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New Zealand won the 1st Test by an innings and 65 runs

New Zealand won the 1st Test by an innings and 65 runs

Team England and New Zealand are playing a dual series right now in the venues of New Zealand. Both teams are the last ICC Cricket World Cup finalists but luck was with the English team. They managed the World Cup title for the first time in history. Now, they have once again defeated the New Zealand team in the T20I series by their good luck. In the series fixer match, through the Super Over, England won the series. But when they played the 1st Test against Black Caps, luck was not with them. New Zealand won the 1st Test by an innings and 65 runs!

It is quite surprising for a team like England that they lost by an innings against New Zealand. Team England is regarded as the most balanced squad right now but in their 2nd innings, they lost all wickets scoring only 197 runs where their highest scorer was Joe Denly.

The first Test between these two top-rated teams started on the 21st November 2019 at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. It is the very first Test that took place at the venue. However, the guest team England won the toss and came to bat.

If we look at their first innings, England played well there. Top orders of the team found runs in the innings. The highest scorer was Ben Stokes who added 91 runs. Along with him, Joe Denly added another 74 runs so far. By losing 10 wickets, England scored 353 runs in their first innings. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner took a total of seven wickets jointly for Black Caps.

Later, New Zealand came to bat for the first innings. In 18 runs, they lost opener Tom Latham and in 72 runs, Jeet Raval was gone. Out of their first five players, just Williamson added 51 runs. But the partnership between BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner, they led the team to a big total. Watling added the highest 205 runs and Santner added 126 runs so far. By losing 9 wickets in 201 overs, New Zealand scored 615 runs and declared their innings.

Now, team England came to bat for the 2nd innings but this time, they faced the batting disaster. No player could score any 50 there but Joe Denly scored the highest 35 runs so far. In 96.2 overs, England lost all wickets. Neil Wagner took five wickets and destroyed the English batting line up.

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