New Zealand Chases Three England Wickets to Win Cricket Series

New Zealand needs three wickets in the final session to secure its first Test cricket series win against England in 14 years after reducing the touring team to 237-7 in Auckland.

Neil Wagner ended Ian Bell’s 271-ball innings by having him caught for 75 in the slips by Tim Southee in the last over before tea to leave Matt Prior 45 not out at the interval. Southee earlier removed Jonny Bairstow for 6.

Wagner broke a 78-run partnership between Bell and Prior that had boosted England’s chances of batting out the final day to avoid a 1-0 defeat in the best-of-three contest.

New Zealand removed Joe Root and Bairstow with the second new ball either side of the lunch break, before Prior joined Bell, who was dropped when on 40. Prior also had a reprieve on 28 when a bouncer from Wagner hit his bat handle and helmet before falling onto the stumps without dislodging the bails.

England had resumed at 90-4 on day five after being set a world record 481 runs for victory yesterday.

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