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England vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: ENG resolute, match drawn

England vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: Joe Root's knock of 40 in a vital 80-run stand with Dom Sibley (60*) guaranteed the stalemate in London.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 7, 2021 12:02:27 am
England vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights.

England vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: New Zealand went for the kill on the final day of the first Test against England at Lord’s but the hosts stood firm as they ended on 170/3 at Lord’s in London.

Resuming at 62/2 with a lead of 165 runs, the Kiwis played attacking cricket to build their lead to 272 before lunch. Chasing 273, Joe Root and his men played defensively to guarantee a stalemate. The skipper’s knock of 40 in a vital 80-run stand with Dom Sibley (60*) set the tone of the Test in the final session. After Root’s dismissal, Ollie Pope (20*) partnered Sibley till the end.

Match EndedNew Zealand tour of England, 2021 - 1st Test

England

275 (101.1) u0026 170/3 (70.0)
vs

New Zealand

378 (122.4) u0026 169/6 dec (52.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
England drew with New Zealand

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England vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights:

23:49 (IST)06 Jun 2021
ENG end on 170/3, match ends in a draw

Despite New Zealand trying their heart out to win the Test, England showed their resilience with their bat. Sibley (60*) and Pope (20*) made it to the end to help the hosts get a draw. Root's army ended their second innings on 170/3, 103 behind the target.

22:39 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Fifty up for Sibley!

Sibley finally gets his reward with a single off Southee... a half-century! 161 balls and three boundaries -- a responsible knock that has helped England guide the contest towards a draw. 18 overs left to play. ENG: 141/3 (57 overs), need 132 runs to win

22:30 (IST)06 Jun 2021
WICKET!

Root, who had loosened his wrists off late hitting some fine fours, finally bites the dust! The skipper accelerated his innings from 10 off 44 to 40 off 71... and fell to a Wagner special. LBW and gone! Nonetheless, excellent rearguard action. ENG: 136/3 (55.3 overs)

21:50 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Root, Sibley bring back the boundaries

After going easy against de Grandhomme, the England pair choose to shift gears. First, Sibley takes on Santner and punishes the spinner with a drive wide of mid-on. His captain Root smacks a four facing Jamieson in the next over. ENG: 92/2 (47 overs)

21:21 (IST)06 Jun 2021
ENG still need 206 runs to win

Still no boundaries in the third session but things are looking rather well for England. Neither Southee nor Wagner can find a breakthrough in this 57-ball partnership between Root (4*) and Sibley (26*). ENG: 67/2 (40 overs), need 206 runs to win

20:58 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Back for the third session...

Back for the final session of the Test, Southee and Wagner restart the proceedings. Root and Sibley stick to the gameplan of fetching a draw in Lord's and take it quite nice and easy against the pacers, surviving two LBW shouts. ENG: 60/2 (35 overs)

20:27 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Tea - England 56/2, need 217 runs in last session

End of the afternoon session. England have scored 56/2 in the 32 overs they have faced after Lunch. They tried to hang on in this session, losing Burns and Crawley. Will they go for the win in the final session? Will Williamson's decision to declare make the next session a deathmatch?

Action resumes, for one final time in this Test, after a 20-minute break.

20:20 (IST)06 Jun 2021
2nd wicket

Crawley's resistance ends. He has 2 runs to show from his 25-ball stay. Crawley is caught fishing outside his off stump and there is a simple catch at gully. Southee keeps the ball keeps swerving around on the final day. Joe Root walks out. The skipper will have to stay on till the end today.

ENG 56/2, need 217 more to win

20:06 (IST)06 Jun 2021
England's game plan: Block till Tea

Crawley comes in at 3 and plays along with England's game plan of blocking everything out before Tea. Sibley gets a four with a top edge that flies past Southee at second slip. England cross 54. Still a long way to go to get the win though. 

