Four wickets after tea restricted New Zealand as they look to set England a tricky target in the third Test at Headingley.
England take a crucial first innings lead
What seemed like an impossible dream at one point, turned into a reality as the hosts managed to take a crucial first innings lead. Bairstow would bring up a brilliant 150 but his 137-run stand with Jamie Overton would finally come to an end. It was heartbreak for the debutant, who missed out on a well-deserved ton by a mere three runs, with Boult getting his wicket with a lovely delivery that shaped away from him.
Stuart Broad was a man on the mission though, opening up his blade and playing an entertaining knock of 42 off 36, before being bowled by Southee. Bairstow would finally perish for 162 against the spin of Michael Bracewell. Jack Leach was the final man to depart for 3, but the efforts of the lower-order along with the brilliance of Jonny Bairstow ensured that England took a slender 31-run lead.
It has been a poor series for two of New Zealand’s key batters – skipper Kane Williamson and his deputy Tom Latham. While Latham struggled in both the Tests and the first innings of the ongoing Test in Leeds, Williamson was ruled out of the second match with COVID. The failure of the pair to aggregate runs though has been a key factor in the visitors losing the series.
The pair finally showed some semblance of form in the second session. After losing Will Young relatively early, the onus was even more on the two experienced veterans to steady the ship. Latham registered his first half-century of the tour while Williamson would look solid, batting through the majority of the afternoon session, which could only be a positive for the Kiwis.
With the Black Caps looking set for a sizeable lead, it was England’s two inexperienced seamers who stepped up to stem the tide.
Overton, fresh from his outstanding efforts with the bat, teased an edge from Latham to send the opener packing for 76.
And it was Potts who drew the edge from Kane Williamson, with the New Zealand skipper dismissed two runs shy of his half-century.
A sharp catch from Ollie Pope at short leg did for Devon Conway (11) off the bowling of Joe Root, and it was Jack Leach who removed Henry Nicholls (7) caught and bowled to leave the tourists five down on the day.
Rain brought an early halt to proceedings with the score at 168/5, but the four wickets after tea leave the Test finely balanced heading into the fourth day.