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New Zealand bowled out for 441

There was no Brendon McCullum, there were no specialist batsman left after wicketkeeper BJ Watling was lbw off what became the final delivery of Boxing Day. Although the decision could have been reversed considering the ball had swung too far in and would have missed the stumps.

Angelo Mathews had taken the new ball last evening and continued bowling with it. The decision proved fruitful when some extra bounce drew Southee’s outside edge and it was taken quite well by Lahiru Thirimanne at second slip. Suranga Lakmal, at the other end, consumed Neil Wagner and delivered a lovely outswinger to hand a second-ball duck to Boult.

New Zealand’s final five wickets were able to contribute only 21 runs, but what happened previously more than made up for it.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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