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|Colin de Grandhomme||45||97||6||0||46.39|
|Colin de Grandhomme||26.0||2||94||4||3.62|
|Colin de Grandhomme||72||151||7||0||47.68|
|Colin de Grandhomme||17.0||4||44||0||2.59|
Hosts New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the test series against England by winning the first test by an innings and 49 runs over the weekend. The two teams will lock horns in the 2nd Test at Christchurch beginning from 30th March. The visitors suffered a batting collapse in the first innings itself, and from there on the hosts dominated throughout with bat and ball; England which had done so well in the ODIs and T20s, yet again put up a dismal show in the longer format of the game after losing to Australia at the beginning of the tour. Both sides will put their best foot forward and it needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges and emerge victorious here.
The pacers were enough to cause a complete collapse of the English batting in the first innings; while Southee took 4-25, Trent Boult awed the audience with his stupendous 6-32 to dismiss England 58 all-out. The 2nd innings saw pacer Neil Wagner and spinner Todd Astle take 3 wickets apiece to stun the visitors while Boult finished with a total of 9 dismissals; Southee took 1 wicket and helped wrap up a fine win.
With the bat, captain Williamson and middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls both scored well-made centuries while others like Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, and Tom Latham helped take the total to 427. Nicholls’ unbeaten 145 off 268 shows great promise for the hosts, who have a steady middle-order with players like Ross Taylor, Grandhomme, and all-rounder Todd Astle.
The Kiwis dominated with pace in the first test and they are in good form to repeat the tactics again; with others like Wagner and Astle, New Zealand looks well placed to make it a complete 2-0 whitewash.
Jeet Raval, TWM Latham, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, BJ Watling, IS Sodhi, N Wagner, TA Boult.
Batsmen like Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Alistair Cook and Stoneman were bungled out early in the first innings by the Kiwi pacers Boult and Southee; middle-order players Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow were duck-out in consecutive overs by the deadly duo and the English were left with just 23 runs on board in the fall of 8 wickets. It was their most humiliating performance in recent times, and except for Craig Overton’s 33 off 25, all others fell flat on their face leading to 58 all-out.
The 2nd innings saw a better fight from the English as Stoneman and Root posted half-centuries; Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes also worked hard to keep the game alive with their spirited fifties, but they could just manage 320 runs before getting all-out. Players like Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Malan contributed with 20+ runs each but it was hard enough to cross the target set by the hosts.
The bowling team did well as speedsters Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson took 3 wickets apiece to cause hiccups in the Kiwi top-order; Overton also pitched in with a wicket to contain the opponents at 427 in 141 overs. They have spinners like Ali and Root while Woakes adds depth to the attack; they would need to strategize well in the upcoming game at Christchurch. The batsmen would have to pull up their socks and put up a better fight against the Kiwi pace if they want to make amends here.
Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, J Vince, JE Root, Jonny Bairstow, BA Stokes, Dawid Malan, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, M Wood, James Anderson.
In the last couple of Test, Matches played at Hagley Oval, we've seen team batting second emerge on top. The conditions on Day 1 are conducive for quick bowlers as the pitch is juicy and there is assistance for bowlers. We've always seen a sporting wicket at Hagley Oval and expect nothing different this time as well.
The team winning the toss is expected to field first.
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