Joe Root (115) scored a century as England beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first match of the three-Test series. With this win, they have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. On the fourth day of the match on Sunday, England scored the necessary 61 runs without any extra loss. The hosts started the day with a score of 216/5. He had got a target of 277 runs in the last innings.
New Zealand had scored 285 runs in their second innings. While England scored 141 runs in the first innings in reply to the Kiwis’ 132. They got a lead of 9 runs in the first innings.
In this match, England had landed on the field with the new team. The English board appointed former Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum as the coach of the team. While Ben Stokes was made the captain. This was the first Test for the McCullum-Stokes pair.
The team has won after 9 matches. He achieved the last victory against India on 25 August 2021. English Board Joe Root stepped down from captaincy after a crushing defeat in the Ashes. While McCullum replaced Chris Silverwood.
17 wickets had fallen on the very first day of the match. In such a situation, it seemed that the match would end in three days. But, the result of this match came out in four days. The thrill of the match remained till the first innings.
Joe Root scored 115 runs in 170 balls. He has also completed 10 thousand runs in Test cricket. He has become the second English batsman to reach the 10 thousand mark. Alastair Cook (12472) had done this before him. The root is the 14th batsman in the world to complete 10,000 runs. These include three Indians (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Sunil Gavaskar).
With each match that I watch, my love for the game just increases. All I dream of is to join my passion for writing with that of the game and pen down the live-action.
As a person, I am a quick learner and work well in a team for that is what wins the series.