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3rd Test, PIX: Bairstow, Overton rescue England first innings

Last updated on: June 24, 2022 23:45 IST

IMAGES from Day 2 of the 3rd Test played between England and New Zealand at Headingley on Friday.

England's Johnny Bairstow celebrates reaching his century

IMAGE: England's Johnny Bairstow celebrates reaching his century. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

England centurion Johnny Bairstow and debutant Jamie Overton blazed a thrilling unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 209 in 223 balls to guide their teetering side to 264 for six at the close of the second day of the third Test with New Zealand on Friday.

 

The imperious Bairstow has now blasted back-to-back centuries as he finished unbeaten on 130 from 126 balls, while number eight Overton showed his genuine all-round qualities with an equally eye-catching 89 not out from only 106 deliveries.

England trail the tourists' first innings score of 329 by 65 runs at Headingley, but will be delighted with their fightback after they slipped to 55 for six in their reply.

It is the highest seventh-wicket partnership for England against New Zealand and Overton's score is the most by an England player on debut batting at number eight or lower.

The pair did it in some style too, with a mix of aggressive hitting and deft stroke-making as New Zealand were simply unable to slow the flow of runs.

England batsman Ollie Pope is bowled by Trent Boult

IMAGE: England batsman Ollie Pope is bowled by Trent Boult. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Trent Boult ripped through England's top order with a devastating spell of pace bowling as New Zealand got the upper hand on the second day of the final test on Friday.

After Daryl Mitchell's third century of the series helped New Zealand to 329 all out just after lunch -- Boult clean bowled England's opening three batsman as the hosts collapsed to 91 for six at tea.

Alex Lees was dropped off the second ball, but off the final ball of the opening over an unplayable Boult thunderbolt clipped the top of his off stump after pitching on middle.

Ollie Pope made five before having his off stump flattened as he played across the line and Zack Crawley then had his middle stump rocked back by a Boult inswinger.

Tim Southee, who earlier cracked 33 quick runs to help take New Zealand past 300, got in on the act to have Joe Root caught behind after he nicked an angled delivery to leave England 21-4.

England captain Ben Stokes reacts after loosing his wicket to Neil Wagner  

IMAGE: England captain Ben Stokes reacts after loosing his wicket to Neil Wagner. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

England skipper Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow fought fire with fire, blazing away to briefly halt New Zealand's momentum but Stokes threw his wicket away, chipping a Neil Wagner delivery to Kane Williamson at mid-off having scored a rapid 18.

In the same over Wagner then trapped Ben Foakes for a duck to leave England on 55-6 after 11.5 overs -- the quickest they had ever lost their first six wickets in a home test.

Debutant Overton, who took one for 85 with the ball, joined Bairstow to try to steady the ship and was given a let-off when a caught behind off Southee was overturned after a DRS review.

New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell celebrates after reaching his century

IMAGE: New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell celebrates after reaching his century. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell continued to torment England as he reached his third century of the series to see his side pass the 300 mark on the second day of the final Test at an overcast Headingley on Friday.

Starting the day on 225-5 with Mitchell (78) and Tom Blundell (45) again proving thorns in England's side, Mitchell lost his partner but reached three figures shortly before lunch with a straight six off Jack Leach.

After a slow start, New Zealand put on exactly 100 runs and reached lunch on 325-8.

Mitchell, the first New Zealand batsman to score centuries in three successive Tests against England, was eventually out to the last ball before lunch when he miscued a drive off Leach and captain Ben Stokes took a fine running catch in the deep.

England captain Ben Stokes celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell.  

IMAGE: England captain Ben Stokes celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Blundell had earlier brought up his half century by nudging Jamie Overton to the boundary but his innings ended with New Zealand having added only 18 to their overnight score.

Rapped on the pads by an inswinger from Matthew Potts, Blundell was rather harshly given out lbw with the ball appearing to be drifting to the leg side but he was unable to review as the DRS system was temporarily out of action.

Stuart Broad was left cursing as Michael Bracewell was dropped off his bowling by Jonny Bairstow, but it did not prove too expensive as he again found the edge of Bracewell's bat and this time Zack Crawley held the catch.

That left New Zealand on 265-7 and looking vulnerable but Mitchell was joined by Tim Southee who accelerated the scoring with a flurry of attacking shots.

England's Jack Leach holds up the ball after taking five wickets 

IMAGE: England's Jack Leach holds up the ball after taking five wickets. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Southee heaved birthday boy Broad over deep backward square for a six and tucked into the pace bowling of England debutant Overton who he struck for five boundaries, reaching 30 in only 19 balls as New Zealand's late order came up trumps again.

Mitchell's wicket was a boost for England at the end of another absorbing session but New Zealand were heading for a competitive first innings total after being reduced to 123 for five before tea on Thursday.

England are seeking to win every match of a home series with at least three Tests for the first time since a 4-0 rout of India in 2011, while New Zealand are desperate to avoid four straight Test defeats.

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