Newly-appointed England skipper Ben Stokes bought an enormous reprieve on Day 3 of the continued first Take a look at towards New Zealand at Lord’s. Within the twenty seventh over of England’s second innings, Stokes was castled by Colin de Grandhomme off a no-ball. On the fourth supply of the over, de Grandhomme pitched a short-pitched supply, however Stokes tried to drag it over the off aspect. Nonetheless, the southpaw performed it onto his stumps. However the replay confirmed that de Grandhomme had overstepped as no a part of his heel was behind the popping crease.
In consequence, the umpire determined to recall Stokes again within the center, giving him some much-needed luck on his thirty first birthday.
“An enormous reprieve. But extra drama on this Take a look at match,” the England and Wales Cricket Board captioned the video on Twitter.
An enormous reprieve. But extra drama on this Take a look at match…
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 4, 2022
It was an enormous let-off for Stokes as England have been already 4 wickets down at that time.
At Tea, England have been 99 for 4 with Stokes and his deputy Joe Root batting on 15 and 23, respectively.
Earlier, New Zealand had set the hots a goal of 277 after Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell’s heroics with the bat.
Mitchell scored his second Take a look at century, whereas Blundell departed after a finely-crafted 96 because the reigning World Take a look at champions managed to place 285 runs on the board within the second innings.
Initially, New Zealand, after opting to bat, have been bowled out for a paltry sum of 132, with debutant Matthew Potts and James Anderson taking 4 wicket every.
In reply, England might solely take a slender lead of 9 runs after New Zealand pacers, led by Tim Southee’s four-wicket spell, skittled them out on 141.
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