Blackcaps v England: New Zealand make history with stunning comeback win to draw series at Wellington

The Blackcaps have made history with a stunning turnaround to beat England in the second test at Wellington and draw their series.

New Zealand became just the fourth side in history to win a match after being asked to follow on, claiming a sensational one-run victory at the Basin Reserve.

After failing to get within 200 runs of England's first innings with the bat, the home side were sent in again and pulled off the unthinkable.

Blackcaps celebrate the final wicket.
Blackcaps celebrate the final wicket. Photo credit: Getty Images

Their 483 runs in the second innings set the tourists 258 to win, and up until the second session on the fifth and final day, England looked as if they would ease to the target.

Veterans Joe Root and Ben Stokes resumed where they left off after lunch, looking relatively comfortable, until a Neil Wagner double-strike.

Cometh the man, cometh the short ball, as the left-arm fast bowler went back to what he knows best and bounced the set pair into dismissals.

A visibly injured Stokes looked to attack a Wagner short-pitched delivery, but fell away in the shot, making for a simple catch for Tom Latham at short leg.

New batter Ben Foakes survived a review with the very last delivery of the over, only for Wagner to claim the prize wicket of Root in his very next over.

Root pulled a short ball, but couldn't find the middle of his bat, and instead picked out Michael Bracewell at midwicket for 95 runs.

With two new batters at the crease, suddenly the momentum had swung in New Zealand's favour, with Foakes the last of the recognised batters.

Stuart Broad found the boundary rope, but was dismissed just two overs later, with Wagner this time claiming the catch at deep thirdman, off Matt Henry's bowling.

Runs were hard to come by for England, as Foakes turned down easy singles to keep the strike and protect the tailenders.

After just managing to evade the fielders with a couple of mistimed shots, Foakes finally found his groove with back-to-back boundaries off Wagner.

Momentum swung back in England's favour, with Foakes seemingly guiding the visitors to victory from the depths of despair.

With just seven runs needed, the result looked set, until Blackcaps captain Tim Southee struck, as Foakes tried to clear a bouncer, but could only pick out Wagner at fine leg.

James Anderson joined Jack Leach at the crease as England's last wicket and after a powerful swing through midwicket for four runs, looked to have his side over the line.

England needed just one run to win and after a Southee maiden, Wagner was entrusted by his skipper to take the last wicket - and the rest, as they say, is history.

Wagner banged in a short, straight delivery, which Anderson looked to flick on, but could only get the faintest of tickles through to a diving Blundell to complete the catch and seal a stunning victory.

The one-run win is just the second such margin in test history, almost 30 years after the first, as New Zealand rewrote the record books to triumph and draw the series.

England 435/8 declared (Brook 186, Root 153no; Henry 4/100) & 256 (Root 95, Foakes 35; Wagner 4/62) New Zealand 209 (Southee 73; Broad 4/61) & 483 (Williamson 132, Blundell 90; Leach 5/157)

Blackcaps win by one run