48.3 oh dear, Alastair Cook, that slow but sure destroyer of the world's best attacks, has fallen to the part-timer Williamson, he was looking more often than not to play outside off to KW, who floated this one up, Cook could not resist the drive, and the thick edge flew to Brownlie, who did extremely well to hang on to it at second slip 90/3
    1.3 that is first strike for New Zealand, Southee on a good length, just outside off, straightening again, Compton half forward to push at it, and a thin edge is through to Watling, umpire Tucker asks umpire Reiffel at square leg whether it carried and raises the finger upon receiving confirmation 2/1
    23.4 huge wicket, Wagner strikes now, from round the stumps, angled in wide, and straightens, Trott decides to reach out and go for the drive, and the edge goes to Watling 60/2
    110.3 New Zealand have the massive wicket in the last over before tea, Bell gave a chance last over before lunch, but it wasn't taken, this time Southee has plucked a low chance at third slip as easily as he bowls swing, Wagner squeezing out the push from Bell with a pitched up ball angled in, Bell has to go after playing out half a day worth of overs all by himself 237/7
    52.1 and another wicket for KW, nightwatchman falls to part-timer, goes reaching out to a widish one angled across, and the thick edge settles low into Southee's hands at gully, he is engulfed by fellow members of the close-in crowd 90/4
    80.1 Trent Boult, you beauty, on target first delivery with the second new ball, angled across, good length, pitches just around off, swings in big time, and smacks him plumb in front, they discuss a review, and decide against it, with both reviews left, and a 28-over association at stake, Root walks off, it was that plumb, hitting off, say replays 150/5
    85.5 another edge, and Ross Taylor takes a dolly at first slip, Bairstow pushing at a length ball from the crease, Southee angled it in from wide of the pitch and got it to bounce and straighten a tad, Taylor made sure the bowler's effort did not go waste 159/6
    not out
    139.3 Kane Williamson brings New Zealand back, tossed up, Broad not as much forward as he would have liked to be, outside edge, straight and low to Taylor at first slip 304/8
    139.5 Kane Williamson, you little beauty, what an over this is, angled in, flighted, turns, Anderson pushes, and Taylor plucks another one low to his left at first slip, what a game, what a game 304/9
    not out
    5 (lb 4, nb 1)
    315/9 (143 Overs, RR: 2.20, 606 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (NRD Compton, 1.3 ov), 2-60 (IJL Trott, 23.4 ov), 3-90 (AN Cook, 48.3 ov), 4-90 (ST Finn, 52.1 ov), 5-150 (JE Root, 80.1 ov), 6-159 (JM Bairstow, 85.5 ov), 7-237 (IR Bell, 110.3 ov), 8-304 (SCJ Broad, 139.3 ov), 9-304 (JM Anderson, 139.5 ov)
    TA Boult29.0135511.8901
    TG Southee30.067722.5600
    BP Martin39.0187401.8900
    N Wagner25.086122.4400
    KS Williamson20.084442.2000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 22 Mar - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 250/1 (PG Fulton 124*, KS Williamson 83*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 23 Mar - day 2 - England 1st innings 50/2 (NRD Compton 12*, IR Bell 6*, 25 ov)
  • Sun, 24 Mar - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 35/3 (PG Fulton 14*, DG Brownlie 13*, 23 ov)
  • Mon, 25 Mar - day 4 - England 2nd innings 90/4 (IR Bell 8*, 52.1 ov)
  • Tue, 26 Mar - day 5 - England 2nd innings 315/9 (143 ov) - end of match

Match Notes