ENG vs NZ: Topsy-turvy Day 4 sets up for thrilling final day, Netizens excited

ENG vs NZ: Topsy-turvy Day 4 sets up for thrilling final day, Netizens excited

New Zealand enjoy a 238-run lead over England in the second Test.

Joe Root celebartion after their victory against New Zealand
Joe Root celebartion (Photo Source: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The pulsating second Test match that is currently underway at Trent Bridge, Nottingham seems to be heading towards a thrilling finish as both England and New Zealand have played an outstanding brand of cricket in the last four days. When the Kiwis had posted a mammoth first innings total of 553, it seemed to be a daunting task for the hosts.

However, that was not to be as the Three Lions batted brilliantly in reply courtesy of a 187-run stand for the third wicket between Ollie Pope and Joe Root that drastically brought their innings deficit down after the end of the third day’s play. At one point it seemed as if England would even take the innings lead which was not to be.

New Zealand batters fight back on the fourth day

Despite spectacular centuries from Joe Root (176) and Ollie Pope (145), only skipper Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes made further inroads with the bat, scoring 46 and 56 respectively as England were bowled out for 539. Thus, New Zealand gained a first-innings lead of 14 runs.

The visitors in their second innings lost skipper Tom Latham early as veteran English pacer James Anderson went on to register his 650th Test scalp. While England and the home fans rejoiced at the unique milestone, the Black Caps duo of Will Young and Devon Conway ensured that it was short-lived as they added 100 runs for the second-wicket stand. Even though Conway was dismissed for 52, Young showed great resistance from the other end.

However, his stay at the crease came to an abrupt end when he was run out for 56 and it appeared that it would open up the floodgates for the England bowlers. Wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell (24) and Michael Bracewell’s 17-ball 25 cameo knock helped New Zealand’s cause as they added some precious runs to their tally.

Even though both were dismissed and Tim Southee was run out for a golden duck, the last recognized batter Daryl Mitchell (32*) and Matt Henry (8*) ensured that the Kiwis lost no further wickets as they went to stumps at 224/7. The visitors now have a lead of 238 runs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted after witnessing a seesaw battle on Day 4: