New Zealand fought in the second inning on another defensive pair of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blandell. But England are on their way to whitewashing them with great answers.
The hosts will win the Leeds Test if they score 113 runs on the last day.
New Zealand started the fourth day with 16 runs for 5 wickets.
Blandell was unbeaten on 5 and Mitchell on 4. The visitors stood again in the pair of 113 runs of these two.
But after Mitchell was dismissed for 56, Blandell could no longer find a suitable partner at 22 yards.
He was unbeaten on 8 runs in the innings.
Jack Leach is England’s best bowler with 5 wickets. Drink three Matthew Pots.
England bowled out New Zealand for 327 and set a target of 296 runs. At the end of the day, their score was 163 runs for 2 wickets.
Alex Lees (9) and Jack Crowley (25) were out for just 51 runs. But the shield was made by Oli Pope and Joe Root.
England are getting an impression of an easy victory in the unbeaten half century of the two.
Pope is unbeaten on 61 and Root on 55. England are 2-0 up in the three-match series.
Batting for 298, England lost two openers by 51 runs. Alex Lees returned for 9 and Jack Crowley for 25. Then Oli Pope and Joe Root resisted at bat.
They are leading the team to victory by averaging 132 runs in the third wicket.
At the end of the day, the English scored 163 runs for two wickets. Pope remained unbeaten on 61 and Root on 55.
Why Williamson disappointed after the out
Earlier, Jack Leach made a big contribution in stopping New Zealand’s second innings. He took five wickets. Matty Pot’s victims are three.
Leach also took five wickets in the first innings of the Kiwis. Whatever the fate of this Test, it is certain that Leach will be ahead in the fight for the Matchsera award.
Looking forward to the fifth and final day of the Leeds Test at Headingley with a great thrill.
New Zealand will have to take 6 wickets to save the standard.
New Zealand will be ashamed of the whitewash if they can’t stop the way Pope and Root are holding the helm.🔱