Nottingham Test: The Test played between England and New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) in Nottingham ended in a very interesting way. On the last day of the match, England’s batsmen won the Test match playing cricket like T20. After wrapping up New Zealand’s second innings in the first session on the last day, England got a target of 299 runs, which was achieved by the English batsmen in 50 overs. In this fast-paced run chase, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes put on the basis of England’s victory by putting up a blistering partnership of 179 runs in 121 balls. Bairstow was named ‘Player of the Match’.
New Zealand all out in the first session of the fifth day
New Zealand started their innings on the fourth day with a score of 224/7. At this time New Zealand’s total lead was 238 runs. In the first session of the fifth day itself, English veteran bowler James Anderson and Stuart Broad wrapped up New Zealand’s innings. This innings ended on 284 runs. That is, England got the target of 299 runs. England got less than 75 overs to achieve this target.
Bairstow’s stormy century and England’s victory
England chased this target of 299 runs on the last day with ease in the beginning. However, by the time 56 runs came, England had lost its three wickets. Joe Root’s wicket was also involved in this. By reaching 93 runs, England’s fourth wicket also fell. From here it seemed that instead of chasing the target, England would try to draw the match but it did not happen. Captain Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow had different intentions. Both of them, playing like T20 in Tests, shared 179 runs in 121 balls and gave England hope of victory. Bairstow was dismissed after scoring 136 runs off 92 balls, while Stokes played an unbeaten innings of 75 off 70 balls and returned to the pavilion only after winning England.
The condition of the match reversed in the last two days
The batsmen were dominating the first three days of the Nottingham Test. Only 15 wickets could fall in these three days. It seemed that this test would be drawn. But on the fourth day, the bowlers went here. The bowlers of both the teams took 12 wickets on the fourth day. England had ended the third day on a score of 473/5 but on the fourth day this team was all out after adding just 66 runs. In this way England’s first innings ended on 539 runs. England, trailing by 14 runs on the basis of the first innings, then bowled sharply, taking 7 wickets for New Zealand till the end of the fourth day. After this, England won this Test in an unexpected way after wrapping up New Zealand’s second innings in the first session on the fifth day.
New Zealand 1st innings: 553 runs
England 1st innings: 539 runs
New Zealand 2nd innings: 284 runs
England 2nd Innings: 299/5