Johnny Bairstow and Jamie Overton score unbeaten unbeaten runs of 209 in 223 balls . England trail New Zealand first innings record of 329 by 65 runs .
LEEDS: At the close of the second day of the third Test against New Zealand, England centurion Johnny Bairstow and debutant Jamie Overton blazed a thrilling unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 209 in 223 balls to guide their teetering team to 264 for six.Bairstow has now blasted back-to-back centuries, remaining unbeaten on 130 from 126 balls, while number eight Overton showed off his true all-round talent with an equally eye-catching 89 not out from just 106 deliveries.At Headingley, England trails the tourists' first innings record of 329 by 65 runs, but would be enthused by their comeback after they fell to 55 for six in their reply.Overtons scores the most by an England player on debut batting at number eight or lower, making it the highest seventh-wicket partnership between England and New Zealand.England is now the test's mainstay, but it was stagnant in the middle of the day.After New Zealand were led to 329 to 329 by Daryl Mitchells third century of the season, seamer Trent Boult clean bowled Englands opening three batsman as the hosts top order wilted.HORROR SHOWEAngerland captain Ben Stokes said before the Test that his team was in the entertainment business, but that their innings was initially a horror show when Boult (3-73) ripped through their top order.After pitching on middle, Alex Lees (4) fell to an unplayable Boult thunderbolt that cut the top of his off stump. After nicked an angled delivery to leave England 21-4, Tim Southee got in on the action to keep Joe Root (5) behind.Stokes and Bairstow fought fire with fire, blazing away to temporarily hold New Zealand's momentum, but Stokes, who seemed to be adversity in attack, took his wicket and threw it away, dismissing a Neil Wagner delivery to Kane Williamson at mid-off, scoring 18 from 13 balls.In the same over, Wagner trapped Ben Foakes for a duck, leaving England six wickets down after 11.5 overs, the quickest they had ever lost their first six wickets in a home Test.However, Overton and Bairstow, who won the game for England with 136 in 92 balls at Trent Bridge in the second Test, took up the challenge and started scoring runs at a steady pace as they seized the opportunity back. He lost his partner, Tom Blundell (55) with whom he shared yet another century of friendship, but saw three figures with a straight six off spinner Jack Leach.Mitchell, the first New Zealand batsman to score centuries in three Tests against England, was out to the last ball before lunch.For the first time since a 4-0 win over India in 2011, England is aiming to win every match of a home series with at least three Tests.