- In the first test, England had got a target of 273 runs to win from New Zealand.
- The England team had scored 170 runs for 3 wickets when the match was declared a draw.
- Dom Sibley scored 60 not out in 207 balls in the second innings
The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw. Chasing a target of 273 runs in the second innings of England, the English team reached 170 runs in 70 overs on Sunday. After this the match was declared a draw with the
Chasing the target, England lost the wickets of first innings century openers Rory Burns (25) and Jack Crowley (02) in the second session. Neil Wagner to Burns while Crowley was sent to the pavilion by Tim Southee. After this, the pair of Dom Sibley and captain Joe Root landed on the ground and took New Zealand away. However, Joe Root was dismissed after scoring 40 runs in 71 balls with the help of 5 fours. Dom Sible, on the other hand, batted very leisurely and scored an unbeaten 60 off 207 balls. During this, his name was 3 fours. Ollie Pope returned unbeaten on 20 off 41 balls with the help of 3 fours.
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Earlier, when New Zealand had scored 169 for six in the second innings when the lunch break had to be taken prematurely due to rain and New Zealand declared their second innings on the same score. Fast bowler Ollie Robinson, making his debut for England, performed brilliantly in the second innings as well, taking three wickets for 26 runs.
The innings was declared on the 5th day
New Zealand started the day with 62 for two. Robinson caught the night watchman Neil Wagner (10) at the hands of wicketkeeper James Bracey in the third over of the day itself. Opener Tom Latham also got lbw off Stuart Broad after adding six more runs to the fourth day’s score. He scored 36 runs. Veteran Ross Taylor was caught by Bracey off Mark Wood after hitting 33 off 35 balls with two sixes and a four.
Captain Joe Root then sent Henry Nicholls (23) to the pavilion with his spin by getting caught by Rory Burns, taking New Zealand’s score to 159 for six. After BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme were at the crease, the lunch break had to be taken early due to rain.