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Test 2, Day 2. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Day 2 starts off on a good note for the hosts as they bottle down the visitors for just 17 runs, in doing so they have given them a good chance to bat through the day and surpass the England score; meanwhile, Bairstow notches up his ton and heads back to the den.

Sun was out and shining brightly aiding the batsman by drying out the pitch and flattening it. Unlike the first test, England bowlers got the new ball talking this time even on a flattened deck assisted by some wind.

Kiwis bowed down to the lengths that Broad and Anderson bowled by giving them half of their side for 36. As the ball got softened and as pitch further flattened, Kiwi batsman tried to battle it out in the middle. Even though kiwis were unnerved by some impeccable short stuff from Wood, they managed to hang on.

As the day was progressing and England trying to use all the trades available in their arsenal, the Kiwi batsmen- de Grandhomme and Watling progressed along the way negotiating whatever is coming their way. Both of them formed an alliance and notched up 142 for the sixth wicket.

Root handed the ball to his successful bowler of the day (Broad) after tea and he gives him the breakthrough by finding the feather of de Grandhomme's bat when he was at 72. Then followed some deadly investments (bouncers) from Wood without any returns until Umpires deemed the light is insufficient for the play to progress.

Key Takeoffs:

Bairstow taking off from where he left yesterday and reached his ton.

Impecabble lengths from two of the senior English statesmen: Anderson and Broad

Exhibition of immense courage and grit from kiwi's lower middle order: de Grandhomme and Watling

Serious Short stuff with impeccable perfection from Mark Wood.

Mini Scoreboard:
Watling: 77* and Southee: 13*
Broad: 4/38 and  Anderson: 2/43
New Zealand: 192/6

Trailing by 115 runs, Kiwis would like to reduce their deficit and try to pile up some lead. On the other side, England would try and hope to bail kiwis out as quickly as possible.

Will Watling reach his hundred? Can Broad get a 5-fer?  Day 3 has the answers. Stay tuned


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