New Zealand beats England by eight wickets; win series by 1-0

New Zealand defeated England by eight wickets in the second Test and won the two-match series 1-0 on Day Four in the test played in Birmingham. Kiwis have won their first series triumph in England in 22 years.

They had last won a Test series in England in 1999, under Stephen Fleming’s captaincy. The win also pushed New Zealand back to the No. 1 spot in Test rankings. The win is New Zealand’s first at Edgbaston in five attempts, and is only their sixth out of the 56 Tests they have played in England.

Set a target of 38 to win on the fourth day, after England were all out for 122 in their second innings, the Kiwis reached the target losing just two wickets, with opener and stand-in skipper Tom Latham scoring an unbeaten 23. Devon Conway and No. 3 Will Young, who replaced injured captain Kane Williamson for this Test, were the batsmen dismissed.

This was the first Test series defeat for England at home since the 2014 series loss to Sri Lanka.

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