Fifty off Conway’s bat
On the second day in the morning, New Zealand started playing ahead of the score of 37 runs for three wickets. There was no hope of her getting close to England’s score but after finishing the first innings she was trailing England by just 19 runs. Devon Conway converted his 19-run knock on the night into a half-century and scored 77 runs. Stuart Broad dismissed night watchman Neil Wagner in the seventh over of the day to claim the 1000th wicket (together) of his long bowling partnership with James Anderson.
Broad (36 years old) and Anderson (40 years old) thus came close to surpassing the 1001 wickets taken by the Australian pair of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne in 104 Tests. Conway stayed at the crease for 229 minutes but was dismissed by Stokes, leaving the score at 158 for six. With this, the team was 167 runs behind England’s first innings score. Conway shared a 75-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Blundell.
Lower order troubled England
After this, Blundell, playing responsibly, brought New Zealand closer to England’s first innings. New Zealand’s ninth wicket fell when Blundell, who came out to bat at number seven, was on 82 runs. Then number 11 batsman Blair Tickner landed at the crease. At the same time, Blundell started scoring runs fast and was the last man out after scoring 138 runs. He added 53 with Kuggeleijn (20) for the 8th wicket and 59 with Tickner (3 not out) for the last wicket. The first innings became a half-century partnership for the 10th wicket in the Day Night Test.
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