11 Jun 2021: England vs New Zealand: Hosts manage 303 in first innings
New Zealand have bowled out England on 303 in the first innings of the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston. Tail-ender Mark Wood played a crucial knock in the morning session on Day 2 as the hosts recovered from 222/7. Meanwhile, middle-order batsman, Daniel Lawrence remained unbeaten on 81. Trent Boult was the pick of New Zealand bowlers, having taken a four-wicket haul.
Duo: Wood and Lawrence attacked in the first hour
England were off to a terrific start on Day 1. Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns shared a 72-run stand before the former departed. England were reduced to 222/7 after Burns was dismissed. The likes of Lawrence and Wood launched their counter-attack early on Day 2. Wood smashed seven fours on his way to 41 (80), while Lawrence (81*) missed out on a well-deserved century.
Burns: Rory Burns laid the foundation of England's innings
England opener Rory Burns continued his impressive run, having scored a terrific hundred in the first Test. The left-handed batsman brought back the hosts after they slumped to 89/3 on Day 1. Burns smashed his ninth half-century despite losing partners regularly. He was en route to his fourth Test hundred, however, Boult dismissed him. The English opener finished on 81 off 187 (10 fours).
Bowlers: Boult emerged as NZ's standout bowler
Fast bowler Boult, who missed the first Test, remained the standout bowler in the first innings. The left-arm seamer snapped up four wickets and gave away 85 runs. His compatriot Matt Henry picked up three wickets for 78 runs. Meanwhile, Ajaz Patel picked up a couple of crucial wickets in the form of Ollie Pope and Olly Stone.
Stats : A look at the interesting stats
Burns now has eight scores of 50 or more in his last ten First-class innings. He along with Sibley registered England's longest opening stand in the first innings of a home Test since 2009 (72). Stuart Broad recorded his 37th duck in Test cricket, now the second-most in Tests after Courtney Walsh (43). Lawrence made his highest score in Test cricket (81*).
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