England win by 6 wickets
England win by 6 wickets

A determined century by Andrew Strauss completed a remarkable comeback by England, who won by 6 wickets - and created a piece of history, at Old Trafford today.

Chasing 294 - the highest fourth-innings run-chase in Old Trafford's Test match history – Strauss struck 106 as England gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. It was an astonishing change of fortunes, with England overturning a 179-run first-innings deficit, itself the fifth highest by any team.

Resuming on 76 for 1, Strauss and Vaughan picked up the tempo immediately, combining good running between the wickets with good shot selection, quick to pounce on anything loose. New Zealand didn't help themselves with some poor fielding. Catches were dropped, and as the pressure mounted, overthrows and generally sloppy fielding added unnecessary runs to England's total.

Vaughan's determined effort eventually ended on 48 when the England skipper edged an attempted drive to slip, but  the partnership had added 90 priceless runs.

Strauss and Kevin Pietersen settled any nerves in the England dressing room with a further 85 runs either side of lunch.
Pietersen deposited Vettori over mid on for England's first six of the series, while Strauss looked to be back towards his best with some free flowing drives.

Pietersen eventually ran himself out on 42, misjudging a second run while Strauss was brilliantly caught low down at slip by Ross Taylor to leave England requiring a further 46 runs.

Collingwood and Bell took England slowly but steadily to their target, although both were dropped by O'Brien, and the winning runs arrived from the last ball before tea.

Monty Panesar received the Man of the Match award for his fine spell of bowling that turned the game on its head on Sunday.

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