The rip-roaring contest between England and New Zealand in the ongoing first Test at Lords Cricket Ground has reached its concluding stage, with the hosts eyeing a crucial victory. In their fourth innings chase of 277, England have managed to post 216/5 at the end of Day 3, thanks to inspiring contributions from skipper Ben Stokes and former captain Joe Root.

The home team was, however, in a spot of bother, losing their four wickets for just 69 inside the 20 overs, courtesy of Kyle Jamiesonโ€™s dominating spell. The right-armer dismissed three out of the first four English wickets in the form of openers Alex Lees (20), Zak Crawley (9) and middle-order batter Jonny Bairstow (16).

As the visitors were eyeing further to capitalise, the experienced duo of Stokes and Root took charge to bail England out of hot waters. The pair went on to form a crucial partnership of 90 runs for the fifth wicket to put the hosts in the front seat in their chase. The vital stand was broken by none other than Jamieson, who bagged his fourth wicket when he removed captain Stokes for a well-made 54 to reduce England to 159/5.

Though, Root kept his stand alive and continued the momentum from one end. The right-handed batter smashed his 54th Test half-century and stitched an unbeaten 57-run stand for the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes (9 not out) to fancy Englandโ€™s chances of winning the contest heading into Day 4 of the match. Root stood undefeated at 77 off 131 balls as England ended the third day with 216/5 on the board and needed only 61 runs to win the three-match series opener.

Earlier, English bowling sensation Stuart Broad shined with the ball and inspired a New Zealand collapse after Daryl Mitchell smashed a hundred as the World Test champions, who were at one stage looking comfortable with 251/4, were eventually bundled out for 285 in their second innings.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Another day full of drama.

61 more needed for victory tomorrow.

Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/w7vTpJeQUh

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ #ENGvNZ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ pic.twitter.com/ABNZWuRLZT

โ€” England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 4, 2022

Have to say this England side are worth watching .. never quite sure what you are going to get but itโ€™s worth tuning in for .. #Lords

โ€” Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 4, 2022

@root66 has been truly special ! England still depend on him and how captain or no captain ! #ENGvsNZ

โ€” Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) June 5, 2022

At the end of day 3, England are 216-5, needing 61 more to win.

Joe Root unbeaten on 77; he is 23 shy of 10,000 Test runs, and his first fourth innings century in Test cricket. What a game this has been.

โ€” Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) June 4, 2022

All to play for tomorrow! Another dramatic day at the @HomeOfCricket as the hosts finish the day needing a further 61-runs๐Ÿ

Catch up on the scores | https://t.co/o0NeY2jQTq ๐Ÿ“ฒ#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/HH4dDyiosF

โ€” BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 4, 2022

By my maths, if he scores 23 more runs tomorrow morning, Joe Root will become the 14th player to reach 10,000 Test runs and the joint youngest โ€“ heโ€™ll be EXACTLY the same age tomorrow that Alastair Cook was when he did it: 31 years and 157 days. ๐Ÿคฏ

โ€” Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) June 4, 2022

Loved a fired up Stuart Broad ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ™Œ@englandcricket #ENGvNZ

โ€” Isa Guha (@isaguha) June 4, 2022

Joe Root needs 23 more runs to complete 10,000 runs in Tests โ€“ he will become the joint youngest with Cook โ€“ 31 years, 157 days.

โ€” Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 5, 2022

Joe Root about to become the first ever 90s born cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs

โ€” absy (@absycric) June 4, 2022

Captain or not, Joe Root knows how to lead from the front โ€“ 77* at stumps on Day 3

61 to win

Test cricket rules!!!#ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/SZoj7He8Mi

โ€” ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) June 4, 2022

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