Auckland Test, Day 3: New Zealand on top despite England fightback

Updated: Mar 24, 2013, 14:17 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Auckland: New Zealand crumbled at the start of their 2nd innings on the third day of the final Test in Auckland, after wrapping up England for a below par 204.


The Kiwis decided not to enforce the follow-on and chose to bat. However, their decision backfired as they lost 3 quick wickets in the space of 23 overs to end the day at 35 for 3 wickets. They now enjoy a lead of 274 with 7 wickets in hand.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee were the most successful bowlers for the hosts with figures of 6 for 68 and 3 for 44 respectively.

The eventful final session saw eight wickets falling for 39 runs, as England’s tail-enders failed to cope with some very tight bowling from the Kiwis. New Zealand followed in similar fashion, creating hopes for a decider in the currently level test series.