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.
New Zealand began the day finding themselves in some trouble at 144 for 4 but, Mitchell Santner scored his maiden Test hundred during a monumental stand with BJ Watling that left England facing a battle to save the game. New Zealand toasted Bay Oval's bow as a Test venue by raising their highest score against England, with Watling progressing smoothly to an unbeaten double-hundred. The second session of Day 4 turned out to be another chastening experience for England in the field as Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling pummelled England into submission. Watling completed his maiden double ton, while Santner ended up with his maiden Test century. At the start of the day, Archer and Broad bowled with discipline and also created a few problems, but Watling and Santner were able to negotiate the tricky period. Once the pair got through the initial phase, they started to play a bit more freely to put England on the back foot.
Watling and Santner had adopted a circumspect approach during the morning session. They scored only 58 runs from 30 overs. English bowler Archer strung together five maidens in a row at the start of the day, but there was precious little hope of forcing an opening as the pitch continued to play true. But lack of impact on wickets was the chief concern for Root. In an attempt to break the stand, Root rotated the bowler and eventually, brought himself into the attack. He could have got the prized scalp of Watling but Ben Stokes put down a relatively simple chance by his standards at slip, and that dropped chance proved to be very costly in the end. While England could look to the unresponsive surface and envisage a clear path to safety, every run added to the New Zealand lead was one that could come to bear down on them when they are asked to bat again.
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