England take control of 2nd Test with 291-run lead at stumps on Day 3

Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 88 at stumps on Day Three © Getty Images

Leeds: May 26, 2013

England ended Day Three at 116 for the loss of one wicket, taking an overall lead of 296 runs at stumps in the second Test match at Leeds. Alastair Cook is unbeaten on 88 along with Jonathan Trott (11).
Commencing their second innings post tea, Cook and Nick Compton shared a 72-run partnership to give a good start to the home side. Compton though struggled to score while Cook looked in sublime touch scoring at a brisk pace.
Compton was dismissed by Kane Williamson after a rusty innings of 7 runs from 45 deliveries. The Decision review System came into use once again as the umpire had initially turned down the appeal to a bat-pad catch. Replays showed otherwise and Compton had to walk back to the pavilion.
Earlier, England took a huge lead of 180 runs as New Zealand were bowled out for 174 in their first innings. Cook had an option to invite New Zealand to follow-on as the first day of the Test was abandoned which meant the follow-on margin was revised to 150. He instead chose to set an imposing target.
Steven Finn continued his good form post lunch removing Taylor who dragged the ball onto his stumps.
After Finn, it was Graeme Swann who broke the back of the New Zealand batting with three wickets in his two consecutive overs. Dean Brownlie was the first one to be dismissed.
Martin Guptill, who found a place in the playing XI in this Test in place of injured BJ Watling couldn’t do much as he was bowled in a similar fashion to that of Brownlie. The ball landed on the footmark and a vicious turn went past the bat of Guptill.
At 122 for seven, it seemed like the Kiwis were going to be seen bowling pretty soon. A last-wicket partnership of 52 runs between Neil Wagner and Trent Boult delayed the inevitable.

Going into the fourth day, the hosts will look to build on the lead and set an imposing target for New Zealand.

Brief scores:

England 354 (Joe Root 104, Jonny Bairstow 64; Trent Boult 5 for 57, Tim Southee 2 for 76) & 116 for 1 (Alastair Cook 88*, Jonathan Trott 11*; Kane Williamson 1 for 32) lead New Zealand 174 (Peter Fulton 28, Hamish Rutherford 27; Graeme Swann 4 for 42, Steve Finn 3 for 36) by 296 runs.

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