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Test 2, Day 1. Hagley Oval, Christchurch



The open grass banks, rising Sun, winnowing wind, and the green patchy pitch is what Christchurch had offered the teams. New zealand wins the toss again and elects to bowl. There were few surprise selections in the English team.

Woakes, Moeen and Overton were out and in came Vince, Wood, and the debutant Leach. New zealand has to make a forced change with Todd getting injured they have got in Ish to do the wrist work.

As the Sun was shining brightly and there was some wind to assist the fast bowlers, it was a good decision to bowl first, with some seam movement and the lateral movement after pitching the Kiwi bowlers have responded positively by picking up the prolific Cook in the third over itself, followed by Vince. Stoneman and the captain Root stiched a handy partnership, they were also soon sent back to the hut by some Southee specials. Malan didn't trouble the scorers.

With losing half of the side for 94, England was again in the spot of bother. We then see some grit from Stokes and Bairstow. While Stokes was getting into his grove, he got out to a timid delivery down the legside right after the tea break. Bairstow then stitched a handy partnership with the paceman Wood after he lost Broad. The pacy Wood notched up his maiden half-century and soon followed back to the pavilion. Bairstow ascending from the wreckage of the English wickets scored a fighting 97 and is still at the crease. Leaching on to Bairstow, the Somerset debutant Leach is also at the crease fighting it out.

Key Takeoffs:

The short pitch bowling has tested the resilience of Bairstow, especially the one from Grandhomme knocking the helmet off from his head.

Continous short stuff from the Wagner pushing the English batsman behind in their game.

The double T's were again at their peak, pitching it seaming it swinging it; has got through the English batsman yet again.

The Wood and Bairstow coalition against the kiwi's attack.

Bairstow: The man with the golden bat. keep calm and relax, I'm here to stand between the bowler and stumps and deliver for England.

Tim Southee: With being a synonym for consistency, he gets another 5 wicket haul.


Mini Scoreboard:
Bairstow: 97 and Leach: 10
Southe: 5/60  and Boult: 3/79
England Total: 290/8

Will Bairstow get to his century? will England reach 350? or will Kiwis uproot the root's side within 300?
 Day 2 will have the answers. Stay tuned.

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