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New Zealand vs England - 2nd Test

Series: England tour of New Zealand, 2018
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Date: 30-03 April 2018

New Zealand 256/8 (124.4 Ovs) RR: 2.05 | Match drawn

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So, that brings us to the end of the New Zealand summer. What a finish! As the captains said, barring that 58 all out at Auckland, it was a closely fought Test series which was a fine follow up to what was an excellent bilateral ODI series earlier. England tried hard but their winless streak abroad continues. They'll be pondering how to get that done but that's for another time as it's the home summer coming up in a few months time. The Kiwis will be proud of the home season, they've put in some really sterling efforts. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this series. We certainly loved bringing you all the action. On that note, this is a weary Hariprasad Sadanandan signing out of the Cricbuzz comm box on behalf of my mates Varun Dixit, Pratyush Sinha and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Cheers!

New Zealand's 2017-18 home season summary:
Tests: Series wins against Windies (2-0) and England (1-0)
ODIs: Series whitewashes of West Indies (3-0) and Pakistan (5-0), lost to England (2-3)
T20Is: Series win over West Indies (2-0), lost to Pakistan (1-2) and lost the Tri-Series final to Australia

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: "Was an amazing day of Test cricket. Want to thank Joe and his team. Was a hard fought series, nothing in it really. We were fortunate enough, especially in the first innings at Auckland. We didn't get off to the best start today, knew that it would be a tough day but plenty of resolve shown by Latham and de Grandhomme. Special mention to Ish and Wagner for sticking it out. They dealt with a lot of short stuff and hung in there. Great effort from the side, we kept chasing the game and had a chance of winning the game if all went right of drawing it. Good to be on the right side of the result. Been a great summer, would have been nice to have more Test cricket maybe."

Joe Root, England captain: "We threw absolutely everything at NZ today. Absolutely proud of the bowling unit. Fair play to NZ, they were too good. Barring that first innings at Auckland, it's been a really close series. We let ourselves down in that innings but have shown a lot of character ever since. You want to play in big series and we got that opportunity in this winter. Unfortunately things didn't go to plan but we need to pick ourselves up for the summer. Yeah, we would have loved a third Test. I think this series was a great advert for Test cricket. As I said earlier, we threw everything at them, few edges fell just short of the fielders but that's how it goes."

Trent Boult, Player of the Series: "Phenomenal way to end the season. Full credit to the English boys. Great last day of the season for us to get over the line. It was very memorable for all of us. Me and Southee have played a lot of cricket together already and as a bowling unit we found ways to get wickets under these conditions and put the batting side in a good position. Big summer for all of us, we will celebrate the victory today. Test Cricket is my favorite format, it will be nice to have few more Test matches in the season. Not too much time off as I will going for the T20 League soon."

Tim Southee, Player of the Match: "Rough couple of days but all good in the end. It's nice to put the whites back on. Pleasing to close a pretty good summer. There's been a little bit of assistance off the wicket -- more seam and swing -- but don't know the reason for that. Played a lot of cricket together with Boult and it's a partnership we enjoy and look forward to doing on most occasions. Slip fielders have done a good job. Some of the catches taken in the series were outstanding. Even BJ (Watling), who didn't play for a while and to come back and show his worth with the gloves is pleasing to see."

Ish Sodhi: "Bit of drama at the end. Wagner was with me in the tough periods. He's a bit of a fighter with the ball and he showed with the bat too today. They started bowling bumpers and it was hard to pick up, but it was a pretty true wicket. Wagner kept me going .. '5 more mins to go .. 2 more mins to go.' I got one on the fingers that's pretty sore now. It kept ringing for a while but that's the beauty of the game. You take it on the chin. We've only done this once before. Quite disappointed with my performance with the ball this series. To be able to contribute with the bat (means a lot)."

Joe Root as captain after 14 Tests:
Home: W L W W W L W (5 W, 2 L)
Away: L L L D L L D (5 L, 2 D)

Series wins for NZ against England:
1-0 (3) in NZ, 1983/84
1-0 (3) in England, 1986
2-1 (4) in England, 1999
1-0 (2) in NZ, 2017/18 *

It was a Test of the new-ball bowlers for a major part of the game. Boult and Southee shared the wickets in the first innings and Broad-Anderson responded in style to do the same. However, the hosts gained momentum through their lower order who reduced the deficit considerably to ensure that England had to bat a fair amount of time to build a sizeable lead. Once the declaration happened midway after Lunch on Day 4, NZ had two options - to go for the win or play out a draw. Bad light ruining the final session virtually ended the first option and the hosts played out of their skins on Day 5. De Grandhomme had a great game apart from Boult and Southee although this match will be remembered for Sodhi and Wagner.

England will be gutted. They got to bowl more than the minimum quota of 98 overs with light holding up incredibly today at the Hagley Oval. However, they just couldn't get across the line in the end. Initially, a draw would have meant criticism of Root's declaration yesterday as England showed scant intent with the bat for a major part of the day. But, having had close to 125 overs to bowl, the skipper cannot be faulted. Nor can his bowlers who tried hard as well. I guess it's fair to say that we just need to doff our hats to the Kiwis. Latham started the defiance with a fine knock but the middle and lower order were excellent.

Not many predicted such a finish at the start of the day with New Zealand having all 10 wickets in tank and bad light predicted in the final session. However, Broad struck off the first two deliveries of the day to set the ball rolling and when England got four by Lunch, the advantage was firmly with the visitors despite Latham fighting hard. De Grandhomme also chipped in, followeing up his first innings heroics with another invaluable effort. He later partnered well with Sodhi too although the former's departure to a rash shot had opened up the game once more. Sodhi wasn't to be denied though, as he battled hard with Wagner to conjure a miracle for the home side.

18:03 Local Time: Take a bow Ish Sodhi! He soaks in all the applause from the crowd who are giving him a standing ovation. One of the best rearguard efforts in Test cricket. He had to cop a lot of blows but stuck his neck out and fought it out, found great support in Wagner as the duo virtually saved the game for the Kiwis. The duo's partnership ate up 188 deliveries and in the context of this game, that was monumental. England tried everything to be honest, pace/spin/change of angles/crease usage etc etc but simply couldn't break through the Kiwi lower order, who for the second time in the game made an impact. Latham and de Grandhomme showed the way initially before the tail wagged furiously.

That's it! Southee was on his way out but the umpires feel that enough is enough. It's time. Game has been drawn! That means that NZ seal the series 1-0, winning against England for the first time since 1999!

124.4
0
Root to Wagner, out Caught by James Vince!! Root strikes! Is it too late though? Seems like it. Wagner's marathon defiance is over. Prods forward to a slider and gets pinged on the back pad. Looked close and the umpire approved of the LBW appeal. Wagner though, reviewed it straightaway and the replays showed us why, there was an inside edge. However, Vince was alert at silly point and took the catch. So, the decision will stay. Wagner c James Vince b Root 7(103) [4s-1]

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

NZ review! Wagner has been given out LBW. He signals the T straightaway. Has he hit this? Oh he has! Fat inside edge, this will have to be reversed. Oh wait, the catch was taken at silly point, so he will have to walk back

124.3
0
Root to Wagner, no run, quicker ball around off, defended off the inner half of the blade past FSL
124.2
0
Root to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner reaches out and pushes this towards cover
124.1
0
Root to Wagner, no run, flatter and around middle, Wagner hangs back and defends it to the off-side

Joe Root [12.0-5-28-0] is back into the attack

About a minute to go. Could well be the last over. What do we have?

123.6
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, slower and fuller outside off, Sodhi reaches out and buries it out
123.5
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, sliding in around middle and leg, sits back and clips it to forward short leg
123.4
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, fired fuller around off, plonks his front foot forward and defends it well
123.3
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, leans forward and smothers it
123.2
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, reaches out and defends it towards silly point
123.1
4
Malan to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, absolutely clobbers this one! Half-tracker and Sodhi sits back to nails the pull towards the deep mid-wicket fence
122.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, flatter and fuller outside off, dug out towards cover
122.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full around leg stump, giant stride forward and clips it to the leg-side
122.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, flatter and around leg, Wagner stays back and blocks it towards the leg-side
122.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, keeps it full and outside off, Wagner reaches out and pushes it towards the point region
122.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner reaches out and defends it well
122.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, floated up around off, spins in a bit as Wagner defends off the back foot to FSL

The minimum of 98 overs have been done but another 8 minutes left, so England can bowl a few more

121.6
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, another floaty full toss, defended off the front foot past silly point
121.5
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, tries to go very full and dishes out a low full toss, blocked past FSL
121.4
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, slightly short and outside off, dabbed off the back foot towards gully
121.3
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, defended well off the front foot to silly point
121.2
4
Malan to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, smashed away! Half-tracker and Sodhi mauls the pull through mid-wicket. Races to the fence and that's a fifty for Sodhi! Incredible, incredible innings. No words really for this effort
121.1
0
Malan to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, Sodhi uses his reach to defend it to silly point

Dawid Malan [2.0-1-1-0] is back into the attack

120.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, is there an edge? Mild appeal but that's off the pad. This one spits off the rough and rips into Wagner who pushes at it, gets beaten on the inside edge and it lobs to forward short leg
120.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, a bit of extra bounce on this slider, Wagner rocks back and adjusts it onto the pitch near the leg stump
120.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, pushed through quicker on middle and leg, stonewalled down the pitch
120.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, flatter and just outside off, Wagner isn't troubled at all as he unfurls another solid forward defence

15 minutes more

120.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, tossed up wider outside off, Wagner reaches out and pats it towards cover
120.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, floated up outside off, Wagner reaches out and defends it solidly
119.6
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, bouncer from a spinner! Desperation from Root but these two have dealt with faster bumpers already. Sodhi ducks
119.5
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, fired across Sodhi on a length, he moves forward and dabs it towards silly point
119.4
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, the skidder around leg stump, a bit short and Sodhi camps back to block
119.3
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, slower and fuller outside off, Sodhi gets on the front foot and barricades it
119.2
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, Sodhi sits on the back foot and defends
119.1
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter and outside off, Sodhi gets back and blocks it onto the track

Joe Root [11.0-4-28-0] is back into the attack

118.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, floated up wider outside off, skids off the deck as Wagner lets it pass
118.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, slows it down and drifts it in from wide outside off, blocked off the front foot

Over the wicket

118.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, slower and fuller on middle and leg, squeezed out off the front foot to silly point
118.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner presses forward and buries it down the pitch
118.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, quicker and just outside off stump, Wagner hangs back and defends
118.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, flatter and just outside off, stays back and blocks it well

Right then, 24 deliveries left!

117.6
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, gentle bouncer and Sodhi is happy to duck under it
117.5
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, pitched up once more, Sodhi is confident defending off the front foot
117.4
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, that's a weird leave, effective nevertheless. Shortish and outside off, Sodhi leans forward and then gets his bat very far away to ensure that the ball goes between the willow and his pad
117.3
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and outside off, patted firmly back towards Anderson
117.2
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, shortens the length around off, Sodhi gets right behind the line and defends
117.1
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, on a length just outside off, Sodhi shoulders arms to let it pass

James Anderson [25.0-7-37-1] is back into the attack

The spearhead is back

116.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, sliding in from around off, another compact forward defence
116.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, a bit of excitement but no bat involved. Spins in a bit from around leg, round the wicket stuff and Wagner tries to flick. Lobs off the pads and goes past the two short legs
116.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, slower and fuller around off, stonewalled past the fielder at silly point
116.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, loopy and full outside off, Wagner presses forward and buries it on the off-side
116.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full and around off stump, defended well off the front foot
116.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, huge LBW appeal! Probably spun too much and might have been missing leg. Turns in from around off and pins Wagner on the crease before rapping the front pad

Jack Leach [28.0-11-61-2] is back into the attack

Another change. Last roll of the dice from Root perhaps as the left-arm spinner gets the ball to have a final shot

115.6
1
Malan to Wagner, 1 run, slightly short and outside off, Wagner waits on the back foot and cuts it late through backward point, takes the single
115.5
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner reaches out and defends firmly onto the track

More fielders crowding the bat, it's a mob out there now. Slip, gully, silly point, forward short leg, backward short leg and a leg gully

115.4
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, slower and drifting in on middle and off, good forward stride to smother it
115.3
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, quite full and attacking the off pole, solid defence yet again off the front foot
115.2
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner gets his bat down in time to dig it out
115.1
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, tossed up leg break around off, Wagner prods forward to defend. Catches the inside half of the blade and trickles past FSL
114.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, full and around off, Sodhi pushes with hard hands and it goes off the inner half to short leg
114.5
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, full and around leg stump, worked towards a diving squarish leg gully
114.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, dug in short around off, Sodhi easily ducks under the bumper
114.3
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short outside off, left alone to the keeper
114.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, almost carried! Actually, Stoneman at FSL reacted early and hence couldn't reach it in the end. Dug in short by Broad and Sodhi fended meekly at it. Couldn't keep it down and was fortunate that it didn't go to either of the two short legs
114.1
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sodhi gets across and fends it past one of the two short legs in place

Stuart Broad [23.0-5-72-2] is back into the attack

113.6
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, fullish and outside off, reaches out and taps it towards point
113.5
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, stifled appeal for caught behind! No edge though. Cracking ball from Malan, the googly with extra bounce and Wagner had no clue. Pushed inside the line and just got lucky
113.4
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, fired in fuller outside off, Wagner digs it out past the man at silly point
113.3
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, quicker and wider outside off, Wagner stretches his front foot and shoulders arms
113.2
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, flatter and just outside off, sits on the back foot and blocks
113.1
0
Malan to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner reaches out and offers a dead bat to it

Dawid Malan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Time for some leg spin, another part-timer is on. Can he pull something off?

