New Zealand are on the verge of winning the two-match Test series against England. After trailing by 85 runs in the first innings, England lost nine wickets for just 122 runs in their second innings on a disappointing third day with a lead of just 37 runs.
Fast bowlers Matt Henry and Neil Wegner took 3 for 36 and 18 respectively, left arm spinner Ejaz Patel took 2 for 25 and Trent Boult took one wicket for 34 runs to shock England. For England, No. 9 batsman Mark Wood scored 29 runs and Olly Pop scored 23 runs. At stumps, Ollie Stone was 15 and James Anderson was at the crease without opening an account.
Earlier, veteran batsman Ross Taylor’s scintillating 80 runs and useful contributions from the tail batsmen made New Zealand 388 in their first innings against England to take a crucial 85-run lead in the first innings. England had scored 303 runs in the first innings.
New Zealand started the game with a score of 229 for three and Taylor extended his innings by 46 runs. Taylor was dismissed for the team’s score of 292 after scoring 80 runs. Taylor hit 11 fours in his brilliant innings of 80 off 138 balls. Henry Nicholls 21 off 56 balls, Tom Blundell 34 off 77 balls, No. 10 batsman Ejaz Patel made 20 off 33 balls and last batsman Trent Boult made 12 runs in nine balls to take New Zealand to 388.
For England, Stuart Broad took four wickets for 48 runs, Mark Wood took two wickets for 85 runs and Olly Stone took two wickets for 92 runs. James Anderson, who became the highest Test player for England, got one wicket for 68 runs.