England hoping to bat at the root

Chasing a target of 28 in the first Test of the series, England collected 216 runs for 5 wickets at the end of the third day. They need 81 runs with 5 wickets in hand to win. Route unbeaten 6 runs.

There have been instances of batting collapse even today. New Zealand lost the last 6 wickets for 34 runs and stopped the second innings at 265 runs. They lost their way after Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blandell’s 195-run partnership was broken.
Mitchell started the day’s play from the doorstep of the century and reached the desired address, but Blandel was burnt with regret of 4 runs.

In bowling though, New Zealand got off to a great start with Kyle Jamieson in hand. If Stokes had been out at that time, England’s score would have been 6 for 5. He led the team in a 90-run partnership with Root.