During the third Test between England and New Zealand in Leeds, visiting team batsman Tom Blundell was hit by technique. In fact, due to the closure of the Decision Review System (DRS), the Kiwi players could not take the review and had to return to the pavilion after the umpire gave out. In the first innings of the third Test, New Zealand were reduced to 329 runs, in response to which the hosts scored 264 runs on Bairstow’s century at the end of the second day.
Darrell Mitchell and Tom Blundell, who became troubleshooters for New Zealand on the first day, gave their team a decent start on the second day as well. Blundell was batting brilliantly on 55 runs when Matty Potts caught him in front of the wicket on full lath delivery on the third ball of the 96th over. The ball hit Blundell’s leg and the bowler loudly appealed for LBW out. The on-field umpire gave Blundell out, New Zealand had a review and could have prevented the partnership from breaking, but the player had to return to the pavilion following the decision of the umpire due to a bad DRS.
In a video released by England Cricket, commentators informed about the closure of DRS. “There will be no review for Blundell. The DRS is closed. Blundell cannot review and the umpire’s decision will prevail,” he said.
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.