Eng­land reach lunch with 36-run lead in 2nd test

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, (Reuters) - Eng­land ex­tended their lead over New Zealand to 36 runs in the se­cond test at lunch on the third day at Ha­gley Oval af­ter bowl­ing out the hosts for 278 dur­ing the first ses­sion on Sun­day.

Alas­tair Cook was on four and Mark Stone­man two as the vis­i­tors moved to seven with­out loss in their se­cond in­nings af­ter fac­ing five overs.

Stu­art Broad had ear­lier com­pleted his 16th five-wicket haul, fin­ish­ing with six for 54, while his new ball part­ner James An­der­son had four for 76.

New Zealand added 86 runs to their overnight score of 192 for six.

Wick­et­keeper BJ Watling top-scored with 85 be­fore he was bowled by An­der­son, while Tim Southee scored his fourth test half cen­tury be­fore he was bowled by the 35-year-old for 50.

Neil Wag­ner (24 not out) and Trent Boult (16) then pro­vided a swash­buck­ling 10th-wicket part­ner­ship of 39 runs to get their side within sight of Eng­land’s first in­nings of 307.

Watling and Southee at­tacked dur­ing the first five overs of the day, the last ones with the old ball, scor­ing an ad­di­tional 27 runs be­fore Eng­land took the se­cond new ball.

Eng­land then got the new ball to swing and seam, with An­der­son’s de­liv­ery to dis­miss Watling swing­ing in, pitch­ing on mid­dle and then seam­ing into the off stump.

Broad had Ish Sodhi caught be­hind by Johnny Bairstow for one to achieve his five-wicket haul and gave the wick­et­keeper his fifth catch of the in­nings.

Southee fell two balls af­ter reach­ing 50, be­fore Wag­ner and Boult frus­trated Eng­land’s bowlers and chipped away at the deficit.

Eng­land need a win to stop New Zealand clinch­ing their first se­ries against them since 1999. The hosts won the first test at Eden Park in Auck­land by an in­nings and 49 runs.

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