2nd Test, Day 2: Pope, Lies lead England comeback as Mitchell empowers NZ to 553

Resuming play on Day 2, Mitchell (81 not out overnight) and Blundell (67 not out overnight) both continued to pick up where they left off. He continued to frustrate the England bowlers as boundaries flowed regularly with the bat.

Mitchell soon completed his century, his second century in as many matches as New Zealand crossed 350. A few overs later, Blundell brought up the two milestones of his third Test century along with 1000 Test runs of his own. Meanwhile, Mitchell switched gears and joined the England bowlers, taking their partnership past 200.

It was Jack Leach who provided some respite for England as Blundell charged and missed the ball at mid-on. It was Leach’s first wicket at home in exactly 1000 days, his last wicket coming against Australia in the 2019 Ashes in September 2019.

It was the only positive for England in the first session where New Zealand added 94 runs and tightened their grip on the game.

The Black Caps’ dominance continued after the break with 26 runs in the first two overs of the second session. Michael Bracewell wanted to attack from the get-go, while Mitchell was easily smashing the big guys against Leach. In no time, he reached a milestone of 150 which he had never achieved before in Test cricket.

In the first 13.2 overs of the season, New Zealand added 69 runs, more than five runs in an over. Just as they threatened to take away the game altogether, the rain break for England came at just the right time, leaving the players out for tea early.

On their return, both the batsmen took their time to roll their eyes in and showed very little aggression. An ICC report stated that Bracewell was just one run away from his half-century on Test debut when James Anderson broke the 91-run partnership.

Mitchell lost partners as he approached the double ton. Despite resistance from Trent Boult at No. 11, Mitchell was the last man to get his wicket of Matthew Potts for 190. New Zealand posted a mammoth score of 553, their highest score on English soil.

In reply, it didn’t take long for New Zealand to score a breakthrough as Boult sent Crowley back for 4 in the second over. With the hosts 6/1, New Zealand had a good chance to take their advantage, but failed to take. control.

Mitchell dropped Alex Lee for 12 at first slip and took full advantage of it by playing some brilliant shots. His teammate Ollie Pope continued without a hitch, even as Matt Henry was dismissed for 16 in an over.

Another opportunity went to the begging when neither the keeper nor the first slip fielder reacted to an edge of Pope, who ran away from bounds. Pope soon brought up a scintillating half-century as the second-wicket partnership extended to 84 and England ended the day at 90/1, trailing by 463 runs.

Brief scores: New Zealand 553 (Daryl Mitchell 190, Tom Blundell 106, Michael Bracewell 49; James Anderson 3-62, Ben Stokes 2-85) England 90/1 (Oli Pope 51 not out, Alex Lies 34 not out; Trent) Boult 1 -18) by 463 runs.

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