Thursday 7 March 2013 

New Zealand Dominate Start Of Dunedin Test

New Zealand Dominate Start Of Dunedin Test
New Zealand Dominate Start Of Dunedin Test
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England 167 (Wagner 4-42) v
New Zealand 131-0 (Rutherford 78no)
First Test, Dunedin, day two
Scorecard | Day One

New Zealand enjoyed one of their best days of Test cricket in recent memory as they dominated the second day of the opening Test against England in Dunedin.

After the first day was washed out, they dismissed England for 167 with left-armers Bruce Martin and Neil Wagner taking four wickerts and then closed on 131 without loss.

Hamish Rutherford, like Martin making his debut, was unbeaten on 78 and Peter Fulton had 46.

Fast bowler Wagner had earlier taken four for 42, including the key wickets of Alastair Cook for 10 and Kevin Pietersen without scoring while spinner Martin returned four for 43.

Top scorer for England on a dismal day for them, notwithstanding testing batting conditions, was Jonathan Trott, who dug in to make 45 in 121 balls with seven fours.

Ian Bell (24), Matthew Prior (23), Steven Finn (20) and James Anderson (23) all made starts but were unable to go on as New Zealand stuck to their task.

Tim Southee (1-45) and Trent Boult (1-32) also found success with the wickets of Nick Compton, bowled by Southee for nought and Joe Root (4) respectively.

Eight of England's dismissals were to catches, Compton was bowled by Southee and Pietersen was trapped in front by Wagner.

New Zealand then reinforced their position with an accomplished batting performance, their new opening partnership passing their first Test.

Fulton made 46 in 140 balls with seven fours while Rutherford hit 10 fours and a six on his way to a fluent 78 in 112 deliveries.

© Cricket World 2013

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