England in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date: 21 November-25 November, 2019
RR: 2.04 | New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs
That's it from this game then. New Zealand take 1-0 lead going into the second and final Test. We will be back for that game which starts on 29th November, 2019. It starts at 1100 local (2200 GMT Previous day). Till then, take care.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that England is an outstanding side and it took a lot of effort. Tells that their middle-order was excellent in helping them put on such a massive first innings total. Adds that they wanted to make sure they do not have to bat last on this surface. Congratulates Santner and Watling for their ton and double ton respectively. Believes that they showed incredible focus out in the middle. Credits Watling for doing that for such a long time. Feels that the surface was good and reveals that few niggles and tired legs stretched the game a bit long. Praises Santner for bowling almost throughout the day. Mentions that this was a great game of cricket played on a perfect surface.
Joe Root, the English skipper, says that their first innings total was not a good one and they missed out the opportunity there. Tells that one or two players should've scored a bigger knock. Feels that the side did a few good jobs but could not carry on. Believes that there are a number of areas they can work on and work on quickly. Feels that the decision at the toss was right but the first innings failure cost them the game. Believes this is not the end of the world and they will look to come back strong to level things up in the next game.
BJ WATLING IS MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he feels really good. Adds that they wanted to build partnerships and the guys managed to stick well. On his batting, Watling says that he just plays the situation and does not read the scorecard. Tells that he takes a little break between the series to keep the body fresh. Mentions that it is special to play in front of the home crowd. Says that keeping was a bit difficult as there were few balls which did too much.
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From there, there could only be one winner - New Zealand! All England could do is save the game, they had to bat out a little less than 4 sessions. However, losing 3 wickets at the end of Day 4 did not help. Entering Day 5, with batters like Root, Buttler, Stokes, they would have surely backed themselves to save the game. However, a resurgent Neil Wagner struck them. A fifer from him saw his side take an unassailable lead in the series.
Despite finishing with an under par score, the English bowlers had the Kiwis reeling at 127-4. They could have bagged a good first innings lead had Stokes taken the catch of Watling. That dropped proved to be one which cost the visitors the game. Dropped on 31 and he went onto score a massive double ton. He was well-supported by Nicholls first, then by Colin de Grandhomme who scored a half ton and Santner who notched up his maiden ton in Tests. Contributions from the lower-middle order saw New Zealand take a mammoth 262-run lead.
A very well-deserved win for the hosts, they were the more hungrier of the two sides and even during the crunch moments, it was them who came out on top. England though also had their moments. Like on Day 1, they finished strongly courtesy Stokes, Denly and Burns. They could have batted themselves into a strong position but collapsed and ended with a total which was below par.
What a victory for New Zealand, a thumping one in the end! A tremendous effort from the home side! Especially today, they were a bowler down, that to one of the best bowlers going around at the moment, Trent Boult and with just three bowlers, on a wicket which is still decent to bat on, taking 7 wickets against a top class side is not easy but they have done so in just over the two sessions. A whole-hearted performance by Wagner, he is the star for them as all of the last five wickets fell to him. Take a bow! Who would say that guy is a 33-year old, certainly not me judging by the way he bowled today.
Review taken by Broad after the umpire gives him out first ball. Looks dead plumb this one. No bat, shows Snicko. Here comes the Ball Tracker, pitches in line and hitting the stumps. Game over.
Stuart Broad is the last man in.
Neil Wagner is back on. 18-6-40-3 are his figures so far.
Another review! Again taken by Kane Williamson. That kept really low. Hitting the leg? Clipping the leg? Missing the leg? Well, Clipping the leg it is which means umpire's call it will be. So Archer survives. Review is retained for the Kiwis though.
Mitchell Santner to bowl from the other end. Can he get a fifer?
We are back for the final session of this Test match. The New Zealand players are out in the middle. Sam Curran and Jofra Archer will resume their batting for England. Tim Southee will start the proceedings for the final session.
... Day 5, Final Session ...
Don't think I need to mention who this session goes to! New Zealand are just the two wickets away from taking a 1-0 lead in this series. 4 wickets is what they took in this one with the first being of Stokes after he and Denly got up their 50-run stand. Southee once again got the better of him. However, since then, it has been the Wagner show. Three wickets and three good ones sees New Zealand in the position they are now. They have a little more than 30 overs to take the remainder of the wickets. England on the other hand, need a miracle. Will we see one? We'll have to wait to find out.
New Zealand have taken a DRS call against Curran after the umpire has given him not out. They're checking the front foot no-ball first. Oh dear, looks like he has overstepped there. No need to check where it hit or anything.
