Twitter Reactions: New Zealand storm into the ascendancy as England play catch up

Twitter Reactions: New Zealand storm into the ascendancy as England play catch up

England was bowled out for a paltry 58 runs in the 22nd over.

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Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The opening Test of New Zealand versus England at the Eden Park at Auckland is currently underway. The game has entered the pages of history as it’s the inaugural Day/Night Test in New Zealand. The track was expected to assist the fast bowlers and it behaved no differently during play. Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, had no hesitation whatsoever in having a crack at the English batsmen.

The decision worked wonders for them as Trent Boult and Tim Southee inflicted mayhem in the English camp with a flurry of wickets. Meanwhile, England had no answers to the questions hurled at them by the fast-bowling duo. The carnage started unfolding in the fifth over by Boult and continued till the 21st over by the same bowler after which England was bowled out for a paltry 58 runs.

An embarrassment for England

The highest partnership of 31 off 30 balls for the tenth wicket was stitched between Chris Overton and James Anderson, which pretty much summed up England’s dismal show. Apart from Overton and Mark Stoneman, no English batsmen managed to breach the double figure mark. Ben Stokes, who made a comeback to Test cricket after six months, perished for an eight-ball duck.

Alistair Cook and skipper Joe Root, also, was unable to steady the ship for England. At one stage, they ran the danger of being bowled out for the lowest-ever Test score of 26 by New Zealand in 1955. However, Chris Overton broke the shackles, spanked a few to the boundaries and gave the English fans something to cheer about.

New Zealand with the upper hand

During New Zealand’s innings, James Anderson nipped out Gujarat-born Jeet Raval, inducing an outside edge from the left-hander. However, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson put their heads down and carved an important stand of 84 runs. However, Latham fell prey to Stuart broad after his 112-balls vigil at the crease. Nevertheless, by then, New Zealand had already compiled a lead of 34 runs.

Meanwhile, Williamson looked unruffled at the crease and stood on the brink of his eighteenth century in Test cricket. Ross Taylor, who made a comeback after a leg-injury, became Anderson’s second victim. Nevertheless, Henry Nicholls and Williamson staved off the final burst by the Englishmen. After a pretty one-sided opening day, here’s how Twitter reacted.

Here are the best tweets of the day