File photo of Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand. (ANI photo)
Leads: New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell is the first Kiwi player in 73 years to score 400 runs in a Test series against England. The all-rounder achieved the feat in the third and final Test of the series against England at Headingley in Leeds on Friday.
The all-rounder has been enjoying an amazing run in the series so far, scoring 423 runs in five innings at an average of 150.33.
Mitchell has so far scored two centuries and two half-centuries in the series, with an individual best score of 190. He has surpassed the numbers of former Kiwi batsman Burt Sutcliffe. He scored 451 runs in seven innings in his tour of England in 1949. On that tour, Sutcliffe scored one century and four half-centuries.
Coming into the match, New Zealand posted 225/5 in 90 overs, with Mitchell (78) at the end of the first day.) and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell (45.)) Deciding to bat first, New Zealand did not have a great start as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Kane Williamson (31) and Devon Conway (26) made remarkable contributions for the Kiwis before the Kiwis were reduced to 123/5.
Then, Mitchell and Blundell put on an unbeaten 102-run partnership to put their team in better shape. England are currently leading 2-0 in the Test series.
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