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Watch: Joe Root’s bat miraculously hangs in the air

By BetBarter Staff

June 6, 2022

The first Test match between England and New Zealand swung like a pendulum over the first three days. On the first day, it looked like the hosts were set to win a one-sided game as they bowled out the Kiwis for 132. However, at the end of the day, the Three Lions were 116/7. They were eventually restricted to 141. leading by nine runs.

In reply, the World Test Championship winners started badly as they lost four wickets for 56 runs. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell and wicketkeeper batter Tom Blundell stitched a partnership of 180 runs to take the team to 236/4 at the end of Day 2. On the next day, the pair added 15 more runs before Mitchell (108) was caught behind by Ben Foakes off Stuart Broad.

After this, the team kept losing wickets, and were restricted to 285. The Ben Stokes-led side needed to chase 277 runs with more than two days left in the game. However, the hosts started poorly as they lost four wickets for 69 runs. At this stage, former skipper Joe Root and the current skipper stitched a partnership of 90 runs. Stokes scored 54 before he got out Kyle Jamison.

At 159/5, the team was staring down another defeat. However, the pair of Foakes and Root took their side to 216/5 at the end of Day 3, needing another 61 runs to win with two days left. On Day 4, the pair started well and were taking their team closer to victory with every run. However, during the 72nd over the innings, a very unusual thing happened.

A video has been going viral where Root’s bat was hanging in balance while he didn’t lay his hands on the equipment. At that time, the team needed 36 runs to win.

Watch the video here

Meanwhile, the former skipper scored an unbeaten 115 to take the team home with five wickets in hand. In this process, he became the second Englishman after Sir Alistair Cook to complete the 10000 runs in Test cricket.