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New Zealand vs England, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened


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Mar 09, 2013 at 11:07am IST

Live updates from day four of the first Test between New Zealand and England at University Oval, Dunedin.

England, 2nd innings:

End of Day 4: 234 for 1 England showed a great fightback in the second innings after the poor show in the first innings. Both the openers Nick Compton and Alastair cook scored centuries as England look in solid position in the second innings. Compton is still not out on 102 as England now trail just by 59 runs.

New Zealand vs England, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened

Alastair Cook with Compton has given England a steady start. (Getty Images)

End over 86: 232 for 1 Nick Compton reached his maiden Test century in the 86th over as picked up a quick single in the midwicket off Tim Southee. Alastair Cook was caught by Watling as he tried to play Trent Boult's delivery outside off towards cover, and edged it. The 231 runs partnership was finally broken in 85th over.

End of 74: 208 for 0 Alastair Cook scored his 24th Test century by hitting Martin for four runs in the 74th over. The opening stand between both the openers has reached over 200 as Compton was batting in his 90's.

End of over 65: 172 for 0 The solid opening wicket partnership between Compton and Cook continued as both the batsmen were scoring freely after tea. The partnership between both the openers have reached 172 runs, and England now trail just by 121 runs. Cook was batting on 80 and was well supported by Compton, who was batting at 77.

End of over 54: 139 for 0 Openers Compton and Alastair cook continued to play safely as England reached 139 for 0 at tea. England still trail by 154 runs.

End of over 45: 120 for 0 Martin bowls a full-toss on the pads and Comton flicks it to square-leg to notch up his half-century. McCullum with the advantage of lead needs to attack more in order to break this stubborn stand.

End of over 33: 102 for 0 Bruce Martin strays onto the pads and Cook glides gently to fine leg to bring up his half-century. Moreover, the run rate has also picked up after lunch to 3.09. New Zealand desperately need a wicket.

End of over 30: 91 for 0 Cook and Comton are grinding out there at the middle with no urgency of scoring runs briskly. On the other hand New Zealand bowlers look for the first breakthrough as Cook has moved to 41 and Compton batting on 36.

End of over 22: 58 for 0 (Lunch) Tim Southee bowls the final over before lunch and Compton sees through safely to the break. Except for the first 30 minutes of fluent batting from McCullum nothing noteworthy approach from England openers. England trail by 235 runs with 10 wickets remaining.

End of over 20: 51 for 0 Cook and Compton bring up England's fifty in a sedate way. Although there were some instances when the New Zealand bowler's managed to beat the bat and almost induced an edge but luck is on the openers' side.

End of over 10: 25 for 0 At the end of the tenth over, nothing significant has happened from England's point of view. It seems both the openers, Alastair Cook and Nick Compton have come out with a plan to see off the new ball and then try to score. Not bad considering the situation they are in.

New Zealand, 1st innings:

Over 116.4: 460 for 9 (decl) New Zealand were waiting for Bruce Martin to reach his half-century and the indications were from the start to put England in for their second innings. Martin (41) was swinging at every ball but this time gets an edge to Matt Prior behind the stumps off Finn. New Zealand lead by 293 runs with plenty of cricket left to play and the host team really has a chance.

End of over 114: 451 for 8 Brendon McCullum came out with an attacking attitude to the middle and made it evident immediately with the sixes and fours. But the inevitable happenned when he tried to pull a short first ball from Broad and got a top edge to be caught by James Anderson. McCullum scored a 59-ball 74 which included three fours and nine boundaries.

Day 3: It was a mixed day for both the teams as New Zealand dominated the morning session, thanks to debutant Hamish Rutherford's 171-run knock. But the spell by James Anderson after lunch with the new ball brought England back into the game.

However, few breezy cameos by Ross Taylor and Tim Southee helped the hosts take the lead past 200. At stumps New Zealand were 402 for 7 and a lead of 235 runs with skipper Brendon McCullum unbeaten on 44.

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