ENG 54/1, need 219 more to win

19:47 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Wagner gets breakthrough

Wagner, striking all the right chords, gets the breakthrough! After so many near misses, it is Southee at second slip and Wagner who combine to get rid of Burns. The first wicket falls. Burns goes for 25 off 81.

ENG 49/1

19:45 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Burns, Sibley blank Kiwis out

New Zealand throw in Santner and Wagner, thus indicating their attacking salvo is at an end. Despite having done little other than hand around, Burns and Sibley have ensured no wickets have fallen in the first one and half hours, thus effectively blanking out New Zealand from the game. What this has done, if England can hold on for another half hour, is that this has given England a fighting chance to go for the win in the final session.

ENG 49/0, need 224 more to win

19:12 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Wicket eludes New Zealand

Jamieson has bowled 5 maidens in his first 5 overs. Undroppable at the moment. Burns steals another boundary with a flick off the pads against Southee. Sibley still the batsman under more pressure even as the wicket eludes New Zealand. Drinks taken at the end of the halfway point in the session, with England yet to find any sort of rythm to their chase.

ENG 33/0 after 17, need 240 more to win

18:51 (IST)06 Jun 2021
New Zealand continue to put on pressure

Sibley finally gets off the mark with a flick off his pads that goes to the fence. It's England on the back foot now, sustaining the punches of the new ball. Can they soak up the pressure now and then inflict it all on the Kiwis when the ball becomes older?

ENG 14/0 after 10

18:22 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Sibley under pressure

Burns continues confidently, driving a four back behind Southee. Sibley, on the other hand, looking like a spider caught on a bathroom wall. All eight legs at the moment and under severe examination from Southee and Jamieson, who strikes the right-hander on his elbow. Meanwhile, Williamson's brave declaration call has impressed all.

18:12 (IST)06 Jun 2021
All *five* results still possible

Burns gets England's first runs with an edge that flies past the slip cordon for four. Southee and Jamieson have started proceedings for New Zealand, under skies that look like they could open any time. All five results possible, to be honest - an England win, a New Zealand win, a draw under normal circumstances, a draw forced by weather and a tie, however traumatic that may be for the Kiwis. No runs apart from that edged boundary in the first 3 overs though.

ENG 4/0, need 269 more to win

17:54 (IST)06 Jun 2021
New Zealand declare - England need 273 to win in two sessions

New Zealand have declared at lunch! England need 273 runs to win, New Zealand need 10 wickets. Burns and Sibley begin batting for England. Here we go!

17:19 (IST)06 Jun 2021
6th wicket - Early Lunch taken - NZ lead by 272

Wicket! This time for Joe Root. Nicholls tries an expansive shot but can only manage to give a catch to Burns at slip. De Grandhomme comes in at 8 and smashes a four off Anderson. And with the drizzle continuing, an early Lunch session has been called.

NZ 169/6, lead by 272

17:09 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Drizzle

Nicholls and Watling build a 6th wicket partnership with a few more edges flying off to the fence. England looking to contain the runs at this stage, looking at their field placement. Aaaand just to spice things up a bit more... a slight drizzle has started at Lord's. 

NZ 159/5, lead by 262

16:47 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Ross Taylor perishes by the sword

One more six - this time a heavy top edge from Ross Taylor. James Anderson, into the attack for the first time today, raps Taylor on the pad but the LBW decision is not given. Replays show Taylor would have been out, but England have burned all their Reviews up already! Life for Taylor. But he's gone in the next over. A wild slash and an edge that travels to the keeper. Taylor is out for 33 off 35 balls.

NZ 133/5, lead by 236 

16:35 (IST)06 Jun 2021
New Zealand play attacking cricket

That was Stuart Broad's first Test wicket in 81.2 overs. Henry Nicholls has joined Taylor meanwhile, while Mark Wood has been introduced by England. Nicholls now dances down the track and throws his bat at it. New Zealand's intentions are clear - they are going for the win.

NZ 118/4, lead by 221

Playing XIs:

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Pope, James Bracey(w), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

New Zealand:Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner

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