Mitchell, Blundell step up as New Zealand lead England by 119 runs at tea

New Zealand’s Tom Blundell celebrates reaching his half century with Daryl Mitchell Motion Photos by way of Reuters/Paul Childs

LONDON – A 72-run partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell helped New Zealand stretch their lead over England to 119 runs at tea on the second day of a low-scoring first take a look at at Lord’s on Friday.

New Zealand had been 128-4 within the second innings earlier than the top of the afternoon session, having been bundled out for 132 within the first innings.

All-rounder Mitchell (43 not out) struck 5 boundaries in a formidable batting show, which got here as a aid to the Black Caps who crumbled in opposition to England’s quick bowlers within the first innings.

After wickets tumbled on the opening day and the primary session on day two, there was a way of calm within the afternoon as New Zealand misplaced only one wicket and eventually discovered a agency batting partnership.

The reigning world take a look at champions, who had been 38-3 at lunch, misplaced Devon Conway (13) within the twenty third over of the second innings after the returning Stuart Broad strangled him down legside.

Conway’s departure introduced an finish to his 9.3 overs-partnership with Mitchell, which seemed promising.

Mitchell, nonetheless, mixed effectively with wicket-keeper batsman Blundell (39 not out) because the guests stored the take a look at evenly poised forward of the ultimate session on day two.

Mitchell and Blundell’s sturdy middle-order partnership pressured new captain Ben Stokes to introduce spin as Matthew Parkinson, introduced in as a concussion alternative for Jack Leach, bowled within the longest format for England for the primary time.

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England, led by new head coach Brendon McCullum, have gained simply considered one of their earlier 17 assessments and are aiming to maneuver on from their dismal excursions of the Caribbean and Australia.

They may host New Zealand in two extra assessments after the competition at Lord’s