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New Zealand vs England - 1st Test

Series: England tour of New Zealand, 2018
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Date: 22-26 March 2018

England 320/10 (126.1 Ovs) RR: 2.54 | New Zealand won by an innings and 49 runs

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It's all we've got for you in our coverage from Auckland. Now switch off the lights, colour the ball red and attrition your way to Christchurch. I was Vineet Anantharaman bringing you all the pink action in the company of Rishi Roy and our scorer Naga. Yea, some moments just can't be handled singlehandedly. Until next time, ta ta!!

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Stats corner:
- The 50th Test between England and New Zealand, and the Blackcaps have snaffled their 10th victory against England, and their first win with the pink marshmallow.
- Moeen Ali didn't have the best 50th Test, being one of the 5 Englishmen to be dismissed for a duck in the first innings, and getting out for 28 in the second. No wickets or catches for him either.
- Williamson topped the list of NZ's century-makers with a balanced and chanceless 18th hundred, going past the late Martin Crowe.
- Boult's five-for before drinks on Day 1 wasn't a first, but certainly worth a mention. Mind-boggling!
- 6 for 32 - Career best innings figures for Trent Boult
- 58 all-out - Sixth lowest score for England in Tests, their lowest score against New Zealand, and 2nd lowest ever at Eden Park, right after NZ themselves capitulated against England at this ground 63 years ago. Some payback huh?
- 93 minutes:The total duration of England's first innings :O. Approximately a football match + injury-time.
- Special mention: And then, there are things that stats can't quite measure. Something beyond numbers. Two supercalifragilisticexpialidocious catches from Kane Williamson, the first one of Broad in the first innings, and the second (less athletic but more crucial) one of Bairstow this morning to break his partnership with Stokes.

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(2/2): We knew that the new ball was coming and wanted to build up pressure from both ends. When we got wickets it was after periods of pressure. It was great to come out in the final session, under a great crowd and the guys were brilliant throughout, but we need to ensure that we back it up in the next game. Todd (Astle) got a bit of turn, he had to bide his time because with the pink ball you are bound to get some seam movement and he showed a lot of patience. Wagner kept telling me 'just one more' after every over and he showed tremendous energy. But it's important we recover well from this game and adapt to different conditions, especially with the red ball in the next match.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper (1/2): It was a fantastic performance from us. If we go back to that first innings we were very good in the lengths we bowled. But we were also lucky to find the edges on all those occasions. Trent was fantastic with the lengths he bowled and so was Tim. We knew we had to work hard against a quality English attack and that showed in the second innings. They fought very hard and they showed how tough an opponent they are when they batted in the second innings. You try and make the best call you can at the toss but you need to make the most out of the opportunity. We were very good in executing things in that department. To see their determination with the bat, despite it be slow moving was a superb effort because the bowling was really good. To get the score we wanted on the board was a just what we were asking for. Henry Nicholls was just outstanding. His commitment to his plan, the way he thought through and executed it was world class. We knew we had to come out and play the long game; didn't want to get too ahead of ourselves.

Joe Root, England skipper: We weren't good enough on day one, as simple as that. It's never easy getting back into Test matches after a start like that; we have to learn some lessons quickly. It is difficult to single anything out, more than anything it is just that we have to adapt quicker. The character of the dressing room and the efforts today was a great example of the guys' determination and their desire to play for the country. [On his finger] It is good and should be fine for Christchurch. We need to make sure that we are better, we have a couple of days of practice as we go into it and need to make the most of it.

Trent Boult, MoM: Obviously a great finish to the match. I guess you feel great when we got the ball moving around like the way we did. We know how important it is to get twenty wickets, and the way the guys stuck around and got those wickets is what makes it all the more significant. The wicket was definitely slower today than I thought and the ball didn't do as much. At different times the ball moves around differently and if can see it consistently moving around from a bowling point of view it surely helps. To see a couple bounce more than expected definitely got my tail up. To get the job done with a bit of time surely feels good.

Neil Wagner, the Kiwi workhorse: Trying to not think too much about it. Very special feeling. Had to take it deep. Tried to get the game into the night under lights. The ball wasn't doing too much. But the boys did well. The catches were brilliant today. Catches win matches, I suppose. We've done a lot of practice catching pink balls under lights. I'd love to thank the crowd. There are a lot of variables with the pink ball, but we are accustomed to it by now. I summon my strength for the team and the country, and I'm happy that we have come out victorious today. We'd like to summon our energy with a good night's rest and get back to business (practice) tomorrow.

If it was Boult in the first innings, today was Neil Wagner. There are somethings that make you fear for your life, his bouncers are one such thing. In a tireless spell, he started off with Stokes, right at the stroke of dinner and then went on to get Woakes with the stuff of dreams. Not to forget his brute to Joe Root yesterday that triggered everything. But all said and done, take that 58-run collapse out of the equation and we could have been staring at a dull drag. Stay on, the presentations coming up.

19:55 local: Raw emotional scenes .. so not Kiwi-like. They exhult, jump around in the huddle and celebrate their moment of history - the first ever D-N Test match on New Zealand soil. Thank England though for almost dragging it into the final hour. Who'd have imagined the fightback, from batsmen with reputations of aggression to nearly three sessions, against the old ball, against the new one, against practically everyone. They eventually ended up ninety minutes short. If only a rain break had been longer ..

126.1
0
Todd Astle to Anderson, out Caught by Boult!! Nail the coffin. Anderson's survival doesn't last long. Gets a flighter from Astle, wide outside off and gets on a knee to slice it uppishly, checking it in the process. Mid-off's there, waiting for history. And who better that Boult to close things off. Start the huddle. Anderson c Boult b Todd Astle 1(5)

Todd Astle to Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

125.6
1
Wagner to Anderson, 1 run, 136.1kph, flat feet, typically number eleven as he inside-edges a defence to fine leg
125.5
0
Wagner to Anderson, no run, goes back, Wagner goes fuller. Dabbed away to point
125.4
0
Wagner to Anderson, no run, on the jump, rides the bounce and keeps his drop down soft
125.3
0
Wagner to Anderson, no run, peppers him in welcome. Anderson gets inside the line, perhaps with a sleeve on it's way to the keeper

James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Two slips, gully, leg-gully, silly point, short leg

125.2
0
Wagner to Woakes, out Caught by Henry Nicholls!! Roar you Wagner. Roar louder. He's bowled his heart out, banging in a bouncer after another. Over after over. Session after session. Woakes loses focus, gets caught up in the line of fire for a change. Can't duck. Can't sway out. Fends desperately, feet off gravity, eyes hiding, and balloons the glove to short leg running behind. Oh the emotion, so damn raw. Woakes c Henry Nicholls b Wagner 52(118) [4s-8]

Wagner to Woakes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

125.1
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, drops his wrists, swaying out. He's been doing this for a living tonight
124.6
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, googly, Broad smashes his boot in the process of defending, and then gets beaten
124.5
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, rapped on the pad. Appeals follow. But there's enough turn on this to spin back in, beat the defence and spin down leg too - on HawkEye
124.4
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, spinning, small after the drift takes it outside off. Broad tries covering for it, finds it going past
124.3
1
Todd Astle to Woakes, 1 run, drifting in on leg. Woakes pushes it down the pitch and takes off
124.2
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, nice tease on off, spinning conventionally further. Ignored
124.1
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, rocks forward, covers the line in defence
123.6
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, typically hops inside the line, happy to claim another ball in his kitty, harmlessly going down leg
123.5
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, 134.4kph, airy block. Getting tall, tapping it to point. He's doing a poor man's version of his 2013 reguard
123.4
1
Wagner to Woakes, 1 run, one-legged in his pull, guiding it neatly to the man behind square

Shin pads and a helmet come out. Silly point in now.

123.3
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, 136.5kph, goes across. Woakes leaves it on the bounce
123.2
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short again, not getting as high as he'd like. Allows Woakes to drop his wrists and sway out
123.1
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, around the tummy, Woakes stays up tall in blocking

So the 'leadership group' is out there. What's the plan .. a change from the bouncer strategy? The over-rates aren't being helped either.

122.6
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, opens up his forward defence, steering it to point
122.5
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, commits to a couple of shots, before realizing the line is well down leg. Leaves, somehow
122.4
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, draws the inside edge. Slows it down, drags the length back, but it spoons up behind short leg
122.3
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, too full again. Broad keeps getting close with his stride, doesn't need to read
122.2
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, big stride, sticking the bat to his pad in blocking it out
122.1
1
Todd Astle to Woakes, 1 run, takes the single. Wristed-squeeze past the bowler, down to mid-on. And he has a fifty. 159 minutes more importantly
121.6
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, no, the yorker never came. Back of a good length again, angling into the body as Broad keeps it out
121.5
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, fuller, mostly around the good length. Broad premeditates a jump up, guiding it out to point in adjustment

Change in angle - round the wicket

121.4
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, another jump across the stumps, trying to glance it out. The things you do to avoid bouncers
121.3
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, slighty down leg, Broad brings out a technique of hopping inside the line and letting it go by
121.2
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, oh the elbow. Broad doesn't duck, doesn't sway inside either, freezes mid-way somewhere and bears it on his hand
121.1
0
Wagner to Broad, no run, avoids. Right deep in the crease, sitting under the bumper. Oh it's getting painful

Two men on the hook. Apart from a short leg, a slip and a gully

120.6
4
Todd Astle to Woakes, FOUR, float up outside off, driven. And nobody bothers chasing. Trickles, slowly through the covers .. right, Wagner gets Broad
120.5
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, back in, getting up tall to whip it into mid-wicket
120.4
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, caught up in the crease, and spinning a mile. Woakes makes room, does everything he can reaching out to cut. Too much
120.3
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, full, on the feet, hoping to get him a single as well. Only a squeeze out
120.2
1
Todd Astle to Broad, 1 run, gets the single, with a friendly tosser spinning down leg, which he tucks behind square

A slip and a short leg

120.1
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, on the back foot, with a squared up defence off the outside half

The dive from Broad to get back in the crease off the first ball of this over appears to have sliced his finger. Tablets, band aids, spray, a drink, bring them all.

119.6
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, crouches, lines up for a ramp, but such is Wagner's pace. Fierce. Settles to leave in a hurry
119.6
1
Wagner to Woakes, wide, too short. And the umpire sees through the ploy of wanting to keep Broad on strike. Calls the bluff
119.5
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, on his toes, stabbing it out to point, can't get the single
119.4
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, bouncer from round the wicket. Woakes hops and sways - all in the same motion
119.3
4
Wagner to Woakes, FOUR, a hint of a stray in line, down leg and Woakes chases. One-handed, swatting it very fine. The trail under 60
119.2
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, there's the snorter. Woakes' the one set mind you. Gets him in an arch, hopping up as he does everything in his capacity to leave
119.1
2
Wagner to Woakes, 2 runs, a jumpy knock to long-on. Oh there's no two, but Woakes wants his strike back, rushes, calls Broad to run to the danger end. Southee's throw is accurate, but bounces on the end of the drop-in .. and takes off

The sun is going down here .. going down on England. The outfield spreads out.

118.6
0
Todd Astle to Broad, no run, back foot, going with the spin in trying it nudge it round the corner. Plays all around, and it's on the thigh pad. So is the excitement

Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease

118.5
0
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, out Lbw!! The googly gets out right. After showing his cards with a wasted long hop, Astle nails it. Perfect guile, disguising its way onto off. Never mind Overton's stride, it's just not long enough to get outside the line of off. Ends up playing outside the line, for the leg-break. Fizz, in, knee-roll. He has to review. And clipping the top of the bails is enough for now. Trust leggies to clean up tails, still. Craig Overton lbw b Todd Astle 3(18)

Todd Astle to Craig Overton, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

118.4
0
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, no run, there's the wrong 'un wasted. Wide, short, oh a terrible drag down. Slapped, extra cover
118.3
0
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, no run, longer stride, reading the small turn this time to block
118.2
0
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, no run, gets it on middle, Overton defends for the turn. And it's there, right
118.1
0
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, no run, looped up outside off, gentle conventional turn as well. Carved away to cover-point
117.6
3
Wagner to Craig Overton, 3 runs, tries a sucker half volley. Overton uses it to milk runs instead, leans into his drive, despite being deep in the crease to thread it wide of mid-off
117.5
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, picks the line, lining himself up and sitting
117.4
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, switches sides, from over the wicket now with the bouncer. Nudges
117.3
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, 133kph, corner of the crease, a decent enough angle giving Overton the time to deal with it. Obviously with a few more defences
117.2
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, up on his toes, getting right on top of it to soften the blow towards short leg
117.1
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, 135.7kph, wears his defence on his splice. Off the back foot

Another ball change. Chunks flying off it everywhere. No, don't use any sort of tape - change it instead.

