Stuart Broad demolishes New Zealand top order as England eye win on Day 4

Stuart Broad (L) claimed five for 22 to leave New Zealand reeling on Day 4 © Getty Images

London: May 19, 2013

Stuart Broad claimed five wickets as New Zealand suffered a batting collapse to reach for six against England at lunch on Day Four of the opening Test at Lord’s on Sunday. The Kiwis need a further 210 runs to win with four wickets in hand.

Bruce Martin and BJ Watling didn’t take the field on the fourth as both picked up injuries on the field the previous day.

Tim Southee started of brilliantly on the fourth morning dismissing night-watchman Steve Finn. A thick edge was grasped by substitute fielder Martin Guptill. Southee reaped the benefits of pitching it up outside off stump. In his third over he struck with the wicket of Ian Bell, luring the batsman to go for an expansive drive to be caught at third slip. 

With Bell’s dismissal, England tail barely managed to accumulate any substantial contributions. Meanwhile Southee bagged his sixth scalp inducing a drive from Graeme Swan.

The fast bowler completed a ten-wicket haul at Lord’s – 11th bowler to achieve the feat – to put his team in command. The home side added just 30 runs to their overnight total.

With the quality of the English attack a target of 239 was always going to be a task under overcast conditions. While James Anderson was the tormentor for the Kiwis in the first essay, Stuart Broad swinged England’s fortunes with the red cherry.

Broad claimed five wickets for 22 runs in only five overs as the tourists slipped to a poor position in the Test match.

Brief scores:

England 232 and 213 (Joe Root 71, Jonathan Trott 56; Tim Southee 6 for 50, Kane Walliamson 2 for 20) lead New Zealand 207 & 29 for 6 (Hamish Rutherford 9; Stuart Broad 5 for 22; James Anderson 1 for 7) 210 runs.

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