New Zealand target 438

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2008, 5:24 [IST]
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New Zealand were set a target of 438 to win the second cricket Test when England were all out for 293 in their second innings on the fourth morning here Sunday.

At lunch New Zealand were 42 for one with Matthew Bell on 18 and Stephen Fleming, playing his last Test on his home ground on 15.

The batsman out was Jamie How who was caught in close by Ian Bell off Ryan Sidebottom for eight.

When play resumed in cold blustery conditions on Sunday England added 16 to their overnight 277 for nine before Monty Panesar edged Chris Martin to Ross Taylor at slip to be out for 10 leaving James Anderson not out 12.

England had created an air of mystery about Anderson's fitness when he left the ground on crutches Saturday night after twisting his ankle during a warm-down game of football after stumps.

A statement was issued saying a decision on his fitness would be made shortly before play began on Sunday.

However, Anderson did not require ice treatment nor x-rays and he showed no discomfort during the morning warm-up.

The right arm swing bowler was the chief destroyer in New Zealand's first innings of 198 on Friday, taking five for 73 from 20 overs.

New Zealand need to post their highest ever fourth innings run chase to win the Test and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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