NZ declare at 427-8, lead by 369 against England

Henry Nicholls batting. New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day  night test match. Eden Park Auckland New Zealand. Day 2 Friday 23 March 2018

Henry Nicholls batting. New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day night test match. Eden Park Auckland New Zealand. Day 2 Friday 23 March 2018

England must bat out the final day for a draw.

Root, who received on-field treatment, was bounced again on the next delivery and caught off the glove by BJ Watling to leave England in desperate trouble at 132 for three, needing another 237 runs to make New Zealand bat again.

"We've got to play our natural games for the start of the day - if you get yourself in a position where it's completely shut-up-shop, you adjust", Broad said. The fears of yet another deadly collapse resurfaced, but the skipper Joe Root and Mark Stoneman played really well to defy the New Zealand bowlers who were breathing fire with every ball.

"Five years ago, Matt Prior was the hero with a hundred, and someone's got that chance tomorrow. But it proves there's runs to be had out there".

Danger man Root was on 51, his 38th half-century in Tests, when he was smacked on te right index finger by a flyer from Trent Boult in the last over.

Suddenly, after 141 overs of the ball steadfastly refusing to move off straight, in New Zealand's hands it was veering sideways in the air and appeared to be bouncing unpredictably too.

"If we get a bit of luck and we're disciplined, we can see out this day".

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He said getting Root out was a nice to way to end the day.

The timing of the declaration gave the hosts 50 minutes to bowl at England before dinner in the day-night Test and then have another crack in the twilight-to-dark period. The tourists entered the final day on 90-4 facing an improbable task of scoring another 391 runs in 90 overs to win the match. But the veteran Alastair Cook failed yet again, this time to an innocuous delivery down the leg-side from Trent Boult.

The innings was only in its third over when Cook was dismissed, and when the swing started to fade, Neil Wagner used his bouncers in the final session to remove Stoneman to reduce England to 94-2.

Meanwhile, Henry Nicholls was batting beautifully even as few wickets fell around him.

That England have a chance for a draw at all in this match is largely the result of rain, which washed out almost two days of play on Friday and Saturday, after the tourists were dismissed for 58 in the first session of play on Thursday.

After resuming Sunday on 233 for four in sunshine, New Zealand added 194 for the loss of four more wickets. Though the latter was scalped by Stuart Broad only to bring the aggressive Colin de Grandhomme to the crease.

Broad ended with 3-78 and James Anderson took 3-87.

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