England, with eight wickets in hand, need simplest 113 runs to retract the third Take a look at match and total the collection whitewash against the world champions Contemporary Zealand.
Ollie Pope and Joe Root stroll off the ground after stumps on Day 4. (Courtesy: AP)
- England need 113 runs to retract the third Take a look at against Contemporary Zealand
- Jack Leach took a 5-wicket haul against Contemporary Zealand at Headingley
- Ollie Pope and Joe Root stitched 132-bustle partnership for the third wicket
Ollie Pope and Joe Root on Sunday stood firm against world champions Contemporary Zealand on the fourth day of the third Take a look at as England look to cease collection whitewash at Headingley, Leeds.
The duo stitched a ambitious 132-bustle partnership for the third wicket and noticed off the day, with Pope inching closer to his hundred and Root standing fine after ending a half of-century. England, with eight wickets in hand, need simplest 113 runs.
Contemporary Zealand made early inroads while defending the 296-bustle goal ahead of Pope and Root settled. Trent Boult and Kane Williamson mixed to bustle out Alex Lees cheaply for 9. The English opener drove one to the left of mid off however skipper Williamson did smartly to forestall the ball and handed it to the bowler, who performed the formalities as Lees used to be halfway down the tune and had no chance to manufacture it serve on time. Lees’s opening partner Zak Crawley returned to the dressing room in instant succession after holing out to duvet for 25.
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With England on 51/2 after 12.1 overs, Pope (81 no longer out) and Root (55 no longer out) stepped up and effect collectively a lovely instant stand.
Earlier, Jack Leach took a 5-wicket haul and Matthew Potts picked up three wickets to bundle out Contemporary Zealand for 326. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell, who had been outstanding for the duration of the three-Take a look at match collection, once extra took the onus to retract Contemporary Zealand to a respectable total.
Potts stopped Mitchell’s bustle feast and trapped him in front for 56. Blundell carried on however ran out of partners to cease his century as Leach and Potts rattled the Kiwis lineup. Blundell remained unbeaten on 88.