Monty Panesar and Stuart Broad sparked a characteristic batting collapse from New Zealand to all but clinch the third Test, and series, after the fourth day’s play on Tuesday.
New Zealand, from a seemingly comfortable position at tea with Matthew Bell and Stephen Fleming well established, lost three wickets for 13 runs after the break and their side ended the day on 222 for five, needing another 331 to win the match.
Ross Taylor (34) and Brendon McCullum (24) were the not out batsmen, though McCullum was dropped by Kevin Pietersen and had another chance bloop just over Panesar’s head in the final over of the day from James Anderson.
Panesar ended with three for 49. Broad had two for 40.To save the match on the fifth day New Zealand must last a minimum of 90 overs from the England attack, with the victory target of 553 undoubtedly well beyond reach.
Should England complete victory on Wednesday, it would be the third time New Zealand have lost a three-Test series after winning the first match. They also lost a series 2-1 in South Africa in 1994-95 and in Sri Lanka in 1997-98.
Fleming and Bell resumed after tea on 146 for one and after Fleming took a single off the first ball, Bell fell without adding to his score two balls later when he lapped a ball from Panesar straight to Broad at deep backward square leg for 69.Fleming had brought up his 46th Test half century and then passed 7,160 career Test runs to ensure he would end his international career with a Test average over 40 before tea.
However, as has been typical of his storied career, he failed to convert another half century into a big score and was caught by Tim Ambrose off Panesar for 66 to leave New Zealand on 156 for three. He finished with a career average of 40.06. Fleming received a standing ovation from the crowd at McLean Park and was applauded off by the England team.
Michael Vaughan’s side had also formed a guard of honour when he walked to the wicket after lunch. Mathew Sinclair, who has been under pressure to retain his test place, may have damaged his selection chances for the tour of England when he was caught for six by Ambrose off a Broad bouncer four runs later. Broad then had Grant Elliott caught by Ian Bell from a mistimed pull for four to leave New Zealand floundering at 172 for five.
England won toss
England 1st inns 253 (K P Pietersen 129, S C J Broad 42; T G Southee 5-55)
New Zealand 1st inns 168 (J M How 44, S P Fleming 59; R J Sidebottom 7-47)
England 2nd inns (overnight 416-5)
A N Cook c McCullum b Patel 37
*M P Vaughan c McCullum b Martin 4
A J Strauss c Bell b Patel 177
K P Pietersen c Taylor b Vettori 34
I R Bell c Sinclair b Vettori 110
P D Collingwood c & b Vettori 22
†T R Ambrose c & b Vettori 31
S C J Broad not out 31
R J Sidebottom not out 12
Extras (lb3, w1, nb5) 9
Total (7 wkts dec, 131.5 overs) 467
Did not bat: M S Panesar, J M Anderson
Fall: 1-5, 2-77, 3-140, 4-327, 5-361, 6-424, 7-425
Bowling: Martin 18-2-60-1 (1w); Southee 24-5-84-0; Elliott 14-1-58-0; Patel 30.5-4-104-2 (1nb); Vettori 45-6-158-4 (4nb)
New Zealand 2nd inns
J M How lbw b Panesar 11
M D Bell c Broad b Panesar 69
S P Fleming c Ambrose b Panesar 66
M S Sinclair c Ambrose b Broad 6
L R P L Taylor not out 34
G D Elliott c Bell b Broad 4
†B B McCullum not out 24
Extras (lb4, w3, nb1) 8
Total (5 wkts, 82 overs) 222
To bat: *D L Vettori, C S Martin, T G Southee, J S Patel
Fall: 1-48, 2-147, 3-156, 4-160, 5-172
Bowling: Sidebottom 14-3-41-0 (1w); Anderson 10-2-54-0; Broad 23-9-40-2 (1nb, 2w); Panesar 31-14-49-3; Collingwood 2-0-20-0; Pietersen 2-0-14-0
Series: 3-match series level 1-1
Test debuts: Grant Elliott and Tim Southee (New Zealand)
Umpires: D J Harper (Australia) and R E Koertzen (South Africa). TV umpire: G A V Baxter. Match referee: J Srinath (India)
Previous matches: March 5-9 1st Test Hamilton, New Zealand won by 189 runs. March 13-17 2nd Test Wellington, England won by 126 runs.
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