Buttler

England  and New Zealand start day two of the second Test at Lord’s. At the end of day pne, England were certainly dictating terms in the Test match through Joe Root and Ben Stokes dictating terms in the match but missing out on cventuries. You can watch the live telecast of England vs New Zealand on Star Sports in the Indian subcontinent. Catch the Live Streaming of the England vs New Zealand, 1st Test here. The match starts at 03.30 pm India time.

What a remarkable turnaround it was at the Mecca of Cricket. First, New Zealand ran through England in the early part of the day’s play and reduced the hosts to 20 for 4. It mirrored the collapse in the final Test between the Three Lions and the West Indies recently. Quite astonishingly, England fought their way back from that position to win the day’s honours.

Boundaries simply flowed down the green turf as Ben Stokes, playing against the country of his birth smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. For a change, it was Brendon McCullum’s side who were feeling the pressure. Stokes looked set to bring up his second Test century and yet again, missed out after offie Mark Craig breached his defence.

There was no respite from thereon as for one more time, Jos Buttler and Joe Root got together to thwart the opposition. The two players, tipped as England’s future amassed a superb counter-attacking partnership.

Root, however, was 80 not out at tea but, two runs shy of what would have been his third Test hundred in successive years at Lord’s, under-edged a cut off Henry and was caught behind by Tom Latham, deputising for the injured Watling. The Yorkshireman batted for more than three-and-a-half hours, facing 161 balls including 11 fours. There was still time for Buttler and Ali to make a fifty apiece, before left-armer Boult eventually broke through with the new ball.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes both fell agonisingly short of a hundred after rescuing England from a dire position on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s today. At stumps, England, who had been 30 for four when Stokes came in, were 354 for seven after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and fielded.  (With Inputs from PTI)