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ENG Vs NZ 2nd Test: Mitchell once again took charge of New Zealand’s innings, England remained on the backfoot on the first day

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ENG Vs NZ 2nd Test Match Day 1 Scorecard: By the end of the first day’s play of the second test match being played against England, New Zealand has strengthened its position in the match. Batting first, New Zealand scored 318 for 4 wickets in 87 overs at the end of the day’s play. Continuing his good form, Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 81. At the same time, Tom Blundell is also unbeaten on 67.

In the third session, these two players did not let any wicket fall. There has been a partnership of 149 runs between Mitchell and Blundell for the fifth wicket. Earlier, New Zealand’s team had scored 195 runs for the loss of four wickets till tea on the first day and it was looking in trouble. But Mitchell, who scored a century in the first match, took the lead.

At lunch, New Zealand’s score was 108 for two but after lunch they lost the wickets of Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway. Nicholls was given life in the slips on the score of 16 runs by Jacques Crowley. He returned after scoring 30 runs, caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes off the ball of England captain Ben Stokes.

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After three overs, Fox took the catch of Conway (46) while the bowler was Jimmy Anderson. Blundell also got life support when he had not even opened the account. Joe Root dropped his easy catch at first slip off Stokes.

The sky was cloudy in the morning and England won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. New Zealand’s opener and stand-in captain Tom Latham and Will Young put on an 84-run partnership for the first wicket.

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But Young (47 runs) was caught by the ball of Ben Stokes by touching the bat to Jacques Crowley standing at second slip. Stokes soon put Jimmy Anderson on the bowling and the veteran pacer tempted Latham (26 runs) to do a pull shot which he could not time properly and it ended up in the hands of Matthew Potts standing at midwicket.

New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson came positive for the corona virus test on Thursday and is in isolation due to which he could not play in this match.

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