35 minutes left, minimum of 9 overs to be bowled

112.6
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, got into a tangle but managed well in the end. Dug in short around off, Sodhi gets across and somehow fends it towards point
112.5
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, shortens the length outside off, Sodhi hangs on the back foot and defends well
112.4
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, full and angling across Sodhi who defends firmly off the front foot
112.3
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, shortish and wide outside off, Sodhi plays with soft hands and the ball trickles off the outside edge. Well short of a diving gully
112.2
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and around off, nicely blocked by Sodhi through point. Not taking the single
112.1
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short outside off, too wide and Sodhi can easily let it pass
111.6
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, pitched up on middle and off, solid front foot defence
111.5
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, another short ball and this time it's high enough for Wagner to duck
111.4
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, booooooom! Extra bounce from a shortish length and Wagner couldn't take evasive action. Struck on the elbow
111.3
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, dug in short around leg stump, belated call from Wagner to duck under this one
111.2
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, full and just around off stump, defended nicely off the front foot to silly point
111.1
4
Broad to Wagner, FOUR, nicely controlled! There is a man at leg gully and also a person at short fine leg but Wagner controls this half-volley on the pads nicely. Delicate flick that bisects the two and it races away
110.6
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, a repeat! Another down-the-leg-side ball from Stokes and Sodhi fails to get bat on it
110.5
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, wayward from Stokes, sprays this down the leg-side and Sodhi misses the flick
110.4
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, dug in short around off, Sodhi quickly ducks under the bouncer
110.3
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, back of a length around off, defended off the back foot with a straight bat
110.2
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, huge LBW appeal! Too high! Angling in from a good length and pings Sodhi on the pads as he gets stuck to the crease
110.1
0
Stokes to Ish Sodhi, no run, short of a length that slips down the leg-side, Sodhi went across to play a half-pull

Ben Stokes [2.0-1-2-0] is back into the attack

Another change. Root is looking upto his charismatic all-rounder to provide a breakthrough

109.6
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, very full and on leg stump, gets across and tucks it towards forward short leg
109.5
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, very full and on the pads, Wagner gets across and clips it towards backward square leg
109.4
0
Broad to Wagner, no run, short ball around middle and leg, Wagner ducks under it
109.3
1
Broad to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, in the air it goes....over the fielder, AGAIN! You've got to be kidding me. Talk about having a potful of luck. The Kiwis are having that alright. Another snorter, this time from Broad and it climbs onto Sodhi who just fishes at it. Off the outside edge and Wood/Anderson at gully tries to chase it with his back to the ball, just falls over him
109.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, angling in on a good length around middle, Sodhi stays back and clips it towards short leg
109.1
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short around middle, Sodhi ducks under the bumper
108.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, floated up full outside off, Wagner reaches out and smothers it towards cover
108.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full and outside off, Wagner reaches out with a big stride to dead bat it
108.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, stifled LBW appeal but that's just optimism at its peaks. Turning in from way outside off as Wagner offers his pads
108.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, sharp turn! Invites Wagner to go forward but this isn't that full, spits off the rough to ping Wagner on the back thigh
108.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, quicker and a fraction shorter as well, Wagner sits back and defends
108.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, flatter and very full around middle, squeezed out towards silly point

Jack Leach [27.0-10-61-2] is back into the attack

107.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, back of a length around middle and off, stands tall and defends well
107.5
4
Broad to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, over the slip cordon! The plans from England are smart but just not having the luck at the moment. After peppering Sodhi with bouncers, Broad goes full and induces a wild drive without any footwork. The slice however clears the leaping fielders and races to the third man fence
107.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short around off, Sodhi sways away from the line
107.3
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, poked to cover-point
107.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, sways out of the line of this short ball

Golly gosh, look at the field. A silly point, two FSL, two slip, gully, leg gully, leg slip

107.1
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, short from round the wicket, Ish Sodhi ducks

Stuart Broad [20.0-5-63-2] is back into the attack

Final drinks break of the New Zealand summer and fittingly, the climax of the season seems to be a thrilling one. England need 3 wickets although it isn't sure if Southee will come out to bat due to a viral bug. The mandatory last hour left which means a minimum of 15 overs to be bowled. Will the light relent though? It's been much better today than it was yesterday but the clouds are seemingly starting to arrive. Nail-biting stuff this, a series at stake and two desperate teams fighting it out. Don't go anywhere

106.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, full and angling in on off stump, Wagner gets across and keeps it out with a block
106.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, back of a length just outside off, Wagner is nicely behind the line to defend
106.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, slanting in on middle and leg, Wagner gets across to defend but it hits him high on the bat. Well wide of the man at forward short leg
106.3
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, short of a length and Wagner is on his toes as he offers the full face of the bat to defend
106.2
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, short ball around middle and off, Wagner ducks under the bumper
106.1
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, another edge falls safe! England cannot believe their luck. The nicks are just not going to hand and it's getting frustrating for them, that's for sure. Back of a length angling across Sodhi with steep bounce, he fends at it but cannot control the bounce at all. There were two gullies in place but the edge still went wide of them and towards third man
105.6
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, beauty! Lovely flight on this one outside off, entices Wagner into the drive but it straightens a tad off the surface to zip past the edge. Extra bounce as well
105.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, looped up invitingly outside off, Wagner presses forward and dead bats it to silly point
105.4
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, very full this time and outside off, Wagner leans into the forward defence with ease
105.3
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, a bit short and spinning in from outside off, defended off the back foot with a shuffle across
105.2
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, a hint of turn into Wagner from the rough outside off, he covers for it with a front foot defence
105.1
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, tossed up outside off, looking for the rough but this doesn't turn. Blocked off the front foot

Jack Leach [26.0-9-61-2] is back into the attack

104.6
1
Mark Wood to Wagner, 1 run, very full and outside off, Wagner pushes it into the vacant spaces at cover
104.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, back of a length just around off stump, Wagner stands tall and defends well
104.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, banged in short on off, angling in as Wagner ducks under the bumper
104.3
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, flies past a diving gully! The rub of the green is all going Kiwis' way. Lots of aerial edges but evading the fielders. This is a brute from Wood, extra bounce from a shortish length and climbs awkwardly into Sodhi who can only fend at it. Only manages a thick edge that does not go to hand
104.2
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, shortish again and Sodhi is on the shuffle this time, camping back in defence
104.1
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, dug in short around leg stump, Sodhi rides the bounce and fends it towards the leg-side

Change of ends for Wood. Round the wicket he'll go with two short legs in place and a leg gully. There's a close-in square leg as well. No prizes for guessing the ploy here

103.6
0
Root to Wagner, no run, flighted around the off stump, Wagner reaches out once more and defends well
103.5
0
Root to Wagner, no run, slower and fuller outside off, plonks his front foot forward and defends nicely
103.4
0
Root to Wagner, no run, flatter and outside off, extra bounce again and this time Wagner lets it pass
103.3
0
Root to Wagner, no run, a bit of turn and bounce! Wagner was poking at it off the back foot and it trickled off the edge to gully on the bounce
103.2
0
Root to Wagner, no run, drifting in from outside off, Wagner gets a big stride forward and defends well
103.1
0
Root to Wagner, no run, full and outside off, leans into the forward defence and pats it to cover

Joe Root [10.0-3-28-0] is back into the attack

The skipper brings himself back. Puzzling move to be honest but my mate Pratyush feels that it could be to force the tail into a shot that's not on, the thing that part-timers are capable of

102.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, tossed up again around off stump, Sodhi presses forward and dead bats it
102.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, slows this down and keeps it full around off, smothered off the front foot
102.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, tossed up generously but it's well down leg, almost on the half volley to Bairstow who cannot gather it. Off his pads
102.3
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, the slider around middle and leg, defended around the front pad towards FSL
102.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter this time outside off, a good stride forward and defended past silly point
102.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, floated up full outside off, watchfully defended off the front foot to silly point
101.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, deals with the bouncer nicely, this was angled into him from round the wicket and Wagner watched it well before ducking
101.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, shortish and wide outside off stump, punched off the back foot through point. Plenty of spaces there but they decide against the single
101.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, another bumper, Wagner is going to get peppered with these. He ducks under it
101.3
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, short of a length around leg stump, tucks up Wagner who defends firmly to forward short leg
101.2
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, off the outer half of the blade but it's not aerial. Full and angling across Wagner from middle and off, he is opened up on the drive and the ball dribbles towards cover
101.1
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, banged in short around middle and leg, Wagner ducks under the bumper
100.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter and outside leg stump, a bit short and Sodhi sits back to defend
100.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, loose shot! Floated up nicely and it's going across Sodhi who goes for a wild slog sweep. Doesn't connect
100.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, over the wicket now goes Leach and loops this outside leg, padded away to silly point
100.3
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, slower and on off stump, Sodhi is focused in his forward defence
100.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter and fuller around middle, dug out towards the leg-side
100.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, tossed up wider outside off, Sodhi presses forward and dead bats it in front of silly point

Jack Leach [24.0-7-61-2] is back into the attack

99.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, short delivery, Wagner ignores it. Wagner is keeping out the short balls tremendously well
99.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, banged in short, Wagner was behind it and again managed to keep it down. It was just to the left of Cook who was again in the firing line
99.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, another short delivery, Wagner takes the bottom hand of the bat and keeps it down
99.3
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, in the air but just away from the flying Vince at square leg . Another short ball and Ish Sodhi, and he gets the top half of the bat to the square leg area
99.2
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, jumps in the crease a touch an defends it
99.1
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, short delivery, Ish Sodhi was nicely behind the line of the ball and defends it
98.6
0
Root to Wagner, no run, defended it to the off-side
98.5
1
Root to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, Oh dear! That would have hurt. It was short again and Ish Sodhi smashes this on the neck of Cook (short leg) who was down immediately after getting hit. He seems fine now, brave man!
98.4
4
Root to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, poor delivery, short again and Ish Sodhi pulls it to fine leg for a four. Second four of the over for Ish Sodhi
98.3
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, defended to the off-side
98.2
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, comes on the front foot and defends
98.1
4
Root to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, he has absolutely smashed that. Rank loosener from Root, it was short and outside off, Ish Sodhi gets in a good position and pulls it through deep mid-wicket for a four

Joe Root [9.0-3-19-0] is back into the attack

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97.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, good bouncer outside off, it was at an uncomfortable height but Wagner was nicely behind the line of the ball and manages to keep it down. Top stuff!
97.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, nasty bouncer from Mark Wood! Wagner controls well in the end and manages to keep it down
97.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, Mark Wood is back over the wicket. Testing bouncer at the body, Wagner bends down to get away from the line of the ball and ducks
97.3
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, gets his bat down straight and defends that delivery to the off-side
97.2
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, good length outside off, blocked

Silly point, short leg, convential slip and leg slip are in.

