England 141 and 216 for five (Root 77*, Foakes 9*) want an additional 61 runs to beat New Zealand 132 and 285 (Mitchell 108, Blundell 96)
Stokes, on 1 on the time, dragged de Grandhomme’s supply into his stumps however was cheered again to the center because the no-ball was signalled. To add to New Zealand’s issues, de Grandhomme, the fourth seamer, was compelled off mid-over shortly after by a heel pressure and didn’t return.
It was the birthday current England’s new Test chief wanted, and Stokes set about stamping his mark on the competition throughout a 90-run partnership with Root that resurrected the group’s possibilities after Jamieson had helped scale back them to 69 for 4. New Zealand have been right here earlier than: in 2015, when Stokes scored the quickest Test hundred at Lord’s to arrange victory over a facet captained by Brendon McCullum, now in control of England’s Test fortunes; in 2019, when, effectively, we most likely need not remind you.
There was even an echo of the World Cup last in one of many lighter moments of a tense tussle, as a shy on the stumps with Stokes scrambling for his floor ended up deflecting off the again of his bat. This time, overthrows weren’t a difficulty.
Sixes into the stands could possibly be an element, although. Stokes signalled his intent earlier than the tea break by smiting Ajaz Patel’s second supply within the Test over deep midwicket, and he took up the gauntlet when Kane Williamson turned to his spinner once more throughout the night session. Two extra slog sweeps disappeared into the gang throughout an over that value 17, and Stokes went to fifty from his subsequent supply, punching Jamieson via backward level for 4.
There was a gladiatorial environment round Lord’s, just for Jamieson to land what appeared one other telling blow, Stokes gloving behind when seeking to uppercut a brief ball. But England may nonetheless lean on Root, as they’ve for a lot of the final 18 months, and he performed with growing assurance throughout an unbroken stand with Ben Foakes that buoyed expectations of a house victory going into day 4.
New Zealand made the preliminary breakthrough earlier than lunch, Jamieson placing an finish to Alex Lees’ shiny begin by bringing one again down the slope to hit the highest of off because the England opener tried to go away.
The towering Jamieson continued after the interval, hardly ever wavering from his disciplined interrogation across the prime of off stump. That line did for Zak Crawley, who was seeking to play defensively however couldn’t cope with the mix of bounce and motion because the ball took the sting up by the bat label to be held fantastically by a diving Tim Southee at third slip.
The Trent Boult supply that did for Ollie Pope was even higher, swinging in from around the wicket after which darting away off the seam to uproot the off stump. Boult suffered momentary ache as Jonny Bairstow took him for 3 fours in an over, however England misplaced their fourth within the subsequent, Jamieson’s out-out-out-in gambit leading to Bairstow being emphatically bowled via the gate trying to drive.
Proceedings started with Mitchell and Blundell each hoping to carry up tons of, and New Zealand seemingly heading out of sight – already 227 runs in entrance with six wickets nonetheless standing. Drizzle delayed the beginning by half an hour, however Mitchell didn’t have to attend for much longer, driving the fifth ball of the morning – and the primary he had confronted – for 3 to succeed in the landmark.
It wanted a peach to dislodge Mitchell, who was caught on the wicket off one which left him on an ideal size. The subsequent supply introduced one other second of calamity for de Grandhomme, who survived a vociferous lbw attraction solely to be run out by the alert Pope, who threw down the stumps from fourth slip earlier than New Zealand’s No. 7 may regain his bearings. The group hat-trick was full when Broad, having whipped up the gang, sliced via Jamieson’s ahead defensive to ship off stump cartwheeling again.
Blundell had been made a spectator, and the nerves have been absolutely rising when he propped ahead to a James Anderson in-ducker on 96 to be palpably lbw – a forlorn assessment confirming the ball would have hit the center of center stump. Southee whacked 4 fours to assist swell the goal additional, however the sport was shifting on once more. Matthew Potts producing one other instant intervention to take away Ajaz earlier than Matthew Parkinson claimed his maiden Test wicket, Southee slashing to slide.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick