After bowlers dominated the opening day in the ongoing first Test between England and New Zealand at Lords Cricket Ground in London, batters put up a good show on the second day of the match. The pair of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell shined with the willow to put the visitors in control of the proceedings.
New Zealand were again in a spot of bother having lost four wickets for just 56 in their second innings. However, Mitchell and Blundell came to the rescue and went on to stitch an unbeaten 180-run partnership for the fifth wicket to put Black Caps on top. At stumps on Day 2, Mitchell and Blundell were batting on 97 and 90, respectively, as New Zealand managed to take a massive 227-run lead heading into Day 3.
Earlier, England resumed their overnight score of 116/7 and only managed to take a narrow 9-run lead as they were bowled out for 141.
New Zealand 132 and 236/4 (Mitchell 97*, Blundell 90*) lead England 141 (Crawley 43, Southee 4/55) by 227 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
That’s the end of Day Two and it’s been a good one for @BLACKCAPS
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 3, 2022
New Zealand seem to have turned the tables on England through the fantastic partnership between Blundell and Mitchell. What a Test match this is turning out to be!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 3, 2022
The ongoing #EngvNZ Test has highlighted the key difference between a raging turner and a seamer-friendly pitch on Day-1…the former keeps getting tougher to bat and the latter allows batters to contribute significantly as the match progresses.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 4, 2022
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 3, 2022
A partnership worth 180* runs 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) June 3, 2022
Blundell and Mitchell (180*) need 37 more runs to achieve the highest ever 5th wicket partnership in a men’s Test at Lord’s.
If they did this, they’d eclipse Border & Ritchie for 🇦🇺 in 1985 who took the score from 101/4 to 317/5.
— Michael Appleton (@michelappleton) June 4, 2022
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell batting so beautifully on a ‘poor’ pitch. Lord’s can bring the best out of you. Ask Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohd Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Graham Gooch and many more… Do we still say it is not a Test pitch? Mitchell and Blundell don’t think so ❤️
— Vijay Lokapally 🇮🇳 (@vijaylokapally) June 3, 2022
What a remarkable fightback by New Zealand, led by Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell.
Lead by just 47 runs, with 6 wickets in hand then Blundell 90* and Mitchell 97* made unbeaten 180 runs for the 5th wicket at Lord’s – A day to remember for Kiwis. pic.twitter.com/F3h8yVFy1Y
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 3, 2022
I wake up to go to work expecting garbage, yet I am full of joy. Absolute brilliance from Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell, hopefully they both get onto the honours board tomorrow.
— Lily Franklin (@lilyffranklin13) June 3, 2022
Daryl Mitchell – Tom Blundell 🏏
What an incredible stand it’s been. Backs up against the wall, with the innings teetering at 56/4 & lead by 47. This 180 run stand really kept us in the hunt this Test. Hope Daz & Blundell etch their names onto the Lord’s Honors Boards tomorrow pic.twitter.com/C6Ewbs9zio
— Sivy Kanefied 🇳🇿 (@Sivy_KW578) June 3, 2022
A successful day for New Zealand all thanks to Daryl Mitchell (97*) and Tom Blundell (90*) – 180 runs partnership between them. A match saving effort by Mitchell and Blundell. pic.twitter.com/afrehCfjXw
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 3, 2022
Unbelievable comeback with the bat from #NewZealand.
What a sensational unbeaten 180* partnership between Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell👏👏#ENGvNZ
— Sadaf Shamim (@imSadafShamim) June 3, 2022
I watched the day and the best part of it was the way Mitchell and Blundell dismantled the short-pitch barrage. Both have brilliant pull shots. #ENGvNZ
— Chris Hyde (@chrishydejourno) June 3, 2022
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