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New Zealand v Australia
HAGLEY OVAL, FEBRUARY 20-24, 2016
2nd Test - NZL v AUS
|New Zealand 1st Inn||370 All Out|
|Australia 1st Inn||505 All Out|
|New Zealand 2nd Inn||335 All Out|
|Australia 2nd Inn||3/201|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bowl|
|Australia won by 7 wickets|
|1 . . . . 4 |||. 3 1 . . . |||. . . . . 4 ||
|Last Wicket:||Burns, JA, 65 (BWD:Boult)|
|Current Partnership:||22 runs, 38 balls, RR:57.89|
New Zealand trail their visitors by 14 runs at the end of the third day’s play after a brilliant six-wicket haul by Neil Wagner tore through the Australians second innings.
Australia dominated the first session, losing just the one wicket of night watchman Nathan Lyon who played for a fighting 33 before being snatched up in the slips by a Brendan McCullum blinder.
It was after lunch that the New Zealand pace attack ran riot as they picked up the last five wickets for just fifty runs in the first hour after the interval as Wagner caused huge headaches with his short balls.
James Pattinson picked up Martin Guptill early for just one as Tom Latham and Kane Williamson fought hard for 56 run partnership before the opener joined his partner in the sheds. Pattinson would pick up the first three wickets of the innings with some trademark aggressiveness which brought out the captain, McCullum.
The retiring skipper wasted little time in hitting a few boundaries before being snatched up by an absolute screamer from a diving David Warner at short mid wicket. That would be the alst wicket of the day as Corey Anderson and Kane Williamson shut their defenses down through till stumps.
With six wickets in hand and two days remaining it’s very possible for New Zealand to post a formidable total for the Australians.
New Zealand – 370 (65.4) & 4/121 (44)
Australia – 505 (153.1)
Australia trail New Zealand by just seven runs coming into the third day in Christchurch, following centuries to Joe Burns and Steve Smith. Join all the action of the second Test on The Roar from 8:30am (AEDT).
The first day of the Test saw New Zealand post a solid total of 370 thanks to a remarkable effort from retiring skipper Brendon McCullum, who hit a 54-ball century – the fastest in Test history – on his way to a total of 145.
A mammoth 289-run partnership between the aforementioned Burns and Smith dominated the second day’s play, giving the visitors a huge chance to surpass the Kiwis and post a formidable lead.
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The hosts struck back late in the evening though, as they picked up the two big fish of Smith and Burns within two overs of each other in near-identical fashion, being lured into the hook shot.
With run-scoring machine Adam Voges at the crease alongside Nathan Lyon, Australia will look to pile on the runs with an eye on a late declaration with a big lead.
With a full three days left to play, Australia are in the box seat to win.
Can New Zealand run through the middle order and restrict any kind of lead? Or will Australia press forward and bat the hosts out of the game early?
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