ENG vs NZ 1st Test: Stokes’ first fifty as captain, Root towards century, England closer to victory

New Delhi. In the first Test against New Zealand, England chased 277 for victory on the third day at 216 for the loss of five wickets. England need 61 runs to win with five wickets remaining. The host team’s swashbuckling batsman Joe Root remains on the crease after scoring 77 runs. At the other end, Ben Fox is supporting him by scoring 9 runs. There are still two days of play left.

England had lost four wickets till the score of 69 runs but the 90-run fifth wicket partnership between captain Ben Stokes (54) and former captain Joe Root took over the team’s batting. Kyle Jamieson took four wickets for New Zealand while Trent Boult took one wicket.

Earlier, England’s bowlers kept their hopes of victory on the bowlers friendly pitch by taking six wickets in 34 runs in New Zealand’s second innings at Lord’s ground. New Zealand’s second innings, which scored 132 runs in the first innings, was reduced to 285 runs. England started dominating the match after taking the new ball on the third day and took the remaining wickets during the opening 90 minutes of play. New Zealand’s team could only score 49 runs in this season.

Daryl Mitchell (108) and Tom Blundell (96) had shared an unbroken 180-run partnership till the end of the second day’s play, but the pair could only add 15 more runs on Saturday. The 195-run partnership of these two was broken by Stuart Broad by ending Mitchell’s century. In the first innings on the very next ball, New Zealand’s highest scorer Colin de Grandhomme was run out without opening the account. Broad then bowled Kyle Jameson (nil) to complete the team’s hat-trick of wickets.

Anderson then stopped Blundell from completing the century by going lbw. Tim Southee’s quick innings of 26 runs in 21 balls took the team’s score to 285. Earlier, Mitchell completed his century on the first ball of the day. He is the 15th batsman from New Zealand to score a century at Lord’s.

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