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‘Flawless display of Test match’- Twitter amazed as New Zealand take a substantial lead against England on Day 2

By BetBarter Staff

June 4, 2022

The first Test of the English summer Test between England and New Zealand saw some outstanding bowling efforts from both sides. At first, James Andersen and debutant Matty Potts broke through New Zealand’s batting order. Each took a four-wicket haul and restricted them to a score of 132 runs.

The Brits got off to a good start in the following innings, with Zak Crawley and Alex Lees putting on a 59-run opening partnership. Following that, wickets continued to tumble on a swinging surface, reducing them to 116/7 at the close of the first day. Eventually, they were bowled out for 141 runs within the first session of day two. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of four wickets and 55 runs in 14 overs.

The Black Caps made another bad start, losing three wickets in one hour. Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell tried to hold on for a while, but managed only 21 runs in the partnership. Stuart Broad dismissed Conway (13) for a team score of 55. Tom Blundell then joined Mitchell at the crease, and the two batted brilliantly. Both players played a disciplined game, and left most of the balls outside the off stump.

The English bowlers tried their best to get rid of them with swing but couldn’t do much as they kept the scoreboard ticking. While the two hit a few boundaries, they piled up a lot of runs in singles and doubles. Both completed their fifties around the 50th over and then looked settled on a track that was still difficult to bat on.

England introduced spin very late in the day, but that did not do the trick for them. Mitchell and Blundell cruised through the day, helping the team establish a 227-run lead at the end of day two. At the end of the day, the Kiwis had scored 236/4 in 79 overs. Both the batters entered their 90’s. Mitchell stayed not out 97 runs, while Blundell scored 90 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Day 2 of the Test match