The seesaw contest between England and New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's has been as dramatic, however just formalities are to be made on Sunday - Day 4 of the Test match. The result of the match is expected to come in the very first session and for now England are on the top. The Ben-Stokes led side bowled New Zealand out for 132 in the first innings before taking just 9-run lead after getting bundled out for 141. Later, New Zealand lost four wickets for 56 runs in the second innings as well but a spirited hundred from Daryl Mitchell and 96 from Tom Blundell saw the team get back in the game. But again a collapse as New Zealand could add only 34 runs after Daryl Mitchell's departure, losing five wickets in the process. From 256 for 4, the Kiwis got bundled out for 285 in their second innings, setting a target of 277 runs for England. In reply, England were four down for 69 runs in the chase before a Joe Root (77*) masterclass. Ben Stokes also chipped in with 54 runs. Ben Foakes (9* off 48) is in the middle with Root as England need another 61 runs to win. The Day 4 actions will begin from 3:30 PM IST on Sunday, June 5.
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At stumps on Day 4, England had scored 216 runs for the loss of five wickets in 65 overs. Former captain Joe Root was unbeaten on 77 off 131, while wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes had scored 9 not out runs off 48 balls. The duo was perfectly complementing each other.
With just 61 runs to win the match, England will look to score some quick runs and push New Zealand on the back foot straight away. Bowlers have dominated the contest, and the experienced duo of Root and Foakes will not allow an opportunity for New Zealand quicks to pounce on them. The first part of implementing that plan would be to score briskly from the first over of the Day 4. Joe Root carries a Test strike rate in excess of 54, while Ben Foakes in his 11-Test career, also has a strike rate close to 50. Scoring two runs in the first over (66th of England's second innings) won't be difficult. There are chances of outside edges running away towards the boundary rope as well. Moreover, both the batters have spent considerable time in the middle and are very well aware of how the wicket is behaving. In-form Root, the highest run-scorer in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23, will take the strike at the start of Day 4, and that would further increase the chances of more than 2 runs coming off the 66th over.
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Joe Root played a sensational knock on Saturday, scoring gritty 77 unbeaten runs and stitching a very crucial partnership of 90 runs with Ben Stokes and 57-run unbeaten partnership for the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes. Root looks set for his 26th Test hundred. England will be needing another 61 runs to win the game on Sunday and the 31-year-old is most likely to score at least half of it. With no specialist batter left to walk in, Root is expected to finish the game without taking any risk.
Joe Root is currently the number fourth ranked Test batsman in the world. While most of the batting stars were busy playing in the IPL 2022, Joe Root played few first-class games for Yorkshire and scored 147 in the first innings against Lancashire. England lost the Test series in West Indies but their former captain shined there as well. Root scored back-to-back hundreds at North Sound and Bridgetown. In the third match he scored 0 and 5 as England lost the match and the series.
During the Ashes 2021-22, Joe Root showed grit and character on more than one occasion. He scored 89 in the second innings of the first Test in Brisbane, 62 runs in the first innings of the Adelaide Test and a fifty in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. With 322 runs in five matches at an average of 32.20, Root was third highest run-scorer in the series and the leading run-scorer for England.
The Yorkshire batsman is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing WTC 2021-23. Root (1263* runs) is the only batsman to cross the 1000-run mark in the ongoing cycle. Overall, the 31-year-old has played 118 Test matches (including the ongoing Test) and is just 23 runs short of joining the elusive 10000-run club. His batting average is a staggering 49.39 in the format.
Ahead of the Test match, Joe Root has scored 992 runs at an average of 41.33 in 13 matches against New Zealand. He has hit two hundreds against the Blackcaps already. At home he had scored 523 runs in six matches at an average of 43.58 against New Zealand. Root's last six scores against New Zealand are - 11, 4, 11, 42, 40 and 226. At Lord's Joe Root was averaging 62.50 against the visitors. Considering all the aforementioned facts, Joe Root looks set to score a hundred in the second innings of ENG vs NZ 1st Test. Pari Match is offering the odds of 1.88 for Joe Root to score a hundred in the second innings. Waste no time and head to the official Pari Match website and place your bets on Joe Root from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
Ben Foakes has already scored nine unbeaten runs off 48 balls and was looking comfortable in the company of his former captain Joe Root. Foakes, who has played 11 Test matches before the ongoing match to score 506 runs at an average of 28.11, knows the criticality of the situation and will look to score over 23.5 runs and take England over the line in the first Test match at Lord's.
The 29-year-old has entered the match on the back of a few very good knocks for Surrey in the County Championship 2022. The right-hander scored 91 runs in his last innings against Kent. Prior to that, Foakes scored 63 and 48* not out against Somerset and slammed a hundred versus Warwickshire. Foakes looks well set to score 14 runs more and get past 23.5 runs in the second innings against New Zealand on Sunday. Pari Match is offering the odds of 1.88 for Ben Foakes to score over 23.5 runs in the second innings of ENG vs NZ 1st Test. Waste no time and head to the official Pari Match website and place your bets on Ben Foakes from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
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