There are often many different ways to end up at the same destination. The first Lord’s Test in two years had seemed destined for draw after losing the entire third day to rain. And drawn it surely was as the teams shook hands at just gone 7pm (UK time) on the final evening.
In the end, there was not enough life in the pitch nor sand in the hourglass for New Zealand to make a concerted victory push. Sibley batted more than five hours for a barnacle-encrusted half-century, as he and Joe Root ensured against jitters with an 80-run stand that stretched into the evening session.
This test was nothing, talking through WTC 2023 point of view. It was just a part of friendly test series and also 1 more test is to be played. Though at last , all fans were thinking of England winning . This was the effect of India Winning at the Gabba and the environment is like that .
Measure things that Happened in the Match :
- Conway’s Debut double hundred
- Tim Southee six wickets howl
- Hard fought Rory Burns’ century
- Kane’s brave declaration
- And England’s batting aiming towards draw.
Story of the Match
NZ new star Devon Conway scored a terrific Double century and fixed his name in Lord’s Honour board in very first match. He batted all through the 1st innings beautifully . And now he may be considered for the WTC final selection .
Then it comes to Tim Southee . Brilliantly notched up 6 Englishmen . And again made his name in Lord’s honour board.
It was only Rory Burns who played comfortably from England side. Scored a beautiful Century to help his team to get close of guests .
After having lead of 272 in 2nd innings , Captain Kane Williamson declared their innings. It was quite surprising for some viewers. But the intention was clear. After watching India’s fantastic chases couple of times, Kane wanted to get used to of defending in Tests. And this test was of no cost. So making the condition familiar was the clear aim for NZ.
After getting target of 273 , England might have tried to win the Test . But they missed the opportunity. All we could see was they were directly aiming for draw . Perhaps it happened .
So this was all about the 2nsd Test between ENG and NZ played at Lord’s , London.
What they Said after match :
Never imagined standing in this position after my Test debut. Credit to Williamson for winning the toss and batting first. The surface was slightly on the slower side and deteriorated throughout. The way we played today was great. The pitch was a good Test match wicket, good for batsmen and with something in it for the bowlers as well. I have had my sessions with Kane earlier as well. Had I made it at a younger age I wouldn’t have played as I did now. The bowlers hit a length consistently and didn’t let me score. Just knowing that they weren’t going to leak many runs and accepting that became part of my game plan.Devon Conway (Man of the Match)
Captains’ Thoughts about the Match :
Okay ! This was all about the Match . Good Bye . Overview and see scorecard of the full test match .