England is close to level the series 2

Hi friends, England is now in a good position to draw level the series with New Zealand . On the 2nd test played at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Saturday, New Zealand won the toss and asked England to bat first.

The Visitors gave good reply to the bowling team. The pitch was tough for wicket, which was more helpful to the bowlers. Nevetheless England batted well. England scored 342 all out in 107 overs. Tim Ambrose made a splendid century of 102 in 149 balls. Paul Collingwood gave a good support to him with his cool 65 runs off 149 balls. Ambrose’s innings was a good one to watch. The Visitors built a good opening partnership of 79 runs and after that regular partnerships were built.

M Gillespie was the top wicket-taker for Kiwis with 4/79. Oram picked up 3 wickets and gave 46 runs only. Kyle Mills picked up 2 wkts & Martin 1 wkt, Vettori did not get any wickets.

The Kiwis had a poor start and were bundled out for 198 in 57.5 overs. The top scorer among them was Ross Taylor with 53 runs & D Vettori made 50 off 42 balls (not out). The remaining Kiwi batsmen got out in a very silly manner and played some poor shots.

J Anderson made captain very proud by taking 5 wickets and this made a big difference for the Visitors. Paul Collingwood took 3 wickets and Sidebottom balled very tightly with good line & length. Stuart Board took the important wicket of, dangerous, B Mc Cullum. Panesar bowled only one over and did”nt get much of a chance to prove.

England got an important lead of 144 runs and at the close of the play, on the 3rd day, were at 277-9 in 94.1 overs. A huge lead of 421 which could be a dead end for the Kiwis. A Cook is the top scorer with 60 off 137 balls. Strauss (44), Bell (41) & Collingwood (59) played valuable knocks.The first innings centurion, Tim Ambrose scored only 5 runs in the Second innings. Except Vettori, all the bowlers took wickets and Oram was the top wicket-taker with 3/44 in 2 innings.

The way in which the Kiwis bat, it could be hard for them to chase a target of 400 plus runs, when only 2 days remain in the test match. The Kiwis have a Herculean task ahead of them in the coming days, to either save or win the match. England looks more favorable, at winning the second test match and levelling the series 1-1. The match might finish on the 4th day itself. But cricket being a funny game, you never know when the game turns. So enjoy the match on Sunday.

With lots of love,
Madhu Vamsi….