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03-16-2013, 01:48 PM #1
[Cricket] New Zealand forced to follow on
New Zealand will have their eyes on Wellington's skies when they start the fourth day of the second Test against England on Sunday.
Rain appears the only way to deny England victory after they asked New Zealand to follow on when the home team fell for 254 at the Basin Reserve, 12 runs short of their first target of the innings.
By stumps New Zealand were 77-1 in their second innings, still 134 runs from making England bat again.
Peter Fulton was 41 not out and Kane Williamson 16 not out.
Hamish Rutherford was the only wicket to fall in the second innings when caught for 15 to a fine diving catch by Ian Bell fielding in a leg gully position when New Zealand had scored 25.
It was Stuart Broad, with 6-51 from 17.2 overs, who sank New Zealand's hopes when securing the seventh five-wicket haul of his Test career.
He bowled superbly, several times producing nearly unplayable full-length balls similar to the one with which he bowled Ross Taylor first ball on Friday. He greeted New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum with a similar ball, but McCullum was able to avoid the touch.
While Broad broke the back of the New Zealand middle and lower-order, the vital blow of the third day was struck by Steven Finn, who had McCullum caught at second slip for 69 by Jonathan Trott.
McCullum suggested he was flagging in execution if not concentration when twice subject to lbw appeals when on 58. England used the DRS system to check the first, only to find the verdict going against them and when a second opportunity arrived the DRS was not employed.
McCullum's eventual fall came just after he and Watling had brought up their 100-run stand in 123 minutes from 186 balls when he was out to leave New Zealand 189-6.
Watling carried on to bring up his own half-century in 167 minutes and from 125 balls in what had been a demonstration of quiet accumulation.
He upped the rate when joined by Bruce Martin but the re-introduction of Broad brought Watling's demise for 60 when caught behind from another well-angled ball.
Martin continued to show defiance, taking two boundaries, one off-driven and one square cut, from Anderson to take New Zealand to 248.
However, Neil Wagner went for a duck when edging Broad behind, and Trent Boult provided a moment of tragic-comedy when lobbing a chance in the direction of Monty Panesar only to have it embarrassingly missed.
But from the next ball Boult played carelessly and was caught by Prior on two.
New Zealand had resumed the third day at 66-3, and started briskly enough but at 85 Williamson lobbed a return chance that Broad latched onto quickly to send him packing for 42.
His partner-in-arms Dean Brownlie followed four runs later for 18 when trapped leg before wicket by Anderson.