116.6
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, moves away, reads it off the pitch with an eventual stab towards point in the end
116.5
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, low, to the pitch in a stoopy push out
116.4
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, 90.4kph, goes flatter, getting that extra fizz off the wicket, past a poke
116.3
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, swishy flick, looking to use the incoming drift. Not quite
116.2
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, top spinner, a little too full though to cause troubles. Bat-pad-smother
116.1
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, clears the front pad, adopting a defence
115.6
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, another bouncer, serious pace, Overton tries getting inside this as well, before dropping his gloves and letting it sniff past his nose
115.5
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, revs in the snorter. Perfect height, Overton tries getting on it, only to end up fending it off the bat handle. But down into the pitch
115.4
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, softens his grip, ensuring to drop the defence right under his eyeline

From round the wicket now

115.3
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, another bang in. Sucks in his effort with the duck
115.2
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, 132.3kph, stays up, riding the bounce with the straightest of blades in defence
115.1
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, 130.3kph, predictably short. Overton shapes up, and ducks, rather awkwardly
114.6
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, quickens. Perhaps the slider as well, Woakes though waits, patiently reading it off the pitch
114.5
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, back, across, high bat
114.4
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, forward, striding to the pitch of in his a block down the pitch
114.3
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, 85kph, a lot fuller as its looped up on the stumps. Squeezed out
114.2
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, clears his front leg in adopting the line to nudge his defence to leg
114.1
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, gets deep into the crease to defend a delivery which he should ideally have been forward to. And it means him getting pinned in front of leg. But there's an inside edge .. no point appealing
113.6
0
Wagner to Craig Overton, no run, a touch fuller, but Overton can still manage to sit under it with the carry Wagner's been getting
113.5
1
Wagner to Woakes, 1 run, 131.1kph, a little too straight, fended, neatly keeping it down to fine leg
113.4
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, yea, the bouncer. A warm up one rather, only upto the chest as Woakes hops on it in defence

Craig Overton, right-handed bat, comes to the crease

Right, a slip, a gully and a short leg. Thee bouncers?

18.55 local: Just the perfect recipe for things to get threatening for a heart patient. If only Stokes had been around .. Given how the final overs of the last three sessions have been, with each of Root, Moeen and Stokes falling, history asks us to believe in another.

18:24 Local Time, 10:54 IST: New Zealand go into dinner with a renewed confidence. Just 3 wickets away now, and Wagner, the workhorse has opened up the tail by dismissing Stokes, England's main man. After some good resistance by Stokes and Woakes (pity there's no Foakes :P), the former just threw it away so close to a break. That wicket makes it NZ's session. We'll back back in 40 minutes. Don't go anywhere; the final session under lights promises to be a nailbiter. I'm gonna go have a coffee. See ya soon!

113.3
0
Wagner to Stokes, out Caught by Southee!! Another one at the stroke of a break! Short one, didn't deserve a wicket, but Wagner certainly does deserve one because of the sheer volume of effort put in. Another effort ball wide outside off, and Stokes, whose natural game seems to transcend his wits, tries an upper cut that doesn't quite come on to the bat. He's seen enough of the ball not coming on due to the uneven bounce, and yet, he does this. Gets the timing wrong as it hits closer to the toe-end. Southee runs back from backward point and keeps his eyes on the ball to taking a fantastic catch. Made that look easier than it really was. Perhaps the pink ball in the background of the dark blue sky does help a little, but a fantastic effort nonetheless. Stokes c Southee b Wagner 66(188) [4s-6]

Wagner to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

113.2
2
Wagner to Stokes, 2 runs, another short one outside off and angling in, Stokes hops into a front-on position and pulls it away off the lower-half of the horizontal bat and away to deep mid-wicket for a brace
113.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short ball outside off, Stokes is beaten by the lack of bounce on the attempted pull. Those really hurt the shoulder and the sides
112.6
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, floatly leg-break wide outside off, Woakes reaches out and drives it with a wristy swat to cover point
112.5
1
Todd Astle to Stokes, 1 run, dropped a little short, clipped away to deep square leg for a single
112.4
4
Todd Astle to Stokes, byes, FOUR, leg-break wide-ish outside off, spins in with low bounce. Pitched on a footmark. Stokes tries the cover drive off a full-stretch and is beaten by the low-bounce and that nutmegs the keeper as well for four byes
112.3
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, full delivery pitching outside leg, Stokes opens up his stance and pushes it back to the bowler
112.2
1
Todd Astle to Woakes, 1 run, straying on the pads, Woakes gets fully forward and nudges that to mid-wicket for a quick single
112.1
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, loopy delivery on off, dead-batted
111.6
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, another effort ball on off stump, Stokes stays on the back foot and gets behind it to defend it back to the bowler
111.5
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, straying on the hips, turned away off the back foot towards square leg
111.4
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short of length and a bit of grip, Stokes hangs back and defends it late off the back foot. Watchful in defence
111.3
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, another short one but down leg this time. The bounce is poor as it dies down, and Stokes gets his elbow out of the way
111.2
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, are the speed-guns correct? Wow this is spectacular! A short one around off, bumper, Stokes jumps and arches back whilst airborne! A few words by Wagner, and Stokes appreciates. Just 134.5km/h, but didn't look like it
111.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, into the ribcage, Stokes is beaten by the bounce as he tries to glance, goes to the keeper off the body
110.6
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, leg-break this time, skiddy, Woakes has enough time to get swiftly back and push the pink marshmallow back to the bowler
110.5
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, a beautiful flat googly dropped a little short on middle, straying in line, Woakes gets back to tuck it away and it hits the pad. Nearly carries to forward short leg expecting a catch
110.4
1
Todd Astle to Stokes, 1 run, very full and a little wide outside off, Stokes drills it with those monster-arms to long-off for a single
110.3
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, drifting towards the pads, a little short again, Stokes deflected it off the back foot into the on-side
110.2
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, a tad shorter but skiddy outside off, Stokes gets back and taps it backl to the bowler with a horizontal bat
110.1
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, flighted leg-break just outside off and turning in, Stokes gets across to block and gets a thick and dying inside edge past forward short leg
109.6
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, steered towards point off the back foot. Please, oh please, bring on the yorkers. When the batsmen are scared of coming forward, that's the time for yorkers
109.5
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, another one exactly the same as the last one, Woakes gets back and shuts his eyes, the ball hits the bat hard and it lobs towards Williamson at gully. Falls just short though
109.4
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short ball anglign across, face-high, Woakes gets on his toes and just about gets on top of it to tap it on the head to steer it to backward point
109.3
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short one outside off, Woakes ducks under it. This one keeps low as well
109.2
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short of length delivery angling in from wide of the stumps, Woakes jumps a little and taps it late to backward point
109.1
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and angling in, Woakes gets back and across and hops hurriedly to drop it into the pitch
108.6
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, a tad short on off,w as that leg-break and Stokes gets back to dead-bat it compactly back to the bowler
108.5
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, flat and skiddy just outside off, Stokes jabs the bat down hurriedly and pushes it back to the bowler
108.4
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, leg-break into the rough outside off, Stokes gets across and drops that to forward short leg who flicks a throw back and breaks the stumps
108.3
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, loopy delivery just outside off, Stokes gets forward and pushes that into the off-side
108.2
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, flat and round-arm, was that leg-break from round the wicket, Stokes gets back and tucks it into the on-side with the turn and angle
108.1
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, fuller length leg-break tossed up outside off, tapped off the front foot towards cover point
107.6
4
Wagner to Woakes, FOUR, fractionally short and on the hips, Woakes gets across and guides the twist-pull to fine leg for four. Theres a forward short leg and a fly slip, but that's not the ball that's going to get the wicket
107.5
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, angling into the hips, and dropped off the back foot into the on-side. A wristy glance
107.4
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, another short one, and Woakes ducks under it. Must've landed on the surface of the ball because it bounce just over to batsman, who ducked quite exaggeratedly
107.3
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, short one down leg, speeding up off the pitch, shooting down leg and into the keeper's gloves! The keeper's face was in grave peril there!
107.2
1
Wagner to Stokes, 1 run, another short one, neatly pulled away to deep square leg for a single
107.1
4
Wagner to Stokes, FOUR, short one from round the wicket, fropm wide of the stumps, Stokes gets into a pull to drag it into the on-side, gets top-edge to third man for four. Close to the diving keeper's glove, but away to the fence

Reviews left: New Zealand 1 - 2 England

106.6
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, NZ review for LBW! Leg-break straightening on middle and leg, Woakes gets forward to defend and misses. Doesn't turn as much as expected. Nothing on hotspot and Snicko. Pitched outside leg! Not out!
106.5
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, another leg-break, flatter in trajectory on middle, straigtening and an inside edge onto the pad
106.4
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, flatter leg-break, skidding on and straightening, Woakes gets back and jabs the bat down into a defence
106.3
4
Todd Astle to Woakes, FOUR, leg-break dropped short, carves away off the back foot to third man for four
106.2
4
Todd Astle to Woakes, FOUR, flat flipper straying down leg, Woakes misses it completely, but it it given as runs. Boundary towards long stop
106.1
0
Todd Astle to Woakes, no run, wow! Dipping leg-break on an enticing length outside off, turning sharply away, beats the forward defence of Woakes

Todd Astle [6.0-1-21-1] is back into the attack

17:52 Local Time, 10:22 IST: Some spin, finally. Text and audio commentators, both, get their wish. Astle is back.

105.6
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, another short one, Stokes does the right thing: gets a little front-on and tries a pull, mistimes it into the on-side off a thick under-edge
105.5
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, shortish delivery on the ribcage from round the wicket, Stokes gets on his toes and fends it off into the on-side off the handle
105.4
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short of a length delivery from round the wicket, Stokes stays back and stands tall to block it off the back foot

Stokes does seem to fear coming forward to Wagner.

