New Zealand vs England 2nd Test Day 1: Bairstow fights, but Southee’s five-for gives New Zealand slight edge

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Tim Southee ended the day with figures of 5-60 off 23 overs

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow fought hard with an unbeaten 97 on the opening day of the second Test in Christchurch, but New Zealand gained a slim advantage courtesy of pace bowler Tim Southee’s five-wicket haul.

Choosing to bowl first, New Zealand got their first breakthrough in the third over when England opener Alastair Cook was clean bowled by Trent Boult for two runs.

James Vince mustered 18 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Southee. Vince opted to review the decision, but his gamble didn’t pay off as the ball was pitching in line and clipping leg stump.

Mark Stoneman and captain Joe Root stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership before Root was cleaned up by Southee for 37.

Dawid Malan fell the very next over as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Boult for a golden duck.

Stoneman went on to make 35 before he was caught by Tom Latham at second slip off the bowling of Southee.

With England in all sorts of trouble at 94/5, Bairstow and Ben Stokes came to the rescue with a 57-run stand before Stokes was caught behind off the bowling of Boult for 25.

Stuart Broad fell shortly after, but Bairstow and Mark Wood steadied the ship with a 95-run partnership, during which Wood brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Southee for a career-best 52, which came off 62 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

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Mark Wood scored his maiden Test fifty

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Bairstow and debutant Jack Leach managed to forge an unbeaten 31-run stand before stumps was called.

Bairstow finished on 97 off 154 balls, which included 11 boundaries and a six, while Leach remained undefeated on 10 off 33 deliveries, which included a solitary boundary.

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Jonny Bairstow frustrated New Zealand with his unbeaten 97

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Southee was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Boult snapped up three.

England ended day one on 290/8 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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