New Zealand lost rhythm against England – 1st Test

New Zealand 4-153 (Ross Taylor 66, Kane Williamson 44*, James Anderson 3-32) trail England 232 (Jonny Bairstow 41, Joe Root 40, Tim Southee 4-58, Neil Wagner 3-70) by 79 runs.

The efforts of Tim Southee and Neil Wagner were let down by the openers of New Zealand as James Anderson put England back into the Test on the second day.

England was bowled out for 232 runs after 112.2 overs and New Zealand reached 4-153 in 49.4 overs.

The second day’s play came to an end on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Lord’s, London.

Earlier, the hosts started the day at 4-160 after 80 overs whereas Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were at the crease with 25 and 3 runs respectively. Root hit the first four of the day in the 81st over and the batsmen added just eight runs in the next six overs as Bairstow tasted his first boundary in the next over. The home side crept to 192 when Joe Root was caught behind by BJ Watling off Tim Southee for 40 off 114 with 4 fours. Neil Wagner and Southee put the Black Caps back in the game when they removed Matt Prior and Stuart Broad without scoring. Graeme Swann was declared leg before wicket off Wagner for five as Bairstow kept on securing his end.

James Anderson - grabbed three important wickets
James Anderson – grabbed three important wickets

The hosts were reeling at 8-201 in 98.1 overs as Steven Finn gave some support to Bairstow. They added another 20 runs to the total when Finn became the next victim off Southee for seven runs. Jonny Bairstow was the last batsman to be dismissed for 41 as the innings of England was rolled back for 232 at a run rate of 2.06 in 112.2 overs.

Tim Southee was the supreme bowler with four wickets, Neil Wagner held three, Trent Boult got two whereas Bruce Martin chipped in with one wicket.

James Anderson struck twice early while sending back both openers of the Kiwis at just seven runs. Hamish Rutherford was caught by Alastair Cook at first slip for 4 and Peter Fulton was caught by Graeme Swann at second slip for just two runs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined in next and started their business while keeping the score board moving with occasional boundaries. Taylor was the most aggressive of the two, he was sending the ball out of the fence regularly and the score touched 2-52 after 19 overs when the tea break was taken.

Ross Taylor continued from where he left before the interval and accumulated 12 runs in the 22nd over with 3 fours. He compiled his 18th Test half century in the 25th over as Williamson was adding useful runs at his end. Taylor added another 3 fours in the coming overs but was finally held lbw off Anderson for 66 off 72 deliveries with 13 fours. The third wicket fell at 100 in 31.2 over and Dean Brownlie was the next batsman in who opened his account with a four. Kane Williamson was dropped at 23 by Matt Prior behind the wickets off Anderson in the 36th over as Brownlie kept on cruising at his side.

The fourth wicket association added 47 runs to the score when Dean Brownlie was adjudged lbw off Steven Finn on review for 23. The tourists scored 153 in 49.4 overs, Kane Williamson secured his end for 44 and the skipper of the Black Caps, Brendon McCullum was at the other side for 1 when the play was called off for the day.

James Anderson was the prime bowler with three wickets whereas Steven Finn added one wicket to his tally.

New Zealand is still 79 runs behind the first innings score of England and will try to take a lead of 75-100 runs whereas the hosts will anticipate folding the innings of the visitors within limits.


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