After England’s Ben Stroke did strike two in two New Zealand went on to backfoot and thereon lost the match by 124 runs on the final day of the First test held at Lord’s on Monday.
Ben Stroke dismissed at a handy time when it seemed as New Zealand were heading on to a draw, by clinching Kane Williamson for 27 and Brendon McCullum for a nasty duck (0).
Last-wicket-pair Matt Henry and Trent Boult survived for eight overs amid mounting tension before the latter was brilliantly caught at third man by a diving Moeen Ali off Stuart Broad as the Kiwis were bowled out for 220.New Zealand, chasing 345 for victory, collapsed to 12 for three before lunch but Williamson and Watling lifted them to 61 for three.
Stokes, who struck the fastest Test century at the home of cricket on Sunday, had the obdurate Williamson caught by Root in the slips for 27 before bowling captain McCullum with a venomous delivery that cut back sharply.
Anderson survived the hat-trick ball and immediately went on the attack, hitting Stokes for two fours and a six, and he continued to play positively alongside the more circumspect Watling as New Zealand took tea on 134 for five.
Wood broke the partnership when Watling gloved a fast straight delivery to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Anderson was trapped by Root.
Stokes returned to bowl Craig for four with a rapid full-pitched delivery and Southee was caught and bowled by Moeen for 20.
James Anderson and Broad had ripped out the top order to give England the scent of victory before lunch.