England’s dashing opener Rory Burns’ magnificent century helped England bring down the lead to 103. New Zealand’s Tim Southee was the star with the ball as he ripped through England’s batting order, taking six wickets for just 43 runs.
After England received two early blows on Day 2, a partnership was required to keep them in the game. It was provided by Rory Burns and Joe Root, who ensured England doesn’t lose any wickets till the end of day’s play. Following this, the Day 3 was washout as rain persisted over the entire day’s play.
The rain gods spared everyone on Day 4 as they stayed away, giving rise to a clear sky at Lord’s. Kyle Jamieson struck on the very first ball to dismiss opposition skipper Joe Root. Post that, Tim Southee wrecked havoc as he dismissed Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence and debutant James Bracey, with the latter two for a duck.
While Ollie Pope was trapped plumb in front and Daniel Lawrence edged one straight to De Grandhomme, the wicket of debutant James Bracey was the stand out one. Southee curved the ball from around the wicket and managed to bring it back into the left-hander. Bracey, completely unaware of the swing, exposed the big gap between his bat and pad and Southee cleaned him up for a six-ball duck.
Debutant Ollie Robinson offered some resistance with his 101-ball 42 and also assisted Rory Burns, but he was dismissed by the wrecker-in-chief Tim Southee. Rory Burns reached three figures and helped England bring down the lead by a significant margin. After Robinson’s wicket, it was a mere formality for the visitors as they bundled out England on 275, with Rory Burns the last man to fall after scoring 132.
Here are the best tweets:
Openers from both teams being the tenth man dismissed. Must be some sort of a record.
Devon Conway was outstanding on his way to a debut double hundred for NZ and Rory Burns century has ensured England are not totally out of the game. #ENGvNZ
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 5, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) June 5, 2021
💯 Rory Burns take a bow! pic.twitter.com/ojmubxyoNV
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 5, 2021
Hundred for Rory Burns, not much support from others on Day 4, the gritty, fighting attitude was shown by him through the innings and brings up 100* from 267 balls including 11 fours. Well played, Rory Burns. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/G6wx1AVGdT
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 5, 2021
Rory Burns has been gritty, solid and hanging at one end for England. He had some tough times against Pakistan and India but coming into good form in an important summer is some stuff. The way he played in Ashes 2019 was one of the highlights of his career.#NZvsEng
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) June 5, 2021
Yesssssssss! So happy for Rory Burns. Particularly after his tough winter. Who’d have thought the best County opener would also be our best test opener… Well played skip! 🏴🇳🇿
— Adam Sutherland (@ADSutherland_) June 5, 2021
Well played Rory Burns. Grit and determination writ large. @ECB_cricket Burns isn’t great to look at but hugely effective.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 5, 2021
Rory Burns has been dropped 10 times in Test cricket – since debuting, only Stokes, Rahane, and Karunaratne have been dropped more often. #ENGvNZ
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 5, 2021
Devon Conway and Rory Burns in this Test: 300 (613) – 1
Everyone else: 272 (691) -18#ENGvNZ
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) June 5, 2021
Things you love to see 👇
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) June 5, 2021
Opening batsman the last man dismissed an all out innings twice in a Test
Desmond Haynes (twice) WI vs NZ Dunedin 1979/80
Devon Conway & Rory Burns NZ v Eng Lord’s 2021#ENGvNZ
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 5, 2021
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