New Zealand vs England 2nd Test Day 4: Root, Malan set New Zealand 382 to win

Joe Root 54 New Zealand England 2nd Test Day 4 Christchurch cricket

Joe Root struck his 39th half-century in Test cricket

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England captain Joe Root and batsman Dawid Malan scored 54 and 53 respectively as they set New Zealand a target of 382 to win on the fourth day of the second Test in Christchurch.

Starting off the day on 202/3, Root and Malan converted their 37-run partnership into a 97-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

However, Malan was dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme shortly after for 53, which came off 105 balls and included seven boundaries.

Dawid Malan 53 New Zealand England 2nd Test Day 4 Christchurch cricket

Dawid Malan scored his sixth Test fifty

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Root was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 54 off 128 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

England began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Root’s dismissal, but during that period, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow did make a useful 36 to help his side reach 352/9 before Root declared.

De Grandhomme was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Wagner and Trent Boult snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Tim Southee, he chipped in with one wicket.

Chasing 382 to win, New Zealand made a solid start as openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval amassed an unbeaten 42-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.

Latham finished on 25 off 79 balls, which included three boundaries, while Raval remained undefeated on 17 off 59 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

New Zealand ended day four on 42/0 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (the previous day).

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