England have extended their lead to 231 runs in the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. New Zealand fell short by 29 runs in the first innings.
The Blackcaps posted 278 runs in 93.3 overs after they were 192/6 overnight. BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped the hosts recover from 35/5. de Grandhomme made 72 runs off 151 balls.
Watling top-scored with 85 runs from 220 deliveries including 11 fours and a maximum. Tim Southee played a cameo which resulted in reducing the deficit. Southee slammed 48-ball 50 runs with 8 fours and a six.
England got 29-run lead. England’s opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad picked up all the ten wickets in the innings. Broad took his 16th five-wicket haul, 6 for 54. Anderson took 4 for 76.
In reply, the visitors lost the wicket of Alastair Cook after the lunch break. Mark Stoneman and James Vince put on a partnership of 123 runs then. Stoneman made 60 from 139 balls with 6 fours. Vince scored 76 off 128 including 10 boundaries. Both set batsmen departed in quick succession.
The stumps were taken late in the day at 5:45. England are 202/3 in 66 overs at the end of day three, leading by 231 runs with seven wickets remaining. Joe Root (30*) and Dawid Malan (19*) are unbeaten at the crease.
Till now all the wickets in the match have been taken by the opening bowlers. Even in this innings Trent Boult took two wickets and Southee took one.
England 307 and 202/3 in 66 overs (Vince 76, Stoneman 60; Boult 2/38, Southee 1/42)
New Zealand 278 allout (Watling 85, de Grandhomme 72; Broad 6/54, Anderson 4/76)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com