Stuart Broad to the rescue for the home side as Kiwis crumble.
England paceman Stuart Broad has all-but delivered victory for the home side in the first Test after ripping the New Zealand top-order apart on the fourth morning.
Board was at his best as New Zealand struggled to get him off the square early in their second innings, as the visitors went to lunch at 29-6.
The incredible Test took another turn as New Zealand began their chase of 239 for victory, with Broad claiming 5-22 off 5.4 overs to shatter the Kiwis’ hopes of victory.
Earlier in the day it was the bowling of Tim Southee that caputured the game’s attention as he finished the England second innings with six wickets to give him 10-108, to restrict the home side to 213.
Southee had bowled New Zealand back into the match with three wickets late on Saturday after Jonathan Trott (56) and Joe Root (71) had threatened to take the match away from the tourists.
And the 24-year-old carried on from where he left off, maintaining his accuracy in a burst of six wickets for 25 runs in 52 balls, albeit he was helped by several poor shots.
The paceman did not have long to wait for a fourth wicket Sunday, removing nightwatchman Steven Finn for his overnight six with the aid of a second slip catch by substitute fielder Martin Guptill.
Ian Bell, nought not out overnight, was the last of England’s specialist batsmen, having come in down the order after suffering from a bout of flu.
Before this match he’d suggested he could help provide the attacking impetus with the bat England would otherwise miss as a result of Kevin Pietersen being ruled out with a knee injury.
But instead he became Southee’s fifth wicket of the innings, caught in the slips for six by Dean Brownlie after pushing tamely well outside off stump, as the paceman secured his place on the Lord’s honours board.
However, Broad – who made a Test-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s three years ago – countered with four well-struck boundaries in his 26 not out.
But there was no stopping the 24-year-old Southee, who took his 10th wicket of the match when Graeme Swann was caught behind by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, continuing to deputise behind the stumps after BJ Watling suffered a knee injury on Saturday.
Southee was involved again when he caught Anderson off part-time spinner Kane Williamson to end the innings after only 9.3 overs’ play Sunday.
England v New Zealand
Played at Lords
Toss won by England
England 1st Innings 232 (T Southee 4-58, N Wagner 3-70)
New Zealand 1st Innings 207 (R Taylor 66, K Williamson 60; J Anderson 5-47, S Finn 4-63)
England 2nd Innings (overnight 180-6)
A. Cook c Brownlie b Boult 21
N. Compton b Wagner 15
J. Trott b Williamson 56
J. Root b Southee 71
J. Bairstow b Southee 5
M. Prior c sub (Guptill) b Southee 0
S. Finn c sub (Guptill) b Southee 6
I. Bell c Brownlie b Southee 6
S. Broad not out 26
G. Swann c McCullum b Southee 1
J. Anderson c Southee b Williamson 0
Extras (b3, w1, nb2) 6
Total (all out, 68.3 overs, 330 mins) 213
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Cook), 2-36 (Compton), 3-159 (Root), 4-167 (Bairstow), 5-171 (Prior), 6-171 (Trott), 7-183 (Finn), 8-200 (Bell), 9-210 (Swann), 10-213 (Anderson)
Bowling: Boult 15-3-56-1; Southee 19-4-50-6; Wagner 13-2-44-1 (1nb, 1w); Martin 13-2-40-0 (1nb); Williamson 8.3-2-20-2
New Zealand 2nd Innings (target 239)
P. Fulton c Prior b Broad 1
H. Rutherford b Broad 9
K. Williamson c Finn b Broad 6
R. Taylor c Cook b Broad 0
D. Brownlie c Cook b Anderson 5
B. McCullum lbw b Broad 8
BJ Watling not out 0
Total (6 wkts, 11.4 overs, 59 mins) 29
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Fulton), 2-16 (Rutherford), 3-16 (Taylor), 4-21 (Williamson), 5-25 (Brownlie), 6-29 (McCullum)
To bat: T Southee, B Martin, N Wagner, T Boult
Bowling: Anderson 6-4-7-1; Broad 5.4-0-22-5;
Match position: New Zealand need a further 210 runs to reach their target of 239 with four second innings wickets standing.
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