Watling, de Grandhomme inspire New Zealand fightback after Broad's early burst

Colin de Grandhomme in action for New Zealand during Christchurch Test
Colin de Grandhomme in action for New Zealand during Christchurch Test

England 307 (Bairstow 101) v
New Zealand 192-6 (Watling 77no)
Second Test, Christchurch, day two

After Stuart Broad's four-wicket haul troubled New Zealand early, fifties from BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped them recover and post 192 for six at stumps on day two of the second Test in Christchurch.

Earlier, England resumed the day with a score of 290 for eight. In the fifth over of the day, Jonny Bairstow (101) went on to notch his fifth Test century while Jack Leach (16) played a handy knock as England crossed the 300-run mark.

However, Tim Southee (6-62) and Trent Boult (4-87) struck in successive overs to Leach and Bairstow respectively as England were bowled out for 307 in their first innings.

England made the new ball count with Broad (4-38) having Tom Latham (0) caught behind in the second over and in the fifth over James Anderson (2-43) removed Jeet Raval (5) in the same fashion.

The trouble mounted for New Zealand as Broad had Ross Taylor (2) caught in the slips and in his fifth over trapped Henry Nicholls (0) LBW, England had to use a review to overturn the decision.

New Zealand went into lunch with a score of 32 for four and it soon became 36 for five when Anderson had Kane Williamson (22) caught behind. De Grandhomme (72) signalled his intention with three boundaries in the 21st over off Mark Wood (0-50).

De Grandhomme and Watling (72) looked in no trouble with the former completing a 75-ball fifty and New Zealand headed into tea with a score of 123 for five.

Watling, who was the slower among the two reached his half-century with a six and in the 63rd over, De Grandhomme survived a review for caught behind from England. The duo also went on to record the highest partnership for the sixth wicket for New Zealand against England.

Broad, who was the pick of the England bowlers provided respite to the visitors when he had de Grandhomme edge one to the keeper, ending a match turning 142 run stand with Watling.

At stumps on day two, New Zealand were 192 for six, still trailing England's first innings total by 115 runs.

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