Eng v NZ 2nd test: New Zealand hold the aces
It was another day of intense test cricket as New Zealand batsmen grinded out a good score against a tight England bowling attack after getting England all out for 303 in the first innings. At close, the Kiwis reached a strong 229/3.
The day started with a fine partnership between Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood. The fast bowler played good shots in his courageous 41 before falling to Boult. Lawrence remained undefeated on a superb 81 after controlling the latter half of the innings admirably to ensure 300 on the board. Boult on his comeback took 4 wickets. Eng v NZ 2nd test: New Zealand hold the aces.
In reply, New Zealand lost Latham (6) cheaply to Broad. However, 1st test hero Devon Conway got into a superb partnership with Will Young who batted admirably at number 3 to replace injured Williamson. Conway was all confident as he unfurled his cover drives and leg side shots from time to time in a patient 122 run partnership. Young showed loads of patience and picked up the gaps in the field very well. After Conway (80) was dismissed by a very accurate Stuart Broad. Cut off a leg-side pickup shot, Riss Taylor stepped on but looked out of sorts. However, he hung on and then started to middle the ball more confidently with time.
His partnership with Young (82) reached 92 when off the last ball of the day. Young was caught off the bad pad at short leg of par time spinner Dan Lawrence. Taylor was 46 not out as New Zealand reached 229/3 at close and in a good position. However, the wicket of the final ball has given England an opening. Which they will try to exploit on the 3rd morning.
Lawrence 81* , Burns 81
Boult 4/85 , Henry 3/78
New Zealand 229/3
Young 82 , Conway 80 ,
Broad 2/ 22