97.1
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, Mark Wood hides the ball as he runs in. He bowls a bumper and Wagner ignores it
96.6
1
Jack Leach to Wagner, 1 run, very full and outside off, Wagner opens the bat face and guides it wide of the slip fielder for a single
96.5
0
Jack Leach to Wagner, no run, blocks it to the off-side

There are some foot marks outside the off-stump of Ish Sodhi. Jack Leach would want to make use of them.

96.4
1
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, floated delivery at the stumps, Ish Sodhi plants his front foot forward and pushes it to the off-side for a single
96.3
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, straight delivery outside off, left alone

Two slips, FSL and silly point in place.

96.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks
96.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, flighted delivery outside off, left alone
95.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, blocks it to silly point
95.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, ducks under that short of length ball
95.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, beaten by the bouncer, ball hits his shoulder and deflects to the leg-side. Physio was running in to but Wagner says no need. Good sportsman spirit from him
95.3
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, Wagner takes the bottom hand away to keep the ball down from the FSL fiedler
95.2
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, good length delivery at the stumps, blocked back by Wagner
95.1
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, nasty short delivery and a stare from Mark Wood. Test match cricket at its very best, Wagner sways away from the line of the ball and ducks under it
94.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, comes forward and blocks
94.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, comes on the front foot and defends
94.4
4
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, Ish Sodhi goes down on hsi knees and sweeps it to backward square leg for a four. Team physio lifts tha ball quickly and sends it back into the play. Smart move by the England to save the all important time
94.3
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, inside edge back on the pads
94.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, dream of a delivery for a left arm spinner. It pitched around middle and beat the off- stump,too good to find Ish Sodhi's bat
94.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, negative line down the leg-side, padded away
93.6
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, short of length outside off, Wagner takes his bottom hand off the ball and manages to keep it down to slip
93.5
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, straight bat from Wagner on that defensive shot
93.4
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, good length delivery around off, Wagner brings his bat down straight and defends
93.3
0
Mark Wood to Wagner, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocks it

Neil Wagner, left handed bat, comes to the crease

93.2
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, out Caught by Jack Leach!! What have you done Mr de Grandhomme. That is a shocking shot. He knew they were bowling short and CDG just can't resist the temptation of pulling the ball. Ploy of short ball has finally worked for England and they are delighted. It was short down the leg-side, ball gets big on him and he got the top edge, Leach at fine leg settles himself and takes a fine catch. Good innings from de Grandhomme comes to a tame end. de Grandhomme c Jack Leach b Mark Wood 45(97) [4s-6]

Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

93.1
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, don't touch it CDG. It was banged in short down the leg-side, de Grandhomme initially wanted to pull but decides against it

Mark Wood [15.0-6-41-1] is back into the attack

92.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, very full and at the stumps, Ish Sodhi comes on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler
92.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, defensive shot to the off-side
92.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, Ish Sodhi was in two minds there, whether to come forward or stay back. He stays on the back foot and blocks it to the off-side
92.3
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, straight delivery at the stumps, defended back
92.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, flighted delivery around off, Ish Sodhi gets a stride forward and defends
92.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, comes on the front foot and defends
91.6
4
Broad to de Grandhomme, FOUR, luck favors the brave. Another short delivery on the body, de Grandhomme gets a top edge and ball flies to fine leg for a four
91.5
4
Broad to de Grandhomme, FOUR, there were two men there in that area but de Grandhomme bisected the gap brilliantly between the deep square leg fielder and fine leg for a four. He has pulled the ball really well
91.4
0
Broad to de Grandhomme, no run, good length delivery around off, blocked to the off-side
91.3
1
Broad to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, another short of length delivery down the leg-side, Ish Sodhi lifts it over the leg-slip fielder for a single
91.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, England have taken a review for a catch down the leg-side. Snicko shows absolutely nothing. Bat was not even close to the ball there. Desperate review from England. It was banged into the pitch down the leg-side, missed the bat and went to the keeper. England have lost both the reviews now.

Two FSL, leg-slip and a slip is in place. Barrage of bouncers are coming Ish Sodhi's way

91.1
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, expected a shorter ball and that's what it is. Ish Sodhi sways away from the line of the ball and ducks

Broad is round the wicket.

90.6
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, flighted outside off, defended to the leg-side
90.5
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, moves across to the off-side and blocks it back to the bowler
90.4
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, similar shot from de Grandhomme, only difference was he holds his pose this time
90.3
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, very full and flighted. de Grandhomme gets a stride forward and blocks it down
90.2
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it back to the bowler
90.1
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, fuller outside off, de Grandhomme carves it to cover point

Jack Leach [20.0-5-55-2] is back into the attack

89.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short and Ish Sodhi ducks under it. Ish Sodhi is putting up some fight here. England need to be patient
89.5
4
Broad to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, Ish Sodhi plants his front foot across and Broad bowls at the stumps. Ish Sodhi flicks it cutely and gets a boundary through fine leg
89.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, good length on off, Ish Sodhi was squared up but he adjusted brilliantly and blocked it to the off-side
89.3
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, fuller length outside off, Ish Sodhi blocks it to cover
89.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, nicely behind the line of the ball and blocks it back to the bowler
89.1
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, fuller delivery outside off, looking for the movement off the deck. There isn't much assistance available for Broad. Ish Sodhi blocks it easily
88.6
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, takes the bottom hand of the bat in dealing with that good length ball, manages to push it back to the bowler
88.5
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, drags his length a touch fuller and bowls it around off, de Grandhomme comes on the front foot and pushes it to mid-on
88.4
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, bat and pad close together, compact defense from de Grandhomme on that good length ball at the stumps
88.3
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, brings his bat down straight and blocks it to mid-on
88.2
2
Anderson to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, straight from Anderson, de Grandhomme glances it to fine leg for a brace
88.1
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, good leave from CDG. It was around the fifth stump area and de Grandhomme decides to leave it alone
87.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, shuffles across and defends to the leg-side
87.5
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Ish Sodhi moves a touch to the off-side and blocks to mid-on
87.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, comes on the front foot and plays a defensive shot
87.3
1
Broad to de Grandhomme, 1 run, de Grandhomme flicks it to fine leg for a single
87.2
4
Broad to de Grandhomme, FOUR, it was short and ball was at a comfortable height. Positive nerves in the mind of CDG took over and he pulled it to deep mid-wicket for a four
87.1
0
Broad to de Grandhomme, no run, banged in short, de Grandhomme ducks under it
86.6
1
Anderson to de Grandhomme, 1 run, de Grandhomme was late on the shot and inside edge takes it to fine leg for a single
86.5
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, comes on the front foot and pushes to the off-side
86.4
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, as close as it can get to the off-stump. De Grandhomme would believe that was a good leave but he misjudged the inward movement on that ball and got lucky. Big man must have had his heart in the mouth
86.3
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, on a good length and outside off, left alone
86.2
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, fuller and at the stumps, de Grandhomme was beaten by the movement off the deck and ball strikes the inside half of the willow
86.1
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, good length delivery angling in to de Grandhomme who watches it closely and leaves it alone
85.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, full and straight from Broad to end the over. Ish Sodhi brought his bat down in the knick of time and blocks it to mid-on
85.5
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short down the leg-side, Ish Sodhi sways away from the line of the ball and lets it go to the keeper
85.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, he is behind that good length ball again and blocks it to the off-side
85.3
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, Ish Sodhi jumps in the crease and blocks it to the off-side
85.2
1
Broad to de Grandhomme, 1 run, CDG is never hesitant to take on the short ball, he pulls and manages to keep it down to backward square leg for a single
85.1
0
Broad to de Grandhomme, no run, straight bat from de Grandhomme. He is displaying compact defense
84.6
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, much fuller around off, Ish Sodhi gets a stride forward and drives it to mid-off
84.5
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, good length outside off, Ish Sodhi fefends it to cover
84.4
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, stays in the crease and blocks to the off-side
84.3
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, Jonny takes a brilliant catch down the leg-side. He was excited again, ball brushed his pads and went to the keeper. 12th man is out in the middle. Final session of the match and the mandatory entry of 12th man on the field. We all have seen it before
84.2
1
Anderson to de Grandhomme, 1 run, good length delivery aiming at the stumps, de Grandhomme brings his bat down at an angle and glances it to fine leg for a single
84.1
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, good length outside off, de Grandhomme jumps in the crease and blocks to cover

England have placed the likes of Moeen, Overton and even their team manager outside the boundaries to parry the ball back in. They know time's precious here

83.6
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, good length outside off, left alone
83.5
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, this ball was banged in short, it did not bounce as much as Ish Sodhi expected. He wanted to duck, ball followed him and hit around the shoulder area. Ish Sodhi takes one blow for the team. Tough lad!
83.4
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, Ish Sodhi was in two minds there, whether to leave or block. He puts his bat at the last moment and keeps it away
83.3
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, good length delivery angling in to Ish Sodhi, he watches it prudently and leaves it alone
83.2
0
Broad to Ish Sodhi, no run, banged in short, good bouncer! This will keep Ish Sodhi on the back foot. Ish ducks under it safely
83.1
4
Broad to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, straight delivery at the stumps, Ish Sodhi moves across to the off-side and glances it fine of the leg-slip fielder for a boundary

Stuart Broad [15.0-5-40-2] is back into the attack

Sun is shining at the Hagley Oval and light is much better now. England would want light to stay this way.

82.6
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, good leave from the big man. It was in the corridor of uncertainty from Anderson. de Grandhomme knew where his off-stump is and he lets it go to the keeeper
82.5
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, full and straight from Anderson, de Grandhomme brings his bat down vertically and defends it back to the bowler
82.4
1
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, back of a length delivery at the pads, Ish Sodhi tucks it to fine leg for a single
82.3
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, defends it to the off-side
82.2
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, absolute ripper from Anderson! Pitched outside off and moved away, Ish Sodhi was defeated by the swing and ball goes past his outside edge. Jonny was excited behind the stumps but no one joined him in the appeal
82.1
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, good length delivery around off, Ish Sodhi stays in the crease and defends

17:27 Local Time, 03:27 GMT, 08:57 IST: Final session of the New Zealand summer would decide the outcome of the series. Light and New kookaburra will be key elements in this session.

Tea, Day 5 ~ 03:10pm local: The clock ticks over just as the umpires take positions for the next over, and so this will be Tea. Two wickets in the session then. Watling fell to a leg trap while Latham was outdone by Leach's penchant for that one-square foot of rough outside off. Four wickets to go but England will be up against New Zealand's latent defiance, weather, fading lights, and their own plight when it comes to winning away from home. It'll be fun. Get your potshot tweets/comments ready for cricket's archaism. We'll see you in fifteen..

81.6
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, good leave, nice leave. Swinging in a touch but the widish line redeems de Grandhomme
81.5
4
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, FOUR, overpitched on this occasion, and that's been gorgeously driven through mid-off
81.4
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, hits the deck on a length and has de Grandhomme working hard to leave that. A bit late and the ricochet can create quite the woodwork
81.3
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, leading edge to point. Late outswing on this very full ball that Ish Sodhi assumed was run-of-the-mill
81.2
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, another one full and incoming on off-stump, blocked to mid-wicket
81.1
2
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 2 runs, angles it in from over the wicket, Ish Sodhi taps it to mid-wicket and rushes. Mopped up by the forward short leg fielder

Four minutes to tea. Wood, and not Broad, to share the new ball. We have three slips and a gully, a leg slip, and forward short leg

80.6
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, tries to suck him into a full tempter outside off. Not quite
80.5
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, not much swing so far. Angled in, de Grandhomme blocks
80.4
1
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, he's bringing the ball back in -- most probably a set-up -- so Ish Sodhi shuffled across and run it down to backward square leg

Barmy Army behind Anderson's back like _____

80.3
0
Anderson to Ish Sodhi, no run, skidding on middle-stump, Ish Sodhi stays back and drops it into the pitch
80.2
1
Anderson to de Grandhomme, 1 run, nice and full on off-stump, de Grandhomme's choked it out through a largely vacant cover region
80.1
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, some curl into the batsman but de Grandhomme's aware. Closes the bat face and rides it into the leg-side

Four slips!

James Anderson [20.0-7-30-1] is back into the attack

Fourth umpire wheels into the playing area with jackets and the second new ball, which is due now. Yeah, second new ball has been taken. Anderson looks busy on top of his mark. 7 minutes to go until tea, so this short passage of play can be real defining.

