England captain Ben Stokes missed a chance to grab the 8th wicket as on the early morning of Day 3, the skipper missed a catch.
Spinner Jack Leach’s delivery to Southee was smashed for a long shot but the skipper ran fast enough to get underneath the ball but the decision was misjudged as the ball couldn’t end it’s journey on the skipper’s hand, rather travelled for a boundary.
The hosts have resumed their batting session, which ended with a 7-wicket loss on Day 2 before the rain intervened.
Today, on Day 3, the umpires announced an early start, and the Kiwi duo of Tim Southee and Blundell returned to their positions to take on the final responsibilities.
With a lead of more than 250 runs, the chase appears to be impossible, and with England excelling at ‘BazBall,’ they may consider a hit-and-run strategy in their second innings.