NZ vs ENG first test match is being played at Lords, England. England’s pace battery destroys the Kiwi Batting line-up after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson wins the toss and decides to bat first.
NZ vs ENG First Test – Match Summary
New Zealand opts to bat first
The start for New Zealand didn’t go well as they lost their first wicket in the third over bowled by the veteran English bowler James Anderson. Anderson strikes and removes Will Young on the very first ball of the third over of the match. Young departs at a score of just 1 run. Meanwhile, the other opener Tom Latham also gets dismissed by Anderson on the third ball of his next over and puts New Zealand on the backfoot.
The problems for New Zealand do not end here, Devon Conway, who came to bat at one down and their captain Kane Williamson also gets out within 5 runs and New Zealand lose their first 4 wickets for just 12 runs. Stuart Broad dismissed Conway for 3 runs whereas the debutant Matty Potts opens his international career with the wicket of Kane Williamson. The right-arm medium pacer, Matty Potts impresses everyone with his bowling and gets the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell.
James Anderson and Matty Potts destroy NZ
New Zealand failed to survive the havoc caused by the English Bolwers and gets all out before tea at the score of just 132 runs. The all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme remains the top scorer for New Zealand with his unbeaten 42 runs off just 50 deliveries. Grandhomme adds a 41-run partnership with Tim Southee and takes his team from 45/7 to 86/7. Later, he also adds a 30 runs partnership for the last wicket with Trent Boult and tries to give his bowlers a chance to fight.
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For England, James Anderson and Matty Potts scalp 4 wickets (each) of New Zealand wickets whereas Stuart Broad and captain Ben Stokes grab 1 wicket each.
England starts with a 50-run partnership
After restriction New Zealand to just 132 runs, England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley plays quite well and add a 50-run partnership for the first wicket, however, their partnership didn’t last for long as Kyle Jamieson removes Crawley at the score of 59 runs. Crawley misses out on his half-century by just seven runs.
New Zealand makes a comeback in the last session
However, even after a decent start England collapses in the end and loses 5 of their wickets for just 8 runs. In a span of just four overs New Zealand makes the scoreboard of England from 92/2 to 100/7 and removes all the batters of England. Four of England’s batsmen registered a single-digit score including the newly appointed captain of England, Ben Stokes who gets out for just 1 run.
After the end of Day 1, England scored a total of 116 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The day totally belongs to the fast bowlers as a total of 17 wickets fell for just 248 runs in 76 overs.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson collect 2 wickets each and the all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme grabs the important wicket of Joe Root.
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