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Boult and Southee demolish England batsmen for 58 runs
Boult and Southee demolish England batsmen for 58 runs

 

In any condition, facing swing bowlers is always difficult challenges. Kiwis speedster Trent Boult is usually in the mid-130kmph range bowler, but his nagging precision gives batsmen lesser time to react against him. Boult is also a smart bowler, often using the width of the crease and angles, to trouble the batsmen. He used all those characteristics, not to set the host up, but to blow them away for 58 runs their sixth-lowest Test total. England was only reach at that total because of Craig Overton's freewheeling 25-ball 33 runs that help England to surpass their lowest score in the test match history.

At the other end, Tim Southee in-swing, provided support for Trent Boult, using his own special bowling swing against England. Tim Southee picked 4 wicket for 25 runs to complement Boult's 6 wickets for 32 runs. New Zealand didn't require any other bowler, only Trent Boult and Tim Southee have done the job for Black caps.

First up, after a relatively solid start, was Alastair Cook. Boult, using the width of the crease and enough lateral movement, found former England skipper Cook's outside edge, the catch taken comfortably at second slip. Then England dependable batsmen Joe Root, having moved to No. 3 after leaving out James Vince after a sub-par Ashes, was bowled through a massive gap between bat and pad. Boult's late movement accounted for England's best Test batsmen.

England - 58/10 in 20.4 overs (C Overton 33, Boult 6-32, Southee 4-25)

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