New Zealand struggling against England in 1st Test at end of Day 2
New Zealand were struggling against England in 1st Test at the end of Day 2 on 144-4, having bowled England out earlier for 353.
England - 353 (124 Overs) – (Rory Burns 52, Joe Denly 74, Ben Stokes 91, Jos Buttler 43; Tim Southee 4-88, Neil Wagner 3-90, Colin de Grandhomme 2-41)
New Zealand – 144-4 (51 Overs) – (Kane Williamson 51; Sam Curran 2-28)
At the Close of Play on Day 2 - New Zealand trail England by 209 runs with 6 wickets remaining
New Zealand v England - First Test - Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - November 22, 2019 England's Sam Curran celebrates with teammates
England started the 2nd day of the 1st Test at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on 241-4 and managed only to put on a further 102 runs mainly thanks to Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jack Leach. Top bowling from the Kiwi bowlers, in particular Tim Southee 4-88, kept England within reach at the close of their Innings.
In reply, the England bowlers reduced New Zealand to 144-4 (51 Overs) at the close – with Kane Williamson (51) top scoring and Sam Curran (2-28) the main wicket taker for England.
England's Jack Leach commented after the close of play: "The ball from Sam Curran to get Kane Williamson misbehaved and that's a good sign when you've got runs on the board.
"We would have liked to have got more runs, we were aiming for at least 400. We wanted that big score and we wanted a century in there and that's something we're working hard to do. Hopefully that'll come in the second innings."
New Zealand's Tim Southee said: "It would have been nice to be three down tonight but we've still got batting to come.
"I thought we bowled well yesterday and we got our rewards for that today. We would have taken 6-112 at the start of the day."
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Bay Oval, Tauranga
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Wilson, Christopher Brown, Javagal Srinath
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