New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell is having a great tour of England. He has already scored two centuries in three innings and has been New Zealand’s savior on many occasions. Apart from contributing with the bat, Mitchell has also done exceedingly well in the field. Although he dropped a couple of catches on the first day, he hung on to a sharp chance to dismiss Alex Lees in England’s first innings.
Daryl Mitchell seemed to be enjoying his time in the middle as he tried to pull a prank on the English crowd on the third day of the second Test. But he ended up embarrassing himself. The incident took place while Ollie Pope and Joe Root were playing in the middle. Michael Bracewell was bowling to Pope and the batter played a reverse sweep. The ball, however, went directly into the hands of Mitchell who was standing at short third man.
The fielder then tossed up the ball in the air as if it was a wicket. The crowd also fell for the prank as they went completely silent. But when they saw Daryl Mitchell running to gain control of the ball, the English crowd started booing. Because they understood that Mitchell was celebrating a crowd catch which means the ball had hit the ground already before Mitchell could grab it. In the end, Mitchell found himself embarrassed as Root and Pope sneaked in a single.
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England taking control!
Now coming to the match, unlike the Lord’s pitch, the pitch at Trent Bridge has been a batting paradise. New Zealand scored a massive 553 in their first innings while England are also cruising closer towards the total with Joe Root leading the charge. The star batter scored his 27th century and is inching closer to a double ton with Ben Foakes aiding him in the middle. England were less than 50 runs behind New Zealand’s first-inning total (at the time of writing) and it seems the hosts are going to take a big lead.