Ruthless New Zealand complete emphatic win over England
LEEDS – New Zealand bowled with fire and fielded superbly to crush England by 199 runs in the second Test on Tuesday and level a gripping two-match series at 1-1.
The hosts, chasing a record 455 to win, were bowled out for 255 on the final day, only defiant fifties from Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler holding up the New Zealanders who sealed their fifth Test victory in England.
The hosts had resumed on 44 for no wicket and Adam Lyth failed to add to his overnight 24, feathering a swinging ball from paceman Trent Boult through to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
Gary Ballance unconvincingly negotiated 25 deliveries for six runs before Boult produced a venomous full delivery that crashed into the left-hander’s stumps.
Ian Bell, on one, turned a bouncing ball from spinner Mark Craig straight into the hands of Kane Williamson at leg-slip and Joe Root was brilliantly caught off Craig for a second-ball duck by Tom Latham at short leg.
With England’s slim hopes of victory all but over, Cook and Ben Stokes adopted a cautious approach, although the all-rounder produced a couple of trademark crisp boundaries to entertain a sparse crowd on a chilly day at Headingley.
The pair added 40 for the fifth wicket but Stokes was out for 29 just before lunch, caught by Ronchi as he attempted an ambitious cut off Williamson.
Cook’s innings, lasting nearly four hours, ended on 56 when he was trapped lbw by part-time spinner Williamson before Moeen Ali was bowled for two, shouldering arms to a ball from Matt Henry that struck his off stump.
Stuart Broad made a breezy 23 before he was bowled by Williamson but Buttler and Mark Wood shared a gritty ninth-wicket partnership of 42.
Tim Southee, with the second new ball, had Wood caught in the slips by Craig for 17 and Buttler’s brave three-hour knock ended on 73 when he offered no stroke to Craig and was out lbw.
England won the first Test at Lord’s by 124 runs.
New Zealand 1st innings 350 (L. Ronchi 88, T. Latham 84; S. Broad 5-109) England 1st innings 350 (A. Lyth 107, A. Cook 75; T. Southee 4-83) New Zealand 2nd innings 454 for 8 decl (B. Watling 120, M. Guptill 70, M. Craig 58no, B. McCullum 55) England 2nd innings (Overnight: 44-0; Target: 455 runs) A. Lyth c Ronchi b Boult 24 A. Cook lbw b Williamson 56 G. Ballance b Boult 6 I. Bell c Williamson b Craig 1 J. Root c Latham b Craig 0 B. Stokes c Ronchi b Williamson 29 J. Buttler lbw b Craig 73 M. Ali b Henry 2 S. Broad b Williamson 23 M. Wood c Craig b Southee 17 J. Anderson not out 8 Extras (b-12 lb-2 w-2) 16 Total (all out, 91.5 overs) 255 Fall of wickets: 1-47 A. Lyth,2-61 G. Ballance,3-62 I. Bell,4-62 J. Root,5-102 B. Stokes,6-141 A. Cook,7-153 M. Ali,8-188 S. Broad,9-230 M. Wood,10-255 J. Buttler Bowling T. Boult 23 - 4 - 61 - 2 T. Southee 18 - 7 - 43 - 1(w-1) M. Craig 31.5 - 12 - 73 - 3 M. Henry 12 - 2 - 49 - 1(w-1) K. Williamson 7 - 1 - 15 - 3 Referees Umpire: Sundaram Ravi Umpire: Rod Tucker TV umpire: Marais Erasmus Match referee: David Boon Result: New Zealand won by 199 runs.–Reuters