|353/10 (124.0 ov) - R/R 2.84||615/9 (201.0 ov) - R/R 3.05|
|197/10 (96.2 ov) - R/R 2.04|
|Sam Curran||not out||29||59||6||0|
|Current Partnership||Last Wicket 197/10 (96.2)|
0 (0) R/R: 0
Sam Curran 0(0)
Stuart Broad 0(1)
Stuart Broad 0(1) S.R (0)
lbw b Neil Wagner
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Day 4 report: Mitchell Santner scored his maiden test century and then grabbed three quick wickets to reduce England to 55-3 at the close of play on the fourth day of the first test at Bay Oval on Sunday.
England are still 207 runs behind New Zealand’s first innings score of 615-9 declared and need to bat the entire final day in Mount Maunganui on Monday to save the match.
Joe Denly was on seven, while Joe Root will join him on Monday after nightwatchman Jack Leach was caught in close for a duck off Santner with two balls remaining in the day’s play.
Left-arm spinner Santner had earlier removed openers Dominic Sibley for 12 and Rory Burns for 31. He finished the day with figures of 3-6 off 8.4 overs.
Captain Kane Williamson had closed New Zealand’s first innings with a 262-run lead about 15 minutes after the tea break with wicketkeeper BJ Watling having scored his first test double century.
Watling was eventually dismissed for 205 and, having batted for just over 11 hours, he did not take the field for the first hour of England’s second innings with Tom Latham taking the gloves temporarily.
The 34-year-old Watling, however, took a sharp catch when he did return to dismiss Sibley off Santner. The catch was a milestone in itself, with the last 101 wickets taken by New Zealand at home all falling to pace bowlers.
Santner struck again with less than three overs remaining when Burns mistimed a sweep and spooned a catch to Colin de Grandhomme at square leg, bringing Leach to the wicket before he fell in the final over.
The 27-year-old Santner had earlier also scored his maiden test century as he combined with Watling for a 261-run partnership, a New Zealand record for the seventh wicket, as the hosts dominated the fourth day’s play.
With inputs from Reuters
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The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman's unbeaten knocks of 82 and 91 in the first and third matches have helped him gain five slots to reach 10th position, overtaking the likes of England captain Eoin Morgan and India opener Rohit Sharma.
Sack him as captain if you must, but as a batsman David Warner's name should have been one of the first on the team sheet.
Warner was stripped of SRH captaincy on Saturday after the team lost five out of its first six matches and Williamson's elevation to the post hasn't changed the fortunes as it sufferer a 55-run defeat in the hands of Rajasthan Royals.