New Zealand 378 and 62-2
England needs a top masterclass batting display from their players in order to save or win this game on the last day. Burns batted beautifully to drag England to a competitive total when they fell to 140-6 with three wickets for 0 runs. When the game resumed on 111-2 England lost their captain to the very first ball in the morning. England wickets started to crumble and it looked like they would not reach the 200 mark but Burns slowly built. Burns single handedly carried England’s batting on his shoulders and reached his century with James Anderson joined him later in the innings to chip away with the New Zealand’s total. But still England were well short of 103 runs. If England wants to save this match which is likely possible they have to bat carefully and cannot crumble just like they did in this 1st innings.
Leading the New Zealand attack, Tim Southee was magnificent, swinging the ball away from the batsmen. His bowling was the main reason where England batted to add runs in the scoreboard. He was well supported by Kyle Jaieson. They both combined to take 9 wickets out of 10 from England’s batting order. Southee took 6-43, while Jamieson had 3-85. At the end of the play New Zealand are well ahead at 165. The draw seems the most likely result but a magical spell from New Zealand bowlers can take this fame away from England if England does show the poor batting display which they did in the 1st innings.
Though England aren’t completely out of this Test, their defeat will only appear via a collapse on the final day as the history tells it is far from impossible.