Christchurch - BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme hauled New
Zealand back into the second Test on Saturday to trail England by 115 runs with
four wickets in hand at stumps on day two in Christchurch.
When bad light stopped play seven overs early, New Zealand
were 192 for six.
Watling was on 77 after sharing a 142-run stand with de Grandhomme
which was broken in the final hour by England's man of the moment Stuart Broad.
Broad, who had de Grandhomme caught behind for 72, finished
the day with four for 38.
It was Watling's 14th Test half-century and de Grandhomme's
second highest score as they passed New Zealand's previous 6th wicket
partnership record against England of 141, set by Martin Crowe and Adam Parore
24 years ago.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes, New Zealand's recovery
from 36 for five followed England's own revival from 164 for seven to be all
out for 307.
After months of misery on the road, England felt their luck
had turned after Jonny Bairstow's rescue mission, with the wicketkeeper-batsman
posting his fifth Test century before he was out for 101.
Broad and James Anderson then routed the New Zealand top
order to have the Black Caps in serious trouble before de Grandhomme joined
Watling to steady their innings.
De Grandhomme took an aggressive approach to bring up his 50
off 87 deliveries but then took a back seat as Watling opened up in the final
Watling, on 40 at tea, was troubled by Mark Wood after the
resumption before taking out his frustration on spinner Jack Leach to reach his
50 with a huge six over mid-wicket.
From there, he scored freely in an innings which also
includes 10 fours.
It left the Test evenly poised with three days to play.
England need to win to level the series while New Zealand
require a draw to ensure a rare second home series win over England.
Broad, who felt before the first Test in Auckland that he
was in danger of being dropped as a new-ball bowler, justified the faith held
in him when he had Tom Latham caught behind with the ninth ball of the New
It was to be the first of four catches by Bairstow who was
also instrumental in removing Jeet Raval (five) and Kane Williamson (22) to
give James Anderson figures of two for 43, and de Grandhomme.
Broad also accounted for Ross Taylor for two and first-Test
century-maker Henry Nicholls without scoring.
England had resumed the second day at 290 for eight and
added 17 runs, seven from byes, in 41 balls.
Jack Leach added six to be out for 16 while Bairstow moved
from 97 to 101 before he was the last man dismissed.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee took six for 62, his third-best
Test return, while Trent Boult took four for 87.