ENG vs NZ: New Zealand bowled well on the first day of the second Test, England still managed (PC-AFP)
Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence hit half-centuries on the first day of the Birmingham Test, England scored 258 for 7 wickets.
New Delhi. After opener Rory Burns’ half-century, Dane Lawrence’s patient unbeaten half-century also helped England overcome a difficult situation and scored 258 for seven on the first day of the second and final cricket Test against New Zealand. Despite Burns’ 81 in the first Test, England were in trouble after losing six wickets for 175 runs. Lawrence (67 not out) then handled the innings with an unbroken partnership of 47 for the seventh wicket with Ollie Stone (20) and 36 for the eighth wicket with Mark Wood (16 not out). Lawrence has hit 11 fours in his innings facing 100 balls so far.
For New Zealand, apart from fast bowlers Matt Henry and Trent Boult, spinner Aijaz Patel also took two wickets each. Burns gave the team a good start with Dom Sibley (35) adding 72 runs for the first wicket. However, the New Zealand bowlers made a comeback to the visiting team in the second session by taking four wickets for 85 runs.
England’s condition after lunch
England added 67 runs in the first session without losing a wicket, but after lunch, Henry got Sibley caught by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell on the last ball of the first over. Wagner got Jack Crowley caught by Daryl Mitchell in the next over. He could not even open the account. Henry then caught Captain Joe Root at the hands of Blundell for four runs to make England 85 for three. Patel also caught Ollie Pope (19) at the hands of Blundell in the last half hour before tea. He gave the fourth blow to England. Boult sent Burns and James Bracey (00) to the pavilion early in the final session but Lawrence handled the innings with a lower order. Burns faced 187 balls and hit 10 fours. Earlier in the morning session, New Zealand captain Tom Latham tried five bowlers but none of them could give success to the team.
Kiwi team landed with 6 changes
New Zealand’s team has gone without wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling in this match, who failed to recover from the stiffness in the back. Blundell took his place. New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson is also not a part of the playing XI. In his place, Latham is taking the responsibility of captaincy. There have been six changes in the New Zealand team, including the return of fast bowler Trent Boult.
England has made a change and has included Olly Stone in the team in place of suspended fast bowler Olly Robinson. James Anderson became the most Test-playing cricketer for England as soon as he landed for this match. This is his 162nd Test.