New Zealand is left with an arduous task of scoring 340 runs in the final day of second Test against England. If the team wins this international test match, it would be their first victory over England since 1999. Furthermore, New Zealand won a test against England at home more than decades back in 1983-84. Even with such lucrative reasons to win this match, the score could come up as a challenge for New Zealand. By the end of fourth day, New Zealand set off the final inning of the match with opener batsman Tom Latham and Jeet Raval as the overnight batsmen.
New Zealand ended the day at 42 for 0 playing 23 overs as lights recessed. There were upbeat attacks off James Anderson and Stuart Broad with the new ball. England had chance to do away with Latham on a spell from Anderson. However, the batsman had a life at 23, dropped by James Vince. In a tough evening session of the Test fixture, Latham scored 25, while Jeet Raval added 17 runs.
Earlier in England’s second inning, the team scored 252 runs with 9 wickets. Playing 106.4 overs, they reinforced the first inning score of 307 runs. On the other hand, New Zealand wrapped up its first test inning at 278 runs. In the fourth day, England started batting at 202 runs for 3 wickets. The team was leading New Zealand by 231 in the morning session. In the day, Joe Root and Dawid Malan scored half centuries bolstering the lead further. At the fourth wicket, the players forged a partnership of 97 runs.
It was Colin de Grandhomme who ended the partnership taking down Malan. The latter was caught by Henry Nicholls. The wicket was followed by Joe Root’s dismissal right in the next over. Neil Wagner delivered an out-swinger that misfired after Root tried to skim it. It was a direct dismissal, caught by BJ Watling. This began the slog in England’s inning as the line-up toppled with further attacks. Grandhomme took down Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood to end the inning.
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