England vs New Zealand: 2nd Test Day 1: Honours even at Edgbaston
England won the toss and decided to bat first on a surface that looked willow friendly.
The openers got England off to a decent start as no wicket was lost up to the first drinks break. England were 25 for 0 at this point with Rory Burns batting at 10 and Dom Sibley at 11. After drinks, England showed some intent and the first 50 was completed in 20 overs without losing a wicket.
England (1st innings) – 258/7 (90 overs)
New Zealand - still to bat
Stumps at Edgbaston!— ICC (@ICC) June 10, 2021
New Zealand trouble England, but the hosts hang on thanks to Dan Lawrence's half-century and his partnerships with Olly Stone and Mark Wood.
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New Zealand pacers bowled hard lengths but did not get the desired result. Rory Burns and Dom Sibley looked quite comfortable at the crease and gradually moved the scoreboard along.
By Lunch, England were 67 for 0 and looked in complete control. Rory Burns was batting at 23 not out and Dom Sibley at 31.
Session 2, Day 1
The real turnaround came right after lunch when Matt Henry bowled a beauty to dismiss Dom Sibley. The ball was just short of a length in the corridor and Sibley poked at it with no real intention. The ball kissed the outside part of the bat and carried over to the wicket keeper Tom Blundell. Sibley’s dismissal triggered belief in the New Zealand camp and Neil Wagner struck in the very next over to pick up the wicket of Zak Crawley. England were reduced to 73 for 2 in no time and it was all over to the man in form, Rory Burns and Joe Root to rescue the innings once again.
Captain Root failed to revive the innings and got out for 4 to Matt Henry in the 34th over of the innings. From a strong position, England were now staring down at a low total. Ollie Pope was the new man at the crease and he joined hands with Rory Burns for the 4th wicket. They negated the good deliveries and took full toll off bad deliveries.
Burns picked up from where he left in the last Test Match and was batting with a lot of intent and comfort. Burns reached his 50 in 141 balls. He stitched an important partnership of 42 runs for the 4th wicket with Ollie Pope. When all was going well, Ollie Pope edged a delivery bowled way outside off stump by Ajaz Patel. He was dismissed at 19 and England were now 127 for 4 in the 50th over. Dan Lawrence came in at number 6 and smashed a couple of boundaries before the tea break. He looked well set from ball one he faced. By Tea, England were 152 for 4 with Rory Burns at 73 and Lawrence at 11.
Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Dom Sibley, 29.6 ov), 2-73 (Zak Crawley, 30.6 ov), 3-85 (Joe Root, 33.5 ov), 4-127 (Ollie Pope, 49.4 ov),
Session 3, Day 3:
The start of the post Tea session was dominated by England with Burns finding the gaps at ease. Another turning point came in the 59th over when Burns was dismissed by Boult off a healthy edge to Tom Latham. England kept up to their tradition of losing back to back wickets and lost Jamey Bracey 7 balls later as he edged one to Daryl Mitchell to the bowling of Trent Boult. All of a sudden, New Zealand were all over England.
In came Olly Stone at number 8 and played a great supporting role to Dan Lawrence who seemed to be striking the ball really well. Stone made 20 off 52 deliveries before losing his patience and tried to sweep Ajaz Patel unsuccessfully in the 76th over to lose his wicket. Dan Lawrence needed someone to stay there alongside him to take England to a competitive total. Mark Wood stepped up on the occasion and batted very safely at the other end. In the meanwhile, Dan Lawrence showed dominance with the bat and smashed Wagner and company for a couple of good looking boundaries.
A new ball was taken in the 81st over. Boult was given the responsibility to get the ball do the talking. His spell was nothing less than extraordinary as Mark Wood survived dangerously on a few balls that moved in after pitching. Dan Lawrence did not change his approach and hit a few more coming on to the front foot. He reached 50 runs in 75 balls. It was an innings of pure class and dominance, one that the England supporters have been waiting for this summer.
England reached 250 runs in the 88th over. Both Lawrence and Wood batted sensibly in the last few overs before stumps. They left the good deliveries alone and literally pounced on the bad ones. The 8th wicket pair survived the new ball onslaught by Boult and company. At stumps, England were comfortably placed at 258 for7 with Lawrence unbeaten at 67 and Wood at 16.
Fall of Wickets: 5-169 (Rory Burns, 58.6 ov), 6-175 (James Bracey, 60.1 ov), 7-222 (Olly Stone, 75.2 ov)
England- Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson
New Zealand- Will Young, Tom Latham (c), Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Daryl Mitchell
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: England won toss and elected to bat first.
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Martin Saggers, Chris Broad
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