England close day one of the 1st Test in a strong position against New Zealand
On the opening day of the 1st Test against New Zealand, in Mount Maunganui, the England top order batsmen took them to a strong position at the close of play on 241-4, with Ben Stokes 67* and Ollie Pope 18*, the not out batsmen.
England - 241 - 4 (90 Overs) – (Rory Burns 52, Joe Denly 74, Ben Stokes 67*; Colin de Grandhomme 2-28)
New Zealand – Still to Bat
At the Close - England are 241- 4
England go to stumps on day one at 241/4.— ICC (@ICC) November 21, 2019
Joe Denly scored a steady half-century, and Ben Stokes built on that platform. The all-rounder will resume at 67* tomorrow.#NZvENG LIVE ?? https://t.co/IdOtHFVZap pic.twitter.com/L55dq2FX3L
Having won the toss and decided to bat, England opened up with Rory Burns (52) and debutant Dominic Sibley (22), who put on a partnership of 52 for the first wicket.
Joe Denly and Rory Burns then took England past the hundred milestone before Burns was out for 52. Joe Root was the only top order England batsman to not reach double figures as he was out for 2. However, Denly (74) and then Ben Stokes (67*) and Ollie Pope (18*) made sure England closed day one of the 1st Test in a strong position.
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Bay Oval, Tauranga
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Wilson, Christopher Brown, Javagal Srinath
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