105.3
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, down leg this time, Stokes misses the glance and it goes through to the keeper
105.2
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, back of a length and wide outside off, Stokes stays glued to the crease and taps that into the off-side off the toe-end
105.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, shortish ball pitching outside off and angling in, Stokes is in a tangle as he looks awry but manages to fend it with soft hands into the off-side. Was in the air for a while, but safe
104.6
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, good length delivery just outside off, Woakes gets half-forward and push-drives it towards cover
104.5
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, back of a length delivery angling in towards off, Woakes late-blocks it and the pace carries it to the slip cordon
104.4
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Woakes gets back and across, waits for it to come on (seems to have slowed off the pitch) and taps it on the head into the off-side
104.3
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, low full-toss just outside off, pushed to mid-off
104.2
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, pulls it back a bit, pitches on a good length around off, Woakes gets across and punches that with a half-closed bat face towards mid-on
104.1
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, full delivery on middle, Woakes push-drives it to mid-on from the crease
103.6
1
Wagner to Woakes, 1 run, back of a length and on the hips, nudged off a hop to mid-wicket for a quick single as Wagner kicks the turf in disgust (directed at himself). Certainly not at his best, but he sets very standards for himself, does Wagner.
103.5
2
Wagner to Woakes, 2 runs, half-volley outside off, Woakes gets forward and opens the face upon impact to maneuvre it away to sweeper cover for a brace
103.4
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, good length delivery on off, Woakes gets forward and has to trust the bounce to play at it. If this one did anything off the pitch, Woakes was going to be in trouble
103.3
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, back of a length delivery angling across, a little straighter but still not straight enough. Snubbed again by Woakes
103.2
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, good length delivery angling outside off and a little too wide for Wagner's liking. Woakes ignores it
103.1
0
Wagner to Woakes, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Woakes gets forward Woakes bunts it to mid-off

Neil Wagner [20.0-6-50-1] is back into the attack

102.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off and tailing in a little, a leading edge to mid-off
102.6
1
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no ball, back of a length delivery on the thigh, nudged towards the on-side. Grandhomme oversteps
102.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length ball angling in from round the wicket again, Stokes gets forward to defend, gets struck in front of middle. Massive appeal, but wait, there was a huge inside edge on it.
102.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length delivery, this time far too wide outside off to cause trouble, Stokes shoulders arms again
102.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length ball just fractionally wide outside off, left alone
102.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, off-cutter on a good length outside off, cutting away sharply by 2.4 degrees! Stokes gets forward to cut off the angle, but it whizzes past his outside edge as he attempts a forward defence. Futile though
102.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, on a back of a length angled outside off, Stokes punches it with his weight on the back foot towards cover
101.6
2
Boult to Woakes, 2 runs, good length delivery angled just outside off, tapped compactly through cover point to sweeper cover for a couple
101.5
4
Boult to Woakes, FOUR, that was streaky, to be honest! Not quite there to be hit, Woakes had his feet glued to the ground and closed his bat-face trying to loft it over the covers, ends up miscuing it towards the long-off fence for four. Aerial, but safe
101.4
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Woakes hops a little, gets on the back foot and punches it to cover point with a horizontal- and angled-batted jab
101.3
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off and angling in, pushed to mid-on from the crease
101.2
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Woakes shoulders arms decisively
101.1
2
Boult to Woakes, 2 runs, shortish delivery on the body, punched away to sweeper cover for a brace. Woakes falls over after the first run, but manages to recover in time for the second
100.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, very full, half-volley on middle, Stokes check-drives it straight down the ground, but it takes a bit of the bowler's finger with it as it loses pace. Cleaned up by mid-off. That was four if there was nothing in the way. Supreme timing, massive forearm power, and gigantic bat
100.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked to mid-wicket
100.4
2
de Grandhomme to Stokes, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, and it is such a surprise that Stokes prematurely punces on it with an upper cut. Enfs up toe-ending it aerially to sweeper cover for a brace
100.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, starts on his backlift does the batsman, but sways out of the way seeing that it was short. Doesn't drop his wrists though - dangerous
100.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, bouncing just a tad more from a back of a length on middle, angling towards off, Stokes gets behind it and blocks
100.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, push-driven to mid-off
99.6
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, another boundary but erring in line, Woakes hunches down and lets it whiz through
99.5
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, beaten for pace (not much, just 137km/h). Perfect channel outside off and jagging away off the scrambled seam, Woakes gets forward and tries a compact defensive, fails to get the bat down in time as it hurries through
99.4
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, another one on a short of length just outside off, Woakes does a mini-jump and drops it into the off-side
99.3
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, short of length angling around off, not much width, Woakes hops and fends it to the slip cordon with soft hands
99.2
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, bouncer @139.5km/h, Woakes half-ducks under it
99.1
2
Boult to Woakes, 2 runs, length ball angling across the right-hander,cbat gets low and plays this transfer-of-weigth cover drive on the up towards the extra cover boundary for a brace as Raval cuts it off
98.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, pitches it further up, on a good length, Stokes gets half-forward and defends that off the inner half of the bat and back to the bowler
98.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery around off, blocked off the back foot
98.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, beaten! On a back of a length, scrambled seam, in the channel around off, jags appreciably off the seam with the angle by about 1.9 degrees and Stokes is about to defend compactly, but ends up trying a last-moment poke
98.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length delivery angled down off-side and stays low. Stokes gets into his massive backlift but doesn't bring the bat down. Freezeframe
98.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, quick skiddy length ball on middle and off, Stokes gets forward and blocks it late onto his boot and it trickles into the off-side
98.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length ball across the left-hander, a tad wide, left alone by Stokes
97.6
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, middle-stump good length ball heading towards off, dead-batted from the crease into the off-side
97.5
1
Boult to Stokes, 1 run, just a fraction short into the body, Stokes short-arm pulls that with the help of those massive forearms to deep mid-wicket for a single
97.4
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, short one, Stokes sways out of the way. Aches into the leg-side
97.3
4
Boult to Stokes, FOUR, aerial for a moment, a full-pitched ball just outside off, Stokes leans into a check-drive through the covers for four. Southee misses the flick back in the deep and allows the boundary
97.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover
97.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, good length ball on middle and off, Stokes tries to nudge it away into the on-side but gets a leading edge (elbeit with soft hands) back to the bowler

So the umpires finally listen to the complaints about the ball going out of shape. And the ball change warrants a drink.

96.6
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 124kph, sliced away, outside-half on it mostly to point. Maiden .. again
96.5
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, tests him with a bouncer, some spongy bounce with the elevation on it. Woakes shapes inside the line to pull, going through very tamely
96.4
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, strides, opening up a steery-defence to point
96.3
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, leaves confidently. The wide channel helps too
96.2
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 122.9kph, half volley, with generous width too. Chips it back, meekly off the inside half on his drive
96.1
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, yorker. Never threatening at his pace, squeezed out
95.6
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, slants it back in on off. Stokes covers getting right behind it in smothering it down, then and there
95.5
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, further wide, a shuffling shoulder of arms
95.4
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, corrects in the fifth-stump channel. A late decision to leave, the right one nevertheless
95.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, sprays it well down leg. So much so that Stokes best attempts to swivel and reach out to it fail. Watling meanwhile gets diving, down to his right
95.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, lovely sounding blocks there, punchy rather to cover. Crrunnch
95.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, up hopping to jab it to gully, after Boult gets it to kick up off a back of a length

Trent Boult [23.0-8-52-3] is back into the attack

94.6
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 124kph, reaches away from his body, quite typically in this innings for some reason. Miscues it to point eventually
94.5
3
de Grandhomme to Stokes, 3 runs, gets room. Gets his fifty. A friendly shortened length as well and is whacked through the covers
94.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 118.7kph, round the wicket now, turning the angle around. Stokes has no problems, neither does his response
94.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, triggers across again, knocking it back
94.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 120.8kph, sticks out the full straight blade, countering the angle going across with a shuffle
94.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, an angry rocked back slap, finds cover-point
93.6
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, keeps it on a good length on the stumps. Back in defence
93.5
3
Southee to Stokes, 3 runs, oh my. Southee gets grumpy, throws out a return throw at a distance of a meter from the stumps, for no reason. And misses. Obviously with nobody backing up. Well it started with a whip through mid-wicket. 2+1
93.4
4
Southee to Stokes, FOUR, cross-seamer overcook. Stokes waits, and waits some more. And hammers it straight down the ground, nothing Boult diving at mid-off can do
93.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, full again, closer to off on this occasion. Drilled out
93.2
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, fuller, nothing to entice him to fiddle around
93.1
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 137.5kph, on a back of a length, allows Stokes to leave on length. Not that the angle was threatening to come back in either
92.6
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, strides to cover the stumps, shapes up to punch as well, but settles to leaving it alone outside off
92.5
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 122.1kph, watches the ball nip back in all the way
92.4
1
de Grandhomme to Stokes, 1 run, waits patiently for the width to get big, slicing it behind point
92.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 121.3kph, rocks out in defence, edging it onto his pad in the process
92.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, on the pads. Finds short mid-wicket with his clip
92.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, flirts, wobbly-seamed just outside off. So does Stokes. Peace out in the end
91.6
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, 133.3kph, stoops into the line, deals with it under his nose. Obviously with a smother
91.5
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, corrects on the top of off. Woakes crouches, blocking it down
91.4
1
Southee to Stokes, 1 run, wristy knock into the widely vacant mid-wicket region
91.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, closer to the sticks, forcing Stokes to drive. And he drives it to mid-off
91.2
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 135.4kph, very similar. From all involved parties
91.1
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, length, but always going across. Stride, leave
90.6
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, his maiden trail is back. Dries it up with Woakes only managing to push a pitch up to mid-off
90.5
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 118.9kph, throws up some width, asking for another wild flay. Nah, not this time
90.4
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, straightens back in, the bat staying stuck to the pad helps the inside-edgy defence
90.3
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, 119.9kph, good length on off. A block just as good
90.2
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, twisted up a touch, walking down, adjusting to the nip going away. An outside half carve eventually
90.1
0
de Grandhomme to Woakes, no run, low, leaning into a full-faced push to mid-off

Colin de Grandhomme [16.0-6-33-0] is back into the attack

89.6
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134kph, a little too hard on the slap after getting up on his toes. Can't time it right, toe-ending it out
89.5
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, down a couple of steps, gets some pace on his defence
89.4
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.1kph, plays around with his patience, dangling the carrot in the corridor. Not bought
89.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 135.7kph, a sort of a bat swing, carving it out towards point
89.2
2
Southee to Stokes, 2 runs, half volley, Stokes' quick to get on a knee, flaying it through the covers
89.1
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 136.8kph. Full forward pressy block down the pitch
88.6
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, gets behind the line, some normalcy in defending
88.5
4
Boult to Woakes, FOUR, goes after another wide one. Has to stretch as well, desperately. Squeezes it out in the end, off a top-edge, with his 'fat bat' ensuring that it flies over third slip
88.4
1
Boult to Stokes, 1 run, neat. Wafts and then stays still to punch it to point's right, enough to get himself across
88.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, a surprise inswing. Ends up a little too straight, down leg too
88.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, shuffling, in treating this sighter go past
88.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, tries going across the line, flat. It's just not short enough. The result - an inside edge onto his boot
87.6
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, shortens his length, Woakes tightens his approach, guiding it to point
87.5
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, chases. Loses concentration, goes after wildly after a wide one, throwing the kitchen sink at the bait. Never right when you're trying to save a Test .. fortunate to miss
87.4
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, 137.2kph, coming back in late, but Woakes was always leaving it on the channel's reputation
87.3
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, head on ball stuff. With the bat under it to give it a sniff
87.2
2
Southee to Woakes, 2 runs, wide of the crease, drawing him with the angle, against it to guide it behind point
87.1
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, 134.2kph, hits the hard good length, Woakes hits his defence right

A good deal of cloud cover seems to have settled in. A matter of time now.

86.6
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 136.7kph, nimble feet, riding the bounce to ease it to off
86.5
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, tightens on the stumps. Stoopy crouched block
86.4
4
Boult to Stokes, FOUR, gets it short, but just not high enough. Allows Stokes to swivel, take it on, keep it down and heave it very fine
86.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, nice solid crunch as he reaches to the line and taps it to cover
86.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, big stride forward, on the defence into the pitch
86.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 135.1kph, late tail away after coming in on middle. Straight bat
85.6
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, 135kph, presses forward, low, stern in pushing it towards cover
85.5
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, flies through to the keeper, around his face off a fullish length, skidding off the surface after Woakes doesn't bother
85.4
2
Southee to Woakes, 2 runs, 135kph, opens up his steer, using the pace and the width to run it through point
85.3
0
Southee to Woakes, no run, 137kph, sticks out his straight bat to knock it out to mid-on. And some yes-no-yes .. stays with no
85.2
1
Southee to Stokes, 1 run, tummy-lined. Uses the angle to nudge it behind square
85.1
4
Southee to Stokes, FOUR, sitting up short. Feeding Stokes his staple pull, muscular as he nails it in front of square. Raval does all the hard work, chasing, getting to it as well but trips in his dive to pull it back in
84.6
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, 132.8kph, fuller again, holding it's line as it goes through, undisturbed
84.5
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, good lengthed, never mind the in-zip, left alone
84.4
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, 132kph, a touch shorter, trusts it to leave
84.3
4
Boult to Woakes, FOUR, oh the uneasiness. Woakes confused whether to go behind or forward, finds himself stuck mid-way, reaching out to the angle, way away from his body and just about dabs it between that gap through third slip and gully
84.2
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, a hint of shape in, against the angle, skewing away off Woakes' tap, outside-halved to cover

Three slips and a gully

84.1
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, full, with a hint of inswing. Flicked, falling over to mid-wicket
83.6
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, stays awkward in defence, with Southee finding some steam off a good length, taking the bat sticker
83.5
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, length, fifth-stumpish. Nothing in terms of swing too for Stokes to not trust the angle
83.4
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 136.5kph, quite wide. Stokes not chasing them, surely not with four wickets in the bank and two sessions to bat out
83.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, on a back of a length, Stokes stays up tall, beside the line waiting to punch it square
83.2
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 131.5kph, much fuller, straighter too. Punchy block
83.1
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.2kph, keeps it on a good length with width. Allows Stokes to shuffle in front of his stumps to leave
82.6
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, the length angler, Woakes watches it go through
82.5
0
Boult to Woakes, no run, starts with a yorker. Wide. Dug out into the covers

Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Off we go then .. phew, twenty minutes haven't looked shorter.

