ENG vs NZ 2022, 1st Test: Mitchell and Blundell put Black Caps on top with a 227-run lead

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ENG vs NZ 2022, 1st Test: Mitchell and Blundell put Black Caps on top with a 227-run lead

ENG vs NZ 2022, 1st Test: After two days of the first test at Lord’s on Friday, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put New Zealand in command against England with an undefeated stand of 180.

Mitchell and Blundell joined forces with their side at 56-4 — just 47 runs ahead — and drove the Black Caps to a 227-run lead by stumps. Mitchell finished the day with 97 not out, three shy of a well-deserved century at Lord’s, and Blundell with 90 not guiding the Black Caps to an impressive total of 236-4.

With the pitch flattening out and the home assault unable to spring into action, their combination was an ideal show of calm accumulation. A day after 17 wickets fell, seven were added to the tally, and New Zealand appeared to be repeating its poor start from Thursday. Will Young, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, and Devon Conway all departed cheaply in the first 23 overs, leaving their side at 56-4. Mitchell and Blundell then settled in for a potentially game-winning stay.

They stymied England’s seasoned James Anderson and Stuart Broad and showed debutant Matthew Potts that test cricket isn’t as straightforward as he would have assumed. Matthew Potts dismissed Williamson for the second time in two days, bringing his wickets total to six, but he remained unproductive after lunch on day 2. He bowled 14 wicketless overs conceding 43 runs.

Earlier England had advanced from 116-7 overnight to 141 all out, with Tim Southee taking four wickets and Trent Boult taking three. England had little room for an error with a nine-run lead, but Anderson, Potts, and Broad once again set the tone by sharing the first four wickets. The game finally reverted to something resembling a usual Test match rhythm in the afternoon session, as New Zealand added 90 runs for the loss of just one wicket I.e. of Conway. In the third and last session of the day, both the set batsman Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell batted with patience and took the team’s tally to 236 for the loss of 4 wickets.

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