Mitchell and Blundell lead New Zealand fight MIGMG News

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Broad ensured the opening session was England’s king, however, when he sent off Williamson for 31 years, gaining enough off-court movement to find an advantage for goalkeeper Ben Voakes to take a simple shot.

It could have been better for England as the clean Brod found the inside edge of Conway’s paddle, but Foakes couldn’t hold what would have been a fine diving catch.

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England newcomer Jimmy Overton produced blistering speed after a tense start and celebrated his first Test share when he tossed Conway off an inside rim for 26.

When Nichols suffered their harshest expulsion, England were booming and New Zealand’s decision to paddle at first seemed like a bad one.

But Mitchell (78) and Blundell (45) – who were in partnerships 195 and 236 at Lords and Trent Bridge – proved once again to be hard work for England’s attack.

Mitchell had lost in eight games when England captain Ben Stokes opted not to review any potential pound bowling Matthew Potts – replays that show he would have missed.

And the 31-year-old took full advantage, marking half a century of his life by smashing Leach for six years in a row.

England thought they had Blondel when he spun into a loose wide ball from the root and was taken out from behind – only to be successfully reviewed by the New Zealander.

After a rain delay, Overton evaporated in an attempt to break the rack, advancing nearly 90 mph, but New Zealand avoided more mishaps as Mitchell looked ahead to the third century of the series.

England are seeking to win every match in a domestic series with no fewer than three Tests for the first time since defeating India 4-0 in 2011, while New Zealand are desperate to avoid four consecutive Test defeats.

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