Mitchell Santner is back on. 34-16-39-3 are his figures so far.
Tim Southee is back on. 14-3-38-1 are his figures so far.
Curran has been given OUT LBW. He has been given out but he has instantly gone for the review. Big inside edge there shows Hot Spot so Curran survives.
Jofra Archer is the new batsman in.
The second new ball is now available and it has been taken immediately. Wagner has the new cherry in his hand.
Sam Curran is the new batsman in.
Jos Buttler is the next batsman in.
Review time! New Zealand appeal for a caught behind but it is turned down. They are very confident and review immediately. Big moment as Denly is well-set.
Neil Wagner is back on!
Ollie Pope is the new man in.
So it is confirmed! Boult won't be taking any further part in this Test due to pain in his right rib. He will be going for MRI scans tomorrow. Not good for the hosts, they are now a bowler down and that to, they will be missing the services of their best. England will breathe a big sigh of relief they aren't going to face him.
Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the second session. The New Zealand players are out in the middle. Ben Stokes and Joe Denly will resume their innings. Interestingly, Trent Boult has not walked out to the middle. He just bowled the one over in the first session. He has an issue with his right rib. His participation in the game is in limbo and it can be a massive blow for the hosts if that is the case. Mitchell Santner will start the proceedings after Lunch.
... Day 5, Session 2 ...
Just a wicket in the session. One would guess that England would be the happier side heading to the break. While Root fell cheaply once again, Denly along with Stokes are out in the middle and are battling it out. The duo have managed to see off 98 deliveries in this first session. They now have two more sessions to survive and this stand will be key. Will they be able to do so or the Kiwis will strike in the coming session to push a result in this game? Join us post the Lunch break to find out.
Kane Williamson is into the attack.
Mitchell Santner back on. 20-11-21-3 are his numbers.
Santner gets some rest as Trent Boult is on now. 5-4-2-0 on Day 4 from him.
Bowling change! Neil Wagner is into the attack now.
Drinks! De Grandhomme has managed to get rid of the big fish and England have been pushed further.
More close-in catchers. 2 slips, a short leg and a silly point.
Interesting! Colin de Grandhomme into the attack, ahead of Trent Boult.
We are ready to begin Day 5. The New Zealand players are out in the middle. Joe Denly will be joined by Joe Root in the middle. Mitchell Santner will finish the two balls of his over.
Can England win this? Highly unlikely. What can they do? Salvage a draw? The draw would've looked more on the cards had they not lost the three quick wickets late on Day 4. New Zealand, after declaring their innings by taking the lead of 262, courtesy the massive 261-run stand between BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner with them scoring a double ton and a ton respectively. The English openers, Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley almost saw off the 28 overs they had to face. That was not to be as Santner struck thrice inside 7 overs to push England towards defeat. Well, there is still a lot of batting left with the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler yet to come. Can they do some magic? Now, will the Kiwis be able to bundle the visitors and take 1-0 lead in the series or will England be able to take the game deep and manage a draw?
... Day 5, Session 1 ...
Now then, everything on Day 5 is set up brilliantly! 7 wickets is what New Zealand need in 3 sessions and England will have to play out that many sessions. They have Joe Root and Ben Stokes two of their best batters to come in and a lot will rely on them. Judging by how things for the Kiwis, Mitchell Santner will hold the key for them with the ball. Join us for what should be an exciting Day 5 at 1100 local (2200 GMT Previous day). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Day 4 was about two men - Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling! The former first did it with the bat as he scored his maiden ton. The pair put up a 261-run stand with the right-hander becoming the first ever New Zealand keeper to score a double ton. They began the day quite slowly but in the second session they found the boundaries at will. It is because of them, the hosts managed to take a huge, huge lead. After declaration, England had under one session to play out and they would have hoped to enter Day 5 unscathed. However, Santner once again haunted them, this time with the ball as he got three crucial wickets.
What a day for New Zealand! They are in the driver's seat heading into Day 5. 7 wickets in 90 overs is what they need to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The last session too, like many other sessions in this game belongs to them. They came out, batted for a few overs, added a few runs before declaration. The English openers were stubborn to begin with, they dodged everything thrown at them and seemed were really battling hard. However, the introduction of Mitchell Santner changed things. He got Sibley first, then Burns and now Leach in the last over of the day which sees England in big trouble.
Neil Wagner is on now!
Mitchell Santner is into the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack.
Trent Boult to start from the other end.
Now then there is a halt in play as one of the stumps has come off. Some sawdust is being sprayed and now it is being hammered in.