LondonThe brilliant bowling of veteran pacer Tim Southee (6 for 43) nullified the impact of England opener Rory Burns’ century. Thanks to this, New Zealand took a massive first innings lead of 103 runs on the fourth day of the first Test match. Burns, who opened the innings, was the last batsman to be dismissed. He hit one six and 14 fours in his 297-ball innings. In reply to New Zealand’s 378 runs in the first innings, England’s first innings was reduced to 275 runs. New Zealand took full advantage of the favorable conditions of the fast bowlers on the fourth day after the third day’s play was washed out. Kyle Jamieson (3 for 85), who started the day at 111 for two, sent England to the pavilion after being caught by Ross Taylor at first slip on the very first ball of the fourth day. After this, Saudi gave three blows to England on the score of 140 runs. He dismissed Dan Lawrence (nil) and wicketkeeper James Brassie (nil) after dismissing Ollie Pope (22) without playing an account. Burns got the good support of Ollie Robinson (42) this time and the two shared a 63-run partnership for the seventh wicket. This partnership was also added by Saudi by Robinson’s dismissal. In the very next over, Jamieson walked Mark Wood without opening the account. Burns added 68 runs with Stuart Broad (10) and James Anderson (eight not out) to take the team to 275 after falling eight for 207.
[Attribution to NBT]