16:00 Local Time, 08:30 IST: So, wickets at the stroke of breaks seem to have become the new trend in Test cricket! After being three down last night, England lost Malan to a beaut from Southee this morning. Stokes and Bairstow got stuck in and started a mini-blockathon, helped by an appalling drop by Trent Boult. However, Todd Astle, brought on after 68 overs in the innings, finally provided the breakthrough with a drag-down, courtesy another acrobatic catch by Williamson! Someone give that man a medal for being the most aerodynamic man in cricket. Finally, just as runs had started to flow after a dull first half of the session, Moeen Ali was trapped in front by a beaut by Boult and it took a fantastic review by NZ to get rid of him. We'll catch you on the flip side of tea while you get some refills on your snacks. See ya soon!

82.4
0
Boult to Moeen Ali, out Lbw!! Massive appeal. And the ball's brushed pratcially everything - confusing the umpire a little too much to get the LBW in their favour. So then, upstairs. Moeen done in by pace, big time, is late to bring his bat down. Was a dead straight bolt, on middle, and as UltraEdge suggests, it was front pad - inside edge - back pad. Yea, the Hot Spot has a white chunk as it goes through, in that order. Oh this is plumb. Middle of middle. And the process works, of group consulting into getting reviews right. England deal with another jolt, right at the stroke of a break, tea this time. Moeen Ali lbw b Boult 28(43) [4s-6]

Boult to Moeen Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

82.3
0
Boult to Moeen Ali, no run, squared up now. Skewing it towards point in the process. Wow, this is turning painful rather quickly
82.2
4
Boult to Moeen Ali, FOUR, edges, softly. And under third slip. Moeen pokes away from his body, in undone by the nip and outside halves
82.1
1
Boult to Stokes, 1 run, feeds the legs, without any swing to get it going across. Flicked down to fine leg
81.6
4
Southee to Moeen Ali, FOUR, not as short as the last one, Moeen Ali gets lower in his stance and steers that away to the third man boundary with a cute slice
81.5
4
Southee to Moeen Ali, FOUR, just a fraction short and wide outside off, Moeen Ali gets into position, balances himself, and lays into a drive with his weight on the back foot in front of point for four
81.4
0
Southee to Moeen Ali, no run, good length delivery on leg stump across the left-hander and angling away, holds its line as it straightens off the seam, and Moeen Ali gets a thick inside edge into the off-side as he tries the forward defence
81.3
0
Southee to Moeen Ali, no run, down leg, Moeen Ali tries a whip, misses, and through to the keeper
81.2
0
Southee to Moeen Ali, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, seaming in, left alone
81.1
0
Southee to Moeen Ali, no run, good length delivery across the left-hander, left alone by Moeen Ali

Tim Southee [19.0-3-59-1] is back into the attack

Southee will take the cherry along with Boult.

80.6
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, good length but far too wide outside off to cause any trouble whatsoever. Stokes leaves it alone
80.5
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, short of length delivery in the channel outside off and jagging away off the seam falling on a 7'o'clock position. Another good leave
80.4
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, fuller length delivery slanting into middle and leg, Stokes pushes it back to Boult from the crease
80.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, good length delivery on a probing length just outside off, angling in and seaming a little too, left alone by Stokes. Rather good leave
80.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads, whipped to short mid-wicket
80.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, left alone

Trent Boult [18.0-7-34-2] is back into the attack

79.6
0
Williamson to Moeen Ali, no run, tossed up on middle and off, whipped to mid-on. Loads of purchase with the old ball, will they take the new one? Turns out, they will take the new pink marshmallow!
79.5
0
Williamson to Moeen Ali, no run, oh that off-break has taken off from outside off. Moeen Ali shoulders arms, but BJ collects it animatedly
79.4
0
Williamson to Moeen Ali, no run, beaten! On a tempting length and tossed up outside off, the off-break, Moeen Ali gets forward and tries to defend away from his body, gets beaten on the outside edge
79.3
0
Williamson to Moeen Ali, no run, flat yorker length ball on middle, dug back out off the toe to the bowler
79.2
1
Williamson to Stokes, 1 run, full delivery on the boots, taken on the full and whipped away in front of square leg for a single
79.1
0
Williamson to Stokes, no run, too full just outside off, Stokes drives it cover

Kane Williamson, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Slip and forward short leg in

Two left-handers out there, so not too much of a surprise that KW, the skipper, has brought himself on for some off-break.

78.6
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, dropped short but skiddy: flipper? On the pads and tucked away off the back foot towards mid-wicket
78.5
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, leg-break, loads of top-spin, Moeen Ali gets back to defend and plays for far too much turn, gets beaten on the outside edge
78.4
4
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, FOUR, another enticing leg-break, Moeen Ali gets forward and sweeps that hard through backward square leg for four. Well played bud
78.3
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, a little shorter, Moeen Ali waits for the leg-break to turn in and taps that wristily into the on-side after getting forward
78.2
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, loopy and a little straighter, angling towards off, the leg-break again, turned away into the off-side off the front foot
78.1
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, leg-break tossed up outside off, turning in but not enough, Moeen Ali gets forward and leaves it alone. Aiming to pad it away if it does turn enough
77.6
1
Wagner to Moeen Ali, 1 run, the same formula: short on the ribs -> twist pull -> to fine leg, collected by the sweeper as they run through for a single
77.5
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, short one from round the wicket across the left-hander, Moeen Ali tries the same pull again and misses. Watling dives to his left to collect.

A yorker here please! Mo is hanging on the back foot...

77.4
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, not short enough and manages a pull off the under-edge towards short square leg
77.3
4
Wagner to Moeen Ali, FOUR, another short one, Moeen Ali rolls his wrists and dominates that pull through deep backward square leg for four
77.2
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, short one on the face, Moeen Ali is ready for it and ducks
77.1
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, fraction short, on the hips, Moeen Ali plays the Nataraja pull straight to the man at short fine. A foot either side of him and it was 4
76.6
2
Todd Astle to Stokes, 2 runs, a rank drag-down outside off, Stokes waits for it to reach him and slaps that away to deep extra cover for a couple
76.5
1
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, 1 run, straying on to the pad line from round the wicket, deflected away in front of deep square leg for a single
76.4
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, loopy leg-break outside off, a hint of turn, Moeen Ali gets forward and remains stoic in defence
76.3
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, top-spinner just outside off, Moeen Ali reads it and gets back to defend
76.2
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, loopy delivery outside off, on an enticing length outside off, Moeen Ali gets forward, full stretch, and dabs that to backward point
76.1
1
Todd Astle to Stokes, 1 run, full and tossed up, a little wide outside off, sliced away square of the wicket of a single
75.6
4
Wagner to Moeen Ali, FOUR, another short one angling in, Moeen Ali gets into a good position to pull this time and twists his torso into a flamingo pull to the deep fine leg fence for four
75.5
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, another short one and Moeen Ali gets his elbow out of the way. Down leg this time
75.4
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, ouch, painful! Short and skiddy, into the ribcage, Moeen Ali was trying to sway out of the way into the leg-side but got hit on the chest since it was angling in from over the wicket. Not flinching though
75.3
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, short of length delivery outside off, a hint of seam movement into the batsmen, but not enough to threaten. Moeen Ali shoulders arms
75.2
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, on a back of a length just outside off and hurrying on into the off-stump line, Moeen Ali is solidly behind it with a defence
75.1
1
Wagner to Stokes, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, Stokes lets it reach him and sucks the ball into a whip to deep mid-wicket for a single
74.6
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, leg-break skidding on from the 4th stump line, Moeen Ali gets back and jabs it hurriedly into the on-side
74.5
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, tossed up outside off, Moeen Ali reaches the pitch of it and pushes it safely into the off-side

Slip, forward short leg and leg-slip in.

74.4
1
Todd Astle to Stokes, 1 run, another leg-break pitched a little short, Stokes gets on the back foot and whips it away with the round the wicket angle to deep square leg for a single
74.3
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, a tad shorter was that leg-break, and blocked watchfully off the back foot
74.2
1
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, 1 run, tossed up and pitched up outside off, pushed to extra cover for a single where Boult collects
74.1
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, leg-break just outside off from over the wicket, some top-spin component too, good bounce, Moeen Ali gets back to defend
73.6
1
Wagner to Moeen Ali, 1 run, on the hips, tucked away to backward square leg for a single. And Mo is off the pair. No wickets, no runs, no catches either, and Moeen's first contribution to the team with that run on his 50th Test.

Moeen still on a pair. Wagner round the wicket now, 2nd slip now comes across to leg-slip.

73.5
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, short one close to off, a good one, Moeen Ali sways out of the way and half-arches his back to evade. Good leave
73.4
0
Wagner to Moeen Ali, no run, full-toss on middle, Moeen Ali has a 1st innings flashback and punches blocks that towards mid-on from under his eyes
73.3
1
Wagner to Stokes, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Stokes tucks it away with the angle off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a quick single
73.2
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Stokes stays in the crease and taps it into the off-side as point rushes forward to collect
73.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short one headed for the neck, Stokes jumps whilst on his back foot, maximises his height to get on top, and drops it down into the pitch
72.6
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, straighter line, but a little pitched up, Moeen Ali gets forward to cut off the spinning angle and defends
72.5
0
Todd Astle to Moeen Ali, no run, leg-break outside off, turning in sharply, left alone

Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Moeen in his 50th Test: On a pair, and no wickets. Not exactly a dream!

72.4
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, out Caught by Williamson!! Screamer 2.0 from Williamson! Another drag-down, not a ball Astle would be proud off, but this time the Bairstow pull goes to mid-wicket when Williamson flies to his right and takes a diving catch above his head! Boult must be relieved! Williamson is mobbed as he creates an opening for his team single-handedly! Bairstow c Williamson b Todd Astle 26(72) [4s-4]

Todd Astle to Bairstow, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

72.3
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, dropped and little short, Bairstow gets back in the crease to defend
72.2
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, googly just outside off, turning sharply in, Bairstow gets forward and tries the defence, but gets an inside edge onto pad. Huge appeal, but not given. No review, and sensible. Seems like there was an inside edge
72.1
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, skiddy one on off, the backspinning flipper, cut away off a low stance hurriedly to cover
71.6
1
Wagner to Bairstow, 1 run, short of length ball on the hips, dropped off the back foot down to backward square leg for a single
71.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, short one on leg and middle, Bairstow hurriedly ducks underneath it and evades. A long run after the followthrough by Wagner and a polite stare
71.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, good length delivery angling across off, left alone by Bairstow
71.3
1
Wagner to Stokes, 1 run, just a tad short across the left-hander, Stokes twists his torso into a pull to Boult in the cool shadows at backward square leg for a single
71.2
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, good length delivery just outside off, in that channel outside off, Stokes defends off a half-cock
71.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Stokes gets behind it and stonewalls

Still can't believe Boult dropped that :O. Boult!

70.6
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, much better line, tossed up on middle and off, Bairstow gets to the pitch of it to push it into the off-side
70.5
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, skiddy flipper on middle and leg, rocks onto the back foot and punches to mid-on
70.4
4
Todd Astle to Bairstow, FOUR, half-volley outside off, driven effortlessly down to the long-off fence for four
70.3
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, straying down leg, ignored
70.2
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, terrible, dropped short, Bairstow gets on the back foot, worth the punishment, but terrible placement straight into the palms of Boult at mid-on. And he's dropped it! NO frickin' way...
70.1
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, tossed up, perfect length on off-stump, dead-batted off the front foot
69.6
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, attempted short one, skids on, but way down leg side. Stokes walks out of the way towards the off-side
69.5
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, another short one across the southpaw, Stokes sways out of the way again
69.4
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, another short one but loses pace off the pitch, Stokes hops on to the back foot and drops it into the pitch back to the bowler
69.3
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, shortish one but down leg-side, ignored

Fly slip and wide leg-slip in

69.2
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short one this time acorss the left-hander, Stokes gets on his knees, drops his wrists, and sways his head out of the way
69.1
0
Wagner to Stokes, no run, short one, too straight and down leg, Stokes ducks easily under it

Wagner, round the wicket to Stokes.

