England batter Joe Root tried to imitate Ben Stokes’ ‘hands up’ 2019 World Cup reaction during the first test match against New Zealand at the Lord’s cricket ground. His action left the England skipper Ben Stokes and the other players in splits.
The incident occurred during the forty-third over of England’s second innings, when Trent Boult was bowling to Root. The English batter pulled a short ball to mid-wicket and called for a single. Stokes, who was at the other end took off, however, seeing the fielder dive to stop the ball, he turned back.
The fielder aimed at the non-striker’s end, but Stokes had reached in time. The ball deflected off Stokes’ bat, however, the English batters decided to not go for a single. This reminded the players and the commentators of the 2019 World Cup finals, where a similar incident took place. Joe Root smiled and put his hands up, to imitate Stokes’ reaction from the finals.
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During the 2019 World Cup finals against New Zealand, England needed nine runs from the final three balls, when a throw deflected off Stokes’ bat. As luck would have it, the ball raced towards the boundary.
England was given six runs off the delivery. They eventually won the final on the boundary count, as the super over scores were also tied.
England inches towards victory in the Lord’s Test
The England team was in a spot of bother after losing four wickets for 69 runs, chasing 277 runs in the fourth innings. However, skipper Ben Stokes and Joe Root put together a 90-runs partnership for the fifth wicket to bring England back in the test match.
Skipper Stokes was dismissed for 54 runs, while Root is unbeaten on 77. England needs 61 more runs to win the first Test match. Earlier in the match, the England bowlers bowled New Zealand out for 132 runs. They managed to take a first-innings lead of nine runs, before getting bowled out for 141.
New Zealand made a decent comeback to score 285 runs in their second innings. Daryll Mitchell scored a fine century while Tom Blundell chipped in with 96 runs.