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.
Debutant Daryl Mitchell made 73 in his first Test innings on Saturday to put New Zealand in a strong position. He shared a 124-run sixth-wicket partnership with wicketkeeper BJ Watling which helped New Zealand reach 375 as they batted first after winning the toss. The hosts, who lead the two-Test series 1-0, lost their final five wickets for just 60. Earlier, England had made a fine start to day two as Latham (105) and Henry Nicholls (16) the overnight batsmen departed early. English bowler Stuart Broad picked up 4 wickets and England seemed boosted by that strong finish but, the Kiwis hit back. Pacers Tim Southee and Matt Henry removed both England openers. At stumps, England was 39-2 after 18 overs. Dom Sibley and Joe Denly were dismissed inside the first 10 overs, leaving England at 39 for 2 and still trailing by 336 runs with Rory Burns and out-of-form captain Joe Root to battle to stumps against New Zealand bowling attack.
England rejected talk their New Zealand series was over when they ended day two on Sunday at 39 for two, but accepted it would need a special performance to turn their fortunes around and save the series. New Zealand, meanwhile, ruled out thoughts of playing for a draw as they targeted a clean sweep in the two-Test series after a comprehensive innings victory in the first match. But as Joe Root and Rory Burns batted with a conviction to raise a 118 run stand for the third wicket after losing two quick wickets. But there is a long way to go yet, and with New Zealand’s dead-deck specialist Neil Wagner mixing up his methods and forcing the batsmen to make mistake. Burns had been dropped twice and Root had been forced to play at pretty much every delivery that came his way.
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