Colin D’Grandhome’s ball touched the edge of Ben Stokes’ bat and shuffled the stumps. New Zealand players cheered in celebration. The England captain walked to the dressing room. The third umpire appeared on the scene immediately. Bowler did ‘overstep’, no ball! Fifty made life with 1 run. With Joe Root’s unbeaten fifty, the English are now ahead of the chances of winning the Lord’s Test.
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.