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As it happened: NZ wins! Sodhi the saviour defies England for over three hours as Black Caps secure historic Test series triumph

Welcome to 1 NEWS NOW's live updates of the fifth and final day of the Second Test between the Black Caps and England at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was a relived man after what he described as a great day for Test cricket.

"Amazing day of Test cricket. First let me thank the England team, hard fought series and it was so close through these matches, for it to come down to a day like this, was really special for the format," he said.

"We didn't get off to the best start, first two balls we thought it could be a tough day. Lots of steel shown by the guys in the middle order and the two guys in the last session, phenomenal effort, England threw everything against us and they withstood it, an unbelievable effort."

Ish Sodhi paid credit to Neil Wagner for their match-saving partnership.

“Waggy was really good through those tough periods, he's a fighter and dragged me along with him. I was just think about playing straight, there were tough periods but we got through them. Waggy kept me going, five more minutes, ten more minutes," Sodhi said. 

“Series wins against England don't come around very often, to be able to contribute it massive for me.”

They're off for light. That's it, NZ have won.

The almost ultimate act of defiance is complete. Ish Sodhi faced 168 deliveries and batted for over three hours to salvage a draw for his country. The result gives New Zealand its first Test series win over England since 1999, the first in this country since 1983/84, and only the fourth ever.

One last twist! Wagner has been given out LBW but he's reviewed. He's hit it! So he'll be given out caught. You couldn't script this drama. An incredible innings ends. 

5:58pm: NZ 256/7 - Sodhi 56*, Wagner 7*

We're looking at two overs maximum. 

5:55pm: NZ 252/7 - Sodhi 52*, Wagner 7*

Another over is done. They're almost there. 

5:53pm: NZ 252/7 - Sodhi 52*, Wagner 7*

Fifty for Sodhi, what an innings! Over three hours and 160 deliveries of heart. Wagner has faced 93, it's almost a miraculous stand from these two. We're on time rather than overs now so England are racing through the overs. 

5:51pm: NZ 248/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 7*

Wagner sees off another over from Leach. This is absolutely incredibly from Sodhi and Wagner. 

5:48pm: NZ 248/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 7* 2 overs remaining

That over had everything including a bouncer. Sodhi sees it off no problem. 

5:45pm: NZ 248/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 7* 3 overs remaining

Root has brought himself on. Interesting. 17, 16...

5:35pm: NZ 247/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 6* 5 overs remaining

30 balls away now. Anderson into the attack for one last push.

5:35pm: NZ 247/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 6* 6 overs remaining

5:29pm: NZ 247/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 6* 8 overs remaining

Another over ticks by. Malan landed a wrong-un nicely, beating the bat of Wagner.

5:25pm: NZ 247/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 6* 9 overs remaining

Sodhi this time sees off a Stokes over. There was a bit of bounce that over and Sodhi did well. Probably the last throw of the dice now with part-time leggie Malan into the attack. 

5:22pm: NZ 247/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 6* 10 overs remaining

Wagner with another over of defiance. 

5:18pm: NZ 243/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 2* 11 overs remaining

Hometown kid of sorts Stokes back into the attack but he can't make anything happen.

These two have now faced over 190 deliveries between them and it's been nothing short of heroic.

5:14pm: NZ 243/7 - Sodhi 48*, Wagner 2* 12 overs remaining

Was that the moment? Another snorter from Broad ballooned off the shoulder of Sodhi's bat but Wood misjudged the catch in the gully.

He didn't get a hand on it but it probably should have been taken. Two and half hours at the crease for Sodhi now.

5:08pm: NZ 242/7 - Sodhi 47*, Wagner 2* 13 overs remaining

Another over goes by and not without a heart palpitation. Sodhi flashed at a wide one. Luckily the edge flew over the cordon.

5:01pm: NZ 238/7 - Sodhi 43*, Wagner 2* 14 overs remaining

Drinks. It seems like there's a moment an over. This time one balloons over the cordon off the shoulder of Sodhi's bat. He's playing an incredible innings, he's faced 117 deliveries thus far.

4:55pm: NZ 236/7 - Sodhi 42*, Wagner 1* 15 overs remaining

The final delivery of that Leach over goes on with the arm and beats the outside edge of Wagner. Nervy moments.

4:55pm: NZ 236/7 - Sodhi 42*, Wagner 1* 16 overs remaining

Sodhi gets lucky after gloving a ball into the slips but a diving Anderson could only get fingertips on it. Root was fielding on his knees at silly point hoping to get under a defensive shot.

4:49pm: NZ 235/7 - Sodhi 41*, Wagner 1* 18 overs remaining

Two more overs down. The NZ pair have started turning down runs now - happy to stay at one end.

4:42pm: NZ 235/7 - Sodhi 41*, Wagner 1* 20 overs remaining

Sodhi shows it all in that over from Leach. Intelligently padding up to a delivery and then trying to send the next ball into next week. Prompting Wagner to give some advice.

4:39pm: NZ 235/7 - Sodhi 41*, Wagner 1* 21 overs remaining

So close. Sodhi pops up a chance just out of reach of the man at square leg.

4:35pm: NZ 234/7 - Sodhi 40*, Wagner 1* 22 overs remaining

A nasty moment. Cook at short leg copped a full blodded pull shot on the back of the neck. A terrible over from Root with some genuine buffet bowling offering Sodhi some cheap runs.

4:31pm: NZ 225/7 - Sodhi 31*, Wagner 1* 23 overs remaining

Wagner copping some of his own medicine but he survives.

4:28pm: NZ 225/7 - Sodhi 31*, Wagner 1* 24 overs remaining

A couple of uneventful overs, just the way you Blackcaps fans like 'em.

4:22pm: NZ 223/7 - Sodhi 30*, Wagner 0* 26 overs remaining

Leach couldn't inflict further damage in that over. Sodhi with another needless sweep shot. Again, while it went for four, he doesn't need to play it.



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