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Friday, July 20, 2018

England trail New Zealand by 237 runs at Stumps on Day 4: As it happened

New Zealand got the wicket of Joe Root at the end of Day 4 and they need seven wickets to win the match.

Australia are playing 5th Test against England in Sydney. Joe Root led England’s resistance as they lost 4 wickets. (Reuters)

England captain Joe Root frustrated New Zealand for a better part of Day 4 but his wicket at the end of the day will give the hosts a boost. Kane Williamson and co. will know that the job is not done yet, England have a long batting line up filled with batsmen who are more than capable to save this Test. Ben Stokes will be at the crease come tommorrow and he will be looking to make amends for his duck during England’s almighty first innings collapse. Trent Boult has taken eight wickets so far in the match and he will be the tormentor in chief as New Zealand look for an innings win.

New Zealand vs England, 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: 

  1. 2:10PM
    25 Mar, 18
    That is also STUMPS, England 132/3, trail New Zealand by 237 runs

    The wicket of Joe Root is the final act of the day. What a way to end it for the hosts and they will be upbeat going into the final day of the match but England do have more batsmen to come, Stokes will be at the crease when they start out tommorrow. 

  2. 2:02PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Joe Root is gone!

    WICKET! Trent Boult strikes and a sensational catch from BJ Watling. Joe Root departs on 51. England 132/3

  3. 1:48PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Fifty for Joe Root!

    FIFTY FOR JOE ROOT! England skipper fighting hard in the middle and completes his 38th Test fifty. He would feel good about this, especially after getting out on a duck in the first innings. England are 130/2, trailing New Zealand by 239 runs.

  4. 12:58PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Mark Stoneman departs on 55

    Neil Wagner to Mark Stoneman in this over -2 4 6 WICKET! Mark Stoneman departs on 55. Tries to go for another big shot but somehow Tim Southee manages to take the catch. Solid fielding effort from him and he looked surprised at his own effort. England 94/2, trail by 275 runs

  5. 12:06PM
    25 Mar, 18
    No Neil Wagner yet?

    20 overs so far but still they have not used Neil Wagner yet in this match. Wagner was not needed in the first innings with Tim Southee and Trent Boult doing the work on their own. But Jeo Root and Mark Stoneman have got a partnership going and the Kiwis need a wicket soon. Yet only one bowling change has been made so far - Colin de Grandhomme replacing Boult. Where is Neil Wagner?

  6. 11:34AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Back after Dinner

    Here we go - the final session of Day 4. The equation remains the same  - Engand to play defending game while New Zealand to look for wickets. Who ever wins this session will feel in advantage on Day 5. Crucial session. 

  7. 10:58AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Dinner on Day 4

    Dinner on Day 4 - England 38/1 at Dinner on Day 4, trailing New Zealand by 331 runs. England will feel good that they lost only one wicket in the little game they played before the end of session. Now it will be up to skipper Joe Root and Mark Stoneman to continue to pile on runs in the final session of the day.

  8. 10:47AM
    25 Mar, 18
    England 30/1

    England are 30/1 with Joe Root unbeaten on 14 and Mark Stoneman unbeaten on 10. Trent Boult dismissed Alastair Cook cheaply early on but Root and Stoneman have ensured that they do not lose any more wickets. But they are still trailing by 339 runs.

  9. 10:17AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Trent Boult strikes!

    WICKET! Trent Boult continues his lethal form in the second innings and he strikes in his second over. Gets the wicket of England's most experienced Test player Alastair Cook who is struggling to find his form. ENG 6/1, trail by 363 runs.  They are in serious trouble.

  10. 9:53AM
    25 Mar, 18
    New Zealand declare on 427/8

    New Zealand have declared their innings at 427/8 with a lead of 369 runs. Henry Nicholls remains unbeaten on 145. The Kiwis will hope to make another quick work of England batsmen and register a massive victory with an innings defeat. England, on the other hand, will try to push the match for a draw. We will return with England's inning shortly.

  11. 9:47AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Tim Southee is GONE!

    Joe Root strikes and Tim Southee's resistance ends here. He departs for 25. He just touched the ball and it went straight into Root's hands. England captain has a wicket. New Zealand 422/8.

  12. 8:39AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Tea on Day 4

    Henry Nicholls completes his century - his second Test hundred. It has been a terrific innings from him. He had to wait for four days to reach the landmark. It is not easy to continue to bat on with so many interruptions. New Zealand reach 347/7 with a lead of 289 runs at Tea on Day 4.

  13. 7:39AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Craig Overton strikes!

    WICKET! Craig Overton strikes and Colin de Grandhomme is gone for 29. Tried to hit it big but gets a leading edge and departs. NZ 309/6. New Zealand have a lead of over 250 runs now and they are in a commanding position in the match. They would look to reach to 350-400 and then declare. 

  14. 6:48AM
    25 Mar, 18
    Chris Broad strikes!

    WICKET! Chris Broad strikes. BJ Watling gets an edge on a ball that was going just a little wide and was carrying a bounce. Easy take for Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. He is gone for 31. NZ 260/5. Broad is on fire!

  15. 6:43AM
    25 Mar, 18
    New Zealand 259/4, lead by 201 runs

    BJ Watling smacked the ball for a boundary and with that four, New Zealand have reached 259/4 early on in the day. They have a serious advantage now in the match and England need to find a way to bounce back. 

  16. 6:37AM
    25 Mar, 18
    New Zealand cross 200 lead

    Henry Nicholls who completed his half century on Day 3 started the day with BJ Watling and took New Zealand's  total over 250. With the score, New Zealand's lead has approached 200 runs. The skies have cleared now and there is a bright sun shining on Day 4. With the weather expected to remain the same, how much lead with the Kiwis take on Day 4?