The first match of the Test series between England and New Zealand is taking place at Lord’s, known as the Mecca of Cricket. In this game there is a fierce battle between the two teams. England’s first innings was reduced to 275 in reply to New Zealand’s 378 in the first innings. Opener Rory Burns played an amazing 132 runs for the team. A special record is written in his name along with these innings. He was eventually burned. With this he equals a 70 year old record.
This is the first time in 70 years that double-team openers have batted until the end of the burns. This was before the 1951 Australia-England match. In the Adelaide match, Australian opener Arthur Morris was dismissed for the last wicket while Len Hutton returned to England with a stunning 156 not out. Australia won the match by 274 runs.
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England started the day at 111-2 on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test. This time, the captain was unbeaten on Joe Root and 42 and 59 at Burns Creek. On the third day of the match, not a single ball was bowled due to rain. So when the fourth day started, the Kiwi bowlers took full advantage of the pitch. Root was unable to add to his score. Burns and Allie Pope took the score to 140. The Saudi here dismissed the Pope LBW.
Pope scored 22 off 32 balls with five balls to spare. The Saudis did not allow Daniel Lawrence and wicketkeeper James Bracey to open an account and get his wicket. England lost three wickets for 140 and their score was 140 for six. In the end, England’s innings was reduced to 275 runs. It would be good for England to take Burns to one end and lead the team to a respectable score. Tim Southee took a maximum of six wickets for New Zealand.
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