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Test 2, Day 3. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

The day started off well for the hosts as they narrowed down the deficit to just 29 runs, thanks to the defiant innings from Southee after his initial partner Watling fell prey for Anderson and also the late flourish from Wagner and Boult, adding 39 runs for the last wicket.

Bowing full length and trying to get some assistance from the pitch, Broad helps himself with a 6-fer and Anderson closes his things with 4 wickets.

With Kiwis posting 278 on board, the match was equally poised until James Vince and Mark Stoneman notched up 123 run partnership for the second wicket. With centuries on offer for both the English batsmen, they couldn't convert them as they were dismissed for 76 and 60 respectively by both the T's of Kiwis.

The English captain Root and the Ashes batting mainstay for England- David Malan made sure that there wasn't any further trouble from the Kiwi bowlers.  With a lead of 231 runs, England would fancy their chances to close this game by registering a win.

Key Takeoffs

Southee's defiant half-century.
Broad's 6-fer.
James Vince and Mark Stoneman partnership.

Mini Scoreboard:
Root: 30* and Malan: 19*
Boult: 2/38 and Southee: 1/42
England:307/10, 202/3 and New Zealand: 278/10

It would be interesting to see England's approach tomorrow morning, will they score at a brisk pace or will Kiwi's try to contend them from scoring?

Kiwis can play for a draw as it negates the option of losing the series.

Day 4 to have some interesting cricket. Stay tuned.


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