Broad puts England on top

Mar 17, 2013, 01:38 IST | AFP

Pacer's six-wicket haul puts steers the visitors in command against New Zealand

A six-wicket haul by England paceman Stuart Broad left New Zealand fighting for survival as they were forced to follow on in the second Test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad bowls during Day Three of the second Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. Pic/AFP

At stumps, with two days remaining, New Zealand were 77 for one in their second innings, requiring a further 134 runs to make England bat again as they struggle to keep the series all square.

After the early loss of Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton (41 not out) and Kane Williamson (16 not out) negotiated the rest of the final session.

Earlier, Broad destroyed New Zealand’s first innings with six for 51, his seventh five-wicket haul in 54 Tests, as New Zealand collapsed to 254 all out in reply to England’s first innings 465.

The home side started the third day precariously poised at 66-3 and after overnight batsmen Kane Williamson (42) and Dean Brownlie (18) departed Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling put on 100 for the sixth wicket.

As the last recognised batsmen, New Zealand needed the pair to remain in the middle but both foundered in the 60s, opening up the tail.

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