Wellington: Mar 15, 2013
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.
England started the day at the Basin Reserve on 267 for two and were reduced to 374-7 after lunch before Prior snuffed out a New Zealand fightback led by spinner Bruce Martin, who ended with figures of 4-130.
Prior racked up an 83-run partnership with Steve Finn (24), who cemented his reputation as a stubborn lower-order performer after a half century in the first Test in Dunedin.
Pietersen also contributed after two failures in the opening Test, bringing up the 30th half-century of his Test career.
New Zealand’s bowlers, who toiled for little reward on an unresponsive first-day wicket, made the perfect start when Trott departed without adding to his overnight score of 121.
(With inputs from AFP)
Brief Scores: England 465 (Jonathan Trott 121, Nick Compton 100, Kevin Pietersen 73; Bruce Martin 4 for 130) lead New Zealand 66 for 3 (Kane Williamson 32*, Hamish Rutherford 23; Stuart Broad 2 for 18) by 399 runs.
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