68.6
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, much better. A flat leg-break on middle and off, Bairstow gets forward to reach the pitch of it and dead-bats it compactly back to the bowler
68.5
4
Todd Astle to Bairstow, FOUR, terrible drag-down outside off, and wow! A boundary! I'd almost forgotten those existed! Rocks onto the back foot and slaps that away towards sweeper cover for four
68.4
2
Todd Astle to Bairstow, 2 runs, fuller one on the pads, swatted away with a flick towards backward square leg for a brace

Slip and backward short leg for Bairstow

68.3
0
Todd Astle to Bairstow, no run, skiddy delivery just outside off, Bairstow gets back and is hurried into the cut to point
68.2
1
Todd Astle to Stokes, 1 run, a little short just outside off and straightening, the leg-break, tucked off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a comfortable single. Dragged down from outside off into the on-side
68.1
0
Todd Astle to Stokes, no run, bit of turn from over the wicket, Stokes gets on the back foot and punches into the off-side

Todd Astle, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Todd Astle! Finally, after 68 overs, some leg-break. Slip and forward short leg in.

Last 10 overs: 4 runs, 8 maidens.

67.6
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, round the wicket now, dropped just a tad short but angling in this time, Bairstow keeps his body and bat out of the way
67.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, just a fraction short angled across, on the 4th stump line, punched off the back foot to mid-off
67.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, another bouncer slanting across, Bairstow gets on his knees and sways his head out of the way. Drops his wrists too. Excellent evasion technique on display
67.3
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, another fractionally short one angling just outside off, Bairstow gets on top of the bounce and drops it onto the pitch
67.2
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, shorter delivery angled outside off, Bairstow sways out of the way and drops his wrists
67.1
2
Wagner to Bairstow, 2 runs, first runs after 34 balls, short of a length delivery just outside off, gets on his toes and punches that to sweeper cover for a brace
66.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length delivery just outside off, no threats with that pace, ignored by Stokes, but watchfully so. Another maiden. 5 in a row.
66.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, excellent length just outside off and it would've bothered the batsman, but he walks at it and cuts off the angle with a block
66.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length delivery angling in but holding its line after pitching, still marginally wide to cause trouble, left alone
66.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, too full a delivery now, just outside off, Stokes gets across and push-drives it back to the bowler
66.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, pulls the length back a little but still far too wide outside off to cause any trouble. Stokes shoulders arms
66.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, good length delivery just a tad wide outside off, left alone by Stokes

And they're done rehydrating. Back to the blockathon. This promises to be a bore. Hope Astle is brought on soon. For now CdG continues from round the wicket.

And drinks with that. So these two have been impressive. Leaving, ducking, blocking with ease. Another two and a half sessions of the same would do.

65.6
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, keeps testing him with bouncers around the shoulder. Bairstow keeps leaving them, never mind him looking ungainly
65.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, sways, crouching low, dropping his wrists in leaving the attempted cramped-bouncer alone
65.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, high bat, driving it out to mid-off. Oh the various forms of defence
65.3
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 134.4kph, gets a stride forward to the pitch of it. And then the leave
65.2
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, surprise, surprise. Kicking up off a back of a length, with two catching men on the leg-side. Bairstow not bothered, ducks
65.1
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 135.6kph, lines himself at the width, walking as he leaves
64.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 122kph, finds some zip off the turf, back in, taking the inside-edge on the poke into the front pad. His fourth maiden in a row
64.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, on the walk. Step, down, across, push
64.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, hits one of the footholes, scoots along to the keeper. Well outside off this
64.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 123.8kph, punchy defence to cover
64.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, angling further, a reached out smother
64.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, loopy around off. Stokes lets it float past
63.6
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 134kph, opens up his drive, checking it to point. Maiden
63.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, perhaps trying to target those footholes wide outside off. There's some awkward bounce too, but it's way wide
63.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 134.8kph, decent carry through to the keeper, obviously since Bairstow isn't messing around
63.3
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, full, wide. Patience, on either side
63.2
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 131.7kph, deep in the crease, getting parallel to the line to punch it out to cover
63.1
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 132.6kph, back of a length, tucking him up for room outside off. A tall block
62.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, no, no surprise. Six anglers, wide enough to get a zillionth leave
62.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 123kph, walks down in getting a feel of the leather, for a tap to mid-off
62.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, keeps playing around with the wide channel. Only a matter of time before that scrambled seamer comes back in
62.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 126.4kph, makes him reach out further, and he does to let it be
62.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, a walking leave. Across, down
62.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 122.2kph, good length, in that fifth-stump channel. Stokes stays on his toes, moving around nicely to punch it to cover
61.6
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, slanting across, full, warranting a leave
61.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 134.5kph, on the drive again, waiting on it to show the full face. Once again, not the timing he'd hope for
61.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, pitched up, Bairstow goes on the drive, losing timing to pace and squirting it to mid-on off the inside half of the bat
61.3
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 133.5kph, thrown up wide, enticingly. Nah
61.2
2
Wagner to Bairstow, 2 runs, too straight, around the tummy and glanced away round the corner, ever so softly to pinch a brace
61.1
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 129.7kph, shuffle, lining himself up for a leave as the line from over the wicket is always going across him
60.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, gets it short, moving away further. Stokes gets down the track, tries stalking it with a stab, just not close enough. That's three maidens in a row
60.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, and here's what it culminates into. A wobbly seamer on the stumps, going across and Stokes nibbles, desperately. Beaten by the deviation
60.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, fuller, plays around with that wide trap. Stokes stays leaving
60.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 125.4kph, patience, either side. Stokes with a low stoopy leave after Grandhomme teases him wide carrots
60.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, spots it wider, hides his bat
60.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 123kph, across to end up around the top-of-off. Stokes triggers across to block it down the pitch
59.6
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 132.2kph, back in his channel. Bairstow back in his leave mode
59.5
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, high elbows, flowing through the powering bottom-hand. Mid-off meanwhile is quick to run across and clean up
59.4
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 132.2kph, full bat flow for a change, chasing a wide one. Finds short extra cover with his drive
59.3
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, 129.9kph, another painful leave, after committing himself into a drive
59.2
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, thinks of a drive, gets low into position as well .. and all of a sudden leaves
59.1
0
Wagner to Bairstow, no run, a nice warm up, pushing it full and across. Quite the way he started yesterday and Bairstow treats himself to a sighter

Neil Wagner [10.0-2-32-1] is back into the attack

58.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 123kph. Full, going across, left alone
58.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, walks further down, realizes the length isn't as full as he'd like. Adjusts, nudging it to short mid-wicket
58.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, on the walk across, bat just not interfering
58.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, wider. And Stokes' response is firmer .. the same
58.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 124.3kph, much fuller, angling further away. Stokes gets a huge stride forward, in watching it all the way
58.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stokes, no run, 118.9kph, outside halved defence, with Stokes looking to cover the line, not the movement completely
57.6
1
Southee to Stokes, 1 run, 136.6kph, stabs at the width, guiding it past the man at point
57.5
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, shapes back in, enough for a wafty drive in defence
57.4
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.8kph, steps out, calmly in closing out the line, bat-pad stuck
57.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.8kph, slanting across, Stokes not bothered
57.2
1
Southee to Bairstow, leg byes, 1 run, soft hands, nudging it off his thighs behind square
57.1
3
Southee to Stokes, 3 runs, shapes up, giving himself some room with an arch back as he throws his hands at the width, slapping it through sweeper. A full dive at the ropes to pull it back in
56.6
0
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, no run, another sucker outside off, not this time
56.5
0
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, no run, a hint of nip back in, not that Bairstow would be bothered with it, it's way outside off to start
56.4
0
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, no run, reaches to the pitch, opening up his drive, there's cover-point though
56.3
0
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, no run, 121.3kph, holding its channel, with the length slightly pulled back as well. A Bairstow sighter
56.2
2
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, 2 runs, opens up his bat face this time, staying true to his drives and ensures that he takes it past extra cover. Intent
56.1
0
de Grandhomme to Bairstow, no run, 128.5kph, full pitch up on off. Hard handed drill, with a full followthrough to the close-in mid-on

Colin de Grandhomme [10.0-1-31-0] is back into the attack

55.6
1
Southee to Bairstow, 1 run, finds himself opened up, skewing it away off the thick outside half. Behind point
55.5
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, stays late to guide one through the cordon, ends up running it off the full face to second slip on the bounce
55.4
4
Southee to Bairstow, FOUR, rubs it in with elegance. Presses out, under the juicy length and punches it straight down. Only bothering to time the leather off it
55.3
4
Southee to Bairstow, FOUR, dropped. Watling's blinded in strangling Bairstow down leg. Dives, a little more than necessary and has the ball coming onto him a lot quicker. Ricochets its way to the fence, and its way to take him off a pair
55.2
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, low head, hopping his way into a defence. One that's knocked to mid-on
55.1
1
Southee to Stokes, 1 run, one-legged pull, flat into mid-wicket
54.6
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, and he'll stay on a pair. Late decisions, but a good one eventually to leave it alone outside off
54.5
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, bangs it in short, smartly ducked
54.4
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, fullish on the stumps. Drilled to mid-off
54.3
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, closes in on off. Pushed down the track again
54.2
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, 135kph, around middle and leg. Behind-the-line block
54.1
3
Boult to Stokes, 3 runs, gets low, piling on the half volley in whipping it through mid-wicket, teasing the two men chasing it towards the fence. Raval wins. So does the outfield
53.6
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, plays it softer, dropping it under his eyeline
53.5
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, straightening off the turf, back into hitting the tall defences hard
53.4
1
Southee to Stokes, 1 run, banged in short, but doesn't get up as expected. Pulled away, crouched, through mid-wicket
53.3
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, slightly wider, Stokes shoulders his arms
53.2
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.1kph, big strong stride to cover the sticks, no stroke though
53.1
0
Southee to Stokes, no run, 134.8kph, soft toes, getting behind the line in defence
52.6
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, and again. This nagging angle, so typically Boult, forces Bairstow to dabble again as it goes past him. Half-leaves it to cordon
52.5
0
Boult to Bairstow, no run, oh the uncertainty. Bairstow stays deep in his crease, commits to play, and then to leave. And a bit of both eventually - running it off the face to second slip
52.4
1
Boult to Stokes, 1 run, cramps him up on the ribs. Stokes rides it, neatly keeping it down as well to long leg in his pull
52.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 133.6kph, fuller and some width as well. Drilled out to a straightish extra cover
52.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 135.7kph, gets across again. Gets into the defence
52.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, top of middle stuff. Stokes stonewalls after a shuffle

A fly slip, a fly leg-slip

51.6
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, 135.4kph, leans back, with a late dab to tap it to point
51.5
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, presses forward, to the pitch of the ball in squeezing his defence
51.4
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, 136.4kph, back, across, tall, block
51.3
0
Southee to Bairstow, no run, fourth-stump channel. A covered leave to start with

Jonny Bairstow, right handed bat, comes to the crease

51.2
0
Southee to Malan, out Caught by Latham!! It's a first innings deja vu all over again. That teasing channel, going across from round the wicket. Malan's feet refuse to move, but the bat does for some strange reason. Only to jab at it, kiss the outside edge and fly down second slip's throat. Why ditch the leave? Malan c Latham b Southee 23(62) [4s-3]

Southee to Malan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

51.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 134.6kph, shuffling on his toes, in watching the line go across
50.6
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 135.7kph, shows the full straight bat, walking into his block
50.5
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, goes shorter, enough for a sway out

A silly mid-on is in

50.4
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, hits the good length, forces a defence out of him
50.3
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 135.3kph, late tail back in from wide of the crease. Stokes' across quickly, measuring his off-stump leave
50.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, 131.9kph, goes bouncer. Stokes neatly rides it, under his throat to drop it right there
50.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, pitches it up on middle. A covered defence to mid-on

