Joe Root’s batting prowess helped England win an incredible victory over Lord’s. Former captain Joe Root batted responsibly in the team’s victory.
After winning the toss at Lord’s in London on Thursday, the visiting New Zealand got into trouble after batting first. New Zealand was bowled out for 132 for the loss of wickets at regular intervals after facing the pace of experienced England pacer James Anderson and anointed Matthew Potts. Colin de Grandhomme remained unbeaten with a maximum of 42 runs for the team. Anderson and Matthew’s Pots took 4 wickets each for England.
In reply, England was bowled out for 141 by the pace of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson. Jack Crowley scored the highest 43 runs for the team. Tim Southee took 4 wickets for New Zealand. Trent Bolt took 3 wickets and Kyle Jamieson took 2 wickets.
After trailing by 9 runs in the second innings, New Zealand lost 4 wickets for 56 runs and fell into extreme danger. Darrell Mitchell and Tom Bundle’s 195-run responsible partnership for the fifth wicket helped New Zealand get back into the game. After New Zealand lost 3 wickets in just 3 balls. Darrell Mitchell (106) returned in the second century of his career. Tom Blundell (96) left the field with regret of 4 runs despite batting brilliantly. Darrell Mitchell and Tom Bundle’s responsible partnership gave New Zealand a chance to score 254 in the second innings.
Chasing the target of 277 runs, England lost 4 wickets for 69 runs and fell into extreme danger. Former and current captains Joe Root and Ben Stokes (54) brought the team back into the game from that position. Skipper Stokes returned with a 90-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Former captain Joe Root led the team to victory with Ben Foakes for the sixth wicket for an unbeaten 120 runs. With the team’s victory, Root picked up the 26th century of his career. Ben Foakes also remained unbeaten on 32.