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Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner guide New Zealand to win over England

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Christchurch: New Zealand held firm to claim their first series win over England in 19 years as the second Test ended in a draw on the final day while England were desperate to end the tour on a winning note.

Ish Sodhi produced a defensive masterclass, scoring 56 off 168 balls as New Zealand – who reached 256-8 – claimed a series win over England on home soil for the first time since 1983-84.

England huffed and puffed, and they managed to get within two wickets of victory with as many as eight fielders surrounding the batsman, but they ran out of time and light after dismissing Neil Wagner (7 from 103) as the tourists were left searching for their first away victory since their trip to Bangladesh in October 2016.

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