ENG vs NZ 3rd Test, Day 1: The last match of the three-Test series between England and New Zealand is being played at Headingley Leeds. Kiwi team won the toss and elected to bat in this match and by the end of the first day’s play, 225 runs for the loss of 5 wickets were put on the board. There was a time when half the great team had returned to the pavilion on 123 runs. Then Daryl Mitchell (78) and Tom Blundell (45) once again became the troubleshooters of the New Zealand team and made a century partnership for the 6th wicket. Both the batsmen did not give wickets to the English bowlers till the end of the day’s play.
Tom Latham and the top-order batsmen disappointed
England, who took an unassailable lead in the 2-0 Test series, made a strong start in the third Test as well. In the very first over, Stuart Broad showed the way to the pavilion by dismissing Tom Latham for zero. After this, New Zealand lost the other three wickets in the form of Will Young (20), Kane Williamson (31) and Devon Conway. Kiwi team had lost 4 of its batsmen on 83 runs. Then Nichols found the support of Michelle Marsh. Both the players had a tight partnership for the fourth wicket, but luck probably had something else in mind.
Nicholas got out in a very bad manner
Nicholls, batting straight after scoring 19 runs off 98 balls, tried to play a shot in the front in the 56th over of Jack Leach. Mitchell, standing at the non-striker’s end, tried to back down after seeing the shot coming towards him, but the ball hit his bat and landed in the hands of Alex Lees stationed in the direction of mid-off. It was one of the most disappointing wickets in the history of cricket.
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell become troublemakers
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put on a 102-run partnership for the 5th wicket to take the team out with difficulty, not giving any wicket to the English team. Till the end of the day’s play, Mitchell is present at the crease after scoring 78 off 159 balls and 45 runs from 198 balls. Both the players had shared an important partnership of 236 runs during the second Test as well. This is the third century partnership between Mitchell and Blundell in this series.