All-rounder Ben Stokes once again showed his class with the bat as he smashed 91 and helped England put up a decent total of 353/10 in the first innings of the opening Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval. After resuming his innings from 67 not out on Day 2, Ben Stokes was looking so stable to reach the three-figure mark before Ross Taylor grabbed a one-handed stunner to dismiss him.
In the 101st over of England innings, although Tim Southee dismissed the dangerous-looking Stokes, the credit for the dismissal should go to Ross Taylor, who jumped in the air to his right to hold the catch.
Taylor was fielding at first slip when the ball was flying away from him after it got the outside edge of Stokes’ bat. However, the experienced player leaped in the air to take the catch and left everyone surprised.
While replying to England’s first innings score, New Zealand managed to score 141/4 at stumps on Day 2. The hosts, however, trail by 209 runs with Henry Nicholls (26 not out) and BJ Watling (6 not out) trying to steady a partnership.
However, at the time of writing the article, New Zealand lea by 41 runs where the captain Kane Williamson scored a half-century off 85 balls, including 7 boundaries. Henry Nicholls scored 41 off 125 with 5 fours whereas BJ Watling smashed a well-made 119* off 298 which included 15 boundaries.
Along with him, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme scored 65 off 108 which included 7 fours and a six. Currently, the spinner Mitchell Santner is on the field, batting at 31 off 103 alongside Watling. For England, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes picked up 2 wickets each whereas Jack Leach and Joe Root bagged one each as well.