A chunk of the outfield, right where Boult gets into his jump has appeared to have become loose. The medicine - the massive sledge-hammer

49.6
0
Southee to Malan, no run, holding its channel with the angle going across. Stride, yes. Stroke, no
49.5
0
Southee to Malan, no run, another walk across his stumps, with a squeezy-whip towards mid-on
49.4
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 135kph, lines himself up behind the line to dig it out to mid-on
49.3
4
Southee to Malan, FOUR, 135kph, gets squared up, genuinely. Feet flat, dangles his bat out and there's enough jag on it to get the leading-edge. Flies through that unprotected third slip
49.2
0
Southee to Malan, no run, a touch slower, staying low too for Malan to crouch in adjustment
49.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 136kph, shuffles across, full straight bat face to keep it out
48.6
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, nipping back in from outside off, nothing threatening
48.5
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, slipping into the pads. Turned away to short mid-wicket
48.4
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, dead bat stuck, middle-lined, drops right under
48.3
2
Boult to Stokes, 2 runs, airy checked chip. Sticks onto the pitch, Stokes gets on the drive, can't keep it down though, lofting it just over Boult's reach
48.2
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, closed up a touch, ends up chipping it back, leading-edgy down the pitch
48.1
0
Boult to Stokes, no run, hits a back of a length, around the tummy. Tall, high batted block into the turf
47.6
0
Southee to Malan, no run, wider. And there's no way Malan's messing
47.5
0
Southee to Malan, no run, another drive-ask. But it's wide this time, allows an ignore
47.4
0
Southee to Malan, no run, stride, drive, more of a squeeze rather to mid-off
47.3
0
Southee to Malan, no run, overcooked. Malan however can't get under, jams it straight back
47.2
0
Southee to Malan, no run, middle and leg, worked out wristly to mid-wicket
47.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, hits the channel right away. Malan reaches forward, is drawn into the poke as it straightens past the edge

Tim Southee [13.0-1-40-0] is back into the attack

46.6
4
Boult to Stokes, FOUR, to fine leg

The Kiwis have it simpler. Given the form Boult and Southee are in, and the pitch that's started to misbehave, they should fancy those seven wickets. "Todd Astle could come into play later on in the day, there are a few footmarks outside the left-hander's off-stump and he could be the threat," reckons Mark Richardon in his pitch report. We're minutes away.

13.10 local: It started with a record collapse. It went into a regulation fab-four member century. Rain took over. And stayed for longer. Root came out on a mission - to survive elegantly. He almost ticked the first box, until that brute from Boult. Right then .. in another afternoon where the rains have stayed away, England have a mountain to climb. These two-match series never help, a loss here would mean the series can't be theirs. They need to bring out a gear the earlier generation was famed to possess.

***

20:32 local -- Stumps: Oh this spell. To imagine something to top his fiery six-fer in the first innings, but this end of the day burst is something else. Root, stayed dodgy, he stayed firm, but was never comfortable facing these bouncers. And in the process he's ensured that his century conversion ratio gets further staggered. To be fair, batting out four and a half sessions against this bowling attack was never going to be easy. It looks all the more improbable now without perhaps their best bet. A rewind of that 2013 reguard could be the best thing they watch before coming out tomorrow. We'll see you then, half an hour earlier than usual. On behalf of all of us out here, ta ta!!

46.5
0
Boult to Root, out Caught by Watling!! Wo-ah. That injured hand. That injured finger. Oh and Boult's dead-pin accuracy. So damn nasty. Root was saving his finger, gets cramped up for room, has to fend at it. Does. Gets a feather on his pinky and the Kiwis have ruined a near-perfect English session. Talk about the build up to a dismissal. Root c Watling b Boult 51(131) [4s-5]

Boult to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

The physio comes out. The magic spray ain't working either. The ice pack is a couple of balls away. So two bouncers are coming.

46.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, ouch. Flush on the fingers. All of Boult's pace, all of Boult's anger in this. Was the bumper, Root for some reason stays up on it to defend off a straight bat. Steams up, cuts back in sharply and smashes into his bottom-hand thumb. Oh he's in pain .. but with me pretending to be a sucker for positives, this comes at the perfect time. He's made this into the final over, successfully.
46.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, lines himself up, staying beside the fourt-stumper to punch it towards cover
46.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, rides the bounce, using all his height to tap it into the covers
46.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, fullish outside off. A squeezy push-out to mid-off
45.6
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, and another bouncer, leg-lined mostly. Not messing around
45.5
1
Wagner to Root, 1 run, stabs out the width, poking it to cover-point
45.4
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 134.6kph, right at the corner of his crease to start, going in with the bouncer. Root ain't playing around .. not with seven minutes to go
45.3
1
Wagner to Malan, 1 run, takes it on. One-legged in rolling his bat on it to keep it along the ground. And behind square
45.2
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, bounces him again - going a touch fuller. Malan's duck gets more painful. Has to crouch big time
45.1
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, way wide of the crease, banging it into the middle of the pitch. Malan anticipates, ducks, rather painfully

Neil Wagner [9.0-2-30-1] is back into the attack

Starts round the wicket. A short leg, leg-gully, a fly slip and a regular gully in place.

44.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, full-toss outside off, Root fends it towards the off-side
44.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, goes bouncer. Middle-lined and a quick sit under
44.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, 141kph, down leg, but Root falls over on an attempted glance. Someone's interested - and that someone's neither the keeper nor the bowler
44.3
2
Boult to Root, 2 runs, there's the 'Rooooot' chant. Cuts it behind point, pockets a brace, pockets fifty #38
44.2
1
Boult to Malan, 1 run, chases a drive, toe-ending it to extra cover. Might have lost a few grains off the wood as well
44.1
0
Boult to Malan, no run, returns with another snorter. Some spice off a back of a length, cramping Malan with the angle as well. Ends up hopping to drop it down, somehow, awkwardly
43.6
3
Southee to Malan, 3 runs, follows the pitch with his front leg stalking. And creams it through the line, through the covers to pinch three before it's pulled back, just inside
43.5
0
Southee to Malan, no run, holding its line in that channel. That nagging channel. Malan schedules a leave, pre-meditated
43.4
0
Southee to Malan, no run, fuller on off. Jammed out into the off-side
43.3
2
Southee to Malan, 2 runs, flows through a drive, never mind the apparent lack of timing, quite off the outside half of the bat but finds the gap in the covers
43.2
0
Southee to Malan, no run, cross-seamer, perfectly drawing Malan into the defence, which he does with his bat hidden into his pad. Misses everything eventually
43.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, in the blockhole. Malan's prepared, holding his pose too for the cameras after he jams it out
42.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, all his height. All his bat's height
42.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, throws out some width, which Root uses to guide to gully
42.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, that typical defence, off the back foot, punching it out
42.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, a snorter. Peppered into the turf, Root gets into a tangle, jumping, but those soft hands drop it down
42.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, behind the line, behind in his crease and taps it down the pitch
42.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, 137.4kph, forward stride, compact push out to cover
41.6
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 129.2kph, stays on the move across his stumps, sticking his bat behind his pad to inside-edge it to leg
41.5
0
Southee to Malan, no run, wafts his bat out, slicing it to backward point
41.4
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 132.2kph, continues shuffling in a way to get well and truly behind the line. Drops it back down the pitch
41.3
0
Southee to Malan, no run, on his toes, watching the angle take it past him
41.2
4
Southee to Malan, FOUR, takes on the bouncer. It sits up around the shoulder and Malan swivels, muscling his pull away behind square
41.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 135.1kph, some jag back in off the good length. Malan covers, sternly

Root gets a belt of sorts. Some sort of cramps perhaps. He has 26 minutes of defences to play out tonight.

40.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, stays back, swaying a touch in guiding it to gully
40.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, normalcy returns. The good length angler. The forward block
40.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, now some extra kick up. Oh my. Banged in short, making Watling hop up as well. All after Root sensibly sits under
40.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, off-cutter. And then sleeps along. Root crouches, almost falls over in his dab, but still can't prevent the ball from sneaking under. Oh Boult stares, mutters ..

Two slips. One gully.

40.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, 136.5kph, a hurried up square defence, getting deep in the crease as he does so
40.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, some extra steam off a good length, gropes Root's bat sticker as he presses forward
39.6
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 131.5kph, another shuffle, another sighter
39.5
0
Southee to Malan, no run, lines himself in front of the stumps with his shuffle, bat hoisted
39.4
0
Southee to Malan, no run, real low stoop. Sniffs his defence, literally
39.3
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 130.6kph, a sliced drive as he squirts it to cover
39.2
0
Southee to Malan, no run, 129.4kph. Probes around in that irritating channel just outside off. Forces him to fiddle, and fiddle he does rather neatly
39.1
0
Southee to Malan, no run, back in the crease, getting stuck in front of his stumps as he defends

Tim Southee [10.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack

38.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, on the shorter side on middle. And returns into the defence mould
38.5
2
Boult to Root, 2 runs, leave, block and this drive. Reaches to the pitch of it, drilling it, rather lovingly through the covers
38.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, darts it full, angling in. Root stays resolute
38.3
1
Boult to Malan, leg byes, 1 run, too straight. Off the thighs, past the glance, rolling behind square
38.2
0
Boult to Malan, no run, back of a length into the body. Not before there's some wood
38.1
0
Boult to Malan, no run, yorker. Malan finds himself twisted, chipping out a leading-edge to mid-on
37.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, angling across, Root drops his wrists, swaying out as well
37.5
4
Wagner to Root, FOUR, the driving length to follow. So damn predictable. Root drives, yet again going down the ground. And yet again, doing it gloriously
37.4
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 133.5kph, the customary over's bouncer. And Root's customary duck
37.3
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 132.5kph, shapes up to drive, striding out. And follows it with a late leave. Effective, at least in increasing the drama
37.2
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 131.7kph, length, curling in on middle. Punched back down the pitch
37.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, shuffles, and doesn't even bother playing
36.6
1
Boult to Root, 1 run, angling wide, dabbed to cover-point
36.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, pushes it fuller. Jams it again. Yea, blocking and the various ways of doing it
36.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, hits a good length, around off. Defence, again. Back-footed
36.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, a hint of swing back in on off. Squeezed out to mid-off
36.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, 128.8kph, high elbows, riding the bounce to punch it towards cover. That's all the defence
36.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, on a short of good length, into the tummy. Root's nudge is mid-way

