ENG vs NZ 1st Test: The first Test match between ended on a draw at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday. The game concluded after the fifth day’s game that saw England bat at 170/3 after the day’s play. After taking a 103-run lead in the first innings, New Zealand scored 169/3 in their second innings.
The rain had already played the spoilsport on Day 4 & even forced early lunch on day 5, thereby compelling the Black caps to declare after the lunch session. Despite the rain, the visitors managed a quick 107 runs in the morning session.
Chasing 273 runs, England took off to a steady start as openers Dom Sibley and Rory Burns tackled the likes of Tim Southee and Neil Wagner. The Blackcaps barely caused trouble for the England duo until Wagner got Burns trapped when England was on 29 runs. That followed with a quick wicket of Zak Crawley as Southee hunted down his 7th wicket in the game.
It was only after two successive jolts New Zealand formed some hope of victory, however, England skipper Joe Root along with Dom Sibley stood firm. The duo stitched 80-run partnership, shunning NZ’s hope of victory by pulling a draw following day 5 conclusion. Sibley scored 60 runs while Root scored 40 runs before getting trapped LBW off Wagner’s delivery.
ENG vs NZ 1st Test- Player of the Match
Debutant Devon Conway was undoubtedly became the player of the match for his memorable debut in Test cricket. He scored a a flabbergasting double century (200) on his debut, that too against the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Conway’s performance was talking point of the match that too when Blackcaps are to face India in World Test Championship finals.
The second and final Test between England and New Zealand will take place from June 10-14 at Edgbaston.
ENG vs NZ 1st Test Final score: NZ- 378 & 169/6 (Declared); England- 275 (all-out) & 170/3