The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw as the hosts lost only 3 wickets in the final two sessions of the match at Lord’s. Dom Sibley scored an unbeaten fifty for England in the 2nd innings.
The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in draw on Sunday (AP Image)
- The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw on Sunday
- England lost only 3 wickets in the final two sessions after Kane Williamson’s declaration
- The match witnessed New Zealand debutant Devon Conway slam a double hundred
New Zealand showed utmost professionalism and tried till the end to win the match after declaring the innings with a couple of sessions left on Day 5 of the first Test against England at Lord’s on Sunday.
The Blackcaps pacers bowled their heart out but could manage only 3 English wickets as Dom Sibley (60*) completed his 5th Test fifty.
Starting the final day at 67 for 2, New Zealand lost wickets on regular intervals after the departure of nightwatchman Neil Wagner for 10. Debutant wicketkeeper James Bracey took a good catch as another debutant Ollie Robinson picked his 7th wicket of the match with the scalp.
Ross Taylor (33) and Henry Nicholls (23) got starts but fell to Mark Wood and Joe Root respectively. BJ Watling (15) and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (9) were on the crease when Kane Williamson decided to declare his team’s innings at 169 for the loss of 6 wickets. The call was taken after another round of shower which forced an early lunch.
England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley stitched 49 runs before the former was outdone by Tim Southee. Zak Crawley failed for the 2nd time in the match and got out on an individual score of 2 runs again. Interestingly, like the previous innings, the bower who got his wicket was also the same. Tim Southee bowled an out-swinging delivery which was driven by Crawley but straight into the hands of Henry Nicholls at gully.
England captain Joe Root, who scored 42 in the first innings, was trapped in front of the stumps by Neil Wagner for 40. Ollie Pope (20*) was on the crease with Sibley when the two teams decided to shake hands with around half-a-dozen overs left.
The match witnessed New Zealand debutant Devon Conway slam a double hundred on debut. Had rain not washed out entire day’s play on third day, a result between these two teams could have been very well possible.
The second Test between the two teams will be played from June 10 in Birmingham.
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