Guptill and Taylor give New Zealand the edge


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  • Sunday, 31 May 2015

New Zealand's Martin Guptill hits a six against England at the second day of Investec Test Series in Headingley on 31 May, 2015. Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown

LEEDS, England (Reuters) - The dashing blades of Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor propelled New Zealand rapidly to 143 for four at tea on the third day of the second test against England at Headingley on Sunday.

England removed Tom Latham and Kane Williamson cheaply to leave the touring side in trouble on 23 for two but Guptill and Taylor launched a blistering assault to give New Zealand the advantage again in a fluctuating match.

Both batsmen were out just before the interval, Guptill for 70 and Taylor 48.

England had resumed in the morning on 253 for five in overcast conditions and New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee claimed three early victims to reduce the hosts to 267 for eight.

Ian Bell, on 12, pushed loosely at a wide ball and edged a catch to Mark Craig at second slip.

Jos Buttler nicked a full swinging delivery to Taylor at first slip to depart for 10 and Moeen Ali made one before being smartly taken at third slip by Guptill off the inspired Southee.

New Zealand were eyeing a healthy first-innings lead but Stuart Broad and Mark Wood had other ideas.

The pair produced a fierce counter-attack with a flurry of boundaries, adding 51 for the ninth wicket from 49 balls.

Off-spinner Craig had Wood caught by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for 19 but Broad continued to throw the bat and he put on 32 for the last wicket with James Anderson before being bowled by Matt Henry for 46.

England were all out for 350, only the eighth time in test history that both teams made the same total in their first innings.

Broad continued to shine after lunch with the ball.

Latham edged him to wicketkeeper Buttler for three and Williamson fell in identical fashion for six to leave New Zealand tottering.

But Guptill and Taylor, dropped on six by Gary Ballance at slip, raced to a fifty partnership off 28 balls.

Guptill lifted Moeen straight for six to reach his half-century but the stand was broken at 99, Taylor driving Wood to Ben Stokes at cover.

Guptill's fine knock ended when he edged Wood to Joe Root at third slip. Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on eight at the interval with BJ Watling on two.

England won the first test in the two-match series at Lord's by 124 runs.

(Editing by Toby Davis)

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