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As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 5


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Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12am IST

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

England second innings:

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End of over 143: 315 for 9 It's a draw. Great stuff by England against all odds. The series ends in a 0-0 draw. Credit goes to Matt Prior for a brilliant 110 not out. If it weren't for him, it would have been a goner for the number one Test team in the world. Plenty of credit for Stuart Broad as well for his defiant six off 77 balls. All in all, a great advert for Test cricket.

As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 5

Matt Prior made a brilliant 110 not out to save the tourists' blushes in the final game of the series.

End of over 140: 304 for 9 A twist to the tale. Stuart Broad goes against the run of play for six, edges Kane Williamson straight through to first slip. Three more overs to go. Can New Zealand remove the remaining two? That's the question right now. Here goes another. James Anderson is out for a duck, off the fifth. Ross Taylor takes another catch at first slip. Williamson has turned the match on its head.

End of over 134: 295 for 7 Here comes the century for Matt Prior. The wicketkeeper does it in style with a boundary off Neil Wagner. Seventh ton for Prior. What an innings. It seems to have snatched a draw for the touring team from the jaws of defeat. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad finally opened his account in the previous over after seeing off 61 balls.

End of over 132: 282 for 7 Stuart Broad has played 61 balls and he is yet to open his account. Does he need to open his account today? Not really. He is doing what is required of him - keep the hosts at bay. A minimum of 10 overs to go. The game is now heading towards a draw. Well done Broad and Prior, who is in the nineties now.

End of over 119: 259 for 7 Lucky escape for New Zealand. Trent Boult unleashes an inswinging yorker to induce Paul Reiffel into giving Stuart Broad out lbw. Broad seeks the third umpire's verdict and replays show there was an inside edge. England have done just what is needed so far in the post-tea session. It's going down the wire, it seems. This stand between Matt Prior and Broad is key. Long live Test cricket!

End of over 110.3: England 237 for 7 at tea: Well, a huge success for New Zealand as Wagner picks up Ian Bell for 75. Bell edged the delivery and Tim Southee grabs a low catch at third slip. New Zealand are right back into the game. They need just three more wickets to get a historical win over England.

End of over 105: England 225 for 6: Lot of things are happening at the ground. Crowd are getting into the match more and more. New Zealand are getting half chances but could not really convert them. Meanwhile, Matt Prior has started hitting some boundaries and that will certainly release the pressure from both the batsmen. Ian Bell is batting on 71 and Prior is on 37. England still need 256 runs to win.

End of over 101: England 207 for 6: Bad luck continues for New Zealand. After three drop catches in the morning, Tim Southee was unfortunate again as he hit the stumps of Matt Prior but the bails were unmoved. He bowled a perfect bouncer and the ball hit the helmet of Prior and went on to hit the stumps. It was very astonishing incident. England are riding on their luck.

End of over 97: England are 191 for 6: Matt Prior and Ian Bell are going well so far, though Prior got a life in the previous over as he tried to hit Southee over mid-wicker but the top edhe went straight up and the mid-wicket fielder ran backwards but could not reach the ball.

End of over 92: England 187 for 6: Ian Bell and Matt Prior are trying to build a partnership. Both look a bit shaky at the moment as Southee and Boult are firing in with the new ball. Bell is batting on 54 and Prior is on 16. England still need 294 runs to win.

End of over 86: England 159 for 6: Big breakthrough for New Zealand after lunch as Tim Southee gets the edge of Jonny Bairstow and Ross Taylor fortunately did not make any mistake in the first slip. Bairstow departs for 6 and Matt Prior has joined Bell in the middle.

End of over 83: England 158 for 5 at lunch: End go to lunch on day five with five wickets in their kitty. In last couple of overs New Zealand have dropped two chances which might prove costly. The new ball is creating some sort of problem for the batsmen. New Zealand will look to utilize it more. Ian Bell is still there in the middle. He is batting on 41 and Jonny Bairstow is on 6. Both the batsmen have already got a life so far.

End of over 81: England 150 for 5: Finally, New Zealand have taken the first wicket of the morning. Trent Boult provides the much needed success to New Zealand. The ball pitched in a good length area and angled across and trapped Root in-front of the wicket for 29. Brilliant delivery from Boult. Incidentally, this was the first ball after taking the second new ball. England stiil need 331 runs to win.

End of over 74: England 129 for 4: Both the batsmen are showing a very good resistance so far. Around half an hour left in the first session on day five and if England do not lose a wicket then that would certainly boost their chances of saving this match. Root is on 24 and Bell is on 23.

End of over 67: England 121 for 4: Both Joe Root and Ian Bell are almost sticking with the pitch. There are absolutely in no hurry. Meanwhile, Trent Boult has been introduced into the attack by McCullum. England need 360 more runs to win.

End of over 61: England 111 for 4: Root and Bell are buying their time in the middle. Meanwhile, McCullum has made a change in bowling as introduced Bruce Martin in place of Kane Williamson. Tim Southee is continuing from the other end. Bell is batting on 17 and Root is on 12. England need another 370 runs to win.

End of over 55: England 101 for 4: Joe Root and Ian Bell have started off day five very cautiously. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has set a very attacking field with five close in fielders. Tim Southee and Kane Williamson are operating in tandem.

Day 4 summary: It was a great day for New Zealand as they scored more than 200 runs and set a target of 481 in front of England. England are struggling at the moment as they have lost four wickets already and scored only 90 runs so far.

Thy still need 391 runs to win the match with six wickets in hand.

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