Live Cricket Score: New Zealand vs England, 3rd Test at Auckland — Day 3

Trent Boult (second from right) picked up two wickets to reduce England to 50 for two at stumps on Day Two of the Auckland Test © Getty Images

Auckland: Mar 23, 2013

Fast bowler Steven Finn equalled his career-best Test figures of six for 125 as England fought their way back into the deciding third Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday.

At stumps on the second day, England were 50 for two, 393 runs in arrears after dismissing New Zealand for 443 soon after tea.

Finn, who in the morning session claimed the prized New Zealand scalp of Peter Fulton for 136, ripped out the tail taking the final four wickets in the space of 21 balls.

England made an uncomfortable start to their reply when Alastair Cook was snapped up down the leg side by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Trent Boult for four at the start of the third over.

Jonathan Trott reached 27 before he followed Cook back to the pavilion when Boult beat him off the pitch to be leg before wicket and England were two for 44.

Nick Compton (12 not out) and Ian Bell (6 not out) then took a no risk approach through to stumps with only six runs scored in the final nine overs.

While New Zealand had reason to feel satisfied with their bowling, it was a disappointing end to the innings after resuming the day at 250 for one.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 443 (Peter Fulton 136, Kane Williamson 91; Steven Finn 6 for 125) lead England 50 for 2 (Jonathan Trott 27, Nick Compton 12*; Trent Boult 2 for 26) by 393 runs.

(With inputs from AFP)

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