2nd Test, Day 2: Pope, Lees lead England resistance after Mitchell gave NZ power to 553

Continuing play on Day 2, both Mitchell (last night 81 not out) and Blundell (overnight 67 not coming out) continue from where they left. They continued to frustrate British bowlers as the boundaries flowed off the bat in an orderly fashion.

Mitchell soon reached his century, his second in as many games, as New Zealand crossed 350. A few overs later, Blundell brought two milestones of his own past 1000 Test runs as well as his third Test 100. Meanwhile, Mitchell switched gears and launched into the British bowler, taking their partnership past 200.

It was Jack Leach, who brought leeway for England as Blundell charged and miscued the ball into the middle. It was Leach’s first goal at home in exactly 1000 days, the last coming against Australia at Ashes 2019 in September 2019.

It was the only positive for England in the first session where New Zealand added 94 runs and strengthened their grip on the game.

The Black Caps’ dominance continued after the break as well with the first two overs of the second session making 26 runs. Michael Bracewell looked attacking from the start, while Mitchell hit a big punch with ease against Leach. In no time, he reached 150 milestones which he had never reached before in Test cricket.

In the first 13.2 overs of the session, New Zealand added another 69 runs, more than five run overs. As they threatened to end the game completely, the rain fell at just the right time for England, forcing the players to rush for early tea.

Upon their return, the two hitters took time to focus and display a bit of aggression. Bracewell was barely running from fifty debuts on the Test when James Anderson struck to break the partnership for 91, the ICC report said.

Mitchell continued to lose partners as he inched closer to a double ton. Despite Trent Boult’s resistance at No.11, Mitchell was the last man out when Matthew Potts got his net for 190. New Zealand ended up posting a giant 553, their highest total on English soil.

In return, it didn’t take long for New Zealand to break through as Boult scored in the second half to send Crawley back for 4. With the hosts 6/1, New Zealand had a good chance to take their lead but failed to capitalize on it. control.

Alex Lees was brought down on 12 by Mitchell on the first slip and took full advantage of that by playing some brilliant shots. His partner Ollie Pope also continued uninterrupted, even hitting Matt Henry for 16 runs in one over.

Another opportunity to beg when neither the goalkeeper nor the first slip player reacted to a lead from Pope, who darted over the border. Pope soon produced a fantastic fifty as the second goal partnership was extended to 84 with England ending the day at 90/1, trailing by 463 runs.

Short score: New Zealand 553 (Daryl Mitchell 190, Tom Blundell 106, Michael Bracewell 49; James Anderson 3-62, Ben Stokes 2-85) lead England 90/1 (Ollie Pope 51 not out, Alex Lees 34 not out; Trent Boult 1-18) with 463 runs.

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