ENG vs NZ 3rd Test: Stellar New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell created history as he became the first Kiwi batsman to score three consecutive centuries against England. Mitchell is having a splendid season in England and is highly praised for his noteworthy contribution.
Daryl Mitchell achieved this remarkable milestone during the third and final test against England at Headingley, Leeds. Mitchell scored 109 of 228 balls before being caught to skipper Ben Stokes off to a deviating delivery from Jack Leach.
Mitchell’s patient innings were composed of nine fours and three sixes. With this magnificent century, Mitchell also became the ninth player to smash a century in each match of a test series consisting of three or more test matches.
Mitchell joined the elite club of Ross Taylor, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis, Matthew Hayden, etc. to score a century in each match of a Test series.
Daryl Mitchell has been in stupendous form throughout the series. In his five innings in the series so far, Mitchell has scored 482 runs with an average of 120.5. He has scored three centuries and one half-century with a praiseworthy score of 190 in the second test.
Coming to the details of the ongoing match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. After a sloppy start to the innings, Daryl Mitchell (109) and Tom Blundell (55) took over the command and helped New Zealand to post a total of 329.
For England, Jack Leach picked up a five-wicket haul and registered a figure of 5/100 whereas Stuart Broad claimed three wickets for 62 runs. England was off to a petty start as they were 55/5 before Jonny Bairstow (130) and debutant Jamie Overton (89) shone brightly to help their side reach a total of 264/6 at the Stumps. England trail by 65 runs at the end of Day 2.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult scalped three wickets whereas Neil Wagner claimed two wickets. It will be interesting to find out which team wins the final test.