Stuart Broad sets up huge win for England at Lords

Updated: May 19, 2013, 7:22 PM IST
Stuart Broad sets up huge win for England at Lords

London: With nearly two days to beat England in the first Test at Lord's, New Zealand looked like they might not last two hours after reaching lunch at 29-6 on the fourth day.

Tasked with defending 238 to prevent their first loss to the Kiwis in 14 years, England were set to win big and with more than a day to spare.

Stuart Broad caused most of the carnage, snaring 5-22 in the space of 32 balls.

James Anderson took the other wicket. Four of New Zealand's last four batsmen included wicketkeeper BJ Watling, at the crease and yet to score, and spinner Bruce Martin, who were carrying knee and calf injuries, respectively, from the day before. Because they could hardly run, they didn't field as England's second innings was wrapped up, and were only going to bat if they needed to.

New Zealand needed them, sooner than anyone thought.

Broad, who took 11 wickets at Lord's last year against the West Indies, got Peter Fulton with an edge behind for one in the second over, knocked over fellow opener Hamish Rutherford's off stump for nine in the sixth, and two balls later had Ross Taylor caught in the slips for a duck.

Kane Williamson, who like Taylor scored a half century in the first innings, was next out in the 10th, chipping straight to Steven Finn in the covers for six.

Dean Brownlie came out, made five runs, poked at Anderson and gave Alastair Cook a second catch in the slips.

When captain Brendon McCullum caught a full-length ball on his pads on eight, the review didn't save him and Broad had his fifth wicket.

The teams went off for lunch, England a lot hungrier than New Zealand.

The Kiwis had an appetite in the first hour of a session in which 10 wickets fell for 62 runs. They finished off England's second innings in less than 10 overs on a warm but grey day with the floodlights on.

Of the last four wickets, seamer Tim Southee took three and caught the last off Williamson in achieving the first 10-for of his first-class career, let alone in Tests, and only the second by a Kiwi at the home of cricket.

But when their second turn to bat came, the Kiwis were just as fragile as the Englishmen on a pitch that favored allcomers.

Southee induced edges from Steven Finn for six, a sick Ian Bell for six again, and Graeme Swann for one.

He also caught Anderson off Williamson, who bagged his second wicket with his part-time spin.

England, from 180-6, were out for 213, and Southee claimed 6-25 in 52 balls.

His 6-50 for the innings, along with 4-58 in the first innings, he became the second Kiwi to achieve a 10 wicket haul at Lord's after Dion Nash in 1994. His 10-for was also the first in Tests by a New Zealander in seven years, but the day resulted in a historic end for the wrong reasons for the visitors.

First Published: May 19, 2013, 7:22 PM IST

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