New Zealand lose openers at lunch after England post 354 on Day 3

Trent Boult scalped five wickets for 57 runs © Getty Images (File Photo)

Leeds: May 26, 2013
 
New Zealand reached 67 for two at lunch on Day Three of second Test after bowling out England for 354 on Sunday.
 
Resuming from their overnight score of 337, England failed to capitalise and move towards a dominating first innings total. Tim Southee bagged the most important scalp in the second over of the day by removing Matt Prior. Similar to most of Southee’s victims, Prior went for an expansive drive to a pitched up delivery outside off stump only to be caught in the slips by Ross Taylor.
 
Trent Boult didn’t waste much time cleaning up the tail as he scalped two wickets in an over to bowl England out. This was Boult’s second five-wicket haul of his Test career.
 
In reply, the Kiwi openers, Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford gave nothing away as they defended solidly against the English attack. A strong resistance from the batsman and after being hit for two boundaries in his fifth over, James Anderson threw the ball back to the umpire suggesting a change of ball. The umpire refused to relent and asked the bowler to carry on. The lack of swing for the bowlers ensured the Kiwi batsmen had a relatively comfortable stay at the crease.
 
The 55-run opening partnership was finally broken by Steve Finn. Fulton tried to work the delivery on the leg-side and got a leading edge which went straight into the hands of Finn. Fulton scored 28 runs.
 
The Kiwis were however were jolted by the wicket of Hamish Rutherford just at the stroke of lunch. Finn consistently troubled Rutherford in the over and ultimately induced him into a drive to be caught at gully.
 
New Zealand will have to show some urgency in their scoring to go past England’s first innings total and notch up a healthy lead to build the pressure on England. The home side is 1-0 up in the two-match Test series.
 
Brief scores:
 
England 354 (Joe Root 104, Jonny Bairstow 64; Trent Boult 5 for 57, Tim Southee 2 for 76) lead New Zealand 67 for 2 (Peter Fulton 28, Hamish Rutherford 27; Steve Finn 2 for 12) by 292 runs.
 
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