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Mar 24, 2013 at 11:36am IST

As it happened: 3rd Test, NZ vs England, Day 3

Live updates from the day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England played at at Eden Park, Auckland.

New Zealand 2nd innings:

End of over 23: 33 for 3 (stumps) What a day in terms of competitive cricket. New Zealand made just 25 runs in the last 15 overs but that was need of the hour after England bowlers made early inroads, wasn't it? Peter Fulton (14) and Dean Brownlie (130 batted with great care to take New Zealand's lead to 272 runs. Despite England's fightback, the hosts are still on top, one has to say.

As it happened: 3rd Test, NZ vs England, Day 3

New Zealand took their lead to 274 at stumps on day three after a poor start to their second innings in Auckland.

End of over 8: 8 for 3 Another Kiwi batsman bites the dust. It's Ross Taylor who is trapped lbw by Stuart Broad for three. The England bowlers have lifted their team to some extent with these early strikes, haven't they?

End of over 5: 5 for 2 Kane Williamson, who made 91 in the first innings, goes for one in the second. He is cleaned up by James Anderson. England are forcing their way back into the match.

End of over 2: 5 for 1 Stuart Broad strikes with the new ball and Hamish Rutherford is his victim. Ian Bell takes the simplest of catches at gulley. Just the start England needed, trailing by 239 runs. Kane Williamson has joined first-innings centurion Peter Fulton at the crease.

England 1st innings

204 for all out in 89.1 overs The English tail has vanished into thin air. Tim Southee ended the tourists' innings cleaning up Joe Root for 45. In the previous over Trent Boult completed a five-wicket haul with the scalp of Steven Finn who gave a simple catch to Ross Taylor at first slip. Finn went without any contribution. Off the fifth ball, James Anderson went for four as he edged one to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. News is New Zealand are not enforcing the follow-on despite a massive lead of 239 runs. Clearly, they want to rest their bowlers.

End of 85 overs: 200 for 7 Steven Broad throws his wicket away in a rush of blood. Picked up two fours and a big six off Trent Boult's successive deliveries before giving the simplest of catches to Rutherford at cover for 16. Joe Root, who is nearing his fifty, is joined by Steven Finn.

End of 83 overs: 173 for 6 86 runs were scored in the second session in 29 overs with Matt Prior doing the bulk of the scoring. His wicket has helped New Zealand maintain the advantage over the visitors. Joe Root (37) is in the middle along with Stuart Broad and England trail New Zealand by 267 runs.

End of 80 overs: 173 for 6 The dangerous looking Matt Prior was dismissed by Neil Wagner for 73 as the wicketkeeper batsman cut a wide delivery straight to point. The sixth wicket partnership between Prior and Joe Root had yielded 101 runs for England. Joe Root, batting on 34, is joined by Stuart Broad in the middle. England still trail New Zealand by 270 runs in the first innings.

End of 71 overs: 144 for 5 Matt Prior upped the ante after lunch showing intent to score runs as he reached his 26th Test fifty in 102 balls cracking a boundary through mid-off. Prior took a special liking to off-spinner Bruce Martin hitting him for two boundaries in an over twice. Joe Root is at the other end holding the fort scoring 23 off 120 balls. The duo has so far compiled 72 runs for the sixth wicket.

End of 62 overs: 115 for 5 After lunch, Matt Prior and Joe Root played a bit freely opening up against Bruce Martin in particular.

End of 54 overs: 92 for 5 Matt Prior and Joe Root applied themselves in the middle to take England into lunch at 92 for 5 after New Zealand quicks did the early damage. Prior is batting on 11 off 54 balls and Root is on 15 off 74 balls. England still trail New Zealand by 351 runs.

End of 46 overs: 84 for 5 England crawled to 84, scoring just 12 runs off nine overs but more importantly did not lose any wickets as Matt Prior and Joe Root shut the doors on the scoring negotiating the pumped by New Zealand bowling attack with patience.

End of 37 overs: 72 for 5 Trent Boult removed Jonny Bairstow for just three runs as umpire Paul Reiffel's second not out lbw decision of the day was overturned. Matt Prior has joined Joe Root (6) in the middle. England trail New Zealand by 371 runs in the first innings.

End of 34 overs: 67 for 4 Tim Southee picked up the second wicket of the day removing Ian Bell for 17 to leave England reeling early on Day 3. Southee, who had Nick Compton out lbw, got Bell courtesy another leg before wicket with an in-coming delivery. Jonny Bairstow has joined Joe Root in the middle with England trailing by 376 in the first innings.

End of 28 overs: 61 for 3 Tim Southee got the wicket of overnight batsman Nick Compton for 13 in the third over of the day. Southee's good lenght delivery came back in marginally hitting Compton's pad in front of middle and leg. Umpire Paul Reiffel said no but a DRS review confirmed the wicket for Southee.

Day 2 summary: Steve Finn claimed six dismissals, Matt Prior took five catches and New Zealand snapped up the wickets of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott before stumps Saturday as fortunes in the deciding match of the three-Test cricket series swayed wildly on its second day.

Finn (6 for 125) ran through the New Zealand lower order, capturing the last four wickets to complete his third five-wicket Test haul as England bowled out the hosts for 443 after they resumed their first innings at 250 for 1.

In reply, Cook was out for 4 and Trott for 27 - both falling to Trent Boult - before England reached stumps at 50 for 2 with Nick Compton on 12 and Ian Bell 6 not out. The first two Tests of the three-Test series were drawn.

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