79.6
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, angles in the short ball from over the wicket, Ish Sodhi ducks AGAIN
79.5
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, short ball bouncing over leg-stump, Ish Sodhi ducks. Footwork's been a real pudding but he's doing his best
79.4
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, shuffles across and softs this back of a length delivery wide of forward short leg
79.3
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, round-armish intended yorker angled across now, Ish Sodhi gets his bat down and keeps it out
79.2
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, he's going to nick one down leg. Trying to shuffle across and glance that through fine leg. And missing it by inches
79.1
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, short from round the wicket, Ish Sodhi ducks under this one. He better do

So we have three fielders on the leg-side, around the mid-wicket region. A slip and gully, short leg, with a leg slip in attendance too

Dark clouds gathering, lights fading. #weatherwatch

78.6
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, opening his stance to covers to keep this quick-full ball out
78.5
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, quick and flat into the pads, de Grandhomme crouch-defends
78.4
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, darted in full, de Grandhomme gets low and blocks
78.3
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, playing it from the crease, getting behind the line just outside off
78.2
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, plays this full ball off the back foot, that was cleverly shuffled outside the line of off
78.1
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, bit of spin with a flatter trajectory, de Grandhomme runs it off a thick outside edge to backward point

Jack Leach [19.0-4-55-2] is back into the attack

Another change of ends for Leach. A slip and forward short leg

77.6
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, Wood switches to round the wicket, bangs the ball on a back of a length and nearly had Ish Sodhi, who was shuffling across to glance that and fails to make contact
77.5
3
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, 3 runs, drives the full and wide ball through cover
77.4
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, wide of Stoneman at short leg.. A little shuffle to work this round the corner but that ball was gaining pace and bounce, which is why Ish Sodhi couldn't control it. Ended up playing it off the splice
77.3
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, shuffles across his stumps and fends a back of a length ball to forward short leg
77.2
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, attacking with an angled-in short ball from over the wicket, Ish Sodhi ducks
77.1
1
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, 1 run, the long leg fielder is a few yards in after Wood's last over, where de Grandhomme got away with an uppish swivelling pull. This one was better controlled though

Light-enhancing glasses arrive on the field for umpire Bruce Oxenford, meaning it has gotten dark. Here's Wood running in, hoping to exploit failing modern eyesight

76.6
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, slows the pace down and makes a front-footed Ish Sodhi wait on the defence
76.5
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, goes back and gets behind the turn

Two forward short legs now

76.4
1
Root to de Grandhomme, 1 run, walking down the track again and clipping it through mid-wicket. de Grandhomme's found a way past Root (or not)
76.3
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, consistent turn from that region now. de Grandhomme uses his feet this time and keeps it out
76.2
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, another forward defence skweing off the inside half
76.1
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, spinning in, inside edge on the pad

Where's the sun? A slip, silly point and forward short leg

75.6
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, now a 137ks inswinging yorker, Ish Sodhi just about keeps it out
75.5
1
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, 1 run, deep backward square leg runs across and cuts it off. A one-legged pull, carrying uppishly, but the fielder is right at the boundary rope
75.4
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, fended again. Just the 132ks but that looked pacey. Taken aback, de Grandhomme somehow gets his bat up
75.3
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, full and swinging in, de Grandhomme blocks from the crease
75.2
1
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, almost did a Watling there, except that this ball was not as full. Walked across and fended it off the shoulder of the bat wide of that fielder at 45
75.1
0
Mark Wood to Ish Sodhi, no run, reverse swing, a bit of it, outside off. But since the initial starting line is far outside off, Ish Sodhi could leave that off the front foot

Mark Wood [11.0-5-27-1] is back into the attack

Wagner padded up. Wonder where Southee will bat. Okey-dokey, enough of spin from both ends. Time for Wood's pace. A slip, leg gully and short leg

74.6
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, thrusts his front leg outta the line of stumps and pads this Root off break away
74.5
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, and again. Quite a familiar sight now. Spins in to beat de Grandhomme's forward defence on the inside
74.4
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, darted in, plonked back down the pitch
74.3
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, kicks in from outside off as de Grandhomme looked to play that off the back foot. Hit on the thigh
74.2
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, shuffle outside outside off with some crouch to get behind
74.1
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, drifting in with spin, inside edge onto the front pad
73.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, a little loop, meaning Ish Sodhi now has to crouch further to quell this dipping delivery
73.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, nice. Real nice bowling. Quicker and straighter, Ish Sodhi is hurried into his forward defence
73.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, slow and full from wide of the crease, blocked
73.3
2
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, 2 runs, gets into the position to sweep early and laps it from outside off to fine leg
73.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, pushed to point
73.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, turns him inside out! Drifts in and spins it viciously past the outside edge. There's no better way to play it
72.6
1
Root to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, more like an inside edge this time, as Ish Sodhi doesn't get forward enough
72.5
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, a tiny shuffle across his crease to block this round the corner
72.4
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, drifting away to allow Ish Sodhi some room, slap-driven to mid-off
72.3
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, and again. Very similarly played
72.2
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, bit of loop and dip, Ish Sodhi closes the forward defence into the leg-side
72.1
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter outside off, blocked

A slip and two forward short legs

71.6
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, another one to which de Grandhomme thrusts his pad out. Skidding and straightening outside off, de Grandhomme sees the ball not doing enough and wisely offers his front pad
71.5
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, sees the line outside off with insufficient turn, and pads it away
71.4
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, going wide of the crease and angling it in, defended with an abbreviated forward stride
71.3
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, arm-ball pitched full, de Grandhomme blocks it out
71.2
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, gets forward and defends it
71.1
2
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, two wide slips in there, and this has run off the inside edge on the pads through the gap between them
70.6
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, flatter outside off, Ish Sodhi defends it from the crease
70.5
4
Root to Ish Sodhi, FOUR, plays the sweep with the spin and places it behind both the FSL fielders. Nicely done
70.4
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, Root appeals but he's the only one doing so. Spinning in a lot, so LBW was out of the question. Popped off the pad to one of the forward short legs there. Not a catch either
70.3
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, gets some width to slap that to cover

One slip and two forward short legs

70.2
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, sticking to the fuller length, Ish Sodhi blocks
70.1
0
Root to Ish Sodhi, no run, here it is. Curling away, Ish Sodhi needed a long stride to get behind

Breeze from Root's right to left, so expect some drift away from the right-hander

69.6
1
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, 1 run, he's ran off the strike there. It's tough. Does everything right there. Gets forward and across to get behind the spin; just that it's turning more than Ish Sodhi expects. Elicits an inside edge that runs through to fine leg
69.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, gets forward and defends it
69.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, how slow and full has he bowled this. Dipping, heading for the blockhole, and Ish Sodhi has to judge the pace and then get his bat down at the right time. Just about manages
69.3
2
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, 2 runs, spinning in, worked through mid-wicket
69.2
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, sharp chance at silly point now. Leading edge as Ish Sodhi looks to play across. Ricochets quick to the fielder, who's sharp but not sharp enough. Couldn't stick the ball to his belly there. Lets it through
69.1
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, slow and on off-stump, front foot block
68.6
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, nicely bowled. Drifting away to draw de Grandhomme forward and then spinning in to pin the front pad. Impact outside off but gosh this change of ends for Leach, and Root bowling from this end, seems to be working
68.5
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, turning into the pads, shaved to square leg, wide of the forward short leg fielder
68.4
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, skidding on outside off, de Grandhomme is behind that
68.3
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, fuller, de Grandhomme is coaxed forward
68.2
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, another one outside off, de Grandhomme gets behind off the back foot
68.1
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, reaches across to his off-side and blocks off the back foot
67.6
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, drills out a full ball to extra cover
67.5
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, drifting in, blocked

Two slips, silly point, FSL

67.4
0
Jack Leach to Ish Sodhi, no run, fuller, blocked off the front foot

Ish Sodhi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

67.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, out Caught by James Vince!! He's swept his way to doom, but can't honestly blame him. He's taken home loads of runs through this very shot. Jack Leach came in from a different end in this over, hit the rough and Latham was found guilty of sweeping out of that. A puff of dust as the ball pitches, and plenty of spin to botch Latham's sweep shot. Vince, guilty of dropping two catches already, rattles in from deep square and dives head-first to pouch that top-edge. Latham c James Vince b Jack Leach 83(207) [4s-10]

Jack Leach to Latham, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

67.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, slows the pace down and fluffs it fuller, Latham gets forward to defend
67.1
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, gathers pace off the pitch, spins in and bullies Latham into a leave

Jack Leach [15.0-3-48-1] is back into the attack

Quite a dramatic over by Root, sustained by the fact that he's much quicker through the air than Leach, and found the pitch more responsive. Okay, change of ends for Leach. A slip and forward short leg

66.6
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, leans across and smothers the spin on this ball
66.5
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, another one. Gee Root's been good. Struck on the front pad, above the knee roll, but the impact is again dicey
66.4
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, spins in to rap the back pad but the impact looked outside off
66.3
4
Root to de Grandhomme, FOUR, solders some width on this full ball an d it's been driven away. Nicely at that by de Grandhomme. Leans across and finds the gap through covers
66.2
0
Root to de Grandhomme, no run, fuller, defended into the leg-side
66.1
2
Root to de Grandhomme, leg byes, 2 runs, rippah! Gets it to drift away, spin in, sneak through the bat-pad gap and bounce over the stumps. Almost the perfect delivery, except that it doesn't get a wicket

Joe Root [3.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack

Welcome back. Jack Leach to de Grandhomme ... nah, Root to take the ball now. A slip and forward short leg await, as Barmy Army breaks into a series of claps

Time for a drink! England started the session brightly as they got the big wicket of Watling but Latham has hung on with an adventurous de Grandhomme for company. England will want another wicket or two before Tea because otherwise, it's going to be hard in what could be another truncated final session

65.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, more persistence with the shorter length, Latham is equal to the task and defends well off the back foot
65.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, pitched up around the off stump, Latham gets half forward and bunts towards cover
65.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, goes full but it's slipping down leg, Latham tried to flick but couldn't connect
65.3
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, cross-seam bumper and it's well-directed as well, Latham ducks under it
65.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, shortish once more on leg stump, defended with a back foot shuffle across
65.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, dug in short into Latham who controls the bounce and tucks it wide of the man at leg slip
64.6
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, flatter and very full on off stump, dug out just in the nick of time
64.5
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, full and outside off, reaches out to this one and dead bats it towards cover
64.4
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, stifled LBW shout, optimistic at best. The slider and no shot offered by de Grandhomme again as he gets pinged on the front pad. Impact doesn't matter but this wasn't going to hit the stumps
64.3
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, flatter and outside off, this time de Grandhomme decides to make a leave
64.2
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, in the air again! Boy, de Grandhomme isn't in the right state of mind I guess. Goes for another booming drive on seeing the flight but there is a bit of turn for Leach, off the slice but well short of point
64.1
2
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, finds the edge! This will be an interesting battle, that's for sure. Leach is tossing them up and de Grandhomme cannot resist going hard at it. Tries the drive but squirts off the outer half, well wide of the slip fielder and trickles down to third man
63.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, slightly short and around off, Latham rides the bounce with a tap towards gully
63.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, the bouncer now and Latham is expecting this length now, ducks under it
63.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, back of a length angling in around middle, stays back and across to defend to mid-wicket
63.3
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, length ball just outside off, push-driven towards the man at mid-on
63.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, on a good length just outside off, defended off the front foot
63.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, short of a length angling across the left-hander, Latham leaves it alone
62.6
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, another solid front foot defence, looped generously by Leach but de Grandhomme brings his defensive skills to the fore once more, smothered
62.5
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, tossed up outside off, giant stride forward and dead bats it onto the track
62.4
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, full and outside off, driven off the front foot back to the bowler
62.3
2
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, was that a chance? Seemed like it. Nah, just short! Floated wider outside off, de Grandhomme is tempted into the aerial drive and didn't carry to the diving cover fielder. Sneaks through him and they get a brace. That was a heart-in-the-mouth stuff for de Grandhomme
62.2
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, the slider on middle and leg, hurries onto de Grandhomme who defends off the back foot to mid-wicket
62.1
0
Jack Leach to de Grandhomme, no run, tossed up around off, very full and Grandhomme rams the drive to short cover

