealand’s bowlers inside three days.
Their task wasn’t made any easier by losing three wickets inside the first four overs of the day, with England spinner Jack Leach striking first.
Mitchel Bracewell wasn’t able to add to his overnight score of 25, falling to a soft dismissal after picking out Henry Brook at short midwicket for the easiest of catches.
His wicket brought the Blackcaps’ tail to the crease to try and salvage the match, but Anderson’s double strike in the very next over ended any hope.
Debutant Scott Kuggeleijn was trapped lbw low on his pads, with his review only confirming the inevitable as he departed for two runs.
Blackcaps captain Tim Southee faired even worse and was dismissed for a golden duck after Anderson found the edge of the bat on the way to the wicketkeeper.
Neil Wagner battled typically tough, copping a couple of short deliveries and even finding the boundary rope with a beautiful cut shot.
But his stay would also be shortlived, as he nicked off Anderson to Ben Foakes to depart for nine runs.
Last batter Blair Tickner faired the best of the Blackcaps tailenders, as Mitchell tried his best to keep the strike to protect his last batting partner.
Tickner survived 28 balls, evening hitting two boundaries before Anderson struck yet again to leave Mitchell stranded.
With the fielders in close and the keeper up to the stumps, Tickner’s fear of the short ball saw him fall to a fullish delivery that found the top of his off stump to end New Zealand’s misery.
Southee praised England for taking the game test match away from the Blackcaps, with their bowling under the lights proving to be too much to overcome.
“Disappointing, but credit to England,” he told Spark Sport post-match. “Strategically they played it pretty well, we were on the receiving end of a couple of night innings that wasn’t ideal.
“[Toss] made that decision and thought it was the right one. The way they batted meant they got into a position where they could declare.
“Probably could have bowled a bit better. Their style presents opportunities but it’s about trying to stem the bleeding in between.
“Broady [Stuart Broad], that spell last night was pretty impressive, if we’d got through that last night we knew there are not many demons out there.
“[Next test will be] different challenge at Basin Reserve, we haven’t been there in a long time and guys are looking forward to getting back to the red ball.”
The second and final test will take place at Wellington starting on Friday, with anything but a win resulting in a series defeat for the Blackcaps.
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