New Zealand have taken an overall lead of 165 runs in the first Test against England thanks to the excellent bowling of Tim Southee, but the match is moving towards a draw due to the loss of one day’s play due to rain.
In the first Test of the series at Lord’s, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.
Devon Conway, playing the first match, proved his choice right and scored a record-breaking double century as New Zealand scored 378 in the first innings.
Conway scored 200 and was the last New Zealand batsman to be dismissed in the first innings, while Henry Nichols took 61 runs.
In reply, England lost the key wickets of Dom Sibley and Zack Crowley for just 18 runs, followed by Rory Burns’ captain Joe Root, who went on to score 111 without further loss by the end of the second day. Delivered
The third day of the match was completely marred by rain, which resulted in the loss of one day’s play.
With the start of the fourth day’s play, the English captain Root’s 42-run innings came to an end after no increase in the score.
Rory Burns had just reached 140 with Oli Pope when Southee made a devastating spell to move three English batsmen, Sibley, Dan Lawrence and James Bressie, to a total of 140.
After losing 6 wickets for 140 runs, Oli Robinson came to support Burns and both added 63 runs for the seventh wicket after which Robinson became the fifth victim of Southee by scoring 42 runs while Mark Wood also returned to the pavilion with 4 runs added. ۔
After the arrival of the tail enders, Rory Burns completed his century by taking more strikes and presenting a brilliant game, while he also added 52 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson.
The opening batsman’s courage was reciprocated by a total score of 275 and he was dismissed after scoring 132 runs with which the innings of the host team also came to an end.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee took 6 wickets and the visitors took a 103-run lead in the first innings.
By the end of the fourth day’s play, New Zealand had scored 62 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the second innings while the Kiwis have a 165-run lead in the match.
Despite the stable position of the visiting team in the match, there is a possibility of a draw for the first Test match of the series as there is only one day left in the match.