Jonny Bairstow leads England fightback with an unbeaten 97

Jonny Bairstow scored an unbeaten 97 on day one of Christchurch Test
Jonny Bairstow scored an unbeaten 97 on day one of Christchurch Test

England 290-8 (Bairstow 97no) v New Zealand
Second Test, Christchurch, day one

Jonny Bairstow rescued England with an unbeaten 97 run-knock as they went on to post 290 for eight at stumps on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. They had a forced change with Ish Sodhi replacing injured Todd Astle while James Vince, Mark Wood and debutant Jack Leach was included in England line-up.

England suffered an early setback when Alastair Cook (2) was castled by Trent Boult (3-79) in the third over of the innings and James Vince (18) looked in good nick with back to back boundaries in the seventh over.

In the eighth over, New Zealand used a review unsuccessfully against Vince and in the 12th over, England used the review to overturn a decision that was given out by the on-field umpire. Vince was once again the batsman, who was on the right end of the review on both the occasions.

England negated the first hour of the play with a score of 34 for one. In the 17th over, Vince was given out LBW off Tim Southee (5-60) but this time a review did not go in his favour but the ball clipped the leg stump.

Mark Stoneman (35) meanwhile played a patient knock at the other and along with Joe Root (37) took England to 70 for two at the end of the first session.

Stoneman and Root struck a boundary apiece to begin the second session and in the 33rd over, New Zealand made another unsuccessful review for LBW with the ball pitching outside leg. The 50-run stand came in the 36th over which also saw Root castled by Southee.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Boult trapped Dawid Malan (0) and Southee had Stoneman caught behind in successive overs as England slipped to 94 for five.

Ben Stokes (25) and Bairstow (97 not out) arrested the slide to help England recover and post 150 for five as they headed into the tea.

The 57-run stand ended in the first over of the final session when Boult had Stokes caught behind and with Broad chipping a Southee delivery to mid off, England looked in further trouble at 164 for seven.

Bairstow stepped up the gear with wickets falling at the other end and went on to notch his half-century off 93 deliveries but was handed a reprieve by Watling soon after. The surprise package though was Wood (52), who calmed the nerves of Bairstow at the other end hitting seven boundaries and a six to complete his maiden half-century.

The duo shared 95 run stand for the eighth wicket before Wood became Southee's fifth wicket just before the second new ball was taken. New Zealand also looked sloppy on the field in the final session when they dropped Wood twice before he was dismissed.

New Zealand would have desperately liked to bowl England out but Bairstow and Jack Leach (10 not out) ensured England ended the day with a score of 290 for eight with an unbeaten 31 run stand.

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