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2nd Test: England on top against NZ

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2008 13:59 IST
Greg Stutchbury
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England's James Anderson captured his fourth five-wicket haul to help bowl New Zealand out for 198 late on the second day of the second Test on Friday, giving the tourists a 148-run lead.

England were 4/0 when stumps were drawn.

Anderson ripped through the top of New Zealand's batting order, reducing the home side to 31-3, before he returned to take another two wickets and finished with figures of five for 73.

New Zealand, who lead the three-Test series 1-0, had bowled England out for 342 just before lunch after wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Ambrose had scored his maiden Test century.

A 71-run stand between Stephen Fleming and Ross Taylor and a brutal 52-run partnership from Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori were the only bright spots of a poor batting display from the hosts.

Fleming and Taylor's partnership rescued New Zealand's innings after Anderson's initial spell removed Matthew Bell, Jamie How and Mathew Sinclair cheaply.

Fleming, who became the 32nd player to pass 7,000 test runs when he moved to 18, and Taylor took their side through to 100 for three at tea but Fleming fell straight afterwards for 34 when his lazy shot off Anderson popped straight to Kevin Pietersen.

The former New Zealand captain, who is retiring from international cricket after the third Test in Napier, needs to score 7,160 runs to guarantee a career average of 40.

All-rounder Jacob Oram fell for eight when he was trapped leg before by Ryan Sidebottom before Taylor became Anderson's fifth wicket when he edged behind to Ambrose for 54.

New Zealand had slumped to 113-6 after Taylor's dismissal leaving McCullum and Vettori to revive the innings by attacking the bowlers.

McCullum advanced down the pitch to Sidebottom and Anderson to negate their swing and smashed five fours before he was well caught by Andrew Strauss off Stuart Broad for 25. He and Vettori had added 52 runs in 33 balls.

Kyle Mills then departed cheaply for one, while Mark Gillespie was bowled for a duck and Chris Martin was bowled for one, all three wickets falling to Paul Collingwood, who finished with career-best figures of 3-23.

Vettori was left on 50 not out when he ran out of partners.

(Editing by John O'Brien)