New Zealand have put themselves in a good position after Day 3 of the second Test against England as they finished the day with 338 runs on the board with loss of six wickets at Headingley on Sunday.
BJ Watling emerged as the star of the day for the Kiwis, as he smashed his fifth Test century on Day 3 against England and that ton came in a good pace. His innings included 13 boundaries and a six, and he achieved the feat in just 137 balls. He is still batting at the crease and would look to power the Black Caps to a commendable total.
England pacer Stuart Broad unnnerved the Kiwi batsmen as he dismissed Tom Latham and Kane Williamson in quick succession, but since then England never really looked in control over the game. Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor played an attacking brand of cricket and not only did they steady the New Zealand ship but also kept the scoreboard ticking. Guptill and Taylor added 99 runs until Taylor threw his wicket away.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum then came into bat and surprisingly played a patient innings and did not take on the bowlers. He played the perfect supporting role to Watling and added 121 runs with the latter. McCullum completed his 29th Test fifty and also became the second New Zealand batsman to go past 6000 Test runs after Stephen Fleming.
Earlier on Day 3, Tim Southee (four for 83) and Trent Boult (two for 98) ran through the rest of the England batting line up. Broad helped England to level the score with the Kiwis with his quick fire 46 runs from just 39 balls.
Day 4 will be important for New Zealand as they would think that they have a lot of runs on the board already with the pitch assisting the bowlers. But still they would want to add some more runs as they have the centurion Watling at the crease. England on the other hand will need a miracle to win this match from here. If they are put into bat post the lunch, they cannot afford to lose early wickets if they are looking to win this two-match Test series. This is the game of cricket and nobody knows how it would turn out to be.
Where to Watch Live
England vs New Zealand 2nd Test Match, Day 2 is scheduled for 11pm BST (3:30pm IST, 6am ET, 10pm NZ time) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports4. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Starsports.com.