New Zealand continue to stutter in slow-moving session

LEEDS – Daryl Mitchell has two centuries from the opening two Tests. He might have to make it three out of three for his side to get into a decent position in the first innings of the Headingley Test as England continued to make further inroads. In a slow-moving session, New Zealand made only 58 runs and lost two key wickets.
Having already lost the top order in the morning session despite opting to bat, New Zealand were badly in need of a partnership to steady the ship. Devon Conway got going after a lull start to the session with two crisp boundaries off Stuart Broad. The left-hander looked in ominous touch as he fetched one more boundary off the veteran pacer before the debutant Jamie Overton sent him packing. Conway played a loose stroke well away from his body, only to get an inside edge that saw the timber get rearranged.
After a testing period of play where runs were hard to come by, Mitchell finally got his first boundary as he nailed a pull shot to perfection off Overton. New Zealand then had a massive reprieve when Matty Potts unsuccessfully appealed for a lbw decision against Mitchell. England didn’t want to take the review having lost one earlier in the session against Henry Nicholls and that decision cost them as the replays confirmed that Mitchell was indeed a lucky man.
While Nicholls was stranded at one end, batting on 10 off 73 at one stage, Mitchell took on the spinner Jack Leach for a couple of boundaries before smashing him for a six in his following over to push the scoring rate. But it was Leach who managed to have the last laugh before the break as Nicholls had to make the long walk back as a result of a freakish dismissal.
The left-hander stepped down the wicket to smash the spinner but the ball only managed to hit Mitchell’s bat at the non-striker’s end before being caught by Alex Lees at mid-off. With five wickets down now, another rescue act from Mitchell is much-needed for the visitors.

Scores in brief

NEW ZEALAND 123/5 (Kane Williamson 31, Daryl Mitchell 25*; Stuart Broad 2/32, Jack Leach 2/38) vs ENGLAND.

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