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.
For England remains a chance of winning the second Test against New Zealand after Joe Root scored a double century on Monday. Resuming day four at 269/5, England got off to a solid start and the side did not lose a single wicket in the session before the lunch break. Root (226) continued to star on day four at Seddon Park, where Ollie Pope (75) also helped England to 476 a first-innings lead of 101. Ollie Pope and Root kept New Zealand bowlers at bay and the duo put on 193 runs for the sixth wicket. New Zealand finally got the breakthrough in the 157th over of the innings as Pope was sent back to the pavilion by Neil Wagner. Kiwi bowler Neil Wanger took a five-wicket haul to bring England’s first innings to an end. New Zealand in the second innings got off to a bad start, at the end of the day New Zealand were 96-2 still trailing by 5 runs.
New Zealand started with a bit of pressure and it only got worse when they lost both openers cheaply. Sam Curran (1-26) and Chris Woakes (1-8) removed Jeet Raval (0) and Tom Latham (18) respectively to give England hope of an unlikely victory. The Black Caps fell to 28-2, but since then, Taylor and Williamson have done Taylor and Williamson things and stitched an unbeaten 68-run stand to bail New Zealand out. However, skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured the Kiwis do not lose any more wicket before the close of the play and stitched an unbeaten 68 run stand. At stumps, New Zealand were 96 for two and needing to bat late into the final day although rain may yet have the last word with further showers forecast for Tuesday. Williamson and Taylor are currently unbeaten on 37 and 31 runs, respectively. They will continue to bat on day 5 and will put runs as much as possible to the scoreboard.
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