“An inning of a lifetime,” Jonny Bairstow steals the show with a match-winning century against New Zealand

Johnny Bairstow led the charge to power England to secure a sensational win at Trent Bridge against New Zealand in the second test match.

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Things looked bleak for England when New Zealand batters edged out the England team in the second test match of the series. While batting first, Daryll Mitchell and Tom Blundell took New Zealand to a mammoth total of 553 runs. The duo stole the show at Trent Bridge. M Bracewell too swung his bat into action with a fine 49 runs. Responding to the total set up by the Kiwis, Joe Root and Ollie Pope scored 176 & 145 runs, respectively, to push England ahead in the Test match. Ben Stokes and Foakes joined the party by chipping in with 56 and 46 runs, respectively, to take the team total to 539 runs. England rubbed shoulders with New Zealand while touching the milestone score.

New Zealand in the second inning again set up a match-winning total that was enough to go for a kill but England batters flipped the tables. It was Jonny Bairstow who stood up to the occasion when the team slid into aggressive planning. Responding to New Zealand’s 284 runs, Bairstow scored 136 off just 92 balls while partnering his inning with Ben Stokes who followed up the victory march with a phenomenal 75. England won the match that left everyone awestruck. England needed 160 runs in the final session and the side chased it down within 16 overs of the session.