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England dominates day 1 of the Pink Ball test against New Zealand

By Real11 - Feb 16 2023 386 Views
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Harry Brook and Ben Duckett put show against New Zealand on day 1

 

England is playing some different modes of world cricket currently, they are not worrying about whether they are playing Test, ODI or T20I. During the first test between New Zealand and England, while putting to bat first, Ben Stokes-led English side declared their first innings in 58.2 overs after scoring 325 runs on the first day of a test match which left cricket experts and fans astonished. This declaration from England was the second-fastest in Test cricket history in terms of balls faced.

Bazball has taken test cricket on to a different level under the leadership of Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. England dominated the first day of this Pink Ball test at Bay Oval by scoring runs in ODI fashion as their run rate almost touched 6 runs per over. Usually, many over-maidens come out in Test cricket, but in this match, there was no-maiden over till 40 overs from New Zealand's bowlers. The stars of the day for England were Ben Duckett scored 84 and Harry Brook scored 89 runs as both nearly missed their well-made test century after scoring a run a ball.

Apart from them, Ollie Pope played also played a good knock of an inning of 42 runs. The skipper of the side Ben Stokes could score only 19 runs while Joe Root's poor form continues as he could score only 14 runs. Black Caps' left-arm pacer Neil Wagner took a maximum of 4 wickets for his side while captain Tim Southee got 2 successes. Wagner was the best of the Hosts bowlers with 4-82 from 16.2 overs.

The Hosts were reeling at 37 for 3 at the end of the day's play. After having batted 18 overs, close to one-third of what England batters faced on the opening day. England's most experienced gun bowler James Anderson got 2 wickets and Ollie Robinson got one as NZ lost 3, including former red ball skipper of NZ, Kane Williamson for 6. The left-handed opening batter Conway resited the new-ball charge as he remained unbeaten on 17 along with nightwatchman Neil Wagner as NZ trail ENG by 288 runs at Stumps.

 

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