England vs New Zealand, Day 4: England pacer Kyle Jamieson dimissed Joe Root on the first ball after rain-marred Day 3 of the first Test at the Lord’s. Later, England lost 3 wickets on the score of 140.

Kyle Jamieson dismissed Joe Root with the first ball of Day 4 (AP Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kyle Jamieson got rid of Joe Root with the first ball of Day 4 Lord’s Test
  • England lost 3 consecutive wickets at the score of 140
  • At lunch, England were 164/6 in reply to New Zealand’s 378 in 1st innings

After a rain-marred Day 3, New Zealand pacers came hard at England as Kyle Jamieson struck with the first ball of Saturday to dismiss Joe Root for 42.

Jamieson, bowled a good length delivery which moved a little towards off after pitching. Root, who got on his back foot, while trying to defend, ended up giving a low catch to Ross Taylor at first slip.

The perfect delivery from 6-feet-8-inch tall Jamieson also brought an end to the 93-run partnership between Root and Rory Burns for the third wicket. The duo had pulled back things for their England, who were 2 down for 18 at one stage.

The wicket gave Blackcaps the opportunity to tighten the noose on the Three Lions. Experienced pacer Tim Southee benefited the most, getting three wickets in three consecutive overs. From 140 for 3 in 52.3 overs, England were all of a sudden reduced to 140 for 6 in 56.1.

At the stroke of lunch, England were 164 for the loss of 6 wickets, Southee taking 4 of them. Kyle Jamieson had got the better of Dom Sibley on Day 2 of the first Test between the two countries at Lord’s.

Notably, due to rain, not even a single ball was bowled on Friday.

New Zealand will engage themselves in one more Test versus England before clashing against India in the final of World Test Championship (WTC) at Southampton from June 18.

Team India has already arrived in the European nation and are most probably keeping a close watch on the ongoing contest. They face England in a 5-Test series following WTC final.

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