England are set an unlikely 299 to beat New Zealand

England are set an unlikely 299 to beat New Zealand in the second Test and win their first series in 18 months… as Daryl Mitchell’s half-century and tailend hitting leaves Ben Stokes’ side needing a record final day chase at Trent Bridge

  • England will need 299 runs to pull off an unlikely victory against New Zealand 
  • Stuart Broad dismissed Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson within the first hour 
  • But Ben Stokes’ men were then frustrated by Daryl Mitchell and Trent Boult 
  • Mitchell brought up a fifty before Boult smashed three fours of a Stokes over
  • James Anderson dismissed Boult to dismiss the tourists for 284 at Trent Bridge 

England will need to complete a record fourth-innings run chase at Trent Bridge to seal their first Test series victory in 18 months after dismissing New Zealand for 284 on day five of the second Test.

Stuart Broad took two wickets with the old ball, but Ben Stokes’ men were then frustrated by Daryl Mitchell and a fine cameo by Trent Boult before the latter clubbed James Anderson to cover to set the hosts 299 for victory.

England will have 72 overs to reach their target, meaning they will need to go at 4.15 runs per over to get there before stumps. 

Stuart Broad took two wickets on day five but England will need a record run chase at Trent Bridge to beat New Zealand

James Anderson then took the final wicket of the New Zealand wicket to dismiss them for 284

Matt Henry was dropped on the second ball of the day but was caught behind off Broad

England almost got off to the perfect start on day five in Nottingham, but Matt Henry was dropped on the second ball of the day by Joe Root at slip off Jack Leach.

However, after playing with great fortitude against the short ball, he eventually edged Broad behind to depart for 18.

Broad then struck again in the over before the new ball was made available, with Ben Foakes again taking the catch after the former’s bouncer took the glove of the injured Kyle Jamieson.

That dismissal saw Boult arrive at the crease and soon enough he became the highest-scoring No 11 in the history of the Test game by surpassing Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally of 623 with two down the ground. 

The injured Kyle Jamieson did not last long, gloving Broad through to Ben Foakes as well

That brought Trent Boult to the middle who became the highest-scoring No 11 in Test history

He then revelled in the occasion by smashing three fours off a Ben Stokes over to hand the visitors some priceless runs. 

Daryl Mitchell meanwhile continued his fine series by bringing up a half-century to follow his centuries at Lord’s and in the first innings at Trent Bridge. 

Stokes therefore reverted to the new ball and saw the rewards soon after, with Boult smashing a delivery from Anderson – who was in just his ninth over of the innings – straight to the England captain.

But his side’s eyes will now turn to attempting the highest successful run chase at Trent Bridge, with Stokes’ men needing to surpass the 284 scored by Michael Vaughan’s England against the Black Caps in 2004. 

Daryl Mitchell meanwhile continued his fine series by bringing up a half-century

Boult hit three fours of a Stokes over but was eventually caught at cover by the England skipper




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