May 25, 2015 | Cricket
England shocked the world and even themselves as they beat New Zealand by 124 runs in the 1st Test match at Lord’s. Batting a second time, England were 478 all out, including scores by skipper Alastair Cook 162, Ben Stokes 101, and Joe Root 84. Stokes made that century off 92 balls in the fastest Test century inside Lord’s. A good bowling effort by the Kiwis; Trent Boult took 5/85 from 34, Tim Southee 2/162 from 34, Test debutant Matt Henry 2/106 from 29. New Zealand were set 345 for victory, and Corey Anderson 67 and wicketkeeper BJ Watling 59 got together for a 6th wicket stand of 107. But then things went downhill and the Black Caps had slumped to 220 all out. As for England’s bowlers, Stokes took 3/38 from 11 overs; that along with his record century makes him the man of the match. Also bowling for England: Stuart Broad took 3/50 from 16.3. As England lead the series 1-0, the two sides will now head to Leeds for the 2nd and final Test starting Friday at Headingley.
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