New Zealand and England are in the process of finishing their 2 match test series. Ben Stokes and his England side already lead the series 1-0 after their win in the 1st test. England had enforced a follow on the 3rd day as Kane Williamson and the rest of the Kiwi batters tried to fight on.
The story so far –
The eyes of the fans was in the center of action at the Basin Reserve in Wellington as the home team took centerstage to avoid an inning loss. The focus was also on Ben Stokes the English skipper who was born in New Zealand. Stokes, along with former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum has made the English cricket team an unstoppable unit in the longest format of the game.
Female fan and her boyfriend grab headlines –
Kane Williamson and Tom Blundell were doing all they could to get their side to make a comeback. During the course of the kiwi innings on day 4, one sign caught the fans eyes. A lady who was with her boyfriend put up a sign which read “Ben, my boyfriends here to see the cricket. I’m here to see you”. The cameras panned towards the English skipper who seemed to be nodding his head and talking to his teammates.
Williamson ton leads New Zealand to safety –
New Zealand started the day and lost Henry Nicholls for 29. Daryl Mitchell scored run a ball 54 with 5 fours and a six before falling to Broad caught by Root. The man of the hour for the home team was former skipper Williamson.
The Kiwi number 3 scored 132 off 282 balls with 12 fours. Tom Blundell continued his fine form against the English as he scored 90 off 166 balls. Jack Leach was the main destroyer in chief as he picked 5/157 from his 61.3 overs.
England need 258 to win the test –
With the Kiwis all out for 483, England were set a target of 258 to win the 2nd and final test. Tim Southee got the only wicket of the day when he had Crawley oout bowled for 24. Ben Duckett was on 23 along with Ollie Robinson who was on 1 as England had scored 48/1 from 11 overs. The visitors need 210 runs more with 9 wickets left from the 90 overs left to play.