Twitter Reactions: Half-centuries from Ben Stokes and Joe Denly keep England slightly ahead

Ross Taylor dropped the important catch of Ben Stokes towards the end of the day.

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The first day of the first Test between New Zealand and England finished in equilibrium at the close of play. No team gained a significant advantage over the other. It was a highly competitive day of play. However, England will be pleased with their efforts. Ben Stokes and Joe Denly played great knocks which surely put the side in a good position. On the second day, they’d want to build upon this start and get themselves into a much more commanding position.

Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first. Along with the debutant Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns walked out to bat. The new-comer looked good and showed a good amount of confidence. He was going strong on 22 before Colin de Grandhomme trapped him. Rory Burns, on the other hand, impressed once again with his batting. He scored 52 runs but failed to make it big. It was the same bowler who dismissed him as well.

Ben Stokes and Joe Denly come to the rescue

Joe Root’s poor run of form this year continued in this innings as well. While he seemed to do well in his last two or three Test innings, he failed on this occasion. The English skipper tried to flirt at a widish delivery bowled by Neil Wagner. However, that delivery found his edge and Tim Southee took a comfortable catch at second slip. After the fall of his wicket, there was a wonderful partnership between Joe Denly and Ben Stokes.

At three, Denly showed complete authority and scored 74 runs before Tim Southee found his edge in the 82nd over with the second new ball. After the fall of his wicket, Ollie Pope walked out into the middle. He ensured that no wickets fell further on the day. At the close of play, England’s score was 241/4. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 67 runs.

Twitterati seemed mighty pleased with England’s efforts on the day. However, the New Zealand fans were disappointed with Ross Taylor dropping the catch of Ben Stokes towards the end of the day. Some of them felt that England gained a slight upper hand due to this costly miss.

Here is how Twitterati reacted: