Tim Southee bagged his seventh five-wicket haul © Getty Images
Tim Southee bagged his seventh five-wicket haul © Getty Images

The Day One of the second Test saw the game was evenly poised. Where New Zealand struck early on, England found their way back courtesy Jonny Bairstow, who is on course to his fifth Test century. Bairstow was ably supported by Mark Wood who got to his maiden Test century. The duo added 95 runs for the eighth wicket. For New Zealand, Tim Southee and Trent Boult were the wrecker-in-chief with the former ending the day with figures of 5 for 60 while Boult scalped 3 wickets for 79.

After being thrashed in the first Test, England strengthened their team adding James Vince, Wood and Jack Leach for Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Craig Overton. Apart from Bairstow and Wood, the England batting line-up failed to live upto the expectation once again as Boult as well Southee swung and seamed the ball with precision.

Bairstow’s 97 off 154 balls included partnerships of 56 with Ben Stokes, 13 with Stuart Broad, the sparkling 95 with Wood and 41 with Jack Leach who was not out 10 at the end of the day. Earlier, Boult and Southee removed Alastair Cook and Vince keeping England on back foot. After lunch, Root, Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman fell in succession.

The live streaming of the first day’s play will be available on Hotstar, while the live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD 1 and Star Sports Select 1 in India. The match can also be watched on SKY Sport NZ in New Zealand; all matches live streamed on the Sky Go. In England, one can view matches on Sky Sports Cricket.