New Zealand’s Day 4 collapse gives England hope in tense second Test | Cricket News



NOTTINGHAM: New Zealand slumped to 224-7 as England gave themselves a chance to aim for a dramatic late-game series victory on day four of the second Test on Monday.
The Kiwis lost five wickets for 110 on a tense evening at Trent Bridge and head into the final day with a 238 lead.
With three wickets remaining, New Zealand face a tough time early on Tuesday as they try to fight their way to safety.
Daryl Mitchell is on 32 not out, with Matt Henry on 8, and if England can shake their tails they’ll imagine themselves in a thrilling chase.
England chased 277 to win the first Test at Lord’s thanks to a century of Joe Root.

A second straight win over the World Test champions would give England their first series triumph since January 2021.
“It’s quite finely balanced. It gave everyone a chance. We’ll be looking to take the first wickets and see where we can go,” said England’s Ben Foakes.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen with the wicket. You’d think anything under 300 is accessible.”
While England will be confident, they must heed the lesson of New Zealand’s botched second set, which featured a succession of tame dismissals and wasteful exits.
“If we can get to around 280 that would be good for us. If we can get the ball in the right areas then it can put England under pressure,” New Zealander Devon Conway said.
On a memorable day at Trent Bridge, England’s James Anderson hit 650 Test wickets when New Zealand fly-half Tom Latham dropped a straight ball that hit his stumps.

The 39-year-old fast bowler is only the third man to reach the landmark after spin legends Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
England were dismissed for 539 in Monday morning’s session.
Root scored a majestic 176 and Foakes added a spirited 56 to ensure New Zealand held just a 14-run lead after their own mammoth first-innings total of 553.
Root took over on 163 and Foakes on 24, while New Zealand suffered a blow when Kyle Jamieson was sent off on day four while the pace bowler awaited the results of scans on the back injury he suffered suffered on Sunday.
Foakes took the offense against Tim Southee in the first inning of the day, breaking two boundaries as the bewildered pace bowler was looted for 12 runs.
Root joined the party with an outrageous reverse scoop from Southee who flew over the drawstring for his first Test Six since February 2021 in India.
Trent Boult finally stemmed the bleeding by returning Root, who chipped Southee for cover after chasing a wide delivery.

Slamming the bat against his pads in frustration, Root rode off to unleash a five-wicket slump for 23 runs as Boult finished with 5-106.
England got off to a flying start in New Zealand’s second set when Latham bizarrely dropped a straight ball from Anderson.
Will Young (56) and Conway (52) looked to have put New Zealand in pole position with a partnership of 100 for the second wicket.
But, after taking a heavy punishment, England spinner Jack Leach had the last laugh as Conway swept past Jonny Bairstow, who ran from the square-leg boundary to take the hold.
New Zealand looked anxious and Young left exhausted after a hesitation between fly-half and Mitchell proved fatal.
It brought Mitchell and Tom Blundell together after sharing partnerships of 195 at Lord’s and 236 in the opening innings at Nottingham.
Stopping these two was essential to England’s winning hopes and they made the crucial breakthrough to put Blundell out for 24 years.
Taking a reckless shot at Stuart Broad, Blundell lowered his head in frustration as the ball headed straight for Stokes perfectly positioned behind the square.
New Zealand were imploding and Southee’s dismissal was emblematic of their collapse as he was exhausted following a mix-up with Mitchell.


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