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As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 4


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Mar 25, 2013 at 11:03am IST

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

England 2nd innings

End of Day 4: 90 for 4 Kane Williamson got another wicket in the form of nightwatchman Steve Finn in the last over of Day 2. It was a wide delivery outside off, Finn gets a thick edge, and Southee picks up a sharp catch. England are in real trouble with four wickets down.

As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 4

England lost three wickets after New Zealand declared their innings at 241 for 6, setting England a victory target of 481.

End of over 49: 90 for 3 Just when it was looking that England won't lose anymore wickets, Kane Williamson picked up the wicket of Alastair Cook in the 49th over. It was a slower delivery outside off, Cook went for the drive, got a thick edge straight into the hands of Brownlie at slips. After playing a resilient innings, Alastair is dismissed on 43 off 145 balls. Steve Finn has come in as nightwatchman to join Ian Bell.

End of over 35: 75 for 2 After the fall of Trott's wicket, the scoring rate has gone down. Ian Bell has scored just two runs off 36 balls so far. On the other hand, Cook was batting 35 off 104 deliveries. England still need 406 runs to win with eight wickets in hand.

End of over 24: 60 for 2 Another huge blow for England as they lost their second wicket in the form of Jonathan Trott in the 24th over. Neil Wagner has picked up the wicket. It was a wide delivery which angled in, Trott goes for the drive, takes a thick edge, and goes straight into the hands of Watling. Ian Bell has come in to join Alastair Cook after Trott's wicket. England still need 417 more runs to win this match, with eight wickets in hand.

End of 16 overs: 45 for 1 Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook ensured that no damage was done till tea as the visitors' scored 45 for 1 in chase of 481 for victory in the 3rd Test. Cook is batting on 19 and Trott on 24.

End of 10 overs: 25 for 1 Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook steady the ship for England after the early blow of Nick Compton. Cook is batting on six and Trott got a couple of boundaries moving to 17.

End of 2 overs: 4 for 1 England were of to a bad start in chase of record 481 losing Nick Compton for just two runs with Tim Southee providing the early breakthrough. Compton prodded halfheartedly at a good length delivery going away edging the ball to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

New Zealand 2nd innings

End of 57.2 overs: 241 for 6 With BJ Watling's wicket New Zealand declared their innings at 241 for 6 but not before Brendon McCullum had launched Steven Finn for a six and four after which Watling hit two consecutive boundaries to take New Zealand's lead to 480 runs. McCullum remained unbeaten on 66 off 52 balls. Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar got two wickets each with James Anderson and Steven Finn grabbing one apiece.

End of 53 overs: 201 for 5 Peter Fulton hit Stuart Broad for a straight six to reach his second hundred of the Test match, but he fell for 110 mistiming a pull to long on. Brendon McCullum at the other end continued to score quickly racing to 49 off 43 balls as New Zealand's lead swelled to 448.

End of 44 overs: 176 for 4 New Zealand decimated the England bowling attack in the morning session milking 141 runs in just 26 overs propelled by the aggressive approach by captain Brendon McCullum who is unbeaten on 44 off just 34 balls and Peter Fulton who is not out on 91. The current partnership stands at 94 runs in 13.3 overs with New Zealand taking a lead of 415 runs over England.

End of 44 overs: 131 for 4 Peter Fulton upped the ante big time going after the bowling shortly after reaching his fifty. Fulton milked 14 runs off one Monty Panesar over scoring two boundaries - one through midwicket and other past short fine leg, He then hit a straight six over long-on. Brendon McCullum too joined in by hitting a six off James Anderson. Fulton is batting on 72 and McCullum on 18. New Zealand have extended their lead to 371 runs.

End of 36 overs: 82 for 4 England got the first breakthrough of the day as Monty Panesar got the wicket of Dean Brownlie for 28. Brownlie, in a bid to get quick ruins, charged down the wicket lofting the ball to midwicket where Ian Bell took a good running catch. Captain Brendon McCullum has joined Peter Fulton in the middle.

End of 33 overs: 71 for 3 James Anderson dropped Peter Fulton in the 32nd over at short midwicket on 31 as the duo of Fulton and Dean Brownlie compiled a 50-run stand building a massive lead over England.

End of 26 overs: 46 for 3 Peter Fulton and Dean Brownlie played out first three overs without much trouble scoring nine runs. Fulton is batting on 21 off 78 balls and Brownlie on 17 off 50 balls. New Zealand lead England by 285 runs.

Day 3 summary: New Zealand recovered from early collapse in their second innings to reach 35 for 3 at stumps on Sunday on the third day of the third cricket Test, leading England by 274 runs after scorning a rare chance to enforce the follow on. Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult took 6 for 68 as New Zealand dismissed England for 204 in reply to their own first innings of 443 - a 239-run lead.

Captain Brendon McCullum refused to enforce the follow on and watched as New Zealand's top order disintegrated in the first eight overs of their second innings. Hamish Rutherford was out for 0, Kane Williamson for 1 and Ross Taylor for 3 as New Zealand slumped to 8 for 3.

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