England vs New Zealand: Mitchell, Blundell Fights Back To Rescue Kiwis From England’s Early Attack

England vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights
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England vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights:

In the third-test of New Zealand’s tour to England, the visitors are being dominated for another time by the hosts. Let us dive into England vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights.

The first-day of five-day test match between England and New Zealand had observed some staunch performances with the batting and bowling teams making an all-out effort at Headingley, Leeds, England.

To begin with, England achieved a fiery start with Stuart Board removing Tom Latham for a golden duck in the first over of the match, restricting Kiwis from opening its scoreboard account.

As Will Young lacked balance in connecting the ball, his partner and skipper, Kane Williamson showed some attacking performance though.

It was through this time, Jack Leach took the advantage of the situation and made Will Young to lose his wicket with a Leg-Before Wicket appeal.

While Williamson was continuing his steady performance, Broad’s delivery towards outside off helped in removing the skipper.

Before the first break, the Kiwis lost three wickets and there was a dire need for a good partnership in order to make a comeback.

Conway was removed by Jamie Overton in the 35th over with New Zealand losing four wickets for 83 runs.

Henry Nicholl’s dismissal was nothing but an unusual one when he tried to hit the ball straight. The ball landed safely in Alex Lees’ hands who was standing in the mid-off, after hitting the non-striker’s bat.

In order to build a strong total, the Kiwis was in need for a strong partnership so that the crisis to lose against the hosts would be resolved.

It was Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell pair that helped in meeting the demand. They went up for the challenge in the final session. Mitchell completed his half-century with a six against Leach.

By the end of the day, Mitchell settled at 78 (not out) off 159 balls, and Blundell remaining at 45 off 108 balls. The runs scored in this partnership reached 102 runs.

Mitchell got a life after he was given not out after the ball hit the pads during Matthew Potts’ spell. The England didn’t opt to challenge the decision with DRS. However, the replay showed the otherwise of the decision.

By the end of the day, New Zealand finished with 225/5.

Score by Stumps: New Zealand 225/5
New Zealand’s Best Batting Scores: Daryl Mitchell 78*, Tom Blundell 45*

England Best Bowling Score: Stuart Broad 2/45

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