Christchurch: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow’s 97 not out powered England to 290 for eight on the first day of the second Test of the two-match series against New Zealand, here at the Hagley Oval on Friday.
Bairstow and Mark Wood (52), who registered a maiden Test half-century, steadied their side’s innings, after the visitors were reduced to 164 for seven, in what could have been yet another innings debacle.
The English top-order collapsed yet again, with Alastair Cook, James Vince, and Dawid Malan falling for individual scores of 2, 18, and 0 respectively.
Skipper Joe Root made 37 before being bowled by Tim Southee.
Southee scalped five wickets, finishing the day with figures of five for 60.
Trent Boult took three wickets for 79.
New Zealand lead the two match series 1-0. (ANI)