England vs New Zealand: 1st Test Day 5: Sibley and Root hold their nerves as England manage to draw the First Test.
Dom Sibley and Joe Root hold their nerves as England manage to draw the First Test.
England 275/10 (101.1 ov) & 170/3 (70 ov)
New Zealand 378/10 (122.4 ov) & 169/6d (52.3 ov)
Session 1, Day 5:
New Zealand lost the night watchman Neil Wagner early in the day. He was dismissed by Ollie Robinson. Tom Latham continued to find singles consistently and moved to 36 before being dismissed by Stuart Broad.
Ross Taylor at number 5 showed intent right from the word go and scoring 33 off 35 balls. He was swinging the blade well and sent two balls over the boundary rope for a six. Post his dismissal, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme took the responsibility of escalating the run rate. At 169/6, Kane Williamson decided to declare the innings to make a match out of it.
Lunch was taken after the declaration and England now needed to score 273 runs to win off 75 overs and NZ had enough time to bowl England out and claim victory.
Fall of wickets:
1 - 39 (D. Conway, 18.2 ov)
2 - 57 (K. Williamson, 24.3 ov)
3-73 (Neil Wagner, 32.4 ov)
4-105 (Tom Latham, 39.2 ov)
5-133 (Ross Taylor, 44.2 ov)
6-159 (Henry Nicholls, 51.1 ov)
Session 2, Day 5:
England started off cautiously with Rory Burns and Dom Sibley leaving the tempting balls outside the off stump. Burns looked in fine touch and carried on his run from the first innings. Just when he looked like laying a base for a bigger score, Neil Wagner dismissed him for 25.
Wagner and Kyle Jamieson bowled in tandem just before the end of the second session. They were very economic but failed to pick up another wicket. Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley stood their ground strong and didn't give any opportunity for the fielding team to leap on to.
It certainly needed a Tim Southee magic to break open the game and he did exactly that. In the 31st over, he dismissed Zak Crawley for 2.
By the end of the second session, England were 56 for 2 with Root and Sibley at the crease. They needed another 217 runs to win the Test with 43 overs remaining in the day.
Session 3, Day 5:
All came down to the last session of this exciting game of cricket. Dom Sibley and Joe Root had to play a big role if they were to rescue their team from a compromising position. Both the batters played patiently and waited for the loose ball to score runs.
New Zealand bowlers applied all the tricks in the bag to dismiss one of the two batsmen but failed in doing so. Dom Sibley and Joe Root progressed steadily and made sure that they didn't give away their wicket easy.
Joe Root was finally dismissed in the 56th over by Neil Wagner. Root made a solid 40 off 71 balls. Dom Sibley carried on his resilience and kept blocking the well directed deliveries like a wall. He and Ollie Pope understood the situation well and played out for a draw.
Kane Williamson kept changing the bowling pattern but nothing worked for his side to pick up another wicket. Sibley and Ollie Pope batted it out bravely and survived. Dom Sibley played an instrumental role in helping England fight it out until the end.
England eventually managed to draw the game after scoring 170 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 70 overs of their second innings.
Fall of Wickets:
1-49 (Rory Burns, 23.4 ov)
2-56 (Zak Crawley, 30.3 ov)
3-136 (Joe Root, 55.3 ov)
England- Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson
New Zealand- Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner.
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Lord's, London
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Michael Burns, Chris Broad
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