New Zealand 191-6 at tea on day 5, 2nd test vs England | 2018-04-03

New Zealand 191-6 at tea on day 5, 2nd test vs England

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3rd April, 2018 11:16:25 printer

New Zealand 191-6 at tea on day 5, 2nd test vs England

England was four wickets away from victory over New Zealand in the second cricket test at tea on the final day after Stuart Broad launched his team toward a recently rare away win.


Broad took two wickets with the first two balls Tuesday to catapult England toward a victory which would also level the two-test series and allow England to avoid its third consecutive loss overseas.


Set 382 to win after England declared its second innings at 352-9, New Zealand began the final day at 42-0 but saw its hopes of winning, or even saving the match largely evaporate in the face of Broad's opening fusillade.


At tea New Zealand was 191-6 with Colin de Grandhomme 27 and Ish Sodhi 16. The possibility of bad light, as dark clouds emerged from the south at Hagley Oval, also potentially stood in the way of England winning the match and tying the series.


Broad dismissed overnight batsman Jeet Raval (17) with the first ball and was on a hattrick when he removed New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with his next delivery, likely removing the major obstacle to an England win.


Four wickets fell in the first session as left-armer spinner Jack Leach claimed his first test wicket when he dismissed Ross Taylor (13) and James Anderson removed Henry Nicholls (13).


Two more wickets fell between lunch and tea. Opener Tom Latham, who had batted doggedly for just under five hours to make 83, fell to Leach when he top-edged a sweep to James Vince.


Wicketkeeper B.J. Watling, the top-scorer with 85 in New Zealand's first innings, fell to a well-set trap, caught by Anderson at leg slip off Mark Wood.


Beginning the day with all 10 wickets still in hand, New Zealand had been confident of being able to save a test in which England has made most of the running and to clinch the series after winning the first test by an innings and 49 runs. But that confidence slumped with Broad's opening salvo.


Raval, who had survived a tough test before stumps Monday, played in front of his pads at a delivery from Broad angled into leg stump and chipped a catch to Mark Stoneman at mid-wicket.


Williamson was undone by a superb delivery from Broad which bounced and jagged off the seam. Williamson played back instinctively in defense edged to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.


As the senior remaining batsman, hope fell on Taylor. He took boundaries from drives through long on and cover before sweeping at a ball from Leach and picking out Alastair Cook at short backward square.


Nicholls, treating with great respect deliveries from Leach which had begun to turn sharply out of footmarks, lost that discipline and chased a wide ball from Anderson to give Cook a catch at first slip.


Source: AP/UNB