ENGLAND TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Broad picked up his 16th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. © Getty
Stuart Broad’s six-wicket haul meant New Zealand were shot down for 278 but Tim Southee struck a half-century to reduce the deficit to 29 in the first session of the third day in the second Test in Christchurch on Sunday (April 1).
New Zealand lost BJ Watling early into the second session to James Anderson. The pacer got the ball to curve away nicely from the batsman and crash into the stumps as Watling played down the wrong line. However, the real damage was done in the first five overs of the day.
Knowing England will opt for the new ball as soon as it’s available, Southee attacked as the hosts picked up 27 runs in five overs before it was taken. Ish Sodhi failed to hang around and was dismissed by Broad who picked up his 16th five-wicket haul to leave the hosts eight down for 231.
Southee was bowled by Anderson in the 87th over as he tried to murder one through the off side by making room. However, he failed to make contact as the ball straightened after pitching and took out the middle pole. At 239 for 9, England were in pole position to gain a handy lead.
Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, though, collaborated to score 39 for the final wicket to frustrate the visitors. There was plenty of adventurism as luck favoured the duo and they got away with several mis-hits. England tried to bounce them out but failed for some time before finally finding success.
They did manage to put an end to the frustrating partnership when Boult top-edged a short delivery from Broad to fine leg, with England picking up a slender lead of 29. Interestingly, all 20 wickets to fall so far in the Test have been taken by the opening bowlers of the two teams respectively.
England openers – Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman – then saw off the remaining seven overs before the break to help the team the first session on 7 for no loss.
Brief scores: England 307 & 7/0 lead New Zealand 278 (BJ Watling 85, Colin de Grandhomme 71; Stuart Broad 6-54) by 36 runs