|2nd Test Match – Day 2: New Zealand Vs England|
|Date: 31st March, 2018|
|Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Marais Erasmus
Toss won by: New Zealand elected to field first
|England’s 1st Innings: 307 (96.5 Overs, RR: 3.17)|
|Performers (Day 2):|
|Batting: Johnny Bairstow 101 off 170 balls, Mark Wood 52 off 62 balls.|
|Bowling: Tim Southee 6/62 in 26 overs, Trent Boult 4/87 in 28.5 overs.|
|New Zealand’s 1st Innings (ongoing): 192/6 (74.5 Overs, RR: 2.56)|
|Performers (Day 2):|
|Batting: BJ Watling 77* off 154 balls, Colin de Grandhomme 72 off 151 balls.|
|Bowling: Stuart Broad 4/38 in 16 overs, James Anderson 2/43 in 19 overs.|
|Highlights & Analysis|
1. England resumed the second day with 290 runs on the board and 2 wickets in hand. Bairstow was nearing a century while his partner on the non-striker’s end Leach was hopeful to score some runs and build a solid partnership.
2. The Kiwi pace attack, on the other hand with its two spearheads Boult and Southee, however were looking in excellent form as they claimed ten wickets with Boult taking four and Southee taking six.
3. Bairstow reached his century but nevertheless England were all out on 307 runs. England looked pretty satisfied with this total considering the start and the middle order collapse they had to face.
4. So, it was New Zealand’s turn and so their openers walked out and got set on the crease. England’s pace attack consisting of Stuart Broad and James Anderson were looking in prime touch as both of them wreaked havoc in the Kiwi lineup.
5. Anderson took two while Broad took three to send New Zealand 5 down for only 36 runs. The Kiwis were in trouble and needed a big partnership to stand on their feet again.
6. And, this is where their all-rounders, Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling showed their class as the pair shared a 142-run partnership between them to stabilize things for New Zealand.
7. Broad got the wicket of Colin who got out after making a superb 72 off 151 balls. England needed a few more to clean up the Kiwis but Southee and Watling saw the day off without further damage.
8. Day 2 saw some excellent bowling by the English bowlers especially Broad who took 4 wickets to send New Zealand in a collapsing mode. The Kiwis on the other hand did comeback as Colin and Watling inspired their team’s fightback.
9. England are in a solid position to get New Zealand all out before they reach 250 while the Kiwis will look to at least not give England a substantial lead.
10. That is it for now. Do join us tomorrow for some more action.
JE Root (c)
KS Williamson (c)
C de Grandhomme
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