Stuart Broad marshalled England to a massive win – 1st Test vs. New Zealand

England 232 (Jonny Bairstow 41, Joe Root 40, Tim Southee 4-58) and 213 (Joe Root 71, Jonathan Trott 56, Tim Southee 6-50) beat New Zealand 207 (Ross Taylor 66, Kane Williamson 60, James Anderson 5-47) and 68 (Neil Wagner 17, BJ Watling 13, Stuart Broad 7-44, James Anderson 2-23) by 170 runs.

A furious spell of fast bowling from Stuart Broad bulldozed the batting line up of the visiting New Zealand who ended up losing a low scoring game badly.

England posted 232 runs in the first innings followed by 213 in the second. New Zealand was bowled out for 207 in their first innings and managed 68 mere runs in the second.

Stuart Broad (England) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his career’s best bowling spell of 7-44 in an innings

The first Test came to an end on Sunday, May 19, 2013, which was the fourth day of the encounter at Lord’s, London.

Earlier, the hosts went into bat at 6-180 after 59 overs whereas Steven Finn and Ian Bell were at the crease for 6 and 0 runs respectively. Tim Southee removed Finn in the first over at 6 and was replaced by Stuart Broad who started off with a four. Bell was unable to impress and became the next victim at 200 after scoring just six runs as Broad took over at his end and did most of the scoring. Stuart Broad remained unbeaten for 26 off 25 balls with 4 fours as England scored 213 in the second innings after 68.3 overs.

Tim Southee was the highest wicket taker with six, Kane Williamson held two whereas Trent Boult and Neil Wagner shared one wicket each.

Stuart Broad - Career's best bowling figures of 7-44 in an innings
Stuart Broad – Career’s best bowling figures of 7-44 in an innings

The Black Caps lost their first wicket for just one run when Hamish Rutherford and Kane Williamson tried to defend. The first hit a couple of fours in the fourth over but became the next victim of Broad for 9 on the first delivery of the sixth over. The lethal bowling spell of Broad continued when he got rid of Ross Taylor for a duck two balls later. Kane Williamson was the next batsman who went back to the dressing room for six when he was caught by Steven Finn at cover off Broad.

The wickets of the Kiwis kept on crumbling and they were reeling at 6-29 in 11.4 overs. BJ Watling and Tim Southee provided some resistance by adding 12 runs to the total but the partnership was broken once again by Broad when the later was gone at seven. Watling and Neil Wagner shared the longest partnership of the innings by accumulating 13 runs in 18 balls but the rival bowlers once again put the visitors back to their shells. The Entire New Zealand team was sent back to the pavilion for just 68 runs after utilizing 22.3 overs.

The English captain, Alastair Cook used just two bowlers who penetrated through the batting line up of the Black Caps. Stuart Broad was the star performer with seven wickets and James Anderson got two.

England won the first Test with a hefty margin of 170 runs and leads the two match series 1-0. The second and final Test will commence on Tuesday, May 24, 2013, at Headingley, Leeds.


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