England is getting the fragrance of victory in Lords. Ben Stokes could have come back with 1 run, he came back with 54 runs. The current England captain has conceded defeat at some point, but the former captain has not given up. England ended the third day of the Lord’s Test with a taste of victory in a great innings by Joe Root. England scored 217 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The hosts need only 71 runs tomorrow. The only thing that can be said is when the wicket has an unbeaten route of 6 runs.
Something like that could not be imagined in the first two sessions. Behind this is the batting prowess of Stokes-Root, as well as the misfortune of Colin D’Grandhome. The all-rounder returned Stokes for just one run. England’s new captain was bold to cut his ball. Stokes was leaving the field shaking his head in frustration, he had to stop in the middle. Say no! Stokes, who had been batting for the first 19 balls, was relieved to find his life.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But as the day progressed, the other three pacers got tired. Ejaz Patel came to relieve the burden. Stokes kicked him out of bowling. The bowler who took 10 wickets in an innings is the only third bowler in history to stop after just 2 overs.
Earlier, the game was progressing in the familiar script of the match. Kyle Jamieson’s great spell in the run chase England. Alex Lees, Jack Crowley, Johnny Bairstow — all victims of Jamieson. Oli Pope was bowled by another fast bowler Trent Bolt. The loss of 4 wickets for 69 runs could have increased the suffering of England. Stokes was ‘out’ before the age of 80. But say that ‘no’.
After that, Stokes was progressing comfortably by pairing with Root. Root also surpassed the half-century with great batting. But he wanted to play a periscope shot on a bouncer by Jamieson for 54 runs. At the last moment the ball went to the wicketkeeper with a touch of gloves. The pair of 90 runs broke. Joy is still 116 runs away. But Joe Root has handled the rest very well. Exhausted Tim Southee, Bolt and Jamieson. Ejaz Patel did not return the attack. Before the end of the day, Root brought 56 runs with Ben Fox (9).
Earlier, the last batting was a disappointment for New Zealand. Yesterday, Darrell Mitchell (96) and Tom Blandell (90) were dreaming of a big lead. Mitchell was dismissed for 107 in the second century of his career. The fifth wicket of 195 runs collapsed to break the pair. New Zealand lost 3 wickets in three balls. Shortly afterwards, Tom Blandell was dismissed for a personal 97 by James Anderson. Adding 49 runs, the Kiwis lost the last 6 wickets for 285 runs.
Matthew Pots and Broad were the top two English bowlers in the second innings with 3 wickets each.