About the Match
After being in the game for most part of the game, New Zealand failed to live up to the expectations in their final innings and the eventually the result turned out to be in favor of the hosts. New Zealand have another opportunity to come right back into the two match series with the 2nd Test commencing on 24th May. After the first three innings of the first Test, it was anyone’s game, but Broad’s heroics rolled the game in favor of the hosts. England cannot be defeated in this Test Series now, but the damage can still be inflicted if New Zealand manages to bounce back and topple hosts on their turf. It would be really interested to see how the teams come out of their rather unimpressive batting display in first test.
England is placed at second spot in ICC Test Rankings, but looking at the way they batted on first three days at Lord’s, no one would believe that. Their batting looked out of sorts which faltered despite the fact that many batsmen got off to a good start. Joe Root was impressive in both the innings and apart from him, no one really came to the rescue. However, their bowling performance proved to be the perfect tonic to cover up their batting issues. Anderson and Broad were fantastic and Steven Finn chipped in with a few good overs as well. Their batting issues certainly need to be addressed. If they continue to bowl like they did in the first match and improve on their batting, they can be tough team to get past in the longer version of the game, especially at home.
The visitors looked settled enough after the first three quarters of the match. The final quarter was like a nightmare for them which they’d want to forget and move on. Their batting failed miserably and they were all out for just 68 runs. Their bowling was impressive nonetheless. Watling, who showed some resistance with the bat got injured and is unlikely to play in the upcoming test. If that happens, Mcullum would keep wickets and Guptill and Vettori would make their way into the side. The presence of Guptill would surely strengthen their batting lineup and Vettori’s experience might come in handy as well. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson flourished with the bat in the first innings and they’d have to repeat that if New Zealand wants to pose some challenge to England. New Zealand is a good emerging side with a nice blend of youth and experience and can cause serious troubles for the hosts on their day.
As it turned out at Lord’s, New Zealand fell short on experience and ran out of steam when it really mattered. It’s show time again and they’d want their big guns to fire. Return of Vettori and Guptill might provide much needed balance to the side. England has played fabulously from the past year and they are looking to carry their momentum forward. I’d place my money on England based on their performance in previous test and the teams on paper and the home conditions.
England, 1.61 @ Bet365
Although the opening pair of Cook and Compton wasn’t able to do well in the first test, they’ve been consistent enough in producing good opening stands. Cook and Compton know the conditions and placing money on the following bet seems profitable.
Fall of 1st England Wicket:
Over 34.5, 1.83 @ William Hill