ENG vs NZ 3rd Test, Day 2 Highlights: The last match of the three-Test series between England and New Zealand is being played in Leeds. New Zealand’s first innings of this match was reduced to 329 runs. When the hosts came out to bat in their first innings, the hosts succumbed to the storm of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee. England had lost their 6 wickets for 55 in just 11.5 overs, which included big names like Joe Root and Ben Stokes, but after this Jonny Bairstow and debutant Jamie Overton played such an innings in this match, which everyone is appreciating. By the end of the second day’s play, these two players only allowed a wicket to fall, but by collecting runs quickly, the team took the team to a better position. England have scored 264 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of the day, they are only 65 runs behind New Zealand. During this, Jonny Bairstow scored a century, while Overton is batting after scoring 89 runs.
New Zealand started the second day on 225/5. The century partnership of Daryl Mitchell (109) and Tom Blundell (55) was broken by Matty Potts, after which England started tightening the grip on the Kiwi team. However, Mitchell stood firm at the other end and completed the third century of the series. Mitchell has batted brilliantly so far in this series. Tim Southee (33) was the only player to support Mitchell for a while after Blundell’s dismissal.
After New Zealand were bundled out for 329 runs, the English team came out to bat and the Kiwi bowlers wreaked havoc on the English batsmen. Boult in the form of Lees, Pope and Crowley gave the hosts the opening three blows. After this Tim Southee caught a big fish in the form of Joe Root. Neil Wagner did the right thing by dismissing Ben Stokes and Fox in one over.
England were on the back foot for the loss of 6 wickets in just 11.5 overs, but then Jonny Bairstow and Overton took the responsibility of scoring runs. By the end of the second day, there was a partnership of 209 runs between these two batsmen. During this, Bairstow scored the 10th century of his Test career and the second consecutive century of the series. Hopefully, on the third day, Overton will also be able to convert this excellent innings into a century.