Trent Boult [8.0-4-18-1] is back into the attack

35.6
2
Wagner to Malan, 2 runs, its tricking into the pads. Wristed away in front of square, very neatly. And quick legs
35.5
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, 133kph, fullish outside off, Malan resists, and does it with a stride
35.4
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, 134kph, gets twisted, a touch squared up as well, dangling his defence and outside-halving it to point
35.3
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, shuffling jump. And the straightest of defences
35.2
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, straying down leg. So much so for Malan's glance to go awry
35.1
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, chases away from his body. The feet staying stuck don't help either. Beaten, comprehensively
34.6
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, just the hint of width, Root ramps to dab it to gully
34.5
2
de Grandhomme to Root, 2 runs, his leaning forward drive. Oh the grace. Pierces the covers, opening up the bat as he does so, but the outfield's heavy
34.4
1
de Grandhomme to Malan, 1 run, 122.8kph. Malan prods, checks his push to the right of mid-off. And quick legs
34.3
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, gets on his toes to stab it out to point
34.2
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, in that fifth stump channel. There's a hint of swing, nothing alarming though. Can always manage to leave these
34.1
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, on a back of a length angling across. Left
33.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, teaser outside off. Stride to cover his stumps and eases into a leave
33.5
0
Wagner to Root, no run, gets it on the nose. He's getting that kick up off more a good length from over the wicket. Root has the patience. Has the technique. And the time to sway out. And then remembers to smile
33.4
1
Wagner to Malan, 1 run, 132.6kph, leg-lined. Tickled down to long leg
33.3
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, 131.1kph. Shuffles, right behind the line. And the smother
33.2
1
Wagner to Root, 1 run, swinging into the pads. Whipped, all bottom-handed behind square
33.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, taps a length ball around off, defensively
32.6
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, 122.3kph. Forward in defence, skewing it off the outside half to off
32.5
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, closer to the sticks. Malan has to use his bat, and he covers the line well
32.4
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, back to the attempted suckers outside off. Not this time
32.3
4
de Grandhomme to Malan, FOUR, 121.5kph. Friendly pace, equally friendly width. Malan rocks deep, rides it and whacks it square, rolling his wrists on it too to ensure that he keeps it down
32.2
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, gets it fuller, angling across. Striding leave
32.1
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, shapes up to cut on spotting the width. And then spots the inward movement. An eventual leave
31.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, bat-pad stuck, pushing it out to mid-off. A maiden
31.5
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 131.1kph. Length, middle-stumped. Shuffles in blocking it down
31.4
0
Wagner to Root, no run, late shape back in, but after Root's stride covers the sticks
31.3
0
Wagner to Root, no run, the sucker driving length to follow it up. Goes after it, in style, full-faced to mid-off
31.2
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 134.9kph, bangs it nips back in short. Slightly down leg though allowing Root to duck. And then smile
31.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, 130.7kph. Steery-defence, and then a bat point at his partner to keep him in check
30.6
0
de Grandhomme to Malan, no run, 124.5kph. Whizzes past the edge. Jags across and the angle forces Malan to poke, the flat-feet don't help either
30.5
1
de Grandhomme to Root, 1 run, 116.9kph, hopping nudge, piling on the angle that drifts onto leg
30.4
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, reaches forward, opens up his defence
30.3
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, hits the good length spot, in that nagging channel just outside off. Doesn't bother
30.2
4
de Grandhomme to Root, FOUR, another juicy pitch up. Just that this one is on the stumps. Root gets forward, drives, straight. Nothing a diving mid-on could do. If only there were something more for elegance
30.1
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, pitches it up outside off. Root strides, ignores
29.6
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, another sharp bouncer aimed at the batsman and Malan drops his shoulders in time, evades it nicely
29.5
0
Wagner to Malan, no run, welcomes the new batsman with a short one, Malan awkwardly ducks under it

Dawid Malan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Drinks! A wicket just at the stroke of drinks and Kiwis will be pumped up again. For the last hour or so, the crowd will be behind the hosts and that makes this contest even more interesting and captivating.

29.4
0
Wagner to Stoneman, out Caught by Boult!! Short ball stuff does the trick for Wagner, like always. Changes the angle and comes from round the wicket, cramps the batsman for room too. Stoneman who's just reached his fifty, goes ahead with another hook and gets a top edge to fine leg. Boult swiftly runs to his right and takes a fine reverse cups before he hits the ground. That was perhaps the adrenaline rush on reaching his fifty. Got carried away there, did Stoneman! Stoneman c Boult b Wagner 55(91) [4s-6 6s-1]

Wagner to Stoneman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

29.3
6
Wagner to Stoneman, SIX, gets to the fifty with a fine six. Short of a length around offf, Stoneman goes for hook and gets a top edge over fine leg, all the way
29.2
4
Wagner to Stoneman, FOUR, nicely played! Another shortish delivery aimed at the hips and Stoneman is quick to hook that down to fine leg boundary, needs only one more to reach his fifty
29.1
2
Wagner to Stoneman, 2 runs, short delivery on leg, Stoneman hooks that to fine leg and manages to take two runs

17 overs have been bowled in the final session of the day and both batsmen have looked untroubled. Still 21 overs left in the day, but can Root and Stoneman continue with their grit?

28.6
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, back of a length outside off, knocked in front of point by Root
28.5
1
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Stoneman reaches for it and squeezes it away to deep point for a single
28.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, length delivery outside off, too close to be cut and as Stoneman plays the shot, he gets a slight under edge, towards the fielder at gully
28.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, short and quick around off, Stoneman attempts a pull shot as the ball whizzes past his outside edge, was too quick for the batsman there
28.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, drives that nicely to the fielder at mid-off
28.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, swinging full length ball on middle, Stoneman gets his bat down in time and gets an inside edge onto the pads
27.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, shortish delivery aimed at the batsman, Root ducks under it
27.5
1
Wagner to Stoneman, 1 run, hooks the shortish delivery down to fine leg and gets a single, does Stoneman
27.4
1
Wagner to Root, 1 run, tucks that off his hips and gets a single at deep square leg
27.3
1
Wagner to Stoneman, 1 run, punches the length delivery in front of extra cover and scampers across to the other end, valiant effort by Raval this time around, couldn't stop the single but full marks to that commitment and his stylish sliding grab
27.2
3
Wagner to Root, 3 runs, short and wide outside off, Root rides the bounce, gets on his toes and slaps it past point, but as the ball is about to reach the fence, Grandhomme pulls it in with a back flick
27.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, angled away from the batsman outside off, Root lifts his bat and leaves it alone
26.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, touch full in that corridor outside off, after playing a couple of loose shots he decides to shoulder arms to the last delivery of the over
26.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, gets a leading edge this time around. That swung away a tad and as Stoneman was early in his flick, he got a leading edge, fell well short of the fielder at extra cover though
26.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, almost gets a leading edge as the ball nips away after pitching, Stoneman is early in his flick
26.3
1
de Grandhomme to Root, 1 run, not much pace in that length delivery outside off, Root has no trouble to dab that away into the gap at cover
26.2
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, plays the off-drive to a full length ball, to the fielder at mid-off that time
26.1
1
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, 1 run, straying on the pads and Stoneman nudges that away to backward square leg for a single more
25.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, back of a length around off, Root blocks it down with ease
25.5
1
Wagner to Stoneman, 1 run, too quick and short around leg, Stoneman has nudged that to the leg side for a quick single. A direct hit at the bowler's end is not enough to get him out as Stoneman drags his bat nicely
25.4
0
Wagner to Stoneman, no run, evades the shortish delivery by ducking under it
25.3
1
Wagner to Root, 1 run, shortish delivery on middle and leg, Root hops a tad and nudges it to the right of the bowler to steal a quick run
25.2
0
Wagner to Root, no run, sways away from the sharp shooter in time, came in a tad after pitching but Root did well to get out of its way
25.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, bangs it short outside off, Root ducks underneath
24.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, shortish in length and outside off, cut firmly to point by Stoneman
24.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, enormous away swing on that, hits the seam and moves away sharply, Stoneman plays inside the line as the ball settles into the keeper's mitts
24.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, on a length around off, Stoneman hops a tad and knocks it back to the bowler
24.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, fuller outside off, driven to mid-off by Stoneman
24.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, short and wide outside off, chops his cut to the diving fielder at backward point
24.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, angled away from the batsman outside off, Stoneman walls it down
23.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, another good leave by Root to a length ball angled away from him
23.5
0
Wagner to Root, no run, seaming away from the batsman and well outside off too, Root ain't interested in that
23.4
0
Wagner to Root, no run, leaving the batsman on a fullish length, Root lifts his bat stylishly and lets it through
23.3
0
Wagner to Root, no run, pitched up and outside off, Root has nothing to do with it
23.2
0
Wagner to Root, no run, short of a length outside off, defended off his back foot to cover
23.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, back of a length around off, blocked firmly off his back foot to the left side of the bowler
22.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, on-drives the fullish delivery back to the bowler, from within the crease
22.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, similar to the previous delivery, angled away, left alone again
22.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, angled away from the batsman in that channel outside off, left alone by Stoneman
22.3
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, short of a length outside off and it's a wild slash by Stoneman, gets beaten all ends up
22.2
4
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, FOUR, Jeet Raval has made a mess of it. Was an on-drive by Stoneman and as Raval was about to stop the ball, his knee got stuck in the ground, and the ball went through, all the way to the fence
22.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, blocks the length delivery towards cover, off his back foot
21.6
0
Wagner to Root, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, can't get more accurate than that, Root does equally well to shield it down. Showing a lot of grit, is the English skipper
21.5
0
Wagner to Root, no run, takes a forward stride in order to reach the pitch of delivery, played in front of cover
21.4
0
Wagner to Root, no run, short and wide outside off, slashes hard only to get beaten. Was so close to that outside edge, so close!
21.3
2
Wagner to Root, 2 runs, middle and leg on the pads, Root flicks it away to fine leg and manages to gather two runs
21.2
0
Wagner to Root, no run, pitched outside off and full in length, Root calmly defends it off the front foot
21.1
0
Wagner to Root, no run, known for his short pitch bowling, Wagner surprising starts off with a fullish delivery, on the pads and nudged to the man at short mid-wicket by Root

Neil Wagner, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

20.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, steers the length delivery to the fielder at gully, that ends the over. The ball isn't doing much, at least as much as we expected
20.5
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, angled away from the batsman by Grandhomme and Stoneman is more than happy to leave it alone
20.4
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, dabs the length delivery back to the bowler this time around
20.3
1
de Grandhomme to Root, 1 run, on the pads again and Root flicks it away to deep square leg. Shadow practices his flick after getting to the other end, does Joe Root
20.2
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, wristy on-drive by Root, was a full length delivery around off that
20.1
1
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, 1 run, plays a strong bottom handed back foot punch against a shortish delivery, through cover-point for a run
19.6
0
Southee to Root, no run, gets behind the line of the short one and knocks it back to Southee. Solid in defence, again
19.5
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length around off, blocks it down
19.4
1
Southee to Stoneman, 1 run, width on offer and Stoneman cuts it hard, length ball makes it easy to get it right. However, the fielder at point does well to save that with a dive to his right
19.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, seaming away from the batsman on a length and Stoneman knocks it in front of mid-off
19.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, decides to leave a fullish length ball delivered outside off
19.1
1
Southee to Root, 1 run, attacks the stumps with a length delivery but as it's a bit on the leg-stump line, it makes easy for Root to glance it away to fine leg and take a single
18.6
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, fullish delivery angled away from the batsman outside off, no harm in leaving that alone
18.5
2
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, 2 runs, struggling to bowl proper lines with the left-hand right-hand combination. Bowls it on the pads and makes it easy for Stoneman to tickle it away to long leg for a couple of runs
18.4
1
de Grandhomme to Root, 1 run, a huge inside-edge saves Root on that occasion. Angles a length delivery on middle and leg, Root tries to flick it away and he does well to get some inside edge before the ball strikes the pad. Had it missed the bat, Root was a dead duck
18.3
2
de Grandhomme to Root, 2 runs, lack of pace in that length ball denies Root a boundary. Back of a length outside off, Root goes back in his crease and steers it past backward point, two runs as the fielder tidies up
18.2
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, bowled at 120kph outside off and full, driven with ease to mid-off by Root
18.1
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, sprays a harmless full length delivery outside off, well outside off and the keeper gathers it

Colin de Grandhomme [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

17.6
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, middle and leg is the line again and it's been tucked to the man at short mid-wicket by Stoneman
17.5
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, full length ball outside off and it's an effortless push to the fielder at mid-off
17.4
1
Southee to Root, 1 run, from getting bowled out for 58 in the first innings to having a 50-run stand now. That's a much improved performance by the English top-order. Root flicks the length ball away to deep mid-wicket and takes a single
17.3
0
Southee to Root, no run, eases the length ball angled into him, towards the fielder at mid-on

Looking solid, are these two batsmen since the break. Skipper Root especially!