Jack Leach [13.0-3-44-1] is back into the attack

Right then, here is the debutant for another spell

61.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, back of a length and wider outside off stump, this is an easier one for Latham to deal with, left alone
61.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good ball! Well left as well in the end. Full and quite close to the off pole, Latham shows good judgement to let it pass. There was a bit of tail into the left-hander
61.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, sprayed well down the leg-side, Latham tried to get a tickle on it but failed to connect
61.3
2
Mark Wood to Latham, 2 runs, too straight in line and shorter in length, whipped away off the back foot through backward square leg
61.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, back of a length around off, Latham stays on the back foot and offers a stout defence
61.1
1
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, 1 run, well-controlled pull shot from de Grandhomme, he isn't going to die wondering against the short ball which is definitely going to be on the menu from Wood. Did well to swivel and roll his wrists which meant that it wouldn't be aerial, gets it towards deep backward square leg

Leach is warming up, won't be long before he has another spell. Meanwhile, Wood to continue

60.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, skids a touch off the shortish length, hurries onto Latham who defends off the back foot
60.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, fuller and attacking the stumps, defended with a shuffle across on the front foot
60.4
4
Anderson to Latham, FOUR, glorious shot! The field is set for the aerial drive but Latham has this covered. Wide half volley, he leans into the shot and times it beautifully to place it wide of the man at cover
60.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, back of a length on off stump, Latham stays on the back foot and defends down the pitch

Funky field set from Root, a silly mid-off and a short cover in place apart from a slip and a gully

60.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, short of a length just outside off, defended off the back foot to the off-side
60.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, fourth stump line from a good length, Latham waves his bat to make the leave
59.6
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, the short ball and de Grandhomme shuffles a bit before bailing out of the shot
59.5
1
Mark Wood to Latham, 1 run, angling into the pads from a good length, Latham stands tall and works it through mid-wicket
59.4
1
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, 1 run, short of a length around leg stump, de Grandhomme controls the bounce with a whip down to fine leg
59.3
1
Mark Wood to Latham, 1 run, back of a length again and Latham powers it away through square leg for a run
59.2
2
Mark Wood to Latham, 2 runs, in the air....well over Bairstow! Wood is cranking it up now, this is a vicious bouncer that catches Latham into a tangle. He meekly tried to fend at it but got rapped on the glove. Luckily though, it lobbed well over the keeper and towards the deep
59.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, that's a whistling bumper, Latham picked it early and ducked quickly as it whizzed over him
58.6
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, full and outside off, de Grandhomme pushes with hard hands and gets an inside edge onto the pads

Simon Doull makes a valid point about the Watling dismissal. He reckons that the fear of the short ball made him rooted to the crease and hence his idea was to go for the shuffle but as the length was full at the stumps, he had to play at it somehow

58.5
0
Anderson to de Grandhomme, no run, on a good length just outside off, watchful leave by de Grandhomme
58.4
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, pitched up and this time Latham's cover drive finds the gap, gets a single
58.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, on a good length and wider outside off stump, Latham lets it through to Bairstow
58.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, fullish length inviting the drive, Latham drives well but straight to the man at wide mid-off
58.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, full and angling in from outside off, Latham gets a good stride forward and blocks
57.6
4
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, FOUR, smacked! Another short ball and de Grandhomme has decided to take it on. Swivel-pulls it and although it was a touch aerial, got it well wide of fine leg who was quite a few yards up from the ropes
57.5
0
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, no run, short ball to greet de Grandhomme, round the wicket and on leg stump. Fended towards forward short leg

Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease

57.4
0
Mark Wood to Watling, out Caught by Anderson!! Oh Watling, what have you done? Tame shot, tame dismissal and England have the wicket they were searching for. Wasn't a wicket taking delivery really, stump-to-stump line with a good length, Watling premeditated the shuffle and went across for the leg glance. Normally, this would be a good idea but not with a leg slip in place for anything aerial. That's exactly what's happened and it's a dolly for Jimmy. Brain-fade from Watling I reckon and considering that he is one of NZ's best players in batting time, this is a huge blow. Watling c Anderson b Mark Wood 19(66) [4s-3]

Mark Wood to Watling, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

57.3
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, Wood continues to persist with the shorter length, defended with a shuffle on the back foot towards FSL
57.2
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, shortish length and climbs into Watling with the inward angle, blocked off the back foot
57.1
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, starts with a pacy bumper on middle and leg, Watling ducks under it quickly

Mark Wood [6.0-3-15-0] is back into the attack

56.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, wider outside off and slanting further away from Latham, easy leave
56.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, full and just around the off stump, Latham gets forward and defends
56.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, flowing front foot cover drive, cannot find the gap at cover though. Was full and outside off, Latham's feet moved well on the stroke
56.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, angling across the left-hander from a good length, a bit too wide to make him play
56.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, back of a length around off stump, another firm back foot defence from Latham
56.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, back of a length just outside off, Latham rocks back and defends it towards short cover
55.6
0
Broad to Watling, no run, full and outside off, Watling leans forward and defends to silly mid-off
55.5
0
Broad to Watling, no run, full and angling in from around off, pushed with an angled bat and soft hands to gully
55.4
4
Broad to Watling, FOUR, classy shot! Too full from Broad and Watling capitalizes on it, just times the straight drive perfectly past the bowler. Well wide of the man at mid-off and it rocketed away
55.3
0
Broad to Watling, no run, back of a length ball outside off, Watling stays back and shoulders arms to it

STAT ALERT: James Anderson has bowled the most deliveries in Test cricket by a pacer, overtaking the West Indian legend Courtney Walsh

55.2
0
Broad to Watling, no run, closer to off stump with a bit inward movement from outside off, left alone to the keeper
55.1
3
Broad to Latham, 3 runs, in the air....safe...just! Latham nearly did a Raval, fuller ball on leg stump and he couldn't keep the flick down. Luckily for him, it was wide of Stoneman at square leg. The England opener gave a good spirited chase to save a run

The hammer is out to settle the bowler's landing area

54.6
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, back of a length and a hint of extra bounce, Watling rides it with a rigid back foot defence
54.5
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, got into a tangle, did Watling. Decks in from a good length and he was rooted to the crease, gets his bat around to drag it off the inner half to short mid-wicket
54.4
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, stays down a fraction from a good length, Watling adjusts on the back foot and defends
54.3
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, angling in on middle and leg, on a good length and Watling defends to short mid-wicket
54.2
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, back of a length outside off, Watling hangs on the back foot and defends well
54.1
3
Anderson to Latham, 3 runs, nice stroke! A bit too short from Anderson and there is a bit of width to the outward slant, Latham stands tall and punches it through the gap at cover. Timed well and will fetch him three
53.6
0
Broad to Watling, no run, fifth stump line and on a good length, Watling stands tall and offers a straight bat in defence, rock solid
53.5
0
Broad to Watling, no run, slanting in from a shortish length, climbs a bit onto Watling who misses the flick and wears it on the thigh pad
53.4
0
Broad to Watling, no run, fractionally short and width on offer, Watling is all hands as he spanks this but straight to cover-point
53.3
0
Broad to Watling, no run, full and attacking the sticks, Watling plays around the front pad and clips towards square leg
53.2
0
Broad to Watling, no run, a bit of away movement, short of a length and the wider line outside off allows Watling to leave
53.1
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, starts with a loosener around leg, not that different from the Raval dismissal but this isn't that full and also, Latham is in control of the flick. Gets it down to fine leg

Stuart Broad [13.0-5-32-2] is back into the attack

Does Broady have another magic spell in him? England will hope he does, they need a spark, that's for sure

52.6
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, middle and leg line with a good length delivery, tucked towards backward square leg with soft hands
52.5
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, slightly shortens the length and keeps it outside off, defended off the back foot with a straight bat
52.4
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, pitched right up outside off, Watling gets forward and push-drives towards mid-off
52.3
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, the nip backer and it comes in sharply to ping Watling near the thigh. He was stuck on the crease, couldn't get his bat down in time and definitely didn't account for the movement
52.2
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, shortens the length a bit outside off, Watling stands tall and defends it towards cover
52.1
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, angling in from a good length, Watling gets across on the back foot and blocks towards mid-wicket

Welcome back for the second session. England still have work ahead because the older ball has been tough for bowlers to nip out wickets. This partnership is pivotal, considering the uncertainty around the light factor in the final session. Root's men will need a similar start to the first session here else the shoulders could drop if a partnership develops. Interesting tussle on the cards, time for live action, Jimmy to start with two slips in place

Lunch, Day 5 - All of England's disappointment from yesterday evening would have vanished in the first two balls of the day when Stuart Broad dismissed Raval and Williamson. New Zealand have been sloppy this morning, Ross Taylor in specific played a shocker of a shot to be dismissed. In the second hour Latham and Watling have shown some courage and batted with great discipline. Ball is turning for Leach and it is reversing for the seamers. Latham and Watling will have to show character of the highest order if they have to escape undefeated in this match. We will back in 30 minutes for the post-lunch session.

51.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, gets his bat down staright and blocks it to the off-side. That will be Lunch on day 5
51.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, tailed in sharply into Latham who clips it to mid-wicket
51.4
2
Mark Wood to Latham, 2 runs, short of length delivery outside off, Latham opens the bat face and finds the gap to gully for a brace
51.3
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, Latham misses the tuck and ball hits him above the pads
51.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, at the stumps. Better line, Latham was in the crease and he blocks it to mid-on
51.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good length outside off, left alone. Mark Wood needs to ball closer to the stumps
50.6
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, wanted to run it down to third man for a single on that back of a length ball but there was no pace on the ball, slip comes across and fields it
50.5
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, blocks to the off-side
50.4
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, fuller outside off, driven to the off-side
50.3
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, wanted to steer it through slips but was ball nipped in a touch and he was cramped for room, ends up guiding it to the off-side
50.2
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, full and aiming at the stumps, defended to mid-on
50.1
2
Stokes to Watling, 2 runs, almost a yorker at the stumps, Watling gets his bat down on time and squeezes it to backward square leg for a brace
49.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good length outside off, left alone
49.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, banged in short, Latham ducks and lets it go to the keeper
49.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, left alone again. Mark Wood is testing his patience outside off and so far he has left well outside off
49.3
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, too wide from Mark Wood and Latham won't play at it all day, left alone
49.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, short delivery to push Latham back, it was too short and Latham lets it go to the keeper
49.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good length outside off, ball held its line and Latham leaves it alone
48.6
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, another outside off delivery and Watling lets it go to the keeper
48.5
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, too full and too wide of the off-stump, left alone
48.4
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, fuller length outside off, driven to cover
48.3
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, gets his bat down vertically and defends it to mid-off
48.2
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, ball nipped in late after hitting the deck, Watling plays it late and with the full face of the bat
48.1
0
Stokes to Watling, no run, fuller length outside off, Watling blocks it right under his eyes

Ben Stokes, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

47.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good length delivery angling in to Latham who plays it as late as he can and blocks it back to the bowler
47.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, stays tall in the crease and defends to the off-side
47.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, good length outside off, left alone
47.3
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, edge and drop short of Root at second slip. It pitches around off and tailed away, forcing Latham to poke at it, late swing found the outside edge but Latham manages to play with soft hands and keep it down
47.2
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, 136.9kmph delivery outside off, Latham gets a stride forward and ignores the ball
47.1
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, pitches it up outside off, Latham leaves it alone
46.6
0
Jack Leach to Watling, no run, fuller length around off, Watling was bit tentative in that defensive shot and Jack Leach had his hands on his head
46.5
0
Jack Leach to Watling, no run, gets a good stride forward and blocks to FSL
46.4
0
Jack Leach to Watling, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to the off-side
46.3
4
Jack Leach to Watling, FOUR, touch short and Watling latches onto it, he waits for the ball, makes good use of the crease and cuts it to deep point for a four
46.2
1
Jack Leach to Latham, 1 run, works it to backward square leg for a single
46.1
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, another sweep shot for four. Is there a better sweeper of the cricket ball in the World Cricket now than Latham? Gets this one fine this time and no fielder had any opportunity to stop that
45.6
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, stays in the crease and works it to square leg. It moved a touch late again
45.5
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, drags his length further up, Watling was forced to come on the front foot and he blocks it to mid-on
45.4
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, short of length, left
45.3
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, that ball nipped in late into Watling and strikes his pads. Watling got an inside edge and there was no question of LBW. Ball is starting to reverse
45.2
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Watling blocks to the off-side
45.1
0
Mark Wood to Watling, no run, good short delivery to start his spell. Watling ducks under it and leaves it alone

Mark Wood [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

44.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to the off-side
44.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, outside off, left alone. Jonny shouts oh to make an impression that it was very close to the off-stump but Latham had that covered

Silly point has been sent infront of square. Latham sweep shots are making an impact.

