England crush New Zealand cricket team by 121 runs

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 7:41 [IST]
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Monty Panesar spun England to a crushing 121-run victory as New Zealand went down despite a late flourish by teenager Tim Southee in

the third and deciding cricket Test here Wednesday.

The win, to give England the series 2-1 and their first away series win in three years, cemented a determined fightback after they were three down for four runs early in their first innings.

But when they destroyed New Zealand's first innings taking nine for 65 in 25 overs, and followed

with centuries by Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell to set a 553-run target, the outcome was never in doubt.

New Zealand resumed the final day at 222 for five in their second innings and with Panesar proving near unplayable they struggled through to lunch at nine for 360 in their second innings, still 193 runs short of victory.

With only 19-year-old Southee on debut and one of the world's worst tailenders in Chris Martin at the wicket the match should not have lasted much after lunch.

Instead, Southee went on a rampage scoring an unbeaten 77 off 40 balls, including four fours and nine sixes, and providing the bulk of the 84-run last wicket stand.

His 50 off 29 balls was the sixth fastest in Test-match history.

Panesar, who had proved almost unplayable in the morning session as he ripped out the New Zealand middle order, saw his figures balloon from a career-best six for 85 to six for 126 in the space of three overs.

New Zealand's overnight batsmen Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum added 54 runs in the morning and were particularly brutal with Ryan Sidebottom, England's leading wicket taker in the series, taking 31 off his first three overs.

But the momentum changed when Panesar was brought into the attack and made an immediate breakthrough.

He ended their 104-run partnership ended with Taylor caught at slip by Paul Collingwood for 74.

McCullum lasted two more overs before he went to whip Panesar to the legside boundary and was bowled middle stump.

Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel prolonged the innings a further 14 overs until Patel was caught by Stuart Broad at backward square leg for 18.

Vettori was next to go, caught by Ambrose off the bowling of James Anderson for 43, leaving the impressive

Southee to bolster the score at the end before Sidebottom bowled Martin for five to end the innings and take his 24th wicket of the series.

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