Breaks Special Record Set By India And Australia In 2004 In Second England vs New Zealand Test
The second England vs New Zealand Test was a high-scoring, high-octane thriller that featured multiple boundaries.
At Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England upset New Zealand in the high-scoring second Test by chasing down 299 in just over two hours on the last day. Even if there were other standout performances, Jonny Bairstow’s stunning 92-ball 136 in the fourth innings, when England demonstrated a strong desire to win a game that looked destined for a draw, stole the show. Throughout the course of the game, 249 boundaries were scored, including 229 fours and 24 sixes. The 2004 Australia vs. India Sydney Test, which is most famous for Sachin Tendulkar’s unbeaten 241 runs, is no longer the record holder for the most boundaries hit in a Test match.
In the 2004 match, a total of 242 boundaries were made, including 238 fours and four sixes.
The Trent Bridge Test is only marginally behind that competition in terms of the quantity of fours.
It was also the second-highest scoring Test match in England, behind the Leeds Ashes Test in 1948.
England’s captain Ben Stokes gave New Zealand the order to bat, and they quickly scored 553. Daryl Mitchell (190) and Tom Blundell (106) both hit outstanding hundreds to maintain their positive momentum.
Before being bowled out, England’s comeback saw them reach 539. Joe Root scored 176, while Ollie Pope made 145, which was both his highest Test score and maiden Test century at home.
Thanks to half-centuries from Mitchell, Will Young, and Devon Conway. New Zealand then scored 284 in their second essay, setting a 299-run target for England.
Before a run of wickets put the hosts in trouble, Alex Lees (44) swiftly set the tempo for the team.
Then, though, Bairstow and Stokes took the match away from New Zealand with their incredible partnership of 179 runs in just 121 balls.
While Bairstow was out for 136, Stokes struck the winning runs, finishing with 75 off of 70 deliveries. Up until the very last moment, Stokes was unbeaten.
Additionally, this was the biggest and best run pursuit Trent Bridge has ever seen.
The result gave England the series victory and a 2-0 lead.