PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Earlier on day two, England resumed their play from 241/4 and were only able to add 112 runs to the total before bundling out on 353. Riding on the confidence from day one, Stokes and Ollie Pope stitched a 36-run stand for the fifth wicket. Stokes made 91 runs before Ross Taylor took an excellent one-handed catch. Pope soon followed Stokes after his stint at the crease was ended by Tim Southee. In the England innings, Tim Southee (4) and Neil Wagner (3) took a combined total of 7 wickets. After restricting England to 353 runs, New Zealand were in trouble early on in the innings as they slumped to 106 for the loss of three wickets. Both the Kiwi openers were failed to score runs. Skipper Kane Williamson played a knock of 51 runs before he was caught by Ben Stokes. Half-centuries from BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme carved out a promising position for New Zealand.
After losing some quick wickets Kiwi batsmen BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme carved out a promising position for New Zealand. Colin de Grandhomme (65*) and BJ Watling (79*) shared an unbeaten 119-run stand to not just wrest the initiative from England but also give New Zealand an edge for the first time in the Test. While the sixth-wicket partnership began in watchful fashion, after Henry Nicholls' dismissal had left New Zealand 197 for 5, Watling and de Grandhomme turned the screw during the afternoon as they extended their association into three figures. de Grandhomme took 14 balls to get off his mark, and was deeply troubled by Sam Curran’s inswings, but he took on Archer's short balls and other English ballers as well. Watling's innings was circumspect by comparison, with his fifty spanning 149 balls. He survived a review when hit on the back leg by Archer, but was closing in on what would be an eighth Test hundred when the players went to tea.
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