The Kiwis are visiting England for their Test Tour, and it has been an eventful series to say nonetheless. The Englishmen are leading the three-match series 2-0, and the series is in the bag for England. There is no chance for the Kiwis to win the series now. However, they can play for pride and try and win the third and final Test.
The first Test was a fairly low scoring one, and there was not a single century or even a half-century scored in the first innings by either of the teams.
Colin de Grandhomme came closest to a half-century in the first innings for New Zealand, scoring 42 runs off 50 deliveries with 4 fours. On the other side, Zak Crawley scored 43 runs off 56 deliveries with 7 fours. This might give you an idea of how low scoring the match had been.
Jamie Anderson and Matty Potts bowled extremely well, taking 4 wickets each to bundle out the Kiwis at 132.
Tim Southee and Trent Boult joined the action for New Zealand and took 4 and 3 wickets each respectively. They helped the New Zealanders stop the English batting lineup at 141.
The second innings was better in terms of run-scoring and the Kiwis managed to score 285 before being all out. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell were the star batsmen for the Kiwis and helped their team reach a fairly respectable total.
Daryl Mitchell managed to score 108 in 203 deliveries and scored 12 fours with a strike rate of 53.20. Tom Blundell on the other hand, managed to score 96 off 198 balls and just missed out on his century. Blundell hit 12 fours as well and his strike rate stood at 48.48.
Stuart Broad and Matty Potts bagged 3 wickets each for the Englishmen in the second innings.
Talking about England, Joe Root scored a century. He scored 115 runs off 170 deliveries hitting 12 fours, and had a strike rate of 67.65. Ben Stokes was the next best batsman scoring 54 runs off 110 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 49.09.
Kyle Jamieson managed to bag 4 wickets for the Kiwis in the second innings.
England managed to win the match by 5 wickets.
The second Test match was a high-scoring match, and both teams crossed 800 runs each in two innings combined.
New Zealand batted first and posted a total of 553 in the first innings of the second Test match, with Daryl Mitchell scoring 190 and Tom Blundell scoring 106.
James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers and took 3 wickets for 62 runs in 27 overs. Ben Stokes and Jack Leach took 2 wickets each for the Englishmen.
England batted and managed to score 539 before getting all out. Ollie Pope scored 145, while Joe Root scored 176. Ben Foakes managed to score 56 as well.
Trent Boult was the star with the ball for the Kiwis taking 5 wickets and giving away 106 runs in 33.3 overs.
In the second innings, things were a bit calmer and 3 batsmen on the English side managed to score half-centuries. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Matty Potts were again prolific in taking wickets. Broad picked 3 while the other two bowlers picked 2 wickets each.
With England chasing, it looked like the match was in the bag for the Kiwis as early wickets fell for the England side and the match looked tipped in New Zealand's favor. However, Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes had other ideas. Both men beat the Kiwis together in a stunning run-chase.
Johnny Bairstow surely played the match like it was a white-ball game and scored 136 off 92 deliveries with 14 fours and 7 sixes. On the other hand, Ben Stokes scored 75 runs off 70 deliveries with 10 fours and 4 sixes.
Both the England batsman ensured that they took their side over the line!
The third Test is up for grabs, and the big news is that James Anderson misses out. Jamie Overton makes his debut in place of Anderson. Jamie Anderson has been rested, keeping in view, the upcoming series against India.