36.6 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, No run.
36.5 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, No run.
36.4 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, No run.
36.3 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, no run, NOT OUT! Taylor is comfortably in. Good length ball on off, Rosco defends it back towards the bowler.
RUN OUT? Or not? Sam Curran has fired in a throw at the striker’s end, just to check Taylor’s footwork. No one is overly perturbed or excited but we have the mandatory third umpire check. Here come the replays. Taylor is back in before the ball can hit the stumps.
36.2 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, no run, This time on middle and leg, Taylor defends.
36.1 Sam Curran to Ross Taylor, no run, Pitched up ball just outside off, Taylor prods forward and blocks.
35.6 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, 1 run, 1 run.
35.5 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, no run, Another pull shot superbly timed by Taylor, the fielder at mid-wicket does well to dive to his right and gather it.
35.4 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, no run, Back of a length by Broad again, Taylor looks pulls but straight to the man at mid-wicket.
35.3 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, no run, Down the leg side again, Taylor defends.
35.2 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, no run, Length ball outside off, pushed towards the off side.
35.1 Ben Stokes to Ross Taylor, no run, Back of a length ball on the leg side, Taylor rocks back and looks to defend towards the leg side but is hit on the glove and then on the body.
Ben Stokes to bowl from the other end. 6-1-17-0, his figures so far.
34.6 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, No run.
34.5 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, no run, Good length ball on middle and off, Williamson defends it back towards Curran.
34.4 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, no run, Pitched up ball outside off, Williamson defends.
34.3 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, 2 runs, New Zealand are underway on Day 5. Williamson shuffles across and flicks this one off his pad towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
34.2 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, no run, This stayed a touch low, Williamson defends stoutly.
34.1 Sam Curran to Kane Williamson, no run, On a length around off, solidly defended.
The players are out in the middle. Williamson and Taylor get ready to resume their innings. Who will start the proceedings with the ball? Sam Curran it will be, to Williamson. Here we go…
Pitch report – Mark Richardson is down for the pitch report. Starts by saying that he forecast for the afternoon is heavy rain. Mentions that there has not been enough sunshine to make serious cracks and dry out the surface. States that the odd one has stayed low but the track is still very good for batting.
Talking about the match, New Zealand are just 5 behind and have 8 wickets in hand. In an extremely hypothetical situation, the Brits can try and bowl New Zealand out under a lead of 100 and then chase it down. But do they have the time?
Not the best of days to play cricket, with heavy clouds welcoming us. More clouds are expected on the way and the forecast for the afternoon is for rain and for serious rain.
Welcome, welcome, all come! 2-0, 1-0 or 1-1? The first and third results look highly unlikely given that there is rain scheduled around Lunch. But can England pick up a few wickets and gain some confidence ahead of the South African tour? The final day of the series beckons.
… THE FINAL DAY …
So how do we look at Day 5? If we get a full day’s play, anything can happen. England then become favourites to produce a result if anyone can, with New Zealand still trailing by 5 and 2 down, but with fickle weather forecast, a draw might be the most realistic thing emerging. The English bowlers look tired and secretly would be hoping that they get some rest. Or at least, conditions in their favour, wherein they can nip out batsmen quickly. Join us at 10.30 am local (2130 GMT, previous night) for all the action from the final day of this match and series. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Once the Kiwis conceded a lead of 101, victory for them was more or less thrown out of the window. Given that the forecast for Tuesday is not very promising, England needed to strike as many times as they could before that lead was erased and they did. Both the Kiwi openers were dismissed inside 9 overs and it seemed like more were going to come but the old warhorses, Williamson and Taylor have held fort amidst a 68-run stand.
Excellent day for England, excellent day for Joe Root. He maintained his form since last night, not throwing it away and carrying on and on. In Graham Gooch’s words, his ‘daddy hundred’ helped his side gain a lead of 101. Do not forget Ollie Pope who was excellent for his 75. Wagner did get 5 wickets but those were what we call ‘cheap scalps’ as the English batsmen just threw their bats at everything.
Ben Stokes hurries across to take his cap from umpire Kumara Dharmasena, hoping that there will be one more over but the answer is no. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 4. An intriguing day’s play, which had some action, a little bit of thrill and depending on the weather on Tuesday, we might still get a result.Editorial team of CricketCountry.
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