Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have survived the first half-hour for the addition of 39 runs. They’ve been positive whenever there’s been a ball in their scoring zone. They’ve survived many plays and misses because the bowling has been of the highest quality with captain Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami hitting their mark more often than not. Twice in two overs, Ben Stokes charged down the pitch – against both Bumrah and Shami – and lofted the latter for a four over his head. The cameras instantly zoomed in to the England balcony where Brendon McCullum clapped in approval.
On the charge 💪
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 3, 2022