Leeds. Daryl Mitchell continues to perform well in the Test series against England. At the end of the first day of the third Test (ENG vs NZ), New Zealand made 225 runs for 5 wickets in the first innings. Mitchell is playing 78 and Tom Blundell 45 runs. Both have also shared an unbeaten 102-run partnership in 34.4 overs so far. Mitchell has scored more than 50 in the fourth consecutive innings. It also includes 2 centuries. At one point the team’s score was 123 runs for 5 wickets. So the team was in trouble. In the 3-match series, the host England team is ahead 2-0. The English team has already won the series. In such a situation, his goal will be to do a clean sweep.
Talking about the series, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have shared 593 runs in 1132 balls so far. For the first time in New Zealand’s Test history, a pair has faced more than 1000 balls in a bilateral series. Earlier in 2014, in the 3-match series against West Indies, the pair of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson faced 916 balls and scored 362 runs.
Record for most runs
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have also shared a partnership of 583 runs so far. This is also a new record for the highest run partnership from New Zealand in a series. Both broke the 31 year old record. Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones added 552 runs against Sri Lanka in 1991. Apart from this, no other pair of New Zealand could share a partnership of 550 runs in a series. Mitchell has so far scored 451 runs in 846 balls and 285 runs in 596 balls in the Mitchell series.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat. But the first wicket was lost in the first over as Tom Latham, who could not even open the account. Broad took his wicket. Will Young became his first victim after scoring 20 runs LBW off Jack Leach. Captain Kane Williamson (31) was dismissed by Stuart Broad before lunch. Devon Conway got out for 26 and Henry Nicholls scored 19 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2022, 23:13 IST