New Zealand's hope of winning the first Test against England were saved by nightwatchman Steven Finn he was batted almost six hours to guide the match to a draw on Sunday. New Zealand, ranked No.8 in the world, had the improved of world No.2 England through most of the match and still had chance of win when they lead by 59 at the start of the final day.
Steven Finn started before stumps on the Day four and batted until after tea on Sunday to dry New Zealand's push for victory, reaching his first fifty in Tests Match. England were 431 for 6 at stumps were drawn, leading by 128 runs with Ian Bell unbeaten on 26 and Matt Prior not out on 23 runs.
England's comeback after trailing by 293 runs on first innings, was set up by openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton who both scored hundreds, it was Finn Day he sealed the draw. He came to bat the wicket when Alastair Cook was dismissed for 116 late on day four and batted determinedly into the match's last session.
After Finn wicket and England lost the wicket of Joe Root for a duck soon afterwards, New Zealand's hopes rose briefly. But Bell and Prior batted England on to a lead of 128 runs and when drinks were taken in the third session, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum shake hands and acknowledged the draw. The second Test starts in Wellington on Thursday.