Dunedin: After day 1 was washed out due to rain, day 2 was dominated by New Zealand in all departments as they are only 36 runs behind of England’s score with all 10 wickets in hand.
Only toss was possible on day 1 which was won by New Zealand and they choose to field first. The toss helped New Zealand in the 2nd day as they demolished England, the day 2 was completely dominated by New Zealand.
England started day 2 in awful manner as they lost Compton early in the match. Peterson joined Cook and they both started to stable the innings after an early loss but Wagner had other plans, he dismissed both Cook and Peterson of successive deliveries.
Bell and Trott then combined a small partnership before Wagner dismissed Bell who was looking dangerous, Root soon joined him in dressing room as Boult ended his small stay.
Prior then joined Trott who attacked New Zealand bowlers but not for long as he too was dismissed for 23, soon after him Trott was also picked up by Martin to leave England in a dismal state.
The tail then hung around for a while Broad, Finn and Anderson contributed 10,20 and 23 respectively to take England’s first innings total to 167. Wagner and Martin troubled England as they both picked up 4 wickets each while Southee and Boult picked up 1 each.
For New Zealand Fulton and debutant Rutherford started the innings. They both stood like rock against threatening England bowling line-up . Both played with positive intent, the debutant Rutherford in particular smashed England’s bowlers to all parts and batted with a strike rate of 68, which is very impressive.
Fulton and Rutherford made sure that they stay together till the end of the day to make in New Zealand’s day both added 131 and still are batting. England will have to do something special to get back into the game. New Zealand are only 36 runs behind England’s first inning total and they will fancy their chances from here.