England vs New Zealand: 2nd Test Day 3: New Zealand on brink of historic series win over England
The Kiwi bowlers jolted the England batting line-up to put them on the brink of historic series win over England today, at Edgbaston today.
England (1st innings) – 303/10 (101 overs)
New Zealand (1st innings) – 388/10 (119.1 overs), lead 85 runs
England (2nd innings) – 122/9 (41 overs
Session 1, Day 3
New Zealand started the third day of the Test Match at 229 for 3 with Henry Nicholls new to the crease.
Ross Taylor showed signs of aggression early on when he tried to hook almost every short delivery he faced. Both Nicholls and Taylor were reading the pitch very well. Taylor reached his fifty in 101 balls. Post the half century, Taylor looked even more aggressive in his approach and contributed some quick runs to the team. NZ were also assisted by a poor display of wicket keeping by James Bracey as he gave away 10+ runs just in the form of byes. Nicholls at the other end was more cautious in his approach and played a perfect foil to the experienced Taylor. At drinks, New Zealand were 292 for 3 with Ross Taylor batting beautifully at 80 and Nicholls at 16. At this point, NZ were looking quite strong and determined to reach a 450+ score.
A real turnaround happened after drinks when Olly Stone removed Ross Taylor for 80. Stone pitched the ball in the good length zone and Taylor poked at it with no real feet movement, giving an easy catch to Bracey. Nicholls was the next one to follow as he gloved a short ball down the leg side into the hands of Bracey. England sniffed a chance for a come back and Root followed a more aggressive fielding tactic. At Lunch, New Zealand were 326 for 5 with Mitchell and Blundell at the crease.
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tom Latham, 5.4 ov), 2-137 (Devon Conway, 45.3 ov), 3-229 (Will Young, 76.3 ov), 4-292 (Ross Taylor, 90.3 ov), 5-312 (Henry Nicholls, 97.2 ov)
Session 2, Day 3:
Daryl Mitchell lost his wicket right after lunch and England were all over New Zealand. Root kept rotating the bowlers to keep the NZ batters confused. Neil Wagner was the next one to follow as he was cleaned up by James Anderson.
Tom Blundell held his crease and did not throw away his wicket cheaply. He stitched a partnership of 17 runs for the 7th wicket with Matt Henry to keep the scoreboard ticking. Matt Henry could not read the line of a fast paced delivery by Mark Wood and was trapped in front of the stumps. After the dismissal of Matt Henry, Tom Blundell took more responsibility of batting sensibly with the tail and held most of the strike. However, his stay at the crease was shortened by Stuart Broad as he was dismissed for 34, trying to poke at a length ball outside off. Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel put in some entertainment with the bat and collected 27 runs for the 10th wicket before Ajaz Patel fell to Stuart Broad in the 120th over. New Zealand were bowled out for 388 with a lead of 85 runs.
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tom Latham, 5.4 ov), 2-137 (Devon Conway, 45.3 ov), 3-229 (Will Young, 76.3 ov), 4-292 (Ross Taylor, 90.3 ov), 5-312 (Henry Nicholls, 97.2 ov), 6-335 (Daryl Mitchell, 104.5 ov), 7-336 (Neil Wagner, 105.3 ov), 8-353 (Matt Henry, 110.4 ov), 9-361 (Tom Blundell, 115.4 ov), 10-388 (Ajaz Patel, 119.1 ov)
England were under real pressure when they came back on to the field. They had to put in a terrific performance with the bat to save the match. However, NZ bowlers had different ideas and Matt Henry removed in-form Rory Burns on the second ball of the innings for a duck. Burns could not read the situation well and went for an expansive drive, only to edge the ball to the first slip where Tom Latham took a comfortable catch. Dom Sibley was the next one to follow as he edged one to Daryl Mitchell at the third slip. Matt Henry now had 2 wickets and was raring to go for a third one. Under immense pressure, captain Root came to the crease and kept his wicket intact until Tea. At Tea, England’s score was 18 for 2, with Crawley at 10 and Root at 0.
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.2 ov), 2-17 (Dom Sibley, 4.5 ov), 3-30 (Zak Crawley, 10.1 ov)
Session 3, Day 3:
After tea, England looked more conservative in their approach. Joe Root did not flirt with the deliveries outside off. Zak Crawley however was trapped LBW by Matt Henry off a ball that nipped back in strangely. Crawley used the review but to no avail as the ball tracking showed 3 reds. New Zealand were inching closer to a Test Series win against England.
Ollie Pope at number 5 opted for a counter attacking mode and hit some really good looking shots. But his innings was short lived too as he was dismissed by Neil Wagner for 23. He too wasted the review for an LBW.
The first innings hero Dan Lawrence now came to the crease to a huge applause from the crowd. He could not repeat his heroics from the first innings however and was removed by Wagner on the second ball he faced. Joe Root was stranded at the other and he was witnessing a massive batting failure from his comrades.
The wicket keeper James Bracey now came to the crease. His first run was cheered loudly by the Edgbaston crowd. This was sarcasm at its best. Bracey was careful this time about the deliveries outside off stump. However, he played an awful shot at an awful time to Ajaz Patel and got his furniture disturbed. He got out for 8 and England found themselves in deeply troubled waters. They looked upon their captain Joe Root to rescue them from an epic failure. Root looked composed and kept rotating the strike with Olly Stone.
With a low scoring approach, the England total was going nowhere and therefore, Root decided to gloriously cut a short ball outside off by Ajaz Patel, only to nick it to the keeper. It was a huge blow to England and New Zealand could sniff victory on the third day itself.
Mark Wood came in at number 9 and picked up from where he left off in the last innings. He toyed around with the NZ bowlers and hit them around for fun. He initiated a wonderful fight back along with Olly Stone. Just when things were looking better for England, they lost Mark Wood to Neil Wagner. Mark Wood scored 28 and England’s lead was now 35 runs.
Stuart Broad disappointed yet again with the bat as he was dismissed for 1 by Trent Boult off a beautiful delivery. England were in shambles and they needed a miracle to lift them from the situation.
James Anderson survived the last over of the day to finish the proceedings at 122 for 9 with a lead of 37 runs.
It will be only a matter of time tomorrow when NZ wraps up the Eng innings and chase down the total.
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.2 ov), 2-17 (Dom Sibley, 4.5 ov), 3-30 (Zak Crawley, 10.1 ov), 4-58 (Ollie Pope, 15.6 ov), 5-58 (Dan Lawrence, 17.2 ov), 6-71 (James Bracey, 22.3 ov), 7-76 (Joe Root, 26.5 ov), 8-120 (Mark Wood, 38.3 ov), 9-121 (Stuart Broad, 39.2 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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