England takes control
Wellington (AFP): England dominated with bat and ball to leave New Zealand struggling on 66 for three after setting an imposing first innings total of...
Wellington (AFP): England dominated with bat and ball to leave New Zealand struggling on 66 for three after setting an imposing first innings total of 465 on day two of the second Test here on Friday. Despite a mid-innings wobble, Matt Prior (82) and Kevin Pietersen (73) delivered with the bat for the tourists and Stuart Broad then took two for 18 in the final session to leave New Zealand trailing by 399 runs. Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 32 and Dean Brownlie eight not out at stumps on a wicket that came to life in blustery, overcast conditions and served up 11 wickets in the second day after yielding just two on the first. The highlight of the day was a defiant 82 off 99 balls from Matt Prior, who went on the attack after England looked in danger of squandering the foundation built by centurions Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton on the first day. Brief Scores: England first innings 465 (J Trott 121, Nick Compton 100, Matt Prior 82, Kevin Pietersen 73); New Zealand first innings 66/3 (Stuart Broad 2/18).