Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow revived England with a 57-run partnership for the sixth-wicket partnership. Stokes departed scoring 25 runs with his new-sponsored bat, GM.
Bairstow was accompanied by England’s comeback man in Tests, Mark Wood. Wood dominated in a 95-run stand for the eighth-wicket. Bairstow reached his fifty in 93 balls whereas Wood’s maiden half-century in 54 deliveries.
The partnership ended with a five-for from Tim Southee as he bowled tail-ender Wood. Wood played a delightful knock of 52 runs from 62 balls hitting 7 fours and a six. It was Southee’s seventh five-for in Tests.
England are 290/8 in 90 overs at the end of the first day. Bairstow is marching a fifth Test ton. He is unbeaten on 97 runs off 154 balls including 11 fours and a six. Debutant Jack Leach showed support with 33-ball 10*.
Southee bagged five wickets for 60 runs. His bowling-mate Trent Boult took 3 for 79 so far.
England 290/8 in 90 overs (Bairstow 97*, Wood 52; Southee 5/60, Boult 3/79)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com