After the first four days, it can very well be said that the Hamilton Test is heading towards a draw, barring some miraculous turn of events. England could’ve found themselves into trouble, but Joe Root and Rory Burns carried the hosts to safer shores. By the end of the fourth day, New Zealand are trailing by five runs with eight wickets left and looks as if they will end with a 1-0 win in the series.
Root stamps in authority on New Zealand
Though Root had scored a ton on the third day, the Three Lions were still 106 runs behind with not much batting left. He had Ollie Pope for company and the game was in the balance. The duo played out the opening session, taking the Brits to a four-run lead. In the post-Lunch session, Root notched a double century off 412 balls. The stand between Pope and Root fetched a significant 193 runs.
Mitchell Santner got rid of Root, who got 226 with 22 fours and a six. Pope lent his skipper the apt support, scoring 75 patient runs off 202 deliveries. Neil Wagner got rid of him to separate the duo. Following his dismissal, Wagner ran through the tail as from 455/5, the visiting team was shot out for 476. Wagner picked up an impressive five-wicket haul, but England got a decent lead of 101 runs.
Williamson and Taylor steady the ship
The Kiwis made a rather nervous start. Sam Curran trapped Jeet Raval for a two-ball duck to strike first blood. A few overs later, Chris Woakes found Tom Latham’s outside-edge and reduced the hosts to 28/2. Latham was looking pretty impressive after scoring 18 off 29 with a couple of fours. Having lost the early wickets, the Black Caps needed someone to stop the bleeding and restore some sanity.
Kane Williamson (37*) and Ross Taylor (31*) have rescued their team a number of times. It wasn’t any different this time around. The duo put their heads down and saw New Zealand through to the end of the day. They staved off the English attack with grace. Both hit four fours each to keep the score ticking. Their task on the fifth day will be to disallow England from coming back into the contest.
Here is how Twitter lauded Root and Burns on their knocks:-
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 1, 2019
Kane Williamson must be relieved!
England all out for 476 as Neil Wagner gets another five-wicket haul. The visitors lost their last five wickets for 21 runs. They lead by 101.#NZvENG SCORECARD 👇https://t.co/eBrKe7xmfM pic.twitter.com/dvVpS2Cr34
— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2019
England to Win anyone … !!! #NZvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 1, 2019
All the fab 4 players have scored double hundred in tests in 2019. Kohli vs South Africa, Smith vs England, Williamson vs Bangladesh and Root vs New Zealand.#NZvENG
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2019
After a long break, @root66 finally managed to get some piece of the wood into the ball. Brilliant display of batting indeed. @MichaelVaughan would be a happy man now😉 He was craving to see the stylish englishman delivering. #NZvENG #Hamilton 🏏
— Jonak Deka (@imJonak14) December 2, 2019
— Muhammad Qasim (@Qasimiftikh) December 2, 2019
Looks like we are heading towards a rare draw in Test cricket after a long time #NZvENG
Day 4 ends with the New Zealand score of 96/2, trailing by 5 runs.#NZLvENG
— CricIndeed (@CricIndeed) December 2, 2019
— Chris Maguire (@ifthecap) December 2, 2019
Where did Roots double century come from? That is some seriously impressive work from him. Fair play 👏. #NZvENG
— Kay (@kaybhafc90) December 2, 2019
Joe Root will probably be back to the top ten rankings after this double century.#NZvENG
— ` (@FourOverthrows) December 2, 2019
— Cricduel (@cricduel) December 2, 2019
Brilliant last session of cricket 🌟
— No Boundaries (@CWC19Winner) December 2, 2019
— Jess (@BlackCapsNo1Fan) December 2, 2019
Funk ahoy! Joe Root brings on Joe Denly for some leg-spin filth in the 11th over of the innings, presumably to ensure England get the extra over in.#NZvENG🏏🇳🇿🏴
— Guerilla Cricket (@guerillacricket) December 2, 2019
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