Joe Denly dropped a simple catch from Kane Williamson in the Test between New Zealand and England
Coming in to bat on the fifth day of the second Test in Hamilton, New Zealand looked optimistic of sealing the two-match series after a win in the first Test.
Kiwi batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, after surviving an early barrage from Ben Stokes, had their task cut out as they needed a draw to win the series 1-0.
But the incident which turned eyes everywhere was when England and Kent opener Joe Denly dropped a sitter. This probably was the worst miss in history to give a reprieve to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
It happened during the fourth delivery of the 49th over when Williamson was deceived by England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
He managed to outfox the Black Caps skipper with a knuckleball. Williamson was evidently through the shot too early and chipped the ball up to midwicket where Denly was waiting.
The all-rounder glanced to his right, saw the ball heading gently in the direction of the fielder and wheeled away celebrating. However, his excitement was short-lived when the speedster discovered Denly hunched over with the ball lying on the turf.
Williamson made the most of his second life as he went on to score his 21st Test century and propel the Kiwis to a series win against England.
The rain-marred encounter eventually concluded in a draw. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor taking matters in their own hands to see things off. The duo put up an unbroken 213 for the third wicket partnership – a record against the Three Lions.
Williamson made an unbeaten 104 and Taylor remained not out at 105. They guided New Zealand to 241-2 – a lead of 140 – before rain ended play early.
England were unable to take a single wicket throughout the day’s play. The visitors, who lost the first Test by an innings and 65 runs, have not won in New Zealand since 2008.
Although England won the Twenty20 series, they end the year without a Test series victory for the first time since 1999.
New Zealand travel to Australia for a Test series, the first being at Perth in just over a week’s time.
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