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 marked the arrival of Test cricket in Bay of Plenty with an emphatic victory over England. These are times of rich promise for Kane Williamson's side and they made light of the suggestion that the surface at Mount Maunganui might be too flat to provide a result, Neil Wagner's ebullient five-wicket haul seeing them home with plenty of room to spare on the final day. Neil Wagner burst through England's middle and lower-order as New Zealand inched closer to a remarkable victory in the Bay Oval Test. The visitors were 161 for 8, still trailing by 101 at the break. As the second session commenced, England would have hoped for the pair of Ben Stokes and Joe Denly to continue their blockathon. However, Tim Southee rose to the occasion by bowling a fine spell with the older ball. He employed the scrambled seam delivery to produce a few edges of Stokes's bat. However, the edges either didn't carry or flew over the slip cordon.
For England, it was a case of new coach, new approach, but largely the same result. Having won the toss and gained first use of the pitch, a first-innings total of 353 was soon shown up as inadequate by New Zealand's more ruthless approach. The brittle nature of their batting was then exposed for a second time, with no one managing more than Joe Denly's 35 as they crumbled to an innings defeat. New Zealand have not lost a Test at home since 2017, and the way they wrestled control in this match - through the record-breaking feats of BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner and a concerted team effort with the ball - ably demonstrated why they sit No. 2 in the ICC's Test rankings. Watling was named Man of the Match for his marathon double-hundred and while Santner could not add to the three vital wickets he had claimed on the fourth evening, there was a flying catch to savour as New Zealand surged towards victory.
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