44.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks to cover
44.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, stays in the crease and blocks to the off-side
44.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, drags his length back and had Latham in trouble. Upper half of the bat takes it to FSL on a bounce
44.1
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, connects the sweep shot perfectly. It was on a fuller length, good length to sweep. Latham goes down and sweeps it infront of square for a four
43.6
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, sharp indipper, Watling gets a stride forward and deals it with ease. His feet have started to move
43.5
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, good channel this. Good length and outside off, Watling blocks to cover
43.4
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, Anderson has struggled to control his line in this over, this was on the pads again. Latham tucks it to fine leg and takes a single
43.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, Latham was on the back foot and he defends it to the off-side
43.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, blocks it to the leg-side
43.1
1
Anderson to Watling, 1 run, erring in line down the leg-side, Watling clips it to square leg where Vince misfields and allows a single to be taken. he is having a horrid time in the field today, dropped a catch earlier in the day
42.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, Jack Leach changes the angle and he changes the line too. It pitched on the off-stump, Latham opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third man
42.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it with the turn
42.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, defends it to short fine leg
42.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, Root has gone for a DRS. It is for LBW. It is a legal delivery, ball turned in sharply after hitting the foot mark. Latham missed it and ball missed the stumps too by a long distance. Ian Smith on air says it was a shocker of a review
42.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to short mid-wicket
42.1
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, brings his bat down straight and blocks to the leg-side
41.6
4
Anderson to Watling, FOUR, fuller length at the pads, Anderson goes greedy for a LBW. Watling was on the front foot in a flash and flicks it past mid-wicket for a four. Stellar timing! This shot will give him confidence
41.5
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, that went staright after picthing, defended by BJ
41.4
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, ball came in after hitting the deck, Watling covers the swing well and blocks it to the leg-side
41.3
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, good length outside off, stays on the back foot and pushes it to cover
41.2
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, fuller length outside off, compact defense from Watling on that defensive shot
41.1
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, fuller length around off, Watling plays inside the line a touch and outside half of the bat takes it to cover
40.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, flighted delivery around off, Latham blocks it to silly point
40.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to the off-side
40.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, this delivery goes with the arm, it doesn't turn and Latham was playing for the turn. Ball beats his outside edge
40.3
1
Jack Leach to Watling, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single
40.2
0
Jack Leach to Watling, no run, comes on the front foot and defends
40.1
1
Jack Leach to Latham, 1 run, that was in the air but just away from FSL fielder who stretched his hands but could not take it. Had his weight on the right foot, and so made the catch to his left seem difficult than it was. Definitely a chance, as tough as it was. Ball goes to the leg-side for a single
39.6
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, gets a good positive stride forward and leaves that ball alone
39.5
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, stays in the crease and defends to the leg-side
39.4
2
Anderson to Watling, 2 runs, oh this is a dangerous ball from Anderson. Watch out for this BJ. It was full and was tailing in sharply, Watling gets his bat down on time and clips it to fine leg for a single
39.3
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, good length delivery outside off, ignored
39.2
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, feet aren't moving for BJ yet, he was late on that fuller ball and inside edge of the willow takes it back on his shoes
39.1
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, good length delivery around off, Watling blocks it in the pitch
38.6
1
Jack Leach to Watling, 1 run, goes on the back foot and turns it away against the turn to square leg for a single
38.5
1
Jack Leach to Latham, 1 run, inside half of the bat takes it to the leg-side for a single
38.4
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, brings out the sweep shot. He is one of the best players against the spin in the world at the moment. It was on a fullish length, Latham goes down on one knee and sweeps it to square leg for a four
38.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, defends to the leg-side
38.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, Oh! This ball turned sharply, Latham tucks it to short fine leg with the turn
38.1
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, covers the spin well and defends it with the turn to the leg-side
37.6
0
Anderson to Watling, no run, compact defensive shot from Watling to end the over. Anderson ran in with some energy, they are smelling a victory here

BJ Watling, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Drinks: Woah, what an hour. Four wickets in there. Broad started the day with a near hat-trick, Anderson ended the hour with a piece of his genius, and sandwiched in between was Leach's maiden Test wicket that accounted for Ross Taylor.

37.5
0
Anderson to Henry Nicholls, out Caught by Cook!! Edged to first slip. Amazing how this over has graduated into something good. Started with two dollies that were worked for runs, then shapeshifted into a full-outside-off line and this one's got some reverse you'll have to say. Angles this full ball across from over the wicket, tempts Henry Nicholls into a drive and then undoes him with some late swing away from the batsman. Henry Nicholls c Cook b Anderson 13(24) [4s-1]

Anderson to Henry Nicholls, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

37.4
0
Anderson to Henry Nicholls, no run, full and close to off-stump, Henry Nicholls has to play at that. Employs his front foot
37.3
0
Anderson to Henry Nicholls, no run, gets back to fuller lengths, and Henry Nicholls doesn't play at that
37.2
2
Anderson to Henry Nicholls, 2 runs, angles this back of a length delivery across, but there's not much in the pitch. Sun's baking the pitch hard. Twirled through square leg this one
37.1
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, easily worked round the corner. Anderson hasn't been at his best this morning. Drops it on a length from over the wicket; easy

James Anderson [11.0-5-11-0] is back into the attack

36.6
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, this one lands in the rough, spins in and Henry Nicholls's pulled off a giant front foot stride. Squeezes out the ball, bringing his bat and torso and feet all into it. And is still not able to get behind that.. Ball sneaks in past the inside edge and hits the bottom elbow I think
36.5
2
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, 2 runs, spits off the rough this time? More like he's played back to a pretty full ball. Gets an edge but it dies down right away, scooting to the right of the slip fielder in place
36.4
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, another forward defence on say fifth stump outside off
36.3
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, dipping in on off-stump, Henry Nicholls syncs his forward strike with that
36.2
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, nicely forward to block into the leg-side. Much certain this time
36.1
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, drops it on middle-stump, Henry Nicholls kicks his front leg across and blocks it leg-side. Looked in a little bit of soup with his foot work

Slip, leg slip, silly point, forward short leg

35.6
1
Root to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, on a length, Henry Nicholls works it to mid-wicket to keep strike against Leach. That should be fun
35.5
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, again. Trying to pad these full balls away outside off. Root's just getting them to slide on
35.4
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, gets his front leg right across the stumps, and leaves
35.3
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, gets forward and defends it
35.2
2
Root to Henry Nicholls, 2 runs, two slips now. Henry Nicholls isn't quite to the pitch with his stride, so opens the blade and squeezes it out to third man, wide of the two men in the cordon
35.1
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, familiar Root trajectory. Looped from round the wicket, Henry Nicholls blocks
34.6
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, dropped a bit short from over the wicket, and look at Latham.. rocking back and across in a jiffy to plonk that through backward point. Pristine timing, must say. 'Twas just a push
34.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, a bit of turn but Latham has that nicely covered with a good stride in front
34.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, drifting in full, Latham works it to mid-on. Straight to the fielder
34.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, and again. Just dipping short of a very full length, so sweeping's risky
34.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, darted on off-stump, Latham defends it off the front foot
34.1
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, it's not a secret how good a sweeper Latham is. Sees the ball land slightly fuller than the rough outside off, and goes for it. Places it behind the forward short leg fielder. No chance for fine leg either
33.6
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, yeah, back to that very full length. And bowled with the sligy, round-armish action, they aren't the easiest to play either
33.5
4
Root to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, he's better off bowling full. This one's short and wide, Henry Nicholls places the cut through point
33.4
2
Root to Henry Nicholls, 2 runs, he's getting the ball to drift in from round the wicket but this is just a good shot. Cramped for room alright, Henry Nicholls slaps it through cover, where a misfield allows a couple
33.3
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, fuller in length but as slingy, Henry Nicholls has to come forward to defend
33.2
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, slingier, quicker, Henry Nicholls defends it off the back foot
33.1
0
Root to Henry Nicholls, no run, fires in on a near yorker length, as he so often does. Kept out

Joe Root [1.0-1-0-0] is back into the attack

Now Root. He recognizes that there's something in the pitch for the spinners. Let's see the field for him: a short leg and a slip, as he runs in from round the wicket

32.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, this shortened length working much better now. He's gotten it to land on the rough outside off and spun it in sharply. Right through Latham, who was trying to get behind that outside off
32.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, rushing through, is Jack Leach! Drags the length back and extracts some spin, Latham plays back and just about gets behind
32.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, strewn fuller this time, Latham has to get forward again
32.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, slows it down again, Latham blocks
32.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, pushes this through quick, Latham's slightly late to come forward. Controls it in the end
32.1
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, nicely bowled. Dipping full, Latham has to get forward
31.6
0
Broad to Henry Nicholls, no run, gets forward and jabs out a leg-side defence
31.5
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, direct-hit and Henry Nicholls was gone. Pushed to cover, Latham takes off for a tight run and almost sold Henry Nicholls down the river. The fielder (guess it's a substitute) misses but so terrorized were the batsmen that they don't go for the overthrows
31.4
0
Broad to Latham, no run, left alone outside off
31.3
2
Broad to Latham, 2 runs, that was quite funny. A thick outside edge on the forward defence and the slip cordon en masse -- all five of them! -- took off to chase the ball. Only if this was a race. Isn't. think the third slip wins but I'll need a replay
31.2
0
Broad to Latham, no run, not much in the pitch for Broad now. Full and around off and middle, Latham blocks front-footed

Cook is off the field

31.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, short ball from over the wicket, Latham ducks
30.6
0
Jack Leach to Henry Nicholls, no run, spinning in, Henry Nicholls keeps the inside edge nice and low along the ground

Four men and the keeper around the bat

Henry Nicholls, left handed bat, comes to the crease

30.5
0
Jack Leach to Ross Taylor, out Caught by Cook!! Maiden Test wicket for Jack Leach! And Ross Taylor's fallen to a shot he got away with in the last over. Plays the sweep again, risking his life against the turn Jack Leach's been getting since yesterday. Got away last time but Root brought the short fine leg close-in this time around, meaning this top-edge carries. Leach was absolutely delighted. Gets a big hug from JB and then is mobbed by the rest of his teammates.what a morning for England this has been.. Ross Taylor c Cook b Jack Leach 13(23) [4s-2]

Jack Leach to Ross Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

30.4
1
Jack Leach to Latham, 1 run, now that's the length to be swept. Full and outside off, Latham right on top of it. Swabs it around the forward short leg fielder
30.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, another one drifting in full on off and middle, Latham gets forward and defends it
30.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, blocked into the leg-side with the spin
30.1
1
Jack Leach to Ross Taylor, 1 run, not quite the length to sweep. Dips, making the length shorter than it was, and then spins. Ross Taylor ends up controlling it well in the end. Uppish, towards backward square leg
29.6
0
Broad to Latham, no run, ends up on off-stump, so Latham had to play. Blocks it out to mid-on
29.5
0
Broad to Latham, no run, sucking Latham's front foot across with this full ball. Left alone, having covered the stumps. And then some
29.4
0
Broad to Latham, no run, leaves it again. Broad flings it wide outside off this time, so not many problems for Latham
29.3
0
Broad to Latham, no run, full again, drawing Latham forward into a push to mid-off
29.2
0
Broad to Latham, no run, full, jammed out towards mid-off

Five slips. Atherton points out how close they're to each other. "They haven't seen the Indian slip fielders," retorts my co-commentator Hari. Fair enough!

