March 11, 2013
A maiden Test Match fifty from nightwatchman Steven Finn helped England secure a draw in the first Test at Dunedin.
Having replaced his Captain Alastair Cook late on Day 4, Finn’s marathon lasted just short of 5 hours. The fast bowler lasted 203 deliveries before an ambitious slog sweep saw him caught off the bowling of Bruce Martin.
England having started Day 5 on 234–1, lost Compton for 117 on what was a slow mornings play. Finn found a partner in Trott whos fluent 52 edged England closer to safety. Pietersen soon followed Trott, and with Joe Root being run out from cover buy Tim Southee without scoring, New Zealand still had hope for a positive outcome.
When the 3rd new ball was taken England had a lead of 117 with 4 wickets remaining. Ian Bell and Matt Prior wisely saw England through the new ball and through to the drinks break where both sets of players settled with the draw.
The Scoop 11/03/2013