England lead New Zealand by 98 runs after day two of the Pink Ball Test | Cricket News

England lead New Zealand by 98 runs after day two of the Pink Ball Test | Cricket News

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England lost two late wickets but scored quickly under the lights as they ended day two of the first day-night test against New Zealand with a 98 lead.

New Zealand had slipped to 37-3 after 18 overs on day one in the final session, but England played more aggressively while the floodlights were on, rattling along with a lick under five runs and an over to finish ollie 79-2 Pope 14 not out and reveler Stuart Broad undefeated at six.

Ben Duckett (25 of 27) and Zak Crawley (28 of 39) were caught behind Blair Tickner and Scott Kuggeleijn respectively after sharing an opening partnership of 52 within 10 overs.

Broad would have joined them but bowler Kuggeleijn and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell gave each other a hook after the Englishman spooned a short ball into the on-side.

Tom Blundell celebrates scoring against England at the Bay Oval (Getty Images)

Image: Tom Blundell’s hundred was his fourth for New Zealand and the first by a wicketkeeper in a day-night Test

England – who had looted 325-9 with 59 overs on the opening day – would have eyed a far greater advantage when they reduced New Zealand to 83-5 in Friday’s opening session simply because Blundell (138 from 181) was driving the Black caps up 306 all and a first-innings deficit of just 19.

Blundell scored the first hundred from a wicketkeeper in a day-night test and has been involved in three half-century partnerships, including a 53-goal with last man Tickner (3no off 24).

It was a milestone day for Blundell, but also for James Anderson (3-26) and Broad (1-72) as the English seafarers became the collectively most productive partnership in Test history by winning their 1,001. Wicket claimed in tandem, equaling the record held by Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.


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