For England, spinner Jack Leach took a total of 10 wickets in the match. He took five wickets for 66 runs after taking the last wicket of Trent Boult (04) of New Zealand’s second innings. He took five wickets for 100 runs in the first innings.
Tom Blundell was not supported at the other end as he remained unbeaten on 88 in New Zealand’s second innings. He shared a 113-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Daryl Mitchell (56). Mitchell was dismissed leg before by Matthew Potts (3 for 66).
New Zealand started play at 168 for five in the morning and by lunch had taken their total lead to 223 runs.
Mitchell and Blundell have troubled England throughout the series. The two shared a partnership of 195 at Lord’s and 236 at Trend Bridge. Both of them again faced a strong home attack. Mitchell, who scored three centuries in the series, became the first overseas player to score more than 500 runs in a series of three or fewer matches in England.
England had tightened their grip on the match with four wickets falling in the evening session on the third day but they did not get any wickets for two hours on Sunday.
England wicketkeeper Ben Fox was found to be Kovid-19 positive in the morning. He did not play on the third day due to back pain. Sam Billings got a chance to play in the second Test from this.
England are looking to clean sweep the three-match series against the world Test champions.
AP Namita Anand
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