17.2
0
Southee to Root, no run, punches the shortish delivery off his back foot, slightly to the left of the same fielder
17.1
0
Southee to Root, no run, pitches it full around off, Root shuffles a bit, gets behind the line and knocks that to the fielder at cover
16.6
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, in that channel outside off, full in length but Stoneman shows no interest in offering a stroke
16.5
2
Boult to Stoneman, 2 runs, length delivery nipping away from the batsman outside off, Stoneman goes back in order to carve this through the gap at gully, takes two runs as the fielder chases it down
16.4
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, drives the full length delivery to the fielder at mid-off
16.3
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery on leg, misses Stoneman's onside flick and strikes him on the pads. And again.. Boult tumbles over in his followthrough. Seems he has had some heavy dinner, unable to control himself
16.2
4
Boult to Stoneman, FOUR, poor line and rightly put away. Dishes a full length delivery on the pads, all Stoneman has to do is get some wood on it and he does. Glances it nicely to the fine leg fence and gathers four more
16.1
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped to the fielder at point by Stoneman
15.6
0
Southee to Root, no run, solid defensive shot by Root from within the crease, everything perfect about that shot, eyes on the ball, head still and a high elbow defense
15.5
1
Southee to Stoneman, 1 run, overpitched delivery outside off, Stoneman goes for an off-drive but the bat turns in his hands and it comes off the inside half, a single taken at mid-off
15.4
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, length ball aimed at the pads, Stoneman does manage to flick it away nicely, not in the gap though as it travels to short mid-wicket
15.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, camps back and punches the shortish delivery firmly off his back foot, straight to the man at mid-off
15.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, seaming away from the batsman in that teasing line outside off, Stoneman doesn't fiddle with it
15.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, nipping away from the batsman, tad full but well outside off to be left alone
14.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, drags the length back and bowls it on the leg stump line, all Root can do is nudge it in front of short mid-wicket
14.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, on a length and outside off, Root shoulders arms
14.4
4
Boult to Root, FOUR, played! Well played. Another length ball served well outside off, Root has plenty of time to transfer his weight onto the back foot and late cut it past backward point, was placed to perfection there
14.3
3
Boult to Stoneman, 3 runs, short in length and outside off, Stoneman is quick to camp back and punch it through the gap at point, as the ball crawls away to the deep, the batsmen manage to take three
14.2
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, lot of effort by Boult on that delivery as he tumbles over in his delivery stride. A pacy and skiddy delivery on leg, Stoneman fails to connect his flick and gets struck on the pads, easy call for the umpire as it was going down leg
14.1
1
Boult to Root, 1 run, jagging away from the batsman, fullish in length and outside off, Root pushes it to wide mid-off and gets across to the other end
13.6
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, moving away from the batsman on a length outside off, Stoneman pokes at it and gets a healthy outside edge, on a few bounces to the keeper
13.5
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, another fullish delivery outside off, leaving the batsman outside off, Stoneman attempts a cover-drive, only to mistime it to mid-off
13.4
2
Southee to Stoneman, 2 runs, bowls an inswinging delivery but the line makes it easy for the batsman to flick it through square leg, two easy runs there
13.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, pitched up seam up delivery, Stoneman has a look at it and decides to leave it for the keeper, thinks it's better to not fiddle with
13.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, squeezes the full length delivery to the man at point. A touch overpitched that was
13.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, full in length and snaking away from the batsman in that corridor outside off, Stoneman leaves it alone
12.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, that kept low and went past Root's bottom edge. Was short in length outside off and Root is done by the lack of bounce as he's caught in the crease for lack of bounce. Starts off with a maiden, does Trent Boult.
12.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, gets behind the line of the shortish delivery and tucks it with a high back lift to short mid-wicket
12.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, full length delivery angled away from the batsman in the channel outside off, Root lifts his bat
12.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length outside off, knocks that firmly off his back foot to cover-point, 'no' is the call from the striker
12.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, full in length and the line is outside off, driven comfortably to the fielder at mid-off by Root
12.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, starts off with a shortish delivery shaping away from the batsman, Root lets it sail through to the keeper

We're back for the third and final session of day 4 folks. Playing under lights wouldn't be easy at all, especially against the swing kings. It'll seam, it'll swing. How long will England last? Not for long, if Boult and Southee find their rhythm right. Here we go!

18:21 Local Time, 10:51 IST: Time for dinner! So a fairly quick-moving session. Some quick scoring by the versatile and adaptible Nicholls towards the end to get NZ a lead of 369. When England were sent in to bat, the pitch seemed to contain the devils that were asleep when Nicholls was ramping and maneuvering his way to 145*. Cook lost his wicket to a terrible delivery down leg side, and the two batsmen out there have been beaten multiple times. They've managed to stay out there though, and in the cold air of the night, it'll be fun to watch the ball swing around. Go have your respective meals, and join us in 40 minutes. See ya soon :)!

11.6
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery wide outside off, Stoneman lets it go through to the keeper
11.5
4
Southee to Stoneman, FOUR, fuller length delivery just outside off and angling in, Stoneman doesn't need to reach out and closes the face of the bat to on-drive it elegantly away to long-on for four
11.4
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads, nudged to mid-on
11.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery pitching outside leg, Stoneman misses the glance and a loud appeal, not given, rightly so
11.2
4
Southee to Stoneman, FOUR, short delivery outside off, Stoneman drags it with an extended-arm pull towards deep mid-wicket for three. Oh wait, in fact, the sweeper's foot seems to have brushed the rope, so it has been changed to a boundary
11.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, back of a length just outside off and angling away, left alone comfortably
10.6
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Root gets forward and stonewalls
10.5
0
de Grandhomme to Root, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Root remains stoic and compact in his defence
10.4
4
de Grandhomme to Root, FOUR, full and fractionally wide, Root tries to lean into a transfer-of-weight drive, gets a thick outside edge to third man for four. Bit of a slice, really
10.3
1
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, 1 run, good length delivery angling away from off, Stoneman push-drives it between mid-off and cover towards extra cover for a single as mid-off is swift in running back and cutting it off
10.2
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, good length delivery but far too wide outside off to cause trouble, Stoneman ignores it
10.1
0
de Grandhomme to Stoneman, no run, short of length delivery on off, Stoneman gets on top of it and steers it to backward point

Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

9.6
0
Southee to Root, no run, good length delivery on the pads, whipped away to the man in front of square leg
9.5
1
Southee to Stoneman, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, dabbed to backward point for a quick single
9.4
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, wow! Quick off-break pitching outside leg, Stoneman tries to get across and nudge it into the on-side, it jags so sharply away that it beats the leading edge and goes through to the keeper
9.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, very full and too wide outside off, left alone
9.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, good length delivery slanting away from off-stump, Stoneman shoulders arms comfortably
9.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, short of length delivery angling away outside off from over the wicket, not even marginal lateral movement, left alone
8.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads again, whipped away expertly, but forgot to place it, finds the man at mid-wicket
8.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, good length delivery angling awya from over the wicket, skidding onto the pads, Root defends it from the crease hurriedly
8.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, punched off the back foot to the man stationed at point
8.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, jagging in off the seam, Root shoulders arms
8.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, good length delivery from closer to the stumps, seaming in just a little, left alone. Not close enough to the stumps to bother the batmsen
8.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length delivery from over the wicket, Root hangs back and shoulders arms as the ball straightens a tad off the seam
7.6
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, good length delivery angling outside off, the off-cutter, jagging away (obviously!), Stoneman gets forward to try and drive it towards cover but fails to cut off the angle, gets beaten on the outside edge
7.5
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery wide outside off, left alone by Stoneman. Wants nothing to do with that one
7.4
1
Southee to Root, 1 run, another one straying on the pads, whipped away off the back foot to the man stationed behind deep square leg. Fine leg, in fact, comes across and cuts it off
7.3
2
Southee to Root, 2 runs, good length on the pads, deflected away towards deep square leg for a couple
7.2
0
Southee to Root, no run, full delivery on the pads, whipped away to the right of the man at short mid-wicket. Dives to his left to make the save
7.1
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery skidding a tad outside off, backfoot-punched to cover
6.6
2
Boult to Stoneman, 2 runs, back of a length delivery just outside off, tapped off the back foot towards cover and they race across for a brace. Excellent running
6.5
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, short delivery outside off, Stoneman tries the Dhawan special flying-cut, misses
6.4
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads, nudged to mid-on
6.3
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery shooting off that nagging line outside off, tapped off the back foot into the off-side
6.2
0
Boult to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Stoneman taps it back to the bowler off a hop
6.1
4
Boult to Stoneman, byes, FOUR, oh no no no! Short, and it takes off. Way over the keeper's attempted leap for four byes
5.6
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Root pokes it off the back foot into the off-side. They take off for the single, but rightly decide against it
5.5
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, left alone
5.4
0
Southee to Root, no run, good length delivery pitched up full in the channel outside off, angling in towards off-stump, and then straightening off the seam and beating the outside edge of Root's forward defence
5.3
1
Southee to Stoneman, 1 run, fuller length delivery on middle and off, sliced to cover for a single
5.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, angling away but the inswinger holds its line. Stoneman leans into a cover drive, is beaten on the inside edge by miles. Doesn't quite go with the angle, and he was playing for the original line
5.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, good length delivery on middle and off, tapped back to the bowler
4.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, good length delivery from over the wicket this time, angling away, not much deviation, but staying low. Root tries to adjust his shot to the low bounce, but can't make contact
4.5
0
Boult to Root, no run, fuller length, in the corridor of uncertainly outside off and slanting in, left alone
4.4
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length delivery from round the wicket, Root is cut in half as it beats the inside edge of Root's back foot defensive shot. Through the gate
4.3
0
Boult to Root, no run, fuller length delivery on off, Root punches it back to the bowler
4.2
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length, straighter but still too wide outside off, Root ignores it
4.1
0
Boult to Root, no run, back of a length delivery wide just a tad too wide outside off, left alone
3.6
3
Southee to Root, 3 runs, full and wide outside off, Root leans into a cover drive and times it sweetly, but the outfield slows it down and they manage to scurry across for three
3.5
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, tapped away late into the off-side off the back foot
3.4
4
Southee to Root, FOUR, short on off, angling in, Root tries a late'n'blind hook, gets a top-edge to the fine leg fence for four
3.3
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, seaming in sharply and staying low too. Root reacts just in time to jab his bat down in time. Jeez, suddenly looks like a different pitch, no?
3.2
0
Southee to Root, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Root rests on the back foot and dead-bats firmly
3.1
1
Southee to Stoneman, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the pads, Stoneman tries to flick it away into the on-side, gets a leading edge to cover for a quick single
2.6
0
Boult to Root, no run, another shortish delivery down leg, tries to flick it away but misses. Through to the keeper

Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Root on a pair! As are four other Englishmen. Here we go...

2.5
0
Boult to Cook, out Caught by Watling!! Full delivery drifting towards leg, terrible delivery, and the one ball that Boult has bowled in this match that didn't deserve a wicket. Cook, though, is stuck on the crease and gets a feather through to the keeper as he tries to flick it away. Disaster for England. Arguably their grittiest batsman, back in the hut. Cook c Watling b Boult 2(11)

Boult to Cook, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.4
2
Boult to Cook, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Cook is still stuck on leg-stump but runs his hands through that cut away past a diving gully to deep backward point for a brace
2.3
0
Boult to Cook, no run, good length delivery on off, Cook is stuck on the crease and taps it back to the bowler form close to his body
2.2
0
Boult to Cook, no run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, tapped from under his eyes into the off-side
2.1
0
Boult to Cook, no run, back of a length delivery on the guts, Cook gets cramped and jabs his bat down to tap it into the on-side
1.6
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
1.5
4
Southee to Stoneman, FOUR, fractionally short, and short-arm jabbed away between mid-wicket and long-on for four. Aerial, but safe
1.4
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Stoneman gets forward and gets a thickish outside edge towards Hurrikane (credits: Nikhil) at gully who dives to his left to save that one
1.3
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery just fractionally outside off, left alone
1.2
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery skidding on middle and angling towards off, Stoneman tries to nudge it away into the on-side, manages a checked leading edge back to the bowler
1.1
0
Southee to Stoneman, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, straightening a tad, Stoneman shoulders arms
0.6
0
Boult to Cook, no run, short of length delivery on off and middle and straightening, Cook is on the back foot and stands tall to defend it off the back foot
0.5
0
Boult to Cook, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, push-driven to mid-off
0.4
0
Boult to Cook, no run, back of a length delivery angling in but just a fraction outside off, left alone by Cook
0.3
0
Boult to Cook, no run, good length delivery just outside off, Cook stays in the crease and taps it late back to the bowler
0.2
0
Boult to Cook, no run, short of a length delivery just outside off and stays low! Grubber! Cook is stuck in the crease to defend and gets it off the toe-end to the keeper
0.1
0
Boult to Cook, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and angling in, but oops, a bit of seaming movement away and that beats Cook's outside edge on the back foot defensive

Cook and Stoneman are at the crease. Cook is on strike. Boult will open the attack