England trailed New Zealand by 336 runs at the stumps of Day 2 of the second Test at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Stumps in Hamilton!
— ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019
The visiting bowlers had earlier bowled New Zealand out for 375. However, the Kiwis struck with two quick wickets at the twilight of Saturday’s play to push England into the backfoot.
The Joe Root-led side lost their opening wicket with just 11 runs on the board when Tim Southee trapped Dom Sibley (4) for a leg before wicket (LBW) in the 7th over.
Joe Denly (4) was the other English batsmen to walk the distance of the pavilion before the end of the day’s play when Matt Henry took the edge of his willow for wicket-keeper BJ Watling to take an easy one.
EARLY WICKETS! Tim Southee & Matt Henry snare a wicket each in their opening spell. Southee got Sibley LBW before Henry had Denly caught behind! GREAT START with seven overs left in the day 🏏
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 30, 2019
Joining Rory Burns (24 not out) at the middle, skipper Root (6 not out) made sure that there was no wicket. Both the batsmen combatted the threats and finished the day without further trouble.
The day started with the Blackcaps sitting at a comfortable position of 173/3 with centurion Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls (16) plying their trades.
Latham, though, could not extend his merry run and was dismissed by Stuart Broad in the 56th over while batting at 105. Nine runs later Nicholls too was sent packing as the home team were reduced to 191/5.
Watling (55) and Daryll Mitchell (73) stitched together a partnership of 126 for the sixth wicket to take the hosts to a commendable position.
Desperate for a breakthrough, Broad struck in quick successions once before and after Tea to reduce New Zealand from 315/5 to 330/7 for his figure of 4/73. The Kane Williamson-led side added another 45 for the last three wickets.
Other than Broad, Chris Woakes (3/83) and Sam Curran (2/63) chipped in with important contribution with the ball.