Saturday 23 March 2013 

Wickets Fall On Day Two But New Zealand On Top

Wickets Fall On Day Two But New Zealand On Top
Wickets Fall On Day Two But New Zealand On Top
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New Zealand 443 (Fulton 136, Finn 6-125) v
England 50-2
Third Test, Auckland, day two
Scorecard | Day One

11 wickets fell on day two of the third and final Test between England and New Zealand in Auckland , as after an opening day dominated by the batsmen, the bowlers had their turn to shine.

Steven Finn took five of them as New Zealand were bowled out for 443 but England closed on 50 for two in reply as the home side ended the day strongly.

Peter Fulton finally fell for 136, Kane Williamson was dismissed for 91 and Finn's haul of six for 125 equalled his previous career-best.

England then lost Alastair Cook for four and Jonathan Trott for 27, both men falling to Trent Boult.

New Zealand resumed on 250 for one, but England struck quickly to have Williamson caught behind off James Anderson, ending a delightul innings of 91 in 199 balls.

Monty Panesar then had Ross Taylor (19) caught and bowled, and Fulton, who had added just 12 runs, fell next when he was caught behind off the impressive Finn, who had dismissed Hamish Rutherford on day one.

Dean Brownlie and Brendon McCullum added 68 for the fifth wicket, the former making 36 and the latter 38 before Anderson and Trott dismissed them.

Runs continued to come, first from BJ Watling, who made 21, and then Tim Southee, who hammered 44 in 33 balls before Finn eventually wrapped up the innings with his fourth Test five-wicket haul.

England's innings did not start well. Cook lasted until the first ball of the third over when he was caught by Watling off Boult, and although Nick Compton (12 not out in 72 balls) and Trott (27 in 44) looked to be taking England to stumps without further setbacks, Boult struck again to have Trott trapped in front and keep New Zealand on top.

Ian Bell was unbeaten on six at stumps and with the inexperienced Joe Root and Jonathan Bairstow next in the order, this partnership could well be key to the direction of the game.

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