ENG vs NZ: Fifties from Mitchell and Blundell, New Zealand gave a befitting reply to England, more than 300 runs scored


Nottingham. New Zealand batted brilliantly on the first day of the second cricket test (ENG vs NZ) against England. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell are playing with half-centuries. At the end of the first day’s play, the team made 318 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The team did not lose a single wicket in the last session and also added 123 runs. Mitchell is playing 81 off 147 balls and Blundell scoring 67 runs off 136 balls. Mitchell has hit 9 fours and 2 sixes. Wherein Blundell has hit 8 fours. Both have also made an unbeaten partnership of 149 runs so far. In the first test, hosts England had won. In such a situation, New Zealand’s batsmen have retaliated strongly. Mitchell scored a century in the second innings of the first Test. James Anderson and Ben Stokes got 2-2 wickets.

Earlier, at lunch, New Zealand’s score was 108 for 2 wickets. But after lunch, the team lost the wickets of Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway. Nicholls was given life by Jack Crowley in the slips on the score of 16 runs. He returned after scoring 30 runs, caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes off the ball of England captain Ben Stokes. After 3 overs, Fox took the catch of Conway (46), while the bowler was James Anderson.

Blundell gets life support at zero

At the time of tee, Daryl Mitchell was playing 20 and Tom Blundell was scoring 7 runs. Blundell also got life support when he had not even opened the account. Joe Root dropped his easy catch at first slip off Stokes. The sky was cloudy in the morning and England won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. New Zealand’s opener and stand-in captain Tom Latham and Will Young put on an 84-run partnership for the first wicket.

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But Young (47) was caught by Ben Stokes off the ball and caught by Jack Crowley standing at second slip. Stokes soon put Anderson on the bowling and the veteran pacer tempted Latham (26) to shoot a pull shot, which he could not time properly and it ended up in the hands of Matthew Potts standing at midwicket. New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson came positive for the corona virus test on Thursday, and is in Quarantine, due to which he could not play in this match.

Tags: Ben Stokes, Daryl Mitchell, England, England vs new zealand, New Zealand, Tom Latham

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