NZ fight back after England rip off top order

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SOURCE: INTERNET

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Mar 31:  BJ Watling continued to defy England as he combined with Colin de Grandhomme to resurrect New Zealand’s innings and lead them to 192 for six as the second day of the second test at Hagley Oval ended about 30 minutes early due to bad light.

Watling was 77 not out after he and de Grandhomme had come together at 36 for five and then combined for 142 runs for the sixth wicket to drag the hosts back into the match after Stuart Broad and James Anderson had blasted the top off the innings.

Tim Southee was 13 not out after de Grandhomme had been dismissed for 72 about an hour before the scheduled end of play.

England had been dismissed for 307 early on Saturday at Hagley Oval after Jonny Bairstow was the last man out for a well-deserved 101.

Bairstow had rescued England’s innings from 94 for five to marshal a stubborn rearguard action with the bowlers as they scored 156 runs for the final four wickets — 95 of those coming in an eighth-wicket partnership with Mark Wood (52).
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