Bairstow and Overton save England after early wickets

New Zealand brought back Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson into the side for the third Test against England. Stuart Broad sent Tom Latham early, after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Williamson and Will Young tried to build a partnership but Young fell quickly. Even Williamson, Devon Conway did not last long. Henry Nicholls played a weird innings by scoring 19 runs from 99 balls. It again came down to series saviors for New Zealand in batting Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell to put on a century partnership. They ended the first day on 245/5. Blundell and Mitchell in this series have done the job that Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson did for NZ in the middle order for many test matches before becoming World Test Champions.

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell again save NZ innings
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell again save NZ innings

On the second day, Blundell got out quickly on 55 runs score. Daryl Mitchell got help from Tim Southee and they have put on 60 runs partnership. Mitchell completed his third hundred in successive Test matches. He became the only New Zealand batsmen to score back to back centuries against England in Tests. This is the first series in which he made a name for himself as lower middle order batter. He fell after scoring 109 runs.

Daryl Mitchell scores another century against England
Daryl Mitchell scores another century against England

Jack Leach answering to the criticism raising around his performances and questions about his place in the Test side based on the famous partnership with Ben Stokes against Australia, took 5 wickets. He took his second 5 wicket haul in test matches. He ended on 5/100 figures and NZ batsmen targeting him for quick runs also helped him.

Jack Leach takes 5 wickets
Jack Leach takes 5 wickets

Trent Boult showed why he should be regarded as best new ball bowler and swing bowler in International Cricket. He presented the seam perfectly and his wrist position helped him maximize the swing on Day 2 making life difficult for England batsmen in their first innings. He sent England Top 3 back in to the hut just with 17 runs on board. Later, Wagner took 2 wickets in his first over succumbing England to 55/6. Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Stokes fell for lower scores and even Ben Foakes fell for a duck.

Trent Boult started off well for NZ and England lost 6 wickets in no time
Trent Boult started off well for NZ and England lost 6 wickets in no time

Johnny Bairstow and Jamie Overton came together with England staring at an embarrassing first innings total. Both of them started counter attacking and Bairstow looked like he was back in second Test last innings mode. He attacked every bowler and scored his tenth century. He ended the day at 130 from 126 balls and he would continue on Day 3 with Overton for his company on 89 from 106 balls. Both of them put on 209 runs unbeaten partnership for England to recover from 55/6 to end the day on 264/6. Still they trail by 65 runs in first innings.

Johnny Bairstow's quick fiery hundred saves England
Johnny Bairstow’s quick fiery hundred saves England

New Zealand bowlers will hope to find better swing in the morning on Day 3 at Leeds, to bundle England out soon while English fans will want Bairstow, Overton to keep butchering NZ bowlers for a full day. Exciting day of cricket ahead.

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