ENG vs NZ 2022: England charged two WTC Points for Slow over Rate in the Second Test

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ENG vs NZ 2022: England charged two WTC Points for Slow over Rate in the Second Test

ENG vs NZ 2022: After putting their every strength, England registered a stunning win in the second Test against New Zealand on Tuesday at Trent bridge. Howveer it seems like their effort went in vain as the side has been penalized two WTC Points & their players have been fined 40% of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the second Test against New Zealand.

Now after the latest edition of two docked points, England’s total comes to 10 docked points in the current WTC cycle. Earlier they had lost eight points during the second Ashes Test in Brisbane last year.

England was found two overs less of the target after the allowances were taken into consideration by the on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth umpire Martin Saggers. Captain Ben Stokes accepted the sanctions so there was no need for a formal hearing. The sanctions were imposed by match referee Richie Richardson.

England’s WTC Points Tally had risen to 42 after their gleaming win in the Second Test, however, two points penalty brought them down to 40. Importantly, their points percentage – the key criteria in determining where teams sit on the WTC table dropped down from 25 to 23.80, putting them at the eighth spot on the WTC table behind New Zealand.

ENG vs NZ 2022: England Scripted a Historical Chase in the Second Test

England had registered a historical win in the secodn Test at Trent Bridge after chasing down a massive target of 299 runs with five wickets & more than 20 overs to spell. Chaisng the mammoth target England got off to a poor start as they lost early wickets & were reduced to 93 for 4 at one point. However, Jonny Bairstow & Ben Stokes took the matter into their hands & stitched a dominating 179- run stand to chase the target of 299 in the final session. Bairstow was all blazing guns who notched up 136 runs off 92 balls. His 77-ball ton was just one ball short of England’s 120-year-old record for their fastest Test century.

After Bairstow’s dismissal, Ben Stokes & Ben Foakes took England home in the highest successful chase at Trent bridge. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten at 75 off 70 balls on England’s way home. The stunning Test win marked the beginning of Ben Stokes & Brendon McCullum’s remarkable era in England’s Test Cricket.

England will lock horns with New Zealand in the third & the final Test of the series at Headingley starting from June 23.

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