England vs. New Zealand: At Trent Bridge, the hosts kept their hopes alive for a victory.
After capturing late New Zealand wickets on the fourth day at Trent Bridge, England had a chance to force a victory in the second Test.
In the final phases, the hosts scored 3-37 to put New Zealand ahead 224-7, 238.
The current state of affairs Daryl Mitchell is still on 32 not out, but his only companion is the tail as he tries to extend the Black Caps’ lead.
England had a chance to put the tourists under strain earlier in the day when Joe Root and Ben Foakes got off to a flying start on Monday morning.
However, after Root was dismissed for a magnificent 176, it was followed by a collapse of five wickets for 23, with Foakes being run out for 56.
The host team was eliminated for 539 runs, a 14-run deficit in the first inning.
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Late surge boosts England chances
All results are possible going into the final day, which is in keeping with the interesting nature of this Test, but England’s late burst could potentially have them as favourites.
New Zealand had a 190-run lead with six wickets in hand when Mitchell and Tom Blundell – England’s regular opponents – were together.
It’s possible that the Black Caps would have fought their way to a position where they could have declared, only to lose three wickets in six overs, giving England the upper hand.
England will now try to finish off the tail as soon as possible on Tuesday, before attempting to complete a run-chase that would secure a series victory.
They’ll be helped by a true pitch and the fact that New Zealand speed bowler Kyle Jamieson is recovering from a back ailment.
Given England’s newfound optimism under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, it’s probable that winning will take precedence over guaranteeing they can’t be beaten.
England’s persistence rewarded
There were times when England appeared to have squandered their finest chances to force a victory.
Their morning breakdown came when the possibility of a first-innings lead was genuine, and an afternoon century stand between Will Young and Devon Conway frustrated them.
England were handicapped by spinner Jack Leach’s failure to penetrate or control the ball, and Mitchell and Blundell showed their tenacity even after Conway and Young were gone.
Blundell, on the other hand, made a rare error by falling into Stuart Broad’s short-ball trap and hooking to Stokes at backward square leg, allowing England to win.
Michael Bracewell swung 25 from 17 balls, but he played one shot too many and was caught by Matthew Potts at mid-on.
Mitchell had previously been engaged in Young’s run out, and as the pressure mounted, another blunder ended in Tim Southee being sacrificed to a Zak Crawley throw.
New Zealand engineer their own problems
Broad was wonderfully held at slip by Mitchell, Foakes was run out in a mix-up with Potts, who was then bowled by Boult for a well-deserved five-wicket haul.
Running at off-spinner Bracewell, last man James Anderson was stumped.
Despite the fact that Tom Latham was bowled by Anderson, Conway and Young continued to build steadily. Conway, in particular, used sweeps and reverse sweeps in his 52 to put pressure on Leach.
Conway was undone by a top-edged sweep, with Henry Nicholls taken at point and Young, on 56, ran out by superb work from Ollie Pope and Stokes.
While Mitchell and Blundell were together, everything was quiet, but then came the late drama.
‘The fifth day will be exciting’
“New Zealand need someone to hang around with Daryl Mitchell, and if he gets another 20 or so and someone else does the same, England will be chasing around 300 in 75 overs,” says former England captain Michael Vaughan.
“Whatever happens, I don’t think we’re in for a dull day where England abruptly closes its doors.” They’re going to go for it. I believe that with this new team and new energy, we are all focused on winning.
“Whether that works out is a another thing, but they’ll show up tomorrow completely focused on winning the game.”
“Trent Boult is going to be crucial.” He could be able to knock England over with the new ball.”