New Delhi, Online Desk. The England cricket team took a modest first innings lead of 9 runs in the first match of the three Test matches being played against New Zealand. On the first day of the match, the entire team of New Zealand scored only 132 runs in the first innings. In reply, the England team was bundled out for 141 runs on the second day. The team took a marginal lead of 9 runs on the basis of first innings. New Zealand’s Tim Southee 4 while Trent Boult dismissed 3 batsmen.
Against England, New Zealand’s team made a strong comeback after being reduced to a small score in the first innings. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat in the first day’s game. Matthew Pats, who was debuting for England, took four wickets while veteran James Anderson dismissed the same number of batsmen. The top four batsmen of the Kiwi team, Tom Latham and Will Young, were dismissed for 1-1, while Captain Kane scored 2 runs, then Devon Conway could only reach the 3 runs mark. Kalin de Grandhomme played an unbeaten innings of 43 runs.
7 England batsmen dealt cheaply
The team started off well and Jack Crowley and Alex Lees added 59 men for the first wicket. Olly Pope, who came out to bat at number three on the score of 75 runs, got out for 7 runs. When the team’s score was 92 when former captain Joe Root got out. From here, England’s batting faltered badly and seeing the score became 100 runs for 7 wickets. 8 players who came out to bat could not reach double digits. For New Zealand, Saudi took four wickets for 55 runs in 14 overs while Boult took three wickets giving 21 runs in 13.5 overs.