England vs New Zealand: 2nd Test Day 2: Conway and Young put Kiwis in strong position
Devon Conway and Will Young’s brilliance with the bat puts New Zealand on top at the close of second day’s play.
England (1st innings) – 303/10 (101 overs)
New Zealand (1st innings) – 229/3 (76.3 overs)
Session 1, Day 2
England batters were welcomed into the second day with a lot of sunshine and cheer from the crowd. Resuming the innings at 258 for 7, Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood would have been eyeing that 300 run mark. Mark Wood displayed his intentions early on by driving Trent Boult nonchalantly towards the cover boundary for four. He was watchful with good deliveries and gave an apt treatment to the short deliveries. The scoreboard kept moving along nicely. Wood was so good with the timing off his bat that each ball he poked at went for a boundary. Dan Lawrence had full confidence in Wood’s batting ability and he did not want to field majority of the strike.
Matt Henry provided a major breakthrough with the wicket of Mark Wood in the 96th over. He finally bowled a fuller delivery to Wood and reaped the result. Wood was dismissed after making an important contribution of 40 runs. England’s number 10 Stuart Broad perished shortly after on a delivery that moved away after pitching. England at this point were 289 for 9 and looked uncertain to reach the 300 run mark. James Anderson arrived at the crease with huge applause from the Edgbaston crowd. He survived some ferocious deliveries bowled by Trent Boult and Dan Lawrence at the other end hit some important boundaries off Matt Henry and Neil Wagner. Boult finally dismissed James Anderson on the last ball of the 101th over and England were bowled out for 303. Dan Lawrence was left stranded at 81 off 124 balls and he walked off the ground to a mesmerizing applause from the crowd.
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), 5-169 (Rory Burns, 58.6 ov), 6-175 (James Bracey, 60.1 ov), 7-222 (Olly Stone, 75.2 ov), 8-288 (Mark Wood, 95.1 ov), 9-289 (Stuart Broad, 96.2 ov), 10-303 (James Anderson, 100.6 ov)
New Zealand started off cautiously in the second innings. The openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway chose the right deliveries to put their bat on to. Stuart Broad provided the first opening for England as he pinned Tom Latham leg before wicket in the 6th over. It was a cracker of a delivery that nipped back in and trapped Latham in front of the stumps. New Zealand were 15 for 1 and England sniffed a chance to take a couple more wickets before Lunch. Will Young replaced Tom Latham and batted with a lot of confidence in the middle. He gradually moved the scoreboard along with Devon Conway. By lunch, New Zealand were 43 for 1 with Young batting at 6 and Conway at 27.
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tom Latham, 5.4 ov)
Second Session, Day 2:
New Zealand simply dominated the second session with both Will Young and Devon Conway putting away the loose deliveries at ease. Conway carried on from where he left off in the last test and reached his fifty in 85 balls. Will Young played some fantastic drives on the up and proved why he is considered one of the top emerging talents in NZ. New Zealand reached 100 runs in the 37th over with both Young and Conway determined to convert their starts into bigger scores. Anderson and company tried really hard but with no real success. New Zealand cruised along safely and ensured they did not lose any wicket until Tea. By Tea, New Zealand were 130 for 1, with Conway batting at 78 and Young at 40.
Third Session, Day 2:
Devon Conway was eyeing his second ton in the series and was batting with a lot of concentration. Conway however lost his focus in the 46th over, when he tried to go humpty on a nothing ball directed on the pads and gave a simply catch to square leg. Broad was the man again to provide a breakthrough for his side. At this point, New Zealand were 137 for 2.
In came the experienced Ross Taylor at number 4 and he blocked the first few deliveries to assess the behaviour of the pitch. Will Young at the other end was seeing the ball like a football and his extraordinary cover drive off James Anderson proved it. He reached 50 in 132 balls with 7 boundaries to his name. New Zealand reached 150 in the 54th over and looked ever so strong to reach a formidable total.
Taylor soon joined the party and hit Olly Stone for 2 consecutive boundaries off his hips in the 63rd over to break the shackles. New Zealand were now moving along swiftly at a good scoring rate. As a desperate move, captain Joe Root introduced himself into the attack but to no avail as NZ did not drop a sweat in finding the gaps. They reached the 200 run milestone in the 68th over with Taylor and Young looking in fine touch.
Root brought in Dan Lawrence as a surprise move. He did deliver and picked up the prized wicket of Will Young in the 77th over. Young played a magnificent innings of 82 runs. With his wicket, umpires called it stumps with NZ comfortably placed at 229 for 3. Ross Taylor was unbeaten at 46 at the close of play.
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tom Latham, 5.4 ov), 2-137 (Devon Conway, 45.3 ov), 3-229 (Will Young, 76.3 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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