BirminghamBacked by a stellar performance by their bowlers led by Matt Henry, New Zealand looked on the precipice of a major victory ahead of the World Test Championship final against India as they stunned England in the second innings of the third day of the second Test here on Saturday. I took nine wickets for just 122 runs. The Kiwi team now needs just one wicket to tie the hosts’ bundle. At the end of the day’s play, England took a 37-run lead. His last pair is on the wicket, with no specialist batsmen. In such a situation, the Kiwi team has a chance to win in the first session of the fourth day itself. Having finished the match five seasons ago, the Kiwis will look to slow down the series 1-0 as they play the WTC final with India in Southampton from June 18 and the final could fulfill their ICC trophy-winning dream. However, Ollie Stone 15 till stumps and James Anderson returned unbeaten without opening the account. For the Kiwis, Matt Henry has taken three wickets for 36 runs while Neil Wegner has taken so many wickets for 16 runs. Apart from this, Ajaz Patel got two and Trent Boult got one success. Mark Wood scored 29 runs for England in the second innings. Apart from this, Ollie Pope contributed 23 runs. Earlier, New Zealand’s team started playing 326 for five after lunch and their entire team was all out for 388 runs. For the Kiwis, Devon Conway scored 80, Will Young scored 82, Ross Taylor scored 80 and Tom Blandle scored 34, while Ajaz Patel scored 20 and Matt Henry and Trent Boult scored 12 not out. Stuart Broad took four wickets for England, Mark Wood and Ollie Steyn took two wickets each while Dan Lawrence took one wicket.
[Attribution to NBT]