29.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, good leave. Trusts Broad's angle across him -- Broad's from over the wicket here to the left-hander -- and lets it go
28.6
0
Jack Leach to Ross Taylor, no run, goes wide of the crease and fires it around off-stump. Push-driven to covers

A slip and forward short leg for the right-hander

28.5
1
Jack Leach to Latham, 1 run, bringing Latham forward consistently now. The ball curls away last minute, which is why Latham's not totally behind it on his front foot. Opens the bat face and skews it away off the outside half
28.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, nicely bowled. Drifts it in on off-stump, Latham gets forward to defend
28.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, quicker delivery outside off, left alone
28.2
2
Jack Leach to Latham, 2 runs, much better. Drops it fuller with some away-drift, Latham's front foot gets him a couple through covers

A slip, leg slip and forward short leg

28.1
4
Jack Leach to Latham, FOUR, quick to rock back and smash the cut through covers. Poor short and wide ball to start the day from Leach

Jack Leach [3.0-1-4-0] is back into the attack

27.6
4
Broad to Ross Taylor, FOUR, that's a gorgeous hit. Some width outside off and Ross Taylor's laid into it with a flat-batted short-arm slap through cover-point say
27.5
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, pushed to mid-off
27.4
2
Broad to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, dropped by Vince at 3rd slip .. Oh dear, this might be a big moment in the day. Ross Taylor's footwork has been missing, yawning out ugly prods and pushes from the crease. Ends up poking at a wide full ball outside off, and that without actually throwing his body weight at it. Outside edge, carrying low to Vince's left, and it should have been taken. Vince makes a pudding out if it, flinging himself sideways and having Cook do the mop-up from first slip
27.3
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, he's actually getting some inswing, so that short mid-on isn't a bad idea. Ross Taylor ends up blocking this wide of the fielder. Well in control, but since he isn't coming forward..

I spot a catching short mid-on here. And there I was, imagining that reverse swing in the twenties is a done deal.

27.2
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, starts wide and then keeps swinging away en route to the keeper
27.1
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, length ball seaming away from over the wicket, Latham stabs it across to square leg. Good single. Good to get off the strike against Broad today, I'm telling ya
26.6
0
Anderson to Ross Taylor, no run, classy push to mid-on. Waits till the very last minute before working that away. Nice and full this delivery from Anderson
26.5
0
Anderson to Ross Taylor, no run, length outside off, Ross Taylor leaves
26.4
0
Anderson to Ross Taylor, no run, skidding on and around off-stump, Ross Taylor blocks it around his front pad
26.3
0
Anderson to Ross Taylor, no run, commits to his front foot judging the length full, except that this swings away late. Takes a thick outside edge and rolls to the slip cordon
26.2
0
Anderson to Ross Taylor, no run, gets the ball coming back in a touch from outside off, Ross Taylor shuffles across to get behind and plays it into the leg-side
26.1
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, shortish in length from over the wicket, Latham easily works it round the corner
25.6
2
Broad to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, now goes wide of the crease and beams the full ball in. Ross Taylor blocks it hurriedly to fine leg
25.5
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, gets the full ball to cut away square from just outside off-stump, and beats Ross Taylor's outside edge by a long way
25.4
4
Broad to Ross Taylor, FOUR, punches this through long-on. And just when I was starting to be skeptical about his technique this morning. Allows the full ball to come right to him and just gives it momentum
25.3
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, he's seated back in his crease, so these short balls, and ducking under them, must be easy. Does so
25.2
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, makes him arch forward to defend this fullish length in front of off-stump. Ross Taylor's front foot isn't quite awake this morning, but it isn't on most days
25.1
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, fuller and seaming in, Ross Taylor has his stumps well covered, Leaves

Gee, another Broad over. This is exciting. Five slips, a leg slip, a catching cover and a short leg. "It's raining men..."

24.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, moving it across from leg-stump, Latham blocks it into the leg-side. Made Latham play with this angle, so expect him to continue from over the wicket

yeah, he's back to over the wicket just as I say. Great

24.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, another leave outside off. Wonder why Jimmy's bowling from round the wicket. He's much better to left-handers from over the wicket, but must have a plan. Let me spot that for you..
24.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, trying to keep the back foot honest with a short ball. Achieves what it intended: Latham ducks
24.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, angling the fuller ball from wide of the crease, Latham covers his stumps with the front foot and makes a late decision to leave

Gully's joined in as the fifth slip now actually

24.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, trying to suck a drive outside off. Goes fuller, Latham resists
24.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, angles this in on a slightly fuller length, Latham blocks towards mid-on
24.1
1
Anderson to Latham, no ball, oversteps from round the wicket. Gets the length ball skidding on, and Latham leaving

James Anderson [9.0-5-9-0] is back into the attack

Broad, today, looks in that kinda form, when he mistakes batting line-ups for poptarts. Four slips and a gully in place for Anderson

23.6
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, fuller outside off, Ross Taylor shoulders arms and lets this one pass. What an over, what a magnificent over to start the day

The hat-trick field has stayed by the way

23.5
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, back of a length delivery jumping at Ross Taylor, who takes the bottom hand off and defends with a hop
23.4
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, leave outside off. We're breathing, Barmy Army is singing. They'll, all day. A wide line, so the easiest ball to face in the day from Broad
23.3
0
Broad to Ross Taylor, no run, Taylor survives this. Full and decking in, Ross Taylor closes the bat face and defends it along the ground into the leg-side. Phew, let's all catch a breath

Five slips and a gully, a leg slip, a square leg for Broad's hat-trick ball

Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease

23.2
0
Broad to Williamson, out Caught by Bairstow!! This is mind-boggling. Two balls, two wickets on Day 5 now .. Broad on a hat-trick! England don't mind the impending bad light now, will they? A top notch delivery first up to Williamson. Just short of a good length, kicking and seaming away to take the outside edge of Williamson's attempted back-footed defence. Not much you can do with that delivery, except being sucked in its carnivorous glory. Williamson c Bairstow b Broad 0(1)

Broad to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

23.1
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, out Caught by Stoneman!! Gone, first ball, can you believe? After zillions of plays-and-misses yesterday, Raval picks a leg-stump delivery to perish. Gee, cricket. He's expecting something around off-stump, Broad strews it on leg-stump from over the wicket and Raval's in no position to play that. Head falling on the flick, body losing balance, and he finds square leg on the way. Jeet Raval c Stoneman b Broad 17(60) [4s-2]

Broad to Jeet Raval, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

10:28am local: Out come the England players, honked into the ground by the Barmy Army intoxicated on some morrning muesli, perhaps. Four slips in waiting as Raval gets ready to face the Broad line of fire..

The weather is set to be fair today -- it's nice and sunny at the moment -- but the light, as it has on other days, will collapse quickly here in Christchurch. No way we are getting 90 overs in the day, let alone bowling an extra 8 overs in the evening session -- something New Zealand wouldn't mind at all. What's in store for us? The pitch, still flat and sporting little spin, adds an interesting dynamic to the last day of New Zealand's summer. Live action in a while..

Day 5 ~ 10:10am local: Imagine bad light forcing early stumps to slaughter 24 overs of cricket, only for the sun to teasingly show up later in the day and spin heads around. If New Zealand's unbeaten opening stand last evening didn't irk Root and his seemingly belated decision to declare, Christchurch's yo-yoing weather must have. England need a win here to draw the series; New Zealand, defiance, to win it. 340 runs in a day sounds a little far-fetched but hey, who knows.

***

We will get a minimum of 98 overs tomorrow but play won't start 30 minutes early. England are on a 13 match winless streak away from the home and they would want light Gods and Rain Gods to be with them to turnaround their fortune. They would also want Anderson and Broad to be at their very best tommorow. Anderson bowled well today but without much luck. The law of averages might favor Anderson tomorrow. He will have his chance in the first hour definitely.Tomorrow is the last day of the New Zealand summer and they won't leave any stone unturned to ensure that it turns out to be a positive one. It promises to be a fascinating day of cricket. Do join us at the same time and at the same place.

Stumps, day 4 - It is official now that there won't be any further play today. The session which promised a lot ended on a bad note courtesy bad light. Sitting in the dressing room in the gloomy weather, Root will be pondering over his decision of declaration. The think tank including the Yorkshire lad might not have considered that bad light will intervene so soon today. The playing conditions might have played the spoilsport today but this Test match is still nicely poised and going into the final day all three results are possible.

Umpire Marais Erasmus speaking to Test Match Special: "This is unfortunate, the game is nicely poised. If we don't get back, we'll have 98 overs tomorrow, starting half-an-hour earlier [23:00 BST]."

Umpires are going to have an official inspection soon, we hear. Fingers crossed, we might see LIVE ACTION today. ... okay, not trying to confuse you here but the drizzle seems to have come back and the hessian cover is going back on. We'll keep you updated although I must say that restart looks like a distant possibility...

16:35 Local Time, 04:35 GMT, 10:05 IST: There is a slight drizzle in the air. If there is no more play today, day 5 might start 30 minutes early tomorrow. There are no flood lights at the Hagley Oval and that won't help the chances of restart.

Root is having a chat with the umpires regarding light. Both the openers are coming off. Bad light has stopped play. This doesn't look good for the Test match. Umpires are still in the middle and strangely covers are coming on the field now. Hopefully, we will get more play today but to be honest I don't see light getting any better than what it is right now.

22.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends
22.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Latham comes on the front foot and blocks
22.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, two minds! He wanted to sweep it but at the last moment decides to guide it to the short third man. Bumble on air shouts sweep was on, sweep was on!
22.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, flighted and fuller, Latham comes forward and blocks it
22.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, goes on the back foot and blocks it
22.1
1
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, 1 run, flighted delivery turning into Jeet Raval who brings his bat down at an angle and works it to the leg-side for a single
21.6
0
Root to Latham, no run, this fuller delivery catches the outside half of the bat and goes to point
21.5
0
Root to Latham, no run, fuller delivery at the stumps, Latham carves it to cover
21.4
0
Root to Latham, no run, defended it to the off-side
21.3
0
Root to Latham, no run, straight delivery aimed at the stumps, comes on the front foot and blocks
21.2
0
Root to Latham, no run, that ball hit the foot mark and it spun, Latham had it covered as he blocks it to the off-side
21.1
0
Root to Latham, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, pushed to the off-side

Joe Root, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

20.6
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, flighted outside off, ball hit the inside edge and hit the pads
20.5
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, comes on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler
20.4
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, clipped the pads and went to Jonny who takes it amazingly well down the leg-side. He appealed but umpire was never going to agree
20.3
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, that ball hit a foot mark around leg-stump and turned and bounced
20.2
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, uses his wrists to work it to fine leg
20.1
0
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, Jeet Raval comes on the front foot and blocks it

Jack Leach [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

A slip, leg slip and a forward short leg in place

Dark clouds have covered the Hagley Oval, light doesn't look great. Can well be the reason why Leach's been summoned back into the attack. I predict the umpires will have a look at the light meter very soon.

19.6
0
Broad to Latham, no run, good length outside off, left alone
19.5
1
Broad to Jeet Raval, 1 run, short of length delivery on the body, Jeet Raval hops and pulls to fine leg for a single
19.4
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, fuller length outside off, mistimed drive to mid-off
19.3
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, good length delivery on the stumps, Latham clips it to fine leg for a single

Cannot keep the Barmy Army quiet, can you? They are at their unbeatable best once again.
They are going vocal about Broady at the moment

"He is Big, He is Bad
He is better than his Dad
Stuart Broad, Stuart Broad "

