Stokes firm but New Zealand four wickets away from series lead




Stokes' unbeaten 26 at Tea kept England afloat.

Stokes’ unbeaten 26 at Tea saved England afloat. © Getty

Ben Stokes used to be unbeaten on 26 off 86 however New Zealand surged against a win with 3 wickets prior to Tea smash at Eden Park on Monday (March 26). England went into the smash at 217 for six, nonetheless trailing via 152 runs, having misplaced Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow within the first consultation.

New Zealand made a favorable get started courtesy Tim Southee. England misplaced Malan early into the day when the left-hander chased a supply angled throughout him from the pacer. And not using a ft motion, all he may do used to be edge the ball to 2nd slip and fall for 23.

New Zealand had been additionally responsible of grassing alternatives introduced to them. Bairstow used to be let off a couple when BJ Watling dropped him off Trent Boult quickly after the early wicket within the day. Within the 71st over, Bairstow pulled a protracted hop from Tod Astle instantly to Boult at mid-on. The pacer dropped the most straightforward of possibilities to offer the England batsman his 2nd reprieve throughout the first hour.

Whilst Stokes began undoubtedly within the day, getting off the mark with a boundary towards Boult at the first supply of the sport, he then determined to undertake the overcautious way and dug deep to stay the New Zealand bowlers at bay. Bairstow’s charmed existence in any case and it took a stunner from Kane Williamson to lend a hand the hosts earn their 2nd wicket of the day.

Tod Astle banged one in and Bairstow pulled it huge of midwicket. Alternatively, Williamson dived to his proper and controlled to with reference to cling directly to the catch. Moeen Ali fell on the stroke of Tea to offer Boult his 3rd wicket. England may have to bear in mind on these days in 2013, they walked out to bat and stored the Take a look at with Matt Prior and Monty Panesar with reference to hung on with one wicket in hand. Alternatively, England will want one thing in reality particular from Stokes to drag off one thing like that.

Temporary scores: England 58 & 217/6 (Mark Stoneman 55; Trent Boult Three-39) path New Zealand 427/eight (Henry Nicholls 145*, Kane Williamson 102; Stuart Huge Three-78) via 152 runs.

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