ENG vs NZ, 1st Test: Root & Sibley helped the hosts to register a thrilling draw

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Joe Root & Sibley guided England to a stunning draw

ENG vs NZ, 1st Test: England’s Captain Joe Root & opener Dominic Sibley helped England to register a draw against New Zealand on the fifth day of the first test match at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Joe Root & Dominic Sibley kept New Zealand’s pacers at the bay by scoring runs at a steady pace

Chasing a decent target of 273 runs, England got off to a cautious start as opener batsmen Rory Burns & Sibley faced the new ball & the duo managed to keep the New Zealand’s pace attack at a bay. Though the run-scoring was a bit slow, both the batsmen ensured that they didn’t lose wickets at regular intervals. The blistering 49 runs partnership of the duo, was broken by Neil Wagner right in the 24th over as he removed Rory Burns for 25 runs. Then came Zak Crawley, who failed miserably to make a difference with the bat as he was sent back to the pavilion by Tim Southee.

However, Joe Root & Dominic Sibley steadied hosts submerging innings by taking England’s score to 56/2 at the tea break. Root along with Sibley troubled the kiwi’s pacers & kept them at the bay. However, Root was dismissed after scoring 40 runs by Wagner but Sibley didn’t lose hope. He along with Ollie Pope made sure that England could register a draw in the first test.

For visitors, Wagner scalped two wickets while Tim Southee took just one wicket. Earlier, resuming Day 5 at 61/2 & a lead of 164 runs, the Black Caps got off to a poor start as the team lost all-rounder Neil Wagner for just 10 runs off Ollie Robinson’s delivery. However, Ross Taylor came on the field, & started scoring runs aggressively indicating that New Zealand wants to score runs quickly, to declare their innings. The fourth-wicket partnership of 31 runs between Taylor & Latham was ended soon by Stuart Broad as he dismissed Latham for 36 runs reducing New Zealand to 105/4.

Ross Taylor’s 33 runs quick cameo came to an end in the 45th over as he was dispersed by Mark Wood. Taylor’s dismissal ended a flourishing 28 runs stand between Taylor & Henry Nicholls for the fifth wicket. Soon Nicholls also dismissed for 23 runs. However, Colin De Grandhomme & BJ Watling took visitors’ innings to lunch at a decent score of 169/6 by extending their lead to 272 runs. After scoring 272 runs, New Zealand declared their innings & thus England was left with the target of 273 runs to win the match. However, England by showing heroics with the bat was successful in pulling the match towards a draw.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 378 runs & 169/6d (Tom Latham 36, Ross Taylor 33 & Ollie Robinson 3-31) England 275 & 170/3(Dominic Sibley 60, Joe Root 40, Neil Wagner 2-27)

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