With the help of centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, New Zealand won the series 1.0 by taking a rain-fed second Test against England. New Zealand needed solid innings to avoid defeat on the last day. Also, England's poor fielding eased his path. Williamson got three lives in the innings. Soon after lunch, heavy rain had started when New Zealand's score was 241 for two in the second innings. Taylor was on 105 and Williamson was on 104. With this victory, New Zealand had a record eight wins, one draw and one loss to South Africa in the last 10 Test series.
Williamson completed his 21st Test century after lunch by hitting Joe Root in the third over. At the same time, Taylor completed his 19th century in the next over of the route. He hit a four and a six off two consecutive balls in this over. New Zealand started playing at 96 for two. England's intentions were to take early wickets early, but Ollie Pope and Joe Denly abandoned Williamson's easy catches to derail his intentions. Williamson had scored 39 when Pope dropped his catch off Ben Stokes. Then Denly dripped his easy catch at the sum of 62.