When England were struggling against New Zealand on the fifth day of the first test match at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Mitchell Santner pulled off an improbable catch to send home another of England’s batsmen.
Starting the second innings, England were trailing by 262 runs after New Zealand declared for a mammoth 653 runs. England were struggling at 133 for 6 having just lost Joe Denly. Ollie Pope, who was batting on six, got a wide full toss form Neil Wagner. Pope hung out his bat in search for some runs. But the ball ended up in the hands of a flying Mitchell Santner and Pope ended up in the dressing room as England eventually ended up losing by an innings and 65 runs.
While Santner’s catch might not have been the most significant moment in the match, it was certainly one of the most eye-catching. One of those fielding efforts you can keep watching all day long.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
New Zealand’s innings victory over England was a on the back of a mammoth first innings score inspired by a lower order that was led by BJ Watling’s double century.
Watling was adjudged the man of the match for his efforts. After collecting the award in the post match presentation, Watling said, “It felt really good. The key was to get the partnership and get close to their total. And hope that pitch will do the trick on day 5. Your job is to play the situation, it might be 4/100 or 4/400. I take a little break every now and then and keep myself fresh. I play a lot of domestic cricket. It was great playing here at Mount. It’s good fun when the pitch keeps up and down, you get the feeling that you are always in the game.”
The teams will play the second and final test of the series at Seddon Park, Hamilton starting from November 29.