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New Zealand amassed a competitive 350 in 2nd Investec Test at Headingly on Day 2. Set up by the contributions from Tom Latham and the 34-year old debutant Luke Ronchi, both scoring fifties, the team recovered from their previous day’s score of 144 for 5. Mark Craig and Matt Henry made valuable contributions with 41 not out off 63 balls and 27 runs off 21 balls respectively to lift the team, with Trent Boult chipping in with 15 runs off 11 balls.

Craig and Boult added 40 runs for the last wicket before the latter was caught by Lyth, bowled by Stuart Broad. Stuart Broad claimed the 13th five-wicket haul of his career although he was expensive, finishing at 109 for 5 from 17.1 overs. The previous day, James Anderson became the first English bowler to take 400 wickets in test matches with his figures tallying 13-3-43-2 at the end of the first innings. Mark Wood got 2 wickets for 62 runs while Ben Stokes took one for 70 runs.

New Zealand scored briskly throughout the innings, owing to Brendon McCullum’s 41 off 28, Ronchi’s 88 off 70 and Henry’s addition. A total of 350 came in 72.1 overs at 4.80 runs per over, which might help them make up for the overs which were lost in the match due to rain, as they look to draw the series.

edited by Bhavna Rachuri

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