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NZ vs Eng, 2nd Test Day 2: as it happened


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Mar 15, 2013 at 11:02am IST

Live updates from day two of 2nd Test between New Zealand and England played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

New Zealand, 1st innings

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End of 33 overs: 66 for 3 (Stumps) That's it for today as umpire Asad Rauf calls it stumps. New Zealand looked fine until the two quick wickets that rattled the hosts. However, England would have liked to take the score beyond 500 but couldn't manage. New Zealand still trail England by 399 runs.

NZ vs Eng, 2nd Test Day 2: as it happened

Left-arm spinner Bruce Martin took four wickets in the match so far including that of dangerous Kevin Pietersen for 73 runs. (Getty Images)

End of 22 overs: 50 for 3 When at one time New Zealand looked settled, Broad struck twice in successive balls by removing Rutherford and Ross Taylor. The opener flashes at a length ball from Broad and gets an edge to Cook at first slip. The next wicket delivery was a perfect one for a new batsman as Taylor was clean bowled to a pitched up ball and he stayed rooted to his crease.

End of 20 overs: 41 for 1 Rutherford looks solid at the crease but there is some discomfort against the short ball. However, the scoring rate has been pretty slow after the fall of Fulton.

End of 7 overs: 10 for 1 James Anderson as always does the trick with the new ball. The ball was a back of length delivery and did swing off the deck to which Peter Fulton poked to the first slip where Alastair Cook takes a simple catch.

England, 1st innings

End of 147 overs: 465 all out Tea taken. New Zealand finally ended England's first innings at 465 with Kane Williamson picking up the last two England wickets in one over. Matt Prior perished trying to execute a reverse sweep when he was on 82 as Neil Wagner took a diving catch at short third man. Two balls later, Monty Panesar edged one to first slip, were Ross Taylor took a simple catch. James Anderson remianed unbeaten on 8. Earlier, Steve Finn, who had proved to be an able ally for Prior got out after scoring 24 to Wagner. The Prior-Finn stand got England 83 runs in under 20 overs.

End of 141 overs: 438 for 7 Matt Prior scored his 25th Test fifty off 76 balls as he upped the ante hitting some lusty blows and also shielded Steve Finn at the other end. Prior got the occasionally boundary every two overs and rotated the strike well with Finn. The wicketkeeper batsman clobbered Neil Wagner for a boundary through long leg and massive six straight over the bowlers' head in one over. Prior-Finn partnership has so far yielded an impressive 65 runs. Prior is batting on 72 off 88 balls and Finn has scored 15 runs off 45 deliveries.

End of 134 overs: 403 for 7 In a bid to get quick runs, Matt Prior attacked the New Zealand pacers and the wicketkeeper batsman reaped the rewards getting a boundary of Trent Boult and a couple of fours of one Tim Southee over. England went past 400-run mark courtesy a deft touch by Prior to guide a wide delivery towards third man fence. Prior has raced 41 off 71 balls and Steven Finn is on 6 off 20 balls.

End of 126 overs: 374 for 7 Five overs into second session, England looked to stamp their authority with Matt Prior getting few boundaries and Kevin Pietersen looking aggressive. Bruce Martin though had other plans as he delivered the key wicket of Pietersen for 73 runs. KP lofting the ball high towards mid-off similar to Ian Bell and was caught by Peter Fulton. Pietersen-Prior were good compiling a partnership of 41 runs in quick time. In the next over, Stuart Broad also departed edging one to wicketkeeper BJ Watling to give Trent Boult his second wicket of the match.

End of 120 overs: 353 for 5 Lunch taken An interesting session of play came to an end with 86 runs being scored in 30 overs at the expense of three wickets. Kevin Pietersen looked solid in the middle unbeaten on 68 off 140 balls with Matt Prior scoring 15 off 21 balls. Prior got two boundaries in the last over before lunch off Neil Wagner to ease of the pressure build by Bruce Martin's superb spin bowling. Martin was the pick of the bowlers getting two wickets in the morning session troubling the England batsmen.

End of 113 overs: 325 for 5 Bruce Martin got into the act once again dismissing Joe Root for 10 runs for his third wicket of the match. Root went after a tossed up wide delivery that spun away and got bounce off the pitch scraping the edge of the bat to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. Kevin Pietersen at the other end scored a patient fifty of 112 balls with a back foot drive wide of mid-off for a boundary. Matt Prior has joined Pietersen in the middle.

End of 107 overs: 306 for 4 Spinner Bruce Martin got his second wicket of the match in the form of Ian Bell for 11 runs as the batsman tried to charge down against the run of play lofting the ball wide of mid-off where Peter Fulton took a good catch. Martin's introduction into the attack worked well for McCullum as the veteran of 116 first class games gave the ball flight and zip with the pitch responding. Kevin Pietersen hit a straight six off Martin but Martin came back well nearly picking Pietersen off a stumping. Bell looked disturbed by the sudden spinning of the ball and looked bogged down until he tried to force things. Pietersen (46) is joined by Joe Root in the middle as England went past the 300-run mark in the 106th over.

End of 100 overs: 282 for 3 Only nine runs came in eight overs after the wicket of Jonathan Trott as New Zealand pacers - Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee got the ball to move both ways, something that they missed on day one to trouble both Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell. Pietersen and Bell too played the waiting game with the former batting on 28 off 76 balls and the latter scoring 7 off 31 deliveries.

End of 92 overs: 273 for 3 New Zealand were off to a perfect start as Trent Boult picked up the wicket of centurion Jonathan Trott in the second over of the day as he prodded forward to an away going delivery edging the ball to wikcetkeeper BJ Watling. Trott scored 121 off 235 balls. Ian bell joined Kevin Pietersen, who hit an exquisite on-drive for a boundary in the same over, in the middle.

Day 1 summary: Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott made centuries in a 210-run second wicket partnership which steered England to 267 for 2 at stumps on Thursday, a commanding position after being sent in to bat on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.

Compton reached his second century in Tests only five days after his first, then he was out for exactly 100, following his famous grandfather Dennis in scoring centuries for England in consecutive Test innings.

Trott came to the wicket when captain Alastair Cook was out for 17 and joined Crompton with England at 26 for 1. He overtook Compton in the 80s and preceded him to a century, his ninth hundred in 40 Tests. He was 121 not out and Kevin Pietersen was 18 not out at the close of play.

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