19.2
0
Broad to Latham, no run, fuller length delivery around off, Latham defends off the front foot
19.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, touch fuller of good length and shapes into Latham who clips it to square leg
18.6
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, touch late on the shot and inside half of the bat takes it to the leg-side for a single
18.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, good length outside off, left alone
18.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, blocks at this outside off delivery, he played it slighly away from the body
18.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
18.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, rapped on the pads. Huge appeal from Anderson but umpire after watching it closely doesn't respond. Ball hit him above the knee-roll so height was an issue. Replay shows it was going over the stumps
18.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, hit the pads and deflects back to the keeper
17.6
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, not much movement on this ball that picthed around off, Jeet Raval brings his bat down straight and blocks it
17.5
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, Broad loses patience and bowls this ball at the pads. Jeet Raval clips it straight to square leg
17.4
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, fuller from Broad but line was outside off, left alone
17.3
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, another delivery outside off that has been left alone by Jeet Raval
17.2
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, outside off and on a good length, left alone
17.1
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, good length delivery on the fifth stumps, Jeet Raval has this habit of bringing bat close to the ball and then at the last moment he takes it away from the line of the ball. This makes things look dramatic!
16.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, comes on the front foot and drives it to mid-off
16.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, another delivery aiming at the stumps, Latham whips it to mid-on
16.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, length was same, line was on the pads. Latham doesn't mind it as he tucks it to the square leg
16.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
16.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, defends to the off-side
16.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, Oh! Vince almost had him at the third slip but ball pops out at the last moment. It was a near perfect delivery from Anderson, on the perfect good length and shaped away after pitching. Latham was enticed into a drive, he got the outside edge and Vince was flying to his left to catch it but could not gallop it
15.6
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, this was one of those delivery that should be dispatched for four. But Jeet Raval is in a mood to make this old ball new, he just pushes it to the leg-side
15.5
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, moves his bat away from the line of the ball which was outside off and leaves it alone
15.4
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, bit of away shape on that ball, line was outside off and Jeet Raval did not dare to touch it
15.3
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, Jeet Raval leaves this ball again
15.2
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, good length delivery angling away from Jeet Raval, left alone
15.1
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, raps Jeet Raval on the pads. This delivery pitched outside leg and it was missing leg, still Broad was at his very best in appealing. Ironically, he was heard saying in on the stumps microphone that it has definitely pitched outside leg
14.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, too wide of off, Latham plants his front foot forward and ignores the ball
14.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, good length delivery aiming at the stumps, Latham was half-forward and he pushed it to mid-off
14.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, defended to the off-side
14.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, beauty from Anderson! Latham wanted to play a flashy drive, ball beats his outside edge and goes to Jonny
14.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, fuller around off, blocked. It is slightly overcast, ball is new, bowler is Anderson and strangely it still isn't swinging much
14.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, defended to the off-side
13.6
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, this cherry was in the corridor of uncertainty, in that area where batsmen is in two minds. Jeet Raval was certainly in two minds, initially he wanted to poke at it but then decides to leave. Good leave!
13.5
2
Broad to Jeet Raval, 2 runs, on the pads and Jeet Raval clips it nicely fine of the fine leg and takes a brace
13.4
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, not deviation after pitching, Jeet Raval gets a stride forward and defends
13.3
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, stays in the crease and defends
13.2
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, gentle tap wide of mid-off and runs an easy single. Best way to deal with the good seam bowling is to be at the non striker's end, Latham understands that
13.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, good length at the stumps, Latham plays a defensive shot to mid-off

Stuart Broad [4.0-1-11-0] is back into the attack

12.6
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, stays in the crease and blocks it back to the bowler
12.5
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, good length delivery angling away from the left-hander, blocked to the off-side
12.4
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, stands tall and defends to the off-side
12.3
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, this was mighty close to the off-stump. Jeet Raval leaves it, will be called a good leave but it will make Jeet Raval a think wee more before leaving
12.2
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, this is the length Anderson needs to bowl. It was fuller and line was similar, inisde half of the willow takes it to fine leg for a single
12.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, back of a length delivery at the stumps, Latham brings down the bat straight and defends

Back live for the final session. Can England get some momentum with the ball or will New Zealand's progress continue? We'll find out. Jimmy to start after Tea

15:10 Local Time: Leach wanted to bowl one more but the umpires say that it is Tea. Good little passage for the Kiwis as the openers have seen through the initial spells of Anderson and Broad. There's been plenty of movement and Leach got it to turn in the one over he bowled. However, nothing alarming yet and if you can apply yourself, runs can be made on this pitch. Still a mountain to climb though for NZ. England hold the aces at the moment, despite their surprisingly inept approach earlier in the day and with still over 350 in the bank, they are favorites to level the series. It would need a strong final session for the hosts to break this game open heading into the final day. Can they do it? Back in 15 to find out.

11.6
0
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, no run, full and outside off, Raval gets on the front foot and defends it towards cover
11.5
0
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, no run, on a good length just outside off, Raval lifts his bat to make the leave
11.4
0
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, no run, back of a length around middle and off, Raval stands tall and defends firmly
11.3
0
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, no run, short of a length on leg stump, Raval looks to flick but wears it on the thigh pad and it rolls towards gully
11.2
0
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, no run, on a good length around off stump, straightens off the pitch as Raval lets it pass
11.1
4
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, FOUR, smacked away! Wood is yet to get his radar right, short ball on leg stump and that's a gift for Raval. He swivel-pulls it away behind square
10.6
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, more turn! Spins into Latham from a full length, he pushes with soft hands to get it past FSL
10.5
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, turn and bounce! Was there an inside edge? Two noises definitely, the umpire doesn't think there was any bat though. Encouraging start for Leach nevertheless. Spins in from outside off as Latham looks to defend, lobs up to FSL and England were excited but the umpire reckons there was only pad there
10.4
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, plenty of loop again, outside off and invites a drive from Latham who is happy blocking
10.3
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, tossed up gently around off stump, Latham leans into a solid front foot defence
10.2
0
Jack Leach to Latham, no run, shortens his length a bit around off stump, Latham hangs back and defends firmly
10.1
3
Jack Leach to Jeet Raval, 3 runs, starts with an overcook outside off, plenty of gaps on the off-side and Raval just had to beat the man at cover, which he did with ease. It's chased down though, three more

Jack Leach, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Time for spin as the debutant gets ready to roll his arm over. He might get to bowl a couple before Tea. Interesting to see if he gets some turn

9.6
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, shortens the length a bit and pings Latham on the thigh pad. The southpaw tried to work it away on the leg-side but couldn't connect
9.5
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, Wood continues to go full, Latham wanted to drive but drags it off the inner half of the blade towards the bowler
9.4
0
Mark Wood to Latham, no run, pitched up on off stump, Latham gets forward and checks the forward defence towards extra cover
9.3
4
Mark Wood to Latham, FOUR, another fine stroke! Wide half volley, Latham has been in there for a while now and is seeing them well, gets to the pitch and eases the drive through cover with aplomb
9.2
4
Mark Wood to Latham, FOUR, crunched past mid-off! Too full from Wood, Latham just gets forward and punches it past the bowler. Well wide of the fielder who cannot chase it down. Top shot
9.1
1
Mark Wood to Jeet Raval, 1 run, full and on the pads, Raval glances it through backward square leg for a single

Mark Wood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, pitched up just outside off stump, Latham gets on the front foot and blocks firmly to cover
8.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, slightly fuller and Latham pushes at it with soft hands and an angled bat. Trickles off the outer edge but it was along the ground to gully
8.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, shortish and just outside off, Latham stands tall and offers the full face of the blade in defence
8.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, stump-to-stump channel from a good length, Latham gets on the back foot and defends to mid-wicket
8.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, middle and off line with a bit of shape away from left-hander, Latham dabs with soft hands to the off-side
8.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, the nip backer from middle and leg, a touch short and Latham gets around his front pad to bring his bat down in time
7.6
4
Broad to Jeet Raval, FOUR, sublime timing! Broad overpitches and it's on the pads as well, Raval just clips it away through square leg. Emphasis was on just easing it through the leg-side but look at that ball speed away, class!
7.5
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, back of a length angling in from outside off, Latham stays on his toes and nudges this towards cover, brisk single

Erasmus has a word with Broad, presumably about running on the danger area of the surface. Not an official caution as such but he did have a bit to say. Broady decides to switch to round the wicket

7.4
0
Broad to Latham, no run, shortens the length on middle and leg, Latham gets behind the line and defends solidly
7.3
0
Broad to Latham, no run, on a good length just outside off, nips away off the pitch, left alone
7.2
0
Broad to Latham, no run, banged in short on middle and leg, Latham ducks under the bumper instantly
7.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, on a good length just outside off, Latham waves his bat to let it pass
6.6
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, fuller and just outside off, Raval gets on the front foot and defends well
6.5
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, and again! Full and just outside off, Raval is starting to feel some pressure and goes fishing. Beaten once more
6.4
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, absolute peach! Huge shout for caught behind from England as well but this is too good a nut to catch an edge. Unplayable! The outswinger on leg stump and you cannot fault Raval for trying to flick but in the end, the drastic movement off the surface made him look like really unwise
6.3
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, goes past the edge! Extra bounce from a length, moves away off the seam as Raval plays inside the line
6.2
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, shorter length and Raval rides the bounce nicely with soft hands towards the off-side
6.1
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, the outswinger but well wide outside off, easy leave for Raval
5.6
1
Broad to Jeet Raval, 1 run, short of a length and a bit of space outside off, dabbed towards point for a single

The physio comes out to have a look. Raval is a tough lad and seems better than what it seemed initially. Ready to resume

5.5
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, ouchhhhhhhhhh! This has stung for sure! On a shortish length and seemed like angling across Raval who shouldered arms. However, this nipped back sharply with steep bounce to hit him flush near the midriff region where there's no protection as such. Has definitely hurt him
5.4
1
Broad to Latham, 1 run, quick single! Leg stump line again and a touch short, tucked deftly towards short mid-wicket and they scamper through
5.3
0
Broad to Latham, no run, a bit of excitement on this LBW appeal! Nothing from the umpire. I guess this pitched outside leg, otherwise might have been a really marginal shout. This holds its line around leg stump and pins Latham on the crease and he fails to bring his bat down in time
5.2
2
Broad to Latham, 2 runs, quite full and veering in on the pads, Latham flicks it away through backward square leg. A bit of work for fine leg to do and the batsmen came back for the second
5.1
0
Broad to Latham, no run, angling across Latham from a good length, just outside off and he lets it pass
4.6
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, lovely from Anderson, he's also settling into a nice rhythm. Fourth stump line on this away swinger, left alone
4.5
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, better judgement from Raval, sees this good length ball pitch outside off and bails out of the stroke instantly
4.4
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, cracker! Nothing much you can do as a batsman about such deliveries. Just forget and move on. Lovely length just on off stump, Raval had to play at it and the away movement does the rest, beats the edge
4.3
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, on a length just outside off stump, Raval sits on the back foot and defends with a straight bat
4.2
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, full and just outside off, Raval lifts his bat to make the leave
4.1
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, back of a length on off stump, gets on the back foot and dabs it with an open face to the gully region
3.6
0
Broad to Latham, no run, leg stump line and on a length as well, Latham gets across on the back foot and defends to FSL
3.5
0
Broad to Latham, no run, fullish on middle and leg, Latham offers the full face to defend it back to Broad
3.4
0
Broad to Latham, no run, good leave! This was closer to the off stump from a good length, came back just a wee bit as Latham shouldered arms. Left it on the length
3.3
0
Broad to Latham, no run, pitched up outside off, Latham pats it back to Broad down the track
3.2
0
Broad to Latham, no run, full and outside off, Latham doesn't offer a shot to that one
3.1
2
Broad to Latham, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Latham leans into the drive and eases it wide of the man at mid-off who gives chase. Brace taken
2.6
0
Anderson to Jeet Raval, no run, full and blocked
2.5
1
Anderson to Latham, 1 run, taps a quick single to cover
2.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, beaten by the pace off the deck. Skids on and raps the thigh, as Latham looks to work it across
2.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, wide outside off, left alone
2.2
2
Anderson to Latham, 2 runs, length dragged back a touch, Latham opens the bat face and steers it to gully
2.1
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, covers his stumps and leaves
1.6
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, left alone! Back of a length just outside off, Raval watchfully allows it to go past
1.5
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, opens up Raval a touch. Full and on off stump once more, unrelenting start from Broad and it trickles off the outer half to cover
1.4
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, and again! Full again on the probing off stump channel, Raval is forced to play at it but his feet go nowhere. Beaten on the outside edge
1.3
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, beats the edge! Lovely from Broad, gets it full and just on off stump, a hint of away movement and Raval ends up playing inside the line
1.2
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, on a shortish length outside off, a bit of away movement to start with for Broad, left alone
1.1
0
Broad to Jeet Raval, no run, a bit of away movement off the seam but the line is quite wide outside off, left alone to the keeper

Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, a bit of away movement off the seam but the line is quite wide outside off, left alone to the keeper
0.5
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, on a good length outside off, stays back and defends it well to the off-side
0.4
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, full again and just outside off, Latham leans into the front foot defence and buries it
0.3
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, fuller this time and just outside off, leans on the front foot and defends to cover
0.2
0
Anderson to Latham, no run, short of a length around off stump, stands tall and blocks firmly towards cover
0.1
4
Anderson to Latham, FOUR, loosener from Anderson to start with, strays on the pads and it's easy pickings for Latham who clips it away fine down the leg side to the fence. NZ are away

Latham and Jeet Raval are at the crease. Latham is on strike. Anderson will open the attack