With Joe Root’s unbeaten 115 England won the first test against New Zealand at Lord’s Stadium, England.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. But England’s bowlers did an exceptional job with the ball and restricted NZ 1st innings in just 132. After that England was hoping for a good start in their 1st innings. But NZ bowlers came with a surprise and England’s powerful batting lineup collapsed in just 141.
NZ in their 2nd innings played very well. With Daryl Mitchell’s brilliant 108 and Tom Blundell’s remarkable 96.
NZ scored 285 in their 2nd innings. And put up a target of 277 for England.
In England’s 2nd innings, their key player Joe Root scored a terrific unbeaten 115 and reached the target. This is Root’s 26th century in Tests . England was able to win this Test match by 5 wickets only on the basis of Root’s innings. Captain Ben Stokes also scored 54 in the second innings.
After the match, Joe Root said in the interview,”Feels fantastic, winning a Test match after a long team is a great experience. I have really enjoyed it and looking forward to the rest of the summer. I always feel that we get great support and appreciation whether home or away and it is nice to see them (crowd). Ben has won many Tests for us when I was captain, it’s a great chance for me to give it back to him. so I just want to keep batting as long as I can, and win as many games for my side. As long as I have the energy and drive to do it, I will do it. I could not have wished for a better person to be leading this team (Stokes). I am gonna be backing and do everything I can to help him become successful.