Daryl Mitchell And Tom Blundell Both eyes were on centuries at Lord’s after New Zealand were placed in commanding position on Friday, the second day of the first Test against England. In a match where bowlers from both sides were at the top, the pair’s unbeaten 180-run partnership took the World Test champions to 236 for 4 on stumps in their second innings, which was 227 against New Zealand. After taking the lead. Trouble at 56 for four.
With Mitchell 97 not out and Blundell 90 not out – the first two half-centuries of the match – the two have now equaled New Zealand’s fifth-wicket record against England, which Martin Crow and Shane Thompson In 1994 at Lord’s.
He set up the first century partnership of the match in the classic test style, in which he showed strong defense by punishing anything loose or too much.
Mitchell ended Friday’s game in his own way, playing the last ball of the day, making his England debut. Matthew PottsAfter an unbeaten 102 against Pakistan in Christchurch last year, four to move within three runs of the second century in 10 Test matches of his career.
His alliance with wicketkeeper Blundell shed light on how a good pitch was innocent for the loss of 17 wickets on Thursday.
Given England’s struggle to score 141 in reply to New Zealand’s 132 in the first innings, the visitors may already have enough runs to play, although there are still three in this opening match of the three-Test series. Days left
Earlier, Potts – who enjoyed a brilliant return of four for 13 in the first innings – attacked again for two wickets for 11 in four overs on Friday before lunch.
For the second time in the match, the 23-year-old Durham dismissed the New Zealand captain. Ken Williamson.
Potts, who needed just five balls to get the star batsman’s skull as his first Test wicket on Thursday, delivered a superb lifting delivery that allowed Williamson to reach just the third slip. Johnny Barstow.
Williamson was dismissed for 15 and New Zealand’s 30 for two soon rose to 35 for three when Potts played the opener. Tom Latham He was caught for 14 runs.
But Mitchell, the son of former All Blacks rugby coach John Mitchell, hit two fours in a row off the new England captain. Ben Stokes – Clipped through an inning midwicket and then driven straight down the ground from a pace bowling all-rounder.
With New Zealand now 90 for four in 32 overs, Stokes calls for debutant league spinner Matt Parkinson For his first bowling in Test cricket.
England’s opening connection became an alternative after Manchester was called up on Thursday to replace Parkinson. Jack LeachWho fell head over heels in saving a boundary.
Parkinson bowled cleanly without threatening a wicket, having earlier helped England to a slim nine-run lead in the first innings by batting at number 11.
Blundell Square chased down the Pots for four, their seventh boundary, to complete a fifty off 101 balls after tea, and a few minutes later, Mitchell chased them, including five fours off 97 balls.
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