- Now then, everything on Day 5 is set up brilliantly! 7 wickets is what New Zealand need in 90 overs and England will have to play out that many overs. They have Joe Root and Ben Stokes two of their best batters to come in and a lot will rely on them. Judging by how things for the Kiwis, Mitchell Santner will hold the key for them with the ball. Join us for what should be an exciting Day 5 at 1100 local (2200 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
- Day 4 was about two men – Micthell Santner and BJ Watling! The former first did it with the bat as he scored his maiden ton. The pair put up a 261-run stand with the keeper becoming the first ever New Zealand keeper to score a double ton. They began the day quite slowly but in the second session they found the boundaries at will. It is because of them, the hosts managed to take a huge, huge lead. After declaration, England had under one session to play out and they would have hoped to enter Day 5 unscathed. However, Santner once again haunted them, this time with the ball as he got three crucial wickets.
- What a day for New Zealand! They are in the driver’s seat heading into Day 5. 7 wickets in 90 overs is what they need to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The last session too, like many other sessions in this game belongs to them. They came out, batted for a few overs, added a few runs before declaration. The English openers were stubborn to begin with, they dogged everything thrown at them and seemed were really battling hard. However, the introduction of Mitchell Santner changed things. He got Sibley first, then Burns and now Leach int he last over of the day which sees England in big trouble.
- 27.4 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, out, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Mitchell Santner is on a roll here. He has got rid of one guy who can literally grind it out. We have seen that before so I would probably say this is a very good wicket and it has come right at the stroke of Stumps. This lands outside off and then turns back in. Leach looks to defend, it seems to have taken the inside edge, onto the pads and lobs up. The fielder at short leg, Tom Latham, takes an excellent catch diving forward with one hand. An appeal and up goes the finger. Leach has a chat with his partner but then does not review. Now then, replays show that there was nothing on Hot Spot and nothing on Ultra Edge either. Leach wasn’t sure if he had hit that or not but since he is just a nightwatchman, he did not review. He will be pretty disappointed. He trudges back and the other players along with the umpire also walk back as IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 4!
- 27.3 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
- 27.2 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, That has hit the helmet! It took off from nowhere. How often do we see a spinner hitting the batters helmet. This is flatter and outside off, it pitches in the rough and then takes off and turns back in. Hits the helmet of Leach.
- 27.1 Mitchell Santner to Joe Denly, 1 run, Flatter and on middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket. Denly wants a run, Leach is a touch late to respond but they complete the run in the end.
- 26.6 Neil Wagner to Jack Leach, no run, Goes very full and on off, it tails back in. Leach keeps it out.
- 26.5 Neil Wagner to Jack Leach, no run, Shouts of catch it but it is wide! Shorter and on the body, Leach hopes and nudges it uppishly but wide of short leg.
- 26.4 Neil Wagner to Jack Leach, no run, Back of a length and on middle, this is kept out.
- 26.3 Neil Wagner to Jack Leach, no run, Outside off, it is left alone.
- 26.2 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, 1 run, In the air… safe! Shorter and on the body, Denly fends at it awkwardly, it hits the splice of the bat and lobs on the leg side for one.
- 26.1 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, Almost another! This is on a length and outside off, it is bowled from around the wicket. Due to that angle, Denly pokes at a ball he does not need to, gets beaten.
- 25.6 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, Fires it outside off, it is left alone. End of another successful over for Santner.
- 25.5 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, On the stumps again, Leach defends it out.
- 25.4 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
- 25.3 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, Flatter and on off, Leach works it with the turn on the leg side.
- 25.2 Mitchell Santner to Jack Leach, no run, Slower through the air on off, Leach keeps it out.
- 25.1 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, out, OUT! In the air… taken! Santner gets another one. The dropped catch in the last over does not cost anything. Clever bowling this by Santner. He tosses it up and bowls it wide outside off. He wants Burns to reach out and play the sweep shot and Burns does that. Also, since Santner is tall, he gets extra bounce which he does here. It goes off the top edge and lobs towards short fine leg where Colin de Grandhomme moves to his right and takes it. Both the openers now back in the hut. England in a spot of bother here. New Zealand still have 17 balls to take another wicket today.
- 24.6 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, A short one to end, Denly keeps it out.
- 24.5 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, A bumper and it is ducked under.
- 24.4 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, One more short ball, Denly defends it out.
- 24.3 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, A bumper now on the body, Denly ducks under it.
- 24.2 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, Shorter and on off, Denly stands tall and keeps it out again.
- 24.1 Neil Wagner to Joe Denly, no run, Shorter and around off, Denly stands tall and guides it to point.
- 23.6 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, no run, On off, it is kept out. End of another good over by Santner.
- 23.5 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, no run, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
- 23.4 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, no run, Almost! Flatter and on middle, Burns goes back and tries to defend. It lands on the ground and spins backwards but away from the stumps.
- 23.3 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, no run, DROPPED! Santner almost had two in two overs. A tough chance though. This is floated up on off, Burns looks to work it with the turn but the ball sticks in the surface. He ends up chipping it uppishly towards short mid-wicket. Southee there dives forward and gets his fingers underneath but spills it.
- 23.2 Mitchell Santner to Rory Burns, no run, Flatter and outside off, it turns back in. Burns looks to push at it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
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