England have prolonged their lead to 231 runs within the 3rd day of the second one Test towards New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. New Zealand fell brief by way of 29 runs within the first innings.
The Blackcaps posted 278 runs in 93.three overs when they have been 192/6 in a single day. BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped the hosts get well from 35/five. de Grandhomme made 72 runs off 151 balls.
Watling top-scored with 85 runs from 220 deliveries together with 11 fours and a most. Tim Southee performed a cameo which led to lowering the deficit. Southee slammed 48-ball 50 runs with eight fours and a six.
England were given 29-run lead. England’s opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad picked up the entire ten wickets within the innings. Broad took his 16th five-wicket haul, 6 for 54. Anderson took four for 76.
In answer, the guests misplaced the wicket of Alastair Cook after the lunch damage. Mark Stoneman and James Vince put on a partnership of 123 runs then. Stoneman made 60 from 139 balls with 6 fours. Vince scored 76 off 128 together with 10 limitations. Both set batsmen departed in fast succession.
The stumps have been taken past due within the day at five:45. England are 202/three in 66 overs on the finish of day 3, main by way of 231 runs with seven wickets ultimate. Joe Root (30*) and Dawid Malan (19*) are unbeaten on the crease.
Till now the entire wickets within the fit were taken by way of the outlet bowlers. Even on this innings Trent Boult took two wickets and Southee took one.
England 307 and 202/three in 66 overs (Vince 76, Stoneman 60; Boult 2/38, Southee 1/42)
New Zealand 278 allout (Watling 85, de Grandhomme 72; Broad 6/54, Anderson four/76)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com