England faced a rather unprecedented bowling attack from New Zealand in the first inning of the first Test at Auckland. Team could not hand New Zealand’s accuracy and pace with the pink ball, wrapping up its inning at a short 58 runs. It was the blitzing attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee that dismantled England’s lineup in 20.4 overs.
Boult finished with 6 wickets, while Southee knocked out the other four. In the inning, there was nothing but the celebrations that toppled England to their lowest ever total in an International Test match inning. Boult’s attacks that ranged to 130 km per were highly precise, given a little time to batsmen. Southee, on the other hand, came up with ingenious developments in his style and movement.
Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman started the England’s inning on a low note. The slow start gave a way to a run down in the fifth over when Boult dismissed Cook. Then he made Joe Root to duck away in the first ball he played after a couple of overs. David Malan played some balls before returning to pavilion in the night over, giving the bowler his third wicket of the day. In the next over, Southee started his count handing down a stumping to Stoneman. By ten overs, England was at 18 for 4 wickets, a definitely sour taste for England in Test cricket.
In the next six overs, England lost five more players, four of which ducked. Only Chris Woakes scored 5 runs in the stretch. Still, there was strong strike from Chris Overton, who scored 33 runs off 25 balls remaining unbeaten. The player found a way out between to play both Boult and Southee hitting five fours and a six in a flurry strike. The player remained unbeaten until the bowlers toppled the last wicket at the other end. This international test series might have better records waiting for him.
New Zealand started batting its first inning by the second session of the day. The home team start on a rather lethargic note, playing maiden overs. When Jeet Raval was down in the ninth over, the score was only 8. The inning continued with no momentum with Tom Latham and Kane Williamson playing slow and steady. In 37 overs batting in the next day, the score reached 88. Williamson knocked a half-century.
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