England turn the tides to register an empathic win over New Zealand

English cricket were probably going through one of their worst phases. If the group stage knockout in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was not embarrassing enough, the side made it worse for themselves when they only managed to level a series in West Indies, a series they were expected to whitewash their opponents. The defeat in the third Test led to Jonathan Trott‘s retirement and now they had an uphill task to face Brendon McCullum‘s New Zealand at home.

There was no shortage of drama. New Zealand were playing good cricket and just over three months back, they humiliated England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 group match by bowling them out for mere 123 and the Kiwis chased the score down in the 13th over. Skipper McCullum belted 25-ball 77.

Day One at Lord’s, an inspired spell from Trent Boult had reduced England to 30 for 4. Thereon, it was Joe Root and Ben Stokes to the rescue act. The lower middle-order put their hand up to salvage the English pride as they put up a good total of 389 on board. It was a decent total but New Zealand riding on Kane Williamson‘s 132, put up a huge 523.

At 74 for 3, at the start of Day Four, England seemed to be staring at a big defeat and the ruthless British press had begun to sharpen their knives when Root, along with his skipper Alastair Cook came to another rescue act. Later, Stokes played an innings of life-time against the country of his birth and lit up Lord’s with the fastest hundred at the venue. Cook’s nine hour 162 and Stokes’ 92-ball 101, took England to 478. Read: Joe Root salutes teammate Ben Stokes for his incredible hundred at Lord’s

Chasing 345, on this day, in 2015, McCullum’s men were folded for 220. The above picture shows New Zealand’s Mark Craig being bowled by Stokes, who ended up with 3 for 28. ALSO READ: Finally, it’s all smiles for England!

Brief Scores:

England 389 (Joe Root 98, Ben Stokes 92, Jos Buttler 67, Moeen Ali 58; Trent Boult 4 for 79, Matt Henry 4 for 93) & 478 (Alistair Cook 162, Joe Root 84, Ben Stokes 101; Trent Boult 5 for 85) bt New Zealand 523 (Martin Guptill 70, Tom Latham 59, Kane Williamson 132, Ross Taylor 62, Brendon McCullum 42, BJ Watling 61*; Stuart Broad 3 for 77, Mark Wood 3 for 93, Moeen Ali 3 for 94) & 220 (BJ Watling 59, Corey Anderson 67; Stuart Broad 3 for 50, Ben Stokes 3 for 38) by 124 runs.