The opening day of the first ever day/night Test match on the New Zealand soil saw the English batting debacles. On the first day of the two-match Test series between the hosts New Zealand and England, England was bowled out for just 58 runs while New Zealand finished the day with 175/3.
Kiwi pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee demolished the visitors batting line-up. After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to bowl first at Eden Park (Auckland). New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson used only two bowlers to destroy England batting line-up in less than a full session.
England managed to score just 58 runs in 20.4 overs while Boult (6/32) picked six wickets and Southee (4/25) claimed four wickets. Total five English batsmen scored the duck. Let’s check out at the following how England’s wickets were fallen on the day.
Alastair Cook (5): (c Latham b Boult) little out-swinger found an outside edge that carried into the second slip for Tom Latham, who made no mistake to grab. (6/1)
Joe Root (0): (b Boult) full outside the off-stump, moved back in. Root went to play a drive, completely missed and the ball found a gap between bat and pad to crush the off-stump. (6/2)
David Malan (2): (c Watling b Boult) full-length ball just at outside the off-stump. Little out-swing was enough to find an outside edge that was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling with a diving effort. (16/3)
Mark Stoneman (11): (c Watling b Southee) again full-length ball with the late away movement. Stoneman was trapped for an outside edge which was beautifully taken by the Kiwi gloveman. It was a very low catch for Watling. (18/4)
Ben Stokes (0): (b Boult) forgettable Test comeback for Stokes. This time the ball came back in, which was totally missed by Stokes. As a result, the ball kissed the top of the off-stump. (18/5)
Jonny Bairstow (0): (c & b Southee) A superb catch was taken by Southee on return. A full ball outside the off-stump, Bairstow drove towards Southee and the right-arm pacer grabbed that in his follow-through. (18/6)
Chris Woakes (5): (b Boult) full-length in-swinger, found a big gap between bat and pad. As a result, destroyed the off-stump. (23/7)
Moeen Ali (0): (b Southee) yorker on off-stump. Moeen Ali missed that completely and he didn’t get the second chance as the ball hit at low of the off-stump. (23/8)
Stuart Broad (0): (c Williamson b Southee) Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson took a flying catch. Outside the off-stump delivery, Broad provided a thick outside edge for four, but Williamson took at gully with a brilliant flying effort. (27/9)
James Anderson (1): (c Nicholls b Boult) Innings wrapped up with the much simple catch. A short pitch delivery outside the off-stump, Anderson just shoved that towards the point which was comfortably taken by Henry Nicholls (58/10).
Craig Overton (33*): Highest scorer in that innings as he remained unbeaten on 33 runs with the counter-attacking knock.
In reply, New Zealand managed to score 175/3 at the end of the day. Skipper Kane Williamson is batting on 91 runs and Henry Nicholls is batting on 24 runs. Jeet Raval, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor were dismissed for 3, 26 and 20 runs respectively.
Among the English bowlers, Stuart Broad picked up 1 wicket and become the second English pacer to claim 400 Test wickets. Also, James Anderson picked up two wickets.
New Zealand is leading by 117 runs.
Now, look at the some Twitter reactions of the day
23/8 !!!! What a start…Swing bowling exhibition!!! #NZvENG
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) March 22, 2018
England 27-9 Vs NZ , How good is that
— Malcolm Leitch (@malcolm_leitch) March 22, 2018
England 58-all out vs NZ in 1st Test😁😂 #NZvENG
— Waqar Ali (@Johhnnyy_bravoo) March 22, 2018
An impressive last-wicket recovery by England in the 1st Test vs NZ … from 27-9 to 58 all out. https://t.co/vo4ZbaOV4q
— David Vick (@DavidVick5) March 22, 2018
— Mohan…🇮🇳 (@iamnavamohan) March 22, 2018
— Jimmy du Plooy (@Jimmyisthatguy) March 22, 2018
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) March 22, 2018
— Stanley Johnson (@BrandDNA) March 22, 2018
Waking up to discover England have been bowled out for 58 vs NZ. Oh dear oh dear… #NZvENG
— Tom (@Garrardinho) March 22, 2018
1st Historical D/N Test Eng vs NZ : Boult screwed England 🏴 inning in just 2 hrs. 58 all out.
— Rajesh Dawande (@RBD_KBR) March 22, 2018
England bundled out for 58 in the first Test against New Zealand and even that total was possible because the last pair added 31 runs!#NZvENG
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) March 22, 2018
— Mohan…🇮🇳 (@iamnavamohan) March 22, 2018
— Mike Jones (@JonesMike19668) March 22, 2018